We usually become prisoners of our desires and attachments.
Everyone has desires. It’s human nature.
But sometimes, we become attached to certain ‘desires’.
We constantly keep thinking of finding the ways to fulfill those desires. If they are not fulfilled, we become sad, angry and even depressed.
And if we get what we want, we temporarily become happy. It boosts up our ego and soon, it loses its charm and we start looking for something else and become prisoner of another desire.
We also become attached to what we have; to our possessions.
We may have been fine when we did not have certain things, like diamonds, but if we lose it after having it for some time, then it becomes very painful. We constantly keep thinking about it and keep on suffering.
We also become prisoners of certain beliefs.
It’s good to have some beliefs but it’s not good to become their prisoners. If we do, then we cannot see beyond the boundaries of those beliefs. Our vision becomes very limited. It diminishes our ability to see and analyze or accept other theories and beliefs.
Truth cannot be realized by a closed mind with a limited vision.
Rabindera Nath Tagore, receiver of the Nobel Prize, once said that we try to build walls of certain beliefs around ourselves for protection, but sometimes those walls become so high that we become prisoners within them and cannot see anything beyond those walls.
Bhagvad Gita says: Expectations and Attachments are the root cause of all sufferings.
Attachment is the greatest invisible binding force and freedom from it means happiness and Moksha.