Great gesture and speech by Rahul Dravid.
Posted on December 8th, 2020


A life example for some of our politicians who rush for Doctorates and ‘Paper’ qualifications !

*Humility and humbleness*

Cricketer Rahul Dravid was awarded with a doctorate degree by the University of Bangalore, which Rahul Dravid gracefully returned. Not only did he give back the degree, but he also gave a wonderful speech, he said “My wife is a doctor, she has spent countless sleepless nights and days to get this degree.”

“My mother is a professor of arts; she has waited a long fifty years for her degree with perseverance. I worked hard to play cricket, but I didn’t study that much, so how come I accept this degree?”

Einstein was offered the Prime Ministership by the Israeli government in 1952. Einstein politely said, I am an inexperienced student of physics. What do I understand about the governance and administration of a state !!!”

Grigori Perelman, the world-renowned mathematician, returned the Field Medals in 2006 and a large sum of money, regarded as the equivalent of Nobel Prize in the field of Mathematics. He said We had a poverty driven childhood in our family. We had to manage in a very calculative manner to save mother’s earnings. May be, that’s the reason why I was able to develop a little skill in mathematics since childhood. Since that phase of poverty is not there anymore in my life, what do I do with so much of money?”

Seeing the humility of these people, one has to bow down one’s head in respect and shame as well. When we look at ourselves and introspect, we see in ourselves the image of how disobedient, arrogant, absurd person we have been compared to the philosophy of these guys. These humble and down to earth people remind us over and over again that being humble does not mean one gets less dignified in the eyes of the society, rather it portrays in them a much larger than life image.

Because we only become mean by our unruly arrogance, while we grow up real big by our repeated efforts in trying to become humble and true to ourselves.

The strongest truth in the world is that one has to be humble and simple to achieve greatness but there is no need for any efforts at all to become selfish and self centred. As there is a saying ‘Sky is the limit for humbleness while there is no limit at all to stoop down to any level”.

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