Inspirational teachings on mental strength in Hinduism....


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Namaste all,

Mental strength is an essential attribute of success. As Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita, "Success is achieved by the persevering. "

In the pursuit of an objective or goal, one tends to get demoralised or discouraged at the sight of obstacles or problems and hence may give up after a few failures in the path. Some even commit suicide after repeated failures and intense demoralisation, forgetting the fact that suicide is a great sin and life has been given to us for spiritual evolution and understanding the true reality.

The mentally strong however, keeps on working towards their objective or goal in spite of repeated defeats and failures , and attains their ends, materially or spiritually.

I feel saddened upon reading newspaper accounts of young people committing suicide due to demoralisation caused by failed love affairs, low marks in exams, unemployment issues, stress and tension in general. In recent times, one can even read accounts of young people committing suicide after contracting Covid, instead of accepting the situation equanimously, working on their healing and health, and getting on with their daily lives. Suicide out of cowardice or mental agitation is considered a great sin as per the Hindu scriptures.

There are many teachings in the Hindu scriptures with respect to mental strength and also that taught by the masters.

I would like to put down some of these sacred teachings over here, which may act as a moral tonic to the discouraged and demoralised, and as a spur for those who are working to attain their goals and objectives.

A man endowed with strength of mind has no fear whether he is in a wilderness or travelling on a hazardous road, whether he faces severe misfortune or bewilderment or the weapon of an opponent raised against him.

-- Vidura Neeti ( Vidura was a minister in the Mahabharatha, who was esteemed for his great wisdom and was also a loyal friend of Krishna and the Pandava's uncle and mentor )

Efficiency is but strength of mind,
All aids mere aids. -- Tiruvalluvar

Nothing is impossible for the person who has determination. -- Chanakya

Your potential is directly proportional to your determination. -- Swami Dayananda Saraswati

If you are strong minded, all your problems and miseries will melt. -- Swami Surya Jowel

Iron nerves and an intelligent brain, and the whole world is at your feet. -- Swami Vivekananda

Strength does not lie in physical capacity. It lies in an indomitable will. -- Mahatma Gandhi

Willpower is nothing but willingness to do. ~ B.K.S.Iyengar

Willpower is concrete, not ethereal. When you do something, you demonstrate your willpower, and it becomes all the easier to have the same power of will the next time.— B.K.S. Iyengar

Force of character is man's great strength. If he uses it in his dealings with the world he will indeed be victorious in most directions. ~ Anandamayi Ma

For the human progress mental strength and purity of heart are essential. It is only the mental strength and purity of heart that makes the human Divine. -- Satya Sai Baba