The inescapable conclusion, then, is that the basic daily tragedies of our lives are
not rooted in any inalienable, essential wickedness in us, but in the failure of our will.
Many of us have no idea how much of goodness strength and greatness cry within us for
self-manifestation. We have mostly known only the weaker side of ourselves which in
fact belongs to the not-Self according to Vedanta. It is the basic tragedy of our daily life
that effectively prevents a real encounter with our true self. Therefore it is important for
every person to know how to avoid the failure of will. The only way to do it is to cultivate the will-power.
How to generate will-power in the human system?
How do we cultivate the will-power?
First let us understand what exactly will-power is in working terms. It is that
positive and creative function of the mind which impels, propels and enables us to do
chosen actions in a definitive way and avoid doing unchosen actions in an equally
definitive way. It is that power of the mind which enables us to do what we know to be
right and not do what we know to be wrong under all circumstances favorable or
unfavorable, known or unknown.
Secondly, it is important to know and believe that will-power can be increased by
everybody without any exception provided we are ready to apply ourselves to it and work
for it steadily and methodically. Our past failures have not necessarily to be our future
failures also. No one is destined to be weak all his life except him who chooses to
be so. A departure for the better, nobler, higher state of existence—at least a
determined effort for it—is possible at one's chosen time. It is never too early or too
late to be good, true, pure and strong.
Swami Vivekananda says, 'Stand up, be bold, be strong! Know that you are the creator of your own destiny. All the strength and succor you want is within yourself."
What a life-giving, saving message! All the strength and succor we need is within ourselves. We should get a firm hold an unshakable faith in this fundamental truth.
Only when we have a firm hold on this truth we can develop a will for developing the
will-power. Though it may sound like a truism…it is very important to have a firm will
to develop the will-power. Incredible though it may appear, many of us do not have even
the will to develop the will-power! We seem to think…it is big botheration, too exacting a responsibility to be carrying about all the time. But when we know for certain that within ourselves is unlimited power that we are not mere puny things as we appear to be, that we are not weak reeds worthy only to be broken anytime - then we develop the mind to manifest that power in our life, by sharply cutting out all delusions and illusions to which are the contrary.