Glorious Liberty

By Swami Dr Snehananda Jyoti on 14-07-2011

Programming, Deprogramming,
and Reprogramming the World -2

 Looking back at my mind-set, world-view, and
purpose in my life when I left at 17 my native village in Kerala, perhaps the
least westernized state in India at the time, and my outlook on life and
purpose now at 71 living most of my life in my 3 Siddhashrams in Kerala,
perhaps the most westernized state in India, I could never have envisaged the
way my life unfolded all these years, and what I finally became, and am still
becoming. My lifestyle has changed completely. For instance, now I am a
vegetarian living a life of spirituality beyond religions accepting no one but
God (Supreme Energy) within and without as I know and believe in that entity
and my conscience (that “little dictator” as Gandhi calls conscience) as my
sole authorities and guides.  I could
never have envisaged and predicted my own evolution. I respect every human
being in the world, and continue to learn from everyone while I do not consider
anyone superior or inferior as a human being. Personally I consider myself to
be a prime example of programming, deprogramming, and reprogramming. And this
on-going dynamic process continues, I am sure, till my conscious last breath.
Rigorously analyzing my life I discover and realize how the rest of humanity is
in the same process of thesis, anti-thesis, and a higher-ordered new synthesis.
I was programmed (influenced, guided, trained, modeled, shaped, and formed) by
my parents, older siblings, relatives, religion teachers, priests and nuns,
teachings and doctrine of the Catholic Church, teachings of other Christian
denominations and other religions, 
elders in the community, friends, politicians, saints and sages,
philosophers, thinkers, writers, various customs and mores in different parts
of the world, rites and rituals, countless great men and women, and role models
of the world.

The greatest programming of all, I must say, came
from the Jesuits in my formative years. I take this occasion to acknowledge my
deep gratitude to the Jesuits as they, perhaps unwittingly, played a great role
in my critical thinking as well as in my being and becoming in “the glorious
liberty of God’s children”.  In my late
30’s I started subjecting my entire life to critical thinking and examination.
Here I was heavily influenced by Socrates who is reported to have stated that
an unexamined life is not worth living. In one particular retreat of solitude,
I came to the deep realization that I have only one life to live, and I live it
the way I know best with all the knowledge and skills I have painstakingly
acquired. I had to be responsible for my life the Supreme Energy/Source had
given me, and I had to chart my own course. While the early formative years are
very essential and important, once formed one needs to take charge of one’s own
entire life. Nobody really has more of a handle on life than others. Nobody has
a master plan on life. Nobody has a monopoly on truth or a patent on best
living. My life is going to be my own unique pilgrimage – my own history of

About The Author

Swami Dr Snehananda Jyoti

Dr. John K Thekkedam (Swami Snehananda Jyoti) spent most of his life as a clinical psychologist in USA. He began his public life as a Jesuit priest. Quite attracted in distinct philosophies, he left the society and founded 'East West Awakening'.