Thursday, August 15, 2013

Freedom of Spirit

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be?

..Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.

We were born to make and manifest the glory that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” 

~Marianne Williamson
Today is Independence day. What does freedom mean to us? Both as individuals and as citizens of a nation, we still grapple with the many prejudices and preconceptions about race, religion, sexuality, nationality and culture. Repression of thought and spirit begins quite early for us Indians.Only in a society where individuals are capable of empathising with their brethren and standing for what is humanely just can we hope to find true freedom.

For me,today's celebrations are muted by the silent cries of  women who have been denied this basic human right in this country. How can I celebrate when I hear their woeful stories of torture and deprivation all around. How long do we live this pretence of freedom?

Freedom is not a passive existence that confers us with numerous privileges. It is an active existence where you have to constantly strive to excel as a human being . It is past time that we as a nation aspired to an existence that is higher than just individual survival. We need to define newer realities. One of thought,contemplation and action which is not tied down by the mundane, insipid and the short sighted but one that encompasses a vision that includes everyone. A reality where the sum of the parts is greater than just you. 

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