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Swami Vivekananda (12 January 1863 4 July 1902), born Narendranath Datta, was an Indian Hindu monk, a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna. He was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world and is credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the late 19th century. He was a major force in the revival of Hinduism in India, and contributed to the concept of Indian nationalism as a tool of fight against the British empire in colonial India. Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. He is perhaps best known for his speech which began with the words - "Sisters and brothers of America ...," in which he introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in 1893. Born into an aristocratic Bengali Kayastha family of Calcutta, Vivekananda was inclined towards spirituality. He was influenced by his guru, Ramakrishna, from whom he learnt that all living beings were an embodiment of the divine self; therefore, service to God could be rendered by service to humankind. After Ramakrishna's death, Vivekananda toured the Indian subcontinent extensively and acquired first-hand knowledge of the conditions prevailing in British India. He later travelled to the United States, representing India at the 1893 Parliament of the World's Religions. Vivekananda conducted hundreds of public and private lectures and classes, disseminating tenets of Hindu philosophy in the United States, England and Europe. In India, Vivekananda is regarded as a patriotic saint, and his birthday is celebrated as National Youth Day.



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1:We all have the right to ask for Grace ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2:To see God is the one goal. Power is not the goal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
3:Devotion to duty is the highest form of worship of God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
4:Devotion to duty is the highest form of worship of God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
5:The Church tries to fit Christ into it, not the Church into Christ. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
6:The best thermometer to the progress of a nation is its treatment of its women. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
7:The world has seen thousands of prophets, and the world has yet to see millions ~ Swami Vivekananda,
8:Books cannot teach God, but they can destroy ignorance; their action is negative. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
9:Concentration of the powers of the mind is our only instrument to help us see God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
10:What is that, knowing which we will know everything? - Vedas? ~ Swami Vivekananda, Rajayoga 36,
11:God is to be worshiped as the one Beloved, dearer than everything in this and the next life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
12:Yoga is the science which teaches us how to get these perceptions [direct experiences of God]. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
13:The powers of the mind are the rays of the sun dissipated. When they are concentrated, they illumine. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
14:Raja-Yoga is the science of religion, the rationale of all worship, all prayers, forms, ceremonies, and miracles. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
15:Do not lower your goals to the level of your abilities. Instead, raise your abilities to the height of your goals. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
16:God is always God, but the views which people and nations may take of him vary. No higher view is known than that of love. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
17:All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind, the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
18:Do I wish that the Christian would become Hindu? God forbid. Do I wish that the Hindu or Buddhist would become Christian? God forbid. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
19:You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
20:God is the ever active providence, by whose power systems after systems are being evolved out of chaos, made to run for a time and again destroyed. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
21:It is impossible to think about the welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved. It is impossible for a bird to fly on only one wing. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
22:My Child, What I want is Muscles of Iron and Nerves of Steel, inside which Dwells a Mind of the same Material as that of which the Thunderbolt is Made. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
23:God is not to be reached by the weak. Never be weak. You have infinite strength within you. How else will you conquer anything? How else will you come to God? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
24:God is cruel and not cruel. He is all being and not being at the same time. Hence He is all contradictions. Nature also is nothing but a mass of contradictions. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
25:Have faith in Guru, in his teachings, and in the surety that you can get free. Think day and night that this universe is zero, only God is. Have intense desire to get free. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
26:All that is real in me is God; all that is real in God is I. The gulf between God and me is thus bridged. Thus by knowing God, we find that the kingdom of heaven is within us. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
27:Of one hundred persons who take up the spiritual life, eighty turn out to be charlatans, fifteen insane, and only five, maybe, get a glimpse of the real truth. Therefore beware ~ Swami Vivekananda,
28:God is very merciful to those whom He sees struggling heart and soul for spiritual realization. But remain idle, without any struggle, and you will see that His grace will never come. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
29:Hold the ideal a thousand times, and if you fail a thousand times, make the attempt once more. . . . There is infinite life before the soul. Take your time and you will achieve your end ~ Swami Vivekananda,
30:If you really want the good of others, the whole universe may stand against you and cannot hurt you. It must crumble before your power of the Lord Himself in you if you are sincere and really unselfish. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
31:Was there ever a more horrible blasphemy than the statement that all the knowledge of God is confined to this or that book? How dare men call God infinite, and yet try to compress Him within the covers of a little book! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
32:You are incarnations of God, all of you. You are incarnations of the Almighty, Omnipresent, Divine Principle. You may laugh at me now, but the time will come when you will understand. You must. Nobody will be left behind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
33:It is not that Christ is superior to Allah, not that Allah is everything and Brahma is nothing, but it is the same one whom you call either Brahma or Allah, or Almighty, or by a hundred other names. The names are different but God is one and the same. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
34:God is one the paths to reach him (religions) are many - just as different rivers, originating in different mountains, traverse different paths, flowing straight or crooked, and at last join the ocean. He is the one Lord of all, the one Soul of all souls. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
35:This is the secret of spiritual life: to think that I am the Atman and not the body, and that the whole of this universe with all its relations, with all its good and all its evil, is but as a series of paintings...scenes on a canvas...of which I am the witness. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
36:Who cares for your bhakti and mukti? Who cares what your scriptures say? I will go into a thousand hells cheerfully if I can rouse my countrymen, immersed in tamas, to stand on their own feet and be men inspired with the spirit of karma-yoga. I am a follower only of he or she who serves and helps others without caring for his own bhakti and mukti! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
37:Those who have succeeded in attaching or detaching their minds at will have succeeded in Pratyahara, which means gathering towards, checking the outgoing powers of the mind, freeing it from the thralldom of the senses. When we can do this, we shall really possess character; then alone we shall have taken a long step towards freedom. Before that, we are mere machines. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
38:These ideas have to be understood in studying dhyana, or meditation. We hear a sound. First there is the external vibration; second, the nerve motion that carries it to the mind; third, the reaction from the mind, along with which flashes the knowledgeof the object which was the external cause of these different changes, from the ethereal vibrations to the mental reaction. ~ Swami Vivekananda, Raja-Yoga 84,
39:Dana, charity. There is no higher virtue than charity. The lowest man is he whose hand draws in, in receiving; and he is the highest man whose hand goes out in giving. The hand was made to give always. Give the last bit of bread you have even if you are starving. You will be free in a moment if you starve yourself to death by giving to another. Immediately you will be perfect, you will become God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
40:Neither numbers nor powers nor wealth nor learning nor eloquence nor anything else will prevail, but purity, living the life, in one word, anubhuti, realisation. Let there be a dozen such lion-souls in each country, lions who have broken their own bonds, who have touched the Infinite, whose whole soul is gone to Brahman, who care neither for wealth nor power nor fame, and these will be enough to shake the world. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
41:In India the mother is the center of the family and our highest ideal. She is to us the representative of God, as God is the mother of the universe. It was a female sage who first found the unity of God, and laid down this doctrine in one of the first hy mns of the Vedas. Our God is both personal and absolute, the absolute is male, the personal, female. And thus it comes that we now say: 'The first manifestation of God is the hand that rocks the cradle'. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
42:Some people are so afraid of losing their individuality. Wouldn't it be better for the pig to lose his pig-individuality if he can become God? Yes. But the poor pig does not think so at the time. Which state is my individuality? When I was a baby sprawling on the floor trying to swallow my thumb? Was that the individuality I should be sorry to lose? Fifty years hence I shall look upon this present state and laugh, just as I now look upon the baby state. Which of these individualities shall I keep? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
43:God is the one goal of all our passions and emotions. If you want to be angry, be angry with Him. Chide your Beloved, chide your Friend. Whom else can you safely chide? Mortal man will not patiently put up with your anger; there will be a reaction. If you are angry with me I am sure quickly to react, because I cannot patiently put up with your anger. Say unto the Beloved, "Why do You not come to me; why do You leave me thus alone?" Where is there any enjoyment but in Him? What enjoyment can there be in little clods of earth? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
44:Those who really want to be yogis must give up, once for all, this nibbling at things. Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced. Others are mere talking-machines. If we really want to be blessed and make others blessed, we must go deeper. ~ Swami Vivekananda, Raja-Yoga Pratyahara and Dharana,
45:Yoga, as Swami Vivekananda has said, may be regarded as a means of compressing one's evolution into a single life or a few years or even a few months of bodily existence. A given system of Yoga, then, can be no more than a selection or a compression, into narrower but more energetic forms of intensity, of the general methods which are already being used loosely, largely, in a leisurely movement, with a profuser apparent waste of material and energy but with a more complete combination by the great Mother in her vast upward labour. ~ Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis Of Yoga 0.01 - Life and Yoga,
46:An Informal Integral Canon: Selected books on Integral Science, Philosophy and the Integral Transformation Sri Aurobindo - The Life Divine Sri Aurobindo - The Synthesis of Yoga Pierre Teilhard de Chardin - The Phenomenon of Man Jean Gebser - The Ever-Present Origin Edward Haskell - Full Circle - The Moral Force of Unified Science Oliver L. Reiser - Cosmic Humanism and World Unity Christopher Hills - Nuclear Evolution: Discovery of the Rainbow Body The Mother - Mother's Agenda Erich Jantsch - The Self-Organizing Universe - Scientific and Human Implications of the Emerging Paradigm of Evolution T. R. Thulasiram - Arut Perum Jyothi and Deathless Body Kees Zoeteman - Gaiasophy Ken Wilber - Sex Ecology Spirituality: The Spirit of Evolution Don Edward Beck - Spiral Dynamics: Mastering Values, Leadership, and Change Kundan Singh - The Evolution of Integral Yoga: Sri Aurobindo, Sri Ramakrishna, and Swami Vivekananda Sean Esbjorn-Hargens - Integral Ecology: Uniting Multiple Perspectives on the Natural World ~ M Alan Kazlev, Kheper.html">Kheper ,
47:SECTION 1. Books for Serious Study Liber CCXX. (Liber AL vel Legis.) The Book of the Law. This book is the foundation of the New Æon, and thus of the whole of our work. The Equinox. The standard Work of Reference in all occult matters. The Encyclopaedia of Initiation. Liber ABA (Book 4). A general account in elementary terms of magical and mystical powers. In four parts: (1) Mysticism (2) Magical (Elementary Theory) (3) Magick in Theory and Practice (this book) (4) The Law. Liber II. The Message of the Master Therion. Explains the essence of the new Law in a very simple manner. Liber DCCCXXXVIII. The Law of Liberty. A further explanation of The Book of the Law in reference to certain ethical problems. Collected Works of A. Crowley. These works contain many mystical and magical secrets, both stated clearly in prose, and woven into the Robe of sublimest poesy. The Yi King. (S. B. E. Series [vol. XVI], Oxford University Press.) The "Classic of Changes"; give the initiated Chinese system of Magick. The Tao Teh King. (S. B. E. Series [vol. XXXIX].) Gives the initiated Chinese system of Mysticism. Tannhäuser, by A. Crowley. An allegorical drama concerning the Progress of the Soul; the Tannhäuser story slightly remodelled. The Upanishads. (S. B. E. Series [vols. I & XV.) The Classical Basis of Vedantism, the best-known form of Hindu Mysticism. The Bhagavad-gita. A dialogue in which Krishna, the Hindu "Christ", expounds a system of Attainment. The Voice of the Silence, by H.P. Blavatsky, with an elaborate commentary by Frater O.M. Frater O.M., 7°=48, is the most learned of all the Brethren of the Order; he has given eighteen years to the study of this masterpiece. Raja-Yoga, by Swami Vivekananda. An excellent elementary study of Hindu mysticism. His Bhakti-Yoga is also good. The Shiva Samhita. An account of various physical means of assisting the discipline of initiation. A famous Hindu treatise on certain physical practices. The Hathayoga Pradipika. Similar to the Shiva Samhita. The Aphorisms of Patanjali. A valuable collection of precepts pertaining to mystical attainment. The Sword of Song. A study of Christian theology and ethics, with a statement and solution of the deepest philosophical problems. Also contains the best account extant of Buddhism, compared with modern science. The Book of the Dead. A collection of Egyptian magical rituals. Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie, by Eliphas Levi. The best general textbook of magical theory and practice for beginners. Written in an easy popular style. The Book of the Sacred Magic of Abramelin the Mage. The best exoteric account of the Great Work, with careful instructions in procedure. This Book influenced and helped the Master Therion more than any other. The Goetia. The most intelligible of all the mediæval rituals of Evocation. Contains also the favourite Invocation of the Master Therion. Erdmann's History of Philosophy. A compendious account of philosophy from the earliest times. Most valuable as a general education of the mind. The Spiritual Guide of [Miguel de] Molinos. A simple manual of Christian Mysticism. The Star in the West. (Captain Fuller). An introduction to the study of the Works of Aleister Crowley. The Dhammapada. (S. B. E. Series [vol. X], Oxford University Press). The best of the Buddhist classics. The Questions of King Milinda. (S. B. E. Series [vols. XXXV & XXXVI].) Technical points of Buddhist dogma, illustrated bydialogues. Liber 777 vel Prolegomena Symbolica Ad Systemam Sceptico-Mysticæ Viæ Explicandæ, Fundamentum Hieroglyphicam Sanctissimorum Scientiæ Summæ. A complete Dictionary of the Correspondences of all magical elements, reprinted with extensive additions, making it the only standard comprehensive book of reference ever published. It is to the language of Occultism what Webster or Murray is to the English language. Varieties of Religious Experience (William James). Valuable as showing the uniformity of mystical attainment. Kabbala Denudata, von Rosenroth: also The Kabbalah Unveiled, by S.L. Mathers. The text of the Qabalah, with commentary. A good elementary introduction to the subject. Konx Om Pax [by Aleister Crowley]. Four invaluable treatises and a preface on Mysticism and Magick. The Pistis Sophia [translated by G.R.S. Mead or Violet McDermot]. An admirable introduction to the study of Gnosticism. The Oracles of Zoroaster [Chaldæan Oracles]. An invaluable collection of precepts mystical and magical. The Dream of Scipio, by Cicero. Excellent for its Vision and its Philosophy. The Golden Verses of Pythagoras, by Fabre d'Olivet. An interesting study of the exoteric doctrines of this Master. The Divine Pymander, by Hermes Trismegistus. Invaluable as bearing on the Gnostic Philosophy. The Secret Symbols of the Rosicrucians, reprint of Franz Hartmann. An invaluable compendium. Scrutinium Chymicum [Atalanta Fugiens]¸ by Michael Maier. One of the best treatises on alchemy. Science and the Infinite, by Sidney Klein. One of the best essays written in recent years. Two Essays on the Worship of Priapus [A Discourse on the Worship of Priapus &c. &c. &c.], by Richard Payne Knight [and Thomas Wright]. Invaluable to all students. The Golden Bough, by J.G. Frazer. The textbook of Folk Lore. Invaluable to all students. The Age of Reason, by Thomas Paine. Excellent, though elementary, as a corrective to superstition. Rivers of Life, by General Forlong. An invaluable textbook of old systems of initiation. Three Dialogues, by Bishop Berkeley. The Classic of Subjective Idealism. Essays of David Hume. The Classic of Academic Scepticism. First Principles by Herbert Spencer. The Classic of Agnosticism. Prolegomena [to any future Metaphysics], by Immanuel Kant. The best introduction to Metaphysics. The Canon [by William Stirling]. The best textbook of Applied Qabalah. The Fourth Dimension, by [Charles] H. Hinton. The best essay on the subject. The Essays of Thomas Henry Huxley. Masterpieces of philosophy, as of prose. ~ Aleister Crowley, Liber ABA Appendix I: Literature Recommended to Aspirants,

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1:metaphysics, ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2:They come and go ~ Swami Vivekananda,
3:Serve man Serve god ~ Swami Vivekananda,
4:Only man makes Karma. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
5:Unselfishness is God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
6:Charity never faileth. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
7:Everybody is changing. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
8:Have faith. We will do ~ Swami Vivekananda,
9:Your country requires ~ Swami Vivekananda,
10:Cowardice is no virtue. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
11:Everything has a cause. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
12:Charity opens the heart. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
13:Life is itself religion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
14:We are all born cowards. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
15:Religion is not in fault. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
16:We are the living devils. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
17:You cannot die nor can I. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
18:Have faith in your destiny ~ Swami Vivekananda,
19:Bullies are always cowards. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
20:It is daylight for him. ... ~ Swami Vivekananda,
21:Motion is the sign of life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
22:We see the world as we are. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
23:All change is in the screen. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
24:Change is always subjective. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
25:Heroes only enjoy the world. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
26:Man is not mind, he is soul. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
27:Renunciation is of the mind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
28:The body cannot be the soul. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
29:Works (Golden Deer Classics) ~ Swami Vivekananda,
30:Man is greater than the gods. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
31:Renunciation is in our blood. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
32:Stand up, be bold, be strong. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
33:1/ The brave are always moral. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
34:As thou thinkest, so art thou. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
35:Holiness sincerity, and faith. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
36:Perfection is always infinite. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
37:struggle is the life of sucess ~ Swami Vivekananda,
38:The earth is enjoyed by heroes ~ Swami Vivekananda,
39:The ignorant man never enjoys. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
40:The sign of death is weakness. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
41:The Yogi must always practice. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
42:This world is not for cowards. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
43:All real progress must be slow. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
44:It is our desire that binds us. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
45:puts the cart before the horse. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
46:Say it with pride we are Hindus ~ Swami Vivekananda,
47:The Absolute cannot be divided. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
48:the doctrine of non-attachment. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
49:True progress is slow but sure. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
50:We must get out of materialism. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
51:We shall progress inch by inch. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
52:Each nation has an identity and ~ Swami Vivekananda,
53:Each soul is potentially divine. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
54:No freedom without renunciation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
55:Service to man is service to god ~ Swami Vivekananda,
56:The body and mind are dependent. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
57:There is no end to renunciation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
58:A changeable God would be no God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
59:Change is inherent in every form. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
60:Do not run away, it is cowardice. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
61:Freedom is to lose all illusions. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
62:God is pure, and the same to all. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
63:He has seen the glory of the Self ~ Swami Vivekananda,
64:Knowing this, stand up and fight! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
65:No effect of work can be eternal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
66:The real work is in the practice. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
67:Change can only be in the limited. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
68:Condemnation accomplishes nothing. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
69:He who conquers self conquers all. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
70:March on, the Lord is our General. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
71:inequality without implicating God? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
72:Perfection can be had by everybody. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
73:Practice makes us what we shall be. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
74:strength is life,weakness is death. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
75:The best guide in life is strength. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
76:All is bound by the law of causation ~ Swami Vivekananda,
77:Begging is not the language of love. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
78:Knowledge alone can make us perfect. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
79:Move onward and carry into practice. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
80:Out of Mahat comes universal egoism. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
81:Strength is Life, Weakness is death. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
82:Strength is life, Weakness is death. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
83:The moment you fear, you are nobody. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
84:This rascal ego must be obliterated. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
85:All law has its essence in causation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
86:Every change is being forced upon us. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
87:It is the want that creates the body. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
88:Man is a degeneration of what he was. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
89:Strength is Life, Weakness is Death". ~ Swami Vivekananda,
90:The Absolute can never be thought of. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
91:The coward is an object to be pitied. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
92:The perfect man sees nothing but God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
93:They alone live, who live for others. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
94:We are what our thoughts have made us ~ Swami Vivekananda,
95:We must patiently practice every day. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
96:Whatever is weak, avoid! It is death. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
97:Whatever you think, that you will be. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
98:You gain nothing by becoming cowards. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
99:A point of rest alone explains motion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
100:Business is business, no child's play. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
101:Egotism, pride, etc. must be given up. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
102:Ignorance is death, Knowledge is life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
103:Ignorance is death, knowledge is life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
104:Infinite strength is religion and God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
105:Neither seek nor avoid,take what comes ~ Swami Vivekananda,
106:Strength is goodness, weakness is sin. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
107:Superhuman power is not strong enough. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
108:There is salvation only for the brave. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
109:We have to practice to become perfect. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
110:As the cause is, so the effect will be. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
111:Be a hero and always say I have no fear ~ Swami Vivekananda,
112:Even the faults of a Guru must be told. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
113:Every great achievement is done slowly. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
114:Experience is the only teacher we have. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
115:Give everything and look for no return. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
116:Hinduism is the mother of all religions ~ Swami Vivekananda,
117:Hindus believe Buddha to be an Avatara. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
118:If we are pure, we cannot see impurity. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
119:It is faith that makes a lion of a man. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
120:Man is the nearest approach to Brahman. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
121:...oneness is the secret to everything. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
122:Strength is Life,
Weakness is Death. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
123:The idol is the expression of religion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
124:The real man is the one Unit Existence. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
125:The road to salvation is through truth. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
126:They aimless halt, who halt for others. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
127:You are the creator of your own destiny ~ Swami Vivekananda,
128:All power is His and within His command. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
129:Body is the name of a series of changes. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
130:Free thyself from the mighty attraction- ~ Swami Vivekananda,
131:Music alone can take you to the Highest! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
132:Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
133:Religion in India culminates in freedom. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
134:Spirituality is the science of the Soul. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
135:There is only one sin. That is weakness. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
136:The sign of life is strength and growth. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
137:Truth requires no prop to make it stand. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
138:What is this universe but name and form? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
139:Above all, India is the land of religion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
140:All misery and pain come from attachment. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
141:All progression is in the relative world. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
142:All weakness, all bondage is imagination. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
143:Differentiation is in name and form only. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
144:Liberty is the first condition of growth. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
145:Om is the greatest, meaning the Absolute. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
146:Perfection can never be attained by work. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
147:sentimentalism, nor anything that belongs ~ Swami Vivekananda,
148:The law of Karma is the law of causation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
149:This is the great fact: strength is life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
150:We must always remember that God is Love. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
151:Alcohol is not the answer to all questions ~ Swami Vivekananda,
152:He jests at scars that never felt a wound. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
153:If superstition enters, the brain is gone. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
154:If the poor boy cannot come to education, ~ Swami Vivekananda,
155:Meditate upon the Om that is in the heart. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
156:Poetry and philosophy will become friends. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
157:The greatest sin is to think yourself weak ~ Swami Vivekananda,
158:There is no virtue higher than non-injury. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
159:The test of Ahimsa is absence of jealousy. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
160:The whole point is to discipline the mind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
161:To weep is a sign of weakness, of bondage. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
162:3/ None but the bravest deserves salvation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
163:Awake! Stand up and fight! Die if you must. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
164:Be strong! Don't talk of ghosts and devils. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
165:Brave, bold people, these are what we want. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
166:Even our smallest attempts are not in vain. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
167:Every step I take in light is mine forever. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
168:He (God) reveals himself to the pure heart. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
169:Man is the greatest being that ever can be. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
170:The Absolute does not change, or re-evolve. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
171:The power of purity-it is a definite power. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
172:To be brave is to have faith in the Mother. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
173:2/ The brave alone can afford to be sincere. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
174:All knowledge depends upon calmness of mind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
175:Is God to blame for what I myself have done? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
176:Life in this world is an attempt to see God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
177:Make no conditions and none will be imposed. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
178:There cannot be friendship without equality. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
179:There is no other teacher but your own soul. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
180:be otherwise? One must first know how to work ~ Swami Vivekananda,
181:Change is the nature of all objective things. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
182:Freedom of the soul is the goal of all Yogas. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
183:Let the end and the means be joined into one. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
184:Man is miserable this moment, happy the next. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
185:Non-attachment is the basis of all the Yogas. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
186:take Buddha. The central idea [is] sacrifice. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
187:That must have been the character of the man. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
188:The body is our enemy, and yet is our friend. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
189:The ideal of man is to see God in everything. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
190:There was never a time when we did not exist. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
191:Thoughts are living things - they travel far. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
192:Unity in variety is the plan of the universe. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
193:You yourselves are the Being you are seeking. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
194:Everything is ended if you forgive and forget. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
195:It is the Prana that is manifesting as motion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
196:Let us blame none, let us blame our own Karma. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
197:Let us not depend upon the world for pleasure. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
198:nor freedom, nor gods, nor work, nor anything. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
199:There is no end to the power a man can obtain. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
200:This life is a tremendous assertion of freedom ~ Swami Vivekananda,
201:What power is higher than the power of purity? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
202:Attachment comes only where we expect a return. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
203:In one word, this ideal is that you are divine. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
204:It is practice first, and knowledge afterwards. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
205:Man cannot live upon words, however he may try. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
206:Marriage is an institution very safely guarded. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
207:misery is caused by ignorance and nothing else. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
208:Science and religion will meet and shake hands. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
209:Siva, O Siva, carry my boat to the other shore! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
210:Swami Vivekananda LECTURES ON THE BHAGAVAD GITA ~ Swami Vivekananda,
211:Work on, be lions; and the Lord will bless you. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
212:All the powers in the universe are already ours. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
213:Arise, awake, stop not till the goal is reached. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
214:Dependence is misery. Independence is happiness. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
215:Flying from work is never the way to find peace. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
216:flying from work is never the way to find peace. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
217:If you say you are bound, bound you will remain. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
218:Man will have to go beyond intellect in the end. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
219:Matter is motion outside, mind is motion inside. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
220:Not one is constant, but everything is changing. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
221:One link in a chain explains the infinite chain. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
222:That man is not humble or loving who is jealous. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
223:We know there is no progress in a straight line. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
224:Where the whole world is awake, the sage sleeps. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
225:Who shall make me perfect? I am perfect already. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
226:You must all pay attention to your health first. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
227:Your body is of no more value than that of John. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
228:A golden chain is as much a chain as an iron one. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
229:Bodies come and go, but the soul does not change. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
230:Krishna preached in the midst of the battlefield. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
231:Man the infinite dreamer, dreaming finite dreams! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
232:Nothing can shake him, no temptation or anything. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
233:Not one atom can rest until it finds its freedom. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
234:Salvation never will come through hope of reward. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
235:The Absolute is the material of both God and man. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
236:The brave alone do great things, not the cowards. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
237:The Hindus progressed in the subjective sciences. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
238:There is nothing so high as renunciation of self. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
239:The road to gooď is the roughest and steepest in ~ Swami Vivekananda,
240:The subtle are the causes, the gross the effects. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
241:And what causes fear? Ignorance of our own nature. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
242:Arjuna asks: “Who is a person of established will? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
243:but what they do without knowing it, do knowingly. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
244:Every time you meditate you will keep your growth. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
245:If you believe in a God, you can see Him even now. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
246:In everything we do, the serpent ego is rising up. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
247:It is a constant change. Not one body is constant. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
248:Man in his true nature is substance, soul, spirit. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
249:Marriage and sex and money the only living devils. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
250:Misery comes through attachment, not through work. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
251:My bones are destined to make corals in the Ganga. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
252:Never even attempt to disturb anyone's tendencies. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
253:No one is to blame for our miseries but ourselves. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
254:Only those who want nothing are masters of Nature. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
255:Out of purity and silence comes the word of power. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
256:The Atman, Self, is the same as Brahman, the Lord. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
257:The greatest help to spiritual life is meditation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
258:The happiest is the man who is not at all selfish. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
259:the midst of intense activity finds himself in the ~ Swami Vivekananda,
260:Then he sees that this attachment is all delusion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
261:Then you will become a man of firm will (note 19). ~ Swami Vivekananda,
262:There is no merit in the renunciation of a beggar. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
263:Thirst after body is the great bane of human life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
264:Through the senses, anger comes, and sorrow comes. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
265:To see God is the one goal. Power is not the goal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
266:Where no bondage is, there is no cause and effect. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
267:Arise, Awake and Stop not till the Goal is Reached. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
268:Avoid all mystery. There is no mystery in religion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
269:Continual attention to one object is contemplation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
270:Do good because it is good to do good. Ask no more. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
271:Do not look back upon what has been done. Go Ahead. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
272:Do not look back upon what has been done. Go ahead! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
273:External nature is only internal nature writ large. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
274:In the world take always the position of the giver. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
275:Man is born to conquer nature and not to follow it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
276:Man is the apex of the only world we can ever know. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
277:No two persons have the same mind or the same body. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
278:stand up, be bold. you are the sole and only cause. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
279:The purer the mind, the easier it is to control it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
280:There will never be a time when we shall not exist. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
281:The seeker's silence is the loudest form of prayer. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
282:The Vedanta says, there is nothing that is not God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
283:What we want is progress, development, realisation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
284:Worship of society and popular opinion is idolatry. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
285:4/ The brave alone do great things, not the cowards. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
286:all misery comes from fear, from unsatisfied desire. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
287:Arise,awake and donot stop until the goal is reached ~ Swami Vivekananda,
288:Change of the unchangeable would be a contradiction. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
289:Everything is infectious in this world, good or bad. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
290:God is love, and love is God. And God is everywhere. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
291:Knowledge itself is the highest reward of knowledge. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
292:Man dies but once. My disciples must not be cowards. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
293:Man is really free, the real man cannot but be free. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
294:Neither object nor time off, put up with what comes. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
295:Religion lies in being and becoming, in realization. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
296:Remember the only sign of life is motion and growth. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
297:Self-love is the first teacher of self-renunciation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
298:the man who is pure, and who dares, does all things. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
299:The world has not gone one step beyond idolatry yet. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
300:The world sympathizes only with strong and powerful. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
301:Whom anger chains, can ever pass thro' Maya's gates. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
302:Arise! Awake! and stop not until the goal is reached. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
303:Be strong, get beyond all superstitions, and be free. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
304:Blows are what awaken us and help to break the dream. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
305:Despondency is not religion, whatever else it may be. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
306:Everything is present in its cause, in its fine form. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
307:He does not need anything. He does not want anything. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
308:He who struggles is better than he who never attempts ~ Swami Vivekananda,
309:If I am immune against all anger, I never feel angry. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
310:If one has got power, one must manifest it in action. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
311:if you want to help others, your little self must go. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
312:Immediately you will be perfect, you will become God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
313:It is the greatest manifestation of power to be calm. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
314:Losing faith in one's self means losing faith in God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
315:Purity, perseverance, and energy- these three I want. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
316:The idea of perfect womanhood is perfect independence ~ Swami Vivekananda,
317:The infinite library of the Universe is in your mind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
318:The soul has neither sex, nor caste nor imperfection. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
319:Two things control man's character; Strength and Pity ~ Swami Vivekananda,
320:We never change, we never die, and we are never born. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
321:A form comes out of a combination of force and matter. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
322:beleive in yourself and the world will be at your feet ~ Swami Vivekananda,
323:Be strong, my young friends; that is my advice to you. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
324:He who struggles is better than he who never attempts. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
325:hypnotise our minds into the belief that we are brave. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
326:None deserves liberty who is not ready to give liberty ~ Swami Vivekananda,
327:One who leans on others cannot serve the God of Truth. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
328:We do not depend upon any external help in meditation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
329:A thousand years a city, and a thousand years a forest. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
330:Believe in yourself and the world will be at your feet. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
331:Devotion to duty is the highest form of worship of God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
332:Everything will come right if you are pure and sincere. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
333:For all of us in this world life is a continuous fight. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
334:It is only those who persevere to the end that succeed. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
335:it is only those who persevere to the end that succeed. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
336:See Christ, then you are a Christian; all else is talk. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
337:The apparent man is only a limitation of that Real Man. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
338:The gift of knowledge is the highest gift in the world. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
339:The person who aspires to be a Bhakta must be cheerful. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
340:The rose called by any other name would smell as sweet. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
341:Turn thy gaze inward, wherein resides the Supreme Self. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
342:Work Purifies the heart and so leads to Vidya (wisdom). ~ Swami Vivekananda,
343:Arise awake and do not stop until you achieve your Goal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
344:As such he cannot experience the nature of the soul. ... ~ Swami Vivekananda,
345:Body is an unreal dream, and we think we are all bodies. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
346:Cowards only sin, brave men never, no, not even in mind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
347:Holy meditation helps to burn out all mental impurities. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
348:If it is strength, go down into hell and get hold of it! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
349:In art, interest must be centred on the principal theme. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
350:Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. . ~ Swami Vivekananda,
351:Only by practice and non-attachment can we conquer mind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
352:Renunciation is the very basis upon which ethics stands. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
353:Superstition is great enemy of man but bigotry is worse. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
354:The sky never changes: it is the cloud that is changing. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
355:To be good and to do good-that is the whole of religion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
356:You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
357:Concentration of the mind is the source of all knowledge. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
358:give a mental assent to the customs of their forefathers, ~ Swami Vivekananda,
359:Infinite perfection is in every man, though unmanifested. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
360:Please everyone without becoming a hypocrite or a coward. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
361:The great quality of Bhakti is that it cleanses the mind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
362:The more power there is, the more bondage, the more fear. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
363:Work incessantly, but give up all attachment to work." Do ~ Swami Vivekananda,
364:You can not believe in god until you believe in yourself. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
365:Don’t do anything more for your body than you do for John. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
366:Everything that has form must have a beginning and an end. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
367:Perfection is not to be attained, it is already within us. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
368:Such a man is the same whether his work succeeds or fails. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
369:The only test of goods things is that they make us strong. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
370:The Vedanta teaches men to have faith in themselves first. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
371:Weakness is constant strain and misery: weakness is death. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
372:A Yogi must avoid the two extremes of luxury and austerity. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
373:For one thing we may be grateful: this life is not eternal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
374:God Himself is the highest goal of man; see Him, enjoy Him. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
375:He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
376:Know full well that patience is the best means of succeeds. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
377:Let us give out of our own bounty, just as God gives to us. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
378:Love for yourselves means [in the end] love for everything. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
379:One ounce of practice is worth a thousand pounds of theory. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
380:Renunciation means that none can serve both God and Mammon. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
381:The benefits of knowledge can only be realized in practice. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
382:The waters of the Ganga are roaring among his matted locks. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
383:You know the disease, you know the remedy, only have faith. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
384:All power is within you; you can do anything and everything. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
385:All want power, but few will wait to gain it for themselves. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
386:Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
387:He is trying to justify himself, but he cannot fool Krishna. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
388:He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God.  ~ Swami Vivekananda,
389:Our words have not the power of the words that become Vedas. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
390:Pray for knowledge and light, every other prayer is selfish. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
391:Truth cannot be partial; it is for the good of all. Finally, ~ Swami Vivekananda,
392:Vedanta does not say, ‘Give it up’: it says, ‘Transcend it’. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
393:You find in Krishna that non-attachment is the central idea. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
394:Blame nobody else, do not commit the mistake of the ignorant. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
395:Body is the name of a stream of matter continuously changing. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
396:But where the ignorant are asleep, there the sage keeps awake ~ Swami Vivekananda,
397:Doing good to others is the #‎ one great Universal Religion ~ Swami Vivekananda,
398:Even the least work done for others awakens the power within. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
399:Hatred is a thing which greatly impedes the course of Bhakti. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
400:He who desires God will get Love, unto him God gives Himself. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
401:It is fear that is the greatest cause of misery in the world. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
402:Language is the chief means and index of a nation's progress. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
403:Man is the epitome of all things and all knowledge is in him. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
404:Religion is the one and sole interest of the people of India. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
405:Religion is the peculiarity of the growth of the Indian mind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
406:The development of man is a return to an original perfection. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
407:The [original] scriptures of the Hindus are called the Vedas. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
408:There is a glory in happiness, there is a glory in suffering. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
409:The world cares little for principles. They care for persons. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
410:Why should a Man be Moral? Because this strengthens his will. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
411:You must worship the Self in Krishna, not Krishna as Krishna. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
412:All our actions in this world will determine our future birth. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
413:By all means make a start — even if it’s for the wrong reason. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
414:Keep your thoughts on virtue; what we think we tend to become. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
415:The world is neither good nor bad; the world is the world. The ~ Swami Vivekananda,
416:Work hard, be steady, and have faith in the Lord. Set to work. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
417:God Gave Me Nothing I Wanted
He Gave Me Everything I Needed. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
418:infinite faith and strength are the only conditions of success. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
419:May the shadow of the Almighty ever rest on all those you love. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
420:Realization is real religion, all the rest is only preparation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
421:Space-time-causation, or name-and-form, is what is called Maya. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
422:stick to truth and we shall succeed, may be slowly, but surely. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
423:Take risks in life, if u win u can lead, if u loose u can guide ~ Swami Vivekananda,
424:The idea of God grew side by side with the idea of materialism. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
425:The Impersonal God seen through the mists of sense is personal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
426:The more you work to help others, the more you help yourselves. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
427:Until the inner teacher opens, all outside teaching is in vain. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
428:We do not progress from error to truth, but from truth to truth ~ Swami Vivekananda,
429:We must be Bright and Cheerful, long faces do not make Religion ~ Swami Vivekananda,
430:When death is so certain, it is better to die for a good cause. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
431:When he has become perfectly satisfied, he has no more cravings ~ Swami Vivekananda,
432:Who can work without any attachment? That is the real question. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
433:Accumulate power in silence and become a dynamo of spirituality. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
434:Build up your health. Do not dwell in silence upon your sorrows. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
435:Chârvâkas, a very ancient sect in India, were rank materialists. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
436:Everything is fraught with fear: Renunciation alone is fearless. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
437:Everything is the living God, the living Christ; see it as such. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
438:He whose book of the heart has been opened needs no other books. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
439:He who wants to become a Bhakta must be strong, must be healthy. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
440:Highest love for God can never be achieved without renunciation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
441:Never are we nearer the Light than when the darkness is deepest. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
442:Om is the pointed piece and Dhyâna (meditation) is the friction. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
443:Our Karma determines what we deserve and what we can assimilate. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
444:Religion, in India, means realisation and nothing short of that. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
445:They become what they think. We will become [only] by [degrees]. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
446:Before we can believe in God, we must first believe in ourselves. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
447:Compared to the coward that never made the attempt, he is a hero. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
448:Consciously or unconsciously, we are all striving for perfection. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
449:Desire, ignorance, and inequality—this is the trinity of bondage. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
450:External motion we call action; internal motion is human thought. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
451:I am indebted to my mother for the efflorescence of my knowledge. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
452:In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
453:Man cannot always think of matter, however pleasurable it may be. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
454:Society does not go down because of the activities of criminals, ~ Swami Vivekananda,
455:The effect is delusion, and therefore the cause must be delusion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
456:In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
457:In this body, He resides, the Lord of souls and the King of kings. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
458:Never lose faith in yourself; you can do anything in the universe. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
459:No more materialism, no more this egoism, I must become spiritual. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
460:Strength and manliness are virtue; weakness and cowardice are sin. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
461:This is no world. It is God Himself. In delusion we call it world. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
462:When the forces that hold it together go away, the body must fall. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
463:All growth, progress, well - being, or degradation is but relative. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
464:As long as we require someone else to make us happy, we are slaves. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
465:Do not say, ‘You are bad’; say only, ‘You are good’, but be better! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
466:He is Jivanmukta who can live in this world without being attached. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
467:If a person who can [give a blow] forbears, there is merit in that. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
468:If one intends to really find truth, one must not cling to comfort. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
469:I loved my motherland dearly before I went to America and England. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
470:Live for an ideal and leave no place in the mind for anything else. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
471:Man never dies, nor is he ever born; bodies die, but he never dies. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
472:Our allegiance is to the principles always, and not to the persons. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
473:The Church tries to fit Christ into it, not the Church into Christ. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
474:The progress of the world means more enjoyment and more misery too. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
475:There is no such thing as "righteous" anger or justifiable killing. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
476:To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
477:Try to expand. Remember the only sign of life is motion and growth. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
478:. . . Wait, my child, wait and work on. Patience, patience. . . . . ~ Swami Vivekananda,
479:We have wept enough. No more weeping, but stand on feet and be men. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
480:Behind every creature is the ‘Mother’, pure, lovely, never changing. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
481:Changes in the universe are not in the Absolute; they are in nature. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
482:Everything that you do under compulsion goes to build up attachment. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
483:Imagination is the door to inspiration and the basis of all thought. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
484:Man is the highest being in creation, because he attains to freedom. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
485:May the Lord ordain that your son becomes a man, and never a coward! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
486:My hope of the future lies in the youths of character, intelligent, ~ Swami Vivekananda,
487:Nothing else is necessary but these - love, sincerity, and patience. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
488:This is the gist of all worship—to be pure and to do good to others. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
489:This perfection must come through the practice of holiness and love. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
490:Truth itself is always simple. Complexity is due to man's ignorance. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
491:You must be fearless. It is the coward who fears and defends himself ~ Swami Vivekananda,
492:Art is - representing the beautiful. There must be Art in everything. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
493:Blessed are they whose bodies get destroyed in the service of others. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
494:Education is the manifestation of perfection already existing in man. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
495:I am teaching you now about it, but how many of you will practice it? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
496:If the mind is pleased with praise, it will be displeased with blame. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
497:In Jnana we have to lose sight of the variety and see only the Unity. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
498:It is only by doing good to others that one attains to one's own good ~ Swami Vivekananda,
499:Man is the highest being that exists, and this is the greatest world. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
500:My motto is to learn whatever good things I may come across anywhere. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
501:No better commentary on the Vedas has been written or can be written. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
502:Take Risks in Your Life If u Win, U Can Lead! If u Lose, U Can Guide! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
503:The sea calm is the Absolute; the same sea in waves is Divine Mother. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
504:Thus he goes beyond the pain of birth and death. Thus he becomes free ~ Swami Vivekananda,
505:We are ever free if we would only believe it, only have faith enough. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
506:Whatever had form or shape must be limited, and could not be eternal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
507:While real perfection is only one, relative perfections must be many. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
508:Each man is divine. Each man that you see is a God by his very nature. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
509:Faith is not belief, it is the grasp on the Ultimate, an illumination. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
510:First, believe in the world - that there is meaning behind everything. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
511:First of all, our young must be strong. Religion will come afterwards. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
512:On this basic - being right and doing right the whole world can unite. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
513:Out of this idea of separation between atom and atom comes all misery. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
514:Perfect love, the heart never reacting, this is what builds character. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
515:That man has reached immortality who is disturbed by nothing material. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
516:The Absolute cannot be worshipped, so we must worship a manifestation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
517:The essence of our Faith consists simply in this freedom of the Ishta. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
518:The mind has to be gradually and systematically brought under control. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
519:To me the thought of oneself as low and humble is a sin and ignorance. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
520:Comfort is no test of truth. Truth is often far from being comfortable. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
521:Expansion is life, contraction is death. Love is life, hatred is death. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
522:External practices have value only as helps to develop internal purity. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
523:It is nature that is changing, not the soul of man. This never changes. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
524:Materialism and all its miseries can never be conquered by materialism. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
525:Self-sacrifice, not self-assertion, is the law of the highest universe. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
526:That which is selfish is immoral, and that which is unselfish is moral. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
527:The causes being known, the knowledge of the effects is sure to follow. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
528:The concentrated mind is a lamp that shows us every corner of the soul. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
529:There is no salvation for man until he sees God, realises his own soul. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
530:They only live, who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
531:When I asked God for strength, He gave me difficult situations to face. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
532:Everything that you do under compulsion goes to build up attachment. Why ~ Swami Vivekananda,
533:find that even this idea of duty undergoes change, and that the greatest ~ Swami Vivekananda,
534:High achievements in art, music, etc., are the results of concentration. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
535:I do not call it religion so long as it is confined to books and dogmas. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
536:Jealousy is the root of all evil, and a most difficult thing to conquer. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
537:Pray, ‘Take us by the hand as a father takes his son, and leave us not.’ ~ Swami Vivekananda,
538:Principles must conquer in the long run, for that is the manhood of man. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
539:the easiest way to make ourselves happy is to see that others are happy. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
540:The happiest moments we ever know are when we entirely forget ourselves. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
541:The very reason for nature's existence is for the education of the soul. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
542:The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
543:What is meant by cause? Cause is the fine state of the manifested state. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
544:always keep your mind joyful; if melancholy thoughts come, kick them out. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
545:BY the study of different RELIGIONS we find that in essence they are one. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
546:Even our smallest attempts are not in vain. We know that nothing is lost. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
547:Every artist paints his Madonna according to his own pre-conceived ideas. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
548:I am neither the mind, nor the intellect, nor the ego, nor the mind-stuff ~ Swami Vivekananda,
549:If you have infinite patience and perseverance, success is bound to come. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
550:It is all ‘here’. To live and move in god — even here, even in this body! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
551:Karma means law, and it applies everywhere. Everything is bound by Karma. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
552:My children, the secret of religion lies not in theories but in practice. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
553:Nobody has a right now to say that the Hindus are not liberal to a fault. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
554:religion is no matter of books and beliefs, but of spiritual realisation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
555:Take courage and work on. Patience and steady work- this is the only way. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
556:The real spiritual man is broad everywhere. His love forces him to be so. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
557:There is implanted in every man, naturally, a strong desire for progress. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
558:The test of progress is the amount of renunciation that one has attained. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
559:To cowards what advice shall I offer? - nothing whatsoever have I to say. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
560:Accumulation of power is as necessary as its diffusion, or rather more so. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
561:Astrology and all these mystical things are generally signs of a weak mind ~ Swami Vivekananda,
562:Awake, awake, great ones! The world is burning with misery. Can you sleep? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
563:Be an atheist if you want, but do not believe in anything unquestioningly. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
564:first build up your physique. then only you can get control over the mind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
565:Have faith in yourself, all power is in you, be conscious and bring it out ~ Swami Vivekananda,
566:Have faith in yourselves, great convictions are the mother of great deeds. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
567:In hurting anyone, you hurt yourself, in loving anyone, you love yourself. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
568:Law is death. The more of the law in a country, the worse for the country. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
569:Our religion teaches that anger is a great sin, even if it is "righteous". ~ Swami Vivekananda,
570:Stand up and be strong! No fear. No superstition. Face the truth as it is! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
571:The Absolute and the Infinite can become this universe only by limitation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
572:The cause of today is the effect of the past and the cause for the future. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
573:The only religion that ought to be taught is the religion of fearlessness. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
574:The Pariahs, our fellow beings, ought to be educated by the higher castes. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
575:This universe is the wreckage of the infinite on the shores of the finite. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
576:Whenever we attain a higher vision, the lower vision disappears of itself. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
577:You will be nearer to Heaven through foot ball than through study of Gita. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
578:All forms are transitory, that is why all religions say, "God has no form". ~ Swami Vivekananda,
579:All motion, either in the body or anywhere else, is the work of this Prana. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
580:Everything that occupies space has form. The formless can only be infinite. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
581:Good and evil thoughts are each a potent power, and they fill the universe. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
582:have faith in yourselves, great convictions are the mothers of great deeds. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
583:Man's experience in the world is to enable him to get out of its whirlpool. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
584:Meditation is the means of unification of the subject and object. Meditate. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
585:Realize all this as illusion, realize that within the illusion is the Real. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
586:Take Risks in Your Life If you Win, U Can Lead! If You Lose, You can Guide! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
587:The body is mortal and the mind is mortal; both, being compounds, must die. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
588:The first sign of your becoming religious is that you are becoming cheerful ~ Swami Vivekananda,
589:The great men think, and you and I [also] think. But there is a difference. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
590:Then the gods become no gods; death becomes no death; life becomes no life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
591:Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
592:When I asked God for Brains and Brawn, He gave me Puzzles in life to Solve. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
593:Die in obeying commands like a soldier, and go to Nirvana, but no cowardice. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
594:Everything is easy when you are busy. But nothing is easy when you are lazy. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
595:He works for work’s sake. “Work for work’s sake. Worship for worship’s sake. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
596:In the ocean we cannot raise a wave without causing a hollow somewhere else. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
597:Man is the product of two forces, action and reaction, which make him think. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
598:Music is the highest art and to those who understand, is the highest worship ~ Swami Vivekananda,
599:the appearances of happiness or unhappiness of the soul are but reflections. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
600:The fire that warms us can also consume us; it is not the fault of the fire. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
601:There is a conflict in Arjuna’s heart between his emotionalism and his duty. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
602:There is but one temple - the body. It is the only temple that ever existed. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
603:Until we realise ourselves as the Absolute, we cannot attain to deliverance. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
604:Bhakti-Yoga does not say, ‘Give up’; it only says, ‘Love, love the Highest !’ ~ Swami Vivekananda,
605:Character is repeated habits, and repeated habits alone can reform character. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
606:Expansion is life. Love is expansion. Love is therefore the only law of life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
607:Fear comes from the selfish idea of cutting one's self off from the Universe. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
608:Happiness and misery are only in the senses, they cannot touch our real Self. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
609:Man always is perfect, or he never could become so; but he had to realise it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
610:May blessings and happiness attend every step of your progress in this world. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
611:Not believing in the glory of our own soul is what the Vedanta calls atheism. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
612:Religion in India must be made as free and as easy of access as is God's air. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
613:The present is determined by our past actions, and the future by the present. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
614:Your way is the best for you, but that is no sign it is the best for another. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
615:A wave in the ocean is a wave, only in so far as it is bound by name and form. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
616:Be a hero. Always say, “I have no fear.” Tell this to everyone—“Have no fear.” ~ Swami Vivekananda,
617:Every work has got to pass through hundreds of difficulties before succeeding. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
618:If you are pure, if you are strong, you, one man are equal to the whole world. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
619:It is impossible to find God outside of ourselves. We are the greatest temple. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
620:Only what is done as duty for duty’s sake ... can scatter the bondage of Karma ~ Swami Vivekananda,
621:Philosophy insists that there is a joy which is absolute, which never changes. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
622:The power of concentration is the only key to the treasure-house of knowledge. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
623:The Vedantic idea is the infinite principle of God embodied in everyone of us. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
