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Chapter 4: When Grapes Are Sour

It is almost like a seed: the seed cannot know what is going to happen. The seed has never known the flower and the seed cannot even believe that he has the potentiality to become a beautiful flower. Long is the journey, and it is always safer not to go on that journey because unknown is the path, nothing is guaranteed. Nothing can be guaranteed. Thousand and one are the hazards of the journey, many are the pitfalls - and the seed is secure, hidden inside a hard core. But the seed tries, it makes an effort, it drops the hard shell which is its security, it starts moving. Immediately the fight starts: the struggle with the soil, with the stones, with the rocks. And the seed was very hard and the sprout will be very, very soft and dangers will be many.-

There was no danger for the seed, the seed could have survived for millennia, but for the sprout many are the dangers. But the sprout starts: towards the unknown, towards the sun, towards the source of light, not knowing where, not knowing why. Great is the cross to be carried, but a dream possesses the seed and the seed moves. One day. And there is much competition: other trees are there, other plants are there, and he has to cross all of them because only then will the sun and the sky be available. And then, no one knows. But one day it flowers, it happens.

The same is the path for man. It is arduous. Much courage will be needed.

It is said about Dr. Albert Schweitzer that he was playing host to several European visitors at the hospital in Lambarene in French Equatorial Africa.

“This heat is unbearable,” one of the visitors moaned. “What is the temperature?”

“I don’t know,” said Schweitzer. “I don’t have a thermometer here.”

“No thermometer?”

“No,” replied the doctor. “If I knew how hot it was I don’t think I’d be able to endure it either.”

People remain unintelligent because if you know, if you start understanding, it will be almost impossible to endure the life that you are living. You are living in hell.

I have heard about a man, a very intellectual man, a philosopher, who died. He came naked before God and God opened the book of the life of the man. God went on to recount all the sins of the man written therein. The man had been guilty of practically all sins including cruelty, lack of charity, thievery, ingratitude, disloyalty, lust and lack of love. To all these charges the man answered, “Even so did I.”

Thereupon God closed the book of the life of the man and said, “Surely, I will send you to hell.”

The man said he could not do so because hell was where he had always lived.

So then God, feeling a little disturbed that he could not send this man to hell, feeling almost impotent, not knowing what to do. Because he was right - how can you send a man to hell who has always lived in hell? So then God said he would send him to heaven - just to save his ego.

And the man cried out, “Thou canst not!”

And God said, “Wherefore can I not send thee to heaven?”

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