Freedom

The river flowed wide and deep. As the Guru and his young disciple wondered at the best way to cross it, they were approached by a young girl who asked for help.


Having just taken his vows of celibacy, the disciple was alarmed. The more looks he stole at the young girl the more beautiful he found her. He could not help noticing the way her Pallu just partially covered her blooming youth. Hormones raging, he shouted at the young girl to get away from them, admonishing her for the way she was dressed. That even to talk to her was Sin. And then proudly looked to the Guru for approval.
The girl burst into tears. She now approached the Guru. Apologising, that she was a poor girl and could not afford any more clothing. The Guru walked up to the young girl and with strength that belied his age, lifted her on to his shoulders and calmly walked into the river.
The young disciple was horrified.
As the river water lapped up to their chins, all the disciple could think of was the sinful way the young girls now bare legs were astride the naked upper torso of his Guru. How her young body clung on to the Guru’s in what he could see was almost an embrace. His mind reeled with the consequences as he struggled to fight the undertow of currents of the river as well as his own.
Emerging from the turbulent waters at the other end, the Guru calmly put the girl down and walked away. The young disciple’s turmoil now turned to anger. Mile after mile they walked in the hot afternoon sun, the disciple waiting for some words, some explanation, some apology from the Guru. But nothing. Just hot silence.
“How dare you ! How dare you us preach celibacy and do what you just did ” the disciple could not control himself any more “How dare you not feel any shame ?”
The Guru just walked. In silence. Not a word.
” I will not walk with you anymore !” Shouted the disciple
The Guru stopped. Turned back and walked and looked the disciple in the eye.
” I left the young girl on the bank of the river, you are still carrying her” He said “Go back to the banks of the river, and when you finally unburdened yourself,, search for me and you will walk with me again”.
57 years later the disciple still sits at the banks of the river contemplating the words of his Guru. His hormones do not rule him anymore, but he carries other burdens. Till he truly unburdens himself he cannot cross the turbulent river. He cannot be truly free.
And 57 years later, our nation still carries the burden of colonization. We still look to the West for acknowledgement. Till we drop that we cannot be truly free.
For freedom comes not from ‘without’ but from within.
Shekhar Kapur.
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14 Responses to “Freedom”

  1. neil bisarya says:

    2 brothers
    2 brothers grew up strong
    they loved each other deeply
    no-one could break their bond.
    But then one day an outsider came
    and told them their life wrong.
    Would they like his help, he asked?
    They weren’t sure – but he gave it anyway.
    But there were certain rules that had to be
    obeyed.
    They were no longer allowed to stray away
    and explore the wonder of their own might.
    Instead they had to follow his command,
    and in time grew weary of his heavy hand.
    and bitterness between them set
    arisen out of confusion whether to please him
    or despise him.
    And so the outsider no longer wanted them
    as his pets,
    and he left them to their own regrets.
    The bitterness between them grew
    as each tried to assert their own command
    how far they had gone from
    holding each other’s hand.
    Still they looked to the outsider
    to solve their egoistic mither
    they were like strangers to each other now.
    But then one day, they looked into each other’s
    eyes,
    And re-discovered their lost prize –
    that when all thoughts of this and that
    are risen above
    All that remains is love.
    And they were able to hold hands again,
    and teach the world to do the same.

  2. shitij kohli says:

    very beautiful story , but shekhar it is one amongst you who have motivated others to look to west for recognition………..tell me truthfully didnt u wanted to earn a name in the West when u made those movies………….i know you have a vision that can be shared by hollywood alone (and i respect you for that) , but now that u have achieved something in your life , wat u say looks good , but the highlight is that everyone wants to get recognition from West………as we have been bought up that way only…….we always look for recognition from the superior race (if we have done something great on our own land), anything else is just hypocrisy and it is going to stay this way only.

  3. fragile025 says:

    Bura jo dekahn mein chala, bura na milya koi,
    Jo mun khoja aapna to mujh say bura na koi…
    Sant Kabir…

  4. piyali says:

    hi shekhar
    you live and work in the west.As far as the Indian Cinema is concerned, you are the most reputed case of brain drain. I dont know what is your real reaction towards the accolades/brickbats that you receive from international media but the Indian media surely pampers you like anything. When a person is at a stage as you are , he can see through the things.At times those THINGS disgust him but the fact remains that he thrives on very same THINGS. If you will probe deeper, you will feel that its THE TWO SIDES OF YOU.

