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आत्मनः शक्तिम् उद्वीक्ष्य

आत्मनः शक्तिम् उद्वीक्ष्य मनोत्साहं च यो व्रजेत्।
बहून् हन्ति स एकोऽपि क्षत्रियान् भार्गवो यथा॥२५९॥
—मित्रभेदः नाम प्रथमे तन्त्रे भासुरकाख्य-सिंह कथा ८
ātmanaḥ śaktim udvīkṣya manotsāhaṁ ca yo vrajet|
bahūn hanti sa eko’pi kṣatriyān bhārgavo yathā||259||
—mitrabhedaḥ nāma prathame tantre bhāsurakākhya-siṁha kathā 8
A hero who goes forth girt in energy and pride, having taken the measure of his own power and strength
Can single-handled smite his foes, even as Bhārgava (Paraśurāma) hacked down the warriors.

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क्रियासिद्धिः सत्वे भवति महतां नोपकरणे

विजेतव्या लङ्का चरणतरणीया जलनिधिः
विपक्षः पौलस्त्यो रणभुवि सहायाश्च कपयः।
तथाप्येको रामः सकलमवधीद्राक्षसकुमम्
क्रियासिद्धिः सत्वे भवति महतां नोपकरणे॥
vijetavyā laṅkā caraṇataraṇīyā jalanidhiḥ
vipakṣaḥ paulastyo raṇabhuvi sahāyāśca kapayaḥ|
tathāpyeko rāmaḥ sakalamavadhīdrākṣasakumam
kriyāsiddhiḥ satve bhavati mahatāṁ nopakaraṇe||
For defeating Lanka [for Lord Rama], the sea had to be crossed by foot. The opponent was (powerful) RavaNa, and (but) his assistants (army) on the battlefield were monkeys (All odds were against Lord Rama).
Despite all this, one Lord Rama killed all the demons. Success of great men depends solely on their own capacities, and not on the means they get to use.
cf. “A bad workman blames his tools”

विक्रमार्जित सत्वस्य स्वयमेव मृगेन्द्रता

न अभिषेको न संस्कारः सिंहस्य क्रियते वने।
विक्रमार्जित सत्त्वस्य स्वयमेव मृगेन्द्रता॥
na abhiṣeko na saṁskāraḥ siṁhasya kriyate vane |
vikramārjita sattvasya svayameva mṛgendratā ||

There is no official coronation ceremony held for the lion in the jungle;
On account of his own attributes and strength, he becomes king.

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