What is Independence?
Independence from what and from whom??
All these questions travel in my mind many times; the answers are pushed into vain.
Firstly, this thought process triggered me to understand the meaning of independence. As per the dictionary Independence is defined involves Sovereignty, self-government, liberty, freedom, etc.
But why these many complications to define simple independence?
By the way independence from what?
This resulted in a question: What is freedom?
What is Freedom?
To understand freedom, we first need to understand the meaning of its antonym ‘slavery or bondage’ that is the restriction from the ability to choose from an infinite range of responses, that is getting stuck in this or that possibility! This bondage is always to our own beliefs, boundaries, and conditioned responses. And these boundaries and beliefs are nothing but the ideas and conceptualizations that we have committed to and accepted as truth! When these become as rigid and inflexible as concrete, we cannot see above them, since they become the prison walls that we unintentionally constructed around ourselves.
Yes! That’s it! Today most of us have bondage developed towards the west in the very roots of our thought process and we have accepted the truth that the west has all the extraordinary knowledge, and they are almost next to Gods! We have created a concrete wall around our mind and become ‘kupamandukas’(frogs struck in a well) and are not at all ready to know the truth that “we were the best of all!”. And we are all living in that self-created prison!
Is it a self-created one or planned to keep us in this state, so that we create such a prison for ourselves! By the super brains of British!
India is a land that radiates knowledge and wisdom because of the tremendous efforts of our past generations, with which, no dependency situation was created. To make Indians, their permanent slaves, the British are sure that education and wisdom embedded in the culture is the hurdle!
LORD MACAULAY’S ADDRESS TO THE BRITISH PARLIAMENT – 2nd FEBRUARY, 1835 was as follows:
“I have traveled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief! Such wealth I have seen in this country, such high moral values, people of such caliber, that I do not think we would ever conquer this country unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage, and, therefore I purpose that we replace her old and ancient education system, her culture, for if the Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose their self-esteem, their native culture and they will become what we want them, a truly dominated nation.”
It’s the fact we allowed them to successfully execute what all they planned. People lost their souls and became just a bundle of nerves and conditioned responses, which are constantly triggered by other people and circumstances, into totally predictable outcomes! Especially with the emergence of social media and social platforms, information is controlled in such a manner where we are thinking what some set of people or agendas wanted us to think, by diverting from the fact. That is why we see people discussing only what comes in mainstream media or social media, then what is truth.
We need to break down the conditioned responses and need to go beyond self-created boundaries and experience the boundless and that is what FREEDOM is!
The key ingredient of freedom is silent witnessing. Become aware of the situations, our choices, and interpretations, and then we experience the freedom of choice at first! We need to live in self-referred consciousness that is to identify with our inner self, instead of self-image channelized by our surroundings (which are controlled by some powers for selfish agendas)!
How Our country is Heading In The Path of Freedom and Independence? How to Set The Situation Right?
In a process to roll back the situation and to set back our country to her past glory, first, we should ask ourselves why we fought for Independence? And Why we do need freedom? Freedom from what exactly?
It is freedom from the thoughts, lifestyle, dress sense, education, etc which are not at all ours’ and had never been ours’ in the past! Now, tell me do we have freedom with any resistance?
To reflect the trademark of India, we have nothing left to show! This reflects the fact that we have lost our individuality, without which we cannot claim ourselves Indians!
Freedom to our country was just a well-played drama! It was just the transfer of dependency from the hands of the British to our people! And we are in such a state of mind that we hardly try to understand this! There is nothing wrong in learning from other societies, we must take good from every society, but not to insult what is gifted to you.
In the name of patriotism, we find people getting misled, that too youngster who is in such a confused state of mind, where they are unable to judge the fact of what is what? and what not to? This is due to the lack of education in its true sense! Our culture and great contributions of our great masters have just become only to rest in history just as some orthodoxy, rather than understanding its wisdom and take it forward to future generations. The politicians who are just the toys in the hands of the other countries have become the successors of those colonial rulers and used culture as just some sentiment.
It’s very sad to see that we are completely transformed, right from the way of thinking about the lifestyle! We respect and follow their culture, happy to follow their dressing styles, to use their products although we have similar ones in our country, in an illusion that they are of high standards! Love to work in MNC’s, not in small-scale industries, happier to fly to other countries, and work for them! We use our brains to serve other- countries, improve their economy, and showcase our nation as a poor country or ‘underdeveloped’ country! We are just the western minds in the Indian body! Here people need not be blamed
We are brainwashed that development means to bring foreign companies for employment. Instead of giving loans and subsidies to foreign players, pay the same to young minds who are flying out for better opportunities. They will do wonders. What is happening today is torture the right talented and skilled people and made them run away from the country and tell that to improve employment and achieve the development we brought MNCs. Bringing them is not wrong, but not providing opportunities to our people to develop a nation is a sin.
In the greed for money, politicians have kept nations development always at the mercy of some other countries and that slavery we now feel like a great symbol of dignity and richness.
We all claim high of Indians becoming CEOs of other countries, but we are forgetting the fact that we failed to create the right environment for all these visionaries to do the same work in our country. Instead, we insulted their talent and skill, which made them flew out of the country. What all they achieved is not because of our country, it is those countries who gave platform and resources for these geniuses to achieve all they wanted. Today there approximately 27 lakhs Indians in the USA. These numbers show that we have lost these many talented people.
Why do we stay in such an illusion and never try to understand the fact that when there is no one to work, who will be there to build a nation? The incompetent and uneducated politicians? With 74 years of independence are not we competent enough to build such an environment. Then a question pops up in my mind.
Are we really independent and have freedom in our Thinking, Drinking, Eating, Living, Learning, Development, Health, lifestyle, and so on?
The answer was ‘NO!’
All we are evidencing is just a transfer of dependency from the British to our people.
Thousands of people have sacrificed their lives and families to save the country from slavery and to provide freedom to future generations so that they all can prosper and enjoy the freedom and hand it over the same to their future generations. But is that happening??
Independence Day has to be celebrated only when we acquire total freedom!
Dependency has to vanish even from our minds!
Until then, how can we wish our people a Happy Independence Day?
But there is a problem here, the problem is: “we are not willing to get free!”
Until and unless we wake up our mind to come out of this slavery, Bharath can never be freed from slavery!
सं गच्छध्वं सं वदध्वं सं वो मनांसि जानतां |
देवा भागं यथा पूर्वे सं जानाना उपासते |
समानो मन्त्र: समितिस्समानी समानं मन: सह चित्तमेषां समानं मन्त्रमभिमन्त्रयेवः:
समानेन वो हविषा जुहोमि समानिव आकूति:
समाना हृदयानि व: समानमस्तु वो मनो यथा व: सुसहासति ||(R.V. X -192 -2)
Move together! speak together; let our minds apprehend alike. Common be the prayer of these common be the acquirement, common the purpose, associated be the desire. Common be your intention, common be your hearts; common be your thoughts, so that there may be a thorough union among you!
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