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Wonderful feats of the mind

We are all aware of the old adage, “If there is a will, there is a way.’’ But do we really care to remind ourselves that without a proper frame of mind, even an ordinary task seems to be impossible? And, with a proper frame of mind and willingness, even the impossible becomes possible.

columns Updated: Aug 29, 2013 22:30 IST
Sunita Bharal

We are all aware of the old adage, “If there is a will, there is a way.’’



But do we really care to remind ourselves that without a proper frame of mind, even an ordinary task seems to be impossible? And, with a proper frame of mind and willingness, even the impossible becomes possible.

In sports, the players need to be conditioned to take up the challenges in the right spirit. That is why sport teams consist of psychologists and physiotherapists as well to keep the team members in good spirits.

In the recent film, ‘Bhag Milkha Bhag’,made on the life of “flying Sikh” Milkha Singh, we can see that despite his physical injuries, Milkha Singh not only participates in one crucial race of his career but also wins it. He wins the race because of his positive mind-set and not due to hisphysical condition.

The same could be true in case of a war. A war can’t be fought with weapons alone. It is won by grit, wit and proper frame of mind.

As per the Bhagavad Gita, when Arjuna saw the huge army on the opposite side, consisting of his blood relations, elders and teachers, his limbs become numb and he gets totally down psychologically. It is because of his dialogue with Lord Krishna that he could take up the challenge.

The initial dialogue the two exchange in the battle field tell us the excuses made by Arjuna to escape war but gradually Lord Krishna changes his mind-set gently to condition it so that he could prepare himself not only to take up the challenge but also to win the battle.

In our daily life experiences, we just pass on many important tasks to the next day and make good excuses for not doing the same. However, if we make up our mind to do any particular work on a particular day, we are able to do it without much discomfort.

Working with a proper frame of mind and willingness, one can do wonders.