Friday, August 15, 2008

My Scrap Book - Independence

15/08/2008

Today is a very special day for all of us – the Indians . Our INDEPENDENCE DAY.

Just felt like reflecting on what independence means to me .

Independence, to me, means, when one enjoys the freedom of mind and buoyancy of human spirit .

Anyone who understands freedom knows that freedom is not total abandon, or leissez-faire. If I am free, so are others. So while I enjoy my freedom, I am also alive to my responsibility to respect freedom of others.

And Buoyancy .. ? Well, press me down , and I will bounce back. Ever seen a child playing in water with a ball filled with air/gas ? Try pressing it – it bounces back and keeps afloat. And what keeps it afloat is what is within it. Similarly, human spirit - apply external force – instead of yielding, it would soon find its own course for expression and show its true mettle – human spirit knows no bounds.

The moment I live by these principles of “ have and let other have”, occasions for collision with others will be very few. And if at all there are such occasions, I will have the courage to make the correct choice. And I would remember – it may not always be correct to choose for self at the cost of others ; and at the same time , it may not always be correct to let others choose at the cost of yourself . Wisdom is : to be able to differentiate between the two situations and when that wisdom dawns on anyone, that is a state of true freedom of mind and human spirit - true independence.

Independence to me is when I tell myself “It matters little what others think about you or what the world may say: it is by your own honest judgement of yourself that you must stand or fall .” and mean every word of it !

Independence to me is when I close my eyes and hear my Almighty saying “ Why fear when I am there : Put all your faith into me and I shall guide and guard you.” and believe in every word of it !!

4 comments:

ramesh said...

It is good to say that what keeps one afloat is what is in him. Don't u think that Christ was constrained to respond in a certain way when he was being crucified. He had nothing in him except love n compassion. So he said " God forgive them......". Don't u think there is a subtle difference between Independence n Freedom . one is oriented in the environment while the other is more internal. - r c khadanga.

snigdha said...

Thx a lot, Khadanga sa'ab. Yeah.. u r correct ; but personally, I always take these two terms interchangeably - coz freedom is the ultimate and there is no true independence without freedom. I think only political independence is oriented in the environment – and one can be free in mind even without political independence. But what kind of political independence it would be, if there is no freedom of mind ? Ultimately , both must converge …. to make sense.

Anonymous said...

When you sit down and allow your mind to settle down you see a few options which truly tempts you to start a move. When you feel you are good enough to take the call, you can feel the independence.I like the way put it.

snigdha said...

Hi Friend - 'would have loved to know who you are . Anyway, really liked the way you have put it. Makes a lot of sense.pl give a link to your blog, if u have it .