624:The Yogi believes in psychic control and the conquest of internal nature. “How ~ Swami Vivekananda,
625:To believe that mind is all, that thought is all is only a higher materialism. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
626:When we suffer, it is because of our own acts; God is not to be blamed for it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
627:You have no more anger when you are all love, bliss, infinite existence. . . . ~ Swami Vivekananda,
628:Everything, both mental and physical, is rigidly bound by the law of causation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
629:If you can get absolutely still for just one moment, you have reached the goal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
630:I hate cowardice; I will have nothing to do with cowards or political nonsense. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
631:It is not God's fault. It is our fault that we suffer. Whatever we sow we reap. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
632:It is the hero alone, not the coward, who has liberation within his easy reach. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
633:No cowardice, no sin, no crime, no weakness - the rest will come of itself. . . ~ Swami Vivekananda,
634:The best thermometer to the progress of a nation is its treatment of its women. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
635:The world has seen thousands of prophets, and the world has yet to see millions ~ Swami Vivekananda,
636:Through the grace of the Almighty Power, it is sure to manifest itself in time. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
637:To devote your life to the good of all and to the happiness of all is religion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
638:To work with undaunted energy! What fear! Who is powerful enough to thwart you. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
639:Uniformity is the rigorous law of nature; what once happened can happen always. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
640:Unselfishness is more paying, only people have not the patience to practice it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
641:We must have life building, man-making, character-making assimilation of ideas. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
642:All the superior religions had their growth between the Ganga and the Euphrates. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
643:Be a hero. Always say, 'I have no fear.' Tell this to everyone - 'Have no fear.' ~ Swami Vivekananda,
644:Give me few men and women who are pure and selfless and I shall shake the world. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
645:Paris is the fountain-head of European civilisation, as Gomukhi is of the Ganga. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
646:So long as we perceive this world in motion, we have to conceive will behind it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
647:Stand alone! See the glory of your own soul, and see that you will have to work. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
648:The calmer we are, the better for us, and the more the amount of work we can do. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
649:The history of the world is the history of a few men who had faith in themselves ~ Swami Vivekananda,
650:There is no help for you, outside yourself; You are the creator of the universe. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
651:The remedy for weakness is not brooding over weakness, but thinking of strength. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
652:The wave is the same thing as the water, the effect is the cause in another form ~ Swami Vivekananda,
653:To love anyone personally is bondage. Love all alike, then all desires fall off. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
654:Books cannot teach God, but they can destroy ignorance; their action is negative. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
655:Do you think there is any other means of achieving progress except through Rajas? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
656:Each is great in his own place, but the duty of one is not the duty of the other. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
657:Each nation has a theme: everything else is secondary. India's theme is religion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
658:He who has infinite patience and infinite energy at his back, will alone succeed. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
659:Let there be as little materialism as possible, with the maximum of spirituality. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
660:Real freedom is not merely doing what you like, but also NOT doing what you like. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
661:The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
662:The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
663:There is no knowledge without experience, and man has to see God in his own soul. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
664:This animal called man has some religious influence, but he is guided by economy. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
665:This is the sage who always works for work’s sake without caring for the results. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
666:We first observe facts, then generalise, and then draw conclusions or principles. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
667:You must be pure and help anyone who comes to you, as much as lies in your power. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
668:You never hear of a mother cursing the child; she is forgiving, always forgiving. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
669:All the work you do, is done for your own salvation, is done for your own benefit. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
670:Concentration of the powers of the mind is our only instrument to help us see God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
671:Do not wait for anybody or anything. Do whatever you can. Build your hope on none. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
672:Everything must be sacrificed, if necessary, for that one sentiment: universality. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
673:If you cannot do anything, not a single good work, then take refuge [in the Lord]. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
674:Love and charity for the whole human race, that is the test of true religiousness. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
675:Shri Krishna says: "Better die in your own path than attempt the path of another." ~ Swami Vivekananda,
676:So long as you have faith in your Guru, nothing will be able to obstruct your way. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
677:So long as you have faith in your guru, nothing will be able to obstruct your way. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
678:The Gita is a commentary on the Upanishads. The Upanishads are the Bible of India. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
679:Therefore the highest utility for mankind is to find this happiness in the Spirit. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
680:There is no good in store so long as malice and jealousy and egotism will prevail. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
681:The Upanishads do not reveal the life of any teacher, but simply teach principles. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
682:Those who die, merely suffering the woes of life like cats and dogs, are they men? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
683:We have none of us seen a form which had not a beginning and will not have an end. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
684:According to the Hindu way of thinking, marriage is rather a duty than a privilege. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
685:and has found that the world, and the gods, and heaven are ... within his own Self. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
686:Circumstances can never be good or bad. Only the individual man can be good or bad. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
687:Each man has a mission in life, which is the result of all his infinite past Karma. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
688:How to transcend the senses without disturbing the health is what we want to learn. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
689:Man is the best mirror, and the purer the man, the more clearly he can reflect God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
690:Man's free agency is not of the mind, for that is bound. There is no freedom there. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
691:Mercy shall not be for men alone, but shall go beyond, and embrace the whole world. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
692:Put God behind everything-human beings, animals, food, and work. Make this a habit. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
693:Satisfied is no test of truth. Actuality is steadily far from idiosyncratic secure. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
694:The Buddha is not a person but a (state of) realization to which anyone can attain. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
695:We are the sons of Light and children of God. Glory unto the Lord, we will succeed. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
696:YOU know, I may have to be born again, you see, I have fallen in love with mankind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
697:Along with the development of concentration we must develop the power of detachment. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
698:Are great things ever done smoothly? Time, patience, and indomitable will must show. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
699:As the tortoise can draw in his legs, and if you strike him, not one foot comes out, ~ Swami Vivekananda,
700:Everything can be sacrificed for truth, but truth cannot be sacrificed for anything. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
701:...extreme love and highest knowledge are one... ~ Swami Vivekananda from Inspired Talks (June 24, 1895),
702:Neither idealists nor materialists are right; we must take both idea and expression. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
703:Nothing can be produced without a cause, and the effect is but the cause reproduced. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
704:The highest manifestation of strength is to keep ourselves calm and on our own feet. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
705:The less the thought of the body, the better. For it is the body that drags us down. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
706:The Mother is our guide and whatever happens or will happen is under Her ordination. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
707:The progress and civilisation of the human race simply mean controlling this nature. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
708:We can have no conception of God higher than man, so our God is man, and man is God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
709:What makes a man stand up and work? Strength. Strength is goodness, weakness is sin. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
710:When the body is still healthy and diseaseless, When old age has not yet attacked it ~ Swami Vivekananda,
711:A little of the infinite is projected into consciousness, and that we call our world. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
712:All motion in this universe is in the form of waves, successively rising and falling. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
713:Do not disturb the faith of any. . . Our duty is not to disturb the faith of others. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
714:First get rid of the delusion "I am the body," then only will we want real knowledge. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
715:freedom is the first condition of growth. What you do not make free, will never grow. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
716:Hindus believe in God positively. Buddhism does not try to know whether He is or not. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
717:Man as Atman is really free; as man he is bound, changed by every physical condition. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
718:"Mercy shall not be for men alone, but shall go beyond, and embrace the whole world." ~ Swami Vivekananda,
719:Praise and blame, good and bad, even heat and cold, must be equally acceptable to us. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
720:Real love is love for love's sake. I do not ask health or money or life or salvation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
721:The only power is in realization, and that lies in ourselves and comes from thinking. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
722:Fear is death, fear is sin, fear is hell, fear is unrighteousness, fear is wrong life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
723:great difference between the priests and the Upanishads. The Upanishads say, renounce. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
724:If you wish to help a man, never think what that man's attitude should be towards you. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
725:In every religion there are three parts: philosophy, mythology, and ritual. Philosophy ~ Swami Vivekananda,
726:It is the duty of every person to contribute in the development and progress of India. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
727:It will be a great pity if any feeling of jealousy or egotism gain ground amongst you. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
728:One infinite - pure and holy - beyond thoughts and beyond qualities - bow down to thee ~ Swami Vivekananda,
729:Persevere on, my brave lads, We have only just begun. Never despond! Never say enough! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
730:The Bhakta (devotee) renounces all little loves for the almighty and omnipresent love. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
731:The Indian mind is first religious, then anything else. So this is to be strengthened. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
732:To work we have the right, but not to the fruits thereof:” Leave the fruits alone. Why ~ Swami Vivekananda,
733:We have seen that our vigour, our strength, nay, our national life is in our religion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
734:we have to bear the result of our own actions because we attach ourselves to them. ... ~ Swami Vivekananda,
735:We think and our bodies do not follow. Our actions do not harmonise with our thoughts. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
736:Whenever power is used for evil, it becomes diabolical; it must be used for good only. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
737:When the body is sufficiently controlled, we can attempt the manipulation of the mind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
738:Ahimsa (non-killing), truthfulness, purity, mercy, and godliness are always to be kept. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
739:Faith, faith, faith in ourselves, faith, faith in God, this is the secret of greatness. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
740:God did not give me everything that i wanted. But, He gave me everything that i needed! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
741:Have faith in yourselves, be proud of your ancestors, instead of being ashamed of them. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
742:I have long given up the idea of a little house on the Ganges, as I have not the money. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
743:It is the ideal that has made us what we are, and will make us what we are going to be. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
744:My countrymen should have nerves of steel, muscles of iron, and minds like thunderbolt. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
745:The body is subject to the law of growth and decay, what grows must of necessity decay. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
746:The greatest truths are the simplest things in the world, simple as your own existence. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
747:The mistake is that we cling to the body when it is the spirit that is really immortal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
748:These births and deaths are changes in nature which we are mistaking for changes in us. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
749:This earth is higher than all the heavens; this is the greatest school in the universe. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
750:We always forget that it is the food out of which we manufacture everything we have. So ~ Swami Vivekananda,
751:Where it is dark night for the [sense-bound] world, the self controlled [man] is awake. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
752:You must keep a strict eye on your health; let everything else be subordinated to that. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
753:Give up bondage; become a son, be free, and then you can "see the Father", as did Jesus. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
754:If Jesus Christ was not perfect, then the religion bearing his name falls to the ground. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
755:Manifest the divinity within you and everything will be harmoniously arranged around it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
756:Prana is the driving power of the world, and can be seen in every manifestation of life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
757:There are thousands of folklore, but in every case the sacrifice must have been kept up. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
758:An atheist can be charitable but not religious. But the religious man must be charitable. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
759:Excepting the infinite spirit, everything else is changing. There is the whirl of change. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
760:GOD is to be worshipped as the one beloved, dearer than everything in this and next life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
761:Have faith in yourselves, and stand up on that faith and be strong; that is what we need. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
762:He who asserts he is free, shall be free. He who says he is bound, bound he shall remain. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
763:Let him who has courage in his mind and love in his heart come with me. I want none else. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
764:National prosperity is another name for death and degradation to millions of other races. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
765:Purity, patience and perseverance are the three essentials to success and above all love. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
766:Something cannot be made out of nothing. Nor can something be made to go back to nothing. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
767:The God which cannot give me food in this world, cannot give me Heaven in the other world ~ Swami Vivekananda,
768:The guiding motive of mankind should be charity towards men, charity towards all animals. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
769:The highest form of worship that had been laid down by the Bhakta was the worship of man. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
770:The more heart you will be able to manifest, the greater will be the victory you achieve. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
771:… the nature of the Soul is bliss, peace, unchanging. ~ Swami Vivekananda from Inspired Talks (June 25, 1895),
772:Whatever others think or do, lower not your standard of purity, morality and love of God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
773:You need not worry or make yourself sleepless about the world; it will go on without you. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
774:Each soul is a star and all stars are set in the infinite azure, the eternal sky-the Lord. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
775:If the Absolute becomes limited by the mind, It is no more Absolute; It has become finite. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
776:If you can get rid of your attachment to a single thing, you are on the way to liberation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
777:if you want to do a great or a good work, do not trouble to think what the result will be. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
778:Marriage is not for individual happiness, but for the welfare of the nation and the caste. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
779:The Indian mythology has a theory of cycles, that all progression is in the form of waves. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
780:The root of evil is in the illusion that we are bodies. This, if any, is the original sin. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
781:They Laugh at me because I am different,
I laugh at them because they all are the same. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
782:you are all bound by the law of Karma, the Upanishads admit, but they declare the way out. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
783:All that man has to do is to take care of three things; good thought, good word, good deed. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
784:Anything that makes weak - physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
785:Christ, Buddha, and Krishna are but waves in the Ocean of Infinite Consciousness that I am! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
786:Give love, give help, give service, and give any little thing you can, but keep out barter. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
787:Help and not fight. Assimilation and not destruction. Harmony and Peace and not dissension. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
788:In India, religious life forms the centre, the keynote of the whole music of national life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
789:I say there is but one remedy for one too anxious for the future — to go down on his knees. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
790:Knowledge can only be got in one way, the way of experience; there is no other way to know. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
791:Man makes the mistake of separating himself from God and identifying himself with the body. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
792:People laugh at me because I am different;
I laugh at people cause the are all the same. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
793:Stand as a rock; you are indestructible. You are the Self (atman), the God of the universe. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
794:The body must be properly taken care of. The people who torture their flesh are demoniacal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
795:There he realized the oneness of the universe and man, that man is a universe in miniature. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
796:Work and worship are necessary to take away the veil, to lift off the bondage and illusion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
797:"Comfort" is no test of truth; on the contrary, truth is often far from being "comfortable". ~ Swami Vivekananda,
798:“Comfort” is no test of truth; on the contrary, truth is often far from being “comfortable.” ~ Swami Vivekananda,
799:God is to be worshiped as the one Beloved, dearer than everything in this and the next life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
800:Have faith in man, whether he appears to you to be a very learned one or a most ignorant one ~ Swami Vivekananda,
801:He is to be worshipped as the one beloved, dearer than everything in this and the next life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
802:Purity, patience, and perseverance are the three essentials to success and, above all, love. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
803:The idea is to be natural — no asceticism. Go on, work, only mind that you are not attached. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
804:The Older I grow, the more everything seems to me to lie in manliness. This is my new gospel ~ Swami Vivekananda,
805:The orthodox Hindu [the Mimâmsaka] does not believe in gods, the unorthodox believe in them. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
806:What is practical religion, then? To get to that state — freedom, the attainment of freedom. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
807:Work on with the intrepidity of a lion but at the same time with the tenderness of a flower. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
808:Yoga means ‘yoke’, ‘to join’, that is, to join the soul of man with the supreme Soul or God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
809:Bear with the various opinions of everybody. Patience, purity, and perseverance will prevail. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
810:Business is business, that is, you must do everything promptly; delay and shuffling won't do. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
811:Gita and Ganga constitute the essence of Hinduism; one its theory and the other its practice. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
812:Have Faith in Man, whether he appears to you to be a very learned one or a most ignorant one. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
813:He who has conquered the internal nature controls the whole universe; it becomes his servant. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
814:If you have infinite patience and perseverance, success is bound to come. No mistake in that. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
815:In a difficulty in the company of the central and the instigator, be successful your central. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
816:It is a great thing to take up a grand ideal in life and then give up one’s whole life to it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
817:It is not the building, but the people that make a church, and that is what we always forget. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
818:It is the calm, forgiving, equable, well-balanced mind that does the greatest amount of work. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
819:Know that the mind which is born to succeed joins itself to a determined will and perseveres. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
820:Religion is being and becoming. Religion is the manifestation of the Divinity already in man. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
821:Religion is realization; not talk, nor doctrine, nor theories, however beautiful they may be. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
822:Renunciation, and renunciation alone, is the real secret, the Mulamantra, of all Realisation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
823:The best principles in our lives were those which we heard from our mothers through our ears. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
824:The Indian idea is that the soul is formless. Whatever is form must break some time or other. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
825:The only saint is that soul that never weakens, faces everything, and determines to die game. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
826:The powers of the mind are like the rays of the sun when they are concentrated they illumine. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
827:There is no motion in a straight line. A straight line infinitely projected becomes a circle. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
828:The very reason for nature's existence is the education of the soul; it has no other meaning. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
829:Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
830:Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
831:Don't you find that in a weak physique it is difficult to control the sex - appetite or anger? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
832:Even the minds of animals, such as dogs, lions, cats, and serpents, become charmed with music. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
833:If there is something here that is not in the Vedas, that is your delusion. It does not exist. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
834:If you are a strong man, very good! But do not curse others who are not strong enough for you. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
835:In every attempt there are many obstacles to cope with, but gradually the path becomes smooth. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
836:Our best work is done, our greatest influence is exerted, when we are without thought of self. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
837:The cheerful mind perseveres and the strong mind hews its way through a thousand difficulties. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
838:The power is with the silent ones, who only live and love and then withdraw their personality. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
839:THE WHOLE LIFE IS A SUCCESSION OF DREAMS; MY AMBITION IS TO BE A CONSCIOUS DREAMER, THATS ALL. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
840:When you feel gloomy, think what has been done within the last year. How, rising from nothing. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
841:Yoga is the science which teaches us how to get these perceptions [direct experiences of God]. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
842:All objective pleasure in the long run must bring pain, because of the fact of change or death. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
843:God is very merciful to those whom He sees struggling heart and soul for spiritual realization. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
844:None of us have yet seen an ideally perfect man, and yet without that ideal we cannot progress. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
845:Slavery is slavery. The chain of gold is quite as bad as the chain of iron. Is there a way out? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
846:Take up an idea, devote yourself to it, struggle on in patience, and the sun will rise for you. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
847:When evil thoughts arise, repeat that... "I am the Spirit! I am the Witness, the Ever-Blessed!" ~ Swami Vivekananda,
848:you should work like a master and not as a slave; work incessantly, but do not do slave's work. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
849:Change is always in regard to something which does not change, or which changes relatively less. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
850:Consciously or unconsciously, we are all striving for perfection. Every being must attain to it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
851:Do not figure out big plans at first, but, begin slowly, feel your ground and proceed up and up. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
852:Say, "I can do everything ." "Even if poison of a snake is powerless if you can firmly deny it." ~ Swami Vivekananda,
853:The progress of the world through all its evils making it fit for the ideals, slowly but surely. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
854:The whole life is a succession of dreams. My ambition is to be a conscious dreamer, that is all. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
855:The world is a demon. It is a kingdom of which the puny ego is king. Put it away and stand firm. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
856:Woman has suffered for eons, and that has given her infinite patience and infinite perseverance. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
857:Charity is great, but the moment you say it is all, you run the risk of running into materialism. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
858:He reveals Himself to the pure heart; the pure and the stainless see God, yea, even in this life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
859:if he does not desire any happiness, if he is free of all [attachment], of all fear, of all anger ~ Swami Vivekananda,
860:It is nature that is driving us towards perfection, and eventually she will bring everyone there. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
861:So long as even a single dog in my country is without food, my whole religion will be to feed it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
862:Stand in that reverent attitude to the whole universe, and then will come perfect non attachment. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
863:The more we grow in Love, Virtue and Holiness, the more we see Love, Virtue and Holiness outside. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
864:The past was great no doubt, but I sincerely believe that the future will be more glorious still. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
865:The sage is not sorry for those that are living nor for those that die” (note 4). [Krishna says:] ~ Swami Vivekananda,
866:We want to know in order to make ourselves free. That is our life: one universal cry for freedom. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
867:Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
868:Each man must begin where he stands, must learn how to control the things that are nearest to him. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
869:In spirituality the Americans are very inferior to us. But their society is very superior to ours. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
870:It is in love that religion exists and not in ceremony, in the pure and sincere love in the heart. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
871:Learn to recognise the mother in Evil, Terror, Sorrow, Denial, as well as in Sweetness and in Joy. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
872:Moths like me die by the thousands every minute. Her work goes on all the same. Glory unto Mother! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
873:This ego - the less there is of it, the nearer I am to that which I really am: the universal body. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
874:Until higher institutions have been evolved, any attempt to break the old ones will be disastrous. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
875:Virtue is the only friend which follows us even beyond the grave. Everything else ends with death. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
876:All the forces that are working in this body have been produced out of food; we see that every day. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
877:As long as a man thinks, this struggle must go on, and so long man must have some form of religion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
878:Calm and silent and steady work, and no newspaper humbug, no name-making, you must always remember. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
879:Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
880:Even by intellectually recognising the difficulties, we really do not know them until we feel them. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
881:even so the sage can draw all his sense-organs inside,” (Ibid. 58.) and nothing can force them out. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
882:Every individual has in himself perfection. It lies within the dark recesses of his physical being. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
883:He who cries out with his whole heart, "O Lord, I want but Thee" , to him the Lord reveals Himself. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
884:Man, therefore, according to the Vedanta philosophy, is the greatest being that is in the universe. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
885:The mind is but the subtle part of the body. You must retain great strength in your mind and words. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
886:This caste system had grown by the practice of the son always following the business of the father. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
887:Divine wisdom is to be got by devotion, meditation, and chastity ~ Swami Vivekananda from Inspired Talks (July 10, 1895),
888:Do one thing at a Time, and while doing it put your whole Soul into it to the exclusion of all else. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
889:God is present in every Jiva; there is no other God besides that. Who serves Jiva serves God indeed. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
890:If the mind is intensely eager, everything can be accomplished—mountains can be crumbled into atoms. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
891:Let new India arise out of peasants' cottage, grasping the plough, out of huts, cobbler and sweeper. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
892:The earth is enjoyed by heroes”—this is the unfailing truth. Be a hero. Always say, “I have no fear. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
893:The powers of the mind are like rays of light dissipated; when they are concentrated, they illumine. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
894:there have been only two who were Yogis, possessing the Yogic vision and intuition—Swami Vivekananda and ~ Sri Aurobindo,
895:The soul was not created, for creation means a combination which means a certain future dissolution. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
896:Though an atom is invisible, unthinkable, yet in it are the whole power and potency of the universe. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
897:To be more free is the goal of all our efforts, for only in perfect freedom can there be perfection. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
898:We have indeed many things to learn from others; yea, that man who refuses to learn is already dead. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
899:All these ideas such as astrology, although there may be a grain of truth in them, should be avoided. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
900:Be grateful that the poor man is there, so that by making a gift to him you are able to help yourself ~ Swami Vivekananda,
901:Cut the bondage of all worldly affections; go beyond laziness and all care as to what becomes of you. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
902:Every idea that strengthens you must be taken up and every thought that weakens you must be rejected. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
903:It is fear that is the cause of our woes, and it is fearlessness that brings heaven even in a moment. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
904:It's the coward who says, 'This is fate'...It's the strong who stands up & says 'I will make my fate' ~ Swami Vivekananda,
905:Purity, patience and perseverance overcome all obstacles. All great things must of necessity be slow. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
906:There will never be a perfectly good or bad world, because the very idea is a contradiction in terms. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
907:The secret of image - worship is that you are trying to develop your vision of Divinity in one thing. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
908:To give up the world is to forget the ego, to know it not at all - living in the body, but not of it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
909:We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate. None else has the blame, none has the praise. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
910:We, we, and none else, are responsible for what we suffer. We are the effects, and we are the causes. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
911:Work for work’s sake. Worship for worship’s sake. Do good because it is good to do good. Ask no more. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
912:A few heart-whole, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
913:Anything that brings spiritual, mental, or physical weakness, touch it not with the toes of your feet. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
914:Everything that has form, everything that is the result of combination, is evolved out of this Akasha. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
915:Know for certain that there is no power in the universe to injure us unless we first injure ourselves. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
916:Liberation means entire freedom—freedom from the bondage of good, as well as from the bondage of evil. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
917:Many of us do not believe in any form of idolatry; but they have no right to object when others do it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
918:The natural state of this universe is attraction; and that is surely followed by an ultimate disunion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
919:The older I grow, the more I see behind the idea of the Hindus that man is the greatest of all beings. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
920:When an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed into an actual physical or mental state. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
921:Yama, Niyama, Âsana, Prânâyâama, Pratyâhâra, Dhâranâ, Dhyâna, and Samâdhi are the eight limbs of Yoga. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
922:Bold has been my message to the people of the west, bolder is my message to you, my beloved countryman. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
923:Each man is perfect by his nature; prophets have manifested this perfection, but it is potential in us. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
924:Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind...what we sow is what we reap. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
925:Every soul is destined to be perfect, and every being, in the end, will attain the state of perfection. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
926:How can there be any progress of the country without the spread of education, the dawning of knowledge? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
927:If I am unhappy, it has been of my own making, and that very thing shows that I can be happy if I will. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
928:Many a time comes when we want to interpret our weakness and cowardice as forgiveness and renunciation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
929:Perfection is one thing and enjoyment another; these two having different ends, engage men differently. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
930:Some may be helped by images, some may not. Some require an image outside, others one inside the brain. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
931:Truth does not pay homage to any society, ancient or modern. Society has to pay homage to Truth or die. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
932:We have to keep the body in good health; we have to take care of what we eat and drink, and what we do. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
933:Whenever there is a conflict between the pure heart and the intellect, always side with the pure heart. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
934:With the attraction for lust and lucre working the other way, how many long for the realisation of God? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
935:You may meditate on whatever you like, but I shall meditate on the heart of a lion. That gives strength ~ Swami Vivekananda,
936:Any time you attempt to make a God beyond Christ, you murder the whole thing. God alone can worship God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
937:Everyone goes with the flow... but the one who goes against the flow becomes someone remarkable in life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
938:Extreme love of God is Bhakti, and this love is the real immortality ~ Swami Vivekananda from Inspired Talks (June 24, 1895),
939:Here in this blessed land, the foundation, the backbone, the life-centre is religion and religion alone. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
940:Infinite patience, infinite purity, and infinite perseverance are the secret of success in a good cause. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
941:Realization will come in the fullness of time, by living constantly in the company of sadhus (holy men). ~ Swami Vivekananda,
942:The finer the instrument, the greater the power. The mind is much finer and more powerful than the body. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
943:The Soul is not composed of any materials. It is unity indivisible. Therefore it must be indestructible. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
944:You must have an iron will, if you would cross the ocean. You must be strong enough to pierce mountains. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
945:All this bringing of the mind into a higher state of vibration is included in one word in Yoga — Samadhi. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
946:As soon as extreme attachment comes, a man loses himself, he is no more master of himself, he is a slave. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
947:By doing well the duty which is nearest to us, the duty which is in our hands, we make ourselves stronger ~ Swami Vivekananda,
948:Jnâna is never sense-knowledge. We cannot know Brahman, but we are Brahman, the whole of It, not a piece. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
949:Religion is the life of India, religion is the language of this country, the symbol of all its movements. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
950:The forms are evanescent; but the spirit, being in the Lord and of the Lord, is immortal and omnipresent. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
951:The main feature should be the teaching of principles through stories. Don't make it metaphysical at all. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
952:There cannot be any form unless it is the result of force and matter; and all combinations must dissolve. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
953:To be unselfish, perfectly selfless, is salvation itself; for the man within dies, and God alone remains. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
954:"To work we have the right, but not to the fruits thereof:" Leave the fruits alone. Why care for results? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
955:All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
956:Internal and external purification, contentment, mortification, study, and worship of God are the Niyamas. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
957:It is the touch of the senses that brings all this quality of existence: heat and cold, pleasure and pain. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
958:Liberty, Mukti, is all my religion, and everything that tries to curb it, I will avoid by fight or flight. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
959:Perfect purity is the most essential thing, for only "the pure in heart shall see God". ~ Swami Vivekananda from Jnana Yoga IX,
960:The law of attraction which holds good for the heavenly bodies also holds good for the smallest particles. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
961:The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
962:Though this body has its beginning and end, the dweller in the body is infinite and without end” (note 7). ~ Swami Vivekananda,
963:Through practice comes Yoga, through Yoga comes knowledge, through knowledge love, and through love bliss. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
964:To the Indian mind there is nothing higher than religious ideals, that this is the keynote of Indian life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
965:Where none sees another, where it is all One, there is none to be miserable, none to be unhappy (note 48). ~ Swami Vivekananda,
966:Everything is substance plus name and form. Name and form come and go, but substance remains ever the same. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
967:External worship is only a symbol of internal worship; but internal worship and purity are the real things. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
968:If one religion true, then all the others also must be true. Thus the Hindu faith is yours as much as mine. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
969:In a day, when you don't come across any problems - you can be sure that you are travelling in a wrong path ~ Swami Vivekananda,
970:Man is man so long as he is struggling to rise above nature, and this nature is both internal and external. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
971:Move onward and carry into practice that which you are very proud to call your religion, and God bless you! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
972:Never producing pain by thought, word, and deed, in any living being, is what is called Ahimsâ, non-injury. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
973:No matter what that makes elastic - sharply, intellectually and sincerely, keep at bay it as noxious waste. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
974:Our supreme duty is to advance toward freedom - physical, mental, and spiritual - and help others to do so. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
975:Relationships are more important than life,but it is important for those relationships to have life in them ~ Swami Vivekananda,
976:Through faithful practice, layer after layer of the mind opens before us, and each reveals new facts to us. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
977:You go on with your work and remember that "Never one meets with evil who tries to do good" (Gita, VI. 40). ~ Swami Vivekananda,
978:According to the history of human progress, it is disobedience to nature that has constituted that progress. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
979:... and thus moulding our lives in accordance with those of the great-souled ones who have reached the Goal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
980:Bless people when they revile you. Think how much good they are doing by helping to stamp out the false ego. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
981:I base my teaching on the great Vedantic truth of the sameness and omnipresence of the Soul of the Universe. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
982:Internal and external nature, mind and matter, are in time and space, and are bound by the law of causation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
983:Kindness and love can buy you the whole world; lectures and books and philosophy all stand lower than these. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
984:my Master's message to mankind is: "Be spiritual and realise truth for Yourself." ~ Swami Vivekananda from C.W. Vol 4, My Master,
985:Never say NO, Never say, 'I cannot', for you are INFINITE. All the power is WITHIN you. You can do anything. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
986:Spirituality as a science, as a study, is the greatest and healthiest exercise that the human mind can have. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
987:The awakening of the soul to its bondage and its effort to stand up and assert itself - this is called life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
988:There is no happiness higher than what a man obtains by this attitude of non-offensiveness, to all creation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
989:[The seers call him wise] whose every attempt is free, without any desire for gain, without any selfishness. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
990:This is the one great idea to understand that our power is already ours, our salvation is already within us. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
991:Each person tries to hold himself hss and lay the blame upon somebody or something else, or even on bad luck. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
992:In one sense Brahman is known to every human being; he knows, "I am"; but man does not know himself as he is. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
993:Mercy is heaven itself; to be good, we have all to be merciful. Even justice and right should stand on mercy. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
994:Never turn back to see the result of what you have done. Give all to the Lord and go on, and think not of it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
995:This craving for health, wealth, long life, and the like - the so - called good - is nothing but an illusion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
996:Be not Afraid of anything. You will do Marvelous work. it is Fearlessness that brings Heaven even in a moment. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
997:How absurd to take the credit of doing the good act on oneself and lay the blame for the evil act on the Lord! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
998:One thing I must tell you. Idolatry in India does not mean anything horrible. It is not the mother of harlots. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
999:Test everything, try everything, and then believe it, and if you find it for the good of many, give it to all. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1000:This is the principle of Universal Brotherhood of man with one another, with all life down to the little ants. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1001:We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1002:We are responsible for what we are; and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1003:Whatever thou worshippest, whatever thou perceivest, whatever thou doest, give up all unto Him and be at rest. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1004:Any particle in this universe can change in relation to any other particle; but take the whole universe as one. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1005:As soon as I begin to feel that I am separate from this universe, then first comes fear, and then comes misery. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1006:Do you have the belief in you to move on, even when the whole world is against you, with swords in their hands? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1007:Forgive offences by the million. And if you love all unselfishly, all will by degrees come to love one another. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1008:If a man with an ideal makes a thousand mistakes, I am sure that the man without an ideal makes fifty thousand. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1009:In Shankaracharya we saw tremendous intellectual power, throwing the scorching light of reason upon everything. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1010:Man cannot be satisfied by wealth. Man cannot go beyond his nature, no more than you can jump out of your body. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1011:The Gita is like a bouquet composed of the beautiful flowers of spiritual truths collected from the Upanishads. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1012:The Hindus have to learn a little bit of materialism from the West and teach them a little bit of spirituality. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1013:The ideal of womanhood in India is motherhood—that marvellous, unselfish, all-suffering, ever-forgiving mother. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1014:There is no sin nor virtue: there is only ignorance. By realisation of non-duality this ignorance is dispelled. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1015:The same power is in every man, the one manifesting more, the other less; the same potentiality is in everyone. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1016:This body is a combination. It is only a fiction to say that I have one body, you another, and the sun another. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1017:Animals cannot have any high thoughts; nor can the Angels or Devas attain to direct freedom without human birth. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1018:Doing good to his fellow-beings is the practical religion of the man full of love. ~ Swami Vivekananda from CW Vol 1 (April 5, 1900),
1019:Good works are continually being undone by the tons of hatred and anger which are being poured out on the world. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1020:He in whose mind is no anger, hatred, or envy, who never loses his balance, dies, or is born, who is he but God? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1021:Krishna is the higher Self, or God. He sees through the argument at once. In this case [the motive] is weakness. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1022:Learn Everything that is Good from Others, but bring it in, and in your own way absorb it; do not become others. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1023:Morality is the struggle of the bound will to get free and is the proof that we have come from perfection. . . . ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1024:One moment of company with the holy makes a ship to cross this ocean of life." Such is the power of association. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1025:You see, there is one thing called love, and there is another thing called union. And union is greater than love ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1026:A man could be in a throne and have no attachment at all; another one could be in rags and have many attachments. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1027:Even the lowest of the Hindus, the Pariah, has less of the brute in him than a Briton in a similar social status. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1028:Excessive attention to the minutiae of astrology is one of the superstitions which has hurt the Hindus very much. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1029:If you dare declare that you are free, free you are this moment. If you say you are bound, bound you will remain. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1030:In nature alone are forms. That which is not of nature cannot have any forms, fine or gross. It must be formless. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1031:Knowledge can never be created, it can only be discovered; and every man who makes a great discovery is inspired. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1032:My Master used to say, when a pitcher is being filled (by immersion), it gurgles, but when full, it is noiseless. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1033:Raja-Yoga is the science of religion, the rationale of all worship, all prayers, forms, ceremonies, and miracles. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1034:Râja-Yoga is the science of religion, the rationale of all worship, all prayers, forms, ceremonies, and miracles. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1035:Talk to yourself atleast once in a Day.. Otherwise you may miss a meeting with an EXCELLENT person in this World. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1036:Talk to yourself at least once in a Day, otherwise you may miss a meeting with an EXCELLENT person in this World. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1037:The Absolute God of the universe, the creator, preserver, and destroyer of the universe, is impersonal principle. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1038:The attempt to remove evil from the world by killing a thousand evil - doers, only adds to the evil in the world. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1039:The body is made by the thought that lies behind it. The body politic is thus the expression of national thought. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1040:The guide, the guru, the leader, the teacher, has passed away; the boy, the student, the servant, is left behind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1041:There is nothing higher and holier than the knowledge which comes to the soul transmitted by a spiritual teacher. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1042:There is one thing to be remembered: that the assertion 'I am God' cannot be made with regard to the sense-world. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1043:This attachment of Love to God is indeed one that does not bind the soul but effectively breaks all its bondages. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1044:What is marriage but the renunciation of unchastity? The savage does not marry. Man marries because he renounces. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1045:When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1046:When you talk and think of the Absolute, you have to do it in the relative; so all these logical arguments apply. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1047:A good practice carried to an extreme and worked in accordance with the letter of the law becomes a positive evil. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1048:Art must be in touch with nature - and wherever that touch is gone, Art degenerates - yet it must be above nature. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1049:Cowards never win victories. We have to fight fear and troubles and ignorance if we expect them to flee before us. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1050:Do not lower your goals to the level of your abilities. Instead, raise your abilities to the height of your goals. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1051:Every action that helps us manifest our divine nature more and more is good; every action that retards it is evil. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1052:Marriage or non-marriage, good or evil, learning or ignorance, any of these is justified, if it leads to the goal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1053:Strength is Life, Weakness is Death.
Expansion is Life, Contraction is Death.
Love is Life, Hatred is Death. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1054:Tell your body that it is strong, tell your mind that it is strong, and have unbounded faith and hope in yourself. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1055:The only way to study the mind is to get at facts, and then intellect will arrange them and deduce the principles. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1056:Things do not grow better; they remain as they are. It is we who grow better, by the changes we make in ourselves. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1057:Thinking of objects, attachment to them is formed in a man. From attachment longing, and from longing anger grows. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1058:Christians are always wanting God to give them something. They appear as beggars before the throne of the Almighty. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1059:Friends or foes, they are all instruments in Her hands to help us work out our own Karma, through pleasure or pain. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1060:I, for one, thoroughly believe that no power in the universe can withhold from anyone anything they really deserve. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1061:If there's a God, we must see him and if there's a soul we must perceive it. Otherwise, it's better not to believe. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1062:Our own selfishness makes us the most arrant cowards; our own selfishness is the great cause of fear and cowardice. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1063:The finer is always the cause, the grosser the effect. So the external world is the effect, the internal the cause. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1064:To make a great future India, the whole secret lies in organization, accumulation of power, co-ordination of wills. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1065:Eka-Nishtha or devotion to one ideal is absolutely necessary for the beginner in the practice of religious devotion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1066:If you have knowledge and see a man weak, do not condemn him. Go to his level and help him if you can. He must grow. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1067:I have come to this conclusion that there is only one country in the world which understands religion - it is India. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1068:In the English character, the "give and take" policy, the business principle of the trader, is principally inherent. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1069:It is the cheerful mind that is persevering. It is the strong mind that hews its way through a thousand difficulties ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1070:Sâttvika people are very thoughtful, quiet, and patient. They take food in small quantities, and never anything bad. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1071:The coward, afraid of the lash, with one hand wipes his eyes and gives with the other. Of what avail are such gifts? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1072:The infinite divinity is unmanifested; it will have to be manifested. This is spirituality, the science of the soul. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1073:The very idea of an infinite in place would be a contradiction in terms, as a place must begin and continue in time. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1074:We may talk and reason all our lives, but we shall not understand a word of truth, until we experience it ourselves. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1075:Do not spend your energy in talking but meditate in silence; and do not let the rush of the outside world disturb you ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1076:Don't give any chance for others to stole your smile.Because,it's the most valuable asset than anything in your life! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1077:If you cannot attain salvation in this life, what proof is there that you can attain it in the life or lives to come? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1078:Inactivity should be avoided by all means. Activity always means resistance. Resist all evils, mental and physical... ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1079:Learning and wisdom are superfluities, the surface glitter merely, but it is the heart that is the seat of all power. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1080:Matter is the permanent possibility of sensations," said John Stuart Mill. It is only the suggestion that is outside. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1081:The glory of man is that he is a thinking being. It is the nature of man to think and therein he differs from animals ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1082:The ideal of womanhood in India is motherhood - that marvellous, unselfish, all - suffering, ever - forgiving mother. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1083:The truths of Upanishadas are before you. Take them up, live up to them, and the salvation of Bharat will be at hand. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1084:Whatsoever has form must be the result of combinations of particles and requires something else behind it to move it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1085:When a man is perfect, he sees perfection in others. When he sees imperfection, it is his own mind projecting itself. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1086:Be unattached, expect nothing in return, attachment comes only where we expect a return, love shines in freedom alone. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1087:Do not spend your energy in talking but meditate in silence; and do not let the rush of the outside world disturb you. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1088:If you want to do a great or a good work, do not trouble to think what the result will be. ~ Swami Vivekananda from C.W. Vol 1, Karma Yoga,
1089:It is the highest manifestation of the power of Vairagya when it takes away even our attraction towards the qualities. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1090:Love conquers in the long run. It won't do to become impatient - wait, wait - patience is bound to give success. . . . ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1091:Men Men Men, these are wanted.
Strong believing young men,
A hundred such and the world will get revolutionized. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1092:Neither seek nor avoid; take what comes. It is liberty to be affected by nothing. Do not merely endure; be unattached. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1093:Present-day Hinduism and Buddhism were growths from the same branch. Buddhism degenerated, and Shankara lopped it off! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1094:The ego of man and woman is the soul. If the soul is independent, how then can it be isolated from the infinite whole? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1095:The kingdom of heaven is already in existence if we will have it, that perfection is already in man if he will see it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1096:The mind is in its own nature when it is calm. The moment you can calm it, that [very] moment you will know the truth. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1097:The Upanishads told 5,000 years ago that the realisation of God could never be had through the senses. ~ Swami Vivekananda from Jnana Yoga,
1098:What we call powers, secrets of nature, and force, are all within. In the external world are only a series of changes. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1099:Where God is, there is no other. Where world is, there is no God. These two will never unite. Like light and darkness. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1100:Where should you go to seek for God — are not all the poor, the miserable, the weak, Gods? Why not worship them first? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1101:Change is always subjective. All through evolution you find that the conquest of nature comes by change in the subject. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1102:Do not fret because the world looks with suspicion at every new attempt, even though it be in the path of spirituality. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1103:Every act of love brings happiness; there is no act of love which does not bring peace and blessedness as its reaction. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1104:Feel like Christ and you will be a Christ; feel like Buddha and you will be a Buddha. It is feeling that is the life... ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1105:From a balloon, no minor distinctions are visible, so when man rises high enough, he will not see good and evil people. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1106:Happiness presents itself to man, wearing the crown of sorrow on its head. He who welcomes it must also welcome sorrow. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1107:Let miseries come in millions of rivers and happiness in hundreds! I am no slave to misery! I am no slave to happiness! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1108:Let the mind be cheerful but calm. Never let it run into excesses, because every excess will be followed by a reaction. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1109:Practise hard; whether you live or die does not matter. You have to plunge in and work, without thinking of the result. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1110:Soft-brained people, weak-minded, chicken-hearted , cannot find the truth. One has to be free, and as broad as the sky. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1111:That which is true must be infinite and eternal. That is the one test of truth. It never decays, it is always the same. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1112:There is really no difference between matter, mind and Spirit. They are only different phases of experiencing the One. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1113:The selfless and unattached man may live in the very heart of a crowded and sinful city; he will not be touched by sin. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1114:Ask nothing; want nothing in return. Give what you have to give; it will come back to you, but do not think of that now. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1115:Bold words and bolder deeds are what we want. Awake, awake, great ones! The world is burning with misery. Can you sleep? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1116:Come out into the Universe of Light. Everything in the Universe is Yours, stretch out your arms and Embrace it with Love ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1117:Each one has a special nature peculiar to himself which he must follow and through which he will find his way to freedom ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1118:Go on saying, I am free. Never mind if the next moment delusion comes and says, I am bound. Dehypnotize the whole thing. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1119:If the mind is not under control, it is no use living in a cave because the same mind will bring all disturbances there. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1120:Let me draw your attention to one thing which unfortunately we always forget: that is - "O man, have faith in yourself." ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1121:Only by so transcending the world of sense, can he reach his true Self and realise what he really is. ~ Swami Vivekananda from Jnana Yoga VI,
1122:Pay particular attention to your health, but too much coddling of the body will, on the contrary, also spoil the health. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1123:Religion is not in doctrines, in dogmas, nor in intellectual argumentation; it is being and becoming, it is realization. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1124:This life is a hard fact; work your way through it boldly, though it may be adamantine; no matter, the soul is stronger. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1125:Well has it been said that man is the only animal that naturally looks upwards; every other animal naturally looks down. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1126:When the soul wants to depend upon nothing, not even upon life, that is the height of philosophy, the height of manhood. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1127:All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1128:In a day, when you don't come across any problems - you can be sure that you are travelling in a wrong path” ― Swami Vivekananda ~ Penny Reid,
1129:Manushya (man) is a being with Manas (mind); and as soon as his thinking power goes, he becomes no better than an animal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1130:Oh, if only you knew yourselves! You are souls; you are Gods. If ever I feel like blaspheming, it is when I call you man. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1131:The only way to rise is by doing the duty next to us, and thus gathering strength go on until we reach the highest state. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1132:To realize the spirit as spirit is practical religion. Everything else is good so far as it leads to this one grand idea. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1133:We shall have to work like lions, keeping the ideal before us, without caring whether "the wise ones praise or blame us". ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1134:According to us, there are three things in the makeup of man. There is the body, there is the mind, and there is the soul. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1135:All power is within you. Believe in that,do not believe that you are weak... Stand up and express the Divinity within you. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1136:Good and evil have an equal share in moulding character, and in some instances misery is a greater teacher than happiness. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1137:Oh, if only you knew yourselves! You are souls; you are Gods. If ever I feel like blaspheming, it; is when I call you man. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1138:That is the test of everything. Renounce everything. It is the creative faculty that brings us into all this entanglement. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1139:The day, man will find that he never really dies; that his Soul persists beyond death; he will have no more fear of death. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1140:The essence of Vedanta is that there is but one Being and that every soul is that Being in full, not a part of that Being. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1141:The man who becomes angry never does a great amount of work, and the man whom nothing can make angry accomplishes so much. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1142:The Yogi says, religion is practical if you know first why misery exists. All the misery in the world is in the senses. Is ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1143:This misery that I am suffering is of my own doing, and that very thing proves that it will have to be undone by me alone. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1144:Duty is seldom sweet. It is only when love greases its wheels that it runs smoothly; it is a continuous friction otherwise. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1145:Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this Divinity within by controlling nature, external and internal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1146:From Him are all name and form; all the animals and men are from Him. He is the one Supreme. He who knows Him becomes free. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1147:God is always God, but the views which people and nations may take of him vary. No higher view is known than that of love. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1148:If you intend to study the mind, you must have systematic training; you must practice to bring the mind under your control. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1149:India is immortal if she persists in her search for God. But if she goes in for politics and social conflict, she will die. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1150:It is a retarding element creating hatred and anger, and causing people to fight each other, and making them unsympathetic. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1151:The Hindus have cultivated the power of analysis and abstraction. No nation has yet produced a grammar like that of Panini. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1152:These tremendous contradictions in our intellect, in our knowledge, yea, in all the facts of our life face us on all sides. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1153:The will is not free - it is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect - but there is something behind the will which is free. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1154:To the man who has begun to hate himself the gate to degeneration has already opened; and the same is true of a nation. Our ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1155:A brave, frank, clean-hearted, courageous and aspiring youth is the only foundation on which the future nation can be built. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1156:All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1157:Know this also to be one of the spiritual practices, a discipline for God - realisation. Its aim also is Self - realisation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1158:Man can think of divine things only in his own human way, to us the Absolute can be expressed only in our relative language. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1159:Perfection is always infinite. We are the Infinite already. You and I, and all beings, are trying to manifest that infinity. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1160:Thank God for giving you this world as a moral gymnasium to help your development, but never imagine you can help the world. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1161:The kingdom of heaven is within us. The Jewish idea was a kingdom of heaven upon this earth. That was not the idea of Jesus. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1162:The three essentials of Hinduism are belief in God, in the Vedas as revelation, in the doctrine of Karma and transmigration. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1163:Until we give up the world manufactured by the ego, never can we enter the kingdom of heaven. None ever did, none ever will. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1164:We do not seek to thrust the principles of our religion upon anyone. The fundamental principles of our religion forbid that. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1165:Fill the brain with high thoughts, highest ideals, place them day and night before you, and out of that will come great work. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1166:Forget not that thy marriage, thy wealth, thy life are not for sense-pleasure, are not for thy individual personal happiness. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1167:Take off the veil of hypnotism which you have cast upon the world, send not out thoughts and words of weakness unto humanity. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1168:The less passion there is, the better we work. The calmer we are the better for us and the more the amount of work we can do. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1169:The mother and the father are the causes of this body; so a man must undergo a thousand troubles in order to do good to them. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1170:The one who actually succeeds in making himself believe that he is having a good time is the man of splendid physical health. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1171:There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1172:The Self is the essence of this universe, the essence of all souls; He is the essence of your own life, nay, ‘Thou art That’. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1173:The way to God is the opposite to that of the world. And to few, very few, are given to have God and mammon at the same time. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1174:What good being object of charity? Give away, ne'er turn to ask in return, Should there be the wealth treasured in thy heart. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1175:If you want the reward, you must also have the punishment; the only way to get out of the punishment is to give up the reward. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1176:Neither money pays, nor name pays, nor fame, nor learning; it is CHARACTER that cleave through adamantine walls of difference. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1177:Oh, to live even for a day in the full light of freedom, to breathe the free air of simplicity! Isn't that the highest purity? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1178:Renunciation is always the ideal of every race; only other races do not know what they are made to do by nature unconsciously. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1179:To the Yogi everything is bliss, every human face that he sees brings cheerfulness to him. That is the sign of a virtuous man. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1180:We are like the caterpillar which takes the thread out of his own body and of that makes the cocoon, and behold, he is caught. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1181:We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1182:Christ, being man, had to see impurity and denounced it; but God, infinitely higher, does not see iniquity and cannot be angry. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1183:If I, as an Oriental have to worship Jesus of Nazareth, there is only one way, that is, to worship him as God and nothing else. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1184:If you really want to judge the character of a man, look not at his great performances. Watch a man do his most common actions. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1185:It is only work that is done as freewill offering to humanity and to nature that does not bring with it any binding attachment. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1186:It is the coward and the fool who says, ‘This is fate.’” But it is the strong man who stands up and says, “I will make my fate. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1187:Never mind failures; they are quite natural,
they are the beauty of life, these failures.
