TEENAGE HERO ARRIVES BACK IN SYDNEY
But the teenager, unfazed by the prospect of disagreeing with the most powerful man in the country, would not accept the compliment. “I'm an ordinary girl who believed in her dream, you don't have to be someone special to achieve something big,” she said. “You just have to have a dream, believe in it and work hard, anything is possible.” Talking about her voyage, she said the hardest times came when bad weather was forecast, but that her own resilience had surprised her. “When you're in the middle of the night in a storm you can't fall apart, you have to just keep going.” Then, in the final days of her voyage, the wind picked up again, her generator engine started playing up and her toilet broke. With her mind fixed solely on her return, she patched up the engine with a bit of wire but gave up on the toilet.
It is not common to read news about a youngster who has developed these qualities: tapah (austerity), acāpalam (determination), dhritih (fortitude) and what is most astonishing, the quality of: na ati-mānitā (not expectation of honor). Her qualities should remind us about the transcendental qualities meant for making a person progress in spiritual understanding.
Fearlessness; purification of one's existence; cultivation of spiritual knowledge; charity; self-control; performance of sacrifice; study of the Vedas; austerity; simplicity; nonviolence; truthfulness; freedom from anger; renunciation; tranquillity; aversion to faultfinding; compassion for all living entities; freedom from covetousness; gentleness; modesty; steady determination; vigor; forgiveness; fortitude; cleanliness; and freedom from envy and from the passion for honor - these transcendental qualities, O son of Bharata, belong to godly men endowed with divine nature.
“Bhagavad-gītā As It Is”
Chapter 16 - Verses 1-3
“The Divine And Demoniac Natures”