We need to understand that freedom means the ability to act for your own highest happiness as opposed to the slavery of acting in ways that ultimately bring unhappiness. Your freedom is basically only this: either to accept God or reject Him.

The opinions of others, success in the world, finding the right mate, getting a lot of money—all these are a fool’s paradise. The only thing we really need and long for in our souls is union with the Infinite and the freedom to always live in that joy. You cannot escape the fact that you are a part of God and a part of this great universe. What you need to do is make the best of it.

There’s no free lunch, as they say, no fulfillment in this world. Why? Because there’s a law behind this world of the senses—the law that God is one. In order to create the universe, God had to create the principle of duality. He had to move his consciousness, which is at the center, in opposite directions. Thus, for every plus there’s a minus; for every up there’s a down; for everything there’s an opposite state.

If you’re seeking fulfillment outside yourself, the more you go in one direction, the more you’ll swing in the opposite direction. It’s like a swinging pendulum that finally assumes a sense of anguishing monotony, and you begin to think it’s just not worth it.

Be a lion of self-control. Live from your center and you will find that wherever you go, you have the freedom to make the right decisions. What other people think and do, just won’t matter to you. If you do what’s right in your eyes, and in the eyes of God within, you can never go wrong.

So claim your freedom within as a child of God to go toward Him. You won’t have freedom in any other way. Go toward Him by directing every action toward the Divine. Offer everything that you do up to Him. There’s nothing too little to be given to God. The more you hold to that faith, the more you will see it becoming real in your life.

From a talk at the Palo Alto Mandir, January 1996

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