Do you think of Shakespeare as being a highbrow (interested in complicated ideas, intellectual) author (writer) who wrote plays designed (planned or developed with the purpose) to bore (make someone feel bored) high school students? Do you view (look at) his writings as something for other people – writings that had nothing to do with practical (real) problems of life? If your answer is yes, think again.
I quote (repeat exactly what he said), “Every bondman in his own hand bears the power to cancel his captivity”.
How can you apply (use) his advice (opinion) in a practical manner (way) to today?
Every bondman – what does he mean? Every person who feels they are in bondage (a situation with no freedom to do something, captivity) in any way … who feels trapped (to be in a bad situation from which you can not scape) by circumstances (conditions that effects your situation)… who seems bound to failure (is likely to fail), poverty (the state of being poor), sickness … who seems held back (prevented) from what would make their life complete and good.
Every bondman bears in his own hand – that is (means) he possesses, he has within himself the power to cancel or get rid of (to throw a way, to remove) his captivity, his seeming (apparent, not real) bondage.
Paul Carus wrote in The Gospel of Buddha, People are in bondage, because they have not removed the idea of ‘I’.
Leland Val Van De Wall wrote, “Let us not look back (the times in the past) in anger, nor forward (not look future) in fear, but around us in awareness”.
The only power our problems can have over (to control) us is the power we give to them.
As Emerson wrote, “The only thing that can grow is the thing we give energy to”.
If you are in bondage, held captive by problems, you have the power in your own hands to set yourself free (to free yourself). You are the only one who can set you free.
Shakespeare said it, I believe it and that settles it (ends the argument) … for me.0 This entry was posted in Sub Cat. Personal Development by Parviz with ۴ comments