Moving Towards South Asian Confederation

Sri Aurobindo's Ideograph

Crossing difficulties

If you want to get anything grand and beautiful out of her(Nature), you must go through the process through which a piece of stone passes before it is endowed with shape, beauty and meaning. The fertilizing river rolls down stones, breaks through the impediments, rends asunder the surface of the earth before it bears on its bosom the argosies and crowns the bordering lands with plenty. Those who cannot look this sternness of nature in the face are not destined for things good, noble and high. If you want to grovel in the dust, indolence, ease and ignoble peace may do, but if climbing up the heights of glory is your ambition learn to encounter difficulties and dangers manfully. This is apt to be ignored and ridiculed as a copybook maxim. But it bears repetition times without number and when either an individual or a nation sets about anything earnestly it should start fully impressed with the truth of this copybook commonplace.

Sri Aurobindo, Bande Mataram, April 8, 1907

Date of Update: 24-Jan-23