What would be LIFE without them ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1188:So long as there is desire or want, it is a sure sign that there is imperfection. A perfect, free being cannot have any desire. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1189:The brain and muscles must develop simultaneously. Iron nerves with an intelligent brain — and the whole world is at your feet. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1190:Watch people do their most common actions; these are indeed the things that will tell you the real character of a great person. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1191:We are allowed to worship him. Stand in that reverent attitude to the whole universe, and then will come perfect non attachment ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1192:We are for ever trying to make our weakness look like strength, our sentiment like love, our cowardice like courage, and so on. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1193:We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1194:We must realize also that our so-called possessions are just toys which have been lent to us to play with for a little while. A ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1195:What a man 'learns' is really what he 'discovers,' by taking the cover off his own soul, which is a mine of infinite knowledge. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1196:What we want is vigour in the blood, strength in the nerves, iron muscles and nerves of steel, not softening namby-pamby ideas. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1197:When men are once trained, it is essential that their leader leave them, for without his absence they cannot develop themselves ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1198:Where one sees another, one hears another so long as there are two, there must be fear, and fear is the mother of all [misery]. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1199:Blame neither man, nor God, nor anyone in the world. When you find yourselves suffering, blame yourselves, and try to do better. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1200:Get away from all books and forms and let your soul see its Self. "We are deluded and maddened by books", Shri Krishna declares. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1201:However we may receive blows, and however knocked about we may be, the Soul is there and is never injured. We are that Infinite. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1202:In Buddha we had the great, universal heart and infinite patience, making religion practical and bringing it to everyone's door. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1203:Love immense and infinite, broad as the sky and deep as the ocean—this is the one great gain in life. Blessed is he who gets it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1204:MIND is not a dustbin to keep anger, hatred and jealousy. But it is the treasure box to keep, love happiness and sweet memories. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1205:"We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far." ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1206:We must always bear in mind that we are not going to be free, but are free already. Every idea that we are bound is a delusion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1207:We must approach religion with reverence and with love, and our heart will stand up and say, this is truth, and this is untruth. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1208:What a mean 'learns' is really what he 'discovers,' by taking the cover off his own soul, which is a mine of infinite knowledge. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1209:whatever you think that you will be.
if you think yourself weak,weak you will be;
if you think yourself strong,you will be ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1210:When we let loose our feelings, we waste so much energy, shatter our nerves, disturb our minds, and accomplish very little work. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1211:am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the earth. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1212:By no prophets or anything. ... Only infinite words, infinite by their very nature, from which the whole universe comes and goes. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1213:Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. ... Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1214:Let us worship the spirit in spirit, standing on spirit. Let the foundation be spirit, the middle spirit, the culmination spirit. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1215:Man can become like God and acquire control over the whole universe if he multiplies infinitely his centre of self-consciousness. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1216:Put the good before them, see how eagerly they take it, see how the divine that never dies, that is always living in the human... ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1217:"Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all good things will be added unto you." Follow God and you shall have whatever you desire. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1218:there rose this man Krishna, and in the Gita he tries to reconcile the ceremony and the philosophy of the priests and the people. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1219:The secret of karma yoga which is to perform actions without any fruitive desires is taught by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad-Gita. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1220:We are bound to earth by desire and also to God, heaven, and the angels. A slave is a slave whether to man, to God, or to angels. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1221:When once you consider an action, do not let anything dissuade you. Consult your heart, not others, and then follow its dictates. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1222:The goldness of gold, the silverness of silver, the manhood of man, the womanhood of woman, the reality of everything is the Lord. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1223:The Hindus have a peculiar slovenliness in business matters, not being sufficiently methodical and strict in keeping accounts etc. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1224:There cannot be a cause without an effect, the present must have had its cause in the past and will have its effect in the future. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1225:To devote your life to the good of all and to the happiness of all is religion. Whatever you do for your own sake is not religion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1226:Yes, the words of the Mother can be heard as clearly as we hear one another. But one requires a fine nerve to hear Mother's words. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1227:Even forgiveness, if weak and passive, is not true: fight is better. Forgive when you could bring legions of angels to the victory. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1228:Every atom is working and resisting every thought in the mind. Everything we see and know is but the resultant of these two forces. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1229:Every human being has the right to ask the reason, why, and to have his question answered by himself, if he only takes the trouble. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1230:No man to be judged by mere nature of his duties, but all should be judged by the manner and the spirit in which they perform them. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1231:so even though all the senses bring in sensations from nature, the ocean-like heart of the sage knows no disturbance, knows no fear ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1232:There is nothing holier in the world than to keep good company, because the good impressions will then tend to come to the surface. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1233:The soul ... is nameless because it is formless. It will neither go to heaven nor [to hell] any more than it will enter this glass. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1234:This very world is seen by the five senses as matter, by the very wicked as hell, by the good as heaven, and by the perfect as God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1235:You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1236:As the cause is, so the effect will be Cause is never different from effect, the effect is but the cause reproduced in another form. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1237:Christ's public life extended only over eighteen months, and for this he had silently been preparing himself for thirty - two years. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1238:It is the patient building of character, the intense struggle to realize the truth, which alone will tell in the future of humanity. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1239:...Really, there is no greater sin than cowardice; cowards are never saved - that is sure. I can stand everything else but not that. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1240:This is the line of life, this is the line of growth, and this is the line of well-being in India - to follow the track of religion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1241:Who is the seer? The Self of man, the Purusha. What is the scene? The whole of nature beginning with the mind, down to gross matter. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1242:A Brahmin is not so much in need of education as a Chandala. If the son of a Brahmin needs one teacher, that of a Chandala needs ten. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1243:Even luxuries are arranged according to ideas and ideals, to make them reflect as much of thought-life as possible - and this is Art. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1244:Materialism prevails in Europe today. You may pray for the salvation of the modern sceptics, but they do not yield, they want reason. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1245:No study has taken so much of human energy, whether in times past or present, as the study of the soul, of God, and of human destiny. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1246:Spiritual knowledge can only be given in silence like the dew that falls unseen and unheard, yet bringing into bloom masses of roses. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1247:The organs are the horses, the mind is the rein, the intellect is the charioteer, the soul is the rider, and the body is the chariot. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1248:The power which works through the formative principles of every religion in every country is manifested in the forms of religion. . . ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1249:Therefore, beware of everything that takes away your freedom. Know that it is dangerous, and avoid it by all the means in your power. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1250:What is now wanted is a combination of the greatest heart with the highest intellectuality, of infinite love with infinite knowledge. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1251:With eternal faith in Him, set fire to the mountain of misery that has been heaped upon India for ages - and it shall be burned down. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1252:”You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.” ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1253:As body, mind, or soul, you are a dream; you really are Being, Consciousness, Bliss (satchidananda). You are the God of this universe. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1254:Each nation has a main current in life; in India it is religion. Make it strong and the waters on either side must move along with it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1255:Never forget the glory of human nature! We are the greatest god.. Christs and Buddhas are but waves in the boundless ocean which I AM. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1256:No negative, all positive, affirmative. I am, God is, everything is in me. I will manifest health, purity, knowledge, whatever I want. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1257:Thought ceases in meditation; even the mind's elements are quite quiet. Blood circulation stops. His breath stops, but he is not dead. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1258:When we use our imagination properly it is our greatest friend; it goes belyond reason and is the only light that takes us everywhere. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1259:A fool may buy all the books in the world, and they will be in his library; but he will be able to read only those that he deserves to. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1260:Had I lived in Palestine, in the days of Jesus of Nazareth, I would have washed his feet, not with my tears, but with my heart's blood! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1261:Ignorance is death, knowledge is life. Life is of very little value, if it is a life in the dark, groping through ignorance and misery. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1262:Impurity is a mere superimposition under which your real nature has become hidden. But the real you is already perfect, already strong. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1263:I pity the Hindu who does not see the beauty in Jesus Christ's character. I pity the Christian who does not reverence the Hindu Christ. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1264:Is there no room for art in the spoken language? What is the use of creating an unnatural language to the exclusion of the natural one? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1265:The Swami Vivekananda lectured for the first time from a public platform on September 11th, 1893 and on July 4th, 1902, he passed away. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1266:And so, as in every other thing, we are always trying to ignore the standard of another, trying to bind the whole world to our standard. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1267:Do you share my belief in Swami Vivekananda's dream that India will be a Jagad Guru once again? I see no reason for India to be left behind. ~ Narendra Modi,
1268:Every work has got to pass through hundreds of difficulties before succeeding. Those that persevere will see the light, sooner or later. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1269:The end and aim of all science is to find the unity, the One out of which the manifold is being manufactured, that One existing as many. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1270:The Land where humanity has attained its highest towards gentleness, towards generosity, towards purity, towards calmness - it is India. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1271:Through the imparting of moral principles, good behaviour, and education we must make the Chandala come up to the level of the Brahmana. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1272:Be Grateful to the Man you help, think of Him as God. Is it not a great privilege to be allowed to worship God by helping our fellow men? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1273:Books are infinite in number and time is short. The secret of knowledge is to take what is essential. Take that and try to live up to it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1274:but for a man to constantly do good without caring for the approbation of his fellow men is indeed the highest sacrifice man can perform. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1275:Do I wish that the Christian would become Hindu? God forbid. Do I wish that the Hindu or Buddhist would become Christian? God forbid. The ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1276:If a man, day and night, thinks he is miserable, low and nothing, nothing he becomes. If you say yea, yea, "I am, I am", so shall you be. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1277:“Ignorance is death, knowledge is life. Life is of very little value, if it is a life in the dark, groping through ignorance and misery.” ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1278:The book one must read to learn natural sciences is the book of nature. The book from which to learn religion is your own mind and heart. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1279:This World will always continue to be a mixture of Good and Evil. Our duty is to sympathize with the weak and to Love even the wrongdoer. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1280:Too much faith in personality has a tendency to produce weakness and idolatry, but intense love for the Guru makes rapid growth possible. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1281:Whatever you think, that you will be. If you think yourselves weak, weak you will be; if you think yourselves strong, strong you will be. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1282:What is salvation? To live with God. Where? Anywhere. Here this moment. One moment in infinite time is quite as good as any other moment. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1283:I stand for truth. Truth will never ally itself with falsehood. Even if all the world should be against me, Truth must prevail in the end. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1284:It is a good discipline to be forced to work for work's sake, even to the length of not being allowed to enjoy the fruits of one's labour. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1285:Just as creation is infinite and eternal, without beginning and without end, so is the knowledge of God without beginning and without end. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1286:No man is to be judged by the mere nature of his duties, but all should be judged by the manner and the spirit in which they perform them. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1287:The banyan tree does not mean awakening, nor does the hill, nor the saint, nor the European couple. The lotus is a symbol of regeneration. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1288:The best guide in life is strength. In religion, as in all other matters, discard everything that weakens you, have nothing to do with it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1289:We are suffering from our own Karma. It is not the fault of God. What we do is our own fault, nothing else. Why should God be blamed?. . . ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1290:A man must not only have faith but intellectual faith too. To make a man take up everything and believe it, would be to make him a lunatic. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1291:Blows are what awaken us & help to break the dream. They show us the insufficiency of this world & make us long to escape, to have freedom. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1292:Books are only made so that they may point the way to a higher life; but no good results unless the path is trodden with unflinching steps! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1293:Both the forces of good and evil will keep the universe alive for us, until we awake from our dreams and give up this building of mud pies. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1294:Form and formless are intertwined in this world. The formless can only be expressed in form and form can only be thought with the formless. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1295:Renunciation is the very basis upon which ethics stands. There never was an ethical code preached which had not renunciation for its basis. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1296:"The fool, dwelling on the bank of the Ganga, digs a well for water!" Such are we! Living in the midst of God - we must go and make images. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1297:The greatest help to spiritual life is meditation. In meditation we divest ourselves of all material condition and feel our divine nature. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1298:The greatest sin is to think that you are weak. No one is greater: realize that you are Brahman. Nothing has power except what you give it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1299:The Self when it appears behind the universe is called God. The same Self when it appears behind this little universe-the body-is the soul. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1300:You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you,
none can make you spiritual.
There is no other teacher but your own soul. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1301:Because the Soul is not made of matter, since it is spiritual, it cannot obey the laws of matter, it cannot be judged by the laws of matter. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1302:Is it freedom to be a slave to the senses, to anger, to jealousies and a hundred other petty things that must occur every day in human life? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1303:See how the Ganga flows by and what a nice building! I like this place. This is the ideal kind of place for a Math. (in Belur, West Bengal). ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1304:The uplift of the women, the awakening of the masses must come first, and then only can any real good come about for the country, for India. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1305:we are not the vedantists, pauranics or tantrics. we are the 'don't touchists'. our religion is 'don't touch me, i am holy'.
-vivekananda ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1306:We must not forget that health is only a means to an end. If health were the end, we would be like animals; animals rarely become unhealthy. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1307:Whatever you believe, that you will be. If you believe yourselves to be sages, sages you will be tomorrow. There is nothing to obstruct you. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1308:When we free ourselves from name and form, especially from a body - when we need no body, good or bad - then only do we escape from bondage. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1309:All truth is eternal. Truth is nobody’s property; no race, no individual can lay any exclusive claim to it. Truth is the nature of all souls. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1310:It is the duty of all to support and side with Dharma. All must fight and support Dharma regardless of their personality, background, status. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1311:Pray, ‘Thou our Father, our Mother, our dearest Friend ! Thou who bearest this universe, help us to bear the little burden of this our life.’ ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1312:Purusha is the; great attraction of the universe; though untouched by and unconnected with the universe, yet it attracts the whole; universe. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1313:See what an atmosphere of holiness is here the pure air of the Ganga what an assemblage of Sadhus will you find anywhere a place like this! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1314:The Tapas and the other hard Yogas that were practiced in other Yugas do not work now. What is needed in this Yuga is giving, helping others. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1315:This world is not for cowards. Do not try to fly. Look not for success or failure. Join yourself to the perfectly unselfish will and work on. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1316:What do you gain in heaven? You become gods, drink nectar, and get rheumatism. There is less misery there than on earth, but also less truth. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1317:All progress and power are already in every man; perfection is man's nature, only it is barred in and prevented from taking its proper course. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1318:All the weak and undeveloped minds in every religion or country have only one way of loving their own ideal, i.e. by hating every other ideal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1319:Everything that we know is within our universe, and everything within our universe is moulded by the conditions of space, time, and causation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1320:In whatever name or form they are offered, all these flowers are laid at God's feet, for He is the one Lord of all, the one Soul of all souls. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1321:The help which tends to make us spiritually strong is the highest help, next to it comes intellectual help and after that comes physical help. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1322:The will is stronger than anything else. Everything must go down before the will, for it comes from God. A pure and strong will is omnipotent. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1323:Be not in despair, the way is very difficult, like walking on the edge of a razor; yet despair not, arise, awake, and find the ideal, the goal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1324:Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1325:I see clear as daylight that there is the one Brahman in all, in them and me—one Shakti dwells in all. The only difference is of manifestation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1326:My faith is in the younger generation, the modern generation. Out of them will come my workers. They will work out the whole problem like lions ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1327:One may gain political and social independence, but if one is a slave to his passions and desires, one cannot feel the pure joy of real freedom ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1328:One ounce of the practice of righteousness and of spiritual Self-realisation outweighs tons and tons of frothy talk and nonsensical sentiments. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1329:One ounce of the practice of righteousness and of spiritual Self-realization outweighs tons and tons of frothy talk and nonsensical sentiments. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1330:Onward, my brave boys - money or no money - men or no men! Have you love? Have you God? Onward and forward to the breach, you are irresistible. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1331:Study. What is meant by study in this case? No study of novels or story books, but study of those works which teach the liberation of the Soul. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1332:The forms have value only so far as they are expressions of the life within. If they have ceased to express life, crush them out without mercy. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1333:We must be bright and cheerful. Long faces do not make religion. Religion should be the most joyful thing in the world, because it is the best. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1334:When you step beyond thought and intellect and all reasoning, then you have made the first step towards God; and that is the beginning of life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1335:Friends or foes, they are all instruments in Her hands to help us work out our own karma, through pleasure or pain. As such, 'Mother' bless all. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1336:Hold on to your own ideal. . . . Above all, never attempt to guide or rule others, or, as the Yankees say, "boss" others. Be the servant of all. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1337:No great work can be achieved by humbug. It is through love, a passion for truth, and tremendous energy, that all undertakings are accomplished. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1338:None will be able to resist truth and love and sincerity. Are you sincere? Unselfish even unto death, and loving? Then fear not, not even death. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1339:Pay no attention whatsoever to newspaper nonsense or criticism. Be sincere and do your duty. Everything will come all right. Truth must triumph. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1340:Religion for a long time has come to be static in India. What we want is to make it dynamic. I want it to be brought into the life of everybody. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1341:That which the ignorant do with desire for results and gain, let the wise do without any attachment and without any desire for results and gain. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1342:The atom cannot disobey the law. Whether it is the mental or the physical atom, it must obey the law. "What is the use of [external restraint]?" ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1343:The "ego" like its correlative "non-ego", is the product of the body, mind etc. The only proof of the existence of the real Self is realisation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1344:As soon as we identify ourselves with the work we do, we feel miserable; but if we do not identify ourselves with it, we do not feel that misery. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1345:Don't look back—forward, infinite energy, infinite enthusiasm, infinite daring, and infinite patience—then alone can great deeds be accomplished. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1346:[Krishna answers:] “The man who has given up all desires, who desires nothing, not even this life, nor freedom, nor gods, nor work, nor anything. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1347:My Faith is in the Younger Generation, the Modern Generation, out of them will come my workers. They will work out the whole problem, like Lions. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1348:Only when a man sees this universe as God does the veil fall from his eyes; then that man, purified and cleansed, finds his whole vision changed. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1349:Take any path you like; follow any prophet you like; but have only that method which suits your own nature, so that you will be sure to progress. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1350:There is nothing beyond God, and the sense enjoyments are simply something through which we are passing now in the hope of getting better things. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1351:To the person who desires nothing and does not get entangled in desires, the manifold changes of nature are one panorama of beauty and sublimity. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1352:Every wave of passion restrained is a balance in your favor. It is therefore good policy not to return anger for anger, as with all true morality. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1353:If the Student thinks he is the Spirit, he will be a better Student. If the Lawyer thinks he is the Spirit, he will be a better Lawyer, and so on. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1354:Know that every time you feel weak, you not only hurt yourself but also the cause. Infinite faith and strength are the only conditions of success. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1355:Now is wanted intense Karma-Yoga with unbounded courage and indomitable strength in the heart. Then only will the people of the country be roused. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1356:Some men, who begin by saying that the world is a hell, often end by saying that it is a heaven when they succeed in the practice of self-control. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1357:The mind uncontrolled and unguided will drag us down, down, for ever — rend us, kill us; and the mind controlled and guided will save us, free us. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1358:There is no chance for the welfare of the world unless the condition of woman is improved. It is not possible for a bird to fly on only one wing. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1359:those who believe in God should pray — not for money, not for health, nor for heaven; pray for knowledge and light; every other prayer is selfish. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1360:Anything that is western origin, first you verify it, then accept it. Anything that is Indian origin, first accept it, then verify it if necessary. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1361:God is the ever active providence, by whose power systems after systems are being evolved out of chaos, made to run for a time and again destroyed. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1362:Have charity towards all beings. Pity those who are in distress. Love all creatures. Do not be jealous of anyone. Look not to the faults of others. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1363:Stand up , be bold , be strong !
Know that you are the creator of your own destiny . All the strength and succour you want is within yourself. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1364:The correct meaning of the statement The Vedas are beginningless and eternal is that the law or truth revealed by them is permanent and changeless. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1365:This is the central idea of the Gita- to be calm and steadfast in all circumstances, with one's body, mind, and soul centered at His hallowed feet! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1366:Whose meditation is real and effective? Who can really surrender to the will of God? Only the person whose mind has been purified by selfless work. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1367:You may sit down and listen to me by the hour every day, but if you do not practice, you will not get one step further. It all depends on practice. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1368:Always keep the mind cheerful. Everyone will die once. Cowards suffer the pangs of death again and again, solely due to the fear in their own minds. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1369:If money help a man to do good to others, it is of some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil, and the sooner it is got rid of, the better. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1370:Man is to become divine by realizing the divine. Idols or temples, or churches or books, are only the supports, the help of his spiritual childhood. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1371:My brother, do men grieve over the fight of cats and dogs? So the jealousy, envy, and elbowing of common men should make no impression on your mind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1372:Never mind these failures, these little backslidings; hold the ideal a thousand times, and if you fail a thousand times, make the attempt once more. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1373:Strength, strength for us. What we need is strength, who will give us strength? There are thousands to weaken us, and of stories we have had enough. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1374:There is only one Soul in the Universe. There is no 'you' or 'me'; all variety is merged into the absolute unity, the one infinite existence - God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1375:We only know the universe from the point of view of beings with five senses. Suppose we obtain another sense, the whole universe must change for us. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1376:Where you find the attraction for lust and wealth considerably diminished, to whatever creed he may belong, know that his inner spirit is awakening. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1377:Without birth or death, eternal, ever-existing, free, unchangeable and beyond all conditions is this Soul of man - the real Self of Man - the Atman. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1378:As all the rivers of the world constantly pour their waters into the ocean, but the ocean’s grand, majestic nature remains undisturbed and unchanged, ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1379:Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom. . . . Our thoughts, our words, and deeds are the threads of the net which we throw around ourselves. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1380:Pray all the time, read all the scriptures in the world, and worship all the gods there are ...but unless you realize the Truth, there is no freedom. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1381:We know how often in our lives through laziness and cowardice we give up the battle and try to hypnotise our minds into the belief that we are brave. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1382:All condemnation of others really condemns ourselves. Adjust the microcosm which is in your power to do) and the macrocosm will adjust itself for you. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1383:Come out into the broad light of day, come out from the little narrow paths, for how can the infinite soul rest content to live and die in small ruts? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1384:Never can a reforming sect survive if it is only reforming; the formative elements alone - the real impulse, that is, the principles - live on and on. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1385:To love because it is the nature of love to love is undeniably the highest and the most unselfish manifestation of love that may be seen in the world. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1386:We are what our considered opinion abide through us; so put up with assiduousness about what you storage. Natter are sub-. Line live; they travel far. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1387:all religions alike, from the lowest fetishism to the highest absolutism, are but so many attempts of the human soul to grasp and realise the Infinite. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1388:Each work has to pass through these stages—ridicule, opposition, and then acceptance. Those who think ahead of their time are sure to be misunderstood. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1389:I am a socialist not because I think it is a perfect system, but half a loaf is better than no bread. The other system has been tried and found wanting ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1390:In everything, there are two kinds of development-analytical and synthetical. In the former the Hindus excel other nations. In the latter they are nil. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1391:My child, what I want is muscles of iron and nerves of steel, inside which dwells a mind of the same material as that of which the thunderbolt is made. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1392:My ideal indeed can be put into a few words and that is : to preach unto mankind their divinity, and how to make it manifest in every movement of life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1393:No man is to be judged by the mere nature of his duties, but all should be judged by the manner and the spirit in which they perform them. ~ Swami Vivekananda (C.W. I. 66),
1394:Only when creation stops can we find the Absolute. The Absolute is in the soul, not in creation. So by stopping creation, we come to know the Absolute. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1395:The light of a lamp does not flicker in a windless place”: that is the simile which describes a yogi of one-pointed mind, who meditates upon the Atman. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1396:The sum total of all the cells in an organism is one person; so each soul is like one cell and the sum of them is God, and beyond that is the Absolute. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1397:As to the thirst after knowledge, it is an old law that we all get whatever we want. None of us can get anything other than what we fix our hearts upon. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1398:but I am prepared to go any distance to see the face of that man who can really make a distinction between the sin and the sinner. It is easy to say so. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1399:It is impossible to think about the welfare of the world unless the condition of women is improved. It is impossible for a bird to fly on only one wing. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1400:It is the Level-headed Man, the Calm Man, of Good Judgement and cool nerves, of Great sympathy and love, who does good work and so does good to himself. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1401:Swami Vivekananda says: “Fortune is like a flirt—she will run away from you when you want her, but if you are not interested in her, she will come chasing you. ~ Swami Rama,
1402:The Jivanmukta ('the living free' or one who knows) alone is able to give real love, real charity, real truth, and it is truth alone that makes us free. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1403:Education is not filling the mind with a lot of facts. Perfecting the instrument and getting complete mastery of my own mind [is the ideal of education]. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1404:My ideal, indeed, can be put into a few words, and that is: to preach unto mankind their divinity, and how to make it manifest in every movement of life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1405:The idea is, when a man receives a gift from another, his heart becomes impure, he becomes low, he loses his independence, he becomes bound and attached. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1406:The Kingdom of Heaven is within us. God is within us. He is the Soul of our souls. See Him in your own soul. That is practical religion. That is freedom. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1407:The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you free. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1408:The whole universe is composed of name and form. Whatever we see is either a compound of name and form, or simply name with form which is a mental image. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1409:As soon as we react, we become slaves. A man blames me, and I immediately react in the form of anger. A little vibration which he created made me a slave. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1410:Man never progresses from error to truth, but from truth to truth, from lesser truth to higher truth — but it is never from error to truth. ~ Swami Vivekananda (C.W. II. 365),
1411:Shri Ramakrishna use to say, "As Long as I Live, so long do I learn". That man or that society which has nothing to learn is already in the jaws of death. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1412:The same fire that cooks a meal for us may burn a child, and it is no fault of the fire if it does so; the difference lies in the way in which it is used. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1413:When we have succeeded in preventing all the forces in the world from throwing us off our balance, then alone we have attained to freedom, and not before. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1414:"You are pure and perfect, and what you call sin does not belong to you". Sins are low degrees of Self-manifestation; manifest your Self in a high degree. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1415:You yourself are to blame. This weeping and wailing and knocking your heads into corners [against brick walls, as it were] will not do you the least good. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1416:All practice or worship is only for taking off this veil. When that will go, you will find that the Sun of Absolute Knowledge is shining in Its own lustre. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1417:Experience is the only teacher we have. We may talk and reason all our lives, but we shall not understand a word of truth until we experience it ourselves. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1418:He who knows that he is free is free; he who knows that he is bound is bound. What is the end and aim of life? None, because I know that I am the Infinite. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1419:. . . If you are really my children, you will fear nothing, stop at nothing. You will be like lions. We must rouse India and the whole world. No cowardice. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1420:The ground under the Bilva tree is very holy. Meditating here quickly brings about an awakening of the religious instinct. Shri Ramakrishna used to say so. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1421:We become forgetful of the ego when we think of the body as dedicated to the service of others - the body with which most complacently we identify the ego. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1422:We want the education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one's own feet. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1423:Desire can be eradicated from the roots by firmly imbibing the four attributes of: Jnan, Atmanishtha, Vairagya, Dharma and the full fledged devotion to God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1424:Liberty in thought and action is the only condition of life, growth and well-being: Where it does not exist, the man, the race, and the nation must go down. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1425:The great Vaishnava religion of India has also sprung from a Tamil Pariah - Shathakopa - "who was a dealer in winnowing-fans but was a Yogin all the while". ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1426:When you are doing any work, do not think of anything beyond. Do it as worship, as the highest worship, and devote your whole life to it for the time being. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1427:Jnana teaches that the world should be given up, but not on that account to be abandoned. To be in the world but not of it-is the true test of the sannyasin. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1428:So long as the millions live in hunger and ignorance, I hold every man a traitor who, having been educated at their expense, pays not the least heed to them. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1429:We hear all around us about practical religion, and analysing all that, we find that it can be brought down to one conception - charity to our fellow beings. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1430:Do any deserve liberty who are not ready to give it to others? Let us calmly go to work, instead of dissipating our energy in unnecessary fretting and fuming. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1431:Even the least work done for others awakens the power within; even thinking the least good of others gradually instills into the heart the strength of a lion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1432:God is not to be reached by the weak. Never be weak. You have infinite strength within you. How else will you conquer anything? How else will you come to God? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1433:Man is guided by the stomach. He walks and the stomach goes first and the head afterwards. Have you not seen that? It will take ages for the head to go first. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1434:Mind you, there is no value in learning. You are all mistaken in learning. The only value of knowledge is in the strengthening, the disciplining, of the mind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1435:The bane of sects, especially in Bengal, is that if any one happens to have a different opinion, he immediately starts a new sect, he has no patience to wait. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1436:The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1437:We have to cover everything with the Lord himself, not a false sort of optimism, not by blinding our eyes to the evil, but by really seeing God in everything. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1438:According to this philosophy, each man consists of three parts - the body, the internal organ or the mind, and behind that, what is called the Atman, the Self. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1439:Always remember that renunciation is the root idea. Unless one is initiated into this idea, not even Brahma and the World - gods have the power to attain Mukti ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1440:Are you unselfish? That is the question. If you are, you will be perfect without reading a single religious book, without going into a single church or temple. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1441:Hindu religion does not consist in struggles and attempts to believe a certain doctrine or dogma, but in realizing not in believing, but in being and becoming. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1442:It is fear that is the cause of our woes, and it is fearlessness that brings heaven in a moment "The earth is enjoyed by heroes" - this is the unfailing truth. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1443:Man is a slave of nature, and slave eternally he has got to remain. We call it Karma. Karma means law, and it applies everywhere. Everything is bound by Karma. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1444:The knowing ones must have pity on the ignorant.
