Freedom

07/16/2010 § Leave a comment

Definition: Freedom

FREEDOM

“The secret to happiness is freedom. The secret to freedom is courage.~Thucydites

“Freedom is not worth having if it does not connote freedom to err. It passes my comprehension how human beings, be they ever so experienced and able,
can delight in depriving other human beings of that precious right.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“Like the bee gathering honey from the different flowers, the wise person
accepts the essence of the different scriptures and sees only the good
in all religions.”
Mahatma Gandhi

“If we cannot end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.”
John F. Kennedy

“All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single words: freedom; justice; honor; duty; mercy; hope.”
Sir Winston Churchill

“The struggle against intolerance is a duty of the individual as well as an obligation of the society.” Dr. Erhard Busek

“Four freedoms: The first is freedom of speech and expression – everywhere in
the world. The second is freedom of everyone to worship God in his own
way, everywhere in the world. The third is freedom from want …
everywhere in the world. The fourth is freedom from fear … anywhere in
the world.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

“If you want to be free, there is but one way; it is to guarantee an
equally full measure of liberty to all your neighbors. There is no
other.”
Carl Schurz

“Tolerance is the positive and cordial effort to understand another’s beliefs,
practices, and habits without necessarily sharing or accepting them.”
Joshua Lieban

“Let us forget such words, and all they mean, as Hatred, Bitterness and
Rancor, Greed, Intolerance, Bigotry. Let us renew our faith and pledge
to Man, his right to be Himself, and free.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay

“We hold it for a fundamental and undeniable truth, that religion, or the
duty we owe our Creator and the manner of discharging it, can be
directed only by reason and conviction, not by force or violence. The
religion then of every man must be left to the conviction and
conscience of every man; and it is the right of every man to exercise
it as these may dictate. This right is in its nature an unalienable
right.” James Madison

“Human rights must be made a fact, not an idealistic dream.”
L. Ron Hubbard

“Helping hands are holier than praying lips.”
Sathya Sai Baba

“All sects are different, because they come from men; morality is everywhere the same, because it comes from God.”
Voltaire Source:  Values.com

“By constantly repeating, ‘I am free, I am free’, a man verily becomes free. On the other hand, by constantly repeating, ‘I am bound, I am
bound’, he certainly becomes bound to worldliness. The fool who says
only, ‘I am a sinner, I am a sinner’, verily drowns himself in worldliness. One should rather say: ‘I have chanted the name of God.
How can I be a sinner? How can I be bound?” – Ramakrishna Paramhansa

 

That divine spark is within each individual but it needs to be drawn out and fanned into a flame in so many souls. It has to be recognized before
anything can be done about it. Wake up from your slumbers and recognize
the divinity within you and nurture it and allow it to grow and
flourish.

A seed has to be planted in the soil before it can grow. It has within it all its potentials, but those potentials remain
dormant until they are given the right conditions in which to grow and
develop. There are many souls in this life who will not wake up to
their divine potential and they are like seeds stored away in packets.
You must want to break your bonds to be free. As soon as the desire is
there you will receive help in every way possible, but the desire in
you must be there. Eileen Caddy in Opening the Doors Within

“There are two freedoms – the false, where a man is free to do what he likes; the true, where he is free to do what he ought.”~Charles Kingsley

 

“That Director of the mind, intellect and senses, is no other than the all-merciful Lord, your, your inner ruler, Antaryamin. Know Him and be free.” Swami Sivananda

 

Virtue is freedom, it is not a process of enclosure. It is only in freedom that truth can come into being. Therefore, it is essential to be virtuous, not righteous, because virtue brings order. It is only the
righteous man that is confused, that is in conflict; it is only the
righteous man that develops his will as a means of resistance, and a
man of will can never find truth, because he is never free.”- J. Krishnamurti, Bombay March 7th 1948


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