Short poem

Just wrote this short poem, which i dedicate to all future mothers and particularly my teacher and friend who is about to give birth to a son very soon =)

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Time… the time has come for destiny to be fulfilled

And you will make a gift soon that nothing can exceed,

A gift of life itself, an essence upon which the world is build

You’ll give birth along with selfless love; for love is all we need.

 

A mother you will be, an embodiment of tenderness and care

You’ll be a light and hope for your kid, a goddess to embrace;

Yet for the trials that might await ahead, you must yourself prepare

But all the hurdles fade away, when a smile shines on child’s face.

 

Artyom Shalamov [August 2015]

 

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Some observations regarding relationships

I’ve been facing a lot of disappointment in relationships of various kinds recently, when people behaved in  a way I, myself, wouldn’t. And that made me to ponder this issue, as to why is this happening and what my reaction should be. My approach towards relationships in general is that I always try to be sincere with people no matter what (this is just feels natural to me). But in response often times I get the opposite – dishonesty, mendacity and what not…

Of course it is painful to be deceived in some way or another, especially if this is some close type of relationship, but I believe it’s important to understand that often it is we ourselves who deceive us in the first place. It happens because sometimes we see people as we want them to be, not what they really are, and thus all  sorts of illusions and false expectations come into play, leading to disappointments eventually.

Having realized that, what would the best course of actions be as far as such painful relationships concerned ? Perhaps the best thing to do is to stay yourself. After all, the only person you are responsible for is yourself, meaning that you can’t control what others do or think, neither you need it. All you need is to be sincere with yourself, and when this is the case you automatically treat people with sincerity, because it’s just painful for you to do otherwise. And even if you’ve faced ignorance, dishonesty and have been treated badly in one way or another, don’t let disappointment, anger or hate to take over you. This is very important. Contemplate these feelings as they arise within you, but don’t let them take the lead. We must learn to forgive.

By the way, those relationship themes have been very prominent since November last year, when Saturn moved into the sign of Scorpio, because the sign of Libra (which represents relationships with others) has been hemmed since then between Saturn and Rahu (north node of the Moon). Such configuration has been given much importance in vedic astrology because the sign (and house) that is hemmed between malefic planets (like Saturn and Rahu) experiences distress, as a result of painful lessons we have to learn. But this is a general theme, of course, and whether or not you experience such things would depend on what house Libra falls in your birth chart. For example, if you are Aries rising, Libra is in your 7th house of other people, and in that case relationship theme must have been strong in your life for quite some time now.

My impressions from reading Darth Bane trilogy

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I’ve finished reading The Darth Bane trilogy recently. It was written by Drew Karpyshyn and includes three books: Path of Destruction, Rule of Two, Dynasty of Evil. I had read more than half a dozen books about Star Wars universe before that. The first thing I must tell you to set up the overall tone of this review is that I liked this trilogy more than any other Star Wars book I had read before and Darth Bane has become my absolute favorite character in the universe of Star Wars.

Now I’ll try to explain you why this trilogy worth reading (even if you are not a huge fan of Star Wars and probably just watched few classical movies) while trying not to spoil any major plot events. As i didn’t find any big flaws in this trilogy, I’ll focus on what I liked the most.

The first thing I’d like to mention is how dynamically events flow during the whole story, at the same time all being connected (sometimes in unexpected ways). When reading you’ll find yourself travelling across the universe in time and space: from dusty forgotten industrial world of Apatros, where it all starts, to the inhospitable Sith home world of Korriban, and then to forest covered Ruusan, where a great war between Sith and Jedi is waging, and later to desert Ambria… There are many more worlds where action takes place, of course, including forsaken Rakata-Prime.

The story itself is exceptionally captivating. The author managed to create several stories, complementing each other and converging eventually. Every story could serve as a complete narrative by itself. For me the most memorizing stories are the ones related to Korriban and the Sith Academy and the story about Ruusan. You’ll notice how meticulously characters in these stories are portrayed and how authentic they look. Young sith Githany, who betrayed the teachings of Jedi Order, Lord commander of Jedi army of light Hoth and Jedi master Farfalla, the Huntress and Zannah are just a few examples of brilliant and memorizing characters.

