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Samkalpa Shakti

by Swami Rama

Book Cover: Love and Family Life by Swami Rama[This passage has been taken from the book Perennial Psychology of the Bhagavad Gita, pp 19 – 20, by Swami Rama, published by Himalayan Institute Press.]

The first task for a seeker of trust is to understand the words “coordinated effort.” This means that one should always follow the dictates of his conscience. When a normal human being considers doing something, his conscience helps him to choose what he will do by placing the consequences of his actions – good and bad, helpful and damaging, right and wrong – in front of him. And if he has a firm will, he will be able to carry out the action he chooses. Samkalpa shakti (will power) is a powerful force in the human being. If it is not utilized, there will always be failure, regardless of the external efforts made and the means applied. True sadhakas are taught to be vigilant, to not allow the light of samkalpa shakti to be diminished or extinguished. If the knowledge of that light is protected and allowed to grow, the aspirant becomes self-reliant, and self-reliance is an essential virtue. Self-reliance, courage, a one pointed-mind, and determination all unite to build the force of samkalpa shakti, without which the aspirant cannot fearlessly tread the path of life.

Editor’s Note:

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