you may want to do in life, one thing is absolutely indispensable
and at the basis of everything, the capacity of concentrating
the attention. If you are able to gather together the rays of
attention and consciousness on one point and Can maintain this
concentration with a persistent will, nothing can resist
it - whatever it maybe, from the most material physical development
to the highest spiritual one. But this discipline must be followed
in a constant and, it may be said, imperturbable way; not that
you should always be concentrated on the same thing- that's not
what I mean, I mean learning to concentrate.
And materially, for studies, sports, all physical or mental development,
it is absolutely indispensable. And the value of an individual is proportionate
to the value of his attention.
And from the spiritual point of view it is still more important.
There is no spiritual obstacle which can resist a penetrating power of
concentration. For instance, the discovery of the psychic being, union with the
inner Divine, opening to the higher spheres, all can be obtained by an
intense and obstinate power of concentration - but one must learn how to do it.
There is nothing in the human or even in the superhuman field, to
which the power of concentration is not the key.
You can be the best athlete, you can be the best student, you can
be an artistic, literary or scientific genius, you can be the greatest saint
with that faculty. And everyone has in himself a tiny little beginning of it
-it is given to everybody, but people do not cultivate it.