  5. Dear Shekar Kapur
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    WITH THE HOPE I TAKE OFF
    SINCERELY
    PHILIP JOSEPHS SWAMY
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    The federal government appears to think we can drill our way to security and oil independence, but UCS sees it differently. We are working on real alternatives–encouraging renewable energy development in the states, pushing automakers to develop cleaner cars, and implementing market-driven strategies to speed our way to a sustainable future. Please click here to support our efforts today.
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    The energy bill ignores our oil dependence, fails to promote renewable energy, disregards global warming, and even raises the risk of nuclear terrorism. One of the most promising measures brought to the Congressional conference committee was a renewable electricity standard, which would have required major electric companies to gradually increase sales of electricity from wind, solar, and other renewable sources from two percent today to about 10 percent by 2020. This provision was stripped from the bill before its passage. The bill will increase our gasoline consumption while ignoring conventional technology that could increase fuel economy, generate hundreds of thousands of new jobs, and save consumers billions at the pump.
    The federal government appears to think we can drill our way to security and oil independence, but UCS sees it differently. We are working on real alternatives–encouraging renewable energy development in the states, pushing automakers to develop cleaner cars, and implementing market-driven strategies to speed our way to a sustainable future. Please click here to support our efforts today.
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    Yesterday, President Bush signed an energy bill that pays lip service to renewable energy development and energy efficiency while including big subsidies to the fossil fuel and nuclear industries. Despite the lack of federal leadership, the Union of Concerned Scientists is committed to building the demand for real solutions to our country’s energy needs–and we need your help to continue, and ramp up, our ongoing work.
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    The federal government appears to think we can drill our way to security and oil independence, but UCS sees it differently. We are working on real alternatives–encouraging renewable energy development in the states, pushing automakers to develop cleaner cars, and implementing market-driven strategies to speed our way to a sustainable future. Please click here to support our efforts today.
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  6. It’s been a long time since I so enjoyed reading posts in the net. Two thumbs up! think that will make relief: http://www.sun.com , my parents didnt told me about it , thins that excited you at 14

  7. Bob Harlan says:

    I have an Idea for another movie that could be your best yet. current events would make this perfect.

  8. Destinyqueen says:

    “Brilliant”
    And 57 years later, our nation still carries the burden of colonization. We still look to the West for acknowledgement. Till we drop that we cannot be truly free
    The young disciple was in anger due to fear of seeing himself weak, thus questioning the guru, and being in disharmony of the gurus strength and dignity.
    So dont you think India is in fear? And fear a tyrant? We must emancipate ourselves from fear first not just colonization!
    Tadaa

  9. Destinyqueen says:

    Slaves have been freed over time (independence)
    They hold on to fear of reaching that platform of freedom which is our birthright!
    The only way would be, decide and be responsible for those decisions, and that needs real strength!
    Then only can one achieve freedom in a true sense!
    We the people of India seek escapism so as not to take responsibility!
    Aint that easy!
    Uh! Huh easier said than done hmm, before we free our country we need to free our minds, our hate between ourselves, till then this level of mental slavery will soar higher and higher!
    Divide and rule is the western psychology that they use grandly, can you see how many divisions we have between ourselves? Colour caste creed and so much of so much….even if the english left us, they left us with our own diseases yet to be handled on our own and ironically we have let ourselves down here! We have never really been able to emancipate ourselves.
    Religion that was meant to make peace not war has been converted to a weapon of mass destruction, a weapon of slavery, we talk of super power blah blah, what super power??? We are being pathetic powerless tools!!!
    grrr dunno what i wrote, just went on typin as words poured forth…not as educated as you and the rest here Shekhar, but thats how i see it, and well I never expect responses lol, loud thinking errm!
    taddda

  10. Dq says:

    Psst pssst shhh, argh its 60 yrs, I came back to correct myself, maths meh fail hui thi na bahoo!!Mujeh desh nikala karne meh kisi ko waqt nahi lagega lol. waise bhi who cares India meh meri laash hi jayegi ek din baas…
    Mere ko koi dhoondne aye theh…na janeh kyu na janeh kya…
    Kitni baar tho mujeh ye bhi ehsaas nahi hota meh kya likh rahi hu…baas likhti jaathi hu, like a crack seeping deep within ….agar yaha kisi ko meri koi baath buri lagi ho tho maafi chahungi, daddy humesha bolte hai moti buddhi lol!
    Aap thik hai na? Dekho gud gurl ho gayi ab aapko parehshaan nahi karti, bahut zyada bolti hu na…ka kari…
    Good Night

  11. Himika says:

    U said abt this nation carryin the Burden of colonization which is aggreable to quite sm extent. Bt arent we slowly gettin out of tat? For the first time in so many years India is aquiring. Wen we fly out we buyout.
    India is appealin to the West as much. Atleast tats the msg media carries.
    Is the msg wrong? Im askin u coz u hav spent a gud amt of time in and across the Indian border?
    Kindly ans?
    Isnt India slowly bt surely givin away its Western obsession atleast in sm ways n gettin better on an economic front?

  12. Niraj Pathak says:

    Dear Shekhar Jee
    You have created many films so far on true topics, novel based etc.
    I have a story which may be the sequel of a hollywood film “Species”. can you tell me your e-mail address where I will send the full story.
    My email address is pathakbaba@gmail.com

  13. Deepak Srivastava says:

    Dear Shekhar,
    I am Deepak working as senior manager in number one nationalised bank PNB.I have joined the bank as management trainee in 1994 and that time I was in mumbai.I saw you in Gaity, Bandra during watching Yeh Dillagi. You also saw me and despite my all eagerness I couldn’t talk to you.Believe me I want to act in your movie….not for money or glamour..It is my childhood dream but due to middle class background, firstly I concentrated on my secured job..I knew you are a very genuine person. Now when I see you on colors I once again want to meet you which I couldn’t do..my bad luck.I am not able to express myself..just writing you in hope that you will understand it…take care..bye!

  14. Niraj Pathak says:

    Dear Shekhar Jee
    I think this website is one of those website which you do not use My last query is just above this before one.
    Let me know other one please so tha i can contact you.

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