“The cruelest prison of all is the prison of the mind.”- Piri Thomas
I sometimes imagine a scenario about my room. I imagine what if I did not know where the door of my room is? what if I couldn’t differentiate between the walls and the door? Just like a baby who cries when he get himself locked inside a room, I would be in intense misery. I can imagine at least that.
I wonder what is stopping me from being prisoner in this very room?
Then the answer comes it is my knowledge of this room. I know where the door is . I know how to open it. I know the true nature of this room as far as getting out is concerned.
Lot of us are living in an even greater prison. The prison of our thoughts/mind. It is one hell of a prison. It is one special prison of which we know nothing about.
What makes our mind a prison?
The answer lies in the door analogy. Rooms become prison because we cannot get out of them. If people could come in and go out every time they wished, then those things with high walls would not be called a prison. I think they would be called as hotels then.
Our mind resembles prison because we cannot stop our thoughts. We cannot tell them to go away. If we are stupid enough to tell our thoughts to go away they show their vicious face and make our life more miserable.
Are you suggesting any way out of it?
No not at all. We have about 50,000 thoughts on a single day. That is what this post says. Then we have at least 50000 layers of prison walls. By the time we break the last wall tomorrow comes and we will again be left with another 50,000 walls to break.
The way to liberation
The prison exists because we think so. There is no prison since the walls are not really walls. If we really examine them we see them as doors. Explore those doors. By exploring I mean we need to see deeply into our thoughts. More deeply we see our thoughts the more we will be able to pass them through. Dont run from your thoughts. Run towards them to observe them. If you look deeply you will find a door knob in every thoughts. It is not easy though but it is the only way. That is why people spend years on meditation before they can finally be enlightened. I think it is worth it.
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May peace be with you