But the central figure of the whole trilogy is Darth Bane himself, of course. He is the only character who you follow from the start to the end. His entire story is filled with reversals, transformations and sudden events, which makes it so interesting to follow. There is something in the personality of Dessel, who became dark lord of the Sith later, that makes you sympathize with him despite of those evil deeds he commits. For me personally the most admired trait of his character is his determination to achieve his ultimate goal, no matter the cost. His thirst for ancient knowledge, which he tried to quench during his days in the Sith Academy on Korriban by studying ancient texts looks very appealing to me. Both Bane and his apprentice, Zannah, despised attachments to material comforts and looked at wealth only as a tool to achieve their universal goals. In fact Darth Bane was an ascetic, and that is what I respect in him.

While reading I couldn’t help but ask myself what Darth Bane was seeking, what was his ultimate goal. It is the last part of the main Sith Code verse, he followed unflinchingly, that hints at the answer: “…through power I gain victory, through victory my chains are broken”. Perhaps, Bane was seeking freedom after all. Something, that he, probably, valued above everything else, given his childhood and youth on Apatros. I believe it makes him quite different from most of the other sith lords, who were driven mostly by corrupted desire to rule, but the line is very thin here, I must admit.

Darth Bane was a man of a great vision, that only people chosen by destiny to reshape the world and redefine the rules according to which it exists, have. He managed to bring down the entire Sith Order by subtle manipulations, performed at the right time, in the right place, and established the rule of two. And this is one of the most interesting things to ponder, because traditionally the Sith are considered extremely selfish and ambitious, whereas the Jedi are known for their compassionate and sacrificial attitude in general. But the rule of two, that Bane had established, implies that both master and apprentice must sacrifice themselves at some point for the future of the Sith. Master teaches apprentice everything he knows only to face that apprentice in a deadly combat once, in which only one survives to continue Sith lineage. There is a strong sacrificial element in this, in my opinion.

Every part of Darth Bane journey is interesting in its own way, reflecting transformation of his personality. My personal favorite parts include the days of Bane in the Academy on Korriban and his service in the army of the Sith before he became a Sith. If you are familiar with the story of the Sith lords to some extent you’ll probably notice that Darth Bane is quite different from the rest and, I believe, it is what makes his storyline so unique.

I wish this trilogy was turned into the movie one day. I can even see someone like Vin Diesel as Darth Bane in the main role ! That would be amazing.

Drawing the line I’d like to point out that Darth Bane trilogy would be a very interesting reading not only for those who have been much into the universe of Star Wars, but also for those who like sci-fi stories with intricate plot and deep characters in general. But for Star Wars fans this is a must-read. It can reveal you so much about the nature of the Sith and one the most magnificent sith lords of all times – Darth Bane.

Thoughts about modern cosmology

I’ve had a discussion with my farther recently. It was about the possible discovery of extraterrestrial life. He is quite concerned with the space and all those modern scientific theories, you can so often come across on scientific TV channels. So I just asked him why is he, like many others, is so eager to know that there is life somewhere in space, outside of our planet and what that would mean for him personally if extraterrestrial life was actually discovered. He said that would be the greatest moment in human history, indescribable experience and it would reinvigorate him; he also wondered how is that I don’t understand that myself.

But the thing is I rather understand what is this all about. And I want to share my thoughts with you. Humanity seems to be quite obsessed with space exploration nowadays and more so with the finding clues that life exists somewhere apart from our planet. Scientists tell us how unbelievable and important that would be if some microorganisms were found beneath the ice of Europe, Jupiter’s satellite, or signs of ever-existed life were discovered on Mars and what not…

I see this obsession as a sign of weakness and unwillingness to face our greatest challenges here on Earth. Scientists mislead people (and pop culture facilitate this greatly) into thinking that there is something of great importance out there that has yet to be discovered. In fact there is nothing more important than our current existence here on earth. We have so much to do here. Why there are wars, almost constantly waging here, why the majority of people are not happy living here and forced to survive, why do we persistently contaminate the planet, and so many other whys exist. How discovering of any sort of life on some remote planet going to help us to evolve and resolve all those problems, make us better or happier ?