One who knows is willing to give up his body even for an ant,
because he knows that the body is nothing. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1445:True religion comes not front the teaching of men or the reading of books; it is the awakening of the spirit within us, consequent upon pure and heroic action. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1446:We are slaves in the hands of nature - slaves to a bit of bread, slaves to praise, slaves to blame, slaves to wife, to husband, to child, slaves to everything. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1447:We must be the masters, and not the slaves of nature; neither body nor mind must be our master, nor must we forget that the body is mine, and not I the body's. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1448:All perfection is there already in the soul. But this perfection has been covered up by nature; layer after layer of nature is covering this purity of the soul. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1449:Consciously or unconsciously, health can be transmitted. A very strong man, living with a weak man, will make him a little stronger, whether he knows it or not. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1450:God is cruel and not cruel. He is all being and not being at the same time. Hence He is all contradictions. Nature also is nothing but a mass of contradictions. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1451:Hindu Dharma is the quintessence of our national life, hold fast to it if you want your country to survive, or else you would be wiped out in three generations. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1452:If faith in ourselves had been more extensively taught and practiced, I am sure a very large portion of the evils and miseries that we have would have vanished. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1453:Let a man go down as low as possible; there must come a time when out of sheer desperation he will take an upward curve and will learn to have faith in himself. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1454:Perfect sincerity, holiness, gigantic intellect, and all-conquering will. Let only a handful of men work with these, and the whole world will be revolutionized. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1455:So long as the millions live in hunger and ignorance, I hold every person a traitor who, having been educated at their expense, pays not the least heed to them! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1456:the personality of the man is two-thirds, and his intellect, his words, are but one-third. It is the real man, the personality of the man, that runs through us. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1457:"When once you consider an action, do not let anything dissuade you. Consult your heart, not others, and then follow its dictates." ~ Swami VivekanandaMore info: rkmath.in/2TpuG1d,
1458:All the strength and succour you want is within yourselves. Therefore make your own future. "Let the dead past bury its dead." The infinite future is before you. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1459:Feel nothing, know nothing, do nothing, have nothing, give up all to God, and say utterly, 'Thy will be done.' We only dream this bondage. Wake up and let it go. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1460:Here it may be said that these laws as laws may be without end, but they must have had a beginning. The Vedas teach us that creation is without beginning or end. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1461:He who always thinks himself as weak will never become strong, but he who knows himself to be a lion, rushes out from the worlds meshes, as a lion from its cage. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1462:Hindu religion does not consist in struggles and attempts to believe a certain doctrine or dogma, but in realising — not in believing, but in being and becoming. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1463:If there is one word that you find coming out like a bomb from the Upanishads, bursting like a bombshell upon masses of ignorance, it is the word "fearlessness." ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1464:If you can think that infinite power, infinite knowledge and indomitable energy lie within you, and if you can bring out that power, you also can become like me. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1465:Liberty is the first condition of growth. It is wrong, a thousand times wrong, if any of you dares to say, 'I will work out the salvation of this woman or child. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1466:Mankind ought to be taught that religions are but the varied expressions of THE RELIGION, which is Oneness, so that each may choose the path that suits him best. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1467:Neither numbers nor powers nor wealth nor learning nor eloquence nor anything else will prevail, but purity, living the life, in one word, Anubhuti, Realization. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1468:Never allow weakness to overtake your mind. Remember Mahavira, remember the Divine Mother! And you will see that all weakness, all cowardice will vanish at once. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1469:As soon as I think that I am a little body, I want to preserve it, to protect it, to keep it nice, at the expense of other bodies; then you and I become separate. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1470:Inequality is the very basis of creation. At the same time the forces struggling to obtain equality are as much a necessity of creation as those which destroy it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1471:Know it for certain that without steady devotion for the Guru and unflinching patience and perseverance, nothing is to be achieved. You must have strict morality. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1472:Men may have given millions of dollars and fed rats and cats, as some do in India. They say that men can take care of themselves, but the poor animals cannot. . . ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1473:Proclaim the glory of the Atman with the roar of a lion, and impart fearlessness unto all beings by saying, 'Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached'! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1474:That is good. It is a law of nature. That is the way with all founders of religion. Without persecution superior ideas cannot penetrate into the heart of society. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1475:The mind has to be made malleable like clay. Just as clay sticks wherever you throw it, so the mind must be made to dwell upon whatever object you concentrate it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1476:To the Hindu, says Vivekananda, "Man is not travelling from error to truth, but climbing up from truth to truth, from truth that is lower to truth that is higher. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1477:When the last moment arrives, praise and blame will be the same to you, to me, and to others. We are here to work, and will have to leave all when the call comes. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1478:Where is fate and who is fate? We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate. None else has the blame, none else has the praise. We make our own destiny. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1479:If there is no strength in body and mind, the Atman cannot be realized. First you have to build the body by good nutritious food-then only will the mind be strong. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1480:It is the subjective world that rules the objective. Change the subject, and the object is bound to change; purify yourself, and the world is bound to be purified. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1481:Just as the body has its progress and decadence, so also has the mind, and, therefore, the mind is not the soul, because the soul can neither decay nor degenerate. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1482:Let positive, strong, helpful thoughts enter into your brains from very childhood. Lay yourselves open to these thoughts, and not to weakening and paralysing ones. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1483:Let us work without desire for name or fame or rule over others. Let us be free from the triple bonds of lust, greed of gain, and anger. And this truth is with us! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1484:Sincerity of conviction and purity of motive will surely gain the day; and even a small minority, armed with these, is surely destined to prevail against all odds. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1485:There are hundreds of thousands of microbes surrounding us, but they cannot harm us unless we become weak, until the body is ready and predisposed to receive them. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1486:This is a great fact: strength is life; weakness is death. Strength is felicity, life eternal, immortal; weakness is constant strain and misery, weakness is death. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1487:When this Sushumna current opens, and begins to rise, we get beyond the senses, our minds become supersensuous, superconscious -- we get beyond even the intellect, ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1488:A sapling must be hedged about for protection, but when it becomes a tree, a hedge would be a hindrance. So there is no need to criticise and condemn the old forms. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1489:It is the subjective world that rules the objective. Change the subject, and the object is bound to change; purify youreslf, and the world is bound to be purified. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1490:A monk is not forbidden to marry, but if he takes a wife she becomes a monk with the same powers and privileges and occupies the same social position as her husband. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1491:First hear, then understand, and then, leaving all distractions, shut your minds to outside influences, and devote yourselves to developing the truth within you. (I. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1492:However much their systems of philosophy and religion may differ, all mankind stand in reverence and awe before the man who is ready to sacrifice himself for others. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1493:In every attempt there will be one set of men who will applaud, and another who will pick holes. Go on doing your own work, what need have you to reply to any party? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1494:It is clear to us that, for good or for evil, our vitality is concentrated in our religion. You cannot change it. You cannot destroy it and put in its place another. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1495:It is true that the Upanishads have this one theme before them: "कस्मिन्नु भगवो विज्ञाते सर्वमिदं विज्ञातं भवति - What is that knowing which we know everything else? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1496:Realisation is real religion, all the rest is only preparation — hearing lectures, or reading books, or reasoning is merely preparing the ground; it is not religion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1497:The Atman alone is eternal. Hospitals will tumble down. Railroad givers will all die. This earth will be blown to pieces, suns wiped out. The Atman endures for ever. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1498:There is no power on earth which can be kept long confined within a narrow limit. It cannot be kept compressed too long to allow of expansion at a subsequent period. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1499:Do not say we are weak; we can do anything and everything. What can we not do? Everything can be done by us; we all have the same glorious soul, let us believe in it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1500:Him I call a Mahatma (great soul) whose heart bleeds for the poor, otherwise he is a Duratma (wicked soul). Let us unite our wills in continued prayer for their good. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1501:It is a very hard thing to understand, but you will come to learn in time that nothing in the universe has power over you until you allow it to exercise such a power. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1502:Life without death and happiness without misery are contradiction and neither can be found alone, because each of them is a different manifestation of the same thing. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1503:Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1504:The test of having ceased to be an idolater is: "When you say 'I', does the body come into your thought or not? If it does, then you are still a worshipper of idols." ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1505:The weak have no place here, in this life or any other life. Weakness leads to slavery. Weakness leads to all kinds of misery, physical and mental. Weakness is death. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1506:Everything that has name and form must begin in time, exist in time, and end in time. These are settled doctrines of the Vedanta, and as such the heavens are given up. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1507:Everything will come right if you are pure and sincere. We want hundreds like you bursting upon society and bringing new life and vigor of the spirit wherever they go. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1508:Just as man must have liberty to think and speak, so he must have liberty in food, dress, and marriage, and in every other thing, so long as he does not injure others. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1509:Perfection does not come from belief or faith. Talk does not count for anything. Parrots can do that. Perfection comes through the disinterested performance of action. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1510:There may be a million microbes of misery floating about us. Never mind! They dare not approach us, they have no power to get a hold on us, until the mind is weakened. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1511:Brave, bold men, these are what we want. What we want is vigour in the blood, strength in the nerves, iron muscles and nerves of steel, not softening namby-pamby ideas. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1512:"Face the brutes." That is a lesson for all life-face the terrible, face it boldly. Like the monkeys, the hardships of life fall back when we cease to flee before them. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1513:Jiva (individual soul) is the conscious ruler of this body, in whom the five life principles come into unity, and yet that very Jiva is the Atman, because all is Atman. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1514:I am a slave of Ramakrishna, who left his work to be done by me and will not give me rest till I have finished it. And oh, how shall I speak of him? Oh, his love for me! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1515:Stand up, be bold, and take the blame on your own shoulders. Do not go about throwing mud at others; for all the faults you suffer from, you are the sole and only cause. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1516:The power is with the silent ones, who only live and love and then withdraw their personality. They never say “me” and “mine”; they are only blessed in being instruments ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1517:there must be a continuous struggle, a constant fight, an unremitting grappling with our lower nature, till the higher want is actually felt and the victory is achieved. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1518:The world is ready to give up its secrets if we only know how to knock, how to give it the necessary blow. The strength and force of the blow come through concentration. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1519:First hear, then understand, and then, leaving all distractions, shut your minds to outside influences, and devote yourselves to developing the truth within you. (I. 177) ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1520:Is there any sex-distinction in the Atman (Self)? Out with the differentiation between man and woman—all is Atman! Give up the identification with the body, and stand up! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1521:The sum total or Ishwara may be said to be All-good, Almighty, and Omniscient. These are obvious qualities, and need no argument to prove, from the very fact of totality. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1522:Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvelous work. The moment you fear, you are nobody. Be a hero. Always say, 'I have no fear'. Tell this to everybody-'Have no fear'. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1523:From the highest god to the meanest grass, the same power is present in all - whether manifested or not. We shall have to call forth that power by going from door to door. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1524:The discoverers of these laws are called Rishis, and we honour them as perfected beings. I am glad to tell this audience that some of the very greatest of them were women. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1525:The sculptor, the painter the musician the dancer, or any artist, if he can first obtain celebrate in Paris, acquires very easily the esteem and eulogy of other countries. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1526:We must plunge heart and soul and body into the work. And until we are ready to sacrifice everything else to one Idea and to one alone, we never, never will see the Light. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1527:As different streams having different sources all mingle their waters in the sea, so different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1528:Be free; hope for nothing from anyone. I am sure if you look back upon your lives you will find that you were always vainly trying to get help from others which never came. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1529:Have faith in Guru, in his teachings, and in the surety that you can get free. Think day and night that this universe is zero, only God is. Have intense desire to get free. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1530:Meditation is a sort of prayer and prayer is meditation. The highest meditation is to think of nothing. If you can remain one moment without thought, great power will come. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1531:[Perfection] is only possible if the mind of man is changed, if he, of his own sweet will, changes his mind; and the great difficulty is, neither can he force his own mind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1532:Religion has no business to formulate social laws and insist on the difference between beings, because its aim and end is to obliterate all such fictions and monstrosities. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1533:The Heart and core of everything here is good, that whatever may be the surface waves, deep down and underlying everything, there is an infinite basis of Goodness and Love. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1534:The natural ambition of woman is through marriage to climb up, leaning upon a man; but those days are gone. You shall be great without the help of any man, just as you are. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1535:The real individuality is that which never changes and will never change; and that is the God within us. ~ Swami VivekanandaThe real in us is silent; the acquired is talkative... Kahlil Gibran,
1536:There are the altars, but here is the greatest of altars, the living, conscious human body, and to worship at this altar is far higher than the worship of any dead symbols. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1537:By the time Swami Vivekananda made the epic speech at Chicago that attracted Western following to yogic wisdom, the British had already implemented a ‘modern’ education system. ~ Rujuta Diwekar,
1538:Men are taught from childhood that they are weak and sinners. Teach them that they are all glorious children of immortality, even those who are the weakest in manifestation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1539:Modern Hinduism, modern Jainism, and Buddhism branched off at the same time. For some period, each seemed to have wanted to outdo the others in grotesqueness and humbuggism. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1540:What can be my highest idea of forgiveness? Nothing beyond myself. Which of you can jump out of your own bodies? Which of you can jump out of your own minds? Not one of you. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1541:All these practices and struggles to become religious are only negative work, to take off the bars, and open the doors to that perfection which is our birthright, our nature. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1542:As long as we believe ourselves to be even the least different from God, fear remains with us; but when we know ourselves to be the One, fear goes; of what can we be afraid.? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1543:Do not criticise others, for all doctrines and all dogmas are good; but show them by your lives that religion is no matter of books and beliefs, but of spiritual realisation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1544:Even the greatest fool can accomplish a task if it were after his or her heart. But the intelligent ones are those who can convert every work into one that suits their taste. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1545:The body is only a tool of the mind. What the mind dictates the body will have to obey. Now I do not even think of water. I do not miss it at all.... I see I can do anything. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1546:The following story is one which he related recently regarding the practice of fault - finding among creeds: A frog lived in a well. It had lived there for a long time. . . . ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1547:Women will work out their destinies — much better, too, than men can ever do for them. All the mischief to women has come because men undertook to shape the destiny of women. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1548:All is the Self or Brahman. The saint, the sinner, the lamb, the tiger, even the murderer, as far as they have any reality, can be nothing else, because there is nothing else. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1549:All that is real in me is God; all that is real in God is I. The gulf between God and me is thus bridged. Thus by knowing God, we find that the kingdom of heaven is within us. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1550:Books never make religions, but religions make books. We must not forget that. No book ever created God, but God inspired all the great books. And no book ever created a soul. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1551:Do not hate anybody, because that hatred which comes out from you must, in the long run, come back to you. If you love, that love will come back to you, completing the circle. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1552:Even as the lion, not trembling at noises; even as the wind, not caught in a net; even as the lotus-leaf, untouched by the water — so do thou wander alone like the rhinoceros! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1553:Great occasions rouse even the lowest of human beings to some kind of greatness, but he alone is the really great man whose character is great always, the same wherever he be. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1554:Have faith that you are all, my brave lads, born to do great things! Let not the barks of puppies frighten you, no, not even the thunderbolts of heaven, but stand up and work! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1555:Look upon every man, woman, and everyone as God. You cannot help anyone, you can only serve: serve the children of the Lord, serve the Lord Himself, if you have the privilege. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1556:Tell the truth boldly, whether it hurts or not. Never pander to weakness. If truth is too much for intelligent people and sweeps them away, let them go; the sooner the better. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1557:The more you think of yourself as shining immortal spirit, the more eager you will be to be absolutely free of matter, body, and senses. This is the intense desire to be free. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1558:Throw aside your scriptures in the Ganga and teach the people first the means of procuring their food and clothing, and then you will find time to read to them the scriptures. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1559:We have either to progress or to degenerate. Our ancestors did great things in the past, but we have to grow into a fuller life and march beyond even their great achievements. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1560:A fool may buy all the books in the world, and they will be in his library; but he will be able to read only those that he deserves to; and this deserving is produced by Karma. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1561:Breathing, posturing, etc. are no doubt helps in Yoga; but they are merely physical. The great preparations are mental. The first thing necessary is a quiet and peaceable life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1562:do not hate anybody, because that hatred which comes out from you, must, in the long run, come back to you. If you love, that love will come back to you, completing the circle. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1563:Even the lowest of the low have the Atman (Soul) inside, which never dies and never is born, immortal, without beginning or end, the all pure, omnipotent and omnipresent Atman! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1564:Every man should take up his own ideal and endeavour to accomplish it. That is a surer way of progress than taking up other men's ideals, which he can never hope to accomplish. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1565:Go and preach to all, 'Arise, awake, sleep no more: within each of you there is the power to remove all wants and all miseries. Believe this, and that power will be manifested. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1566:I am no metaphysician, no philosopher, nay, no saint. But I am poor and I love the poor. I see what they call the poor of this country and how many there are who feel for them! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1567:Never say, ‘No’, never say, ‘I cannot’, for you are infinite. Even time and space are as nothing compared with your nature. You can do anything and everything, you are almighty ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1568:...never try to follow another's path for that is his way, not yours. When that path is found, you have nothing to do but fold your arms and the tide will carry you to freedom. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1569:One point of difference between Hinduism and other religions is that in Hinduism we pass from truth to truth-from a lower truth to a higher truth-and never from error to truth. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1570:Perfect life is a contradiction in terms. Therefore we must always expect to find things not up to our highest ideal. Knowing this, we are bound to make the best of everything. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1571:Stamping down the weakness of mind and heart, stand up, saying, "I am possessed of heroism, I am possessed of a steady intellect..." Never allow weakness to overtake your mind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1572:The whole universe is only the self with variations, one tune made bearable by variations. Sometimes there are discords, but they only make the subsequent harmony more perfect. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1573:We want to lead mankind to the place where there is neither the Vedas, nor the Bible, nor the Koran; yet this has to be done by harmonizing the Vedas, the Bible, and the Koran. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1574:Every attempt to solve the laws of causation, time, and space would be futile, because the very attempt would have to be made by taking for granted the existence of these three. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1575:Of one hundred persons who take up the spiritual life, eighty turn out to be charlatans, fifteen insane, and only five, maybe, get a glimpse of the real truth. Therefore beware. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1576:The great lesson is, that unity is behind all. Call it God, Love, Spirit. Allah, Jehovah - it is the same unity that animates all life from the lowest animal to the noblest man. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1577:We want today that bright sun of intellectuality joined with the heart of Buddha, the wonderful infinite heart of love and mercy. This union will give us the highest philosophy. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1578:What is it that is whirling the mind? Imagination, creative activity. Stop creation and you know the truth. All power of creation must stop, and then you know the truth at once. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1579:Anything that is in space has form. Space itself has form. Either you are in space, or space is in you. The soul is beyond all space. Space is in the soul, not the soul in space. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1580:He whom the sages have been seeking in all these places is in our own hearts; the voice that you heard was right, says Vedanta, but the direction you gave to the voice was wrong. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1581:Most of us will find that we were born for service. We must leave the results to God. If failure comes, there need be no sorrow. The work was done only for God. - Swami Vivekananda ~ Sister Nivedita,
1582:Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin; to say that you are weak, or others are weak. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1583:The sages of the world have only the right to tell us that they have analysed their minds and have found these facts, and if we do the same we shall also believe, and not before. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1584:Bear in mind, my children, that only cowards and those who are weak commit sin and tell lies. The brave are always moral. Try to be moral, try to be brave, try to be sympathising. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1585:First hear, then understand, and then, leaving all distractions, shut your minds to outside influences, and devote yourselves to developing the truth within you. (I. 177) PATIENCE ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1586:Fool indeed is he, who, living on the banks of the Ganga, digs a little well for water. Fool indeed is the man who, coming to a mine of diamonds, begins to search for glass beads. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1587:I am inclined to believe that one who is a coward will be born after death as an insect or a worm, that there is no salvation for a coward even after millions of years of penance. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1588:Live for an ideal, and that one ideal alone. Let it be so great, so strong, that there may be nothing else left in the mind; no place for anything else, no time for anything else. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1589:The moment you think creed and form and ceremony the "be-all" and "end-all", then you are in bondage. Take part in them to help others, but take care they do not become a bondage. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1590:Man is to become divine by realising the divine. Idols or temples or churches or books are only the supports, the helps, of his spiritual childhood: but on and on he must progress. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1591:Work for work's sake. There are some who are really the salt of the earth in every country and who work for work's sake, who do not care for name, or fame, or even to go to heaven. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1592:‘As oil poured from one vessel to another falls in an unbroken line, so, when the mind in an unbroken stream thinks of the Lord, we have what is called Para-Bhakti or supreme love.’ ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1593:Do not blame any supernatural being, neither be hopeless and despondent, nor think we are in a place from which we can never escape unless someone comes and lends us a helping hand. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1594:Freedom can never be reached by the weak. Throw away all weakness. Tell your body that it is strong, tell your mind that it is strong, and have unbounded faith and hope in yourself. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1595:I am responsible for my fate, I am the bringer of good unto myself, I am the bringer of evil. I am the Pure and Blessed One. We must reject all thoughts that assert to the contrary. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1596:"I do not want to get material life, do not want the sense-life, but something higher." That is renunciation. Then, by the power of meditation, undo the mischief that has been done. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1597:Our first duty is not to hate ourselves, because to advance we must have faith in ourselves first and then in God. Those who have no faith in themselves can never have faith in God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1598:Practice is absolutely necessary. You may sit down and listen to me by the hour every day, but if you do not practice, you will not get one step further. It all depends on practice. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1599:The nearer we are to God, the less we will have occasions to cry or weep. The further we are from God, the more will long faces come. The more we know God, the more misery vanishes. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1600:The two phases of this distinction in life are—first, that the man who knows the real Self, will not be affected by anything; secondly, that that man alone can do good to the world. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1601:We never want Him. We say, "Lord, give me a fine house." We want the house, not Him. "Give me health! Save me from this difficulty!" When a man wants nothing but Him, [he gets Him]. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1602:This external worship of images has, however, been described in all our Shastras as the lowest of all the low forms of worship. But that does not mean that it is a wrong thing to do. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1603:We are ever free if we would only believe it, only have faith enough. You are the soul, free and eternal, ever free, ever blessed. Have faith enough and you will be free in a minute. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1604:Whether you bathe in the Ganga for a thousand years or live on vegetable food for a like period, unless it helps towards the manifestation of the Self, know that it is all of no use. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1605:All great undertakings are achieved through mighty obstacles. Keep up the deepest mental poise. Take not even the slightest notice of what puerile creatures may be saying against you. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1606:Buddha gave up his throne and renounced his position, that was true renunciation; but there cannot be any question of renunciation in the case of a beggar who has nothing to renounce. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1607:Do you recall the story of the young Yogi in the Mahâbhârata who prided himself on his psychic powers by burning the bodies of a crow and crane by his intense will, produced by anger? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1608:Freedom is never to be reached by the weak. Throw away all weakness. Tell your body that it is strong, tell your mind that it is strong, and have unbounded faith and hope in yourself. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1609:God is very merciful to those whom He sees struggling heart and soul for spiritual realization. But remain idle, without any struggle, and you will see that His grace will never come. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1610:it would be found that it was misery that taught more than happiness, it was poverty that taught more than wealth, it was blows that brought out their inner fire more than praise. Now ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1611:Let us make our hearts as big as an ocean, to go beyond all the trifles of the world and see it only as a picture. We can then enjoy the world without being in any way affected by it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1612:We may convert every house in the country into a charity asylum, we may fill the land with hospitals, but the misery of man will still continue to exist until man's character changes. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1613:You of the West are practical in business, practical in great inventions, but we of the East are practical in religion. You make commerce your business; we make religion our business. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1614:A man ought to live in this world like a lotus leaf, which grows in water but is never moistened by water; so a man ought to live in the world - his heart to God and his hands to work. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1615:By practice men can bring even the heart under control, until it will just beat at will, slowly, or quickly, or almost stop. Nearly every part of the body can be brought under control. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1616:Everything progresses in waves. The march of civilization, the progression of worlds, is in waves. All human activities likewise progress in waves - art, literature, science, religion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1617:In real meditation you forget the body. You may be cut to pieces and not feel it at all. You feel such pleasure in it. You become so light. This perfect rest we will get in meditation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1618:I must remark that what I mean by our religion working upon the nations outside of India comprises only the principles, the background, the foundation upon which that religion is built. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1619:The Hindu believes that every soul is a circle whose circumference is nowhere, but whose centre is located in the body, and that death means the change of this centre from body to body. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1620:Whosoever, therefore, asks any one to believe blindly, or drags people behind him by the controlling power of his superior will, does an injury to humanity, though he may not intend it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1621:You may ask, “Who wrote the Vedas?” They were not written. The words are the Vedas. A word is Veda, if I can pronounce it rightly. Then it will immediately produce the [desired] effect. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1622:Be moral. Be brave. Be a heart-whole man, strictly moral, brave unto desperation. Don't bother your head with religious theories. Cowards only sin, brave men never, no, not even in mind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1623:Do not spend your energy in talking, but meditate in silence; and do not let the rush of the outside world disturb you. When your mind is in the highest state, you are unconscious of it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1624:Hold the ideal a thousand times, and if you fail a thousand times, make the attempt once more. . . . There is infinite life before the soul. Take your time and you will achieve your end. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1625:If I am a Pariah, I will be all the more glad, for I am the disciple of a man, who - the Brahmin of Brahmins - wanted to cleanse the house of a Pariah. (here "the man" means Ramakrishna) ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1626:This idea of body is a simple superstition. It is superstition that makes us happy or unhappy. It is superstition caused by ignorance that makes us feel heat and cold, pain and pleasure. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1627:You have heard that Christ said, 'My words are spirit and they are life'. So are my words spirit and life; they will burn their way into your brain and you will never get away from them! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1628:If you want to be religious, enter not the gate of any organised religions. They do a hundred times more evil than good, because they stop the growth of each one’s individual development. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1629:The uncontrolled mind Does not guess that the Atman is present: How can it meditate? Without meditation, where is peace? Without peace, where is happiness? (Bhagavad Gita, II. 62, 63, 65) ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1630:Thought is like a bubble rising to the surface. When thought is joined to will, we call it power. That which strikes the sick person whom you are trying to help is not thought, but power. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1631:According to the Yogis, there are three principal nerve currents: one they call the Ida, the other the Pingala, and the middle one the Sushumna, and all these are inside the spinal column. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1632:As soon as you know the voice and understand what it is, the whole scene changes. The same world which was the ghastly battlefield of maya is now changed into something good and beautiful. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1633:In all our Yogas this renunciation is necessary. This is the stepping-stone and the real centre and the real heart of all spiritual culture - renunciation. This is religion - renunciation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1634:In trying to practice religion, eighty percent of people turn cheats and about fifteen percent go mad; only the remaining five percent attain the immediate knowledge of the infinite Truth. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1635:It is contrary to our principles to multiply organizations, since, in all conscience, there are enough of them. And when organizations are created they need individuals to look after them. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1636:It teaches that there is the soul, and inside this soul is all power. It is already there, and if we can master this body, all the power will be unfolded. All knowledge is in the soul. Why ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1637:The attempt is to kill the false "I", so that the real "I", the Lord, will reign. "I the Lord thy God am a jealous God. Thou shalt have no other gods before me," say the Hebrew scriptures. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1638:There are truths that are true only in a certain line, in a certain direction, under certain circumstances, and for certain times - those that are founded on the institutions of the times. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1639:there is a continuity of mind, as the Yogis call it. The mind is universal. Your mind, my mind, all these little minds, are fragments of that universal mind, little waves in the ocean; and ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1640:We came to enjoy; we are being enjoyed. We came to rule; we are being ruled. We came to work; we are being worked. All the time, we find that. And this comes into every detail of our life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1641:Your success is not measured in terms of what all you obtained but in term of what you become, how you live and what actions you do. Upon this point reflect well and attain great happiness ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1642:A man may be the greatest philosopher in the world but a child in RELIGION. When a man has developed a high state of spirituality he can understand that the kingdom of heaven is within him. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1643:God is self-evident, impersonal, omniscient, the Knower and the Master of nature, the Lord of all. He is behind all worship and it is being done according to Him, whether we know it or not. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1644:If [you think] thought cannot be manufactured, stop eating for twenty days and see how you feel. Begin today and count. ... Even thought is manufactured by food. There is no doubt about it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1645:Ishvara is the highest manifestation of the Absolute Reality, or in other words, the highest possible reading of the Absolute by the human mind. Creation is eternal, and so also is Ishvara. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1646:The cow never tells a lie, and the stone never steals, but, nevertheless, the cow remains a cow and the stone a stone. Man steals and man tells lies, and again it is man that becomes a god. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1647:This is the great lesson that we are here to learn through myriads of births and heavens and hells - that there is nothing to be asked for, desired for, beyond one's spiritual Self (atman). ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1648:Delusion will vanish as the light becomes more and more effulgent, load after load of ignorance will vanish, and then will come a time when all else has disappeared and the sun alone shines. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1649:He who does so, says the Gita, cannot be a Yogi: He who fasts, he who keeps awake, he who sleeps much, he who works too much, he who does no work, none of these can be a Yogi (Gita, VI, 16). ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1650:How do you know what possibilities lie behind that degradation on the surface? You know but little of that which is within you. For behind you is the ocean of infinite power and blessedness. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1651:I am in every religion as the thread through a string of pearls. Wherever thou seest extraordinary holiness and extraordinary power raising and purifying humanity, know thou that I am there. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1652:If a person who lives in God becomes miserable, what is the use of living in God? What is the use of such a God? Throw such a God overboard into the Pacific Ocean. We do not want such a God! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1653:In the primal state before any manifestation, when there was no motion but perfect balance, this Prakriti was indestructible, because decomposition or death comes from instability or change. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1654:It is a weakness to think that any one is dependent on me, and that I can do good to another. This belief is the mother of all our attachment, and through this attachment comes all our pain. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1655:It is the witness alone that can work without any desire, without any idea of going to heaven, without any idea of blame, without any idea of praise. The witness alone enjoys, and none else. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1656:Meditation means the mind is turned back upon itself. The mind stops all the thought-waves and the world stops. Your consciousness expands. Every time you meditate you will keep your growth. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1657:One possessing Vairagya does not understand by Atman the individual ego but the All-pervading Lord, residing as the Self and Internal Ruler in all. He is perceivable by all as the sum total. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1658:Realize your true nature. That is all there is to do. Know yourself as you are - infinite Spirit. That is practical religion. Everything else is impractical, for everything else will perish. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1659:The mind generally takes up various objects, runs into all sorts of things. That is the lower state. There is a higher state of the mind, when it takes up one object and excludes all others. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1660:Those giants of old, the ancient Rishis, who never walked but strode, of whom if you were to think but for a moment you would shrivel up into a moth, they sir, had time-and you have no time! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1661:You and I and everything in the universe are that Absolute, not parts, but the whole. You are the whole of that Absolute, and so are all others, because the idea of part cannot come into it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1662:‘As oil poured from one vessel to another falls in an unbroken line, so, when the mind in an unbroken stream thinks of the Lord, we have what is called Para-Bhakti or supreme love.’ (III. 85) ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1663:Astrology and all these mystical things are generally signs of a weak mind; therefore as soon as they are becoming prominent in our minds, we should see a physician, take good food, and rest. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1664:Society is an organism which obeys the immutable law of progress; and change, judicious and cautious change, is necessary for the well being, and indeed the preservation of the social system. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1665:Stand upon the Atman, then only can we truly love the world. Take a very, very high stand; knowing our universal nature, we must look with perfect calmness upon all the panorama of the world. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1666:There is no disease nor misery for thee, but thou art like the infinite sky; clouds of various colours come over it, play for a moment, then vanish. But the sky is ever the same eternal blue. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1667:Three things are necessary to make every man great,every nation great1.Conviction of the powers of goodness.2.Absence of jealousy and suspicion.3.Helping all who are trying to be and do good. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1668:When you have trained your mind and your nerves to realise this idea of the world's nondependence on you or on anybody, there will then be no reaction in the form of pain resulting from work. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1669:Although devotion is to be given to many institutes and teachers, the essence is to be taken from them all, as the bee takes the essence from many flowers.- Samkhya, 4.13, an Eastern scripture ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1670:Have fire and spread all over. Work, work. Be the servant while leading, be unselfish, and never listen to one friend in private accusing another. Have infinite patience, and success is yours. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1671:"The Mother's child shall be a hero, a Mahâvira. In unhappiness, sorrow, death, and desolation, the Mother's child shall always remain fearless." ~ Swami Vivekananda (Belur Math, 1901)#SwamiVivekananda #BelurMath,
1672:After a time man finds that it is not happiness, but knowledge, towards which he is going, and that both pleasure and pain are great teachers, and that he learns as much from evil as from good. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1673:Bring in the light and the evil goes in a moment. Build up your character, and manifest your real nature, the Effulgent, the Resplendent, the Ever-Pure, and call It up in everyone that you see. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1674:Each nation has its own peculiar method of work. Some work through politics, some through social reforms, some through other lines. With us, religion is the only ground along which we can move. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1675:“It is the coward and the fool who says, ‘This is fate'” — so says the Sanskrit proverb. But it is the strong man who stands up and says, “I will make my fate.” ~ Swami Vivekananda #swamivivekananda #swamijiquotes,
1676:Man has wanted to look beyond, wanted to expand himself; and all that we call progress, evolution, has been always measured by that one search, the search for human destiny, the search for God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1677:No one is ever really taught by another; each of us has to teach himself. The external teacher offers only the suggestion, which arouses the internal teacher, who helps us to understand things. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1678:Superstitions are all materialism, because they are all based on the consciousness of body, body, body. No spirit there. Spirit has no superstitions - it is beyond the vain desires of the body. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1679:What do we call the river? Every moment the water is changing, the shore is changing, every moment the environment is changing, what is the river then? It is the name of this series of changes. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1680:Fear is death, fear is sin, fear is hell, fear is unrighteousness, and fear is wrong life. All the negative thoughts and ideas that are in the world have proceeded from this evil spirit of fear. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1681:He who in the midst of intense activity finds himself in the greatest calmness, and in the greatest peace finds intense activity, that is the greatest [Yogi as well as the wisest man]” (note 2). ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1682:The ideal man is he who, in the midst of the greatest silence and solitude, finds the intensest activity, and in the midst of the intensest activity finds the silence and solitude of the desert. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1683:Every idea has to become broad till it covers the whole of this world, every aspiration must go on increasing till it has engulfed the whole of humanity, nay, the whole of life, within its scope. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1684:What is meant, therefore, by this mortification? Holding the rein firmly while guiding the body and the organs; not letting them do anything they like, but keeping them both under proper control. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1685:Even if our every attempt is a failure, and we bleed and are torn asunder, yet, through all this, we have to preserve our heart - we must assert our Godhead in the midst of all these difficulties. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1686:Every individual is a center for the manifestation of a certain force. This force has been stored up as the resultant of our previous works, and each one of us is born with this force at our back. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1687:The book is all in us. Fool, hearest not thou? In thine own heart day and night is singing that Eternal Music - Sachchidânanda, soham, soham - Existence-Knowledge-Bliss Absolute, I am He, I am He. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1688:The bottom of a lake we cannot see, because its surface is covered with ripples. It is only possible for us to catch a glimpse of the bottom, when the ripples have subsided, and the water is calm. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1689:The disciple must have great power of endurance. Bear all evil and misery without one thought of unhappiness, resistance, remedy, or retaliation. That is true endurance, and that you must acquire. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1690:Man stands in materialism; you and I are materialists. Our talking about God and Spirit is good; but it is simply the vogue in our society to talk thus: we have learnt it parrot-like and repeat it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1691:Our Soul is a spark of the Divine. It is pure and perfect. Evil deeds merely obstruct our vision of the true nature of our Soul. Through good deeds we can become conscious of this perfection again. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1692:Religion is realization; not talk, nor doctrine, nor theories however beautiful they may be. It is being and becoming, not hearing, or acknowledging; it is the whole soul becoming what it believes. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1693:The ideal person is he who, in the midst of the greatest silence and solitude, finds the intensest activity, and in the midst of the intensest activity finds the silence and solitude of the desert. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1694:A man is said to be [illumined] if his will has become firm, if his mind is not disturbed by misery, if he does not desire any happiness, if he is free of all [attachment], of all fear, of all anger ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1695:A Sannyasin cannot belong to any religion, for his is a life of independent thought, which draws from all religions; his is a life of realisation, not merely of theory or belief, much less of dogma. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1696:I am a Hindu, I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1697:If a piece of burning charcoal be placed on a man’s head, see how he struggles to throw it off. Similar will be the struggle for freedom of those who really understand that they are slaves of nature. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1698:Never talk about the faults of others, no matter how bad they may be. Nothing is ever gained by that. You never help one by talking about his fault; you do him an injury, and injure yourself as well. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1699:Truth, and nothing but truth is the watchword of the Advaitist. "सत्यमेव जयते नानृतं। सत्येन पन्था विततो देवयानः --Truth alone triumphs, and not untruth. Through truth alone the way to Devayana lies. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1700:He is an atheist who does not believe in himself. The old religions said that he was an atheist who did not believe in God. The new religion says that he is an atheist who does not believe in himself. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1701:It is our privilege to be allowed to be charitable, for only so can we grow. The poor man suffers that we may be helped; let the giver kneel down and give thanks, let the receiver stand up and permit. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1702:No doubt it is an evil to be bound by laws, but it is necessary at the immature stage to be guided by rules; in other words, as the Master used to say that the sapling must be hedged round, and so on. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1703:Nothing is gained except by sacrifice.... Do not degrade it to the level of the brutes.... Make yourselves decent men! ... Be chaste and pure! ... There is no other way. Did Christ find any other way? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1704:TO worship God even for the sake of salvation or any other reward is equally degenerate. Love knows no reward. Give your love unto to God, but do not ask anything in return even from Him through pray. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1705:Seeing a cat loving her kittens stand and pray. God has become manifest there; literally believe this. Repeat "I am Thine, I am Thine", for we can see God everywhere. Do not seek for Him, just see Him. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1706:Strength, strength it is that we want so much in this life, for what we call sin and sorrow have all one cause, and that is our weakness. With weakness comes ignorance, and with ignorance comes misery. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1707:These practices - non-killing, truthfulness, non-stealing, chastity, and non-receiving - are to be practised by every man, woman, and child; by every soul, irrespective of nation, country, or position. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1708:If you really want the good of others, the whole universe may stand against you and cannot hurt you. It must crumble before your power of the Lord Himself in you if you are sincere and really unselfish. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1709:Say to your own minds, "I am He, I am He". Let it ring day and night in your minds like a song, and at the point of death declare : "I am He". That is truth; the infinite strength of the world is yours. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1710:When we begin to work earnestly in the world, nature gives us blows right and left and soon enables us to find out our position. No man can long occupy satisfactorily a position for which he is not fit. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1711:You are the makers of your own fortunes. You make yourselves suffer, you make good and evil, and it is you who put your hands before your eyes and say it is dark. Take your hands away and see the light. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1712:A man who does the lower work is not, for that reason only, a lower man than he who does the higher works; a man should not be judged by the nature of his duties, but by the manner in which he does them. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1713:The animal man lives in the senses. If he does not get enough to eat, he is miserable; or if something happens to his body, he is miserable. In the senses both his misery and his happiness begin and end. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1714:To get any reason out of the mass of incongruity we call human life, we have to transcend our reason, but we must do it scientifically, slowly, by regular practice, and we must cast off all superstition. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1715:In physics, thought the snake, even the electron has a dual character. Sometimes appearing as a particle, at other times as a wave. The great Swami Vivekananda wittily called it “wavicle”, he remembered. ~ Shailendra Gulhati,
1716:It is the free alone which never changes, and the unchangeable alone which is free; for change is produced by something exterior to a thing, or within itself, which is more powerful than the surroundings. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1717:Man only remains hypnotised with the false idea of an ego. When this ghost is off from us, all dreams vanish, and then it is found that the one Self only exists from the highest Being to a blade of grass. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1718:Swami Vivekananda: The genuine orator exercises a sort of hypnotism over his audience. I have listened to many orators, Indian, English and American; but Keshub Chunder Sen is easily the greatest of all. ~ Keshub Chandra Sen,
1719:Always discriminate-your body, your house, the people and the world are all absolutely unreal like a dream. Always think that the body is only an inert instrument. And the Atman within is your real nature. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1720:Change is always subjective. To talk of evil and misery is nonsense, because they do not exist outside. If I am immune from all anger, I never feel angry. If am immune from all hatred, I never feel hatred. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1721:Not only we can, but some have reached perfection; so no matter what finer bodies come, they could only be on the relative plane and could do no more than we, for to attain freedom is all that can be done. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1722:Throw overboard all idea of jealousy and egotism, once for all. Come on to the practical field with tremendous energy; to work, in the fullness of strength! As to the rest, the Lord will point out the way. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1723:What makes you weep, my friend? In you is all power. Summon up your all-powerful nature, O mighty one, and this whole universe will lie at your feet. It is the Self alone that predominates, and not matter. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1724:You know your real nature [to be divine]. You are the king and play you are a beggar. . . . It is all fun. Know it and play. That is all there is to it. Then practice it. The whole universe is a vast play. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1725:Jnana, bhakti, yoga and karma - these are the four paths which lead to spiritual freedom. One must follow the path for which one is best suited. But in this age, special stress should be laid on karma yoga. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1726:Let me die fighting. Two years of physical suffering have taken from me twenty years of life. But the soul changes not, does it? It is there, the same madcap - Atman - mad upon one idea, intent and intense. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1727:Never forget that a man is made great and perfect as much by his faults as by his virtues. So we must not seek to rob a nation of its character, even if it could be proved that the character was all faults. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1728:Think day and night, I am of the essence of that Supreme Existence, Knowledge, Bliss-what fear and anxiety have I? This body, mind, and intellect are all transient, and That which is beyond these is myself. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1729:Wait with patience and love and strength. If helpers are not ready now, they will come in time. Why should we be in a hurry? The real working force of all great work is in its almost unperceived beginnings. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1730:When we come to nonattachment, then we can understand the marvelous mystery of the universe: how it is intense activity and at the same time intense peace, how it is work every moment and rest every moment. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1731:Just as I sit down to meditate, all the vilest subjects in the world come up. The whole thing is nauseating. Why should the mind think thoughts I do not want it to think? I am as it were a slave to the mind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1732:Love is always mutual and reflective. You may hate me, and if I want to love you, you repulse me. But if I persist, in a month or a year you are bound to love me. It is a well-known psychological phenomenon. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1733:We believe that every being is divine, is God. Every soul is a sun covered over with clouds of ignorance; the difference between soul and soul is owing to the difference in density of these layers of clouds. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1734:Be perfectly resigned, perfectly unconcerned; then alone can you do any true work. No eyes can see the real forces; we can only see the results. Put out self, forget it; just let God work, it is HIS business. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1735:I could not for my soul distinguish ever the distinction between "religious anger" and "commonplace anger", "religious killing" and "commonplace killing", "religious slandering and irreligious", and so forth. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1736:See here, how fresh is the air, there is the Ganga, and the Sadhus (holy men) are practising meditation, and holding lofty talks! While the moment you will go to Calcutta, you will be thinking of nasty stuff. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1737:The human soul has sojourned in lower and higher forms, migrating from one to another according to the samskaras or impressions, but it is only in the highest form as a human being that it attains to freedom. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1738:We cannot see outside what we are not inside. The universe is to us what the huge engine is to the miniature engine; and indication of any error in the tiny engine leads us to imagine trouble in the huge one. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1739:Everything which has name and form must die. If there are heavens with forms, these heavens must vanish in course of time; they may last millions of years, but there must come a time when they will have to go. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1740:Feel like Christ and you will be a Christ; feel like Buddha and you will be a Buddha. It is feeling that is the life, the strength, the vitality, without which no amount of intellectual activity can reach God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1741:Man has infinite power within himself, and he can realise it - he can realise himself as the one infinite Self. It can be done; but you do not believe it. You pray to God and keep your powder dry all the time. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1742:The principles of the Vedanta not only should be preached everywhere in India, but also outside. Our thought must enter into the make-up of the minds of every nation, not through writings, but through persons. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1743:The sages are often ignorant of physical science, because they read the wrong book-the book within; and the scientists are too often ignorant of religion, because they too read the wrong book-the book outside. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1744:Whatever we see, or feel, or do, whatever action there is anywhere in the universe, while being the effect of past work on the one hand, becomes, on the other, a cause in its turn, and produces its own effect. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1745:Work done for the Self gives no bondage. Neither desire pleasure nor fear pain from work. It is the mind and body that work, not I. Tell yourself this unceasingly and realise it. Try not to know that you work. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1746:All these disciplines are for the purification of the heart. And as soon as it is pure, all truths flash upon it in a minute; all truth in the universe will manifest in your heart, if you are sufficiently pure. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1747:An intellectual, heartless man never becomes an inspired man. It is always the heart that speaks in the man of love; it discovers a greater instrument than intellect can give you, the instrument of inspiration. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1748:Give up all desire for enjoyment in earth or heaven. Control the organs of the senses and control the mind. Bear every misery without even knowing that you are miserable. Think of nothing but spiritual freedom. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1749:If you think that you are bound, you remain bound; you make your own bondage. If you know that you are free, you are free this moment. This is knowledge, knowledge of freedom. Freedom is the goal of all nature. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1750:Evil company is always to be shunned; because it leads to lust and anger, illusion, forgetfulness of the goal, destruction of the will (lack of perseverance), and destruction of everything. (Narada Bhakti Sutra) ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1751:If you want to live, go back to Christ. You are not Christians. Go back to Christ. Go back to him who had nowhere to lay his head. Better be ready to live in rags with Christ than to live in palaces without him. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1752:‘Everything is evanescent, everything is changeful’— knowing this, the sage gives up both pleasure and pain and becomes a witness of this panorama (the universe) without attaching himself to anything. (VIII. 344) ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1753:I ask you all so earnestly to open girl's schools in every village and try to uplift them. If the Conditions of women are raised, then their children will, by their noble actions, glorify the name of the Country. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1754:In search of wealth in this world, Thou art the only wealth I have found; I sacrifice myself unto Thee. In search of some one to be loved, Thou art the only one beloved I have found; I sacrifice myself unto Thee. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1755:Religion has become to many merely a means of doing a little charity work, just to amuse them after a hard day's labour - they get five minutes religion to amuse them. This is the danger with the liberal thought. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1756:When I see an object there is no will; when its sensations are carried to the brain, there comes the reaction, which says "Do this", or "Do not do this", and this state of the ego-substance is what is called will ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1757:"Why should I become angry just because another man has made a fool of himself. Do thou resist not evil!" That is what the lovers of God say. Whatever the world does, wherever it goes, has no influence [on them]. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1758:Never say any man is hopeless, because he only represents a character, a bundle of habits, which can be checked by new and better ones. Character is repeated habits, and repeated habits alone can reform character. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1759:Orthodox South Indian Brahmins are vegetarians, Bengali Brahmins eat fish, and Swami Vivekananda ate everything. Do you know that? All rubbish, this religion of the kitchen. Don’t eat this, don’t touch that. What comes out of ~ Sri M,
