Face the Brutes

Hi All,
Just wanted to share a story as told by Swami Vivekananda ….
Once when I was in Varanasi, I was passing through a place where there was a large tank of water on one side and a high wall on the other. It was in the grounds where there were many monkeys. The monkeys of Varanasi are huge brutes and are sometimes surly. They now took it into their heads not to allow me to pass through their street, so they howled and shrieked and clutched at my feet as I passed. As they pressed closer, I began to run, but the faster I ran, the faster came the monkeys and they began to bite at me. It seemed impossible to escape, but just then I met a stranger who called out to me, “Face the brutes.” I turned and faced the monkeys, and they fell back and finally fled….
That is a lesson for all life–face the terrible, face it boldly. Like the monkeys, the hardships of life fall back when we cease to flee before them. If we are ever to gain freedom, it must be by conquering nature, never by running away. Cowards never win victories. We have to fight fear and troubles and ignorance if we expect them to flee before us.
(From a lecture on “What Is Religion?”. Complete Works, 1.338-39.)

As said by Vivekananda, “face the terrible, face it boldly”. Turn you face towards Stammering i.e; accept your stammering and never let emotions get on to you. Let some people around laugh at you (Like Bus conductor or commutators during your journey) or think whatever they want…. But you never think about them. Just go on and say what you want to say.. Go easy and never think about the 3rd party.


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  1. WindStorm 9 years ago

    Great story and great inspiration !

    Thanks Mr. Rockford for sharing it with us !

    Keep writing. 🙂


  2. admin 9 years ago

    What a beautiful way to share such an important message! well done Mr Rockford and welcome to tisa blog.

  3. Sachin 9 years ago

    Yes- Voluntary stuttering works on this very principle. But a TISA friend, told me that many Therapist in "stammering cure" trade- denounce Voluntary stuttering..and confuse many sincere seekers..
    So, it is your choice- you can choose to live in fear or confront it and rise above it..
    Thanks Rockford!


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