Real Meaning of Liberation

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

Generally "liberation" is mistook as freedom or being independent. We find that everyone of us would like to be liberated - not to be dependent on others or not to be obliged to others. But that is not real meaning of liberation. Srimad Bhagavatam verse 2.10.6 very nicely explains what is liberation.

muktir hitvānyathā rūpaṁ sva-rūpeṇa vyavasthitiḥ

Liberation is the permanent situation of the form of the living entity after he gives up the changeable gross and subtle material bodies.

When we realise our svarupa - our original relation with the Lord, then we are in the stage of liberation. Srila Prabhupada in one of his lectures on verse 6.1.15 of Srimad Bhagavatam says, "Liberation means to become free from all false conception of life. That is liberation. Liberation does not mean that you have got now two hands, and, as soon as you are liberated, you'll have ten hands. No. Liberation means that you become free from all nonsensical, false conception of life. That is liberation. That is the definition given in the Srimad-Bhägavatam, what is liberation. muktir hitvānyathā rūpaṁ  Mukti means to give up... Anyathä rüpam... As we are now living under some false conception, so when one gives up this all false conception, that is called mukti. muktir hitvānyathā rūpaṁ sva-rūpeṇa vyavasthitiḥ [SB 2.10.6]. And when one is situated in his original, constitutional position, giving up all false notions, he's liberated. That is liberation....Liberation is not very difficult. Simply... There is another verse that by awakening knowledge, one becomes liberated immediately. But, but what is that knowledge? This knowledge is very simple: God is great; we are small. We are His part and parcel; therefore it is our duty to serve Him. Two lines—liberation. Instead of undergoing so much difficult processes, if simply you understand these two lines: God is great, I am very small. He is the Supreme Proprietor, or master, He is supplying us all necessities of life; therefore our duty is to serve Him. That's all".

We should also not mistake that liberation means that we remain idle. Once we realise that we are the eternal servant of the eternal Supreme Lord, then our service unto Him also continues eternally. When we depend on Him and do the service, then we would be able to relish the bliss of liberation. In his purport to verse 2.2.1, Srila Prabhupada says, "Liberation means getting out of the slumber of forgetfulness and becoming situated in the real loving service of the Lord, as exemplified in the case of Brahmā. The service of Brahmā is the sample of service in liberation distinguished from the so-called altruistic services full of mistakes and forgetfulness. Liberation is never inaction, but service without human mistakes." 

Whenever we do any service in this material world, there will be some mistakes or the other as we come under the category of four disqualifications -  committing mistakes, imperfect senses, illusion, cheating propensity. But service done by nitya muktas like His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada are all beyound the material modes and so in such seva, there is no human mistakes. What would happen to those who fail to realise their original relation with Lord and falsely consider themselves to be liberated? Srimad Bhagavatam 10.2.32 says

ye ’nye ’ravindākṣa vimukta-māninas
tvayy asta-bhāvād aviśuddha-buddhayaḥ
āruhya kṛcchreṇa paraṁ padaṁ tataḥ
patanty adho ’nādṛta-yuṣmad-aṅghrayaḥ

[Someone may say that aside from devotees, who always seek shelter at the Lord’s lotus feet, there are those who are not devotees but who have accepted different processes for attaining salvation. What happens to them? In answer to this question, Lord Brahmā and the other demigods said:] O lotus-eyed Lord, although nondevotees who accept severe austerities and penances to achieve the highest position may think themselves liberated, their intelligence is impure. They fall down from their position of imagined superiority because they have no regard for Your lotus feet.

So surrendering unto Supreme Lord and being fully dependent on Him makes us free. If we don't surrender unto Him and falsely consider ourselves as liberated - vimukta-māninas, then because of that polluted intelligence - aviśuddha-buddhayaḥ, we would definitely fall down. So goal of life is to actively render service to Supreme Lord, hear study and remember His glories always - That is real liberation.

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Sudarshana devi dasi.