1760:Religion and religion alone is the life of India, and when that goes India will die, in spite of politics, in spite of social reforms, in spite of Kubera's wealth poured upon the head of every one of her children. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1761:Who will bring light to the poor? Who will travel from door to door bringing education to them? Let these people be your God-think of them, work for them, pray for them incessantly. The Lord will show you the way. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1762:Be proud that thou art an Indian, and proudly proclaim, "I am an Indian, every Indian is my brother." Say, "The ignorant Indian, the poor and destitute Indian, the Brahmin Indian, the Pariah Indian, is my brother." ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1763:Come up, O lions, and shake off the delusion that you are sheep; you are souls immortal, spirits free, blest and eternal; ye are not matter, ye are not bodies; matter is your servant, not you the servant of matter. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1764:If in this hell of a world one can bring a little joy and peace even for a day into the heart of a single person, that much alone is true; this I have learnt after suffering all my life; all else is mere moonshine. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1765:If you are angry, and then happy, the next moment the anger passes away. Out of that anger you manufactured the next state. These states are always interchangeable. Eternal happiness and misery are a child's dream. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1766:It is our own mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us. Our thought make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1767:It is the greatest manifestation of power to be calm. It is easy to be active. Let the reins go, and the horses will run away with you. Anyone can do that, but he who can stop the plunging horses is the strong man. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1768:It is the nature of the brute to remain where he is (not to progress); it is the nature of man to seek good and avoid evil; it is the nature of God to seek neither, but just to be eternally blissful. Let us be God! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1769:The Upanishads point out that the goal of man is neither misery nor happiness, but we have to be master of that out of which these are manufactured. We must be masters of the situation at its very root, as it were. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1770:What is material and what is not? When the world is the end and God is the means to attain that end, that is material. When God is the end and the world is only the means to attain that end, spirituality has begun. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1771:It is our own mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us. Our thoughts make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1772:Ordinary love is mere animal attraction. Otherwise why is the distinction between the sexes? If one kneels before an image, it is dreadful idolatry; but if one kneels before husband or wife, it is quite permissible! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1773:This intelligence itself is modified into what we call egoism, and this intelligence is the cause of all the powers in the body. It covers the whole ground, sub-consciousness, consciousness, and super-consciousness. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1774:Vivekananda once remarked: In trying to practice religion, eighty percent of people turn cheats and about fifteen percent go mad; only the remaining five percent attain the immediate knowledge of the infinite Truth. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1775:No one should be judged by their defects. The great virtues a person has are his or her especially. But their errors are the common weakness of humanity and should never be counted in estimating a person’s character. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1776:Wherever there has been expansion in love or progress in well-being, of individuals or numbers, it has been through the perception, realisation, and the practicalisation of the Eternal Truth-the oneness of all beings ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1777:Give up the awful disease that is creeping into our national blood, that idea of ridiculing everything, that loss of seriousness. Give that up. Be strong and have this Shraddha, and everything else is bound to follow. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1778:In this world in search of wealth, Thou art, O Lord, the greatest jewel I have found. I sacrifice myself unto Thee." "In search of some one to love, Thou art the One Beloved I have found. I sacrifice myself unto Thee. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1779:It may be that I shall find it good to get outside of my body - to cast it off like a disused garment. But I shall not cease to work! I shall inspire men everywhere, until the world shall know that it is one with God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1780:perseverance, tremendous will. “I will drink the ocean,” says the persevering soul, “at my will mountains will crumble up.” Have that sort of energy, that sort of will, work hard, and you will reach the goal. (I. 178) ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1781:The body is the external coating and the mind is the internal coating of the Atman who is the real perceiver, the real enjoyer, the being in the body who is working the body by means of the internal organ or the mind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1782:The mind in its foolishness thinks that it is working in this body. Why should I be bound by one system of nerves, and put the Ego only in one body, if the mind is omnipresent? There is no reason why I should.[Source] ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1783:The organs are the horses, the mind is the rein, the intellect is the charioteer, the soul is the rider, and the body is the chariot. The master of the household, the King, the Self of man, is sitting in this chariot. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1784:We must have friendship for all; we must be merciful toward those that are in misery; when people are happy, we ought to be happy; and to the wicked we must be indifferent. These attitudes will make the mind peaceful. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1785:What is the use of talking of one's mistakes to the world? They cannot thereby be undone. For what one has done one must suffer; one must try and do better. The world sympathizes only with the strong and the powerful. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1786:A nation is not to be judged by its weaklings called the wicked, as they are only the weeds which lag behind, but by the good, the noble, and the pure, who indicate the national life current flowing clear and vigorous. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1787:Christ said, "I and my father are one", and you repeat it. Yet it has not helped mankind. For nineteen hundred years men have not understood that saying. They make Christ the saviour of men. He is God and we are worms! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1788:Understanding human nature is the highest knowledge, and only by knowing it can we know God. It is also a fact that the knowledge of God is the highest knowledge, and only by knowing God can we understand human nature. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1789:If a thing happens once, it can happen again. If any human being has ever realised perfection, we too can do so. If we cannot become perfect here and now, we never can in any state or heaven or condition we may imagine. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1790:If the subject is a good one, we shall feel friendly towards it; if the subject of thought is one that is miserable, we must be merciful towards it. If it is good, we must be glad; if it is evil, we must be indifferent. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1791:The meditative state is the highest state of existence. So long as there is desire, no real happiness can come. It is only the contemplative, witness-like study of objects that brings to us real enjoyment and happiness. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1792:The spirit is the cause of all our thoughts and body-action, and everything, but it is untouched by good or evil, pleasure or pain, heat of cold, and all the dualism of nature, although it lends its light to everything. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1793:This is the first lesson to learn: be determined not to curse anything outside, not to lay the blame upon anyone outside, but stand up, lay the blame on yourself. You will find that is always true. Get hold of yourself. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1794:Truth, purity, and unselfishness wherever these are present, there is no power below or above the sun to crush the possessor thereof. Equipped with these, one individual is able to face the whole universe in opposition. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1795:Was there ever a more horrible blasphemy than the statement that all the knowledge of God is confined to this or that book? How dare men call God infinite, and yet try to compress Him within the covers of a little book! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1796:How is it that one is born of good parents, receives a good education and becomes a good man, while another comes from besotted parents and ends on the gallows? How do you explain this inequality without implicating God? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1797:If in this hell of a world one can bring a little joy and peace even for a day into the heart of a single person, that much alone is true; this I have learnt after suffering all my life; all else is mere moonshine. . . . ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1798:Let each one of us pray day and night for the downtrodden millions who are held fast by poverty, priestcraft, and tyranny. Pray day and night for them. I care more to preach religion to them than to the high and the rich. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1799:May He who is the Brahman of the Hindus, the Ahura-Mazda of the Zoroastrians, the Buddha of the Buddhists, the Jehovah of the Jews, the Father in Heaven of the Christians give strength to you to carry out your noble idea. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1800:Proselytism is tolerated by Hinduism. Any man, whether he be a Shudra or Chandala, can expound philosophy even to a Brahmin. The truth can be learnt from the lowest individual, no matter to what caste or creed he belongs. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1801:The hard discipline, with the exception of one great good point, is fraught with evil. The good point is that men can do one or two things well with very little effort, having practiced them every day through generations. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1802:There is no allegiance possible where there is no character in the leader, and perfect purity ensures the most lasting allegiance and confidence. There must not be a hade of jealousy or selfishness, then you are a leader. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1803:What we want is muscles of iron and nerves of steel. We have wept long enough. No more weeping, but stand on your feet and be men. It is man-making theories that we want. It is man-making education all round that we want. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1804:You are incarnations of God, all of you. You are incarnations of the Almighty, Omnipresent, Divine Principle. You may laugh at me now, but the time will come when you will understand. You must. Nobody will be left behind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1805:You cannot teach a child any more than you can grow a plant. All you can do is on the negative side - you can only help. It is a manifestation from within; it develops its own nature - you can only take away obstructions. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1806:Take courage and work on. Patience and steady work - this is the only way. Go on; remember - patience and purity and courage and steady work. . . . So long as you are pure, and true to your principles, you will never fail. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1807:The Buddhist tenet, "Non-killing is supreme virtue", is very good, but in trying to enforce it upon all by legislation without paying any heed to the capacities of the people at large, Buddhism has brought ruin upon India. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1808:This is the work of Nâma-Rupa - name and form. Everything that has form, everything that calls up an idea in your mind, is within Maya; for everything that is bound by the laws of time, space, and causation is within Maya. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1809:When by analyzing his own mind, man comes face to face, as it were, with something which is never destroyed, something which is, by its own nature, eternally pure and perfect, he will no more be miserable, no more unhappy. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1810:Look not back. No, not even if you see the dearest and nearest cry. Look not back, but forward. We cannot stop. If we stop we die. We have either to go forward or to go backward. We have either to progress or to degenerate. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1811:Nature, body, mind go to death, not we. We neither go nor come. The man Vivekananda is in nature, is born and dies. But the Self we see as Vivekananda is never born and never dies. It is the eternal and unchangeable Reality. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1812:After so much austerity I have known that the highest truth is this: He is present in every being! These are all in manifold forms of him. There is no other God to seek for! He alone is worshipping God, who serves all beings! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1813:Avoid excessive merriment. A mind in that state never becomes calm; it becomes fickle. Excessive merriment will always be followed by sorrow. Tears and laughter are near kin. People so often run from one extreme to the other. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1814:Those who work at a thing heart and soul not only achieve success in it but through their absorption in that they also realize the supreme truth-Brahman. Those who work at a thing with their whole heart receive help from God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1815:We must not forget that what I mean by the conquest of the world by spiritual thought is the sending out of the life-giving principles, not the hundreds of superstitions that we have been hugging to our breasts for centuries. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1816:Advaita is the only system that gives us complete control over ourselves, takes off all dependence and its associated superstitions, thus making us brave to suffer, brave to do, and in the long run, attain to absolute freedom. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1817:A tremendous stream is flowing toward the ocean, carrying us all along with it; and though like straws and scraps of paper we may at times float aimlessly about, in the long run we are sure to join the Ocean of Life and Bliss. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1818:My son, hold fast! Do not care for anybody to help you. Is not the Lord infinitely greater than all human help? Be holy--trust in the Lord, depend on him always, and you are on the right track. Nothing can prevail against you. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1819:The devotion to God as seen in every religion is divided into two parts: the devotion which works through forms and ceremonies and through words, and that which works through love. (Notes from a lecture Lessons on Bhakti yoga) ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1820:The fruit falls from the tree when it gets ripe. So wait for the time to come. Do not hurry. Moreover, no one has the right to make others miserable by his foolish acts. Wait, have patience, everything will come right in time. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1821:Where is love? How do you know that there is love? The first test of love is that it knows no bargaining. So long as you see a man love another only to get something from him, you know that that is not love; it is shopkeeping. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1822:From attachment comes longing, and longing breeds anger. From anger comes delusion, and from delusion, confused memory. From confused memory comes the ruin of discrimination; and from the ruin of discrimination, a man perishes. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1823:This, I have seen in life - those who are overcautious about themselves fall into dangers at every step. Those who are afraid of losing honor and respect, get only disgrace; and those who are always afraid of loss, always lose. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1824:He who knows even how to prepare a smoke properly, knows also how to meditate. And he who cannot cook well cannot be a perfect sannyasin. Unless cooking is performed with a pure mind and concentration, the food is not palatable. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1825:in China, where no man gets a title until he is dead; and that is a better way, after all, than with us. When a man does something very good there, they give a title of nobility to his father, who is dead, or to his grandfather. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1826:Anything that is secret and mysterious in these systems of Yoga should be at once rejected. The best guide in life is strength. In religion, as in all other matters, discard everything that weakens you, have nothing to do with it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1827:Be strong , my young friends; that is my advice to you. You will be nearer to Heaven through football than through the study of the Gita. These are bold words; but I have to say them, for I love you. I know where the shoe pinches. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1828:No authority can save us, no beliefs. If there is a God, all can find Him. No one needs to be told it is warm; all can discover it for themselves. So it should be with God. He should be a fact in the consciousness of every person. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1829:The cause being finite, the effect must be finite. If the cause is eternal the effect can be eternal, but all these causes, doing good work, and all other things, are only finite causes, and as such cannot produce infinite result. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1830:The Vedanta recognizes no sin it only recognizes error. And the greatest error, says the Vedanta is to say that you are weak, that you are a sinner, a miserable creature, and that you have no power and you cannot do this and that. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1831:Suppose cats became philosophers, they would see a cat universe and have a cat solution of the problem of the universe, and a cat ruling it. So we see from this that our explanation of the universe is not the whole of the solution. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1832:The animal has its happiness in the senses, the human beings in their intellect, and the gods in spiritual contemplation. It is only to the soul that has attained to this contemplative state that the world really becomes beautiful. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1833:The chief helps in this liberation are Abhyasa and Vairagya. Vairagya is non - attachment to life, because it is the will to enjoy that brings all this bondage in its train; and Abhyasa is constant practice of any one of the Yogas. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1834:The difference between architecture and building is that the former expresses an idea, while the latter is merely a structure built on economical principles. The value of matter depends solely on its capacities of expressing ideas. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1835:We do not look at our own faults; the eyes do not see themselves, they see the eyes of everybody else. We human beings are very slow to recognise our own weakness, our own faults, so long as we can lay the blame upon somebody else. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1836:All work is simply to bring out the power of the mind which is already there, to wake up the soul. The power is inside every man, so is knowing; the different works are like blows to bring them out, to cause these giants to wake up. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1837:There is to be found in every religion the manifestation of the struggle toward freedom. It is the groundwork of all morality, of unselfishness, which means getting rid of the idea that human beings are the same as this little body. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1838:Why are people so afraid? The answer is that they have made themselves helpless and dependent on others. We are so lazy, we do not want to do anything ourselves. We want a Personal God, a Savior or a Prophet to do everything for us. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1839:A certain motion becomes understood when it is referred to a force; certain sensations, to matter; certain changes outside, to law; certain changes in thought, to mind; certain order singly, to causation - and joined to time, to law. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1840:. . . Have patience and be faithful unto death. Do not fight among yourselves. Be perfectly pure in money dealings. . . . We will do great things yet. . . . So long as you have faith and honesty and devotion, everything will prosper. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1841:I fervently wish no misery ever came near anyone; yet it is that alone that gives us an insight into the depths of our lives, does it not? In our moments of anguish, gates barred forever seem to open and let in many a flood of light. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1842:India is at one with the most puritan faiths of the world in her declaration that progress is from seen to unseen, from the many to the One, from the low to the high, from the form to the formless, and never in the reverse direction. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1843:The man who gives way to anger, or hatred, or any other passion, cannot work; he only breaks himself to pieces, and does nothing practical. It is the calm, forgiving, equable, well-balanced mind that does the greatest amount of work. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1844:The powers of the mind should be concentrated and the mind turned back upon itself; as the darkest places reveal their secrets before the penetrating rays of the sun, so will the concentrated mind penetrate its own innermost secrets. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1845:If there be no eternal life, still the enjoyment of spiritual thoughts as ideals is keener and makes a man happier, whilst the foolery of materialism leads to competition and undue ambition and ultimate death, individual and national. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1846:The calm man is not the man who is dull. You must not mistake Sattva for dullness or laziness. The calm man is the one who has control over the mind waves. Activity is the manifestation of inferior strength, calmness, of the superior. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1847:The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him - that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1848:There is only one sin and it is: weakness. When I was a boy, I read Milton's Paradise Lost. The only good man I had any respect for was Satan. The only saint is that person who never weakens, faces everything, and determines die game. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1849:A perfect life is a contradiction in terms. Life itself is a state of continuous struggle between ourselves and everything outside. Every moment we are fighting actually with external nature, and if we are defeated, our life has to go. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1850:Each one of us reaps what we ourselves have sown. These miseries under which we suffer, these bondages under which we struggle, have been caused by ourselves, and none else in the universe is to blame. God is the least to blame for it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1851:There have been two lines of progress in this world-political and religious. In the former the Greeks are everything, the modern political institutions being only the development of the Grecian; in the latter the Hindus are everything. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1852:Buddha and Christ were second-rate heroes. The greatest men that ever live pass away unknown. They put forth no claims for themselves, establish no schools or systems in their name. They never create any stir but just melt down in love. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1853:Do you think these sannyasi children of Sri Ramakrishna are born to simply to sit under trees lighting dhuni-fires? Whenever any of them will take up some work, people will be astonished to see their energy. Learn from them how to work. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1854:How can you see evil until there is evil in you? How can you see the thief, unless he is there, sitting in the heart of your heart? How can you see the murderer until you are yourself the murderer? Be good, and evil will vanish for you. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1855:"If you die, you get to heaven; and if you win, you enjoy the earth" (Gita). Even if you die in this attempt, well and good, many will take up the work, following your example. And if you succeed, you will live a life of great opulence. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1856:If you project hatred and jealousy, they will rebound on you with compound interest. No power can avert them; when once you have put them in motion, you will have to bear them. Remembering this will prevent you from doing wicked things. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1857:Meditation, you know, comes by a process imagination. You go through all these processes purification of the elements - making the one melt the other, that into the next higher, that into mind, that into spirit, and then you are spirit. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1858:The goal of mankind is knowledge. That is the one ideal placed before us by Eastern philosophy. Pleasure is not the goal of man, but knowledge. Pleasure and happiness come to an end. It is a mistake to suppose that pleasure is the goal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1859:The householder must always please his wife with money, clothes, love and faith and never do anything to disturb her. That man who has succeeded in getting the love of a chaste wife has succeeded in his religion and has all the virtues. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1860:To me an Indian is one who has got a Vedantic brain which probes deep and soars high; an Islamic body that is vibrant and valiant; a Buddhistic heart overflowing with compassion and kindness and Christian limbs of service and sacrifice. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1861:We read many books, but that does not bring us knowledge. We may read all the Bibles in the world, but that will not give us religion. Theoretical religion is easy enough to get, any one may get that. What we want is practical religion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1862:First, let us be Gods, and then help others to be Gods. "Be and make." Let this be our motto. Say not man is a sinner. Tell him that he is a God. Even if there were a devil, it would be our duty to remember God always, and not the devil. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1863:He who is the servant of all is their true master. He never becomes a leader in whose love there is a consideration of high or low. He whose love knows no end and never stops to consider high or low has the whole world lying at his feet. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1864:I want each one of my children to be a hundred times greater than I could ever be. Everyone of you must be a giant- must, that is my word. Obedience, readiness, and love for the cause- if you have these three, nothing can hold you back. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1865:Truth will never come into our minds so long as there will remain the faintest shadow of Ahamkâra (egotism). All of you should try to root out this devil from your heart. Complete self-surrender is the only way to spiritual illumination. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1866:The sign of vigour, the sign of life, the sign of hope, the sign of health, the sign of everything that is good, is strength. As long as the body lives, there must be strength in the body, strength in the mind, [and strength] in the hand. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1867:We must travel; we must go to foreign parts. We must see how the engine of society works in other countries, and keep free and open communication with what is going on in the minds of other nations, if we really want to be a nation again. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1868:When we have become free, we need not go mad and throw up society and rush off to die in the forest or the cave; we shall remain where we were but we shall understand the whole thing. The same phenomena will remain but with a new meaning. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1869:Above all, beware of compromises. I do not mean that you are to get into antagonism with anybody, but you have to hold on to your own principles in weal or woe and never adjust them to others "fads" thought the greed of getting supporters. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1870:All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction. Love is therefore the only law of life. He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying. Therefore love for love's sake, because it is the only law of life, just as you breathe to live. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1871:Be grateful to him who curses you, for he gives you a mirror to show what cursing is, also a chance to practise self-restraint; so bless him and be glad. Without exercise, power cannot come out; without the mirror, we cannot see ourselves. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1872:Do not go for glass beads leaving the mine of diamonds. This life is a great chance. What, seekest thou the pleasures of the world? He is the fountain of all bliss. See for the highest, aim at that highest, and you shall reach the highest. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1873:First, meditation should be of a negative nature. Think away everything. Analyse everything that comes in the mind by the sheer action of the will. Next, assert what we really are-existence, knowledge, and bliss-being, knowing, and loving. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1874:Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1875:We are the makers of our own lives. There is no such thing as fate. Our lives are the result of our previous actions, our karma, and it naturally flows that, having been ourselves the makers of our karma, we must also be able to unmake it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1876:Give up all self, all egotisms get out of anger, lust, give all to God. "I am not, but Thou art; the old man is all gone, only Thou remainest." "I am Thou." Blame none; if evil comes, know the Lord is playing with you and be exceeding glad. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1877:There has been more bloodshed in the name of God than for any other cause, because people never went to the fountain-head; they were content only to give a mental assent to the customs of their forefathers, and wanted others to do the same. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1878:Mark, therefore, the ordinary theory of practical religion, what it leads to. Charity is great, but the moment you say it is all, you run the risk of running into materialism. It is not religion. It is no better than atheism - a little less. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1879:Since everything emanates from God, he is the embodied principle in every being. Each one of us is made from God. Tat twam asi - "You are That One" who is eternally blissful, that one principle manifesting itself as this variety of Creation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1880:Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves and every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1881:The mind of the man who receives gifts is acted on by the mind of the giver, so the receiver is likely to become degenerated. Receiving gifts is prone to destroy the independence of the mind, and make us slavish. Therefore, receive no gifts. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1882:Children of those ancient Aryans, through the grace of the Lord may you have the same pride, may that faith in your ancestors come into your blood, may it become a part and parcel of your lives, may it work towards the salvation of the world! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1883:I am the thread that runs through all these pearls, and each pearl is a religion or even a sect thereof. Such are the different pearls, and God is the thread that runs through all of them; most people, however, are entirely unconscious of it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1884:My son, there is no rest for me. That which Sri Ramakrishna called "Kali" took possession of my body and soul three or four days before his passing away. That makes me work and work and never lets me keep still or look to my personal comfort. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1885:The test of ahimsa is the absence of jealousy. The man whose heart never cherishes even the thought of injury to anyone, who rejoices at the prosperity of even his greatest enemy, that man is the bhakta, he is the yogi, he is the guru of all. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1886:So never mind these failures, these little backslidings. Hold the ideal a thousand times, and if you fail a thousand times, make the attempt once more. . . . There is infinite life before the soul. Take your time and you will achieve your end. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1887:Wherever in any society there are too many laws, it is a sure sign that that society will soon die. If you study the characteristics of India, you will find that no nation possesses so many laws as the Hindus, and national death is the result. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1888:As the different streams having their sources in different places all mingle their water in the sea, so, O Lord, the different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1889:How often does a man ruin his disciples by remaining always with them! When men are once trained, it is essential that their leader leave them, for without his absence they cannot develop themselves. Plants always remain small under a big tree. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1890:I have a message for the world, which I will deliver without fear and care for the future. To the reformers I will point out that I am a greater reformer than any one of them. They want to reform only little bits. I want root-and-branch reform. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1891:Real existence, real knowledge, and real love are eternally connected with one another, the three in one: where one of them is, the others also must be; they are the three aspects of the One without a second — the Existence - Knowledge - Bliss. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1892:To succeed, you must have tremendous perserverance... tremendous will. "I will drink the ocean", says the perservering soul; at my will mountains will crumble. Have that sort of energy, that sort of will; work hard, and you will reach the goal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1893:Whatever you are doing, put your whole mind on it. If you are shooting, your mind should be only on the target. Then you will never miss. If you are learning your lessons, think only of the lesson. In India boys and girls are taught to do this. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1894:As the different streams, having their sources in different places, all mingle their water in the sea; O Lord, so the different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1895:Go on bravely. Do not expect success in a day or a year. Always hold on to the highest. Be steady. Avoid jealousy and selfishness. Be obedient and eternally faithful to the cause of truth, humanity, and your country, and you will move the world. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1896:Infinite perfection is in every man, though unmanifested. Every man has in him the potentiality of attaining to perfect saintliness, Rishihood, or to the most exalted position of an Avatâra, or to the greatness of a hero in material discoveries. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1897:The Trinitarian Christ is elevated above us; the Unitarian Christ is merely a moral man; neither can help us. The Christ who is the Incarnation of God, who has not forgotten His divinity, that Christ can help us, in Him there is no imperfection. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1898:Those reformers who preach against image-worship, or what they denounce as idolatry - to them I say "Brothers, if you are fit to worship God-without-form discarding all external help, do so, but why do you condemn others who cannot do the same?" ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1899:To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. “I will drink the ocean,” says the persevering soul, “at my will mountains will crumble up.” Have that sort of energy, that sort of will, work hard, and you will reach the goal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1900:If you think about disaster, you will get it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1901:If you want to have life, you have to die every moment for it. Life and death are only different expressions of the same thing looked at from different standpoints; they are the falling and the rising of the same wave, and the two form one whole. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1902:Why is it that we three hundred and thirty millions of people have been ruled for the last one thousand years by any and every handful of foreigners who chose to walk over our prostrate bodies? Because they had faith in themselves and we had not. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1903:You see, no one can teach anybody. The teacher spoils everything by thinking that he is teaching. Thus Vedanta says that within man is all knowledge-even in a boy it is so-and it requires only an awakening, and that much is the work of a teacher. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1904:Get up, and set your shoulder to the wheel - How long is this life for? As you have come into this world, leave some mark behind. Otherwise, where is the difference between you and the trees and stones? They too come into existence, decay and die. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1905:I direct my attention to the individual, to make him strong, to teach him that he himself is divine, and I call upon men to make themselves conscious of this divinity within. That is really the ideal --conscious or unconscious --of every religion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1906:that religion is perfected in us only when it has led us to "Him who is the one life in a universe of death, Him who is the constant basis of an ever-changing world, that One who is the only soul, of which all souls are but delusive manifestations ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1907:Renunciation is the background of all religious thought wherever it be, and you will always find that as this idea of renunciation lessens, the more will the senses creep into the field of religion, and spirituality will decrease in the same ratio. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1908:Take up anything that you see or feel, a book for instance; first concentrate the mind on it, then on the knowledge that is in the form of a book, and then on the Ego that sees the book, and so on. By that practice all the organs will be conquered. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1909:The success sometimes may come immediately, but we must be ready to wait patiently even for what may look like an infinite length of time. The student who sets out with such a spirit of perseverance will surely find success and realisation at last. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1910:We must become free. We are free; the work is to know it. We must give up all slavery, all bondage of whatever kind. We must not only give up our bondage to earth and everything and everybody on earth, but also to all ideas of heaven and happiness. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1911:You cannot take away one atom of matter or one foot-pound of force. You cannot add to the universe one atom of matter or one foot-pound of force. As such, evolution does not come out of zero; then, where does it come from? From previous involution. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1912:As the different streams having their sources in different places all mingle their water in the sea, so, O Lord, the different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee.” The ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1913:That is the great fact which you ought to remember. We are the children of the Almighty, we are sparks of the infinite, divine fire. How can we be nothings? We are everything, ready to do everything, we can do everything, and man must do everything. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1914:To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. “I will drink the ocean,” says the persevering soul, “at my will mountains will crumble up.” Have that sort of energy, that sort of will, work hard, and you will reach the goal. (I. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1915:Unselfishness is God. One may live on a throne, in a golden palace, and be perfectly unselfish; and then he is in God. Another may live in a hut and wear rags, and have nothing in the world; yet, if he is selfish, he is intensely merged in the world. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1916:It is not that Christ is superior to Allah, not that Allah is everything and Brahma is nothing, but it is the same one whom you call either Brahma or Allah, or Almighty, or by a hundred other names. The names are different but God is one and the same. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1917:Hinduism cannot live without Buddhism, nor Buddhism without Hinduism. Then realise what the separation has shown to us, that the Buddhists cannot stand without the brain and philosophy of the Brahmins, nor the Brahmin without the heart of the Buddhist. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1918:The greatest force is derived from the power of thought. The finer the element, the more powerful it is. The silent power of thought influences people even at a distance, because mind is one as well as many. The universe is a cobweb; minds are spiders. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1919:India of the ageless Light, freed in the body and freed in the soul, shall fulfil the Will of God in the world, and lead humanity to the harmony and perfection of a new, a divine order of existence : this was the message and mission of Swami Vivekananda and ~ Sri Aurobindo,
1920:In the first place, a man who can work for five days, or even for five minutes, without any selfish motive whatever, without thinking of future, of heaven, of punishment, or anything of the kind, has in him the capacity to become a powerful moral giant. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1921:Say - i am the Atman in which my lower ego has become merged for ever. Be perfect in this idea; and then as long as the body endures, speak unto others this message of fearlessness: "Thou art That", "Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached!" ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1922:There is this difference between the love taught by Christianity and that taught by Hinduism: Christianity teaches us to love our neighbours as we should wish them to love us; Hinduism asks us to love them as ourselves, in fact to see ourselves in them. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1923:Two attempts have been made in the world to found social life: the one was upon religion, and the other was upon social necessity. The one was founded upon spirituality, the other upon materialism; the one upon transcendentalism, the other upon realism. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1924:Buddha taught kindness towards lower beings; and since then there has not been a sect in India that has not taught charity to all beings, even to animals. This kindness, this mercy, this charity - greater than any doctrine - are what Buddhism left to us. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1925:Feel, my children, feel; feel for the poor, the ignorant, the downtrodden; feel till the heart stops and the brain reels and you think you will go mad; then pour the soul out at the feet of the Lord, and then will come power, help and indomitable energy. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1926:"Some would call you a saint, some a chandala; some a lunatic, others a demon. Go on then straight to thy work without heeding either" - thus saith one of our great Sannyasins, an old emperor of India, King Bhartrihari, who joined the order in old times. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1927:Think always: I am ever-pure, ever-knowing, and ever-free. How can I do anything evil? Can I ever be befooled like ordinary people with the insignificant charms of lust and wealth? Strengthen the mind with such thoughts. This will surely bring real good. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1928:God is one the paths to reach him (religions) are many - just as different rivers, originating in different mountains, traverse different paths, flowing straight or crooked, and at last join the ocean. He is the one Lord of all, the one Soul of all souls. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1929:I am neither man nor angel. I have no sex nor limit. I am knowledge itself. I am He. I have neither anger nor hatred. I have neither pain nor pleasure. Death or birth I never had. For I am Knowledge Absolute, and Bliss Absolute. I am He, my soul, I am He! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1930:I love my nation, I cannot see you degraded, weakened any more than you are now. Therefore I am bound for your sake and for truth's to cry, "Hold!" and to raise my voice against this degradation of my race. Give up these weakening mysticism and be strong. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1931:Science, art, learning and metaphysical research all have their proper functions in life, but if you seek to blend them, you destroy their individual characteristics until, in time, you eliminate the spiritual, for instance, from the religious altogether. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1932:We may worship a picture as God, but not God as the picture. God in the picture is right, but the picture as God is wrong. God in the image is perfectly right. There is no danger there. This is the real worship of God. But the image-God is a mere Pratika. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1933:You have the right to work, but do not become so degenerate as to look for results. Work incessantly, but see something behind the work. Even good deeds can find a man in great bondage. Therefore be not bound by good deeds or by desires for name and fame. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1934:Even now, when you get love, you see Radha. Become Radha and be saved. There is no other way, Christians do not understand Solomon's song. They call it prophecy symbolising Christ's love for the Church. They think it nonsense and father some story upon it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1935:Every one is as much bound in thought, word, deed, and mind, as a piece of stone or this table. That I talk to you now is as rigorous in causation as that you listen to me. There is no freedom until you go beyond Maya. That is the real freedom of the soul. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1936:In strength, the fear of enemies, In beauty, the fear of old age, In knowledge, the fear of defeat, In virtue, the fear of scandal, In the body, the fear of death. In this life all is fraught with fear: Renunciation alone is fearless. (In Search of God and ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1937:There is no help for you outside of yourself; you are the creator of the universe. Like the silkworm you have built a cocoon around yourself.... Burst your own cocoon and come out as the beautiful butterfly, as the free soul. Then alone you will see Truth. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1938:What the world wants today is twenty men and women who can dare to stand in the street yonder and say that they possess nothing but God. Who will go? Why should one fear? If this is true, what else could matter? If it is not true, what do our lives matter? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1939:When the mind has attained to that state when it identifies itself with the internal impression of the object, leaving the external, and when, by long practice, that is retained by the mind and the mind can get into that state in a moment, that is Samyama. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1940:man may see a great deal of difference between grass and a little tree, but if you mount very high, the grass and the biggest tree will appear much the same. So, from the standpoint of the highest ideal, the lowest animal and the highest man are the same. If ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1941:The one theme of the Vedanta philosophy is the search after unity. The Hindu mind does not care for the particular; it is always after the general, nay, the universal. "what is it that by knowing which everything else is to be known." That is the one search. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1942:We read again: "यदिदं किंच जगत् सर्वं प्राण एजति निःसृतम्।--Everything in this universe has been projected, Prana vibrating." You must mark the word Ejati, because it comes from Eja, to vibrate; Nihsritam, projected;Yadidam Kincha, whatever in this universe. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1943:An allopath comes and treats cholera patients and gives them his medicines. The Homeopath comes and gives his medicines and cures perhaps more than the allopath does because the Homoeopath does not disturb the patients but allows the nature to deal with them. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1944:The varieties of religious belief are an advantage, since all faiths are good, so far as they encourage us to lead a religious life. The more sects there are, the more opportunities there are for making a successful appeal to the divine instinct in all of us. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1945:All power is within you; you can do anything and everything. Believe in that, do not believe that you are weak; do not believe that you are half-crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. You can do anything and everything without even the guidance of any one. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1946:Be not afraid, for all great power throughout the history of humanity has been with the people. From out of their ranks have come all the greatest geniuses of the world, and history can only repeat itself. Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvelous work. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1947:He who is alone is happy. Do good to all, like everyone, but do not love anyone. It is a bondage, and bondage brings only misery. Live alone in your mind - that is happiness. To have nobody to care for and never minding who cares for one is the way to be free. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1948:If I ask you to plunge into the Ganga or to jump from the roof of a house, meaning it all for your good, could you do even that without any hesitations Just think of it even now; otherwise don't rush forward on the spur of the moment to accept me as your Guru. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1949:It teaches that desires and wants are in man, that the power of supply is also in man; and that wherever and whenever a desire, a want, a prayer has been fulfilled, it was out of this infinite magazine that the supply came, and not from any supernatural being. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1950:Jesus Christ was willing to admit every good man to the family of God. It is not the man who believes a certain something, but the man who does the will of the Father in heaven, who is right. On this basis-being right and doing right-the whole world can unite. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1951:Rituals are the kindergarten of religion. They are absolutely necessary for the world as it is now; only we shall have to give people newer and fresh rituals. A party of thinkers must undertake to do this. Old rituals must be rejected and new ones substituted. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1952:The ideal man is he who, in the midst of the greatest silence and solitude, finds the intensest activity, and in the midst of the intensest activity finds the silence and solitude of the desert. He has learnt the secret of restraint, he has controlled himself. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1953:To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. “I will drink the ocean,” says the persevering soul, “at my will mountains will crumble up.” Have that sort of energy, that sort of will, work hard, and you will reach the goal. (CW 1. 178) Be ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1954:Education is not filling the mind with a lot of facts. Perfecting the instrument and getting complete mastery of my own mind [is the ideal of education]. If I want to concentrate my mind upon a point, it goes there, and the moment I call, it is free [again].... ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1955:We must recognise that duty and morality vary under different circumstances; not that the man who resists evil is doing what is always and in itself wrong, but that in the different circumstances in which he is placed it may become even his duty to resist evil. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1956:Be not afraid , for all great power throughout the history of humanity has been with the people. From out of their ranks have come all the greatest geniuses of the world, and history can only repeat itself. Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvellous work. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1957:Despite the many iniquities that have found entrance into the practices of image-worship as it is in vogue now, I do not condemn it. Ay, where would I have been if I had not been blessed with the dust of the holy feet of that orthodox, image-worshipping Brahmin! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1958:Do not believe a thing because you have read about it in a book. Do not believe a thing because another man has said it was true. Do not believe in words because they are hallowed by tradition. Find out the truth for yourself. Reason it out. That is realization. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1959:Father is the existence out of which everything comes; Son is that knowledge. It is in Christ that God will be manifest. God was everywhere, in all beings, before Christ; but in Christ we became conscious of Him. This is God. The third is bliss, the Holy Spirit. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1960:The Vedas teach that the soul is divine, only held in the bondage of matter; perfection will be reached when this bond will burst, and the word they use for it is, therefore, Mukti - freedom, freedom from the bonds of imperfection, freedom from death and misery. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1961:This is the secret of spiritual life: to think that I am the Atman and not the body, and that the whole of this universe with all its relations, with all its good and all its evil, is but as a series of paintings...scenes on a canvas...of which I am the witness. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1962:If you have not even a little imagination, you are simply a brute. So you must not lower your ideal, neither are you to lose sight of practicality. We must avoid the two extremes.... You must try to combine in your life immense idealism with immense practicality. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1963:Our knowledge is within the network of Mâyâ (unreality), and beyond that is freedom. Within the network there is slavery, it is all under law; beyond that there is no law. So far as the universe is concerned, existence is ruled by law, and beyond that is freedom. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1964:To his enemies the householder must be a hero. Them he must resist. That is the duty of the householder. He must not sit down in a corner and weep, and talk nonsense about non-resistance. If he does not show himself a hero to his enemies he has not done his duty. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1965:Life is short, and therefore, one thing being certain, death, let us take up a great ideal, and give up the whole life to it. For what is the value of life, this vegetating little low life of man? Subordinating it to one high ideal is the only value that life has. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1966:Every one wants to command, and no one wants to obey; and this is owing to the absence of that wonderful brahmacharya system of yore. First, learn to obey. The command will come by itself. Always first learn to be a servant, and then you will be fit to be a master. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1967:Everything that we perceive around us is struggling towards freedom, from the atom to the man, from the insentient, lifeless particle of matter to the highest existence on earth, the human soul. The whole universe is in fact the result of this struggle for freedom. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1968:Have faith in yourself. You people were once the Vedic Rishis. Only, you have come in different forms, that's all. I see it clear as daylight that you all have infinite power in you. Rouse that up; arise, arise - apply yourselves heart and soul, gird up your loins. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1969:I want to start two institutions, one in Madras and one in Calcutta, to carry out my plan; and that plan briefly is to bring the Vedantic ideals into the everyday practical life of the saint or the sinner, of the sage or the ignoramus, of the Brahmin or the Pariah. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1970:If you really want to judge of the character of a man, look not at his great performances. Every fool may become a hero at one time or another. Watch a man do his most common actions; those are indeed the things which will tell you the real character of a great man. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1971:The wind of divine grace is always blowing. You just need to spread your sail. Whenever you do anything, do it with your whole heart concentrated on it. Think day and night, I am of the essence of that Supreme Being-Consciousness-Bliss. What fear and anxiety have I? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1972:Do not desire, for what you desire you get, and with it comes terrible bondage. It is nothing but bringing "noses on us," as in the case of the man who had three boons to ask. We never get freedom until we are self-contained. "Self is the Saviour of self, none else." ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1973:Do you believe in that Infinite, good Providence working in and through you? If you believe that this Omnipresent One is present in every atom, is through and through, Ota-Prota, as the Sanskrit word goes, penetrating your body, mind and soul, how can you lose heart? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1974:He who always thinks himself as weak will never become strong, but he who knows himself to be a lion, rushes out from the worlds meshes, as a lion from its cage. ~ Swami VivekanandaHe who asks a question is a fool for five minutes. He who does not ask a question remains a fool forever..,
1975:I hate this world, this dream, this horrible nightmare, with its churches and chicaneries, its books and blackguardisms, its fair faces and false hearts, its howling righteousness on the surface and utter hollowness beneath and, above all, its sanctified shopkeeping! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1976:Do not believe in a thing because you have read about it in a book. Do not believe in a thing because another man has said it was true. Do not believe in words because they are hallowed by tradition. Find out the truth for yourself. Reason it out. That is realization. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1977:Nature grinds all of us. Keep count of the ounce of pleasure you get. In the long run, nature did her work through you, and when you die your body will make other plants grow. Yet we think all the time that we are getting pleasure ourselves. Thus the wheel goes round. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1978:No one step back, that is the idea.... Fight it out, whatever comes. Let the stars move from the sphere! Let the whole world stand against us!.... What of it? Thus fight! You gain nothing by becoming cowards.... Taking a step backward, you do not avoid any misfortune. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1979:The majority of us cannot see beyond a few years, just as some animals cannot see beyond a few steps. Just a little narrow circle — that is our world. We have not the patience to look beyond, and thus become immoral and wicked. This is our weakness, our powerlessness. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1980:The Yogi teaches that the mind itself has a higher state of existence, beyond reason, a superconscious state, and when the mind gets to that higher state, then this knowledge, beyond reasoning, comes to man. Metaphysical and transcendental knowledge comes to that man. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1981:Think of a space in your heart, and in the midst of that space think that a flame is burning. Think of that flame as your own soul and inside the flame is another effulgent light, and that is the Soul of your soul, God. Meditate upon that in the heart. (I. 192-93) HOW ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1982:Think of the lotus of the heart, with petals downwards, and running through it, the Sushumna; take in the breath, and while throwing the breath out imagine that the lotus is turned with the petals upwards, and inside that lotus is an effulgent light. Meditate on that. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1983:Chemistry ceases to improve when one element is found from which all others are deductible. Physics ceases to progress when one force is found of which all others are manifestations. So religion ceases to progress when unity is reached, which is the case with Hinduism. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1984:Seek no praise, no reward, for anything you do. No sooner do we perform a good action than we begin to desire credit for it. No sooner do we give money to some charity than we want to see our names blazoned in the papers. Misery must come as the result of such desires. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1985:Those that only take a nibble here and a nibble there will never attain anything ... Those who really want to be yogis must give up, once and for all, this nibbling at things. Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1986:Be contented with the things of the present. The cows and the dogs are, and so are all animals; and that is what makes them animals. So if man rests content with the present and gives up all search into the beyond, mankind will have to go back to the animal plane again. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1987:It is always for greater joy that you give up the lesser. This is practical religion-the attainment of freedom, renunciation. Renounce the lower so that you may get the higher. Renounce! Renounce! Sacrifice! Give up! Not for zero. Not for nothing. But to get the higher. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1988:Marriage is the truest goal for ninety-nine per cent of the human race, and they will live the happiest life as soon as they have learnt and are ready to abide by the eternal lesson - that we are bound to bear and forbear and that life to every one must be a compromise. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1989:The Christians believe that Jesus Christ died to save man. With you it is belief in a doctrine, and this belief constitutes your salvation. With us doctrine has nothing whatever to do with salvation. Each one may believe in whatever doctrine he likes; or in no doctrine. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1990:Body is the name of a series of changes. "As in a river the masses of water are changing before you every moment, and new masses are coming, yet taking similar form, so is it with this body." Yet the body must be kept strong and healthy. It is the best instrument we have. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1991:I started reading the works of Swami Vivekananda. That gave me courage and a vision, it sharpened and deepened my sensitivities and gave me a new perspective and a direction in life. I decided to dedicate myself to others and till date I am continuing to follow that decision. ~ Narendra Modi,
1992:The person is only a phenomenon, the principle is behind it. Thus from both sides, simultaneously, we find the breaking down of personalities and the approach towards principles, the Personal God approaching the Impersonal, the personal man approaching the Impersonal Man. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1993:This world is like a dog's curly tail, and people have been striving to straighten it out for hundreds of years; but when they let it go, it has curled up again. How could it be otherwise? One must first know how to work without attachment, then one will not be a fanatic. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1994:Where there is fire, or in water or on ground which is strewn with dry leaves, where there are many ant-hills, where there are wild animals, or danger, where four streets meet, where there is too much noise, where there are many wicked persons, Yoga must not be practised. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1995:I do not care what philosophy you take up; only I am ready to prove here that throughout the whole of India, there runs a mutual and cordial string of eternal faith in the perfection of humanity, and I believe in it myself. And let that faith be spread over the whole land. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1996:Knowledge of the Absolute depends upon no book, nor upon anything; it is absolute in itself. No amount of study will give this knowledge; is not theory, it is realization. Cleanse the dust from the mirror, purify your own mind, and in a flash you know that you are Brahman. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1997:Learn to feel yourself in other bodies, to know that we are all one. Throw all other nonsense to the winds. Spit out your actions, good or bad, and never think of them again. What is done is done. Throw off superstition. Have no weakness even in the face of death. Be free. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1998:Work unto death! I am with you, and when I am gone, my spirit will work with you. This life comes and goes; wealth, fame, enjoyments are only of a few days. It is better, far better to die on the field of duty, preaching the truth, than to die like a worldly worm. Advance! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
1999:Even the lowest of the Hindus, the Pariah, has less of the brute in him than a Briton in a similar social status. This is the result of an old and excellent religious civilization. This evolution to a higher spiritual state is possible only through discipline and education. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2000:If we were really unattached, we should escape all this pain of vain expectation, and could cheerfully do good work in the world. Never will unhappiness or misery come through work done without attachment. The world will go on with its happiness and misery through eternity. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2001:There is, however, only one idea of duty which has been universally accepted by all mankind, of all ages and sects and countries, and that has been summed up in a Sanskrit aphorism thus: "Do not injure any being; not injuring any being is virtue, injuring any being is sin." ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2002:Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863, in Calcutta. From the beginning he was a precocious boy of exceptional energy. Yet his innate tendency toward meditation showed itself even in his early life. For along with the ordinary childhood games, he would play at meditation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2003:Even books are nurses, medicines are nurses. But we must work to bring about the time when man shall recognise his mastery over his own body. Herbs and medicines have power over us as long as we allow them; when we become strong, these external methods are no more necessary. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2004:We have all been hearing from childhood of such things as love, peace, charity, equality, and universal brotherhood; but they have become to us mere words without meaning, words which we repeat like parrots, and it has become quite natural for us to do so. We cannot help it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2005:Whenever two particles come together, they are held by a certain attraction; and there will come a time when those particles will separate. This is the eternal law. So, wherever there is a body - either grosser or finer, either in heaven or on earth - death will overcome it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2006:Every little bit, every atom inside the universe, is in a constant state of change and motion, but the universe as a whole is unchangeable, because motion or change is a relative thing; we can only think of something in motion in comparison with something which is not moving. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2007:Infinite power of the spirit, brought to bear upon matter evolves material development, made to act upon thought evolves intellectuality, and made to act upon itself makes of man a God. First, let us be Gods, and then help other to be GOds. Be and Make. Let this be our motto. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2008:Too early religious advancement of the Hindus and that superfineness in everything which made them cling to higher alternatives, have reduced them to what they are. The Hindus have to learn a little bit of materialism from the West and teach them a little bit of spirituality. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2009:Bless people when they revile you. Think how much good they are doing by helping to stamp out the false ego. Hold fast to the real Self. Think only pure thoughts, and you will accomplish more than a regiment of mere preachers. Out of purity and silence comes the word of power. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2010:The history of the world is the history of a few men who had faith in themselves. That faith calls out the divinity within. You can do anything. You fail only when you do not strive sufficiently to manifest infinite power. As soon as a man or a nation loses faith, death comes. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2011:The world is ready to give up its secrets if we only know how to knock, how to give it the necessary blow. The strength and force of the blow come through concentration. There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2012:Whatever may be the position of philosophy, whatever may be the position of metaphysics, so long as there is such a thing as death in the world, so long as there is such a thing as weakness in the human heart, so long as there is a cry going out of the heart of man in his very ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2013:Freedom can never be true of name and form; it is the clay out of which we (the pots) are made; then it is limited and not free, so that freedom can never be true of the related. One pot can never say "I am free" as a pot; only as it loses all ideas of form does it become free. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2014:He who stops his activities and at the same time is still thinking about them attains to nothing; he only becomes a hypocrite. But he who by the power of his mind gradually brings his sense-organs under control, employing them in work, that man is better. Therefore do thou work ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2015:To realize the spirit as spirit is practical religion. Everything else is good so far as it leads to this one grand idea. That realization is to be attained by renunciation, by meditation-renunciation of all the senses, cutting the knots, the chains that bind us down to matter. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2016:Even the most arrant coward becomes brave when the world praises him. A fool can do heroic deeds when the approbation of society is upon him, but for a man to constantly do good without caring for the approbation of his fellow men is indeed the highest sacrifice man can perform. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2017:I have seen some astrologers who predicted wonderful things; but I have no reason to believe they predicted them only from the stars, or anything of the sort. In many cases it is simply mind-reading. Sometimes wonderful predictions are made, but in many cases it is arrant trash. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2018:India is at one with the most puritan faiths of the world in her declaration that progress is from seen to unseen, from the many to the One, from the low to the high, from the form to the formless, and never in the reverse direction. She differs only in having a word of sympathy ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2019:Liberty is the first condition of growth. Just as man must have liberty to think and speak, so he must have liberty in food, dress, and marriage, and in every other thing, so long as he does not injure others. We talk foolishly against material civilisation. The grapes are sour. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2020:Sharp as the blade of a razor, long and difficult and hard to cross, is the way to freedom. The sages have declared this again and again. Yet do not let these weaknesses and failures bind you. The Upanishads have declared, "Arise ! Awake ! and stop not until the goal is reached. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2021:Christ said, "Resist not evil", and we do not understand it until we discover that it is not only moral but actually the best policy, for anger is loss of energy to the man who displays it. You should not allow your minds to come into those brain-combinations of anger and hatred. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2022:Each one of you has a glorious future if you dare believe me. Have a tremendous faith in yourselves, like the faith I had when I was I was young... Have that faith, each one of you, in yourself - that eternal power is lodged in every soul - and you will revive the whole of India. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2023:For a warrior, nothing is higher than a war against evil. The warrior confronted with such a war should be pleased, Arjuna, for it comes as an open gate to heaven. But if you do not participate in this battle against evil, you will incur sin, violating your dharma and your honor. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2024:In countries where there is no marriage, there is no duty between husband and wife; when marriage comes, husband and wife live together on account of attachment; and that kind of living together becomes settled after generations; and when it becomes so settled, it becomes a duty. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2025:Knowing that mother and father are the visible representatives of God, the householder, always and by all means, must please them. If the mother is pleased, and the father, God is pleased with the man. That child is really a good child who never speaks harsh words to his parents. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2026:We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate. The wind is blowing; those vessels whose sails are unfurled catch it, and go forward on their way, but those which have their sails furled do not catch the wind. Is that the fault of the wind?....... We make our own destiny. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2027:The essential thing in religion is making the heart pure; the Kingdom of Heaven is within us, but only the pure in heart can see the King. While we think of the world, it is only the world for us; but let us come to it with the feeling that the world is God, and we shall have God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2028:This world is nothing. It is at best only a hideous caricature, a shadow of the Real. We must go to the Real. Renunciation will take us to It. Renunciation is the very basis of our true life; every moment of goodness and real life that we enjoy is when we do not think of ourselves. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2029:Be brave! Be strong! Be fearless! Once you have taken up the spiritual fife, fight! Fight as long as there is any life in you! Even though you know that you are going to be killed, fight till you are killed! Don't die of fright! Die fighting! Don't go down till you are knocked down. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2030:The more opposition there is, the better. Does a river acquire velocity unless there is resistance? The newer and better a thing is, the more opposition I will meet with at the outset. It is opposition which foretells success. Where there is no opposition there is no success either. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2031:No knowledge comes from outside; it is all inside. What we say a man "knows", should, in strict psychological language, be what he "discovers" or "unveils"; what a man "learns" is really what he "discovers", by taking the cover off his own soul, which is a mine of infinite knowledge. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2032:This doctrine of prenatal influence is now slowly being recognized, and science as well as religion calls out: 'Keep yourself holy, and pure.' So deeply has this been recognized in India, that there we even speak of adultery in marriage, except when marriage is consummated in prayer. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2033:We want to worship a living God. I have not seen anything but God all my life, nor have you... He is everywhere, saying, "I am." The moment you feel "I am," you are conscious of Existence. Where shall we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2034:What right has a man to say he has a soul if he does not feel it, or that there is a God if he does not see Him? If there is a God we must see Him, if there is a soul we must perceive it; otherwise it is better not to believe. It is better to be an outspoken atheist than a hypocrite. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2035:It is good and very grand to conquer external nature, but grander still to conquer our internal nature.... This conquering of the inner man, understanding the secrets of the subtle workings that are within the human mind, and knowing its wonderful secrets, belong entirely to religion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2036:Many of us get many messages in our lives, or think we get them. As long as the message is regarding our own selves, go on doing what you please. But when it is in regard to our contact with and behavior to others, think a hundred times before you act upon it-and then you will be safe. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2037:Think of a space in your heart, and in the midst of that space think that a flame is burning. Think of that a flame is burning. Think of that flame as your own soul and inside the flame is another effulgent light, and that is the Soul of your soul, God. Meditate upon that in the heart. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2038:Feel like Christ and you will be a Christ; feel like Buddha and you will be a Buddha. It is feeling that is the life, the strength, the vitality, without which no amount of intellectual activity can reach God. It is through the heart that the Lord is seen, and not through the intellect. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2039:I reached Ghazipur three days ago. Here I am putting up in the house of Babu Satish Chandra Mukherji, a friend of my early age. The place is very pleasant. Close by flows the Ganga, but bathing there is troublesome, for there is no regular path, and it is hard work wading through sands. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2040:Know that all sins and all evils can be summed up in that one word, weakness. It is weakness that is the motive power in all evil doing; it is weakness that makes men injure others; it is weakness that makes them manifest what they are not in reality. Let them know what they really are. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2041:All action of Sattva, a modification of Prakriti characterised by light and happiness, is for the soul. When Sattva is free from egoism and illuminated with the pure intelligence of Purusha, it is called the self-centred one, because in that state it becomes independent of all relations. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2042:All who have actually attained any real religious experience never wrangle over the form in which the different religions are expressed. They know that the soul of all religions is the same and so they have no quarrel with anybody just because he or she does not speak in the same tongue. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2043:By doing well the duty which is nearest to us, the duty which is in our hands now, we make ourselves stronger; and improving our strength in this manner step by step, we may reach a state in which it shall be our privilege to do the most coveted and honored duties in life and in society. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2044:Do not be afraid of a small beginning. great things come afterwards. Be courageous. Do not try to lead your brethren, but serve them. The brutal mania for leading has sunk many a great ships in the waters of life. Take care especially of that, i.e. be unselfish even unto death, and work. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2045:You are strong, omnipotent, and omniscient. No matter that you have not expressed it yet, it is in you. All knowledge is in you, all power, all purity, and all freedom-why cannot you express this knowledge? Because you do not believe in it... Believe in it, and it must and will come out. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2046:He reminds us that true renunciation is mental, not necessarily physical. We are not required to disown our husbands or wives and turn our children out of doors. We must only try to realize that they are not really ours; to love them as dwelling-places of Brahman, not as mere individuals. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2047:Hold to the idea, "I am not the mind, I see that I am thinking, I am watching my mind act," and each day the identification of yourself with thoughts and feelings will grow less, until at last you can entirely separate yourself from the mind and actually know it to be apart from yourself. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2048:I hear, Western people say, "The world was created for us." If tigers could write books, they would say, man was created for them and that man is a most sinful animal, because he does not allow him (the tiger) to catch him easily. The worm that crawls under your feet today is a God to be. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2049:The devil comes in many guises-anger in the form of justice-passion in the form of duty. When it first comes, the man knows and then he forgets. Just as your pleaders' conscience; at first they know it is all Badmashi (roguery), then it is duty to their clients; at last they get hardened. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2050:The vapour becomes snow, then water, then Ganga; but when it is vapour, there is no Ganga, and when it is water, we think of no vapour in it. The idea of creation or change is inseparably connected with will. So long as we perceive this world in motion, we have to conceive will behind it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2051:Was there ever a sillier thing before in the world than what I saw in Malabar country? The poor Pariah is not allowed to pass through the same street as the high-caste man, but if he changes his name to a hodge-podge English name, it is all right; or to a Mohammedan name, it is all right. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2052:It is a tremendous error to feel helpless. Do not seek help from anyone. We are our own help. If we cannot help ourselves, there is none to help us. ... “Thou thyself art thy only friend, thou thyself thy only enemy. There is no other enemy but this self of mine, no other friend but myself ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2053:The Buddhists or the Jains do not depend upon God; but the whole force of their religion is directed to the great central truth in every religion, to evolve a God out of man. They have not seen the Father, but they have seen the Son. And he that hath seen the Son hath seen the Father also. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2054:Today the West is awakening to its wants; and the "true self of man and spirit" is the watchword of the advanced school of Western theologians. The student of Sanskrit philosophy knows where the wind is blowing from, but it matters not whence the power comes so longs as it brings new life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2055:In the world take always the position of the giver. Give everything and look for no return. Give love, give help, give service, give any little thing you can, but keep out barter. Make no conditions and none will be imposed on you. Let us give out of our own bounty, just as God gives to us. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2056:Thus will we come to the basis of belief, the real genuine religion. We will perceive for ourselves whether we have souls, whether life is of five minutes or of eternity, whether there is a God in the universe or none. It will all be revealed to us. This is what Raja-Yoga proposes to teach. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2057:We can read all the Vedas, and yet will not realize anything, but when we practice their teachings, then we attain to that state which realizes what the scriptures say, which penetrates where neither reason nor perception nor inference can go, and where the testimony of others cannot avail. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2058:We should cultivate the optimistic temperament, and endeavour to see the good that dwells in everything. If we sit down and lament over the imperfection of our bodies and our minds, we profit nothing; it is the heroic endeavour to subdue adverse circumstances that carries our spirit upward. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2059:Say So'ham, So'ham whatever comes. Tell yourself this even in eating, walking, suffering. Tell the mind this incessantly-that what we see never existed, that there is only I. Flash-the dream will break! Think day and night, this universe is zero, only God is. Have intense desire to get free. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2060:The weak, the fearful, the ignorant will never reach the Atman. You cannot undo what you have done; the effect must come. Face it, but be careful never to do the same thing again. Give up the burden of all deeds to God. Give all, both good and bad. God helps those who do not help themselves. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2061:In this world we find that all happiness is followed by misery as its shadow. Life has its shadow, death. They must go together, because they are not contradictory, not two separate existences, but different manifestations of the same unit, life and death, sorrow and happiness, good and evil. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2062:Those who are acquainted with the literature of India will remember a beautiful old story about this extreme charity, how a whole family, as related in the Mahâbhârata, starved themselves to death and gave their last meal to a beggar. This is not an exaggeration, for such things still happen. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2063:One way for attaining Bhakti is by repeating the name of God a number of times. Mantras have effect: the mere repetition of words.... To obtain Bhakti, seek the company of holy men who have Bhakti, and read books like the Gita and the Imitation of Christ; always think of the attributes of God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2064:Let the churches preach doctrines, theories, philosophies to their hearts' content, but when it comes to worship, the real practical part of religion, it should be as Jesus says, "When thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret". ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2065:One atom in this universe cannot move without dragging the whole world along with it. There cannot be any progress without the whole world following in the wake, and it is becoming every day dearer that the solution of any problem can never be attained on racial, or national, or narrow grounds. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2066:There is but one soul throughout the universe, all is but one existence - "Thou art in the woman, thou in the man, thou in the young man walking in the pride of youth, thou in the old man tottering on his stick - thou art All - in all, in everything, and I am thee, because I am made from thee." ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2067:We have lost faith in ourselves. Therefore to preach the Advaita aspect of the Vedanta is necessary to rouse up the hearts of men, to show them the glory of their souls. It is therefore that I preach this Advaita, and I do so not as a sectarian, but upon universal and widely acceptable grounds. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2068:What is the world that is to be given up? It is here. I am carrying it all with me. My own body. It is all for this body that I put my hand voluntarily upon my fellow human beings, just to keep it nice and give it a little pleasure. It is all for the body that I injure others and make mistakes. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2069:From the high spiritual flights of the Vedanta philosophy, of which the latest discoveries of science seem like echoes, to the low ideas of idolatry with its multifarious mythology, the agnosticism of the Buddhists and the atheism of the Jains, each and all have a place in the Hinduism religion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2070:The human will stands beyond all circumstances. Everything must go down before the will, for that comes from God Himself; a pure and a strong will is omnipotent. Before it all the powers, even of nature, must bow down, succumb, and become its servants - the strong gigantic, infinite will in man. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2071:We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate.
The wind is blowing; those vessels whose sails are unfurled
catch it, and go forward on their way, but those which have
their sails furled do not catch the wind. Is that the fault of
the wind?....... We make our own destiny.