Besides what do we have to offer another world or even another planetary civilization ? I believe in our current state – nothing, except moral degradation, wars for resources (extremely popular theme in modern movies and games by the way) and contamination. We have to evolve in order to make the next step. It may take some time of course, but there is no other way.

Ironically, once we have evolved and elevated our miserable existence into higher level, we may find out that we don’t need to go anywhere, since those who had been coming in contact with us in the times past, might start doing that again. There are many references to the visitors from another planets in ancient texts, who were coming to share their wisdom with us, to guide us. But now it is all gone and all we have are numerous reports of  unidentified flying objects in our atmosphere and beyond. They don’t come into direct contact anymore, preferring to observe. Why ? Because we’ve become ignorant and weak, so “they” most likely consider it is no use to help us right now. We must overcome our weakness ourselves, not the other way around.

Science must serve our greatest needs, especially now, when we have so many challenges to confront. And finding “little green men” somewhere in the space is certainly not one of them.

Our goal now is to cast aside everything that hampers our progress as spiritual living-beings and utterly focus on resolving our problems, creating qualitatively new civilization.

Concerning subtle body

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Our entire existence in this universe is determined by the law of karma. According to that all-pervasive law we receive a subtle body, as well as physical body. Among them subtle body is of higher nature, as it is carries us from one physical body to another in the course of time, and everything that makes us incarnating again exists in that body (like programmed code).

“Based on Lagn and the Grahas, joining and departing from each other, the native’s good and bad effects are deducted.”(Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra, chapter 3, slokas 4-6)

We can understand our physical body more easily as it is much more tangible, but understanding subtle body is another story. If we understand and help our physical body (by medicine, yoga, ayurveda etc.) it can be very beneficial for us rest assured. But if we manage to understand subtle body at least to some extent, it has the potential of elevating our existence even beyond this short life.

For that we must first understand what is subtle body and how it manifests itself. According to Lord Krishna (as he told Arjuna in Bhagavat Gita):

bhoomiraaponalo vayuhu kham mano buddhireva cha |
ahankaara iteeyam me bhinnaa prakritirashtadhaa |

(Earth, water, fire, wind and space, along with mind, ego and intellect, in this manner, this is my eight-fold differentiated nature.)

 

Thereby we can infer that subtle body comprises ego, mind and intellect envelopes. Ego (we can also call it false ego, as ego is always false by nature) has to do with our desires, that come from our ignorance, as desires deriving from our false self-identity impel us to incarnate again. Ego can be associated with causal body, since it is the main cause of all desires.

Mind and intellect are also parts of subtle body, being other envelopes, but they act in a different manner. Mind as our capacity to perceive things, to feel and to experience emotions plays a role of an instrument that is needed in order to make it possible for us to experience whatever we want and need to. Intellect plays the same role, though it is different from the mind (and it is said in ancient texts that intellect is of higher nature) as it gives us ability to discern, judge, operate with abstract categories, deal with paradoxes and so on. This is an instrument of incomprehensible complexity.

So, how can we possibly know about our subtle body – what are the causes that make us go into the womb after death to be born again, and what are the instruments (mind and intellect) we have for fulfillment of  our desires and satisfaction of ego ? I believe the best way to know yourself is spiritual practices (particularly meditation), but we can also get some important clues using ancient texts of Vedic astrology.

In Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra (chapter 3, s. 12-13) it is stated that Sūrya [the Sun] is the soul of all. Candr is the mind. Mangal is one’s strength. Budh is speech-giver, while Guru confers Knowledge and happiness. Śukr governs semen (potency), while Śani denotes grief.

