Spiritual Freedom

June 2, 2008 by  
Filed under Spiritual Space

What did Jesus Christ, Gandhi and Martin Luther King have in common? To my way of thinking, they all had complete spiritual freedom. Not that they were, or are, the only ones, but they are the ones that immediately spring to my mind.

Irrespective of the culture or religion into which they were born, these secular souls lived the Way, and spoke without fear of consequences. The fact that all of them were killed is immaterial. The fear of death simply did not feature in their thinking. It did not interfere with their spiritual freedom to do and say what they felt had to be done and said.

Martin Luther King wrote

My scepticism concerning the power of love gradually diminished… Prior to reading Gandhi, I had about concluded that the ethics of Jesus were only effective in individual relationships… but after reading Gandhi, I saw how mistaken I was

(Taken from Peace Interactive). What Dr King realised was that there is no limit to God’s love and that violence is not the Way.

Nelson Mandela, who was convicted of treason as one of the leaders the African National Congress, spent 27 years in jail mostly on Robben Island. I would argue that he did not lose his freedom but only his liberty. Freedom is a state of mind and Mandela has also credited Mahatma Gandhi for being a major source of inspiration in his life, both for the philosophy of non-violence and for facing adversity with dignity.

If you asked many people, they would say that freedom comes with a total lack of responsibility, but there is one belief I share with these greats – that freedom comes only with responsibility. There is a greater freedom to be found here. Responsibility for themselves and for the greater good of others is what these wonderful folk took on, and with that came freedom from fear. Halelujah!

Love, peace and wisdom

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