~ Swami Vivekananda,
2072:In these days of intellectual awakening and steadily asserting public opinion, the holy places of the Hindus, their condition, and method of work have not escaped tile keen eye of criticism; and this city, being the holy of holies to all Hindus, has not failed to attract its full share of censure. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2073:You know it already that each one of us is the effect of the infinite past; the child is ushered into the world not as something flashing from the hands of nature, as poets delight so much to depict, but he has the burden of an infinite past; for good or evil he comes to work out his own past deeds ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2074:I do not believe in eternal progress, that we are growing on ever and ever in a straight line. It is too nonsensical to believe. There is no motion in a straight line. A straight line infinitely projected becomes a circle. The force sent out will complete the circle and return to its starting place. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2075:It is attachment, identification, which makes us miserable. That is the secret: To think that I am the spirit and not the body, and that the whole of this universe with all its relations, with all its good and all its evil, is but a series of paintings — scenes on a canvas — of which I am the witness. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2076:Where will you go to seek Brahman? He is immanent in all beings. Here, here is the visible Brahman! Shame on those who, neglecting the visible Brahman, set their minds on other things! Here is the visible Brahman before you as tangible as a fruit in one's hand! Can't you see? Here - here - is Brahman! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2077:Work, my children, work with your whole heart and soul! That is the thing. Mind not the fruit of work. What if you go to hell working for others? That is worth more than to gain heaven by seeking your own salvation... Sri Ramakrishna came and gave his life for the world. I will also sacrifice my life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2078:Here in India, it is religion that forms the very core of the national heart. It is the backbone, the bed-rock, the foundation upon which the national edifice has been built. Politics, power, and even intellect form a secondary consideration here. Religion, therefore, is the one consideration in India. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2079:Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life; dream of it; think of it; live on that idea. Let the brain, the body, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2080:May I be born again and again, and suffer thousands of miseries so that I may worship the only God that exists, the only God I believe in, the sum total of all souls-and, above all, my God the wicked, my God the miserable, my God the poor of all races, of all species, is the special object of my worship. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2081:Faith, sympathy - fiery faith and fiery sympathy! Life is nothing, death is nothing, hunger nothing, cold nothing. Glory unto the Lord - march on, the Lord is our General. Do not look back to see who falls - forward - onward! Thus and thus we shall go on, brethren. One falls, and another takes up the work ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2082:Often people enter into things they have not the means to accomplish, with the result that they cheat others to attain their own ends. Then there is in all things the time factor to be taken into consideration; what at one time might be a failure, would perhaps at another time be a very great success. The ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2083:Try a little harder, and meditation comes. You do not feel the body or anything else. When you come out of it after the hour, you have had the most beautiful rest you ever had in your life. That is the only way you ever give rest to your system. Not even the deepest sleep will give you such a rest as that. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2084:All power is within you; you can do anything and everything. Believe in that, do not believe that you are weak; do not believe that you are half-crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. You can do any thing and everything, without even the guidance of any one. Stand up and express the divinity within you. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2085:We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in the future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2086:Every Hindu knows that astrologers try to fix the caste of every boy or girl as soon as he or she is born. That is the real caste - the individuality, and Jyotisha (astrology) recognises that. And we can only rise by giving it full sway again. This variety does not mean inequality, nor any special privilege. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2087:My boat is nearing the calm harbour from which it is never more to be driven out. Glory, glory unto Mother! (Referring to the Divine Mother of the Universe.) I have no wish, no ambition now. Blessed be Mother! I am the servant of Ramakrishna. I am merely a machine. I know nothing else. Nor do I want to know. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2088:The next step is Asana, posture. A series of exercises, physical and mental, is to be gone through every day, until certain higher states are reached. Therefore it is quite necessary that we should find a posture in which we can remain long. That posture which is the easiest for one should be the one chosen. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2089:This Maya is everywhere. It is terrible. Yet we have to work through it. The man who says that he will work when the world has become all good and then he will enjoy bliss is as likely to succeed as the man who sits beside the Ganga and says, "I will ford the river when all the water has run into the ocean." ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2090:To injure another creates bondage and hides the truth. Negative virtues are not enough; we have to conquer Maya, and then she will follow us. We only deserve things when they cease to bind us. When the bondage ceases, really and truly, all things come to us. Only those who want nothing are masters of nature. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2091:Doing is very good, but that comes from thinking. Little manifestations of energy through the muscles are called work. But where there is no thought, there will be no work. Fill the brain, therefore, with high thoughts, highest ideals, place them day and night before you, and out of that will come great work. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2092:Wherever there is evil and wherever there is ignorance and want of knowledge, I have found out by experience that all evil comes, as our scriptures say, relying upon differences, and that all good comes from faith in equality, in the underlying sameness and oneness of things. This is the great Vedantic ideal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2093:They alone live whose lives are in the whole universe, and the more we concentrate our lives on limited things, the faster we go towards death. Those moments alone we live when our lives are in the universe, in others; and living this little life is death, simply death, and that is why the fear of death comes. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2094:leave upon it different pictures, and the result of these combined impressions is what is called man’s “character.” If you take the character of any man it really is but the aggregate of tendencies, the sum-total of the bent of his mind; you will find that misery and happiness are equal factors in the formation ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2095:Not even the deepest sleep will give you such a rest as meditation can. The mind goes on jumping even in deepest sleep. Just those few moments in meditation your brain has almost stopped. ... You forget the body. ... You feel such pleasure in it. You become so light. This perfect rest we will get in meditation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2096:The Vedas give information on various subjects. They have come together and form one book. And in later times, when other subjects were separated from religion - when astronomy and astrology were taken out of religion - these subjects, being connected with the Vedas and being ancient, were considered very holy. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2097:Every atom is trying to go and join itself to the next atom. Atoms after atoms combine, making huge balls, the earths, the suns, the moons, the stars, the planets. They in their turn, are trying to rush towards each other, and at last, we know that the whole universe, mental and material, will be fused into one. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2098:And as he spoke, in the youth and noonday of the West, a nation, sleeping in the shadows of the darkened half of earth, on the far side of the Pacific, waited in spirit for the words that would be borne on the dawn that was travelling towards them, to reveal to them the secret of their own greatness and strength. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2099:Every act of charity, every thought of sympathy, every action of help, every good deed, is taking so much of self-importance away from our little selves and making us think of ourselves as the lowest and the least, and, therefore, it is all good. Here we find that Jnâna, Bhakti, and Karma - all come to one point. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2100:Most of our difficulties in our daily lives come from being unable to hold our minds in this way. For instance, if a man does evil to us, instantly we want to react evil, and every reaction of evil shows that we are not able to hold the Chitta down; it comes out in waves towards the object, and we lose our power. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2101:If there were no fanaticism in the world, it would make much more progress than it does now. It is a mistake to think that fanaticism can make for the progress of mankind. On the contrary, it is a retarding element creating hatred and anger, and causing people to fight each other, and making them unsympathetic. We ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2102:The difference between God and the devil is in nothing except in unselfishness and selfishness. The devil knows as much as God, is as powerful as God; only he has no holiness that makes him a devil. Apply the same idea to the modern world: excess of knowledge and power, without holiness, makes human beings devils. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2103:The only religion that ought to be taught is the religion of fearlessness. Either in this world or in the world of religion, it is true that fear is the sure cause of degradation and sin. It is fear that brings misery, fear that brings death, fear that breeds evil. And what causes fear? Ignorance of our own nature. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2104:The Yogis say that the man who has discriminating powers, the man of good sense, sees through all that are called pleasure and pain, and knows that they come to all, and that one follows and melts into the other; he sees that men follow an ignis fatuus all their lives, and never succeed in fulfilling their desires. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2105:This human body is the greatest body in the universe, and a human being the greatest being. Man is higher than all animals, than all angels; none is greater than man. Even the Devas (gods) will have to come down again and attain to salvation through a human body. Man alone attains to perfection, not even the Devas. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2106:You must also remember that the world has God to govern it, and He has not left it to our charity. The Lord God is its Governor and Maintainer, and in spite of these wine fanatics and cigar fanatics, and all sorts of marriage fanatics, it would go on. If all these persons were to die, it would go on none the worse. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2107:Be strong! Don't talk of ghosts and devils. We are the living devils. The sign of life is strength and growth. The sign of death is weakness. Whatever is weak, avoid! It is death. If it is strength, go down into hell and get hold of it! There is salvation only for the brave. Everyone must work out his own salvation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2108:Every time you think of doing some charity, you think there is some beggar to take your charity. If you say, "O Lord, let the world be full of charitable people!" - you mean, let the world be full of beggars also. Let the world be full of good works - let the world be full of misery. This is out-and-out slavishness! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2109:"The Kingdom of Heaven is within you." Where goest thou to seek for the Kingdom of God, asks Jesus of Nazareth, when it is there, within you? Cleanse the spirit, and it is there. It is already yours. How can you get what is not yours? It is yours by right. You are the heirs of immortality, sons of the Eternal Father. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2110:Whatever may be the position of philosophy, whatever may be the position of metaphysics, so long as there is such a thing as death in the world, so long as there is such a thing as weakness in the human heart, so long as there is a cry going out of the heart of man in his very weakness, there shall be a faith in God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2111:It is good to love God for hope of reward, but it is better to love God for love's sake; and the prayer goes: O Lord, I do not want wealth nor children nor learning. If it be Thy will, I shall go from birth to birth. But grant me this, that I may love thee without the hope of reward 'love' unselfishly for love's sake. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2112:"Learn good knowledge with all devotion from the lowest caste. Learn the way to freedom, even if it comes from a Pariah, by serving him. If a woman is a jewel, take her in marriage even if she comes from a low family of the lowest caste." Such is the law laid down by our great and peerless legislator, the divine Manu. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2113:If you are a strong man, very good! But do not curse others who are not strong enough for you. ...Everyone says, "Woe unto you people!!" Who says, "Woe unto me that I cannot help you?" The people are doing all right to the best of their ability and means and knowledge. Woe unto me that I cannot lift them to where I am! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2114:Above all, beware of compromises. I do not mean that you are to get into antagonism with anybody, but you have to hold on to your own principles in weal or woe and never adjust them to others' "fads" through the greed of getting supporters. Your Atman is the support of the universe—whose support do you stand in need of? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2115:Look here — we shall all die! Bear this in mind always, and then the spirit within will wake up. Then only, meanness will vanish from you, practicality in work will come, you will get new vigour in mind and body, and those who come in contact with you will also feel that they have really got something uplifting from you. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2116:Well has it been said that man is the only animal that naturally looks upwards; every other animal naturally looks down. That looking upward and going upward and seeking perfection are what is called salvation; and the sooner a man begins to go higher, the sooner he raises himself towards this idea of truth as salvation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2117:Preaching has always been the business of the Asiatics. The Western people are grand in organisation, social institutions, armies, governments, etc.; but when it comes to preaching religion, they cannot come near the Asiatic, whose business it has been all the time, and he knows it, and he does not use too much machinery. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2118:The power of meditation gets us everything. If you want to get power over nature, [you can have it through meditation]. It is through the power of meditation all scientific facts are discovered today. They study the subject and forget everything, their own identity and everything, and then the great fact comes like a flash. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2119:Where is fate, and who is fate? We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate. None else has the blame, none has the praise. The wind is blowing; those vessels whose sails are unfurled catch it and go forward on their way, but those which have their sails furled do not catch the wind. Is that the fault of the wind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2120:You are the Children of God, the sharers of immortal bliss, holy and perfect beings. You divinities on earth. Come up, O lions, and shake off the delusion that you are sheep; you are souls immortal, spirits free, blest and eternal; you are not matter, you are not bodies; matter is your servant,not you the servant of matter. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2121:If you want to be a yogi, you must be free, and place yourself in circumstances where you are alone and free from all anxiety. One who desires a comfortable and nice life and at the same time wants to realize the Self is like the fool who, wanting to cross the river, caught hold of a crocodile, mistaking it for a log of wood. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2122:I have come to deal with principles. I have only to preach that God comes again and again, and that He came in India as Krishna, Rama, and Buddha, and that He will come again. It can almost be demonstrated that after each 500 years the world sinks, and a tremendous spiritual wave comes, and on the top of the wave is a Christ. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2123:There is another way in which this idea of mercy and selfless charity can be put into practice; that is, by looking upon work as "worship" in case we believe in a Personal God. Here we give up all the fruits our work unto the Lord, and worshipping Him thus, we have no right to expect anything from man kind for the work we do. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2124:You nourish your minds by reading books. There is no good in doing that unless you hold it also as a sacrifice to the whole world. For the whole world is one; you are rated a very insignificant part of it, and therefore it is right for you that you should serve your millions of brothers rather than aggrandise this little self ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2125:Each atom is trying to fly off from its centre. In the internal world, each thought is trying to go beyond control. Again each particle in the external world is checked by another force, the centripetal, and drawn towards the centre. Similarly in the thought - world the controlling power is checking all these outgoing desires. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2126:Religion is not an imitation of Jesus or Mohammed. Even if an imitation is good, it is never genuine. Be not an imitation of Jesus, but be Jesus, You are quite as great as Jesus, Buddha, or anybody else. If we are not ... we must struggle and be. I would not be exactly like Jesus. It is unnecessary that I should be born a Jew. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2127:I am persuaded that a leader is not made in one life. He has to be born for it. For the difficulty is not in organisation and making plans; the test, the real test, of the leader, lies in holding widely different people together along the line of their common sympathies. And this can only be done unconsciously, never by trying. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2128:Those who grumble at the little thing that has fallen to their lot to do will grumble at everything. Always grumbling, they will lead a miserable life, and everything will be a failure. But those who do their duties as they go, putting their shoulders to the wheel, will see the light, and higher duties will fall to their share. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2129:Change is always subjective. All through evolution you find that the conquest of nature comes by change in the subject. Apply this to religion and morality, and you will find that the conquest of evil comes by the change in the subjective alone. That is how the Advaitic system gets its whole force, on the subjective side of man. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2130:Faith, faith, faith in ourselves, faith, faith in God, this is the secret of greatness.If you have faith in all the three hundred and thirty millions of your mythological Gods, and in all the Gods which foreigners have now and again introduced into your midst, and still have no faith in yourselves, there is no salvation for you. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2131:I am proud to call myself a Hindu, I am proud that I am one of your unworthy servants. I am proud that I am a countryman of yours, you the descendants of the sages, you the descendants of the most glorious Rishis the world ever saw. Therefore have faith in yourselves, be proud of your ancestors, instead of being ashamed of them. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2132:Let people say whatever they like, stick to your own convictions, and rest assured, the world will be at your feet. They say, "Have faith in this fellow or that fellow", but I say, "Have faith in yourself first", that's the way. Have faith in yourself-all power is in you-be conscious and bring it out. Say, "I can do everything." ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2133:The Vedanta teaches men to have faith in themselves first. As certain religions of the world say that a man who does not believe in a Personal God outside of himself is an atheist, so the Vedanta says, a man who does not believe in himself is an atheist. Not believing in the glory of our own soul is what the Vedanta calls atheism. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2134:Let us calmly and in a manly fashion go to work, instead of dissipating our energy in unnecessary frettings and fumings. I, for one, thoroughly believe that no power in the universe can withhold from anyone anything he really deserves. The past was great no doubt, but I sincerely believe that the future will be more glorious still. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2135:Prana, according to the Vedanta, is the principle of life. It is like ether, an omnipresent principle; and all motion, either in the body or anywhere else, is the work of this Prana. It is greater than Akasha, and through it everything lives. Prana is in the mother, in the father, in the sister, in the teacher, Prana is the knower. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2136:Believe not because some old manuscripts are produced, believe not because it is your national belief, because you have been made to believe it from your childhood; but reason it all out, and after you have analysed it, then, if you find that it will do good to one and all, believe it, live up to it, and help others to live up to it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2137:The more we grow in love and virtue and holiness, the more we see love and virtue and holiness outside. All condemnation of others really condemns ourselves. Adjust the microcosm (which is in your power to do) and the macrocosm will adjust itself for you. It is like the hydrostatic paradox, one drop of water can balance the universe. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2138:I am not talking about what every one of us means by love. Little namby-pamby love is lovely. Man rails in love with woman, and woman goes to die for man. The chances are that in five minutes John kicks Jane, and Jane kicks John. This is a materialism and no love at all. If John could really love Jane, he would be perfect that moment. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2139:Motion is always a relative thing. I move in relation to something else. Any particle in this universe can change in relation to any other particle; but take the whole universe as one, and in relation to what can it move? There is nothing besides it. So this infinite Unit is unchangeable, immovable, absolute, and this is the Real Man. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2140:The Imitation of Christ is a cherished treasure of the Christian world. This great book was written by a Roman Catholic monk. "Written", perhaps, is not the proper word. It would be more appropriate to say that each letter of the book is marked deep with the heart's blood of the great soul who had renounced all for his love of Christ. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2141:Thinking about sense-objects Will attach you to sense-objects; Grow attached, and you become addicted; Thwart your addiction, it turns to anger; Be angry, and you confuse your mind; Confuse your mind, you forget the lesson of experience; Forget experience, you lose discrimination; Lose discrimination, and you miss life’s only purpose. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2142:We want Shraddhâ, we want faith in our own selves. Strength is life, weakness is death. 'We are the Âtman, deathless and free; pure, pure by nature. Can we ever commit any sin? Impossible!' - such a faith is needed. Such a faith makes men of us, makes gods of us. It is by losing this idea of Shraddha that the country has gone to ruin. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2143:Behind my work was ambition, behind my love was personality, behind my purity was fear, behind my guidance the thirst for power. Now they are vanishing and I drift. I come, Mother, I come, in Thy warm bosom, floating wheresoever Thou takest me, in the voiceless, in the strange, in the wonderland, I come - a spectator, no more an actor. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2144:Even if you have knowledge, do not disturb the childlike faith of the ignorant. On the other hand, go down to their level and gradually bring them up (note 30). That is a very powerful idea, and it has become the ideal in India. That is why you can see a great philosopher going into a temple and worshipping images. It is not hypocrisy. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2145:Philosophy of course is the essence of every religion; mythology explains and illustrates it by means of the more or less legendary lives of great men, stories and fables of wonderful things, and so on; ritual gives to that philosophy a still more concrete form, so that every one may grasp it — ritual is in fact concretised philosophy. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2146:Truth alone triumphs, not untruth. Through truth alone lies the way to Devayana (the way to the gods). Those who think that a little sugar - coating of untruth helps the spread of truth are mistaken and will find in the long run that a single drop of poison poisons the whole mass ... The man who is pure, and who dares, does all things. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2147:What good is this body? Let it go in helping others. Did not the Master preach until the very end? And shall I not do the same? I do not care a straw if the body goes. You cannot imagine how happy I am when I find earnest seekers after truth to talk to. In the work of waking up Atman in my fellow men I shall gladly die again and again! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2148:What we want now is an immense awakening of Râjasika energy, for the whole country is wrapped in the shroud of Tamas. The people of this land must be fed and clothed-must be awakened -must be made more fully active. Otherwise they will become inert, as inert as trees and stones. So, I say, eat large quantities of fish and meat, my boy! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2149:All manifest life seems to require a period of sleep, of calm, in which to gain added strength, renewed vigour, for the next manifestation, or awakening to activity. Thus is the march of all progress, of all manifest life - in waves, successive waves, [of] activity and repose. Waves succeed each other in an endless chain of progression. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2150:All sectarian religions take for granted that all men are equal. This is not warranted by science. There is more difference between minds than between bodies. One fundamental doctrine of Hinduism is that all men are different, there being unity in variety. Even for a drunkard, there are some Mantras-even for a man going to a prostitute! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2151:Reason can go only to a certain extent, beyond that it cannot reach. The circle within which it runs is very very limited indeed. Yet at the same time, we find facts rush into this circle. Like the coming of comets certain things come into this circle; it is certain they come from outside the limit, although our reason cannot go beyond. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2152:Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvellous work. It is fear that is the great cause of misery in the world. It is fear that is the greatest of all superstitions. It is fear that is the cause of all our woes, and it is fearlessness that brings heaven even in a moment. Therefore, "arise, awake and stop not until the goal is reached. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2153:Anything that is secret and mysterious in this system of Yoga should be at once rejected. The best guide in life is strength. In spirituality, as in all other matters, discard everything that weakens you. Have nothing to do with it. Mystery-mongering weakens the human brain. It has well-nigh destroyed Yoga, one of the grandest of sciences ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2154:Here lies the secret. Says Patanjali, the father of Yoga, "When a man rejects all the superhuman powers, then he attains to the cloud of virtue." He sees God. He becomes God and helps others to become the same. This is all I have to preach. Doctrines have been expounded enough. There are books by the million. Oh, for an ounce of practice! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2155:My name should not be made prominent. It is my ideas that I want to see realized. The disciples of all the prophets have always inextricably mixed up the ideas of the Master with person, and at last killed the ideas for the person. The disciples of Sri Ramakrishna must guard against doing the same thing. Work for the idea, not the person. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2156:That which is nearest is least observed. The Atman is the nearest of the near, therefore the careless and the unsteady mind gets no clue to it. But the person who is alert, calm, self-restrained, and discriminating ignores the external world and, diving more and more into the inner world, realizes the glory of the Atman and becomes great. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2157:The first angle is, love questions not. It is not a beggar. ... When love asks nothing, [when it] gives everything. This is the real spiritual worship, the worship through love. Whether God is merciful is no longer questioned. He is God; He is my love. Whether God is omnipotent and almighty, limited or unlimited , is no longer questioned. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2158:There was a stump of a tree, and in the dark, a thief came that way and said, “That is a policeman.” A young man waiting for his beloved saw it and thought that it was his sweetheart. A child who had been told ghost stories took it for a ghost and began to shriek. But all the time it was the stump of a tree. We see the world as we are. Do ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2159:For it is the body that drags us down. It is attachment, identification, which makes us miserable. That is the secret: To think that I am the spirit and not the body, and that the whole of this universe with all its relations, with all its good and all its evil, is but a series of paintings — scenes on a canvas — of which I am the witness. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2160:We see many persons talking the most wonderfully fine things about charity and about equality and the rights of other people and all that, but it is only in theory. I was so fortunate as to find one who was able to carry theory into practice. He had the most wonderful faculty of carrying everything into practice which he thought was right. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2161:In this external world, which is full of finite things, it is impossible to see and find the Infinite. The Infinite must be sought in that alone which is infinite, and the only thing infinite about us is that which is within us, our own soul. Neither the body, nor the mind, nor even our thoughts, nor the world we see around us, is infinite. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2162:According to the law of nature, wherever there is an awakening of a new and stronger life, there it tries to conquer and take the place of the old and the decaying. Nature favours the dying out of the unfit and the survival of the fittest. The final result of such conflict between the priestly and the other classes has been mentioned already. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2163:Get rid of the bondage of body; we have become slaves to it and learnt to hug our chains and love our slavery; so much so that we long to perpetuate it, and go on with "body" "body" for ever. Do not cling to the idea of "body", do not look for a future existence in any way like this one; do not love or want the body, even of those dear to us. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2164:Religion can be realised. Are you ready? Do you want it? You will get the realisation if you do, and then you will be truly religious. Until you have attained realisation there is no difference between you and atheists. The atheists are sincere, but the man who says that he believes in religion and never attempts to realise it is not sincere. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2165:the common saying has it, we think that man "lives to eat" and not "eats to live". We are continually making this mistake; we are regarding nature as ourselves and are becoming attached to it; and as soon as this attachment comes, there is the deep impression on the soul, which binds us down and makes us work not from freedom but like slaves. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2166:When you give something to a man and expect nothing — do not even expect the man to be grateful — his ingratitude will not tell upon you, because you never expected anything, never thought you had any right to anything in the way of a return. You gave him what he deserved; his own Karma got it for him; your Karma made you the carrier thereof. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2167:So fulfil your desire for power and everything else, and after you have fulfilled the desire, will come the time when you will know that they are all very little things; but until you have fulfilled this desire, until you have passed through that activity, it is impossible for you to come to the state of calmness, serenity, and self-surrender. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2168:We get caught. How? Not by what we give but by what we expect. We get misery in return for our love: not from the fact that we love but from the fact that we want love in return. There is no misery where there is no want. Desire, want, is the father of all misery. Desires are bound by the laws of success and failure. Desires must bring misery. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2169:if anybody dreams of the exclusive survival of his own religion and the destruction of the others, I pity him from the bottom of my heart, and point out to him that upon the banner of every religion will soon be written, in spite of resistance: "Help and not Fight," "Assimilation and not Destruction," "Harmony and Peace and not Dissension." 1.2 ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2170:It is good to love God for hope of reward in this or the next world, but it is better to love God for love's sake, and the prayer goes: "Lord, I do not want wealth, nor children, nor learning. If it be Thy will, I shall go from birth to birth, but grant me this, that I may love Thee without the hope of reward — love unselfishly for love's sake. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2171:The human mind is like that monkey, incessantly active by its own nature; then it becomes drunk with the wine of desire, thus increasing its turbulence. After desire takes possession comes the sting of the scorpion of jealousy at the success of others, and last of all the demon of pride enters the mind, making it think itself of all importance. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2172:This faith in themselves was in the hearts of our ancestors, this faith in themselves was the motive power that pushed them forward and forward in the march of civilisation, and if there has been degeneration, if there has been defect, mark my words, you will find that degeneration to have started on the day our people lost faith in themselves. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2173:I am what I am, and what I am is always due to him; whatever in me or in my words is good and true and eternal came to me from his mouth, his heart, his soul. Sri Ramakrishna is the spring of this phase of the earth's religious life, of its impulses and activities. If I can show the world one glimpse of my Master, I shall not have lived in vain. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2174:Prana is Spandana or vibration. When all this universe shall have resolved back into its primal state, what becomes of this infinite force? Do they think that it becomes extinct? Of course, not. If it became extinct, what would be the cause of the next wave, because the motion is going in wave forms, rising, falling, rising again, falling again? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2175:This little separate self must die. Then we shall find that we are in the Real, and that Real is God, and He is our own true nature, and He is always in us and with us. Let us live in Him and stand in Him. It is the only joyful state of existence. Life on the plane of the Spirit is the only life, and let us all try to attain to this realization. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2176:all great incarnations and prophets are such men; that they reached perfection in this one life. We have had such men at all periods of the world's history and at all times. Quite recently, there was such a man who lived the life of the whole human race and reached the end — even in this life. Even this hastening of the growth must be under laws. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2177:Education is not the amount of information that is put into your brain and runs riot there, undigested all your life. We must have life-building, man-making, character-makin g, assimilation of ideas. If you have assimilated five ideas and made them your life and character, you have more education than any man who has got by heart a whole library. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2178:At the head of all these laws, in and through every particle of matter and force, stands One through whose command the wind blows, the fire burns, the clouds rain, and death stalks upon the earth. And what is His nature? He is everywhere the pure and formless One, the Almighty and the All Merciful. Thou art our Father. Thou art our beloved Friend. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2179:Who cares for your bhakti and mukti? Who cares what your scriptures say? I will go into a thousand hells cheerfully if I can rouse my countrymen, immersed in tamas, to stand on their own feet and be men inspired with the spirit of karma-yoga. I am a follower only of he or she who serves and helps others without caring for his own bhakti and mukti! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2180:With the Holy Mother as the centre of inspiration, a Math is to be established on the eastern bank of the Ganga. . . . On the other side of the Ganga a big plot of land will be acquired, where unmarried girls or Brahmacharini widows will live; devout married women will also be allowed to stay now and then. Men will have no concern with this Math. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2181:Action will come. Fill yourselves with the ideal; whatever you do, think well on it. All your actions will be magnified, transformed, deified, by the very power of the thought. If matter is powerful, thought is omnipotent. Bring this thought to bear upon your life, fill yourselves with the thought of your almightiness, your majesty, and your glory. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2182:A golden chain is as much a chain as an iron one. Shri Ramakrishna used to say that, to pick out one thorn which has stuck into the foot, another thorn is requisitioned, and when the thorn is taken out, both are thrown away. So the bad tendencies are to be counteracted by the good ones, but after that, the good tendencies have also to be conquered. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2183:Every work that we do, every movement of the body, every thought that we think, leaves such an impression on the mind-stuff, and even when such impressions are not obvious on the surface, they are sufficiently strong to work beneath the surface, subconsciously. What we are every moment is determined by the sum total of these impressions on the mind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2184:A fool may buy all the books in the world, and they will be in his library; but he will be able to read only those that he deserves to; and this deserving is produced by Karma. Our Karma determines what we deserve and what we can assimilate. We are responsible for what we are; and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2185:Every one is struggling for freedom-from the atom to the star. The ignorant man is satisfied if he can get freedom within a certain limit-if he can get rid of the bondage of hunger or of being thirsty. But that sage feels that there is a stronger bondage which has to be thrown off. He would not consider the freedom of the Red Indian as freedom at all. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2186:This is the only way to reach the goal, to tell ourselves, and to tell everybody else, that we are divine. And as we go on repeating this, strength comes. He who falters at first will get stronger and stronger, and the voice will increase in volume until the truth takes possession of our hearts, and courses through our veins, and permeates our bodies. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2187:the mind is in three states, one of which is darkness, called Tamas, found in brutes and idiots; it only acts to injure. No other idea comes into that state of mind. Then there is the active state of mind, Rajas, whose chief motives are power and enjoyment. “I will be powerful and rule others.” Then there is the state called Sattva, serenity, calmness, ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2188:Those who die, merely suffering the woes of life like cats and dogs, are they human beings? The worthy are those who, even when agitated by the sharp interaction of pleasure and pain, are discriminating and, knowing them to be of an evanescent nature, become passionately devoted to the Atman. This is all the difference between human beings and animals. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2189:The goal of mankind is knowledge ... Now this knowledge is inherent in man. No knowledge comes from outside: it is all inside. What we say a man 'knows', should, in strict psychological language, be what he 'discovers' or 'unveils'; what man 'learns' is really what he discovers by taking the cover off his own soul, which is a mine of infinite knowledge. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2190:The goal of mankind is knowledge. That is the one ideal placed before us by Eastern philosophy. Pleasure is not the goal of man, but knowledge. Pleasure and happiness come to an end. It is a mistake to suppose that pleasure is the goal. The cause of all the miseries we have in the world is that men foolishly think pleasure to be the ideal to strive for. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2191:We are all born idolaters, and idolatry is good, because it is in the nature of man. Who can get beyond it? Only the perfect man, the God-man. The rest are all idolaters. So long as we see this universe before us, with its forms and shapes, we are all idolaters. This is a gigantic symbol we are worshipping. He who says he is the body is a born idolater. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2192:Be strong! … You talk of ghosts and devils. We are the living devils. The sign of life is strength and growth. The sign of death is weakness. Whatever is weak, avoid! It is death. If it is strength, go down into hell and get hold of it! There is salvation only for the brave. "None but the brave deserves the fair." None but the bravest deserves salvation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2193:I remember that grand word of the Katha Upanishad - Shraddhâ or marvellous faith. An instance of Shraddha can be found in the life of Nachiketâ. To preach the doctrine of Shraddha or genuine faith is the mission of my life. Let me repeat to you that this faith is one of the potent factors of humanity and of all religions. First, have faith in yourselves. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2194:Liberty is the first condition of growth. Your ancestors gave every liberty to the soul, and religion grew. They put the body under every bondage, and society did not grow. The opposite is the case in the West - every liberty to society, none to religion. Now are falling off the shackles from the feet of Eastern society as from those of Western religion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2195:Our minds are forced to become fixed upon different things by an attraction in them which we cannot resist. To control the mind, to place it just where we want it, requires special training. It cannot be done in any other way. In the study of religion the control of the mind is absolutely necessary. We have to turn the mind back upon itself in this study. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2196:Sri Ramakrishna is far greater than the disciples understand him to be. He is the embodiment of infinite spiritual ideas capable of development in infinite ways....One glance of his gracious eyes can create a hundred thousand Vivekanandas at this instant. If he chooses now, instead, to work through me, making me his instrument, I can only bow to his will. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2197:Stick to God! Who cares what comes to the body or to anything else! Through the terrors of evil, say-my God, my love! Through the pangs of death, say-my God, my love! Through all the evils under the sun, say-my God, my love! Thou art here, I see Thee. Thou art with me, I feel Thee. I am Thine, take me. I am not of the world's but Thine, leave not then me. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2198:Struggle hard and then if you do not succeed, you are not to blame. Let the world praise or blame you. Let all the wealth of the earth come to your feet, or let you be made the poorest on earth. Let death come this moment or hundreds of years hence. Swerve not from the path you have taken. All good thoughts are immortal and go to make Buddhas and Christs. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2199:I believe that the Hindu faith has developed the spiritual in its devotees at the expense of the material, and I think that in the Western world the contrary is true. By uniting the materialism of the West with the spiritualism of the East I believe much can be accomplished. It may be that in the attempt the Hindu faith will lose much of its individuality. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2200:Let us not be caught this time. So many times Maya has caught us, so many times have we exchanged our freedom for sugar dolls which melted when the water touched them. Don’t be deceived. Maya is a great cheat. Get out. Do not let her catch you this time. Do not sell your priceless heritage for such delusions. Arise, awake, stop not till the goal is reached. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2201:Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy - by one, or more, or all of these - and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2202:Just as the law of gravitation existed before its discovery and would exist if all humanity forgets it, so it is with the laws that govern the spiritual world. The moral, ethical and spiritual relations between soul and soul and between individual spirits and the Father of all spirits were there before their discovery and would remain even if we forget them. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2203:By work alone, men may get to where Buddha got largely by meditation or Christ by prayer. Buddha was a working Jnani, Christ was a Bhakta, but the same goal was reached by both of them. Good motives, sincerity, and infinite love can conquer the world. One single soul possessed of these virtues can destroy the dark designs of millions of hypocrites and brutes. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2204:It is too often believed that a person in his progress towards perfection passes from error to truth; that when he passes on from one thought to another, he must necessarily reject the first. But no error can lead to truth. The soul passing through its different stages goes from truth to truth, and each stage is true; it goes from lower truth to higher truth. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2205:The body and mind are continually changing, and are, in fact, only names of series of changeful phenomena, like rivers whose waters are in a constant state of flux, yet presenting the appearance of unbroken streams. Every particle in this body is continually changing; no one has the same body for many minutes together, and yet we think of it as the same body. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2206:Existence can never be non-existence, neither can non-existence ever become existence. ... Know, therefore, that that which pervades all this universe is without beginning or end. It is unchangeable. There is nothing in the universe that can change [the Changeless]. Though this body has its beginning and end, the dweller in the body is infinite and without end ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2207:Crossing over mountains, rivers, arid oceans, setting at naught, as it were, the obstacles of the distance of space and time, the blood of Indian thought has flowed, and is still flowing into the veins of other nations of the globe, whether in a distinct or in some subtle unknown way. Perhaps to us belongs the major portion of the universal ancient inheritance. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2208:It will not do merely to listen to great principles. You must apply them in the practical field, turn them into constant practice. What will be the good of cramming the high - sounding dicta of the scriptures? You have first to grasp the teachings of the Shastras, and then to work them out in practical life. Do you understand? This is called practical religion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2209:When we free ourselves from name and form, especially from a body - when we need no body, good or bad - then only do we escape from bondage. Eternal progression is eternal bondage; annihilation of form is to be preferred. We must get free from any body, even a "god-body". God is the only real existence, there cannot be two. There is but One Soul, and I am That. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2210:Friendship, mercy, gladness, and indifference, being thought of in regard to subjects, happy, unhappy, good, and evil respectively, pacify the Chitta. We must have these four sorts of ideas. We must have friendship for all; we must be merciful towards those that are in misery; when people are happy, we ought to be happy; and to the wicked we must be indifferent. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2211:How many sepoys were brought by the Musalmans? How many Englishmen are there? Where, except in India, can be had millions of men who will cut the throats of their own fathers and brothers for six rupees? Sixty millions of Musalmans in seven hundred years of Mohammedan rule, and two millions of Christians in one hundred years of Christian rule - what makes it so? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2212:I am really not "cyclonic" at all. Far from it. What I want is not here, nor can I longer bear this "cyclonic" atmosphere. This is the way to perfection, to strive to be perfect, and to strive to make perfect a few men and women. My idea of doing good is this: to evolve out a few giants, and not to strew pearls before swine, and so lose time, health, and energy. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2213:Mark you, if you give up spirituality, leaving it aside to go after the materializing civilization of the West, the result will be that in three generations you will be an extinct race; because the backbone of the nation will be broken, the foundation upon which the national edifice has been built will be undermined, and the result will be annihilation all round. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2214:Faith in ourselves will do everything. I have experienced it in my own life, and am still doing so; and as I grow older that faith is becoming stronger and stronger. He is an atheist who does not believe in himself. The old religions said that he was an atheist who did not believe in God. The new religion says that he is the atheist who does not believe in himself ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2215:If the Lord wills, we shall make this Math a great centre of harmony. Our Lord is the visible embodiment of the harmony of all ideals. He will be established on earth if we keep alive that spirit of harmony here. We must see to it that people of all creeds and sects, from the Brahmana down to the Chandala, may come here and find their respective ideals manifested. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2216:Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this Divinity within by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy — by one, or more, or all of these — and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2217:Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this Divinity within by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy - by one, or more, or all of these -- and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2218:If you [can realise Brahman] by standing on your head, or on one foot, or by worshipping five thousand gods with three heads each — welcome to it! ... Do it any way you can! Nobody has any right to say anything. Therefore, Krishna says, if your method is better and higher, you have no business to say that another man’s method is bad, however wicked you may think it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2219:the idea of supernatural being may rouse to a certain extent the power of action in man, But it also brings spiritual decay. It brings dependence; it brings fear; it brings superstition . It degenerates into a horrible belief in the natural weakness of man.there is no supernatural, says the Yogi, but there are in nature gross manifestations and subtle manifestations. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2220:Those who have succeeded in attaching or detaching their minds at will have succeeded in Pratyahara, which means gathering towards, checking the outgoing powers of the mind, freeing it from the thralldom of the senses. When we can do this, we shall really possess character; then alone we shall have taken a long step towards freedom. Before that, we are mere machines. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2221:We can never lose what is really ours. Who can lose his being? Who can lose his very existence? If I am good, it is the existence first, and then that becomes colored with the quality of goodness. If I am evil, it is the existence first, and that becomes colored with the quality of badness. That existence is first, last, and always; it is never lost but ever present. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2222:Did Buddha teach that the many was real and the ego unreal, while orthodox Hinduism regards the One as the real, and the many as unreal?" the Swami was asked. "Yes", answered the Swami. "And what Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and I have added to this is, that the Many and the One are the same Reality, perceived by the same mind at different times and in different attitudes. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2223:The fact is that we have many superstitions, many bad spots and sores on our body - these have to be excised, cut off, and destroyed - but these do not destroy our religion, our national life, our spirituality. Every principle of religion is safe, and the sooner these black spots are purged away, the better the principles will shine, the more gloriously. Stick to them. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2224:This world, this universe which our senses feel, or our mind thinks, is but one atom, so to say, of the Infinite, projected on to the plane of consciousness; and within that narrow limit, defined by the network of consciousness, works our reason, and not beyond. Therefore, there must be some other instrument to take us beyond, and that instrument is called inspiration. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2225:Each one of us pray, day and night, for the downtrodden millions in India, who are held fast by poverty, priest craft, and tyranny - pray day and night for them. I am no meta physician, no philosopher, nay, no saint. But I am poor, I love the poor.... Let these people be your God - think of them, work for them, pray for them incessantly - the Lord will show you the way. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2226:Hinduism threw away Buddhism after taking its sap. The attempt of all the Southern Acharyas was to effect a reconciliation between the two. Shankaracharya's teaching shows the influence of Buddhism. His disciples perverted his teaching and carried it to such an extreme point that some of the later reformers were right in calling the Acharya's followers "crypto-buddhists". ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2227:If the whole responsibility is thrown upon our own shoulders, we shall be at our highest and best; when we have nobody to grope towards, no devil to lay our blame upon, no Personal God to carry our burdens, when we are alone responsible, then we shall rise to our highest and best. I am responsible for my fate, I am the bringer of good unto myself, I am the bringer of evil. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2228:Rama, the ancient idol of the heroic ages, the embodiment of truth, of morality, the ideal son, the ideal husband, and above all, the ideal king, this Rama has been presented before us by the great sage Valmiki. No language can be purer, none chaster, none more beautiful, and at the same time simpler, than the language in which the great poet has depicted the life of Rama. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2229:There must be no fear, no begging, but demanding - demanding the Highest. The true devotees of the Mother are as hard, as adamant and as fearless as lions. They are not in the least upset if the whole universe suddenly crumbles into dust at their feet. Make Her listen to you. None of that cringing to Mother! Remember, She is all-powerful; She can make heroes out of stones. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2230:Whether on the ground of materialism, or of intellect, or of spirituality, the compensation that is given by the Lord to every one impartially is exactly the same. Therefore we must not think that we are the saviours of the world. We can teach the world, a good many things, and we can learn a good many things from it too. We can teach the world only what it is waiting for. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2231:Give up, renounce the world. Now we are like dogs strayed into a kitchen and eating a piece of meat, looking round in fear lest at any moment some one may come and drive them out. Instead of that, be a king and know you own the world. This never comes until you give it up and it ceases to bind. Give up mentally, if you do not physically. Give up from the heart of your hearts ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2232:Give up the idea that by ruling over others you can do any good to them. But you can do just as much as you can in the case of the plant: you can supply the growing seed with the materials for the making up of its body, bringing to it the earth, the water, the air, that it wants. It will take all that it wants by its own nature, it will assimilate and grow by its own nature. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2233:In enjoyment is the fear of disease, In high birth, the fear of losing caste, In wealth, the fear of tyrants, In honour, the fear of losing it, In strength, the fear of enemies, In beauty, the fear of old age, In knowledge, the fear of defeat, In virtue, the fear of scandal, In the body, the fear of death. In this life all is fraught with fear: Renunciation alone is fearless. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2234:Do not stand on a high pedestal and take 5 cents in your hand and say, here, my poor man, but be grateful that the poor man is there, so by making a gift to him you are able to help yourself.It is not the reciever that is blessed, but it is the giver.Be thankful that you are allowed to exercise your power of benevolence and mercy in the world, and thus become pure and perfect. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2235:Ignorance is the mother of all the evil and all the misery we see. Let men have light, let them be pure and spiritually strong and educated, then alone will misery cease in the world, not before. We may convert every house in the country into a charity asylum, we may fill the land with hospitals, but the misery of man will still continue to exist until man's character changes. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2236:Just as in the case of electricity, the modern theory is that the power leaves the dynamo and completes the circle back to the dynamo, so with hate and love; they must come back to the source. Therefore do not hate anybody, because that hatred which comes out from you, must, in the long run, come back to you. If you love, that love will come back to you, completing the circle. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2237:The human mind is like that monkey, incessantly active by its own nature; then it becomes drunk with the wine of desire, thus increasing its turbulence. After desire takes possession comes the sting of the scorpion of jealousy at the success of others, and last of all the demon of pride enters the mind, making it think itself of all importance. How hard to control such a mind! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2238:A man, and a cat, and a dog, are all animals. These particular examples, as man, or dog, or cat, are parts of a bigger and more general concept, animal. The man, and the cat, and the dog, and the plant, and the tree, all come under the still more general concept, life. Again, all these, all beings and all materials, come under the one concept of existence, for we all are in it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2239:. . . it is difficult for Europeans to appreciate the sentiment. Other nations kill animals by wholesale and kill one another; they exist in a sea of blood. A European said that the reason why in India animals were not killed was because it was supposed that they contained the spirits of ancestors. This reason was worthy of a savage nation who are not many steps from the brute. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2240:The one eternal religion is applied to the opinions of various minds and various races. There never was my religion or yours, my national religion or your national religion; there never existed many religions, there is only the one. One infinite religion existed all through eternity and will ever exist, and this religion is expressing itself in various countries in various ways. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2241:He who was Shri Rama, whose stream of love flowed with resistless might even to the Chandala (the outcaste); Oh, who ever was engaged in doing good to the world though superhuman by nature, whose renown there is none to equal in the three worlds, Sita's beloved, whose body of Knowledge Supreme was covered by devotion sweet in the form of Sita. (part of A Hymn To Shri Ramakrishna) ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2242:The Hindus have discovered that the absolute can only be realised, or thought of, or stated, through the relative, and the images, crosses, and crescents are simply so many symbols — so many pegs to hang the spiritual ideas on. It is not that this help is necessary for every one, but those that do not need it have no right to say that it is wrong. Nor is it compulsory in Hinduism. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2243:The universe itself can never be the limit of our satisfaction. That is why the miser gathers more and more money, that is why the robber robs, the sinner sins, that is why you are learning philosophy. All have one purpose. There is no other purpose in life, save to reach this freedom. Consciously or unconsciously, we are all striving for perfection. Every being must attain to it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2244:But why should the soul take to itself a body? For the same reason that I take a looking-glass — to see myself. Thus, in the body, the soul is reflected. The soul is God, and every human being has a perfect divinity within himself, and each one must show his divinity sooner or later. If I am in a dark room, no amount of protestation will make it any brighter — I must light a match. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2245:There are men who practice Titiksha, and succeed in it. There are men who sleep on the banks of the Ganga in the midsummer sun of India, and in winter float in the waters of the Ganga for a whole day; they do not care. Men sit in the snow of the Himalayas, and do not care to wear any garment. What is heat? What is cold? Let things come and go, what is that to me, I am not the body. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2246:Advance like a hero. Do not be thwarted by anything. How many days will this body last, with its happiness and misery? When you have the human body, then rouse the Atman within and say-I have reached the state of fearlessness!...and then as long as the body endures, speak unto others this message of fearlessness: 'Thou art That', 'Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached' ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2247:It is better not to love, if loving only means hating others. That is no love. That is hell! If loving your own people means hating everybody else, it is the quintessence of selfishness and brutality, and the effect is that it will make you brutes. Therefore, better die working out your own natural religion than following another’s natural religion, however great it may appear to you ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2248:Therefore we see at once that there cannot be any such thing as free-will; the very words are a contradiction, because will is what we know, and everything that we know is within our universe, and everything within our universe is moulded by conditions of time, space and causality. ... To acquire freedom we have to get beyond the limitations of this universe; it cannot be found here. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2249:Renunciation - non-resistance - non-destructiveness - are the ideals to be attained through less and less worldliness, less and less resistance, less and less destructiveness. Keep the ideal in view and work towards it. None can live in the world without resistance, without destruction, without desire. The world has not come to that state yet when the ideal can be realised in society. