Vivekananda’s courage

Once Swami Vivekanand was walking on a lonely road in Banaras. Suddenly, a few red-faced monkeys started to follow him. Vivekananda was scared and started running to save himself from these monkeys. However, the monkeys continued to chase him. The faster he ran, the faster the monkeys came after him. Just then, Vivekanand heard a stern voice, 'Don't run! Face them!' On hearing these words, Vivekanand stopped running, turned and stood bravely in front of the monkeys. And what a surprise! All the monkeys stepped back and ran away. From this experience, Vivekanand has said that, 'This is the lesson for all life – face the brutes, face the terrible, face it boldly. Like the monkeys, the hardships of life fall back when we cease to flee from them.

Children, don't ever be scared of problems and hardships in life. Instead face them and overcome them with courage and determination.

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