The ultimate liberation is free from suffering that accompany the phenomenal of birth and death, forming and deforming, or names and forms that are subject to impermanence, perceived by the egoistic mind through the function of the physical body, sense organs, and the senses.
Suffering (Of birth, impermanent changes, hunger, thirst, dissatisfaction, separation from the things and beings that we like, come in contact with the things and beings that we don’t like, pain, injury, old age, sickness, death) is the natural process of the existence of life, or the function of the body and egoistic mind. When the mind is liberated, free from ignorance and egoism, all these physical impermanent experiences are no longer being perceived as “suffering”. There are just being what they are. All these phenomena is neither suffering nor not suffering.
It is when the egoistic mind generates aversion towards names and forms that the mind perceives as “suffering” that actually is what generating suffering. When the mind is free from ignorance and egoism, and realize the truth of names and forms, seeing everything as they are, then the mind will no longer generates aversion towards names and forms that the mind used to perceived as “suffering”, and this itself is liberation.
And then there are other mental suffering of impurities that derived from ignorance and egoism, that generates identification and attachment towards qualities of names and forms, such like irritation, frustration, anger, hatred, greed, jealousy, fear, worry, disappointment, doubts, restlessness, possessiveness, pride, arrogance, aggressiveness, animosity, offensiveness, defensiveness, depression, feelings of hurt, and etc. When the mind is liberated, free from ignorance and egoism, all these mental defilement will be disappearing from the mind.
When the mind is still influenced by ignorance and egoism, the circle of birth and death with the existence and function of the body and mind that is subject to impermanence is being perceived as “suffering”. When the mind is free from ignorance and egoism, the circle of birth and death or the existence and function of the body and mind is just being what it is. It is neither suffering nor not suffering.
If the mind is not free from ignorance and egoism, the egoistic mind will feel that there is suffering, and it wants to be free from suffering. Then there is the path to transcend suffering.
Life existence of the body and the mind is the product of the elements of fire, wind, water, earth and space, and life experience is fueled or powered by Karma.
Karma derived from actions that are being performed under the influence of egoism with identification, attachment, intention and expectation.
We cannot avoid actions in this life existence for the body and mind to be functioning and surviving, or to maintain the basic needs of this physical body, not to say there are many other things in life that are beyond the basic needs for survival that motivate us to be performing actions, such like, desires of wants and don’t wants. One of the characteristics of the egoistic mind is restlessness. It can’t sit still in silence, or inaction. It wants to create and express, act and react. It wants to perform actions, or else it gets bored.
Even when we intentionally don’t want to perform any actions, don’t want to do or say anything, that itself is also an action of “do not want to perform any actions.”
Actions bring along the consequences of actions, or in another term, all actions bear the fruit of actions.
Actions and the fruit of actions, or Karma (Which produces the seeds of life) is the fuel that keeps the circle of birth and death going.
If we know how to transcend all actions and the fruit of actions, know what is inaction in actions, we will be free from being bound by actions and the fruit of actions, or Karma, and this will stop fueling the circle of birth and death. The circle of birth and death will come to an end when the existing fuel (Karma) is exhausted.
When there are good or bad actions being generated, it will generate some pleasant or/and unpleasant consequences. And due to the reactions of the egoistic mind towards the pleasant or unpleasant consequences, there will be more actions being generated. And thus good and bad karma are continuously being generated, and the wheel of birth and death keeps rolling.
Whether we will be bound by our actions and the fruit of actions or not, it depends on whether the actions are free from egoism, identification, intention and attachment, or not.
Actions that are free from the influence of egoism, identification, attachment, intention and expectation, are not different from inaction, where there is no Karma (seeds of life) being generated.
When the mind realizes selflessness, there is no “I” perform actions, there is no “fruit of action” to be reaped by “I”. All actions are being performed out of compassion without egoism, identification nor attachment.
Just like the elements of fire, wind, water, earth and space. They are performing “actions” ceaselessly, giving, providing and supporting everything in the world to be existing, but these “actions” are not bound by (good or bad) Karma. These actions are not different from inaction, as there’s no Karma being generated although there are “actions” being performed. There are pleasant and unpleasant consequences being produced. But the elements are untouched or undetermined by the actions and the consequences of actions.
Everything is enjoying and benefiting from the contribution of the elements to be existing, as well as experiencing decay, destruction, deformation, also resulting from the same elements. But all these actions that brought some constructive and destructive consequences derived from all these elements are free from egoism, identification, intention or attachment.
The sun won’t get good karma because everyone is benefiting from the sunlight to be existing, nor will the sun get bad karma because some people suffer skin burnt or skin cancer from excessive sunlight exposure. Nor does the water receives good karma from being one of the essential elements for life existence, nor does the water receives bad karma, when some people lost their lives or belongings through the element of water. All these elements exist for everything else to be existing, without egoism, intention, attachment, identification, discrimination, judgment, comparison, expectation, craving or aversion.
