VOL. 21 : 1 JULY, 1920 - 21 NOVEMBER, 1920
1. “PATH OF TRUTH FOR THE BRAVE ALONE”
“The path of truth is for the brave alone, never for a coward.” Irealize the significance of this poem
more and more as days pass. Ialso see that it is not for grown-ups only to put the idea of this verseinto practice; children and students, too, can do so. If we try to knowand follow the path of truth right from childhood, then alone, ongrowing up, shall we be saved from following the path of untruth. Justas a disease, if neglected, becomes chronic and incurable, so alsountruth, if permitted to take rot in us from childhood, will later growinto a serious disease and, becoming incurable, gradually ruin ourhealth. It is for this reason that we find untruth increasing in us.So the highest lesson to be learnt during one’s student-life isthat one should know truth and act on it.This path has always been for the brave because a much greatereffort is required to go up the steep slope of truth than to climb theHimalayas. If at all, therefore, we want to work in this direction andserve ourselves, we should give the first place to truth and marchforward with unshakable faith in it. Truth is God.
This was Gandhiji’s contribution to
the manuscript magazine of the Ashram School, Sabarmati.
By Pritamdas (
1720-1798); a Gujarati poet and Vedantin