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In three situations, you do not have freedom: the dis-
charge of duties (karthavyam), actions done under
compulsion (nirbandham) and obligatory actions aris-
ing out of certain relationships (sambandham). If a
poor man, unable to get food, resorts to stealing, he
cannot claim that he is exercising his freedom to
appease his hunger. Even if, for his own selfish rea-
sons, he may try to justify the stealing, his conscience
will tell him that he is committing wrong. Any action
performed against one's conscience is not an act of
freedom. True freedom happens only when one is free
from the impulses of the mind. Freedom (Swechcha)
is made up of the words: Swa + ichcha. 'Swa' means
Atma. Only when the will of the Atma prevails can
there be real freedom. God and you are not separate.
This oneness should not be a mere intellectual con-
cept. It should be a living reality. Then you will experi-
ence true freedom - the freedom of the Spirit.
What is the connection
between Freedom and
Spirituality? What is true
lovingly explains to us today.
The state when your mind and intellect unites, is
called freedom, also known as
liberation (Moksha). - Baba
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As the waist-high primary
school students file past me into
the school building, the five-
year-old boy at the end of the
line pauses and asks me with
wide eyes: "Are you an Injun?"
"An Injun?" I ask, not hearing
him properly and thinking he is
trying to say "Indian."
"No, an Angel!" he emphasises.
"You look like an Angel."
The cleaner, sitting nearby,
comments afterwards that I ve
just received a blessing.
I am at Lambeau Anglican Pri-
mary School. While passing by
one morning, I was drawn to the
motto emblazoned across the
front of the school: "The Best
Always." Its simplicity, directness
and meaning struck me as a mes-
sage for everyone---not just the
children of the school.
Considering that truth comes
from the mouth of babes , I was
curious to hear what the children
thought of it.
The Principal, Mrs Romeo,
brings children to me individually,
for one-on-one conversations.
The students range in age from
five to seven. We sit on a bench
under a covered area. A cool,
Christmas-like breeze blows and,
in the near distance, white wave
tips churn on the ocean.
Understandably, each brow fur-
rows with slight confusion at the
mention of the word motto and,
also, when I subsequently ask:
"Do you know what is written on
the front of your school?" After
all, what primary school child
considers words written on a
school wall when there are friends
waiting to trade stories and play
before going into classes?
When I say "The best always,"
their faces light up with recog-
nition. Of course they have heard
it. But what does it mean?
"Science and Maths," one
seven-year-old girl responds,
highlighting what she thinks she
Me: And when you re not at
Girl: I like to draw animals and
play on my cousin s pan.
Me: What kind of pan?
Girl: Tenor. I learned how to
play Summertime . I practised
with my friends until I knew how
Me: What else do you do with
Girl: Sometimes I help my
friends when they are feeding
their puppies and the puppy s
mother. I help them fill their
bowls with food and milk.
Me: So you like animals?
She nods and I ask her if she
has pets. No, but if she did, it
would be a bird.
"What kind of bird?"
"Like the brown doves we see
in the garden?"
"Yes. We saved a dove before
when a puppy chased it. The wing
was hurt and we took care of it
until it could fly. We fed it wet
rice and kept it in a basket."
"Did you name it?"
She tells me that she and her
friends named it Rio and that
when she grows up she wants to
be a vet.
"I knew you would say that,"
I tell her. "And what s the best
kind of vet you can be?"
"One that takes care of any ani-
mal that gets hurt---elephants,
lions, zebras, dogs, cats and
"Hmm. Some of those animals
aren t in Tobago. So will you work
all over the world?"
She nods. "Yes. In America,
Trinidad, Africa, St Lucia and
I give her the example of baking
a cake and the ingredients we
need to make it possible. She
nods. So what kind of recipe
would she give to someone who
wanted to do something to the
best of their ability but didn t
think that they were good enough
to do it?
"You can do anything you want
to do," she says. "Don t be afraid
to do it. You can do anything."
(To be continued)
The best always
The Lambeau Anglican Primary School.
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