This is a short note to be expanded later.
The most basic form of slavery is the relationship of mind to body, of sentient to physical.
We, the Sentient, are parasitic master of the body, our host. It is our slave, and must follow how we wish to direct it.
But the body always fights for control. The body controls our sensory input. The body controls our necessities.
Who is master when the body informs us of the need to urinate? Who is master when the body informs us of the need to eat? Who is master when the body informs us of the need to sleep?
So though we direct the body, the body is like a child always asking for something, and we are the undisciplined parent fulfilling every wish.
The body ultimately seeks to be the master, and is most happy when the mind is compliant to fulfill every need. The body violates the mind's Right of Negation, to tell it no. The body has no will, and thus, blindly cries for attention like a dog begging at the table of its master.
When we capitulate, we are slave to our own slave.
But the mind ultimately seeks to be free, and this presents us with two choices.
We may either become a harsh master of the body, denying it even in necessity for as long as we can. But this is not a winnable battle. Ultimately, sleep will take us. Ultimately, urine will escape. This type of choice leads us to self destruction, both of mind and body.
But the other choice is to be free of the body. We seek this through study, meditation, or even drug use. One takes a pain killer to silence the body, not the mind.
And thus, the proper mind knows two things. It cannot escape the body, and there are needs which cannot be silenced. They must be fulfilled to exist. There are needs which can be silenced, either through comfort or separation.
The mind that is least slave to the body is the mind which builds a good philosophy, being a philosophy of freedom. It then enforces this philosophy on the body, in so much as we enforce philosophy on a child, neither starving it, but teaching it to be good.
The mind, then, properly seeks neither to be harsh to the body and knows that it cannot be totally free as of yet. The mind, then, properly seeks to become its own master.
When the mind has mastered itself, no request of the body masters it. Many wrongly seek this state by seeking poverty and denial. But then it has become a slave of poverty and removes the choice to deny or grant, punishing itself with anger and guilt when it grants.
Such a mind is then master of the ideal of an anti-body, which is a harsher master than the body which only seeks pleasure and avoids pain. The anti-body seeks to avoid pleasure and tolerate pain.
When the mind has mastered itself, it observes pain and pleasure, and exists free of both. it is able to grant pleasure and negate pain, without capitulating to the raw whim of the body as we do not capitulate to the whims of a child. We know what the child needs, while the child knows only what it wants.
And we know what state we are in by the satisfaction of our lives, where ever they are. For, being happy in poverty, we are free. And being happy in riches, we are still free. Our hunger for more has died, and we've sought peace. When rich, we are complete, and always say "I have enough." And when poor, we are still complete, and always say, "I have enough."
But the mind that lies to itself has fear, envy, anger, bitterness, and squints the eyes when seeing those with that which we secretly hunger for. The poor man who is angry of the rich is telling the truth when he says, "He has too much!"
This mind seeks to be master of others, and shows that it is not master of itself. And he is angry when told, "The rich man has enough. You have enough. Why do you seek to take from him? You do not truly accept that you have enough and you give in to the whim of your own body."
Thus, the proper way to seek the ideal is the mind completely devoid of a body. And if we then see all life in this way, we see that condition is condition of a body, and all of our fear, anger, envy, and bitterness towards any body as the lack of being devoid of the body.
We find the freedom of the mind, then, through forcing the view of our senses as though all bodies were no more than animals roaming a plain. We do not look at the lion with a large pride and plenty of meat as being gluttonous. And we do not look at the food of the lion and see the oppressed.
We see the lion and the food as the same, as being as is given its station in life. The work of both is complete, and is enough.
In this way, see your body and others.