As a man was passing the elephants, he suddenly stopped, confused by the fact that these huge creatures were being held by only a small rope tied to their front leg. No chains, no cages. It was obvious that the elephants could, at anytime, break away from their bonds but for some reason, they did not.
He saw a trainer nearby and asked why these animals just stood there and made no attempt to get away.
“Well,” the trainer said, “when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, it’s enough to hold them. As they grow up, they are conditioned to believe they cannot break away. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.”
The man was amazed. These animals could at any time break free from their bonds but because they believed they couldn’t, they were stuck right where they were.
Like the elephants, how many of us go through life hanging onto a belief that we cannot do something, simply because we failed at it once before?
Failure is part of learning; it teaches how to adjust, readjust, grow and unfold. My hope is that every day you fail. That every day you reach towards each and every one of your wildest dreams. And when you fail. Fail again and then again. Until the collective efforts of all your failures become your actualized hopes, dreams and destiny.
Kaivalya (freedom) is not staying caged and safe from pain and struggle.
Freedom is the ability to choose each and every day who you will be despite what challenges you face.