From that statement we can deduce that the Sun (Surya) reflects the soul of all beings in this world, while the Moon represents mind. As knowledge and speech innately have to do with intellect, we can infer that Mercury and Jupiter naturally guide it.

Now going back to a subtle body I assume that the Sun can give us a clue regarding what causes us to reincarnate as, in my opinion, it reflects a causal body at least to some extent. It shows what a soul wants (and needs) to experience in this lifetime. Most likely it doesn’t show our ego; and here I’m willing to agree with the statement made in ancient text of Saravali (chapter 4, s. 1-2) that Rahu is ego.

Now we need to advert to more technical information. In order to see clues about causal body we have to examine the position of the Sun in birth horoscope: its position in main (d-1) chart (sign and house), in shastyamsha chart (d-60), in navamsa (d-9) and exmine its nakshatra and pada. Look at the sign placement to see how a soul wants to manifest in this world and house to see in what area of life this manifestation is likely to be experienced. By analyzing nakshatra and pada of the Sun, you can get further clues about the nature of causal body.

The same concepts can be applied in analysis of the Moon (mind). The sign and nakshatra of the Moon would show you how you tend to feel and experience emotions, while house placement hints at what area of life is likely to become the main focus of your mind and source of emotional waves. Nakshatra and pada are of utmost importance in this case. In the same manner you can see what your intellect is predisposed to, by looking at Jupiter and Mercury (I would say Mars also, as Mangal is related to logic) and assessing their strengths and weaknesses.

Of course it requires much time and contemplation, but if you draw on intuition and apply those concepts, there is a good chance you’ll get to know yourself better. And self-knowledge is invaluable.

Hope it was helpful and feel free to comment and discuss.

Nakshatras

I want to tell you briefly about an ancient astrological system which is though related to well known 12 signs of the zodiac, yet very different and interesting. It is about nakshatras.

This is a unique system found only in traditional Vedic astrology as it came to us from ancient times. Basically it divides ecliptic onto 27 parts, 13.2 degrees each. They are related to the Moon, as moon traverses approximately 13.2 degrees each day (it is said that all 27 nakshatras are the wives of Chandra (the Moon) actually).

Imagine a planet (let it be the Sun) moving gradually across the zodiac. We all know that it takes a month for the Sun to cross one zodiac sign. Now try to imagine how many people can be born during one month. It would be quite naïve to think that such big amount of people would carry characteristics of one sign, related to the Sun. This is where subtle astrology comes into play – nakshtras. For instance, person born in the second half of November would have Sun in Scorpio and person born in the first half of December would also have Sun in Scorpio. But the  former person would have Sun in Anuradha nakshatra, whereas the letter in Jyeshtha nakshatra.

But that is not all, as each nakshatra is divided by 4 parts (they are called padas), each 3.20 degrees. And two persons born with interval of 3 days of, let’s say, second part of November would have quite different personalities (related to significations of the Sun).

One important thing to know about nakshatras is that every one of them has its ruler (one of the 9 planets in Vedic astrology). For instance, Anuradha nakshatra is ruled by Saturn and Jyeshtha is ruled by Mercury. Every one of 4 padas of each nakshatra also has its ruler.

There are many useful techniques involving nakshatras. You could use them for better understanding of personal traits of someone by looking at what nakshatras their Moon, Ascendant and Sun are positioned. Traditionally it is the Moon, which considered the most important planet regarding personal traits (as the Moon represents our mind). So, the sign which the Moon is, can reveal a lot about a person, but if you know the Nakshatra of the Moon (and pada), you may be able to know much more.

Of course you would need to know more about nakshatras (their symbolism etc.) to grab the meaning of planetary positions, but the general rule is that each nakshatra carries qualities of the ruling planet. For example, Moon in Pushya nakshatra would have certain qualities of the Saturn, as Pushya is ruled by Saturn. Also keep in mind that all planets may behave in different ways in one and the same nakshatra, as some energies are conducive to expression of atributes of a certain planet and some are not.

