We always feel that liberation is impossible and that when the body leaves us, all that the body possessed is lost and we may feel a sense of liberation.
But that is not true, because when the body is no longer ours and it just drops, by default we are left with nothing but some memories. It is not out of choice, but out of fate.
Most women in our country experience a sense of liberation when they are alive. They give up their entire life for their family and all through the years, though they may get a few clothes and jewelry, they usually do not own anything else.
They live their lives in sewa and until their last breath are only giving whatever they can. They have nothing to call their own. A mother who spends her entire youth and middle years raising her child is finally left with nothing. Generally with failing health and no one to take care of her, she just lives her remaining life liberated. Everything she feels was hers is no longer with her.
Usually left with no money and no health and most assuredly no major bank balance or property in her name, she is a liberated soul. Kids would have flown the nest and she would probably be left with a husband who just wishes her to continue doing the chores of the house till her last breath.
Her entire life she spent in serving and taking care of others. What she got in return was probably a few words of appreciation accompanied by some anger, bitterness etc. This she would obviously disregard and continue with her services.
If she wishes to fly away at any point of time from her service, she would not be allowed to do so, due to social restrictions and also financial constraints. Busy serving her family, she never bothered to accumulate any wealth for herself for her future.
She is left with nothing to call her own. All she would have, once her children have left her is a dependent husband to serve. It would be a bit late at that age to go out and earn a living. If she wishes to do something on her own, her husband may not support her and so finally she is forced to stay with him and serve him until her death.
If she had invested those 20 or 30 years for herself, she would have been independent and take her own decisions and live as per her wish. But would she feel liberated?
A woman who has given her life for her family and in return has nothing of her own except her own body would have felt liberated several times in her life. Though she does not have the freedom of choice she is free.
Free of the constraints that accumulated money brings. Free of her children who decide that they need their privacy, free of everyone and everything. She owns nothing, absolutely nothing at all. She does not have to write a will or sign any cheques…
She looks to be bound, by her spouse who needs her now. But she cannot belong to him. A man who only used her all his life and still wishes to, a man who never allowed her to blossom or find her path, a man who stifled her so that he could feel superior…
She is free of that man…had he loved her, cared for her, given his entire earnings to her, given a home for her and treated her like a queen, she would be bound…she would then have been attached to all the wealth that he gave her, attached to the love and care and bound by the home that was given to her…
She has nothing and no one to lose. She was alone and would be alone…in loneliness one finds a lot of answers. When no one is hers, nothing belongs to her then what was there to be liberated of?
A body is all that belongs to her…and the clear knowledge that it can just drop anytime becomes clear. There is no sorrow as there is nothing to lose.
Why would she need to read the Gita and other scriptures and try to understand liberation?
All she needed to do was, quit her job ( in case she was employed ), care for the family for the whole life and gather nothing in her name. Then except the body there was nothing left to leave…
She was free because she had nothing that she could say she owned. Absolutely nothing!