Becoming free from bondage

Baba says, ‘become karmateet‘. Many children ask Baba when the old world will end. ‘It is waiting on you children attaining the karmateet stage’, He says.

To become karmateet means to be free from the bondage of karma (action). For as long as I am on this physical plane, I have to perform action. We souls are here as actors to perform on this world stage, we express ourselves through our thoughts, words and actions. But it is one thing to perform action and another thing to be attached to the outcome of that action. The former allows me to be free, the latter binds me.

If I want the old world to end, then I have to let it go. When I entangle myself in gross and subtle bondages, I am holding on tight.

When I am dependent on the fruit or the outcome of my action, I place myself under the control of my action- I, the creator have become subservient to my creation. My intellect continues to wander – ‘will they like it?’, ‘maybe I should have done it this way or that way’…When the outcome is not to my satisfaction, I blame myself or others. That is called the bondage of karma that causes distress for the self and others.

Karmateet means someone who is not dependent on karma, but someone who comes into a relationship with the physical organs as their master, as an authority, someone who is detached from perishable desires. The karma (action) should not make the soul, the master, dependent. Instead, I the soul, hold the reins in my intellect. If I see something and I get pulled into it such that I can’t get it off my mind, then am I in control of what I see? Sometimes, we say things we don’t mean and then apologize: ‘I didn’t mean to say that, it just came out that way…’. Can words come out of my mouth without my permission? My ears hear things that are none of my business and then I dive into analysis and even arrive at judgments. Is anyone in charge here?

Karmateet means to be beyond, separate from the bondage of relationships, material possessions. Our relationships with other souls and possessions have changed into bondages. I look at others not as individuals, souls on their own journeys but as extensions of me, as supporting actors in my story. It is as if I am the center of the universe and everyone else are planets orbiting around me. So, I expect them to think, speak, do a certain way which they inevitably don’t and I am upset. I am so self-absorbed that I am unable to see the other’s perspective.

I reduce myself to looking at material things as a measure of my worth – I am happy when I buy that new car or house but it lasts only until the neighbor gets his new car. Then, mine isn’t good enough any more. I define my success by job titles and other’s approvals.

Because I bind myself to other people or things, one minute I am on top of the world, the next moment I hit rock bottom. I still have all the attainments but I experience lack. Although outwardly full, I experience emptiness. There is always the feeling of: ‘I need something else’. And where there is a constant wanting, there cannot be contentment. I will be constantly upset with myself or others for one thing or the other.

Sometimes, I am bound to an illness. Even though it might be something small, it is all I can think about and talk about with others. It is as if I am determined to never get better. On the other hand, there are souls who despite a severe illness continue to keep their chin up and a smile on their lips. With the practice of being detached from the body, they experience themselves, the soul, to be healthy even if the body is not. The soul is in charge of how it feels, the illness does not control it.

To make a small thing big or to make a big thing small depends on your own stage, says Baba. To be distressed or to maintain the honor of being a master depends on yourself. Whether I experience ‘why has this happened!’, ‘why me!’, ‘this is my bad fortune!’ or ‘whatever has happened is good, ‘the drama is beneficial, the Father is beneficial, this time is beneficial’ depends on myself. This faith can change bad into good. Even if the current situation might seem outwardly unfavorable, with humility and patience, I will see the hidden benefit come forth in time.

When I cut the strings of bondages I have entangled myself into, I become karmateet. The scissors to cut them are the points of knowledge Baba gives me every single day. He reminds me that I am a soul, not the body. That my worth does not come from accomplishments and approvals in the old world, but rather by being who I am. I am the child of the Almighty Authority, I have all the powers He has. Because of being His child, every second of this confluence age is benevolent and it is therefore my duty to use it to bring benefit to myself and others; it is my service to bring benefit to myself and others.

I am a soul, a child of God. My job title is world transformer, world benefactor. None of those things have anything at all to do with this old world, in fact my very job is to transform…so let go. The moment I let go is the moment I break free and the moment the old world ends.

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