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What is Perseverance?

Perseverance: the decision to go to the very end. [1]

Perseverance is patience in action. [2]

Perseverance breaks down all obstacles. [3]

Perseverance in the path is the one rule to cling to and with that finally all obstacles are overcome. [4]

Persevereit is the surest way to success. What you have not been able to achieve in you last year, you will do this year. [5]

Learn steadiness of character, perseverance. [6]

One must Persevere and hold fast. [7]

Perseverance is a Process

It takes time, steadfast endeavour, long continued aspiration and a calm perseverance to get anywhere in Yoga; that time you do not give yourself because of these recurrent swingings away from the right attitude. [8]

You must Persevere in your effort until you do succeed. [9]

You must be sincere in your perseverance; then the things you cannot do today, you will one day be able to do, after regular and persistent efforts. [10]

You must first have a great deal of perseverance in the search, for usually when one begins searching for these things the mind comes to give a hundred and one favourable explanations for your not needing to search. It tells you, "Why no, it is not at all your fault; it is this, it is that, it is the circumstances, it is the people, these are things received from outside—all kinds of excellent excuses, which, unless you are very firm in your resolution, make you let go, and then it is finished; and so, after a short time the whole business has to be started again, the bad impulse or the thing you didn't want, the movement you didn't want, comes back, and so you must begin everything over again—till the day you decide to perform the operation. When the operation is done it is over, one is free. [11]

If one wants to take the trouble, one can enlarge his field considerably. But it asks for work, for perseverance, a kind of assiduous effort. [12]

There is only needed the perseverance to go on till this resistance breaks down. [13]

Persevere and what is still crooked will be made straight. [14]

One has to Persevere until the light conquers. [15]

The path of surrender is indeed difficult, but if one perseveres in it with sincerity, there is bound to be some success. [16]

The only course is to shake off the inertia of the will and Persevere. [17]

Unless one has an endless patience and an unshakable perseverance, it is better not to start on the way of transformation. [18]

Persevere, and what you cannot do today you will be able to do tomorrow. [19]

Without perseverance one never attains anything. [20]

If you Persevere you are sure to succeed. [21]

You must Persevere with courage and sincerity. You are sure to succeed one day. [22]

For each person the way differs in its details, but sincerity and perseverance are equally indispensable for all. [23]

The Mother's force is there with you even when you do not feel it. Trust to it, remain quiet and Persevere. [24]

A great determination, a strong will and an untiring perseverance are indispensable to reach the goal. [25]

For a happy and effective life, the essentials are sincerity, humility, perseverance and an insatiable thirst for progress. Above all, one must be convinced of a limitless possibility of progress. Progress is youth; at a hundred years of age one can be young. [26]

Source of Perseverance

The source of sincerity, of will, of perseverance is in the psychic being, but this translates itself differently in different people. [27]

The psychic being works with perseverance and ardour for the union to be made an accomplished fact, but it never complains and knows how to wait for the hour of realisation to come. [28]

Perseverance in Yoga

For all those who are destined to find their inner being, the truth of their being, there is always at least one moment in life when they were no longer the same, perhaps just like a lightning-flash—but that is enough. It indicates the road one should take, it is the door that opens on this path. And so you must go through the door, and with perseverance and an unfailing steadfastness seek to renew the state which will lead you to something more real and more total. [29]

The road of Yoga is long, every inch of ground has to be won against much resistance and no quality is more needed by the sadhak than patience and single-minded perseverance with a faith that remains firm through all difficulties, delays and apparent failures. [30]

All the methods of self-knowledge, self-control and self-mastery are good. You have to choose the one that comes to you spontaneously and best corresponds to your nature. And once having chosen the method, you must use your intelligent will to apply it with an unfailing perseverance that does not shrink from any obstacle, any difficulty. It is a long and minute work which must be undertaken with sincerity and continued with an increasing sincerity ever more scrupulous and integral. [31]

Aspire and Persevere and all will come with the growing consciousness. [32]

Where the call of the soul perseveres, the response of the Divine must come. [33]

Grant us the rectitude, the courage, the perseverance and the goodwill necessary to accomplish this sublime task. [34]

Outcomes of Perseverance

Perseverance in Concentration

Persevere in your concentration till you come to the point when you no longer lose the inner contact. [35]

To attain that concentration much effort is necessary; an immediate or even a quick result is rarely possible. But if the inner door has once been opened, you may be sure that it will open again if you know how to Persevere. [36]

Transform Vital Nature with Perseverance

To transform the vital one must have will, perseverance, sincerity. [37]

