"These twenty difficult things can become twenty steps of the challenge. These twenty difficult things are not to make you beware of them; Buddha is talking about these twenty difficult things not to make you avoid them – it is an invitation, it is a challenge.
"These twenty Himalayan peaks are just a challenge for youa great invitation. Don't remain in the valley. The valley is very secure, convenient, comfortable. You will live comfortably, you will die comfortably. But you will not grow. You will only grow old, but you will not grow.
"Growth happens only when you are accepting a challenge. Growth happens only when you start living dangerously. These twenty things are indicative of how one should live.
"There is only one way to live and that is to live dangerously, courageously. You become rightly a human being only when you have accepted this challenge of the Buddha.
"We will go into these twenty things. They look small on the surface, but Buddha cannot talk about small things. You will have to go into the depth of these small things, and then you will see – they are really difficult.
"Before we enter this sutra, one thing I would like to tell you – that the search for truth is the search for the impossible. Religion itself is nothing but a passion for the impossible. But the beauty is – that impossible happens, that impossible also becomes possible. But you have to pay for it, and you have to pay tremendously. You have to sacrifice yourself utterly. You have to stake your whole life.
"If you stake your so-called life, you will attain to what Buddha calls to be alive, to what Jesus calls to be reborn, to what Hindus call to be twice born, dwij. Then a totally new dimension and a totally new quality of being arises in youuncorrupted by time and space, uncontaminated by anything, absolutely and eternally virgin.
"Long for the impossible. Desire for the impossible.The Buddha said:"Because unless you have it, how can you share it? To share something with somebody else you must have it first."
There are twenty difficult things to attain or accomplish in this world.
First: It is difficult for the poor to practice charity.