I believe that everyone should know at least a nakshatra, in which the Moon was at the time of birth, as it can be really helpful in understanding our own personalities and perhaps making some adjustments.

Some takeaways regarding meditation

Yoga and meditation are great tools for elevating yourself into higher levels of consciousness and self-realization. But often times these practices are quite difficult to follow persistently. There are several reasons for that, and I’d like to focus on some of them and to point out how to make meditation more convenient.

Everyone who ever tried to meditate for at least 15 minutes, knows how hard it is actually. This is because when we one-on-one with ourselves, we have to deal with our mind. And you can find in numerous meditation and yoga guides such advices as “clear you mind”, “get rid of thoughts and worries” and so on. But the thing is, you can’t “defeat” your mind, just because it is very powerful. Ancient sages compared mind with a mighty furious elephant. There is no way you can pacify your mind, grappling with it; you will lose eventually.

I remember when I started to practice yoga about 7 years ago, I began with Tibetan techniques, which taught to pacify mind and that was quite frustrating first. But then I realized that those techniques were not meant to teach you to completely clear you mind (which is impossible), but rather to train your mental abilities and make you more focused and disciplined in spiritual practices.

When there is only you and your mind, it will always try to thwart all you attempts to meditate and focus on your inner self. It will use any tricks, doing so. For instance, your mind will try to convince you that it’s not possible for you to meditate, or it’s not worth doing it at all and so forth. The key thing here is not to fight with your mind, let it be and let all the thoughts come in you head; you just ignore them. Instead, focus on something (I recommend focusing on 6th chakra, which is located between your eyebrows and slightly above or 4th chakra in heart area, but it can be any point in space and time actually). In the course of time thoughts will start diminish by themselves gradually, without you exerting any efforts in that direction. And if not, just keep ignoring them.

The next important thing is that many people who are interested in meditation often have high expectations regarding the results of that process. That inevitably puts psychological pressure on them and when they don’t get fast result, they have hoped for or they don’t see any progress, frustration comes. To avoid this, just don’t expect much of yourself, don’t thing about the result at all; instead focus on the process and enjoyment you can derive from it and let the rest take care of itself. Remember that you are not in control of things in this world eventually. Just be.

Another thing I want to mention is that it is always better to put off your meditation if you feel fatigue, flustered or under a serious pressure. In such cases it is a good idea to deal with all those problems as fast as possible, since this is the best way to cope with any sort of impediments. It is good to be calm and focused, when you start your meditation process.

Time you choose to meditate is quite important factor as well. The best time is either sunrise or sunset (the twilight time seems to be conducive to deep mental activities).

Asana (posture) you use when meditating must be comfortable enough to stay in at least for half an hour without feeling much discomfort. I prefer siddh asana, which is a bit downgraded version of the famous and highly praised lotus position.

Speaking about environment, it’s all up to your personal preferences. I like to have quiet ambient sounds (or music even, e.g. one of my favorite artists – Mystical Sun) on the background when I meditate. Others may prefer silence.

The last (but not the least) important consideration I’d like to bring to your attention is that you can’t look at your spiritual practice separately from the rest of you life. The purport is that if you aspire to advance on spiritual path, perhaps you have to change your life-style (or at least some of you habits), since such things as indulgence in sense gratification, intake of alcohol or drugs, treating badly others and lack of discipline can seriously hamper or deny overall progress on the path of self-realization.

Dharma and Vedic astrology

There is a concept according to which human life is based on 4 pillars (representing aspirations of humans), namely dharma, artha, kama and moksha. Today’s topic is dharma, which is a path that eventually leads a person to self-realization through religion, knowledge, spirituality and enlightenment. Dharma is what we are supposed to do in this life, what Universe wants us to do. But not everyone follows a dharmic path at any given life-time for various reasons (usually because person is not ready yet to make that next step due to some desires remaining unfulfilled and some karmic knots untangled). With the help of Vedic astrology we can even comprehend (to a certain extent) what is the person’s capacity for following dharmic path.

