What is Freedom? Freedom is one of the basics rights of every human being, and in fact of all living forms. Freedom is one word in the language form, but in reality it has innumerable dimensions and meanings.
Freedom is valuable in all different aspects of life, and it becomes relevant to the particular circumstances and situations.
If a person’s opinion is being suppressed, then the Freedom of speech or the Freedom to express his opinion is valuable. If a person’s movement is controlled, or a person is locked somewhere against his will, for no reason, then the Freedom of movement of that person is under threat and is important.
At a group or national level, freedom of a population is important. One country or society can try to unjustly dominate another. In this case, the basic Freedom to Exist, as per your choice is important.
Freedom to be yourself: In the spiritual world, it is said that each person has a spark of Existence within him or her. Finding this spark within yourself, finding your truth and expressing it is said to be the higher joy for any human being. It is only in complete freedom that you can find this truth within and express it in the best way possible. Hence your life can only have true meaning if you have complete freedom to find your inner purpose and to manifest it completely in the life around you.
Inner freedom: Freedom is not only of the external kinds. There are many dimensions of freedom that are internal. For example, if you just make the movement of tying a rope around the neck of a donkey, the donkey will feel it is really tied to a rope and will stay as-if tied to the spot. There is no external restriction on his freedom. The rope is only his mind. Similarly, all of us have our own internal limitations to our freedom that keep us bound to some or the other fears. It is important to become aware of these fears and face them, and overcome them. That is true freedom. And only with this kind of freedom can you experience true joy within and the true meaning of life.
Freedom is a basic requirement to express yourself and to enjoy your life fully.