One has to Persevere till one can stand back from the mind as from the vital and feel the deeper and larger mental and vital Purushas within one which are capable of silence, capable of a straight receptivity of the true Word and Force as of the true silence. [38]

It is always the vital being which protests and complains. The psychic being works with perseverance and ardour to make the union an accomplished fact, but it never complains, and knows how to wait for the hour of realisations to come. [39]

One must be more obstinate than the obstinate material nature and Persevere until the light and truth can take permanent hold of the parts which are still responsive to the old movements. There can be no doubt that with this perseverance the Truth will in the end conquer. [40]

There is no easy way to get over physical animality and vital greed. It is only an obstinate perseverance that can succeed. [41]

perseverance is necessary in any process, and what is this process? First, there must be the ability to observe and discern, the ability to find the vital in oneself. [42]

To work for your perfection, the first step is to become conscious of yourself, of the different parts of your being and their respective activities. You must learn to distinguish these different parts one from another, so that you may become clearly aware of the origin of the movements that occur in you, the many impulses, reactions and conflicting wills that drive you to action. It is an assiduous study which demands much perseverance and sincerity. [43]

If the education of the vital is carried far enough, with perseverance and sincerity, there comes a time when, convinced of the greatness and beauty of the goal, the vital gives up petty and illusory sensorial satisfactions in order to win the divine delight. [44]

The transformation of character has in fact been realised by means of a clear-sighted discipline and a perseverance so obstinate that nothing, not even the most persistent failures, can discourage it. [45]

Sincerity, honesty, straightforwardness, courage, disinterestedness, unselfishness, patience, endurance, perseverance, peace, calm, self-control are all things that are taught infinitely better by example than by beautiful speeches. Parents, have a high ideal and always act in accordance with it and you will see that little by little your child will reflect this ideal in himself and spontaneously manifest the qualities you would like to see expressed in his nature. [46]


If you make a mistake, quietly observe it and correct the tendency next time. Even if the mistake recurs often, you have only to Persevere quietly—remembering that nature cannot be changed in a day. [47]

First of all, one must will it. And then one must aspire with great perseverance, and each time the ego shows itself, one must give it a little rap on the nose (Mother taps her nose) until it has received so many raps that it is tired of them and gives up the game. [48]

It is from within that you must become master of your lower nature by establishing your consciousness firmly in a domain that is free of all desire and attachment because it is under the influence of the divine Light and Force. It is a long and exacting labour which must be undertaken with an unfailing sincerity and a tireless perseverance. [49]

If you have a mantra and do not repeat it sufficiently, there is no use in having it and that if you are inattentive, you lose the benefit of vigilance, and that if you do not continue in the good habits that you acquire, they are useless—that is to say, you must Persevere. [50]

And if you Persevere, you will see that all of a sudden you are relieved of a mass of meanness and ugliness and obscurity which was preventing you from flowering in the light. It is those things which make you shrivel up, prevent you from widening yourself, opening out in a light where you have the impression of being very comfortable. If you make this effort, you will see finally that you are very far from the point where you had begun, the things you did not feel, did not understand, have become clear. If you are resolved, you are sure to succeed. [51]

Whatever method of development is chosen, determination and perseverance are indispensable to obtain success.


Transform Physical Nature with Perseverance

To change one's body one must be ready to do millions of times the same thing, because the body is a creature of habits and functions by routine, and because to destroy a routine one must Persevere for years. [53]

To be constantly mindful of the true nature of the body, not to seek what is evil, to pursue with perseverance what is good, is to have right understanding; thus, all one's impurity disappears. [54]

Persevere during Difficulties

It is by persevering that one conquers difficulties, not by running away from them. One who perseveres is sure to triumph. Victory goes to the most enduring. Always do your best and the Lord will take care of the results. [55]

You may not know at every moment what is the best thing to do or how to do it, but you can place your will at the disposal of the Divine to do the best possible, the best thing possible. You will see it will have marvelous results. Do this with consciousness, sincerity and perseverance and you will find yourself getting along with gigantic strides. [56]

Persevere quietly and let nothing discourage you. [57]

Victory is certain if we Persevere and what price of difficulty and endeavour can be too great for such a conquest? [58]

Persevere in your aspiration and effort, do not allow yourself to be discouraged by setbacks. This always happens in the beginning. But if you continue to fight without paying any attention to them, a day will come when the resistances give way and the difficulties vanish. My help is always with you, but you must learn to use it and to rely on it rather than on your own resources. [59]

The more you advance, the more vigilant must you become. And the most essential quality is perseverance, endurance, and a... what shall I call it?—a kind of inner good humour which helps you not to get discouraged, not to become sad, and to face all difficulties with a smile. [60]

