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Chapter 5: On the Danger of Overweening Success

One of the two couldn’t sleep. The whole night he prayed to God to help him. He couldn’t take his tea in the morning. He came to the place where this phenomenon was to happen; the whole capital had gathered.

The other, knowing well that he didn’t know anything about tightrope walking, that nothing could be done and it was almost certain that he was going to die, so why not sleep well? - he slept. In the morning he took his usual tea. He walked leisurely, came to the place. The other was trembling, feverish; but he was quiet and calm knowing well that death was to happen - and when it is certain, why bother? Die silently.

He started walking on the rope, and wonder of wonders - he walked!

Nobody could believe it! Even the tightrope walkers had come to watch - even they could not believe it. It was difficult even for them - the distance was too great and the danger was too much. One step wrong, a little too much leaning toward the left or toward the right.and you are gone; a little unbalance and death is waiting at every step. But the man walked and he walked so leisurely, just as leisurely as if he had gone for a morning walk. He reached the other hill.

The first man was trembling, perspiring. He shouted from his place to the other man, “Please tell me how you walked, so I can also walk!”

The other man shouted back: “Difficult, because I don’t know the how. I know only one thing - this is the way I have been walking my whole life. I’m not a tightrope walker, but now I know I am, because this is the way I have been living my whole life - balanced, never going to the extreme. Or, if I lean toward the left immediately I balance it by leaning toward the right. I have not done anything else. But this won’t help you because this is not something you can learn suddenly. If you live in this way the knack of it comes to you.”

Remember the word knack. I emphasize it. Religion is a knack, it is not a science. Otherwise it could be taught very easily, it could be explained very easily. It could be theorized, there would be no trouble about it.

Even the greatest problem in science can be solved - if not today then tomorrow, but it will be solved through intellect, through intellectual effort. And some day, when it is solved, it is not solved only for the one who has solved it, it is solved for all.

Einstein solved the mystery of relativity. Now there is no need for anybody else to solve it, it is solved for all. You have just to understand it, that’s all. You need not go into the vast effort of solving it. It is solved. Science is a public phenomenon: one man solves something; then it is solved for everybody; one man invents something, it is invented for all. It is a mass phenomenon.

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