09/03/2011 Comments Off on Freedom
Freedom defined: 1. the state of being free or at liberty rather than in confinement or under physical restraint; 2. exemption from external control, interference, regulation, etc.
1. ability to create & position energy or matter in time & space.
2. The absence of barriers. 3. Lots of space, & ability to use it.
3. Affinity, reality & communication are the component parts of freedom which summate understanding.
Unitarian Universalist Four of Seven – Unitarian Universalist Statement of Principles  A free and responsible search for truth and meaning. Source – Our Seven Principles in Story and Verse – A Collection for Children and Adults by Kenneth W Collier
Buddhism If we can’t experience this freedom in Buddhism, we will not understand the freedom of our teacher and the freedom of birds and trees. And it would be a shame to waste the opportunity to share this universe with trees and birds as freely and precisely as they do. ~Roman Valek
Hinduism “India is a highly civilized nation – a nation which developed a rich culture much earlier than any nation of Europe, and has never lost it.”
Christianity The framers of our Constitution meant we were to have freedom of religion, not freedom from religion. ~ Billy Graham
If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter. ~George Washington
Zen Buddhist: Q: Can you please elaborate on what is space inside of us? Why is this good? I feel lonely sometimes. This feels like emptiness or space inside, but it does not feel good.
A: Space here does not mean loneliness. Space here means freedom because you are not busy inside–you don’t have a lot of worries, fears, projects, things to think about. That is space. Space here is the basic condition for you to enjoy life. If you are preoccupied with so many things, you don’t have that condition.
One day the Buddha was sitting in the wood with thirty or forty monks. They had an excellent lunch and they were enjoying the company of each other. There was a farmer passing by and the farmer was very unhappy. He asked the Buddha and the monks whether they had seen his cows passing by. The Buddha said they had not seen any cows passing by.
The farmer said, “Monks, I’m so unhappy. I have twelve cows and I don’t know why they all ran away. I have also a few acres of a sesame seed plantation and the insects have eaten up everything. I suffer so much I think I am going to kill myself.
The Buddha said, “My friend, we have not seen any cows passing by here. You might like to look for them in the other direction.”
So the farmer thanked him and ran away, and the Buddha turned to his monks and said, “My dear friends, you are the happiest people in the world. You don’t have any cows to lose. If you have too many cows to take care of, you will be very busy.
“That is why, in order to be happy, you have to learn the art of cow releasing (laughter). You release the cows one by one. In the beginning you thought that those cows were essential to your happiness, and you tried to get more and more cows.But now you realize that cows are not really conditions for your happiness; they constitute an obstacle for your happiness. That is why you are determined to release your cows.”
We have to ask what is really essential to our happiness. We believe that things are essential to our happiness, but we have to look again. Many of us have cows, many cows that prevent us from being happy. That is why we have to learn to release our cows. Also there are many cows inside, so many preoccupations! Many things to worry about, to be angry about, and there’s no space at all inside.
How can you be happy in such a state of being? That is why to release the cows around us and to let go of these preoccupations inside is a very essential condition for happiness. That is the space we are talking about when we practice. I am space; within and out. I feel free. Freedom is the real foundation of happiness. Sometimes if you don’t know how to love, love will deprive you of your freedom and deprive the person you love of her freedom. That is why space is so essential in relationship.
There is a beautiful poem praising the Buddha: “The Buddha is like the full moon/traveling in the vast sky of emptiness.” Because of that freedom, the happiness of the Buddha cannot be measured by our mind. Source Space and Freedom by Thich Nhat Hanh
Scientology “A civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights, and where Man is free to rise to greater heights, are the aims of Scientology.”
[from the article BEING GOOD] Beware of a state which neglects its criminals and only attacks its decent citizens. ~L. Ron Hubbard