If experience is any guide, then we can vouch say the importance of freedom in the following aspects:-
- Freedom of thoughts and actions thereof does not mean to have freedom to trample the hapless people or impinge on their fundamental rights enshrined in the constitution.
- Real freedom comes into being when we enjoy the fruits of action in the atmosphere of freedom bereft of any coercion or pressure from outside.
- Real freedom in thoughts and actions comes when we remain within the confines of our limits; my freedom of action ends where somebody spheres of influence starts.
- In our homes, in our formal and informal institutions, we’re constrained to remain within some norms set by these institutions. Here total freedom means prevalence of chaos and confusion in the society.
- If at all we’ve to seek freedom, it is from ego-centric tendencies from our within us for living a balanced life.
- Freedom, for all intends and purposes should be given right direction, unfettered freedom leads to anarchy and lawlessness.
- Too much of freedom can be disastrous for overall growth and development. Checks and balances serve the purpose of establishing the rule of law.
- Freedom to make difference hugely dawns when we enjoy our freedom while respecting the freedom of others.
- It is in SPIRITUALITY wherein a complete surrender is essential in order to establish connectivity with God. In other words, we’ve to orient our thoughts according to the scriptural knowledge contained in different religious texts; it may be be religious texts of Christianity, Muslim, Hinduism, Sikhism etc.
- I take freedom as a necessity in our life but limitless freedom blocks of balanced growth and development because it could create authoritative tendencies in us.
FREEDOM OF THOUGHTS AND ACTIONS
When we think in free atmosphere
And act on that thought without let or hindrance
We surely put add-on
To our creative power
Since when hurdles
Are erected on our sincere efforts surely
Get bogged down severely.
We’re born without any fetters
But after our birth on this earth
We remain dependent on others for our survival
For food and several needs
Followed by our learning
In school, college, university or other Institutions
Then we get the employment
According to our aptitude
Here too we are not free to act
As we like or detest
We’ve to work under some rules and regulations
Of organization we are engaged.
In society too we have to remain within norms
Followed by the society in general
Otherwise we shall face the outcome so dismal
Hence in life, we’ve layers of obstructions.
Factually, only in spiritual plane
Surrender necessarily is considered as the highest traits
Here liberty of thought and action is curtailed
It has to work in sync with truth given in the scriptures
Which are based on the practical experiences
We have to surrender our worldly wishes
For eternal peace and bliss.
In spiritual plane
We’ve to dissolve ourselves
For getting Moksha
The liberation from births and deaths
With the grace of Almighty God.
RELATION OF FREEDOM & KNOWLEDGE
Freedom is what we want to achieve – a state wherein we’re free to get knowledge at the conscious level. The freedom to act based on the particular free thought to get knowledge is always considered good. If we surrender to somebody, it means we are not free to act. To be free one has to act just independent of anything or everything. If we are dependent on something, it means, we are not having freedom.
FREEDOM & SURRENDER
If we have to be forced to act in a particular manner according to others’ whims and caprice which in fact is not acceptable to as then our freedom would be curtailed proving that freedom cannot be gained simply by surrender.
SURRENDERR IN SPIRITUAL PLANE
In spiritual plane, surrender is considered one of the highest traits to get optimum results. For example, we have to follow the religious scriptures which are also based on experiences over a period of time and stand the test of time. Here the freedom of thought and action would be open to discussion. We have to surrender some worldly wishes (Sansarik bhabhnian) in order to get inner peace and spiritual awakening. We have to dissolve ourselves for getting benefits spiritually.
Freedom belongs only to the consciousness and awareness. So one requires surrendering one’s ego and the mind only, otherwise one’s consciousness and awareness is already free. And those who do not have the ego, do not require surrender of any kind, as per my opinion.
Conversely it is the freedom from ego-sense and selfishness which is the bedrock for surrender to the Divine.
FREEDOM AND KNOWLEDGE ATTAINED
Importantly, knowledge is a power, when got in an atmosphere of freedom. It empowers people. In the ancient Indian traditions, the knowledge was imparted to the pupils (Shishya) by the Gurus (Teachers) in Gurukulas (Guru means teacher and Kula means family like atmosphere). These Gurukulas used to impart educational instruction in the open sky with clean ambiance and with free flow of information. It was based purely on Guru and Shishya (Teacher and pupil) based on wide ranging subjects. The pupils were free to ask questions and get their concepts cleared. Here the disciples (Shisha) were given ample opportunities to quench their thirst of getting knowledge without let or hindrance and thereby remove the ignorance prevailing.
