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Mahatma-Gandhi1

Learning the art of achieving freedom; it has two objectives involved in it. First is preparing oneself for being free and second is making the one who rules over others against their will, realize his mistake. The first is more important. Why? To understand, let us take up an example.

When we remove the one (say, an unwanted ruler) who may be ruling over us against our will; we create a void that has got to be filled in to regulate our worldly life in many ways. There is nothing wrong if we assume that we are a selfish, violent and greedy people. Then there is a strong possibility that, after getting rid of the unwanted rulers; those who are greedier, more violent and more powerful amongst us would become freer to harm those who are weak. Perhaps the unwanted ruler whom we have removed was able to exercise enough control over such selfish and violent people (maybe in his personal interests and without good intentions), that made the lives of the weak relatively safe. Let me clarify this with a real -life example. I distinctly remember, from my childhood days, many comments from my elders that implied that British Raj was more efficient and just in many respects than the rule of free India. It is highly relevant to quote Gandhi again;

When independence arrives after dependence, all social evils come up on the surface. Instead of being disturbed about it we must keep our mind steady to solve problems.

The basic thought that is emerging from the discussions so far is that freedom is not that much about getting rid of the external undesired influences but it is more about empowering the right existing within us.

(An extract from “Mahatma: A Scientist of the Intuitively Obvious”)

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