To be free, in the worldly and the spiritual sense, it is essential to accept full responsibility for our thoughts, words, and deeds; recognize that it is impossible to avoid the consequences of our previous acts; and establish the necessary causes for our happiness.
Subordination to others —no matter how good and saintly they may appear at the moment— is highly detrimental, because it allows us to avoid responsibility and turns us into willing victims of external powers.
By oneself is evil done;
by oneself is one defiled.
By oneself is evil left undone;
by oneself is one made pure.
Purity and impurity depend on oneself;
no one can purify another.
Without freedom, there is no responsibility. Without responsibility, happiness is impossible.