So, how can we see dharma of a person in general by means of Vedic astrology ? Of course there are many things to take into account, and in order to come to some conclusion, the whole birth chart is to be analyzed, but I just want to make it more simple and point out three main concepts.

Those concepts are:

1 Lord of the ninth house and 9th house itself

2 Jupiter

3 Saturn

Let’s consider them in that order, though all 3, in fact, are somewhat of equal importance.

Why 9th house and not any other ? That is because ninth house is a house of dharma itself in vedic astrology. It is stated in Bhrigu Sutras that 9th house signifies faith, wisdom, divine worship, meditation and bhagya (luck) among other things. Therefore everything that allows and facilitates person’s progress on the path of dharma is seen from the 9th house of horoscope.

First of all, see what planets are situated in the 9th house (if any). Benefic planets like Jupiter, Venus, Mercury and Moon do good there, while malefic ones (Saturn, Mars, Rahu and Ketu) are not so comfortable there. But you have to always look at the dignity of planets. If there is a malefic planet in the 9th house in it’s sign of exaltation or own sign, it must be considered as a very auspicious placement. Similarly a badly placed benefic planet in 9th house is of not much help and may actually harm this house.

The lord of the ninth house is as important as the house itself, if not more. So you should look where it is situated first of all. The best position for the 9th lord is any of trikon houses (1, 5 and 9), kendra or angular houses are also good placement (1, 4, 7 and 10). 2nd and 11th houses are more neutral and 6th, 8th and 12th are not a good placement for the 9th lord generally. However, even if ninth lord is in 6th, 8th or 12th house, but in exaltation or own sign, it is not bad. But the best positions of all for 9th lord are first, tenth, fifth and ninth house. Sign in which ninth lord is situated must also be evaluated.

Let’s talk about Jupiter now. In Vedic astrology Jupiter (or Guru) is known as Brihaspati, preceptor of demigods. Basically everything signified by the 9th house is also signified by Jupiter as he is the natural karaka (signification) of the 9th house. Strong Jupiter in a birth chart makes a person law abiding, honest, sincere and dutiful. Such person is likely to have good morals. In contrary, badly placed Jupiter makes it hard to follow the righteous path in life.

In order to see how good or bad Jupiter is placed in a horoscope you should assess many factors, but let’s pick out the most important.

  • House placement (the best positions – 1, 5, 9)
  • Sign it is in the main birth chart (Sagittarius, Cancer and Pisces are the best signs for Jupiter, while Capricorn, Virgo, Taurus and Gemini are not so good)
  • Sign it is in the D-60 chart, Shastyamsha. This factor is of great importance, because Maharishi Parasara has given it even greater value than he has to D-1 chart. True dignity of a planet is seen through this chart. For instance, if a planet is debilitated in D-1, but in its own sign or exalted in D-60, then it must be considered strong.
  • Signs it is in D-9 and D-3 divisional charts. The rule is the same here – planet gains strength, when it is in own sign, sign of exaltation or benefic sign (unless debilitated).
  • See what planets are together with Jupiter (only in main birth chart) in one sign and what planets aspect it. General rule – benefic aspects and conjunctions are good, malefic ones are not so good. Exceptions are: aspect of exalted malefic (exalted planet doesn’t do harm as stated by Parasara himself) and conjunction with Ketu (south node of the Moon).

 

Finally comes the slowest and most misunderstood planet – Saturn ! It might seem odd to you that I include Saturn in topic about dharma as Saturn is not related to dharma directly, being the main planet of karma. But everything is connected, and so is karma and dharma. I would say that it is hard to follow dharma, having “not so good” karma.