With an intensity of will, with perseverance and that indispensable good humour which smiles at difficulties and laughs at mistakes. Then everything will go well. [61]

When you want to progress, the difficulty you want to conquer immediately increases tenfold in importance and intensity in your consciousness. There is but to Persevere, that's all. It will pass. [62]

Persevere, be more and more sincere and you will succeed. [63]

With patience and perseverance all prayers get fulfilled. [64]

When you want to make a progress, the difficulty you wished to conquer increases tenfold in importance and intensity in your consciousness. You have only to Persevere. That is all; it will pass away. [65]


Persevere and you will conquer. You can be sure that my help, force and blessings are always with you. [66]

One must Persevere till the result comes and if one perseveres the result is bound to come. [67]


Persevere without being discouraged, the freedom will come. [68]


Persevere; there is no reason for giving up. Let no uprising of difficulties discourage you. At the end there is victory and lasting peace. [69]

No victory can be won without a fixed fidelity to the aim and a long effort. There is no other way than to Persevere. [70]

If there are always forces around which are concerned to depress and discourage, there are always forces above and around us which we can draw upon,—draw into ourselves to restore, to fill up again with strength and faith and joy and the power that perseveres and conquers [71]


However heavy and tedious the resistance you have to Persevere till you have got the Peace, Knowledge, Force down there in place of the inertia. [72]

It is only by perseverance in aspiration or will that this difficulty can disappear. [73]

What is needed is perseveranceto go on without discouragement, recognising that the process of the nature and the action of the Mother's force is working through the difficulty even and will do all that is needed. [74]


Face all these things [inner disturbances] quietly and firmly with perseverance in the endeavour of the sadhana. Trust firmly in the Divine Grace and the Divine Grace will not fail you. [75]

It is a long and meticulous work that requires much perseverance, but the result is worth the trouble, for it brings not only mastery but also the possibility of the transformation and illumination of the consciousness. [76]


Practice Perseverance with Patience

There is only one thing that's important: that is a sincere and persistent will, for these things don't happen in a twinkling. So one must Persevere. When someone feels that he is not advancing, he must not get discouraged; he must try to find out what it is in the nature that is opposing, and then make the necessary progress. And suddenly one goes forward. [77]'

When one wants to change something of the material life, whether the character or the functioning of the organs or habits, one must have an unfaltering perseverance, be ready to begin again a hundred times the same thing with the same intensity with which one did it the first time and as though one had never done it before. [78]

Whatever you do, never forget the goal which you have set before you. There is nothing great or small once you have set out on this great discovery; all things are equally important and can either hasten or delay its success. Thus before you eat, concentrate a few seconds in the aspiration that the food you are about to eat may bring your body the substance it needs to serve as a solid basis for your effort towards the great discovery, and give it the energy for persistence and perseverance in the effort. [79]

The habit of remembering and applying one's knowledge at the right moment comes only by a great patience and perseverance which refuses to be discouraged by frequent failure. [80]

You must arm yourself with great patience, great patience, and not think that you are good for nothing because it takes so much time. You must never be despondent, never tell yourself, "Oh! This is not for me!" Everyone can do it, if he puts into it the time, the courage, the endurance and the perseverance that are demanded. [81]


An untiring patience and a perseverance which assures you that what you have not succeeded in doing today, you will succeed in doing another time, and makes you go on trying until you do succeed. [82]

It is not an easy path, you will need time, you will need patience. You will need much endurance, much perseverance and courage and an untiring goodwill. [83]

The most important point (what everybody says but only a few do) is to put into practice what you know. With that you have a good chance of succeeding, and with perseverance you will certainly get there. [84]

It is not an impossible discipline but it is extremely long and requires an unshakable patience, for it is as if you wanted to build up in you a being, a body; and for that you require first of all the necessary knowledge, but also such a prolonged persistence and perseverance as would discourage many. But it is altogether indispensable if you want to take part in the knowledge of your higher being. [85]

How can one know whether one is capable of doing it or not! By trying. That's the best thing. And if you do not succeed immediately, Persevere. And you must know that if a strong urge, a very strong urge to do something comes to you, that means this work has something to do with you and you are capable of doing it. But one can have powers which are so well hidden that one has to dig long before finding them. So you must not get discouraged at the first setback, you must persist. [86]

Force which is here and is given consciously, constantly, with an endless perseverance and patience, only for one sole purpose, that of realising the divine work. [87]

The self-perfection or even simply the self-improvement of each individual body is a problem to be solved, and its solution demands much patience, perseverance and regularity. [88]

Patience, perseverance, generosity, broad-mindedness, insight, calm and understanding firmness, and control over the ego until it is completely mastered or even abolished. [89]


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