Freedom in Spirit - a requisite for ideal democracy
When man is free in spirit, all other freedom is at his command; for the Free is the Lord who cannot be bound. When he is liberated from delusion, he perceives the divine equality of the world which fulfils itself through love and justice, and this perception transfuses itself into the law of government and society. When he has perceived this divine equality, he is brother to the whole world, and in whatever position he is placed he serves all men as his brothers by the law of love, by the law of justice. When this perception becomes the basis of religion, of philosophy, of social speculation and political aspiration, then will liberty, equality and fraternity take their place in the structure of society and satya yuga return. This is the Asiatic reading of democracy which India must rediscover for herself before she can give it to the world.
Sri Aurobindo, 22.3.1908, On Nationalism
Date of Update: 21-Jan-21