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Saturday, December 3, 2022

What is Spiritual Freedom

 The word Freedom stands for an important concept and can have several meanings, depending on the context. Freedom from what? Freedom to do what? In his famous illustrations of Four Freedoms for all Americans, Norman Rockwell included Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Worship, Freedom from Want and Freedom from Fear.

This triggered my thoughts on what Freedom means from the Spiritual point of view. Desire and Fear have been listed as the most important triggers for human follies from the early days of civilization. This is particularly emphasized in the Vedic Hindu philosophy and Buddhist teachings. Now we know that these two basic emotions are triggered easily and are related to the survival of all species.

Based on my understanding of Buddha and of J. Krishnamoorthy, spiritual freedom is

            Freedom from fear and anxiety

            Freedom from concepts and dogmas, which means

            Freedom from the past and the future

            Freedom from orders and commands

Which will give me

 Freedom to experience my inner self and the Universe, and

Freedom to live a life of peace within and

a life of harmony with nature and the cosmos.

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