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WHEN I READ ’GLIMPSES OF A GOLDEN CHILDHOOD’ I ENJOYED YOU AS A VERY
COURAGEOUS CHILD. I ALWAYS HAD DIFFICULTIES IN FINDING ENOUGH COURAGE TO LIVE MY OWN LIFE. IS COURAGE A QUALITY ONE INHERITS?
Everybody inherits every quality that man is capable of. Each quality is immense in its potential, butif you don’t make an effort to actualize it...
In my village there was a beautiful river, and I had found the highest hillock to jump from into the river. I would take other students with me, and just looking down they would start trembling. I would say, ”You just watch me: if I can jump, you can also jump. There is no problem in it. You have the potential courage, you have just never used it; you have never given it a chance.”
It was really high.... I would jump, then somebody else would gather courage and jump; and thenothers would see that we are still alive in the river. Then the third person would jump.
Finally, all my friends were able to jump from that cliff. Then I said, ”Now this cliff is useless. We should go to the railway bridge that passes over the river; that is the highest point we can find.”
But they said, ”That is too much. We will not even allow you to jump – and moreover there is always a guard with a gun” – because people used to commit suicide from there. Since a few people had
committed suicide, the government had posted a permanent guard twenty-four hours a day.
I said, ”Don’t you be worried. I have talked to the guard and he is willing. He said, ‘If you are not committing suicide but just practicing jumping into the river... In fact I also always wanted to jump from here. It is so challenging, but I don’t have the courage.’”
I said, ”You are a great soldier, we are small students. Seeing us, perhaps you may get the courage.”
He said, ”You bring your friends.”
So one day I went with a few of my friends. All the way they were telling me, ”Don’t take that risk. Itis too high.”
I said, ”First I will jump, then the guard will jump. That is the arrangement. And when you see that we both are alive, you can decide whether to use your courage or not.”
The guard was almost trembling. He said, ”Have you really come?”
I said, ”What do you mean, really come?”
He said, ”I was thinking that you were simply talking.”
I said, ”This is the arrangement. First I will jump. You can see that I am alive; then you have to jump– because these are all small people and you should give them courage.”
He said, ”My God, number two – I am number two. I was thinking I would be the last.”
I said, ”No, that would be insulting you. You are a great soldier with a gun. Put the gun aside” – andI jumped.
The guard would try to jump – he would come close and then stop... suddenly some brakes, and he would stop. And I was calling to him from the river, ”No need to stop. It takes only a second, just don’t stop!”
Finally, after three or four attempts, he managed – because all the boys were laughing and I was calling. And I had made him a great soldier so he was also worried about his prestige. Finally he jumped, and when he fell into the river he said to me, ”My God, I managed! I cannot believe that Iam alive!”
I said, ”Believe it! You are alive, just pinch yourself and see! You are not dead.”
He pinched himself! – because he was afraid that perhaps he was dead. And seeing us both alive,slowly, slowly, one by one, the students started jumping.
Everybody has the courage, everybody has all the talents that man is capable of. What talent you bring into the world depends on you; nobody is born with any particular talent. That is an old idea,invented by cowards, invented by people who were nobodies in life so they thought that these are inherited qualities – somebody becomes a poet, somebody becomes a painter, somebody becomes a warrior. petite styled items in the cocktail to wear
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