Based on Bhagavad Gita Chapter 07, Text 13
By Chaitanya Charan Das
Whenever people are enslaved, they sooner or later try to break free. They get motivation for their freedom struggle by seeing the privileges enjoyed by the free and contrasting them with the indignities they themselves undergo.
But suppose an entire society was enslaved and had no contact with free people. They would mistake their condition to be the normal condition and might even consider it to be a state of freedom, due to having no knowledge of real freedom. Thus the freedom offered by ignorance of freedom is the tightest bondage.
Such is our condition in material existence. We are all enslaved by the passions of the mind, which make us dance to their tune. Yet because everyone is dancing to those tunes, we don’t think of this puppet-like existence as unnatural. The Bhagavad-gita (07.13) indicates that material nature through the agency of the three modes deludes all living beings.