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A time like this demands
Great hearts, robust minds, real religion, and keen hands:
Men whom the lust of place of work can't kill,
Men whom the spoils of place of work can't buy:
Men who own critiques and a will:
Men who've honour, males who won't lie.
—Oliver Wendell Holmes.

FOREWORD

I have excitement in warmly commending this quantity to all who wish to comprehend the many-faced attractiveness and heroism of the spirit embodied in India's nice males. listed below are 3 noble Indian kinds, useful of our homage and admiration. may well many extra such Heroes come to us, Heroes not just of the Hour yet for all Time.

ADYAR, } ANNIE BESANT.
4th March, 1918.

PROEM

"Your nation desires heroes; be heroes."

–Swami Vivekananda.

'No age, that has no longer its heroes' could be acknowledged instead of that the age of heroes is long past, that there's no room for a hero nowa days. The time period "heroic age" doesn't suggest that the realm has been with no heroes because the shut of that interval. If one has a watch to notice the hero he won't locate it essential to select a lantern looking for heroes, even supposing to discover an ideal guy one could have to compliment a lantern in every one hand and for his complete life-time seek in useless. a decent guy, comparable to Diogenes desired to locate, will not be present in any age—has now not been came across via the entire conventional and ancient occasions until eventually now. "Honest" in response to Diogenes intended sincere in each admire, in each relation and in line with a typical that makes allowance for not anything and rejects at the slightest suspicion of deviation from that normal. God has no longer produced his "noblest paintings" as but, for verily this kind of guy can't reside during this conditioned international to any extent further than a fish can dwell out of water. there's different worlds during which sincere males may possibly stay yet this global is for plenty of striving to be sincere, profitable in a single attempt, unsuccessful in one other, and for lots of others to whom the assumption of honesty is not any factor in any respect in an enormous variety of issues. an international of evolution, each guy has to conform a better out of a decrease nature by way of wakeful efforts of self-surrender. via boundaries and imperfections, falling and emerging alternately, chastened by means of adventure mellowed by means of repentance, fortified through introspection guy leaves at the back of him one level for a better level and as long as there's a larger level, no guy, no girl is ideal. Such males who search to tread this course of renunciation of worldly items and worldly customers overcoming the frailties, passions and cravings of inherited congenital ownership, such males are few certainly. No guy may be ideal; yet one that is at the street that can by no means take him from imperfections is he who clings to self-gratification, as if that's the fact of lifestyles. On what highway we're is the one query of moment—all being imperfect-whether having to be imperfect, we grasp to imperfections, or even if being packed with imperfections, we try to shed one imperfection after one other. yet, the place is where for the "hero" during this relocating procession of imperfect women and men, such a lot of them clinging to the inaccurate street, a couple of being at the correct one? His position is as a guy whose patience and braveness, whose unravel to endure are for the advantage of any part of humanity, no matter what be the sector within which those features are dropped at play. there's room for one of these guy within the age of technology in addition to of poetry, within the age of political tyranny and non secular thraldom in addition to in an age of capitalist monopoly. the fellow who in rearing a bacteriological tradition exposes himself each second to an infection and dying, is a hero up to Achilles or Arjuna. the lads who've perished within the try and convey the atmospheric air below keep watch over for reasons of aerial navigation are heroes and martyrs; for whereas they can have good shunned the chance, they've got confronted it for including to the sum overall of human achievements, within the ...

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