The proverb “Where there’s a will, there’s in a way” means that there is nothing impossible to achieve if we are determined to achieve it. It says that people with superior will and resolute determination succeed. But those with a feeble will and wavering mind never achieve their target.
Panini, the great grammarian of Sanskrit Language proved the truth of the proverb to the hilt. When he was a child and taken to the teacher by his mother for his initial education, the teacher refused saying that the boy had no line for education in his palm. That is, he was not destined to be educated at all. Panini, the boy was quite disappointed. But he pierced his palm by a knife exactly on the course his line of education should have followed. After a week, when the wound was dry, the ‘line of education’ was clearly visible. He, then again went to that teacher. The teacher was amazed to see the line. When he learnt what that resolute boy Panini had done, he explained “For such an indomitable will, nothing is impossible to achieve.” And no wonder, Panini is still held to be the greatest grammarian of Sanskrit.
There are many such examples to prove that nothing is impossible for a determined person. Robert Bruce’s story, also well-known, illustrates the truth of this proverb. In essence, the same is the teaching of Lord Krishna in the Bhagwat Gita.
Let us cultivate a strong will, and remember the following lines by a poet:
“Standing at the foot, boys gazing at the sky, how can you reach up boys, if you never try?”