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Process of Triumph

“When you feel that you have failed – Just remember: there are no failures, just results & learning. Even if things don’t unfold the way you had expected, don’t be disheartened or give up. One who continues to advance one step at a time will win for sure. The battle is always won far away and long before the final victory. It’s a process that occurs with small steps, decisions and actions that gradually build upon each other and eventually lead to that glorious moment of triumph.”

– Bhuvi M, Tapestry of Life & Soul

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Adversity on Personality

Adversity is like a strong wind. I don’t mean just that it holds us back from places we might otherwise go. It also tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn, so that afterward we see ourselves as we really are, and not merely as we might like to be.”

Arthur GoldenMemoirs of a Geisha

Is Independence and Freedom the same?

By Bhuvi M

As 68th Independence Day of India was approaching by, last few days, the words “Independence” and “Freedom” had been hitting my mind to make some reason. I thought; why are they coming to me again and again? What is the significance? I gathered they were reasoning with me about their individuality which was blurred because of often interchangeable use by common mass. When I gave it some conscious thought, I was able to figure out magnanimous difference between these two. I was astounded how easily they are substituted one for the other.

Soaring High with Freedom  Photo credit Parul K.

Soaring High with Freedom
Image credit Parul K.

So what is the difference I fathomed?

  • Independence: is the physical or tangible form, like the country or person being independent. Where one is free to form rules, policy, govern and take decision. It is like being free body regulated within set of rules, practices and policies. These rules can be explicit or implicit, set by government or society or community or religion.
  • Freedom: is of higher form of having liberty to make choices. It has an intangible element along with physical element. One has an option to think, speak, act as one wants. In true sense the mind is free. There is no fear in actual freedom. It is powerful, where one can express.

Freedom gives one with choice hence entrusts with power. It renders one fearless. Along with its virtues, freedom brings in enormous responsibility; responsibility to use discretion, to be wise while exercising power. The power gets centralized in the individual. It should not be mistaken with anarchy where it is freedom making one powerful without responsibility.

Such a humongous role can be managed by a very mature individual. To have discretion of making right choice requires wise personality. Maturity and wisdom can be innate qualities of an individual, though rare. Maturity mostly evolves with time, experience and conscious practice. Such mature individuals are rare to find. Hence people experiencing freedom too is a rare phenomenon. Now it would be clear why independence is being misconstrued as freedom.

I will love to relate Freedom to the poem written by Rabindranath Tagore and included in the collection Gitanjali

Where The Mind Is Without Fear

Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high
Where knowledge is free
Where the world has not been broken up into fragments
By narrow domestic walls
Where words come out from the depth of truth
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards perfection
Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way
Into the dreary desert sand of dead habit
Where the mind is led forward by thee
Into ever-widening thought and action
Into that heaven of freedom, my Father, let my country awake.

Coming to the last question, whether Independence and Freedom can co-exist and how do they relate to each other. I would say that independence is subset of freedom. Freedom always has independence within its ambit, though vice versa may not be true. Some scholars can debate; both can exist without each other.  One can be independent but can’t be free. The reverse can be right too where one is free but not independent.

I leave this debate for the readers to think and respond!!

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Be Grateful

Don’t take anything for granted in life even if you have got it easily; things, people, resources, blessings; each needs to be respected for what they are. The day you start taking them for granted, the time they will start you taking for granted will be just round the corner.”

– Bhuvi M, Tapestry of Life & Soul

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Happy State of Mind

Happiness is a state of mind, an intrinsic quality, a behavior one can develop with practice in any situation. You don’t need more to be happy. Neither do you need someone nor a particular situation or a particular thing to make you happy. It is your individual quality!!”

– Bhuvi M, Tapestry of Life & Soul

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Happiness Vs Silliness

“Sometimes a little silliness is all we need to get a better perspective of life’s greatest challenges. Silliness is the carefree, sometimes crazy, and often misunderstood stepsister of happiness. May we be a friend to both, and smile our way through life’s twists and turns.”

– Bhuvi M, Tapestry of Life & Soul