Law and Freedom. The law of nature, as it is determined by nature, is universal: Clash of Civilizations not.

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The struggle never had meaning for the man who is free. But for us it has a meaning, because it is name-and-form that creates the world.  We have a place for struggle in the Vedanta, but not for fear.  All fears will vanish when you begin to assert your own nature. If you think that you are bound, bound you will remain. If you think you are free, free you will be.  That sort of freedom which we can feel when we are yet in the phenomenal is a glimpse of the real but not yet the real. I disagree with the idea that freedom is obedience to the laws of nature.  I do not understand what it means.  According to the history of human progress, it is disobedience to nature that has constituted that progress. It may be said that the conquest of lower laws was through the higher. But even there, the conquering mind was only trying to be free; and as soon as it found that the struggle was also through law, it wanted to conquer that also. So the ideal was freedom in every case. The trees never disobey law. I never saw a cow steal. An oyster never told a lie. Yet they are not greater than man. This life is a tremendous assertion of freedom; and this obedience to law, carried far enough, would make us simply matter — either in society, or in politics, or in religion. Too many laws are a sure sign of death. Wherever in any society there are too many laws, it is a sure sign that that society will soon die. If you study the characteristics of India, you will find that no nation possesses so many laws as the Hindus, and national death is the result. But the Hindus had one peculiar idea — they never made any doctrines or dogmas in religion; and the latter has had the greatest growth. Eternal law cannot be freedom, because to say that the eternal is inside law is to limit it.

http://www.ramakrishnavivekananda.info/vivekananda/volume_5/notes_from_lectures_and_discourses/law_and_freedom.htm

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