Once upon a time, there was a beautiful monastery where a spiritual teacher and his disciples practised meditation. Whenever the spiritual teacher and his disciples began their evening meditation, the cat who lived in the monastery made such noise, that it distracted them. So the teacher ordered that the cat be tied up during the evening practice. Years later, when the teacher died, the cat continued to be tied up during the meditation session. And when the cat eventually died, another cat was brought to the monastery and tied up.
Centuries later, learned descendants of the spiritual teacher wrote scholarly treatises about the religious significance of tying up a cat for meditation practice.
This is a very old story on how beliefs and superstitions are made and then followed blindly for generations to come. It gets so rooted in our daily activity that it soon transforms into "our culture" and later becomes "our tradition".
Today on this Independence day, the day we got freedom from our oppressors; I wish that we free ourselves from the superstitions, beliefs and religious extremisms that has blinded us for generations. May we free ourselves from shackles and cages we have made for ourselves that segregates us into groups of color, race, religion or ethnicity.
May we be free in our minds and thoughts. Because only then, we are truly free.
Happy Independence day !