CHAPTER -2. THE REAL NATURE OF MAN : 17.
(Delivered in London)
The Emperor replied, "If you do not go, I will kill you."
The man smiled serenely and said, "That is the most foolish thing you ever said, Emperor. You cannot kill me.
Me the sun cannot dry, fire cannot burn, sword cannot kill, for I am the birthless, the deathless, the ever-living omnipotent, omnipresent Spirit." This is spiritual boldness, while the other is the courage of a lion or a tiger.
In the Mutiny of 1857 there was a Swami, a very great soul, whom a Mohammedan mutineer stabbed severely.
The Hindu mutineers caught and brought the man to the Swami, offering to kill him.
But the Swami looked up calmly and said, "My brother, thou art He, thou art He!" and expired.
This is another instance.
What good is it to talk of the strength of your muscles, of the superiority of your Western institutions, if you cannot make Truth square with your society, if you cannot build up a society into which the highest Truth will fit?
What is the good of this boastful talk about your grandeur and greatness, if you stand up and say, "This courage is not practical."
Is nothing practical but pounds, shillings, and pence?
If so, why boast of your society?
That society is the greatest, where the highest truths become practical.
That is my opinion; and if society is; not fit for the highest truths, make it so; and the sooner, the better.
The world requires a few hundred bold men and women.
Practise that boldness which dares know the Truth, which dares show the Truth in life, which does not quake before death, nay, welcomes death, makes a man know that he, is the Spirit, that, in the whole universe, nothing can kill him.
Then you will be free. Then you will know yours real Soul. "This Atman is first to be heard, then thoughts about and then meditated upon."
To be continued ...