“Moses spoke thus to the people of Israel, but they did not listen to Moses, because of their broken spirit and harsh slavery.”
When I decided to pursue a course on Counselling as I wanted to be a counsellor this quote really made me think deeply. I tried to empathize the condition of those people who didn’t listen to a person who wanted to help them out of their trouble. It was a story where the Israelites were in cruel bondage, it was really bad. The slavery was so acute which was intolerable for them.
Once upon a time we Indians were under a cruel bondage too, under the Britishers. If we keep ourselves in the place of those Indians then we can have a little glimpse of what they were going through. They were tortured, they didn’t have any choices, and they were not given the right to decide for their own self, they were forced to do works which they didn’t want, they were not given the wages due to them, and they had to live like captives in their own village and country. Oh, how much pain and suffering they must have gone through. Finally in 1947 all the Indians were freed from the bondage of British rule.
Bondage is never a pleasant state or condition for anybody. It is a state where a human lose the right to think and decide on their own.
Online dictionary describes the meaning of bondage as:
“Slavery or involuntary servitude; serfdom. The state of being bound by or subjected to some external power or control.”
So in bondage situation there has to be a slave and a master. The master rules the slave, takes away his/her freedom, decision power and keeps completely under him/her feet.
As we are almost on the verge of celebrating another year of Independence a question comes to my mind today, ‘Are we really free?’
No doubt we have our own government; we have our own set of rules and regulations. We don’t have any masters or rulers over us anymore. We don’t serve anybody. But ‘Are we really free?’
We can breathe happily in our own village, city and in our country as a whole. We are not scared of anybody who can invade in our house and torture us and take our possessions. But again the same question arises in my mind, ‘are we really free?’
Politically we might have got the freedom but some or other way we are under bondage. We are under the bondage of Money, which rules us day and night. We are ready to do anything requires to satisfy our master, Money. We are even killing our brothers for our master, Money. We are under its cruel bondage, unable to listen to the persons who want to help us out.
This bondage of Money has given rise to many other bondage under it. There are bondage like poverty, sickness, corruption, addictions, sexual gratification, gaining power, fame & name and so on…
We are under bondage with one or other master ruling over us. We struggle, but we are unable to free ourselves. We need FREEDOM in truest sense of it. And we need it as soon as possible for our good while we celebrate India’s Independence Day this August 15th.
Keep thinking. We will discuss about it more.
Author’s Bio: Chiradeep Patra is a finance man who works in a NGO at Kolkata. He is a writer, motivator & counselor.