Daily Readings from the Works of Swami Venkatesananda


Venkatesa Daily Readings Vol 1 — Freedom

October 12, 2017

Freedom

      Freedom is basically a spiritual quality. Man demands freedom because his spirit is free — ever free — never bound.  Yet, in his daily life he finds that he is never free! But if the urge to freedom is born of reaction to previous repression or oppression, the spirit is lost and that loss is great.

      Freedom is a quality of the spirit, it is not the result of a reaction. A free man rejects from his mind and heart even the memory of bondage — he is not burdened by past bitterness and indemnity, the strife and struggle of bygone days — for him, today is fresh; it has never been before. The free man meets each day with a fresh heart, a fresh mind, a fresh spirit. He clings to nothing, neither does he find anything which should be rejected. He is unbiased, his mind is unconditioned by prestige or prejudice. He is free from personal ambition, superiority or inferiority complexes, from selfishness and slave mentality. He goes from freedom to greater freedom.

      The spirit of freedom is born of the freedom of the spirit. May this freedom manifest in the heart of every man, woman and child.

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