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The Man and the Lantern

“If a man carries his own light with him, he need not be afraid of any darkness.”

Martin Buber (1878 - 1965) Theologian


Each person is provided with certain assets or talents to make use of himself , his society, his nation and so on. We all have to understand how much energy is available to us to use in a particular situation. The principle is that one does not have to think about what one cannot do; one should always keep in mind what one can do.


""There was a man who had to travel ten miles to attend some urgent work. It was late at night and very dark. He took his lantern and went out of the house. He realized that it would be pitch dark for the whole ten miles to his destination. He thought of the small lantern and wondered how he could find his way in such darkness. Fortunately, a holy man passed by and inquired why the man was hesitating. The man expressed his fear of traveling ten miles with a lantern which shone only ten feet. The holy man pointed out that with each step the light would also move forward - it would always be ten feet ahead of him so he should not worry just proceed. This he did, and reached his destination safely. "


Shri Shantananda Saraswati (1913 - 1997)




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