FREEDOM FOR HOLISTIC DEVELOPMENT
Essentially, an individual’s holistic growth could be made possible when one has got freedom of thought and to act on the basis of that thought. Here too, free flow of information from other sources is a must. Seemingly, a society wherein citizens enjoy autonomy of thought and to perform, there is more initiative and creativity due to self-motivation; thereby more productivity in free atmosphere. The freedom of thought and action are the two essential ingredients for success in any field of activity. Apprehension of any sort creates confusion and deceleration in growth.
ENJOYING FREEDOM WHILE EXPERIENCING LIFE
Freedom is a state wherein we have autonomy of thought and action with a view to acquire knowledge at the conscious level. This freedom of action is based on the free flow of thoughts to get knowledge. To be free one has to act just independent of anything. If we are dependent on something, it means, we are not having freedom. If we have to be forced to act in a particular manner according to others’ whims and caprice which in fact is not acceptable as then our freedom would be curtailed proving that freedom cannot be gained simply by surrender. Surrender should be of our pride, ego, etc. Therefore, we can enjoy getting experiences in life in an atmosphere of freedom while observing some norms.
FREEDOM BELONGS TO OUR CONSCIOUSNESS/AWAEWNESS
Freedom belongs only to the consciousness and the awareness. So what we require is surrender our ego and exercise mind control/self-control. Our consciousness and awareness is already free and those who do not have the ego, do not require surrender of any kind, as per my opinion.
FREEDOM AND SURRENDER OF EGO
In spiritual plane, surrender is considered one of the best traits to get optimum results. For example, we h**ave to follow the religious scriptures which are also based on experiences got over a long period of time and have stood the test of time. Here freedom is to go within and obtain satiety. While we are having inner peace, then we can have optimum contribution since we know how to utilize our inner potential. For this to be reality, it is necessary to surrender our egocentric tendencies along with greed, anger and animosity for others and imbibe empathy, helpfulness and goodwill for our fellow beings.
REMAINING WITHIN THE NORMS SET BY THE SOCIETY
The maxim, ‘Man is born free but everywhere he is in chains’ stands good with all of us. When we are born, we do not know what the meaning of being free but thereafter, we remain dependent on others; such as, on mother and others for meeting his/her needs after birth. When child is admitted in school, he/she is not free as in studentship he/she has to remain within the norms set by the school. After schooling, college, university and in professional life, he/she has to work under rules and regulations of the organisation he/she is working. Subsequently when he/she marries, have children, have to maintain relationship with other members of his/her family. Here too, nobody can say, in such a scenario, the particular person is free to act whatever he/she wants because of different pulls and pressures. It could conveniently be said that breaking free means, breaking from the family fabric we cannot do so since we cannot work in vacuum.
While working under the framework of country’s constitution and norms set by the society, we can enjoy various freedoms and ensure our holistic growth and development.
SURRENDER TO THE DIVINE WILL
Freedom should be from ego-sense and selfishness which is the bedrock for surrender to the Divine. On spiritual plane freedom is very difficult to follow. Here we have to surrender to God’s will with total detachment in order to obtain Divine bliss. We have to have particular conditional behavior. Bhagwad Gita says that we cannot be Karma Yogi without total surrender. We have to renounce the desires for self aggrandizement. abandoning the fruits of our actions then only a person could be termed as a true Yogi.
FREEDOM OF MIND ESSENTIAL FOR PEACEFUL MIND.
For freedom to be of any substance, it is essential that we have freedom of mind; bereft of ego and selfishness while we express our thoughts, emotions/feelings and action we perform on the basis of these thoughts. The expressions of thoughts should be within the boundaries of moral and ethical standpoints. Factually we cannot unravel the human essence and excellence which enables us to unravel our inner potentials; without freedom of mind.
Freedom of mind also ensures peace of mind without any disturbance which may cause inner tremors. Here we also have to be consciously aware to know when and how our mind gets disturbed and remain detached from those causes which disturbs our inner balance.
ELECTION OF GOVERNMENTS OF CHOICE IN FREE ATMOSPHERE
In democratic form of Government, the people have the freedom to choose their OWN representatives who frame laws for their wellbeing. If such representatives are performing their duties well, they are chosen again otherwise they are voted out of power and another party comes to power. One negative thing in democratic form of Government is when some corrupt people command majority by dint of its muscle power or financial influence.
WHERE THERE IS FREEDOM THERE IS LOVE
We are aware that love is a binding force. With love even a brute could be tamed. For love to flourish without any hindrances, it is essential to have freedom to love for our parents, relatives, neighbours, our friends, even to a stranger when he/she feels disturbed.
FREEDOM IS NOT UNFETTERED FREEDOM
In democratic form of Governments, there is freedom of expression, freedom to eke out a living for ourselves, freedom to choose our profession along with freedom to follow our own faith.