The power of concentration


A great little story that’s worth sharing.

“Once during His visit to Chicago, USA, Swami Vivekananda was taking a  stroll on the banks of a river. There he saw some young boys with an air  gun trying to shoot at eggshells floating in the river. As the shells  rolled up and down on the choppy water, the boys could not hit them.  None of the boys hit an eggshell, despite trying many times.

Swami Vivekananda was watching their game with keen interest. Seeing  this, the boys called out to Him, “Sir, you have been watching us all  this time. Would you like to give it a try?” Swami Vivekananda smiled  and said that He would like to try. Taking the air gun in His hand, He  aimed at the eggshells and concentrated on the target for some time.  Then He fired the gun twelve times and hit an eggshell each time!

The boys were awestruck on seeing Swamiji’s skill and asked, “Well,  Sir, how could you do this? Have you had a lot of shooting practice?”  Swamiji laughed and said, “No, I have never practiced shooting.” The  boys were confused, “Then how is it that you shot so well?” Swami  Vivekananda replied, “Well, let me tell you a secret. Whatever you do,  concentrate all your attention on it. Think of nothing else. If you are  shooting, keep your mind only on the target. Your aim will not fail.  Concentration can work wonders. Even when you are studying, think only  of the lesson at hand. Then you will easily remember what you study.”

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