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2250:Non-injuring has to be attained by him who would be free. No one is more powerful than he who has attained perfect non-injuring. No one could fight, no one could quarrel, in his presence. Yes, his very presence, and nothing else, means peace, means love wherever he may be. Nobody could be angry or fight in his presence. Even the animals, ferocious animals, would be peaceful before him. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2251:The human mind is like that monkey, incessantly active by its own nature; then it becomes drunk with the wine of desire, thus increasing its turbulence. After desire takes possession comes the sting of the scorpion of jealousy at the success of others, and last of all the demon of pride enters the mind, making it think itself of all importance. How hard to control such a mind! (I. 174) ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2252:The ideal of faith in ourselves is of the greatest help to us. If faith in ourselves had been more extensively taught and practiced, I am sure a very large portion of the evils and miseries that we have would have vanished. Throughout the history of mankind, if any motive power has been more potent than another in the lives of all great men and women, it is that of faith in themselves. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2253:If you intend to study the mind, you must have systematic training; you must practice to bring the mind under your control, to attain to that consciousness from which you will be able to study the mind and remain unmoved by any of its wild gyrations. Otherwise the facts observed will not be reliable; they will not apply to all people and therefore will not be truly facts or data at all. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2254:What is meant by charity? Charity is not fundamental. It is really helping on the misery of the world, not eradicating it. One looks for name and fame and covers his efforts to obtain them with the enamel of charity and good works. He is working for himself under the pretext of working for others. Every so-called charity is an encouragement of the very evil it claims to operate against. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2255:Arise! Arise! A tidal wave is coming! Onward! Men and women, down to the Chandala (Pariah) - all are pure in his eyes. Onward! Onward! There is no time to care for name, or fame, or Mukti, or Bhakti! We shall look to these some other time. Now in this life let us infinitely spread his lofty character, his sublime life, his infinite soul. This is the only work - there is nothing else to do. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2256:It is the same India which has withstood the shocks of centuries, of hundreds of foreign invasions of hundreds of upheavals of manners and customs. It is the same land which stands firmer than any rock in the world, with its undying vigour, indestructible life. Its life is of the same nature as the soul, without beginning and without end, immortal; and we are the children of such a country. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2257:We must always remember that God is Love. "A fool indeed is he who, living on the banks of the Ganga, seeks to dig a little well for water. A fool indeed is the man who, living near a mine of diamonds, spends his life in searching for beads of glass." God is that mine of diamonds. We are fools indeed to give up God for legends of ghosts or flying hobgoblins. It is a disease, a morbid desire. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2258:The greatest help to spiritual life is meditation. In meditation we divest ourselves of all material conditions and feel our divine nature. We do not depend upon any external help in meditation. The touch of the soul can paint the brightest color even in the dingiest places; it can cast a fragrance over the vilest thing; it can make the wicked divine-and all enmity, all selfishness is effaced. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2259:I think the Greeks first took astrology to India and took from the Hindus the science of astronomy and carried it back with them from Europe. Because in India you will find old altars made according to a certain geometrical plan, and certain things had to be done when the stars were in certain positions, therefore I think the Greeks gave the Hindus astrology, and the Hindus gave them astronomy. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2260:Then Krishna says, "O Arjuna, you and I have run the cycle of births and deaths many times, but you are not conscious of them all. I am without beginning, birthless, the absolute Lord of all creation. I through my own nature take form. Whenever virtue subsides and wickedness prevails, I come to help mankind. For the salvation of the good, for the destruction of wickedness, for the establishment ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2261:with all our feelings and action — our tears and our smiles, our joys and our griefs, our weeping and our laughter, our curses and our blessings, our praises and our blames — every one of these we may find, if we calmly study our own selves, to have been brought out from within ourselves by so many blows. The result is what we are. All these blows taken together are called Karma — work, action. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2262:Just as inequality is necessary for creation itself, so the struggle to limit it is also necessary. If there were no struggle to become free and get back to God, there would be no creation either. It is the difference between these two forces that determines the nature of the motives of men. There will always be these motives to work, some tending towards bondage and others towards freedom. This ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2263:Books suggest the inner light and the method of bringing that out, but we can only understand them when we have earned the knowledge ourselves. When the inner light has flashed for you, let the books go, and look only within. You have in you all and a thousand times more than is in all the books. Never lose faith in yourself, you can do anything in this universe. Never weaken, all power is yours. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2264:Ay! says the Vedanta, it is not the fault of God that this partiality exists, that this competition exists. Who makes it? We ourselves. There is a cloud shedding its rain on all fields alike. But it is only the field that is well cultivated, which gets the advantage of the shower; another field, which has not been tilled or taken care of cannot get that advantage. It is not the fault of the cloud. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2265:Dâna, charity. There is no higher virtue than charity. The lowest man is he whose hand draws in, in receiving; and he is the highest man whose hand goes out in giving. The hand was made to give always. Give the last bit of bread you have even if you are starving. You will be free in a moment if you starve yourself to death by giving to another. Immediately you will be perfect, you will become God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2266:Then from the world all spirituality will be extinct, all moral perfection will be extinct, all sweet-souled sympathy for religion will be extinct, all ideality will be extinct; and in its place will reign the duality of lust and luxury as the male and female deities, with money as its priest, fraud, force, and competition its ceremonies, and the human soul its sacrifice. Such a thing can never be. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2267:This is the ancient land, where wisdom made its home before it went into any other country... Here is the same India whose soil has been trodden by the feet of the greatest sages that ever lived... Look back, therefore, as far as you can, drink deep of the eternal fountains that are behind, and after that look forward, march forward, and make India brighter, greater, much higher, than she ever was. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2268:The first sign that you are becoming religious is that you are becoming cheerful. When a man is gloomy, that may be dyspepsia, but it is not religion. Misery is caused by sin, and by no other cause. What business have you with clouded faces? It is terrible. If you have a clouded face, do not go out that day, shut yourself up in your room. What right have you to carry this disease out into the world? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2269:"None is good, save One, that is, God", as the Lord Jesus bath said. The rest are only tools in His hands. "Gloria in Excelsis", "Glory unto God in the highest", and unto men that deserve, but not to such an undeserving one like me. Here "the servant is not worthy of the hire"; and a Fakir, especially, has no right to any praise whatsoever, for would you praise your servant for simply doing his duty? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2270:Pleasure is not the goal of man, but knowledge. Pleasure and happiness comes to an end. It is a mistake to suppose that pleasure is the goal. The cause of all the miseries we have in the world is that men foolishly think pleasure to be the ideal to strive for. After a time man finds that it is not happiness, but knowledge, towards which he is going, and that both pleasure and pain are great teachers. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2271:True religion is not talk, or doctrines, or theories, nor is it sectarianism. It is the relation between soul and God. Religion does not consist in erecting temples, or building churches, or attending public worship. It is not to be found in books, or in words, or in lectures, or in organizations. Religion consists in realization. We must realize God, feel God, see God, talk to God. That is religion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2272:Every successful man must have behind him somewhere tremendous integrity, tremendous sincerity, and that is the cause of his signal success in life. He may not have been perfectly unselfish; yet he was tending towards it. If he had been perfectly unselfish, his would have been as great a success as that of the Buddha or of the Christ. The degree of unselfishness marks the degree of success everywhere. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2273:Think of your own body, and see that it is strong and healthy; it is the best instrument you have. Think of it as being as strong as adamant, and that with the help of this body you will cross the ocean of life. Freedom is never to be reached by the weak. Throw away all weakness. Tell your body that it is strong, tell your mind that it is strong, and have unbounded faith and hope in yourself. (I. 146) ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2274:We have seemingly been divided, limited, because of our ignorance; and we have become as it were the little Mrs. so - and - so and Mr. so - and - so. But all nature is giving this delusion the lie every moment. I am not that little man or little woman cut off from all else; I am the one universal existence. The soul in its own majesty is rising up every moment and declaring its own intrinsic Divinity. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2275:Most of us make our minds like spoilt children, allowing them to do whatever they want. Therefore it is necessary that Kriya-yoga should be constantly practised, in order to gain control of the mind, and bring it into subjection. The obstructions to Yoga arise from lack of control, and cause us pain. They can only be removed by denying the mind, and holding it in check, through the means of Kriya-yoga. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2276:Think of your own body, and see that it is strong and healthy; it is the best instrument you have. Think of it as being as strong as adamant, and that with the help of this body you will cross the ocean of life. Freedom is never to be reached by the weak. Throw away all weakness. Tell your body that it is strong, tell your mind that it is strong, and have unbounded faith and hope in yourself. (I. 146) A ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2277:As soon as a man stands up and says he is right or his church is right, and all others are wrong, he is himself all wrong. He does not know that upon the proof of all the others depends the proof of his own. Love and charity for the whole human race, that is the test of true religiousness. I do not mean the sentimental statement that all men are brothers, but that one must feel the oneness of human life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2278:In every man and in every animal, however weak or wicked, great or small, resides the same omnipresent, omniscient soul. The difference is not in the soul, but in the manifestation. Between me and the smallest animal, the difference is only in manifestation, but as a principle he is the same as I am, he is my brother, he has the same soul as I have. This is the greatest principle that India has preached. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2279:Even the greatest fool can accomplish a task if it be after his heart. But the intelligent man is he who can convert every work into one that suits his taste. No work is petty. Everything in this world is like a banyan seed, which, though appearing tiny as a mustard seed, has yet the gigantic banyan tree latent with it. He indeed is intelligent who notices this and succeeds in making all work truly great. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2280:I am one of the proudest men ever born, but let me tell you frankly, it is not for myself, but on account of my ancestry. The more I have studied the past, the more I have looked back, more and more has this pride come to me, and it has given me the strength and courage of conviction, raised me up from the dust of the earth, and set me working out that great plan laid out by those great ancestors of ours. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2281:Drama is the most difficult of all arts. In it two things are to be satisfied - first, the ears, and second, the eyes. To paint a scene, if one thing be painted, it is easy enough; but to paint different things and yet to keep up the central interest is very difficult. Another difficult thing is stage - management, that is, combining different things in such a manner as to keep the central interest intact. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2282:It is weakness, says the Vedanta, which is the cause of all misery in this world. Weakness is the one cause of suffering. We become miserable because we are weak. We lie, steal, kill and commit other crimes, because we are weak. We die because we are weak. Where there is nothing to weaken us, there is no death nor sorrow. We are miserable through delusion. Give up the delusion and the whole thing vanishes. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2283:The present Hindu society is organised only for spiritual men, and hopelessly crushes out everybody else. Why? Where shall they go who want to enjoy the world a little with its frivolities? Just as our religion takes in all, so should our society. This is to be worked out by first understanding the true principles of our religion and then applying them to society. This is the slow but sure work to be done. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2284:Learn obedience first. Among these Western nations, with such a high spirit of independence, the spirit of obedience is equally strong. We are all of us self-important, which never produces any work. Great enterprise, boundless courage, tremendous energy, and, above all, perfect obedience; these are the only traits that lead to individual and national regeneration. These traits are altogether lacking in us. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2285:All the forces that we see in nature, such as gravitation, attraction, and repulsion, or as thought, feeling, and nervous motion - all these various forces resolve into that Prana, and the vibration of the Prana ceases. In that state it remains until the beginning of the next cycle. Prana then begins to vibrate, and that vibration acts upon the Akasha, and all these forms are thrown out in regular succession. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2286:Books are good but they are only maps. Reading a book by direction of a man I read that so many inches of rain fell during the year. Then he told me to take the book and squeeze it between my hands. I did so and not a drop of water came from it. It was the idea only that the book conveyed. So we can get good from books, from the temple, from the church, from anything, so long as it leads us onward and upward. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2287:Vâda and Siddhânta — these are the two sorts of scriptural knowledge — Vada (the argumentative) and Siddhanta (the decisive). When a man is entirely ignorant he takes up the first of these, the argumentative fighting, and reasoning pro and con; and when he has finished that he takes up the Siddhanta, the decisive, arriving at a conclusion. Simply arriving at this conclusion will not do. It must be intensified. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2288:Our misery comes, not from work, but by our getting attached to something. Take for instance, money: money is a great thing to have, earn it, says Krishna; struggle hard to get money, but don't get attached to it. So with children, with wife, husband, relatives, fame, everything; you have no need to shun them, only don't get attached. There is only one attachment and that belongs to the Lord, and to none other. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2289:Neither numbers nor powers nor wealth nor learning nor eloquence nor anything else will prevail, but purity, living the life, in one word, anubhuti, realisation. Let there be a dozen such lion-souls in each country, lions who have broken their own bonds, who have touched the Infinite, whose whole soul is gone to Brahman, who care neither for wealth nor power nor fame, and these will be enough to shake the world. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2290:The great men think, and you and I [also] think. But there is a difference. We think and our bodies do not follow. Our actions do not harmonise with our thoughts. Our words have not the power of the words that become Vedas. ... Whatever they think must be accomplished. If they say, “I do this,” the body does it. Perfect obedience. This is the end. You can think yourself God in one minute, but you cannot be [God]. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2291:With everything we do in life we identify ourselves. Here is a man who says harsh words to me. I feel anger coming on me. In a few seconds anger and I are one, and then comes misery. Attach yourselves to the Lord and to nothing else, because everything else is unreal. Attachment to the unreal will bring misery. There is only one Existence that is real, only one Life in which there is neither object nor [subject]. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2292:Is enjoyment the goal of life? Were it so, it would be a tremendous mistake to become a man at all. What man can enjoy a meal with more gusto than the dog or the cat ? Go to a menagerie and see the [wild animals] tearing the flesh from the bone. Go back and become a bird! . . . What a mistake then to become a man! Vain have been my years - hundreds of years - of struggle only to become the man of sense-enjoyments. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2293:How has all the knowledge in the world been gained but by the concentration of the powers of the mind? The world is ready to give up its secrets if we only know how to knock, how to give it the necessary blow. The strength and force of the blow come through concentration. There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point; that is the secret. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2294:Renounce and give up. What did Christ say? "He that loseth his life for my sake shall find it." Again and again did he preach renunciation as the only way to perfection. There comes a time when the mind awakes from this long and dreary dream-the child gives up its play and wants to go back to its mother. Renunciation is not asceticism. Are all beggars Christ? Poverty is not a synonym for holiness; often the reverse. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2295:Salvation means knowing the truth. We do not become anything; we are what we are. Salvation [comes] by faith and not by work. It is a question of knowledge! You must know what you are, and it is done. The dream vanishes. This you [and others] are dreaming here. When they die, they go to [the] heaven [of their dream]. They live in that dream, and [when it ends], they take a nice body [here], and they are good people. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2296:As to the so-called Hindu idolatry - first go and learn the forms they are going through, and where it is that the worshippers are really worshipping, whether in the temple, in the image, or in the temple of their own bodies. First know for certain what they are doing - which more than ninety per cent of the revilers are thoroughly ignorant of - and then it will explain itself in the light of the Vedantic philosophy. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2297:For a time it seemed inevitable that the surging tide of agnosticism and materialism would sweep all before it. There were those who did not dare utter what they thought. Many thought the case hopeless and the cause of religion lost once and for ever. But the tide has turned and to the rescue has come - what? The study of comparative religions. By the study of different religions we find that in essence they are one. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2298:The books say that he alone is the Yogi who, after long practice in self-concentration, has attained to this truth. The Sushumna now opens and a current which never before entered into this new passage will find its way into it, and gradually ascend to (what we call in figurative language) the different lotus centres, till at last it reaches the brain. Then the Yogi becomes conscious of what he really is, God Himself. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2299:Tremendous purity, tremendous renunciation, is the one secret of spirituality. “Neither through wealth, nor through progeny, but through renunciation alone is immortality to be reached,” say the Vedas. “Sell all that thou hast and give to poor, and follow me,” says the Christ. So all great saints and prophets have expressed it, and have carried it out in their lives. How can great spirituality come without renunciation? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2300:Who shall blame whom, who praise whom? Whom to seek, whom to avoid? I seek none, nor avoid any, for I am all the universe. I praise myself, I blame myself, I suffer for myself, I am happy at my own will, I am free. This is the Jnâni, the brave and daring. Let the whole universe tumble down; he smiles and says it never existed, it was all a hallucination. He sees the universe tumble down. Where was it! Where has it gone! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2301:You must exercise your own reason and judgment; you must practice, and see whether these things happen or not. Just as you would take up any other science, exactly in the same manner you should take up this science for study. There is neither mystery nor danger in it. So far as it is true, it ought to be preached in the public streets, in broad daylight. Any attempt to mystify these things is productive of great danger. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2302:He who does not depend on anything, who is pure and active, who does not care whether good comes or evil, and never becomes miserable, who has given up all efforts for himself; who is the same in praise or in blame, with a silent, thoughtful mind, blessed with what little comes in his way, homeless, for the whole world is his home, and who is steady in his ideas, such a one is My beloved Bhakta." Such alone become Yogis. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2303:Slowly and gradually we are to train ourselves. It is no joke — not a question of a day, or years, or maybe of births. Never mind! The pull must go on. Knowingly, voluntarily, the pull must go on. Inch by inch we will gain ground. We will begin to feel and get real possessions, which no one can take away from us — the wealth that no man can take, the wealth that nobody can destroy, the joy that no misery can hurt any more. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2304:So we find that in almost every religion these are the three primary things which we have in the worship of God - forms or symbols, names, God-men. All religions have these, but you find that they want to fight with each other...These are the external forms of devotion, through which man has to pass; but if he is sincere, if he really wants to reach the truth, he goes higher than these, to a plane where forms are as nothing. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2305:We have not faith, we have not patience to see this. We trust the man in the street; but there is one being in the universe we never trust and that is God. We trust Him when He works just our way. But the time will come when, getting blow after blow, the self - sufficient mind will die. In everything we do, the serpent ego is rising up. We are glad that there are so many thorns on the path. They strike the hood of the cobra. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2306:His (Swami Vivekananda) words are great music, phrases in the style of Beethoven, stirring rhythms like the march of Handel choruses. I cannot touch these sayings of his, scattered as they are through the pages of books, at thirty years' distance, without receiving a thrill through my body like an electric shock. And what shocks, what transports, must have been produced when in burning words they issued from the lips of the hero! ~ Romain Rolland,
2307:This is the gist of all worship: to be pure and to do good to others. He who sees Shiva in the poor, in the weak, and in the diseased, really worships Shiva. And if he sees Shiva only in the image, his worship is but preliminary. He who has served and helped one poor man seeing Shiva in him, without thinking of his caste or creed or race or anything, with him Shiva is more pleased than with the man who sees Him only in temples ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2308:On the philosophic side the disciples of the Great Master dashed themselves against the eternal rocks of the Vedas and could not crush them, and on the other side they took away from the nation that eternal God to which every one, man or woman, clings so fondly. And the result was that Buddhism had to die a natural death in India. At the present day there is not one who calls oneself a Buddhist in India, the land of its birth. But ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2309:Now we are not much more moral than the animals. We are only held down by the whips of society. If society said today, “I will not punish you if you steal,” we should just make a rush for each other’s property. It is the policeman that makes us moral. It is social opinion that makes us moral, and really we are little better than animals. We understand how much this is so in the secret of our own hearts. So let us not be hypocrites. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2310:The secret of Greek Art is its imitation of nature even to the minutest details; whereas the secret of Indian Art is to represent the ideal. The energy of the Greek painter is spent in perhaps painting a piece of flesh, and he is so successful that a dog is deluded into taking it to be a real bit of meat and so goes to bite it. Now, what glory is there in merely imitating nature? Why not place an actual bit of flesh before the dog? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2311:Let us realise [that] we are the infinite power. Who put a limit to the power of mind? Let us realise we are all mind. Every drop has the whole of the ocean in it. That is the mind of man. The Indian mind reflects upon these [powers and potentialities] and wants to bring [them] all out. For himself he doesn't care what happens. It will take a great length of time [to reach perfection]. If it takes fifty thousand years, what of that! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2312:… an Emperor says, "I will kill you if you do not come", and the man bursts into a laugh and says, "You never told such a falsehood in your life, as you tell just now. Who can kill me? Me you kill, Emperor of the material world! Never! For I am Spirit unborn and undecaying; never was I born and never do I die; I am the Infinite, the Omnipresent, the Omniscient; and you kill me, child that you are!" That is strength, that is strength! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2313:Do you know this Sanskrit Shloka: "Let those who are versed in the ethical codes praise or blame, let Lakshmi, the goddess of Fortune, come or go wherever she wisheth, let death overtake him today or after a century, the wise man never swerves from the path of rectitude." Let people praise you or blame you, let fortune smile or frown upon you, let your body fall today or after a Yuga, see that you do not deviate from the path of Truth. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2314:You must try to combine in your life immense idealism with immense practicality. You must be prepared to go into deep meditation now, and the next moment you must be ready to go and cultivate the fields. You must be prepared to explain the intricacies of the scriptures now, and the next moment to go and sell the produce of the fields in the market....The true man is he who is strong as strength itself and yet possesses a woman's heart. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2315:Have faith in man, whether he appears to you to be a very learned one or a most ignorant one. Have faith in man, whether he appears to be an angel or the very devil himself. Have faith in man first, and then having faith in him, believe that if there are defects in him, if he makes mistakes, if he embraces the crudest and the vilest doctrines, believe that it is not from his real nature that they come, but from the want of higher ideals. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2316:Knowledge is inherent in man; no knowledge comes from outside; it is all inside. We say Newton discovered gravitation. Was it sitting anywhere waiting for him? It was in his own mind; the time came and he found it out. All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind. The external world is simply the suggestion, the occasion, which sets you to study your own mind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2317:If you really want to judge of the character of a man, look not at his great performances. Every fool may become a hero at one time or another. Watch a man do his most common actions; those are indeed the things which will tell you the real character of a great man. Great occasions rouse even the lowest of human beings to some kind of greatness, but he alone is the really great man whose character is great always, the same wherever he be. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2318:Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and everything shall be added unto you. This is the one great duty, this is renunciation. Live for an ideal, and leave no place in the mind for anything else. Let us put forth all our energies to acquire that which never fails-our spiritual perfection. If we have true yearning for realization, we must struggle, and through struggle growth will come. We shall make mistakes, but they may be angels unawares. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2319:Suppose there is a wave in the ocean. The wave is distinct from the ocean only in its form and name, and this form and this name cannot have any separate existence from the wave; they exist only with wave. The wave may subside but the same amount of water remains, even if the name and form that were on the wave vanish for ever. So this Maya is what makes the difference between me and you , between all animals and man, between gods and men. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2320:But on the heights of the Himalayas I have a place where I am determined nothing shall enter except pure truth. There I want to work out this idea about which I have spoken to you today. There are an Englishman and an Englishwoman in charge of the place. The purpose is to train seekers of truth and to bring up children without fear and without superstition. They shall not hear about Christs and Buddhas and Shivas and Vishnus - none of these. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2321:[Not parroting.] My old Master used to say, "It is all very good to teach the parrot to say, 'Lord, Lord, Lord' all the time; but let the cat come and take hold of its neck, it forgets all about it" [You may] pray all the time, read all the scriptures in the world, and worship all the gods there are, [but] unless you realise the soul there is no freedom. Not talking, theorising, argumentation, but realisation. That I call practical religion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2322:Now the history of the world shows that these two dreams — that of a universal political Empire and that of a universal religious Empire — have been long before mankind, but that again and again the plans of the greatest conquerors had been frustrated by the splitting up of his territories before he could conquer only a little part of the earth; and similarly every religion has been split into sects before it was fairly out of its cradle. Yet ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2323:It is an irrational claim to believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ and at the same time to hold that the greater part of his teachings have no application at the present time. If you say that the reason why the powers do not follow them that believe (as Christ said they would) is because you have not faith enough and are not pure enough-that will be all right. But to say that they have no application at the present time is to be ridiculous. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2324:If you really want to judge of the character of a man, look not at his great performances. Every fool may become a hero at one time or another. Watch a man do his most common actions; those are indeed the things which will tell you the real character of a great man. Great occasions rouse even the lowest of human beings to some kind of greatness, but he alone is the really great man whose character is great always, the same wherever he be. Karma ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2325:No civilisation can grow unless fanatics, bloodshed, and brutality stop. No civilisation can begin to lift up its head until we look charitably upon one another; and the first step towards that much-needed charity is to look charitably and kindly upon the religious convictions of others. Nay more, to understand that not only should we be charitable, but positively helpful to each other, however different our religious ideas and convictions may be. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2326:Some imaginations help to break the bondage of the rest. The whole universe is imagination, but one set of imaginations will cure another set. Those that tell us that there is sin and sorrow and death in the world are terrible. But the other set - thou art holy, there is God, there is no pain - these are good, and help to break the bondage of the others. The highest imagination that can break all the links of the chain is that of the Personal God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2327:We say that if a temple, or a symbol, or an image helps you to realize the Divine within, you are welcome to it. Have two hundred images if you like. If certain forms and formulas help you to realize the Divine, God speed you; have, by all means, whatever forms, temples, whatever ceremonies you want to bring you nearer to God. But do not quarrel about them; the moment you quarrel, you are not going Godward, you are going backward towards the brutes. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2328:Each nation has a main current in life; in India it is religion. Make it strong and the waters on either side must move along with it. This is one phase of my line of thought. In time, I hope to bring them all out, but at present I find I have a mission in this country also. Moreover, I expect help in this country and from here alone. But up to date I could not do anything except spreading my ideas. Now I want that a similar attempt be made in India. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2329:When I Asked God for Strength He Gave Me Difficult Situations to Face When I Asked God for Brain & Brawn He Gave Me Puzzles in Life to Solve When I Asked God for Happiness He Showed Me Some Unhappy People When I Asked God for Wealth He Showed Me How to Work Hard When I Asked God for Favors He Showed Me Opportunities to Work Hard When I Asked God for Peace He Showed Me How to Help Others God Gave Me Nothing I Wanted He Gave Me Everything I Needed. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2330:Everything that can weaken us as a race we have had for the last thousand years. It seems as if during that period the national life had this one end in view, viz how to make us weaker and weaker, till we have become real earthworms, crawling at the feet of every one who dares to put his foot on us. Therefore my friends, as one of your blood, as one that lives and dies with you, let me tell you that we want strength, strength, and every time strength. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2331:The flowers that we see all around us are beautiful, beautiful is the rising of the morning sun, beautiful are the variegated hues of nature. The whole universe is beautiful, and man has been enjoying it since his appearance on earth. Sublime and awe-inspiring are the mountains; the gigantic rushing rivers rolling towards the sea, the trackless deserts, the infinite ocean, the starry heavens — all these are awe-inspiring, sublime, and beautiful indeed. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2332:Absolute equality, that which means a perfect balance of all the struggling forces in all the planes, can never be in this world. Before you attain that state, the world will have become quite unfit for any kind of life, and no one will be there. We find, therefore, that all these ideas of the millennium and of absolute equality are not only impossible but also that, if we try to carry them out, they will lead us surely enough to the day of destruction. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2333:Jesus Christ was God - the Personal God become man. He has manifested Himself many times in different forms and these alone are what you can worship. God in His absolute nature is not to be worshipped. Worshipping such God would be nonsense. We have to worship Jesus Christ, the human manifestation, as God. You cannot worship anything higher than the manifestation of God. The sooner you give up the worship of God separate from Christ, the better for you. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2334:If I may be allowed to use a simile, creation and  creator are two lines, without beginning and without end, running parallel to each other. God is the ever active providence, by whose power systems after systems are being evolved out of chaos, made to run for a time and again destroyed. This is what the Brâhmin boy repeats every day: “The sun and the moon, the Lord created like the suns and moons of previous cycles.” And this agrees with modern science. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2335:In India the mother is the center of the family and our highest ideal. She is to us the representative of God, as God is the mother of the universe. It was a female sage who first found the unity of God, and laid down this doctrine in one of the first hy mns of the Vedas. Our God is both personal and absolute, the absolute is male, the personal, female. And thus it comes that we now say: 'The first manifestation of God is the hand that rocks the cradle'. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2336:The only remedy for bad habits is counter habits; all the bad habits that have left their impressions are to be controlled by good habits. Go on doing good, thinking holy thoughts continuously; that is the only way to suppress base impressions. Never say any man is hopeless, because he only represents a character, a bundle of habits, which can be checked by new and better ones. Character is repeated habits, and repeated habits alone can reform character. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2337:There are three stages in meditation. The first is what is called Dharana, concentrating the mind upon an object. I try to concentrate my mind upon this glass, excluding every other object from my mind except this glass. But the mind is wavering. When it has become strong and does not waver so much, it is called Dhyana, meditation. And then there is a still higher state when the differentiation between the glass and myself is lost — Samadhi or absorption ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2338:All unhappiness is caused by our not having mastery over the body... We are all putting the cart before the horse... Take the system of work, for instance. We are trying to do good by ... comforting the poor. We do not get to the cause which created the misery. It is like taking a bucket to empty out the ocean, and more water comes all the time. The Yogi sees that this is nonsense. He says that the way out of misery is to know the cause of misery first... ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2339:Patanjali, declares that the true secret of evolution is the manifestation of the perfection which is already in every being; that this perfection has been barred and the infinite tide behind is struggling to express itself. These struggles and competitions are but the results of our ignorance, because we do not know the proper way to unlock the gate and let the water in. This infinite tide behind must express itself; it is the cause of all manifestation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2340:How long do you remember that it is the Lord who is making you work? But then, by repeatedly analysing like that, you will come to a state when the ego will vanish and in its place the Lord will come in. Then you will be able to say with justice "Thou, Lord, art guarding all my actions from within." But, my friend, if the ego occupies all the space within your heart, where forsooth will there be room enough for the Lord to come in? The Lord is verily absent! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2341:That intense faith in another world, that intense hatred for this world, that intense power of renunciation, that intense faith in God, that intense faith in the immortal soul, is in you. I challenge anyone to give it up. You cannot. You may try to impose upon me by becoming materialists, by talking materialism for a few months, but I know what you are; if I take you by the hand, back you come as good theists as ever were born. How can you change your nature? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2342:if a temple, or a symbol, or an image helps you to realise the Divinity within, you are welcome to it. Have two hundred images if you like. If certain forms and formularies help you to realise the Divine, God speed you; have, by all means, whatever forms, and whatever temples, and whatever ceremonies you want to bring you nearer to God. But do not quarrel about them; the moment you quarrel, you are not going Godward, you are going backward, towards the brutes. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2343:In every country it is the priest who is conservative, for two reasons — because it is his bread and because he can only move with the people. All priests are not strong. If the people say, “Preach two thousand gods,” the priests will do it. They are the servants of the congregation who pay them. God does not pay them. So blame yourselves before blaming the priests. You can only get the government and the religion and the priesthood you deserve, and no better. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2344:The West regards marriage as consisting in all that lies beyond the legal tie, while in India it is thought of as a bond thrown by society round two people to unite them together for all eternity. Those two must wed each other, whether they will or not, in life after life. Each acquires half of the merit of the other. And if one seems in this life to have fallen hopelessly behind, it is for the other only to wait and beat time, till he or she catches up again! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2345:It is only the contemplative, witness-like study of objects that brings to us real enjoyment and happiness. The animal has its happiness in the senses, the man in his intellect, and the god in spiritual contemplation. It is only to the soul that has attained to this contemplative state that the world really becomes beautiful. To him who desires nothing, and does not mix himself up with them, the manifold changes of nature are one panorama of beauty and sublimity. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2346:Realisation of love can never come so long as there is the least desire in the heart, or what Shri Ramakrishna used to say, attachment for Kâma-Kânchana (sense-pleasure and wealth). In the perfect realisation of love, even the consciousness of one's own body does not exist. Also, the supreme Jnana is to realise the oneness everywhere, to see one's own self as the Self in everything. That too cannot come so long as there is the least consciousness of the ego (Aham). ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2347:Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life; dream of it; think of it; live on that idea. Let the brain, the body, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced.”
Swami Vivekananda, Vedanta Philosophy: Lectures by the Swami Vivekananda on Raja Yoga Also Pantanjali's Yoga Aphorisms, with Commentaries, and Glossary of Sa ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2348:Love makes no distinction between man and man, between an Aryan and a Mlechchha, between a Brâhmana and a Pariah, nor even between a man and a woman. Love makes the whole universe as one's own home. True progress is slow but sure. Work among those young men who can devote heart and soul to this one duty - the duty of raising the masses of India. Awake them, unite them, and inspire them with this spirit of renunciation; it depends wholly on the young people of India. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2349:Ours is the only religion that does not depend on a person or persons; it is based upon principles. At the same time there is room for millions of persons. There is ample ground for introducing persons, but each one of them must be an illustration of the principles. We must not forget that. These principles of our religion are all safe, and it should be the life-work of everyone of us to keep then safe, and to keep them free from the accumulating dirt and dust of ages. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2350:He is everywhere, the pure and formless One, the Almighty and the All-merciful. "Thou art our father, Thou art our mother, Thou art our beloved friend, Thou art the source of all strength; give us strength. Thou art He that beareth the burdens of the universe; help me bear the little burden of this life." Thus sang the Rishis of the Vedas. And how to worship Him? Through love. "He is to be worshipped as the one beloved, dearer than everything in this and the next life." ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2351:Materialism has come to the rescue of India in a certain sense by throwing open the doors of life to everyone, by destroying the exclusive privileges of caste, by opening up to discussion the inestimable treasures which were hidden away in the hands of a very few who have even lost the use of them. Half has been stolen and lost; and the other half which remains is in the hands of men who, like dogs in the manger, do not eat themselves and will not allow others to do so. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2352:Never mind failures; they are quite natural, they are the beauty of life, these failures. What would life be without them? It would not be worth having if it were not for struggles. Where would be the poetry of life? Never mind the struggles, the mistakes. I never heard a cow tell a lie, but it is only a cow-never a man. So never mind these failures, these little backslidings; hold the ideal a thousand times, and if you fail a thousand times, make the attempt once more. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2353:the Himalayas, how grand and beautiful they are; I love them. They do not give me anything, but my nature is to love the grand, the beautiful, therefore I love them. Similarly, I love the Lord. He is the source of all beauty, of all sublimity. He is the only object to be loved; my nature is to love Him, and therefore I love. I do not pray for anything; I do not ask for anything. Let Him place me wherever He likes. I must love Him for love's sake. I cannot trade in love. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2354:The fault with all religions like Christianity is that they have one set of rules for all. But Hindu religion is suited to all grades of religious aspiration and progress. It contains all the ideals in their perfect form. For example, the ideal of Shanta or blessedness is to be found in Vasishtha; that of love in Krishna; that of duty in Rama and Sita; and that of intellect in Shukadeva. Study the characters of these and of other ideal men. Adopt one which suits you best. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2355:Individuality in universality is the plan of creation. Each cell has its part in bringing about consciousness. Man is individual and at the same time universal. It is while realising our individual nature that we realise even our national and universal nature. Each is an infinite circle whose centre is everywhere and circumference nowhere. By practice one can feel universal Selfhood which is the essence of Hinduism. He who sees in every being his own Self is a Pandita (sage). ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2356:The ideal man is he who, in the midst of the greatest silence and solitude, finds the intensest activity, and in the midst of the intensest activity finds the silence and solitude of the desert. He has learnt the secret of restraint, he has controlled himself. He goes through the streets of a big city with all its traffic, and his mind is as calm as if he were in a cave, where not a sound could reach him; and he is intensely working all the time. That is the ideal of Karma-Yoga, ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2357:There cannot be two almighty beings in this world. [Imagine having] two or three Gods; one will create the world, another says, "I will destroy the world." It [can] never happen. There must be one God. The soul attains to perfection; [it becomes] almost omnipotent [and] omniscient. This is the worshipper. Who is the worshipped? He, the Lord God Himself, the Omnipresent, the Omniscient, and so on. And above all, He is Love. How is [the soul] to attain this perfection? By worship. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2358:There is no God separate from you, no God higher than you, the real 'you'. All the gods are little beings to you, all the ideas of God and Father in heaven are but your own reflection. God Himself is your image. 'God created man after His own image.' That is wrong. Man creates God after his own image. That is right. Throughout the universe we are creating gods after our own image. We create the god and fall down at his feet and worship him; and when this dream comes, we love it! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2359:The whole universe is one. There is only one Self in the universe, only One Existence, and that One Existence, when it passes through the forms of time, space, causation, is called by different names, buddhi, fine matter, gross matter, all mental and physical forms. Everything in the universe is that One, appearing in various forms. When a little part of it comes, as it were, into this network of time, space and causation, it takes forms. Take off the network, and it is all one. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2360:Strength, strength is what the Upanishads speak to me from every page. This is the one great thing to remember, it has been the one great lesson I have been taught in my life; strength, it says, strength, O man, be not weak. Are there no human weaknesses? - says man. There are, say the Upanishads, but will more weakness heal them, would you try to wash dirt with dirt? Will sin cure sin, weakness cure weakness? Strength, O man, strength, say the Upanishads, stand up and be strong. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2361:There is no God separate from you, no God higher than you, the real "you." All the gods are little beings to you, all the ideas of God and Father in heaven are but your own reflection. God Himself is your image. “God created man after His own image." That is wrong. Man creates God after his own image. That is right. Throughout the universe we are creating gods after our own image. We create the god and fall down at his feet and worship him; and when this dream comes, we love it ! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2362:Life is called Samsara - it is the result of the conflicting forces acting upon us. Materialism says, "The voice of freedom is a delusion." Idealism says, "The voice that tells of bondage is but a dream." Vedanta says, "We are free and not free at the same time." That means that we are never free on the earthly plane, but ever free on the spiritual side. The Self is beyond both freedom and bondage. We are Brahman, we are immortal knowledge beyond the senses, we are Bliss Absolute. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2363:Only love for the Supreme Lord is true Bhakti. Love for any other being, however great, is not Bhakti. The "Supreme Lord" here means Ishvara, the concept of which transcends what you in the West mean by the personal God. "He from whom this universe proceeds, in whom it rests, and to whom it returns, He is Ishvara, the Eternal, the Pure, the All-Merciful, the Almighty, the Ever-Free, the All-Knowing, the Teacher of all teachers, the Lord who of His own nature is inexpressible Love." ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2364:Our allegiance is to the principles always, and not to the persons. Persons are but the embodiments, the illustrations of the principles. If the principles are there, the persons will come by the thousands and millions. If the principle is safe, persons like Buddha will be born by the hundreds and thousands. But if the principle is lost and forgotten and the whole of national life tries to cling round a so-called historical person, woe unto that religion, danger unto that religion! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2365:The ideal of all education, all training, should be this man-making. But, instead of that, we are always trying to polish up the outside. What use in polishing up the outside when there is no inside? The end and aim of all training is to make the man grow. The man who influences, who throws his magic, as it were, upon his fellow-beings, is a dynamo of power, and when that man is ready, he can do anything and everything he likes; that personality put upon anything will make it work. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2366:I have been asked many times, Why do you laugh so much and make so many jokes? I become serious sometimes-when I have a stomachache! The Lord is all blissfulness. He is the reality behind all that exists. He is the goodness, the truth in everything. You are His incarnations. That is what is glorious. The nearer you are to Him, the less you will have occasions to cry or weep. The further we are from Him, the more will long faces come. The more we know of Him, the more misery vanishes. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2367:great saying of the Sânkhya, "The whole of nature is for the soul, not the soul for nature." The very reason of nature's existence is for the education of the soul; it has no other meaning; it is there because the soul must have knowledge, and through knowledge free itself. If we remember this always, we shall never be attached to nature; we shall know that nature is a book in which we are to read, and that when we have gained the required knowledge, the book is of no more value to us. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2368:For the next fifty years this alone shall be our keynote - this, our great Mother India. Let all other vain gods disappear for the time from our minds. This is the only god that is awake, our own race - "everywhere his hands, everywhere his feet, everywhere his ears, he covers everything." All other gods are sleeping. What vain gods shall we go after and yet cannot worship the god that we see all round us, the Virât? When we have worshiped this, we shall be able to worship all other gods. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2369:There is the mind itself. It is like a smooth lake which when struck, say by a stone, vibrates. The vibrations gather together and react on the stone, and all through the lake they will spread and be felt. The mind is like the lake; it is constantly being set in vibrations, which leave an impression on the mind; and the idea of the Ego, or personal self, the "I", is the result of these impressions. This "I" therefore is only the very rapid transmission of force and is in itself no reality. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2370:Plunge into the world, and then, after a time, when you have suffered and enjoyed all that is in it, will renunciation come; then will calmness come. So fulfill your desire for power and everything else, and after you have fulfilled the desire, will come the time when you will know that they are all very little things; but until you have fulfilled this desire, until you have passed through that activity, it is impossible for you to come to the state of calmness, serenity, and self-surrender. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2371:There are hundreds of thousands of microbes surrounding us, but they cannot harm us unless we become weak, until the body is ready and predisposed to receive them. There may be a million microbes of misery floating about us. Never mind! They dare not approach us, they have no power to get a hold on us, until the mind is weakened. This is the great fact: strength is life. Weakness is death. Strength is felicity, life eternal, immortal. Weakness is constant strain and misery: weakness is death ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2372:Last of all will come self-surrender. Then we shall be able to give ourselves up to the Mother. If misery comes, welcome; if happiness comes, welcome. Then, when we come up to this love, all crooked things shall be straight. There will be the same sight for the Brahmin, the Pariah, and the dog. Until we love the universe with samesightedness, with impartial, undying love, we are missing again and again. But then all will have vanished, and we shall see in all the same infinite eternal Mother. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2373:Hinduism, with its openness, its respect for variety, its acceptance of all other faiths, is one religion that should be able to assert itself without threatening others. But this cannot be the Hinduism that destroyed a mosque, or the Hindutva spewed in hate-filled speeches by communal politicians. It has to be the Hinduism of Swami Vivekananda, who, a century ago, at Chicago’s World Parliament of Religions in 1893, articulated best the liberal humanism that lies at the heart of his and my creed: ~ Shashi Tharoor,
