Riding From A Book
One young man went to the bombay library. He picked up a book,
''How to Ride a Horse'' and read it. He studied the skills of
how to mount a horse, how to put the foot in the stirrup, how
to hold the reins and many other things. Then one day he went
as a guest to the house of a Darbar. There was a healthy-looking
horse there. On seeing it, he could not contain himself from
bragging, ''I've learnt
how to ride a horse, so let me ride this horse.'' ''Alright,
go on,'' consented the Darbar.
He attempted to climb the horse. But a horse always recognizes
a rider. The Darbar's horse realised that here was a stranger
and beginner. It reared up and flung the young man to the ground.
The Darbar asked, ''Where did you learn to ride?'' ''I learnt
from a book in the Bombay library,'' he exposed his foolishness.
One must remember that one cannot learn anything by oneself,
one needs a teacher, a Guru, in everything one does.