Let us now understand this concept of will-power from a practical point of view as it affects our life. Why at all need we develop the will power when we may not be ambitious people trying to do spectacular things? Sometimes in our lives, maybe in every one's life, great tragedies happen. They shake us to our roots. After that tragedy we are never the same persons again. If we know how to take these tragedies creatively, we are largely transformed. If not, we are crushed. These tragedies are such that we are forced to take agonizing notice of them. Not only that, others also take notice of them, for very often we become objects of real pity. This is about the big tragedies of our personal lives.
There is another kind of tragedy which is daily happening in every life, the consequences of which are far reaching. And in these small tragedies are rooted the great tragedies of life. But, somehow, most people seem not to notice them at all. These days, we are giving away our thinking power to machines in the hope of getting more out of life. But it would appear, by and large, we are gradually losing grip on life. It may not be an axiomatic truth, but we shall find it to be generally true that the more our homes become filled with gadgets, the less are the thoughtful people around.
The one way of keeping grip on life is right thinking and deep thinking. These days
we all admire free-thinking. Free-thinking is good. But right thinking is better. When right thinking becomes deep thinking, it is excellent. Without cultivating the habit of
introspection, it is impossible to keep track of all the forces that are operative within us.
Without knowing the nature of these forces, we cannot be their masters. We are then
bound to be their slaves. And what chances have slaves to develop and exercise their
will power, when that slavery is due to their own on regenerate nature? How can such
persons ever build up their character? How can a man without a character have will power?
Introspection will reveal that there is a small tragedy involved in our daily life - in
Which most of our big tragedies are rooted. In Sanskrit this basic tragedy is narrated this
way…I know what is dharma, what is righteousness, what is good, but I have not the
inclination to do it. I know what is unrighteousness, what is evil, sin, but I cannot desist from doing it. A song of the mystic Ram Prasad - which Sri Ramakrishna used to sing piteously describes the content of this tragedy.