In Search of Liberty


During one of my lonely periods, I asked myself,
What kind of freedom do I really want?
Do I want the freedom that comes through the results of abandoning the pressure of time?
Or do I want the freedom that results from:
abandoning the lust of desire that arises after completing every tough task by myself?
Articulating a lonely period,
I posed these questions to myself.

During each of my lonely periods,
These questions occupy my mind.
They changed to the beautiful programmer,
who could reset and debug my life.
Really, in search of liberty,
Am I not entering the ‘mystery of life’?
And letting go even more!

I have moments when I question my judgment,
and wonder if I am losing the ‘Liberty’ that I truly possess!
The song ‘In Search of Liberty’ runs through my head, and I think,
Am I losing the actual liberty that I have but am not aware of?

I question myself about my unique existence—
that is far from a ‘mass of meat’,
Is it really ‘liberty’ to be free of mass with dissimilar interests?
Well, our interests indeed guide our materialistic lives
That is way different from getting liberated in spiritual life.

To truly live in freedom- one must be free from the effects of ‘give’- and ‘take’,
that can fuel an excessive need to obtain satisfaction from other people.

© Rajendra Ojha (Nayan)

Bio of Rajendra Ojha (Nayan)

Rajendra Ojha (Nayan) is a Nepalese poet, philosopher, social researcher, social worker, and EU-certified trainer. He also served as a citizen diplomat for three months under the ‘Ministry of Population and Environment’ in 2018 in Switzerland for the diplomatic program of the Minamata Convention, which was held in Geneva, Switzerland. Poems and philosophical writings of Rajendra Ojha have been published in various national as well as international literary journals from Nepal, the U.S.A., India, China, Russia, Spain, Myanmar, and Pakistan in both Nepalese and English. He has also published two anthologies, ‘Through the World’ (a collection of experimental poems) and ‘Words of Tiger’ (a collection of philosophical and psychological poems), in 2011 and 2019, respectively. Mr. Rajendra Ojha had been honored by two major prestigious awards named ‘Asia’s Outstanding Internship Solution Provider Award 2020/21’ and ‘Dadasaheb Phalke Television Award 2023’ for his work as a ‘Social Researcher’ as well as a ‘Social Worker’ (Activities related to Social Responsibility) respectively in 2021 and 2023.

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