LIBERATION FROM STATICITY
On the day before yesterday the subject of discussion in the Renaissance Club was 'The Liberation of Intellect.' A question may arise in some minds, when liberation is meant for all human beings, what does the liberation of intellect mean? Intellect is primarily an impersonal idea or an abstract idea. Now, can the question of liberation of something which is impersonal, which is only an abstract concept arise? In this connection my considered opinions is, yes, there is indeed the necessity of liberation of intellect. In fact whatever there is in this universe--crude matter, subtle idea or consciousness--everything needs to be liberated. In the absence of liberation the natural expression of an object or an individual does not take place. That is, if we want to see the full expression or the total unfoldment of qualities and capacities that are latent in an individual the liberation of the object or that individual is indispensable.
Human beings long for liberation from the bondage of staticity. Now what is the nature of this "liberation"? It is not possible to attain liberation from this crude physical body. Liberation from the physical body means death. To attain liberation from the bondage of staticity one will have to make sustained efforts. The concerted efforts to attain liberation from economic bondage, political slavery and all sorts of social dependence in the physical world is the liberation from staticity in the crude world. In order to attain liberation from the worldly bondages of this sort, human beings will have to make conscious efforts. If a certain country is held in bondage to another country then that subjugated country will have to wage a war in order to attain liberation from the chains of slavery. That is why the liberation from .pa
worldly bondages is essential for human beings. We have noticed where there is worldly subservience--whether economic, political or social--the proper development of the underlying qualities or the genius of human beings remains a far cry. That is why in every sphere of life there is the necessity of liberation. The liberation from bondage of staticity is a must.
Subtler than matter is mind. From psychic slavery, also, the mind should be liberated. We notice in human society various forms of psychic pressure, numerous ways of exploitation. In order to attain liberation from this exploitation and tyranny human beings must endeavour for liberation from psychic bondages. The internal urge to attain liberation in every sphere of life is a natural wont of each and every human being. The essence of human mind is known as intellect. Intuition cannot be precisely called the essence of mind. In fact, intuition is subtler than mind, and a very special aspect of human existence. Intuition would better be called the eleventh organ or the sixth sense. The so-called discrimination of holy or unholy, permanent or impermanent, pure or impure has a certain yardstick of its own. This yardstick should necessarily should necessarily remain unstained. Due to the bondage of various types of exploitation and tyranny against the intellect in the physical sphere the human spirit bursts out writhing in suppressed agony. In a similar way the human capacity to think in the psychic world is also snatched away. Likewise in the intellectual sphere where the human beings try to think and act for their spiritual and intellectual unfoldment, various kinds of dogmas come into the picture and create obstacles.
What is this dogma? The answer is, a dogma is a preconceived idea which forbids human beings to outstep the limits of that idea or object. In this situation human intellect cannot freely function. Some people say, "Alright, we may not get the maximum utilisation of our intellect, yet we can have ten to twenty percent of its service." My considered opinion is: with dogma, even ten to twenty percent of human intellect cannot be properly utilised. Even the meagre amount of intellect used is not something worthwhile. The greatest treasure of human beings is their psychic faculty or their intellect. This intellect I cannot utilise to the fullest advantage. What more tragic situation than this could there ever be! So we need the liberation of human mind. And prior to that we want the liberation of human intellect. Let me further explain what dogma is. Suppose the intellect wants to follow a particular path. In the meantime dogma comes from all sides and forbids it, "Oh, no! No! Don't take a single step further on that side. If you go, you'll be burnt in eternal hell-fire. You'll be doomed to hell for eternity." When intellect wants to make the fullest utilisation of mundane wealth, dogma comes in and says, as it were, "Oh, no you must not do it. It is baneful for human beings, it is sheer blasphemy. It will lead to the devaluation of humanity."
When human intellect becomes ardently active to venture into a new enterprise in the psychic sphere, dogma again comes into the picture and asserts, "Oh, no! You must not do like this. It will bring your ruination." Thus, in every sphere, at every step, this dogma puts a blockade on the human mind, the human intellect. That is why as long as we cannot liberate our intellect from bondages we cannot make the fullest utilisation of human intellect. For the service of humanity the intellect has got to be liberated from all sorts of bondages, from all kinds of dogma, from all manners of unholy influences. Unless that is achieved the human race cannot have a radiant future. If the present humanity wants to herald the advent of a golden dawn they will have to bring about an all-round emancipation of human intellect through a relentless struggle against dogma, backed by unlimited, uninhibited courage. This is the reason why, in all corners and directions of the world, one and only one slogan from all voices should echo and re-echo, "Dogma--no more, no more!"
28 January 1980
(A Few Problems Solved, Part 4)
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