Self-respect and freedom and responsibility

A declaration of self-respect and freedom and responsibility

“One thing is certain, that your misery is caused by your mistakes and your bliss is caused by your trust, by your love.
Your bondage is your creation and your freedom is your declaration.
You are asking me, “Why I am miserable?”
You are miserable because you have not accepted the responsibility for it. Just see what your misery is, find out the cause __ and you wil find the cause within yourself. Remove the cause, and the misery will disappear.
But people don’t want to remove the cause, they want to remove the misery. That is impossible, that is absolutely unscientific.
And then you ask me to save you, to help you.
There is no need for you to become a beggar. My people are not to become beggars. My people are not sheep, my people are emperors.
Accept your responsibility for misery, and you will find that just hidden inside you are all causes of bliss, freedom, joy, enlightenment, immortality.
No savior is needed. And there has never been any savior; all saviors are pseudo. They have been worshipped because you always wanted somebody to save you. They have always appeared because they were always in demand, and whenever there is a demand, there is a supply.
Once you depend on others, you are losing your soul. You are forgetting that you have a consciousness as universal as anybody else’s, that you have a consciousness as great as any Gautam Buddha’s __ you are just not aware of it, you have not looked for it. And you have not looked because you are looking at others __ somebody else to save you, somebody else to help you. So you go on begging without recognizing that this whole kingdom is yours.
This has to be understood as one of the most basic principles of sannyas __ a declaration of self-respect and freedom and responsibility.”

The Master is a Mirror
Page 72-73


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