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Strength, Courage and Speed

Photograph of a pillar from the Hoysala temple

A visit to the Hoysala temples bring forth the architectural wonder of the 11th and 14th century. The language of art is used to depict the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The striking decoration of the molding comprising of figures of elephants, tigers and horses, depict strength, courage and speed respectively.

Not only were these three attributes of relevance back then, they seem to have their relevance even today, specifically in education.

Knowledge builds our cognitive strength. Our strength of knowledge should give us the courage to think, imagine and create fearlessly. It should help us remove the fear of failure.

Only if we try is there a chance of failing. It is better to try and fail than to fail to try. Because when we fail, we learn how we could have done something differently.

Many times, when we do muster up the courage to do something, we think and overthink our actions to the extent that we either loose the opportunity that may have existed or loose to the person who made the most of that opportunity. To act and act with speed is important. Speed of doing must match our goal.

The lesson in the rock carving for me therefore is, take chances and stretch yourself outside your comfort zone.

That is what history teaches us.

That is what the story etched in stone instigates us to reflect upon.

“If you are not prepared to be wrong,

you will never come up with anything original.”

-Sir Ken Robinson

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