Where the mind is without fear summary?
It has been more than sixty years since we became independent but yet we are enslaved by fear. A fear that refuses to let go, a fear that has become habitual to us and a fear that dominates our minds. We have the fear of getting lost. So we don't take the risk of venturing out too far. We are afraid of taking the road less travelled. That is why most of the parents want their children to become doctors, engineers or lawyers but not painters, scientists or writers. We sometimes refuse to forsake our comfort zones even though we have an opportunity to make it big. We have the fear of being ridiculed or laughed at. Remember, every new idea is at first ridiculed, then criticised and finally accepted. We never want to try something new. We are free to take risks. What if we fail? What if we don't make it? Professionals had built the Titanic, whereas it was amateurs who built the Noah's ark. Decide for yourself, which fared better. We Indians are afraid of our own culture and traditions. We would all touch our parents' feet at home, but when abroad, in front of foreigners, we would think twice before doing so. We all want to race towards modernity, but how will a person who has forgotten his own traditions get accustomed to a foreign culture? The Yoga buzz took over the world and that is when we began appreciating the science of it, otherwise it would have been buried just as many other ancient traditions before it. The Gurukul system of education in India was one of the finest and was dedicated to the highest ideal of physical, spiritual and mental development. But today education is our biggest worry, as most of our population remains illiterate. We are afraid to question things and accept them as it is. Sitting under the tree, if Newton hadn't questioned as to why the apple fell on his head, we would not have been able to invent the plane. In school, where most of us received our education, we learnt to cram things...
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