Saturn teaches to be patient, humble, compassionate and disciplined. It shows us our boundaries. And well placed Saturn does that good. But here is the tricky thing about Saturn. If Saturn is strong in one’s chart it doesn’t mean such person is not going to suffer at some point in life. In contrary, strong Saturn will make sure he teaches you all the lessons properly and the ways of teaching are often very unpleasant and harsh in such case, but eventually they give good results. Behavior of weak Saturn is hard to predict, as it mainly depends on house placement, conjunctions and aspects, but generally it would give much fear, anxiety and morals may suffer (as a person doesn’t see boundaries well).

In order to assess strength of Saturn, follow the same principles as were given in case with Jupiter.

What is freedom ?

I was reading The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky recently (for the second time actually) and particularly my favourite part, where Ivan tells his “poem” about The Great Inquisitor to Alyosha, when I found out how innately some thoughts of that brilliant author correlate with some of my thoughts; and I decided to share some of them with you.images

Dostoevsky writes (1879, ch. 5):

Judge Thyself who was right — Thou or he who questioned Thee then? Remember the first question; its meaning, in other words, was this: “Thou wouldst go into the world, and art going with empty hands, with some promise of freedom which men in their simplicity and their natural unruliness cannot even understand, which they fear and dread — for nothing has ever been more insupportable for a man and a human society than freedom.

Many people don’t understand what freedom actually is. It is not freedom to act as you like or do what you want regardless of consequences. That would be, in fact, the opposite of freedom. Freedom is a responsibility to yourself, to others and to the God. Therefore it may be a heavy burden that not everyone is able to bear at any times. Only very strong person, who has developed in course of endless time such qualities as compassion, devotion, detachment, forgiveness and equanimity in face of any kind of adversities is capable of being free. Such person is inevitably highly spiritual by nature. Unfortunately most people don’t posses those qualities. Especially in this day and age. Therefore they seek to reject their freedom, as it feels as a heavy burden for them.

“I tell Thee that man is tormented by no greater anxiety than to find someone quickly to whom he can hand over that gift of freedom with which the ill-fated creature is born.” (Dostoevsky, 1879, ch.5)

But what freedom innately is ?  I reckon this is entirely spiritual category. To my mind, freedom is a state of being of a living-entity, when there is no fear of giving love and receiving love, for truly be in love (regardless if it is about another person or entire Universe) one must become thoroughly open. And this is exactly what scares that much, since when you are open, you become vulnerable as there are no more walls between you and other world. This require being on a high step of spiritual evolution; for that ego must be overcome to a great extent, which is by no means an easy task…

Thereby I infer that freedom is love. Where freedom or love is, there is no fear.

The truth is that a living-entity grounded in this reality is able to achieve perfection, which is absolute freedom and love in a single moment; but the only thing that deters it from that is itself. God is always ready to accept us, waiting when we are ready to accept him, as a father always waits for his child, wherever he or she may be.

During the conversation, The Great Inquisitor tells Him: “By showing him so much respect, Thou didst, as it were, cease to feel for him, for Thou didst ask far too much from him — Thou who hast loved him more than Thyself! Respecting him less, Thou wouldst have asked less of him” (Dostoevsky, 1879, ch.5). Those words substantiate what I said above – we are offered everything we need from the very beginning, but we are so foolish and ignorant that we rather reject it and continue to seek so called “happiness” in this world. However, courage, vigilance and devotion are required in order to be on the right way – qualities, so many of us lack…

Ironically enough, words of The Great Inquisitor find their expression in so many ways in our lives. Whether it is in a personal relationships, when one offers another respect, equality and freedom and the other runs away, frightened by that gift; or on the more global scale, when the majority of a nation readily rejects their rights and freedom, kneeling before some foolish tyrant, in exchange of “bread” and promised greatness.

I’m concluding with another citation from immortal work of Dostoevsky (1879, ch. 5):

But then the beast will crawl to us and lick our feet and spatter them with tears of blood. And we shall sit upon the beast and raise the cup, and on it will be written, “Mystery.” But then, and only then, the reign of peace and happiness will come for men.