Today, we are celebrating 70 years of independent life. But we can celebrate any number of Independence Days without really understanding its true meaning. True freedom is freedom from selfishness.
Who is a true Bharatiya? A true Bharatiya is a person who has filled his heart with love for God and enjoys the divine bliss of God in himself. Indian culture is founded on this devotion to God. Devotion to God does not mean going to a temple and worshipping an idol. Indian culture proclaims that the human body is the temple of God and the indweller Himself is God. What is the true path of devotion? In fact, loving and serving everyone and giving them joy and happiness is the best way of devotion.
“Even if you give Me a flower, a leaf, a fruit or a drop of water, if it is offered with devotion, I will accept it with love,” is a Shloka from the Bhagavad Gita. The body is given to us in order to walk on the path of Dharma. Therefore, we have to offer the leaf of our body to God. Any heart bereft of compassion cannot be really called a Hrudaya. What we have to offer to God is the flower of our heart, filled with compassion. Similarly, the fruit we should offer God is the result of all our actions. If we want to offer the results of our actions, first and foremost we should do only good actions. When we feel the presence of God and spend our time in His divine presence and experience the joy and shed tears of joy – those tears of joy is the water that we should offer God.
It is not enough to have won external freedom. We will gain inner freedom only when we control our senses and mind, sacrifice the evil qualities and serve others with compassion and love. We are still slaves to our senses and mind, and therefore are selfish and self-interested. We can’t call ourselves free till we conquer the enemy of selfishness, which is within us.
We don’t want a country, which is very great. We need to have a country, which is good. Nation does not mean the earth. It means the people. Only when there are good people, there will arise a good nation. If you want to have a good nation, we need to have good students and good teachers. Therefore, we have taken up this effort of transforming the students into good boys and good girls. Only when we discharge our duties properly and walk on the path of Dharma, are we living up to the ideals of this country.