There’s no such identification of “I am the doer of actions.” nor “I am giving something.” nor “Someone is receiving something from I or being benefited by my actions.” nor “I am the enjoyer of the fruit of actions.”
And hence in the traditional yoga practice, there is this basic yet most essential teaching about “Eliminate the egoism, be free from identification, attachment, intention, expectation, and renounce the fruit of actions.” is the way to ultimate liberation.
And this practice of “Eliminate the egoism, be free from identification, attachment, intention, expectation, and renounce the fruit of actions.” has nothing to do with the impermanent and limited physical functions, conditions and abilities to be performing the yoga asana exercises (or not performing any yoga asana exercises at all), nor has anything to do with the impermanent states of the mind, the functions of the mind to perceive, to act and react, the thoughts activities, the intellectual thinking, the behavior patterns, the knowledge, the information, the beliefs, or the impurities that arise and passing away unceasingly in the mind. Above all, all these activities in the mind do not contaminate the true nature of the mind. The mind is just being what it is, it is neither good nor bad, neither pure nor impure.
It is being aware of the actions and reactions of the ego towards all the names and forms that the mind perceives through the senses, observe and witness all the egoistic activities in the mind without attachment, without association, without identification.
Upon the annihilation of egoism, the mind is free, or liberated. Free from being conditioned by egoism and ignorance, as well as impurities that arise due to egoism and ignorance. As egoism and ignorance is the cause of suffering. It is the ego who acts and reacts, and generates Karma. Due to ignorance, there is wrong identification with the ego as an individual being who is the doer of actions and the enjoyer of the fruit of actions.
When the body is in “good” condition and perform some “good” actions, and the mind is at peace, free from the influence of impurities, it won’t make the true nature of the mind become “good”, “pure” and “peaceful”. When the body is in a “bad” condition and perform some “bad” actions, and the mind is not at peace, being influenced by impurities, it won’t make the true nature of the mind become “bad”, “impure” and “not peaceful”. The true nature of the mind is unaffected, undisturbed, uncontaminated, uninfluenced, or undetermined by all these impermanent qualities of names and forms that is experiencing by the mind through the function of the body, the sense organs and the senses.
The body and the egoistic mind is influenced and determined by the pleasant and unpleasant consequences of the actions of good and bad, but the true nature of the mind is not determined nor contaminated by the good and bad actions as well as the consequences of actions.
When we (the mind) realize our true nature, and stop identifying with the body and the egoism which is not who we really are, we are as free as we are.
When we say, “I am more or less peaceful…” or “I feel or don’t feel peace…” by doing or not doing something, or by eating or not eating something, or by experience or not experience something, that is just the impermanent conditional peaceful/peaceless state of the mind that is influenced by the qualities of names and forms. This is not the unconditional peace of the true nature of the mind upon the realization of the truth of who “we” really are, being free from ignorance, egoism, attachment and impurities.
As real peace or unconditional peace is never increase nor decrease. It is beyond the impermanent and limited existence, conditions and functions of the body and the egoistic mind, beyond the thinking and beliefs, beyond the qualities of names and forms, beyond impermanence…
The mind is purifying itself to go beyond the identification with the existence, functions, conditions and abilities of the body and the egoism, go beyond the thinking and beliefs in the mind, go beyond intention and expectation, go beyond attachment towards actions and the fruit of actions. And be free.
We take full responsibility for the consequences of actions, whether pleasant or unpleasant. Without expecting the result either to be the way that we think it should be, or expecting the result not to be something that we think it shouldn’t be.
Allow the result, or the fruit of actions to be what it is.
It is the attachment towards the qualities of names and forms, where the egoistic mind generates craving and clinging onto what the mind perceives as “good’, “positive”, “happiness”, and generates aversion towards what the mind perceives as “bad”, “negative”, “unhappiness” that makes the mind experience restlessness, unpeacefulness, or suffering.
When the mind is free from attachment, there’s no craving and aversion, there’s no restlessness, unpeacefulness, or suffering.
This is liberation within this present moment through this life existence.
Every single moment there are countless circles of birth and death happening in the body and the mind. All the cells are regenerating and dropping off the body. All the thought waves, thinking and feelings, arising and passing away. At one moment, the body is in certain condition, in another moment it changes to a different condition. At one moment the mind is peaceful and kind, in another moment the mind is disturbed and evil. Which part of the body is “I”? And which state of the mind is “I”? One moment we are in the realm of heaven, and another moment we are in the realm of hell. Countless circles of birth and earth in this present moment. And the stillness beyond the body and the mind, untouched by these circles of birth and death that is conditioned by Karma, is liberation.
If this is not the liberation that you are looking for, then continue in your pursue for what you think is liberation. It’s your freedom.