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That’s why I speak of courage — but really it is aspira-
        tion. They go together. A real aspiration is something full of
        courage.


        Surrender
            And now, surrender. In English the word is “surrender”,
        there is no French word which gives exactly that sense. But
        Sri Aurobindo has said — I think we have read this — that sur-
        render is the first and absolute condition for doing the yoga.
        So, if we follow what he has said, this is not just one of the
        necessary qualities: it is the first attitude indispensable for
        beginning the yoga. If one has not decided to make a total
        surrender, one cannot begin.


        Endurance or perseverance
            But for this surrender to be total, all these qualities are
        necessary. And I add one more — for so far we have only four
        — I add endurance. For, if you are not able to face difficulties
        without getting discouraged and without giving up, because
        it is too difficult; and if you are incapable... well, of receiv-
        ing blows and yet continuing, of “pocketing” them, as they
        say — when you receive blows as a result of your defects, of
        putting them in your pocket and continuing to go forward
        without flagging — you don’t go very far; at the first turning
        where you lose sight of your little habitual life, you fall into
        despair and give up the game.
            The most... how shall I put it? the most material form of
        this is perseverance. Unless you are resolved to begin the
        same thing over again a thousand times if need be... You
        know, people come to me in despair, “But I thought it was
        done  and  now  I  must  begin  again!”  And  if  they  are  told,
        “But that’s nothing, you will probably have to begin again a
        hundred times, two hundred times, a thousand times; you

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