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Quotes On Importance Of Self Effort In Hinduism

A collection of quotes on the importance of self effort in Hinduism.

The Bhagavad Gita (6.5) teaches, "Let a man uplift himself by his own self. Let him not belittle or lower himself, for he himself is his friend, and he himself is his enemy." Sri Ramanuja explains that uplifting ourselves by ourselves means uplifting our mind that is ensnared by the sense organs with the help of buddhi, our discriminating faculty.

According to a well-known Sanskrit verse, "The Goddess of Prosperity favors only those who are diligent and hardworking. Only cowards say that everything depends on destiny. With the help of the divine power inherent in you, assert yourself and get rid of destiny. If despite all your efforts you do not succeed, then what does it matter?" [At least, you have made your best efforts.]

According to another verse, "Only hard work helps in the attainment of goals, not dreams and mere intentions. [The way to hell is paved with good intentions.] Animals do not of themselves enter the mouth of a sleeping lion. [Even the king of the forest has to hunt his prey."]

Sri Krishna makes a promise in the Bhagavad Gita (9.22): "Those who worship Me, meditating on Me with no other thought and ever devoted to Me-to them I carry what they lack and for them I preserve what they already have."

"Abandon all dharmas (both good and bad) and come to Me alone for shelter. I will deliver you from all sins; do not grieve." (18.66) Sri Ramanuja explains in his commentary that relinquishing all dharmas means the complete renunciation of the sense of agency, and attachment to action and its results in the practice of karma-yoga, jnana-yoga, and bhakti-yoga, and realizing God as the agent, object of worship, the means and the end."