Gurudev on Independence Day

“There are two types of freedom – One is political freedom, that we got 71 years ago. The other freedom is to overcome our mental and emotional slavery. This can happen only through education and culture.

This is extremely essential. And in this country, if we do not achieve the freedom of thought, if every individual’s thinking and understanding doesn’t move forward in a new way with respect to our old beliefs, we will remain weak. To get rid of our weaknesses our youth will have to move forward, and the freedom of thought, freedom of culture, ethical and moral adherence, and patriotism – all these need to blossom in our lives.

These are within us. We need to recognise and strengthen them further. This is what we are working towards.”

– Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar