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Are you free internally? Join the Freedom U.0 movement to know

Are you really free to live, grow, lead, create, act or is there something holding you back? We need “Internal freedom”!

Published: September 15, 2014 1:00 pm


By Santosh Sharma

I would like to ask a very basic question.

Are you really free to live, grow, lead, create, act or is there something holding you back?

If it does, then we need something that’s much more fundamental, far more relevant and way too intelligent than the physical and economic freedom.

We need “Internal freedom”!

We fought for our physical or political freedom and now we are also moving towards our economic freedom. However, there is something still missing. We are still not happy or at peace as we lack our internal freedom. And because of this the real hero inside you and me still fails to express itself.

Let’s call the physical freedom as Freedom 1.0 as it represents Growth phase 1 where the objective is political freedom. Then the economic freedom is Freedom 2.0 as it represents Growth phase 2 where the objective is economic in nature. However, internal freedom is not 3.0 as it is not just an improvement in the same plane. We represent internal freedom by Freedom U.0 (U – as it begins with You and version 0 – as the movement has just begun). This is the Ultimate growth phase. Now the objective is not narrow but holistic in nature. This new age freedom movement revolves around you and me!

The villains that stop us from physical and economic freedom lie outside us but the villains in case of internal freedom is within us. We call them the Gang of Five.

The tools we use for physical freedom is revolt or ahimsa. The tools we use for our economic freedom is we use economic models that push the consumption cycle up–and-up. However, the tools we use for internal freedom is “Dissolving the box”. Here ‘box’ is nothing but mental cages that holds you and me back. It represents our biases, limitations and walls that limit our real freedom.

In case of physical freedom we had a handful of leaders like Gandhi, Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh, Mandela, Martin Luther King Junior and so on. In case of economic freedom also we have a handful of leaders like the TATA, Birla, Murthy and so on. However, in case of internal freedom we encourage mass leadership where you and I become real leaders. Now all of us are capable to live, grow, lead, create and act effectively.

Our evolution is at stake if you and I fail to work out for our internal freedom. All personal, professional, social, economic and political ills are because of lack of internal freedom. Issues like corruption, crime, rape, suicide, terrorism, discrimination, lifestyle diseases, underperformance, low coping mechanisms and so are because of the Gang of Five internal villains that does not allow the leader to express itself and we all suffer. A top down approach with police, legal and political intervention is not enough. We also need a bottom-up approach where each one of us evolves ourselves. So friends arise, awake and stop not till you actually free yourself from the Gang of five internal villains.

To know more about the villains and the internal freedom read our next article “How our internal villains distances us from our original self.”

The writer is the cultivator- Freedom Foundation. He is also the author of “Dissolve the Box” and a visiting faulty at the IIMs. He was given the Star Citizen Honour for 2013 and is fondly known as the freedom man.

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    Jul 11, 2015 at 9:45 pm
    No on is really free. If you want to check yourself, just try any of the following 1) Try fighting ordinary traffic police if he tries to implicate you on false charges like signal break, phone talking or not able to produce driving license I tried this to check what happens next. Traffic police stopped me saying i broke signal which i was sure I just crossed the signal before it is late. Cop asked me for 100 which I refused. Then He asked my license which he seized and gave me slip. It was written on slip to take it from so & so chowki by paying compromise money. Or coem to court on so & so date. I chosed to gp to court. (This court is famously known as Adani Court. (Illiterate court) There I found 15 peoples who are riksha drivers and truck drivers and other petty offensers. Later judge come in the hall and asked for traffic offenders. Judge simply asks whats the offense and then redas out judgement starting rs. 500 first. If you argue then he will say it is 750 now. if argue further he will say 1500, then at one point police intervanes and takes him out and puts in jail which is just beside that court. If he pays whatever judge says then he will free otherwise, they transfer you to arthor road jail. In my case I carried 2000 rs with me . But when I tried explaining my position judge announded my fine for 2500 and at that point police took me to side and asked why u r arguing?? just pay and get off. I said OK. but I have only 2000 on that he said no way and put me in the dark room of jail and he asked me to call somebody with money. I said just allow me to take from ATM, to which he refused. Later somehow I freed myself.. but I warn you dont imagine roadside white - khaki cop as ordinary. Thay have power reinforced by Illiterate court (Adani Court) Still you think You are free??? 2) My friend had a shop. He forgot to renew his Gumasta License. Matter went to same adani court. Same this follows and my friend paid 11000 rs to frees him self. Which could have been settled for 2500 if he compromises. 3) Same at Railway Station 4) Same at MSEB (they falsely charge for Rigged meters) etc.. Same adani court comes in picture if you try to fight further Still you think you FREE??? Arunkumar Bhandup (Mumbai 78)