Arjuna and the Art of Concentration

The IUP Journal of Soft Skills, Vol. VII, No. 4, December 2013, pp. 27-33

Posted: 5 Aug 2014

Date Written: July 28, 2014


Soft skills include not only proficiency in interpersonal, social, and communication skills, but also a wide range of self-management traits. Concentration is one of them. Whether one is a student or a professional, one needs to organize and consolidate one’s thoughts and focus one’s attention on the immediate task at hand in order to perform well in one’s chosen field. Failure to concentrate well can not only dent one’s performance but also damage one’s reputation. In fact, ancient Indians set much store by concentration and prized one’s ability to probe into higher truths or excel in a chosen vocation through self-discipline and concentration. They have bequeathed the modern world vibrant and enduring systems of discipline and a rich repository of spiritual and literary texts that are filled with examples and essences of their experiences and insights. The Mahabharata is one such text. This paper takes a close look at an episode from the epic involving Arjuna, one of its heroes, to draw lessons on concentration, a soft skill requisite.

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Iyengar, R. Venkatesan, Arjuna and the Art of Concentration (July 28, 2014). The IUP Journal of Soft Skills, Vol. VII, No. 4, December 2013, pp. 27-33, Available at SSRN:

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