Life is such that if we lay our hand here, there is a
stone, if we lay our hand there, there are thorns. We can
rely upon no one, not upon a relation, nor upon a friend.
Whether friend or relative, whether master or servant, husband
or wife, they do not care how we fare, they want so much
work done by us. Whether it is a friend or a brother, he
wants his own benefit from us, however dear he may be. How
could we expect the contrary, when we cannot rely upon our
own mind and our own body to be always the same? After many
experiences a person learns this. It takes a long time,
because hope always remains. Man always thinks, if I cannot
rely on this one, then upon that one, if not upon this friend,
then on that other one.
Then, from a lion, man must become a sheep. In the
world each one is a lion, and behind each lion there is
a bigger lion, and a machine gun ready to devour him.
Man becomes a sheep; he becomes humble, meek. You might think, 'The
lion is greater than the sheep. Why, from a lion, should
I become a sheep, from better become worse?' The lion is
lion outside; to others he is a lion, in his own soul he
is a sheep, because he has not the courage to fight his
own passions. His anger rules him, he does not control his
In order to be the lion of God you must be a lion within,
towards yourself. Then you are brave enough to stand against
any evil, any power, because there is no guilt, there is
no weakness. Great humility is needed for this way.