No competitiveness1

Early in the morning I walk at a 20-minute pace — very solid. One morning, when I had covered a mile, all of a sudden I saw a lady pass by me. She had a bag on her shoulder. My ego came forward. How could she go faster than me, carrying a bag on her shoulder? O God, I tried to defeat her.

That was the morning I had taken an oath that I wouldn’t go very fast. After five minutes, I saw another lady. This one was running for the bus, and she also was passing me. I said, “This is too much!”

Then I walked very fast. I was on the street and she was on the sidewalk. I managed to pass her, but it made me very tired. Was it worth it? In three or four seconds, again she was going ahead of me. I asked myself, “Why did I compete with her?” Then I decided not to compete with her anymore.


  1. RB 843. 20 May 1985

Sri Chinmoy, Run and become, become and run, part 16.First published by Agni Press in 1985.

This is the 688th book that Sri Chinmoy has written since he came to the West, in 1964.

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