Liberation or Moksha, we have heard this so many times. From this material plane called Earth, liberation means to be free from the bondage of birth, youth, old age, disease and death. Does it finally mean to be free from life struggles, pain and unhappiness and remain in a state of happiness forever. If we talk about happiness, then again it's obvious that the existence of happiness is only with the existence of life. And the existence of life is measured in duration of time. So in other words this universe in itself is the cause of bondage. Total liberation means realisation of total non existence of the universe, but this universe is under the bondage of time, so does it mean that total liberation means realisation of total non existence of time. Obviously when you want to be liberated, it means you want to be liberated from time also.
Since ages mankind talks about freedom from this life itself which is known as "liberation". It also means that the Spirit Soul is embodied by the physical nature (body) which is a product of the five elements - Earth, water, fire, ether and air.The Cosmic consciousness is the seed giving father for these five elements and these five elements are the seed giving father for this universe. One of the ways out is to revolt against the same by completely cutting down the elements of physical nature ie.False ego, dualities, anxieties, qualities of being good or bad and total surrender before the Supreme person as he is himself beyond anxieties, dualities, he is beyond being good or bad, beyond false ego. But this is from religious point of view.
From practical point of view it may be like to always remain in a neutral state, one who is not entangled in attachments, happiness, and unhappiness. Who is free from greed and lust. Who accepts the results that come on its own accord though may be desired or undesired by him, as a will of the cosmic consciousness and one who has renounced mentally all material activities, anxieties and dualities although may be from outside still performing all actions. Such a person may be considered liberated.
Liberation and bondage it seems is only a state of mind. Man gives birth to unlimited desires hence where there is desire and a dependency of achieving happiness by fulfilling the said desire, where can liberation come from? A living entity who is already under the clutches of material things obviously can not even think of liberation.
The birth of "desire" itself is the cause of "distress" and hence the cause of "bondage". It means the "desire" to be liberated itself obstructs liberation. Because again you are desiring something, "desiring liberation". It's only when your mind rests in peace, in a state equanimity, nothing desirable but nothing not even undesirable, when you are ever satisfied, enjoying within that you can be said to be liberated.
The entire universe is within the mind, even the notions of bondage and liberation.when mind ceases to be materially conditioned and reaches the state of equanimity , it becomes "no mind", there is nothing to desire not even liberation
Our scriptures say Liberation is not on the other side of sky, nor is in the nether world, nor on the earth. One way is the extinction of mind resulting from eradication of all desires is regarded as Liberation. Its basically when we separate ourselves as a second entity from the Infinite, pure consciousness, the question of liberation arises. The One who is established in what is infinite, pure consciousness, bliss and unqualified non duality, this really gets close theory wise - "Unqualified non duality", to such a person where is the question of bondage or liberation, seeing that there is no second entity?.
The thought of desiring liberation comes when we believe there is a second entity. A very interesting information from the Yoga Vashishta on liberation - "Liberation is the realization of the total non - existence of the universe, this is different from mere denial of existence of ego and the universe", "By persistent practice egotism is quitened. Thinking of "that" alone, speaking of "that" alone, conversing of "that", utter dedication to "that" alone can lead to liberation.
Ignorance, life forms, mindstuff, bondage, impurity, evil deeds all are synonyms, they are simply words with same meaning. This entire universe is non-different from the Cosmic consciousness that dwells in every atom, in each and everything, right, left, centre, above, below, within, without etc. Just how the ornament is non-different from the Gold.
Yoga Vashishta further states that the object exists in the subject, but when this notion of object is firmly rejected and removed from the subject, what is left is consciousness alone. This is awesome.
Cosmic consciousness or the super soul or also known as the unborn creator has only one body and that is spiritual but mortal beings have two bodies - physical and spiritual. The unborn creator has only the spiritual body because the cause that gives rise to physical does not exist in him. Now the nature of the unborn creator is of dual nature - Consciousness and Thought. Consciousness is pure but thought is subject to confusion. The unborn creators consciousness supports the entire universe and the thought that arise in the universe takes a form. But the creator is not subject to this delusion. This material universe is outcome of a thought of the cosmic consciousness and hence is unreal. It can be termed as real only because it exists out of the real cosmic consciousness but otherwise it can also be termed as unreal because it can not exist on its own without cosmic consciousness.
Now liberation can be realized or the unborn creator can be realized only if one is firmly established in the unreality of this universe. In this state the intellect is not required because the knowledge, the knower and the one to be known exist as "One infinite super soul"