Conservation of Mental Energy




Conservation of Mental Energy :



And for this we require a sufficient reserve of mental energy. That is to say, in order to develop the will-power we must stop squandering of our mental energy. This squandering of mental energy is done through useless talks, purposeless work, futile controversies, wild fantasies, backbiting, day-dreaming, lewd thinking, concern for things which is none of one's business, hypothetical fears and finding fault with others. To build up a sufficient storage of mental energy which is so necessary for developing the will-power, we must stop doing things which drain our mental energy.


We will notice that men of powerful will are men of few words. People always wait to attentively listen to what they have to say. They are not pining to be interesting or exciting. They live with a purpose for an ideal. They are immensely dynamic, but they are poised, intense but not tense. They are not easily shaken by anything.


The conservation of mental energy in its turn will depend on the conservation of physical energy especially sex energy. Those who thoughtlessly or deliberately squander their physical energy are bound to have shallow minds. And shallow minds have poor will-power. Therefore in the educational system of ancient India supreme importance was attached to the practice of brahmacharya, continence, so much so that the period of studentship itself was called brahmacharya. The main secret of developing will-power lies in the proper practice of brahmacharya. Therefore, for developing the will-power we must conserve our physical energy. Physical energy is conserved by living a moral life of purity and moderation. In moderation is suppleness. In suppleness is strength.


Lastly, to develop the will-power we must never take our failures seriously. We must not lose heart in the face of repeated failures. For there is no other way to success except through repeated failures. Failures should be accepted as a part of the whole game as steps to mount the pedestal of success. These steps when followed rightly will surely help us in developing the will-power.


'Goodness gracious / some of us are apt to think, 'if it takes all that for developing the will-power, let the Swamis have them all, we better go for a snack!' Well, this is not all, there is more to it. Snacks have a place in life. But it may not be forgotten that will-power has no substitute whatsoever. We cannot get any worthy thing without paying for it.


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