what is real independence?

If I catch one of the boys, then he wants to get free. Then he may say I am free. So if you are caught up by a foreign rule then we rule ourselves. Then we said we got independence or freedom. But Bhagavad-Gita says, that in this world there is one supreme energy known as maya or Prakiti. And we all under the governing of that material energy. prakṛteḥ kriyamāṇāni guṇaiḥ karmāṇi sarvaśaḥ So even if you are under one foreign rule or our own rule or some other rule, that’s mean, we are free from the rule of nature. So the Bhagavad-Gita said that our struggle for freedom is not over until we are free ourselves from the bondage of birth, death, old age, and disease. That is the ultimate independence struggle which everyone in the world had to die for. But that struggle you have to do individually one by one with the help of the guru, of the teachers, and of the parents.

His Holiness Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

1986,15th August, SB class @ New Naimisaranya, India