Mental abilities can be strengthened by their repeated proper use. So, we must first know what the mind is, what its abilities are, what is proper use and why, and how to use the mind in the proper way. That is to say, we must know the science of mind and the practical methods to strengthen it. Then that knowledge is to be applied in daily life continuously.
The mind is known through what is does. Perception, memory, thinking, analysing, feeling, and willing are among its functions and abilities. Success in life depends on how well we can use such abilities. But unfortunately the present education system does not help us in this matter. The result is that mostly we misuse and waste the powers of the mind. The scheme of life-building suggested by the Mahamandal takes the whole issue into account. Its prescription includes among other things mental concentration, prayer, and study for character-building which help greatly to enhance our mental abilities. The body is also to be strengthened to let the mind grow strong. The whole scheme cannot be explained in a few words. But none of the methods can be very fruitful when practised in isolation. So, instead of taking up any one method exclusively, the complete set of methods should be understood clearly and applied continuously with determination.
To help young men in this matter the Mahamandal organizes many training camps throughout the year, publishes books and booklets, and every unit of the Mahamandal runs weekly study circles. The guidelines are laid down in details in such a simple way that everybody can grasp them. By making good use of them, you can get the whole thing and apply them in your life. Thus you can surely help yourself to improve your mental faculties.