2374:After every happiness comes misery; they may be far apart or near. The more advanced the soul, the more quickly does one follow the other. What we want is neither happiness nor misery. Both make us forget our true nature; both are chains-one iron, one gold; behind both is the Atman, who knows neither happiness nor misery. These are states, and states must ever change; but the nature of the Atman is bliss, peace, unchanging. We have not to get it, we have it; only wash away the dross and see it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2375:After every happiness comes misery; they may be far apart or near. The more advanced the soul, the more quickly does one follow the other. What we want is neither happiness nor misery. Both make us forget our true nature; both are chains--one iron, one gold; behind both is the Atman, who knows neither happiness nor misery. These are states, and states must ever change; but the nature of the Atman is bliss, peace, unchanging. We have not to get it, we have it; only wash away the dross and see it. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2376:Another thing: ... [Spirituality] evaporates when they say, “This is right, and that is wrong.” All quarrels are [with forms and creeds] never in the spirit. The Buddhist offered for years glorious preaching; gradually, this spirituality evaporated. ... [Similarly with Christianity.] And then began the quarrel whether it is three gods in one or one in three, when nobody wants to go to God Himself and know what He is. We have to go to God Himself to know whether He is three in one or one in three. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2377:Shivaji was the greatest Hindu king that India had produced within the last thousand years; one who was the very incarnation of lord Siva, about whom prophecies were given out long before he was born; and his advent was eagerly expected by all the great souls and saints of Maharashtra as the deliverer of the Hindus from the hands of the Mlecchas, and as one who succeeded in the reestablishment of Dharma which had been trampled underfoot by the depredations of the devastating hordes of the Moghals ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2378:Chastity, non-injury, forgiving even the greatest enemy, truth, faith in the Lord, these are all different Vrittis. Be not afraid if you are not perfect in all of these; work, they will come. He who has given up all attachment, all fear, and all anger, he whose whole soul has gone unto the Lord, he who has taken refuge in the Lord, whose heart has become purified, with whatsoever desire he comes to the Lord, He will grant that to him. Therefore worship Him through knowledge, love, or renunciation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2379:Some people are so afraid of losing their individuality. Wouldn't it be better for the pig to lose his pig-individuality if he can become God? Yes. But the poor pig does not think so at the time. Which state is my individuality? When I was a baby sprawling on the floor trying to swallow my thumb? Was that the individuality I should be sorry to lose? Fifty years hence I shall look upon this present state and laugh, just as I now look upon the baby state. Which of these individualities shall I keep? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2380:"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God." Can we see God? Of course not. Can we know God? Of course not. If God can be known, He will be God no longer. Knowledge is limitation. But I and my Father are one: I find the reality in my soul. These ideas are expressed in some religions, and in others only hinted. In some they were expatriated. Christ's teachings are now very little understood in this country. If you will excuse me, I will say that they have never been very well understood. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2381:If the suns come down, and the moons crumble into dust, and systems after systems are hurled into annihilation, what is that to you? Stand as a rock; you are indestructible. You are the Self, the God of the universe. Say - "I am Existence Absolute, Bliss Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, I am He," and like a lion breaking its cage, break your chain and be free forever. What frightens you, what holds you down? Only ignorance and delusion; nothing else can bind you. You are the Pure One, the Ever-blessed. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2382:Pranayama. Stopping the right nostril with the thumb, through the left nostril fill in air, according to capacity; then, without any interval, throw the air out through the right nostril, closing the left one. Again inhaling through the right nostril eject through the left, according to capacity; practicing this three or five times at four hours of the day, before dawn, during midday, in the evening, and at midnight, in fifteen days or a month purity of the nerves is attained; then begins Pranayama. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2383:Man stands in materialism; you and I are materialists. Our talking about God and Spirit is good; but it is simply the vogue in our society to talk thus: we have learnt it parrot-like and repeat it. So we have to take ourselves where we are as materialists, and must take the help of matter and go on slowly until we become real spiritualists, and feel ourselves spirits, understand the spirit, and find that this world which we call the infinite is but a gross external form of that world which is behind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2384:Remember the words of Christ: "Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you." These words are literally true, not figures or fiction. They were the outflow of the heart's blood of one of the greatest sons of God who have ever come to this world of ours; words which came as the fruit of realisation, from a man who had felt and realised God himself; who had spoken with God, lived with God, a hundred times more intensely than you or I see this building. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2385:“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” This sentence alone would save mankind, if all books and prophets were lost. This purity of heart will bring the vision of God. It is the theme of the whole music of this universe. In purity is no bondage. Remove the veils of ignorance by purity; then we manifest ourselves as we really are and know that we were never in bondage. The seeing of 'many' is the great sin of all the world. See all as Self and love all; let all idea of separateness go. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2386:It is entirely wrong to think that we have done, or can do, good to the world, or to think that we have helped such and such people. It is a foolish thought, and all foolish thoughts bring misery. We think that we have helped some man and expect him to thank us, and because he does not, unhappiness comes to us. Why should we expect anything in return for what we do? Be grateful to the man you help, think of him as God. Is it not a great privilege to be allowed to worship God by helping our fellow men? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2387:That truth which you swallow from others will not be yours...you have to realize truth and work it our for yourself according to your own nature...All must struggle to be individuals-strong, standing on your own feet, thinking your own thoughts, realizing you own Self. No use swallowing doctrines others pass on-standing up together like soldiers in jail, sitting down together, all eating the same food, all nodding their heads at the same time. Variation is the sign of life. Sameness is the sign of death. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2388:What is the idea of God in heaven? Materialism. The Vedantic idea is the infinite principle of God embodied in every one of us. God sitting up on a cloud! Think of the utter blasphemy of it! It is materialism - downright materialism. When babies think this way, it may be all right, but when grown - up men try to teach such things, it is downright disgusting - that is what it is. It is all matter, all body idea, the gross idea, the sense idea. Every bit of it is clay and nothing but clay. Is that religion? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2389:Do you know how much energy, how many powers, how many forces, are still lurking behind that frame of yours? What scientist has known all that is in man? Millions of years have passed since man came here, and yet but one infinitesimal part of his powers has been manifested. Therefore, you must not say that you are weak. How do you know what possibilities lie behind that degradation on the surface? You know but little of that which is within you. For behind you is the ocean of infinite power and blessedness. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2390:Brave, bold men, these are what we want. What we want is vigor in the blood, strength in the nerves, iron muscles and nerves of steel, not softening namby-pamby ideas. Avoid all these. Avoid all mystery. There is no mystery in religion. Is there any mystery in the Vedanta, or in the Vedas, or in the Samhitâs, or in the Puranas? What secret societies did the sages of yore establish to preach their religion? What sleight-of-hand tricks are there recorded as used by them to bring their grand truths to humanity? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2391:That the Hindus, absorbed in the ideal, lacked in realistic observation is evident from this. Take painting and sculpture. What do you see in the Hindu paintings? All sorts of grotesque and unnatural figures. What do you see in a Hindu temple? A Chaturbhanga Narayana or some such thing. But take into consideration any Italian picture or Grecian statue-what a study of nature you find in them! A gentleman for twenty years sat burning a candle in his hand, in order to paint a lady carrying a candle in her hand. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2392:When there is real purification of the body, external and internal, there arises neglect of the body, and the idea of keeping it nice vanishes. A face which others call most beautiful will appear to the Yogi as merely animal, if there is not intelligence behind it. What the world calls a very common face he regards as heavenly, if the spirit shines behind it. This thirst after body is the great bane of human life. So the first sign of the establishment of purity is that you do not care to think you are a body. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2393:We find the vast majority of people in every country believing that there will be a time when this world will become perfect, when there will be no disease, nor death, nor unhappiness, nor wickedness. That is a very good idea, a very good motive power to inspire and uplift the ignorant. But if we think for a moment, we shall find on the very face of it that it cannot be so. How can it be, seeing that good and evil are the obverse and reverse of the same coin? How can you have good without evil at the same time? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2394:First the nerves are to be purified, then comes the power to practice Pranayama. Stopping the right nostril with the thumb, through the left nostril fill in air, according to capacity; then, without any interval, throw the air out through the right nostril, closing the left one. Again inhaling through the right nostril eject through the left, according to capacity; practicing this three or five times at four hours of the day, before dawn, during midday, in the evening, and at midnight, in fifteen days or a month ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2395:Beware of compromises. I do not mean that you are to get into antagonism with anybody, but you have to hold on to your own principles in weal or woe and never adjust them to others' "fads" through the greed of getting supporters. Your Âtman is the support of the universe - whose support do you stand in need of? Wait with patience and love and strength; if helpers are not ready now, they will come in time. Why should we be in a hurry? The real working force of all great work is in its almost unperceived beginnings. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2396:When a man goes into deep sleep, he enters a plane beneath consciousness. He works the body all the time, he breathes, he moves the body, perhaps, in his sleep, without any accompanying feeling of ego; he is unconscious, and when he returns from his sleep, he is the same man who went into it. The sum total of the knowledge which he had before he went into the sleep remains the same; it does not increase at all. No enlightenment comes. But when a man goes into Samadhi, if he goes into it a fool, he comes out a sage. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2397:Spirituality brings a class of men who lay exclusive claim to the special powers of the world. The immediate effect of this is a reaction towards materialism, which opens the door to scores of exclusive claims, until the time comes when not only all the spiritual powers of the race, but all its material powers and privileges are centred in the hands of a very few; and these few, standing on the necks of the masses of the people, want to rule them. Then society has to help itself, and materialism comes to the rescue. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2398:There can be no love so long as there is lust- even a speck of it, as it were, in the heart. None but men of great renunciation, none but mighty giants among men, have a right to that Love Divine. If that highest ideal of love is held out to the masses, it will indirectly tend to stimulate its worldly which dominates the heart of man- for, meditating on love to God by thinking of oneself as His wife or beloved, one would very likely be thinking most of the time of one's own wife- the result is too obvious to point out. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2399:To the other nations of the world, religion is one among the many occupations of life. There is politics, there are the enjoyments of social life, there is all that wealth can buy or power can bring, there is all that the senses can enjoy; and among all these various occupations of life and all this searching after something which can give yet a little more whetting to the cloyed senses - among all these, there is perhaps a little bit of religion. But here, in India, religion is the one and the only occupation of life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2400:Whether dualistic, qualified monistic, or monistic, they all firmly believe that everything is in the soul itself; it has only to come out and manifest itself. Therefore, this shraddha is what I want, and what all of us here want, this faith in ourselves, and before you is the great task to get that faith. Give up the awful disease that is creeping, into our national blood, that idea of ridiculing everything, that loss of seriousness. Give that up. Be strong and have this shraddha, and everything else is bound to follow. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2401:It is very difficult to understand why in this country [India] so much difference is made between men and women, whereas the Vedanta declares that one and the same conscious Self is present in all beings. You always criticize the women, but say what have you done for their uplift? Writing down Smritis etc., and binding them by hard rules, the men have turned the women into manufacturing machines! If you do not raise the women, who are living embodiment of the Divine Mother, don’t think that you have any other way to rise. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2402:Another peculiar idea of the Vedanta is that we must allow this infinite variation in religious thought, and not try to bring everybody to the same opinion, because the goal is the same. As the Vedantist says in his poetical language, "As so many rivers, having their source in different mountains, roll down, crooked or straight, and at last come into the ocean  — so, all these various creeds and religions, taking their start from different standpoints and running through crooked or straight courses, at last come unto THEE. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2403:God is the one goal of all our passions and emotions. If you want to be angry, be angry with Him. Chide your Beloved, chide your Friend. Whom else can you safely chide? Mortal man will not patiently put up with your anger; there will be a reaction. If you are angry with me I am sure quickly to react, because I cannot patiently put up with your anger. Say unto the Beloved, "Why do You not come to me; why do You leave me thus alone?" Where is there any enjoyment but in Him? What enjoyment can there be in little clods of earth? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2404:Who can break the law? If I break this glass, it will fall down. If anyone succeeds in throwing one atom out of place, every other atom will go out of balance. . . . The law can never be broken. Each atom is kept in its place. Each is weighed and measured and fulfils its [purpose] and place. Through His command the winds blow, the sun shines. Through His rule the worlds are kept in place. Through His orders death is sporting upon the earth. Just think of two or three Gods having a wrestling match in this world! It cannot be. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2405:It is the most difficult thing in this world to work and not care for the result, to help a man and never think that he ought to be grateful, to do some good work and at the same time never look to see whether it brings you name or fame, or nothing at all. Even the most arrant coward becomes brave when the world praises him. A fool can do heroic deeds when the approbation of society is upon him, but for a man to constantly do good without caring for the approbation of his fellow men is indeed the highest sacrifice man can perform. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2406:If there is inequality in nature, still there must be equal chance for all - or if greater for some and for some less - the weaker should be given more chance than the strong. In other words, a Brahmin is not so much in need of education as a Chandala. If the son of a Brahmin needs one teacher, that of a Chandala needs ten. For greater help must be given to him whom nature has not endowed with an acute intellect from birth. It is a madman who carries coals to Newcastle. The poor, the downtrodden, the ignorant, let these be your God. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2407:If religion and life depend upon books or upon the existence of any prophet whatsoever, then perish all religion and books! Religion is in us. No books or teachers can do more than help us to find it, and even without them we can get all truth within. You have gratitude for books and teachers without bondage to them; and worship your Guru as God, but do not obey him blindly; love him all you will, but think for yourself. No blind belief can save you, work out your own salvation. Have only one idea of God - that He is an eternal help. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2408:We tend to reduce everyone else to the limits of our own mental universe and begin privileging our own ethics, morality, sense of duty and even our sense of utility. All religious conflicts arose from this propensity to judge others. If we indeed must judge at all, argued Vivekananda, then it must be `according to his own ideal, and not by that of anyone else'. It was important, therefore, to learn to look at the duty of others through their own eyes and never judge the customs and observances of others through the prism of our own standards. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2409:The organs are the horses, the mind is the rein, the intellect is the charioteer, the soul is the rider, and the body is the chariot. The master of the household, the King, the Self of man, is sitting in this chariot. If the horses are very strong and do not obey the rein, if the charioteer, the intellect, does not know how to control the horses, then the chariot will come to grief. But if the organs, the horses, are well controlled, and if the rein, the mind, is well held in the hands of the charioteer, the intellect, the chariot reaches the goal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2410:The ideal man is he who, in the midst of the greatest silence and solitude, finds the intensest activity, and in the midst of the intensest activity finds the silence and solitude of the desert. He has learnt the secret of restraint, he has controlled himself. He goes through the streets of a big city with all its traffic, and his mind is as calm as if he were in a cave, where not a sound could reach him; and he is intensely working all the time. That is the ideal of Karma-Yoga, and if you have attained to that you have really learnt the secret of work. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2411:To many, Indian thought, Indian manners; Indian customs, Indian philosophy, Indian literature are repulsive at the first sight; but let them persevere, let them read, let them become familiar with the great principles underlying these ideas, and it is ninety-nine to one that the charm will come over them, and fascination will be the result. Slow and silent, as the gentle dew that falls in the morning, unseen and unheard yet producing a most tremendous result, has been the work of the calm, patient, all-suffering spiritual race upon the world of thought. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2412:To those who are full of Tamas, ignorant and dull — those whose minds never get fixed on any idea, who only crave for something to amuse them — religion and philosophy are simply objects of entertainment. These are the unpersevering. They hear a talk, think it very nice, and then go home and forget all about it. To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. "I will drink the ocean," says the persevering soul, "at my will mountains will crumble up." Have that sort of energy, that sort of will, work hard, and you will reach the goal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2413:Be sensible. We make mistakes; what of that? That is all in fun. They go so crazy over their past sins, moaning and weeping and all that. Do not repent! After having done work, do not think of it. Go on! Stop not! Don’t look back! What will you gain by looking back? He who knows that he is free is free; he who knows that he is bound is bound. What is the end and aim of life? None, because I know that I am the Infinite. If you are beggars, you can have aims. I have no aims, no want, no purpose. I come to your country, and lecture — just for fun. (II. 470-71) A ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2414:This is a world of good and evil. Wherever there is good, evil follows, but beyond and behind all these manifestations, all these contradictions, the Vedanta finds out that Unity. It says, "Give up what is evil and give up what is good." What remains then? Behind good and evil stands something which is yours, the real you, beyond every evil, and beyond every good too, and it is that which is manifesting itself as good and bad. Know that first, and then and then alone you will be a true optimist, and not before; for then you will be able to control everything. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2415:You all know that certain things are necessary to make a religion. First of all, there is the book. The power of the book is simply marvellous! Whatever it be, the book is the centre round which human allegiance gathers. Not one religion is living today but has a book. With all its rationalism and tall talk, humanity still clings to the books. In your country every attempt to start a religion without a book has failed. In India sects rise with great success, but within a few years they die down, because there is no book behind them. So in every other country. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2416:Christianity was preached just on the basis of the fascination of this fanaticism, and that is what made it so attractive to the Greek and the Roman slaves. They believed that under the millennial religion there would be no more slavery, that there would be plenty to eat and drink; and, therefore, they flocked round the Christian standard. Those who preached the idea first were of course ignorant fanatics, but very sincere. In modern times this millennial aspiration takes the form of equality--of liberty, equality, and fraternity. This is also fanaticism. True ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2417:We are all the time, from our childhood, trying to lay the blame upon something outside ourselves. We are always standing up to set right other people, and not ourselves. If we are miserable, we say, "Oh, the world is a devil's world." We curse others and say, "What infatuated fools!" But why should we be in such a world, if we really are so good? If this is a devil's world, we must be devils also; why else should we be here? "Oh, the people of the world are so selfish!" True enough; but why should we be found in that company, if we be better? Just think of that. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2418:We can form no idea of the millions of pounds that are spent every year in the making of dress in the West. The dress-making business has become a regular science. What colour of dress will suit with the complexion of the girl and the colour of her hair, what special feature of her body should be disguised, and what displayed to the best advantage-these and many other like important points, the dressmakers have seriously to consider. Again, the dress that ladies of very high position wear, others have to wear also, otherwise they lose their caste! This is FASHION. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2419:Whenever any religion succeeds, it must have economic value. Thousands of similar sects will be struggling for power, but only those who meet the real economic problem will have it. Man is guided by the stomach. He walks and the stomach goes first and the head afterwards. Have you not seen that? It will take ages for the head to go first. By the time a man is sixty years of age, he is called out of [the world]. The whole of life is one delusion, and just when you begin to see things the way they are, you are snatched off. So long as the stomach went first you were ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2420:A perfect life is a contradiction in terms. Life itself is a state of continuous struggle between ourselves and everything outside. Every moment we are fighting actually with external nature, and if we are defeated, our life has to go. It is, for instance, a continuous struggle for food and air. If food or air fails, we die. Life is not a simple and smoothly flowing thing, but it is a compound effect. This complex struggle between something inside and the external world is what we call life. So it is clear that when this struggle ceases, there will be an end of life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2421:The wind is blowing; those vessels whose sails are unfurled catch it, and go forward on their way, but those which have their sails furled do not catch the wind. Is that the fault of the wind? Is it the fault of the merciful Father, whose wind of mercy is blowing without ceasing, day and night, whose mercy knows no decay, is it His fault that some of us are happy and some unhappy? We make our own destiny. His sun shines for the weak as well as for the strong. His wind blows for saint and sinner alike. He is the Lord of all, the Father of all, merciful, and impartial. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2422:Meditative state is the highest state of existence. So long as there is desire, no real happiness can come. It is only the contemplative, witness-like study of objects that brings to us real enjoyment and happiness. The animal has its happiness in the senses, the man in his intellect, and the god in spiritual contemplation. It is only to the soul that has attained to this contemplative state that the world really becomes beautiful. To him who desires nothing, and does not mix himself up with them, the manifold changes of nature are one panorama of beauty and sublimity. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2423:Although a man has not studied a single system of philosophy, although he does not believe in any God, and never has believed, although he has not prayed even once in his whole life, if the simple power of good actions has brought him to that state where he is ready to give up his life and all else for others, he has arrived at the same point to which the religious man will come through his prayers and the philosopher through his knowledge; and so you may find that the philosopher, the worker, and the devotee, all meet at one point, that one point being self-abnegation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2424:The Vedas teach us that creation is without beginning or end. Science is said to have proved that the sum total of cosmic energy is always the same. Then, if there was a time when nothing existed, where was all this manifested energy? Some say it was in a potential form in God. In that case God is sometimes potential and sometimes kinetic, which would make Him mutable. Everything mutable is a compound, and everything compound must undergo that change which is called destruction. So God would die, which is absurd. Therefore there never was a time when there was no creation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2425:This world is not for cowards. Do not try to fly. Look not for success or failure. Join yourself to the perfectly unselfish will and work on. Know that the mind which is born to succeed joins itself to a determined will and perseveres. You have the right to work, but do not become so degenerate as to look for results. Work incessantly, but see something behind the work. Even good deeds can find a man in great bondage. Therefore be not bound by good deeds or by desire for name and fame. Those who know this secret pass beyond this round of birth and death and become immortal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2426:Mentally repeat:         Let all beings be happy;         Let all beings be peaceful;         Let all beings be blissful. So do to the east, south, north and west. The more you do that the better you will feel yourself. You will find at last that the easiest way to make ourselves healthy is to see that others are healthy, and the easiest way to make ourselves happy is to see that others are happy. After doing that, those who believe in God should pray — not for money, not for health, nor for heaven; pray for knowledge and light; every other prayer is selfish. (I. 145-46) THE ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2427:When one begins to concentrate, the dropping of a pin will seem like a thunderbolt going through the brain. As the organs get finer, the perceptions get finer. These are the stages through which we have to pass, and all those who persevere will succeed. Give up all argumentation and other distractions. Is there anything in dry intellectual jargon? It only throws the mind off its balance and disturbs it. Things of subtler planes have to be realised. Will talking do that? So give up all vain talk. Read only those books which have been written by persons who have had realisation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2428:All knowledge must stand on perception of certain facts, and upon that we have to build our reasoning. But, curiously enough the vast majority of mankind think, especially at the present time, that no such perception is possible in religion, that religion can only be apprehended by vain arguments. Therefore we are told not to disturb the mind by vain arguments. Religion is a question of fact, not of talk. We have to analyse our own souls and to find what is there. We have to understand it and to realise what is understood. That is religion. No amount of talk will make religion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2429:India is the only country where there never has been a religious persecution, where never was any man disturbed for his religious faith. Theists or atheists, monists, dualists, monotheists are there and always live unmolested. Materialists were allowed to preach from the steps of Brahminical temples, against the gods, and against God Himself; they went preaching all over the land that the idea of God was a mere superstition, and that gods, and Vedas, and religion were simply superstitions invented by the priests for their own benefit, and they were allowed to do this unmolested. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2430:God is true. The universe is a dream. Blessed am I that I know this moment that I have been and shall be free all eternity; ... that I know that I am worshiping only myself; that no nature, no delusion, had any hold on me. Vanish nature from me, vanish these gods; vanish worship; ... vanish superstitions, for I know myself. I am the Infinite. All these - Mrs. So-and-so, Mr. So-and-so, responsibility, happiness, misery - have vanished. I am the Infinite. How can there be death for me, or birth? Whom shall I fear? I am the One. Shall I be afraid of myself? Who is to be afraid of whom? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2431:I am thoroughly convinced that no individual or nation can live by holding itself apart from the community of others. Give and take is the law; and if India wants to raise herself once more, it is absolutely necessary that she brings out her treasures and throws them broadcast among the nations of the earth, and in return be ready to receive what others have to give her. Expansion is life, contraction is death. Love is life, and hatred is death. We commenced to die the day we began to hate other races; and nothing can prevent our death unless we come back to expansion, which is life. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2432:when one talks on subjects in which one takes a few ideas that are familiar to everyone, and combines and recombines them, it is easy to follow because these channels are present in everyone's brain, and it is only necessary to recur to them. But whenever a new subject comes, new channels have to be made, so it is not understood readily. And that is why the brain (it is the brain, and not the people themselves) refuses unconsciously to be acted upon by new ideas. It resists. The Prana is trying to make new channels, and the brain will not allow it. This is the secret of conservatism. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2433:Vairâgya or renunciation is the turning point in all the various Yogas. The Karmi (worker) renounces the fruits of his work. The Bhakta (devotee) renounces all little loves for the almighty and omnipresent love. The Yogi renounces his experiences, because his philosophy is that the whole Nature, although it is for the experience of the soul, at last brings him to know that he is not in Nature, but eternally separate from Nature. The Jnâni (philosopher) renounces everything, because his philosophy is that Nature never existed, neither in the past, nor present, nor will It in the future. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2434:In Tibet there is no marriage, and there is no jealousy, yet we know that marriage is a much higher state. The Tibetans have not known the wonderful enjoyment, the blessing of chastity, the happiness of having a chaste, virtuous wife, or a chaste, virtuous husband. These people cannot feel that. And similarly they do not feel the intense jealousy of the chaste wife or husband, or the misery caused by unfaithfulness on either side, with all the heart-burnings and sorrows which believers in chastity experience. On one side, the latter gain happiness, but on the other, they suffer misery too. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2435:THE GATE TO BLISS Meditation is the gate that opens that [infinite joy] to us. Prayers, ceremonials, and all the other forms of worship are simply kindergartens of meditation. You pray, you offer something. A certain theory existed that everything raised one’s spiritual power. The use of certain words, flowers, images, temples, ceremonials like the waving of lights brings the mind to that attitude, but that attitude is always in the human soul, nowhere else. People are all doing it; but what they do without knowing it, do knowingly. That is the power of meditation. Slowly and gradually we are ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2436:meditation is direct superconsciousness. In perfect concentration the soul becomes actually free from the bonds of the gross body and knows itself as it is. Whatever one wants, that comes to him. Power and knowledge are already there. The soul identifies itself with that which is powerless matter and thus weeps. It identifies itself with mortal shapes. ... But if that free soul wants to exercise any power, it will have it. If it does not, it does not come. He who has known God has become God. There is nothing impossible to such a free soul. No more birth and death for him. He is free for ever. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2437:Sometimes people fast for days. ... When the worst man has fasted for twenty days, he becomes quite gentle. Fasting and torturing themselves have been practiced by people all over the world. Krishna’s idea is that this is all nonsense. He says that the senses will for the moment recede from the man who tortures himself, but will emerge again with twenty times more [power]. ... What should you do? The idea is to be natural — no asceticism. Go on, work, only mind that you are not attached. The will can never be fixed strongly in the man who has not learnt and practiced the secret of non-attachment. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2438:Karma-Yoga, therefore, is a system of ethics and religion intended to attain freedom through unselfishness, and by good works. The Karma-Yogi need not believe in any doctrine whatever. He may not believe even in God, may not ask what his soul is, nor think of any metaphysical speculation. He has got his own special aim of realising selflessness; and he has to work it out himself. Every moment of his life must be realisation, because he has to solve by mere work, without the help of doctrine or theory, the very same problem to which the Jnâni applies his reason and inspiration and the Bhakta his love. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2439:The man who thinks that he is receiving response to his prayers does not know that the fulfillment comes from his own nature, that he has succeeded by the mental attitude of prayer in waking up a bit of this infinite power which is coiled up within himself. What, thus, men ignorantly worship under various names, through fear and tribulation, the Yogi declares to the world to be the real power coiled up in every being, the mother of eternal happiness, if we but know how to approach her. And Raja-Yoga is the science of religion, the rationale of all worship, all prayers, forms, ceremonies, and miracles. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2440:IN THE HOURS OF MEDITATION You must keep the mind fixed on one object, like an unbroken stream of oil. The ordinary man’s mind is scattered on different objects, and at the time of meditation, too, the mind is at first apt to wander. But let any desire whatever arise in the mind, you must sit calmly and watch what sort of ideas are coming. By continuing to watch in that way, the mind becomes calm, and there are no more thought-waves in it. Those things that you have previously thought deeply, have transformed themselves into a subconscious current, and therefore these come up in the mind in meditation. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2441:Why is there so much disturbance, so much fighting and quarrelling in the name of God? There has been more bloodshed in the name of God than for any other cause, because people never went to the fountain-head; they were content only to give a mental assent to the customs of their forefathers, and wanted others to do the same. What right has a man to say he has a soul if he does not feel it, or that there is a God if he does not see Him? If there is a God we must see Him, if there is a soul we must perceive it; otherwise it is better not to believe. It is better to be an outspoken atheist than a hypocrite. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2442:If you take the character of any man, it really is but the aggregate of tendencies, the sum total of the bent of his mind; you will find that misery and happiness are equal factors in the formation of that character. Good and evil have an equal share in moulding character, and in some instances misery is a greater teacher than happiness. In studying the great characters the world has produced, I dare say, in the vast majority of cases, it would be found that it was misery that taught more than happiness, it was poverty that taught more than wealth, it was blows that brought out their inner fire more than praise. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2443:Swamiji: That is but a state of stupefaction, as under liquor. What will be the use of merely remaining like that? Through the urge of Advaitic realisation, you should sometimes dance wildly and sometimes remain lost to outward sense. Does one feel happy to taste of a good thing all by oneself? One should share it with others. Granted that you attain personal liberation by means of the realisation of the Advaita, but what matters it to the world? You must liberate the whole universe before you leave this body. Then only you will be established in the eternal Truth. Has that bliss any match, my boy? (VII. 162-63) ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2444:I remember, as a boy, hearing a Christian missionary preach to a crowd in India. Among other sweet things he was telling them was that if he gave a blow to their idol with his stick, what could it do? One of his hearers sharply answered, "If I abuse your God, what can He do?" “You would be punished,” said the preacher, "when you die." "So my idol will punish you when you die," retorted the Hindu. The tree is known by its fruits. When I have seen amongst them that are called idolaters, men, the like of whom in morality and spirituality and love I have never seen anywhere, I stop and ask myself, "Can sin beget holiness? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2445:Their control is by practice and nonattachment. The mind, to have non-attachment, must be clear, good, and rational. Why should we practice? Because each action is like the pulsations quivering over the surface of the lake. The vibration dies out, and what is left? The Samskâras, the impressions. When a large number of these impressions are left on the mind, they coalesce and become a habit. It is said, "Habit is second nature", it is first nature also, and the whole nature of man; everything that we are is the result of habit. That gives us consolation, because, if it is only habit, we can make and unmake it at any time. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2446:The tender plant of spirituality will die if exposed too early to the action of a constant change of ideas and ideals. Many people, in the name of what may be called religious liberalism, may be seen feeding their idle curiosity with a continuous succession of different ideals. With them, hearing new things grows into a kind of disease, a sort of religious drink-mania. They want to hear new things just by way of getting a temporary nervous excitement, and when one such exciting influence has had its effect on them, they are ready for another. Religion is with these people a sort of intellectual opium-eating, and there it ends. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2447:If the Parliament of Religions has shown anything to the world it is this: It has proved to the world that holiness, purity and charity are not the exclusive possessions of any church in the world, and that every system has produced men and women of the most exalted character. In the face of this evidence, if anybody dreams of the exclusive survival of his own religion and the destruction of the others, I pity him from the bottom of my heart, and point out to him that upon the banner of every religion will soon be written, in spite of resistance: "Help and not Fight," "Assimilation and not Destruction," "Harmony and Peace and not Dissension. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2448:Buddha gave up his throne and renounced his position, that was true renunciation; but there cannot be any question of renunciation in the case of a beggar who has nothing to renounce. So we must always be careful about what we really mean when we speak of this non-resistance and ideal love. We must first take care to understand whether we have the power of resistance or not. Then, having the power, if we renounce it and do not resist, we are doing a grand act of love; but if we cannot resist, and yet, at the same time, try to deceive ourselves into the belief that we are actuated by motives of the highest love, we are doing the exact opposite. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2449:The more thoughtful the man, the more complicated will be the streets in his brain, and the more easily he will take to new ideas, and understand them. So with every fresh idea, we make a new impression in the brain, cut new channels through the brain-stuff, and that is why we find that in the practice of Yoga (it being an entirely new set of thoughts and motives) there is so much physical resistance at first. That is why we find that the part of religion which deals with the world-side of nature is so widely accepted, while the other part, the philosophy, or the psychology, which clears with the inner nature of man, is so frequently neglected. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2450:if we understand the idea of the Impersonal, then the idea of the Personal can remain there also. This universe, in its various forms, is but the various readings of the same Impersonal. When we read it with the five senses, we call it the material world. If there be a being with more senses than five, he will read it as something else. If one of us gets the electrical sense, he will see the universe as something else again. There are various forms of that same Oneness, of which all these various ideas of worlds are but various readings, and the Personal God is the highest reading that can be attained to, of that Impersonal, by the human intellect. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2451:If one religion true, then all the others also must be true. Thus the Hindu faith is yours as much as mine." And again, in amplification of the same idea: "We Hindus do not merely tolerate, we unite ourselves with every religion, praying in the mosque of the Mohammedan, worshipping before the fire of the Zoroastrian, and kneeling to the cross of the Christian. We know that all religions alike, from the lowest fetishism to the highest absolutism, are but so many attempts of the human soul to grasp and realise the Infinite. So we gather all these flowers, and, binding them together with the cord of love, make them into a wonderful bouquet of worship." To ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2452:If a man can realize his divine nature with the help of an image, would it be right to call that a sin? Nor, even when he has passed that stage, should he call it an error. [...] man is not traveling from error to truth, but from truth to truth, from lower to higher truth. To him all the religions from the lowest fetishism to the highest absolutism, mean so many attempts of the human soul to grasp and realize the Infinite, each determined by the conditions of its birth and association, and each of these marks a stage of progress; and every soul is a young eagle soaring higher and higher, gathering more and more strength till it reaches the Glorious Sun. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2453:It is not much use to talk about religion until one has felt it. Why is there so much disturbance, so much fighting and quarrelling in the name of God? There has been more bloodshed in the name of God than for any other cause, because people never went to the fountain-head; they were content only to give a mental assent to the customs of their forefathers, and wanted others to do the same. What right has a man to say he has a soul if he does not feel it, or that there is a God if he does not see Him? If there is a God we must see Him, if there is a soul we must perceive it; otherwise it is better not to believe. It is better to be an outspoken atheist than a hypocrite. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2454:people who have made India awesome aren’t all politicians. Most of the people that did this are not from the government. Whether it is entrepreneurs like J.R.D. Tata and N.R. Narayana Murthy, sportspersons like Sachin Tendulkar or musicians like A.R. Rahman, people from all walks of life have helped improve our nation. Not just celebrities, but E. Sreedharan, responsible for the Delhi Metro, and Dr Verghese Kurien, who created the Amul revolution, were all ordinary people doing their work extraordinarily well. Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda, two of the most influential figures in India’s history, never held political office. Aim to be one of those people who made India awesome. ~ Chetan Bhagat,
2455:Whenever a prophet got into the superconscious state by heightening his emotional nature, he brought away from it not only some truths, but some fanaticism also, some superstition which injured the world as much as the greatness of the teaching helped. To get any reason out of the mass of incongruity we call human life, we have to transcend our reason, but we must do it scientifically, slowly, by regular practice, and we must cast off all superstition. We must take up the study of the superconscious state just as any other science. On reason we must have to lay our foundation, we must follow reason as far as it leads, and when reason fails, reason itself will show us the way to the highest plane. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2456:We must also remember that in every little village-god and every little superstitious custom is that which we are accustomed to call our religious faith. But local customs are infinite and contradictory. Which are we to obey, and which not to obey? The Brāhmin of Southern India, for instance, would shrink in horror at the sight of another Brahmin eating meat; a Brahmin in the North thinks it a most glorious and holy thing to do—he kills goats by the hundred in sacrifice. If you put forward your custom, they are equally ready with theirs. Various are the customs all over India, but they are local. The greatest mistake made is that ignorant people always think that this local custom is the essence of our religion. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2457:This Vedanta philosophy has certain peculiarities. In the first place, it is perfectly impersonal; it does not owe its origin to any person or prophet: it does not build itself around one man as a centre. Yet it has nothing to say against philosophies which do build themselves around certain persons. In later days in India, other philosophies and systems arose, built around certain persons — such as Buddhism, or many of our present sects. They each have a certain leader to whom they owe allegiance, just as the Christians and Mohammedans have. But the Vedanta philosophy stands at the background of all these various sects, and there is no fight and no antagonism between the Vedanta and any other system in the world. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2458:1. Symbology — The employment of various external aids to preserve and develop the religious faculty of man. 2. History — The philosophy of each religion as illustrated in the lives of divine or human teachers acknowledged by each religion. This includes mythology; for what is mythology to one race, or period, is or was history to other races or periods. Even in cases of human teachers, much of their history is taken as mythology by successive generations. 3. Philosophy — The rationale of the whole scope of each religion. 4. Mysticism — The assertion of something superior to sense-knowledge and reason which particular persons, or all persons under certain circumstances, possess; runs through the other divisions also. All ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2459:On other and practical grounds we see that the theory of eternal progression is untenable, for destruction is the goal of everything earthly. All our struggles and hopes and fears and joys, what will they lead to? We shall all end in death. Nothing is so certain as this. Where, then, is this motion in a straight line - this infinite progression? It is only going out to a distance, and coming back to the centre from which it started. See how, from nebulae, the sun, moon, and stars are produced; then they dissolve and go back to nebulae. The same is being done everywhere. The plant takes material from the earth, dissolves, and gives it back. Every form in this world is taken out of surrounding atoms and goes back to these atoms. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2460:Machines never made mankind happy and never will make. He who is trying to make us believe this will claim that happiness is in the machine; but it is always in the mind. That man alone who is the lord of his mind can become happy, and none else. And what, after all, is this power of machinery? Why should a man who can send a current of electricity through a wire be called a very great man and a very intelligent man? Does not nature do a million times more than that every moment? Why not then fall down and worship nature? What avails it if you have power over the whole of the world, if you have mastered every atom in the universe? That will not make you happy unless you have the power of happiness in yourself, until you have conquered yourself. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2461:The first lesson is just to breathe in a measured way, in and out. That will harmonise the system. When you have practiced this for some time, you will do well to join to it the repetition of some word as "Om," or any other sacred word. In India we use certain symbolical words instead of counting one, two, three, four. That is why I advise you to join the mental repetition of the "Om," or some other sacred word to the Pranayama. Let the word flow in and out with the breath, rhythmically, harmoniously, and you will find the whole body is becoming rhythmical. Then you will learn what rest is. Compared with it, sleep is not rest. Once this rest comes the most tired nerves will be calmed down, and you will find that you have never before really rested. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2462:Before parents one must not utter jokes, must not show restlessness, must not show anger or temper. Before mother or father, a child must bow down low, and stand up in their presence, and must not take a seat until they order him to sit. If the householder has food and drink and clothes without first seeing that his mother and his father, his children, his wife, and the poor, are supplied, he is committing a sin. The mother and the father are the causes of this body; so a man must undergo a thousand troubles in order to do good to them. Even so is his duty to his wife. No man should scold his wife, and he must always maintain her as if she were his own mother. And even when he is in the greatest difficulties and troubles, he must not show anger to his wife. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2463:The easiest way is to stop the right nostril with the thumb, and then slowly draw in the breath through the left; then close both nostrils with thumb and forefinger, and imagine that you are sending that current down, and striking the base of the Sushumnâ; then take the thumb off, and let the breath out through the right nostril. Next inhale slowly through that nostril, keeping the other closed by the forefinger, then close both, as before. The way the Hindus practice this would be very difficult for this country, because they do it from their childhood, and their lungs are prepared for it. Here it is well to begin with four seconds, and slowly increase. Draw in four seconds, hold in sixteen seconds, then throw out in eight seconds. This makes one Pranayama. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2464:All weakness, all bondage is imagination. Speak one word to it, it must vanish. Do not weaken! There is no other way out.... Stand up and be strong! No fear. No superstition. Face the truth as it is! If death comes — that is the worst of our miseries — let it come! We are determined to die game. That is all the religion I know. I have not attained to it, but I am struggling to do it. I may not, but you may. Go on! Where one sees another, one hears another so long as there are two, there must be fear, and fear is the mother of all [misery]. Where none sees another, where it is all One, there is none to be miserable, none to be unhappy (note 48). [There is only] the One without a second. Therefore be not afraid. Awake, arise, and stop not till the goal is reached! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2465:Birth, life, and death are but old superstitions. None was ever born, none will ever die; one changes one’s position — that is all. I am sorry to see in the West how much they make of death; always trying to catch a little life. “Give us life after death! Give us life!” They are so happy if anybody tells them that they are going to live afterwards! How can I ever doubt such a thing! How can I imagine that I am dead! Try to think of yourself as dead, and you will see that you are present to see your own dead body. Life is such a wonderful reality that you cannot for a moment forget it. You may as well doubt that you exist. This is the first fact of consciousness — I am. Who can imagine a state of things which never existed? It is the most self-evident of all truths. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2466:It is the worker who is attached to results that grumbles about the nature of the duty which has fallen to his lot; to the unattached worker all duties are equally good, and form efficient instruments with which selfishness and sensuality may be killed, and the freedom of the soul secured. We are all apt to think too highly of ourselves. Our duties are determined by our deserts to a much larger extent than we are willing to grant. Competition rouses envy, and it kills the kindliness of the heart. To the grumbler all duties are distasteful; nothing will ever satisfy him, and his whole life is doomed to prove a failure. Let us work on, doing as we go whatever happens to be our duty, and being ever ready to put our shoulders to the wheel. Then surely shall we see the Light! ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2467:When the mind has been trained to remain fixed on a certain internal or external location, there comes to it the power of flowing in an unbroken current, as it were, towards that point. This state is called Dhyana. When one has so intensified the power of Dhyana as to be able to reject the external part of perception and remain meditating only on the internal part, the meaning, that state is called Samadhi. The three — Dharana, Dhyana, and Samadhi — together, are called Samyama. That is, if the mind can first concentrate upon an object, and then is able to continue in that concentration for a length of time, and then, by continued concentration, to dwell only on the internal part of the perception of which the object was the effect, everything comes under the control of such a mind. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2468:Never say, "O Lord, I am a miserable sinner." Who will help you? You are the help of the universe. What in this universe can help you? What can prevail over you? You are the God of the universe; where can you seek for help? Never help came from anywhere but from yourself. In your ignorance, every prayer that you made and that was answered, you thought was answered by some Being, but you answered the prayer yourself unknowingly. The help came from yourself, and you fondly imagined that someone was sending help to you. There is no help for you outside of yourself; you are the creator of the universe. Like the silkworm, you have built a cocoon around yourself. Who will save you? Burst your own cocoon and come out as a beautiful butterfly, as the free soul. Then alone you will see Truth. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2469:THREE STAGES OF MEDITATION There are three stages in meditation. The first is what is called Dharana, concentrating the mind upon an object. I try to concentrate my mind upon this glass, excluding every other object from my mind except this glass. But the mind is wavering. When it has become strong and does not waver so much, it is called Dhyana, meditation. And then there is a still higher state when the differentiation between the glass and myself is lost — Samadhi or absorption. The mind and the glass are identical. I do not see any difference. All the senses stop and all powers that have been working through other channels of other senses are focused in the mind. Then this glass is under the power of the mind entirely. This is to be realised. It is a tremendous play played by the Yogis. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2470:THE MORE SHALL WE LOVE
We have to bear in mind that
we are all debtors to the world,
and that the world does not owe us anything.
It is a great privilege for all of us to be
allowed to do anything for the world.
In helping the world we truly help ourselves.
This world will always continue to be

a mixture of good and evil.
Our duty is to help
and sympathize with the weak,
and to love even the wrongdoer.

It is important to always keep in mind
that the world is for us a grand moral gymnasium,
wherein we are all blessed to be able to
take exercise in order to become
stronger and stronger spiritually.

The result of this exercise is that
the more selfless we become,
the more we shall love,
and the better will be our work. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2471:Do not criticise others, for all doctrines and all dogmas are good; but show them by your lives that religion is no matter of books and beliefs, but of spiritual realisation. Only those who have seen it will understand this; but such spirituality can be given to others, even though they be unconscious of the gift. Only those who have attained to this power are amongst the great teachers of mankind. They are the powers of light. The more of such men any country produces, the higher is that country raised. That land where no such men exist, is doomed. Nothing can save it. Therefore my Master’s message to the world is, “Be ye all spiritual! Get ye first realisation!” You have talked of the love of man, till the thing is in danger of becoming words alone. The time is come to act. The call now is, Do! Leap ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2472:It is a weakness to think that any one is dependent on me, and that I can do good to another. This belief is the mother of all our attachment, and through this attachment comes all our pain. We must inform our minds that no one in this universe depends upon us; not one beggar depends on our charity; not one soul on our kindness; not one living thing on our help. All are helped on by nature, and will be so helped even though millions of us were not here. The course of nature will not stop for such as you and me; it is, as already pointed out, only a blessed privilege to you and to me that we are allowed, in the way of helping others, to educate ourselves. This is a great lesson to learn in life, and when we have learned it fully, we shall never be unhappy; we can go and mix without harm in society anywhere and everywhere. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2473:nerve currents: one they call the Ida, the other the Pingala, and the middle one the Sushumna, and all these are inside the spinal column. The Ida and the Pingala, the left and the right, are clusters of nerves, while the middle one, the Sushumna, is hollow and is not a cluster of nerves. This Sushumna is closed, and for the ordinary man is of no use, for he works through the Ida and the Pingala only. Currents are continually going down and coming up through these nerves, carrying orders all over the body through other nerves running to the different organs of the body. The task before us is vast; and first and foremost, we must seek to control the vast mass of sunken thoughts which have become automatic with us. The evil deed is, no doubt, on the conscious plane; but the cause which produced the evil deed was far beyond in the realms of the unconscious, ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2474:This body is the boat which will carry us to the other shore of the ocean of life. It must be taken care of. Unhealthy persons cannot be Yogis. Mental laziness makes us lose all lively interest in the subject, without which there will neither be the will nor the energy to practise. Doubts will arise in the mind about the truth of the science, however strong one's intellectual conviction may be, until certain peculiar psychic experiences come, as hearing or seeing at a distance, etc. These glimpses strengthen the mind and make the student persevere. Falling away ... when obtained. Some days or weeks when you are practicing, the mind will be calm and easily concentrated, and you will find yourself progressing fast. All of a sudden the progress will stop one day, and you will find yourself, as it were, stranded. Persevere. All progress proceeds by such rise and fall. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2475:The Christian is not to become a Hindu or a Buddhist, nor is a Hindu or a Buddhist to become a Christian. But each must assimilate the spirit of the others and yet preserve his individuality and grow according to his own law of growth. If the Parliament of Religions has shown anything to the world, it is this: It has proved to the world that holiness, purity, and charity are not the exclusive possessions of any church in the world, and that every system has produced men and women of the most exalted character. In the face of this evidence, if anybody dreams of the exclusive survival of his own religion at the expense of the others, I pity him from the bottom of my heart and point out to him that upon the banner of every religion will soon be written, in spite of resistance: "Help and not Fight," "Assimilation and not Destruction," "Harmony and Peace and not Dissension". ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2476:If a man works without any selfish motive in view, does he not gain anything? Yes, he gains the highest. Unselfishness is more paying, only people have not the patience to practice it. It is more paying from the point of view of health also. Love, truth, and unselfishness are not merely moral figures of speech, but they form our highest ideal, because in them lies such a manifestation of power. In the first place, a man who can work for five days, or even for five minutes, without any selfish motive whatever, without thinking of future, of heaven, of punishment, or anything of the kind, has in him the capacity to become a powerful moral giant. It is hard to do it, but in the heart of our hearts we know its value, and the good it brings. It is the greatest manifestation of power — this tremendous restraint; self-restraint is a manifestation of greater power than all outgoing action. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2477:Say, “This misery that I am suffering is of my own doing, and that very thing proves that it will have to be undone by me alone.” That which I created, I can demolish; that which is created by some one else I shall never be able to destroy. Therefore, stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creator of your own destiny. All the strength and succour you want is within yourselves. Therefore, make your own future. “Let the dead past bury its dead.” The infinite future is before you, and you must always remember that each word, thought, and deed, lays up a store for you and that as the bad thoughts and bad works are ready to spring upon you like tigers, so also there is the inspiring hope that the good thoughts and good deeds are ready with the power of a hundred thousand angels to defend you always and for ever. (II. 225) ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2478:According to the Yogis, there are three principal nerve currents: one they call the Ida, the other the Pingala, and the middle one the Sushumna, and all these are inside the spinal column. The Ida and the Pingala, the left and the right, are clusters of nerves, while the middle one, the Sushumna, is hollow and is not a cluster of nerves. This Sushumna is closed, and for the ordinary man is of no use, for he works through the Ida and the Pingala only. Currents are continually going down and coming up through these nerves, carrying orders all over the body through other nerves running to the different organs of the body. The task before us is vast; and first and foremost, we must seek to control the vast mass of sunken thoughts which have become automatic with us. The evil deed is, no doubt, on the conscious plane; but the cause which produced the evil deed was far beyond in the realms of the unconscious, ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2479:Do you not see — talking up this plea of Sattva, the country has been slowly and slowly drowned in the ocean of Tamas or dark ignorance? Where the most dull want to hide their stupidity by covering it with a false desire for the highest knowledge which is beyond all activities, either physical or mental; where one, born and bred in lifelong laziness, wants to throw the veil of renunciation over his own unfitness for work; where the most diabolical try to make their cruelty appear, under the cloak of austerity, as a part of religion; where no one has an eye upon his own incapacity, but everyone is ready to lay the whole blame on others; where knowledge consists only in getting some books by heart, genius consists in chewing the cud of others' thoughts, and the highest glory consists in taking the name of ancestors: do we require any other proof to show that that country is being day by day drowned in utter Tamas? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2480:The one great advantage of Bhakti is that it is the easiest and most natural way to reach the great divine end in view; it's great disadvantage is that in its lower forms it oftentimes degenerates into hideous fanaticism. The fanatical crew in Hinduism, Mohammedanism, or Christianity, have always been almost exclusively recruited from these worshippers [sic] on the lower planes of Bhakti. That singleness of attachment (Nishthâ) to a loved object, without which no genuine love can grow, is very often also the cause of the denunciation of everything else. All the weak and undeveloped minds in every religion or country have only one way of loving their own ideal, i.e., by hating every other ideal. Herein is the explanation of why the same man who is so lovingly attached to his own ideal of God, so devoted to his own ideal of religion, becomes a howling fanatic as soon as he sees or hears anything of any other ideal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2481:HOW RESTLESS IS THE MIND! How hard it is to control the mind! Well has it been compared to the maddened monkey. There was a monkey, restless by his own nature, as all monkeys are. As if that were not enough someone made him drink freely of wine, so that he became still more restless. Then a scorpion stung him. When a man is stung by a scorpion, he jumps about for a whole day; so the poor monkey found his condition worse than ever. To complete his misery a demon entered into him. What language can describe the uncontrollable restlessness of that monkey? The human mind is like that monkey, incessantly active by its own nature; then it becomes drunk with the wine of desire, thus increasing its turbulence. After desire takes possession comes the sting of the scorpion of jealousy at the success of others, and last of all the demon of pride enters the mind, making it think itself of all importance. How hard to control such a mind! (I. 174) ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2482:What is the result of constant practice of this higher concentration? All old tendencies of restlessness and dullness will be destroyed, as well as the tendencies of goodness too. The case is similar to that of the chemicals used to take the dirt and alloy off gold. When the ore is smelted down, the dross is burnt along with the chemicals. So this constant controlling power will stop the previous bad tendencies, and eventually, the good ones also. Those good and evil tendencies will suppress each other, leaving alone the Soul, in its own splendour untrammelled by either good or bad, the omnipresent, omnipotent, and omniscient. Then the man will know that he had neither birth nor death, nor need for heaven or earth. He will know that he neither came nor went, it was nature which was moving, and that movement was reflected upon the soul. The form of the light reflected by the glass upon the wall moves, and the wall foolishly thinks it is moving. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2483:All these small ideas that
I am a man or a woman,
Sick or healthy, strong or weak
Or that I hate or love or have little power,
are but hallucinations.

Stand up then!
Know that every thought and word
That weakens you in this world is the only evil that exists.
Stand as a rock; you are the Infinite Spirit.
Say, "I am Existence Absolute,
Bliss Absolute,"
and like a lion breaking its cage,
break your chains and be free forever.

What frightens you, what holds you down:
Only ignorance of your true nature,
of your blessedness; nothing else can bind you.
You are the Pure one, the Ever-Blessed.

Therefore, if you dare, stand on that--
mold your whole life on that.
You are the one with the Eternal Soul.
Know then that thou art He,
and model your whole life accordingly;
for those who know this
and model their lives accordingly,
will no more suffer in darkness. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2484:Work constantly; work, but be not attached; be not caught. Reserve unto yourself the power of detaching yourself from everything, however beloved, however much the soul might yearn for it, however great the pangs of misery you feel if you were going to leave it; still, reserve the power of leaving it whenever you want. The weak have no place here, in this life or in any other life. Weakness leads to slavery. Weakness leads to all kinds of misery, physical and mental. Weakness is death. There are hundreds of thousands of microbes surrounding us, but they cannot harm us unless we become weak, until the body is ready and predisposed to receive them. There may be a million microbes of misery, floating about us. Never mind! They dare not approach us, they have no power to get a hold on us, until the mind is weakened. This is the great fact: strength is life, weakness is death. Strength is felicity, life eternal, immortal; weakness is constant strain and misery: weakness is d ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2485:Much has been said of the common ground of religious unity. I am not going just now to venture my own theory. But if any one here hopes that this unity will come by the triumph of any one of the religions and the destruction of the others, to him I say, “Brother, yours is an impossible hope.” Do I wish that the Christian would become Hindu? God forbid. Do I wish that the Hindu or Buddhist would become Christian? God forbid. The seed is put in the ground, and earth and air and water are placed around it. Does the seed become the earth; or the air, or the water? No. It becomes a plant, it develops after the law of its own growth, assimilates the air, the earth, and the water, converts them into plant substance, and grows into a plant. Similar is the case with religion. The Christian is not to become a Hindu or a Buddhist, nor a Hindu or a Buddhist to become a Christian. But each must assimilate the spirit of the others and yet preserve his individuality and grow according to his own law of growth. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2486:But by the Vedas no books are meant. They mean the accumulated treasury of spiritual laws discovered by different persons in different times. Just as the law of gravitation existed before its discovery, and would exist if all humanity forgot it, so is it with the laws that govern the spiritual world. The moral, ethical, and spiritual relations between soul and soul and between individual spirits and the Father of all spirits, were there before their discovery, and would remain even if we forgot them. The discoverers of these laws are called Rishis, and we honour them as perfected beings. I am glad to tell this audience that some of the very greatest of them were women. Here it may be said that these laws as laws may be without end, but they must have had a beginning. The Vedas teach us that creation is without beginning or end. Science is said to have proved that the sum total of cosmic energy is always the same. Then, if there was a time when nothing existed, where was all this manifested energy? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2487:Later on we read what Krishna says, “Even those who worship other deities are really worshipping me” (note 31). It is God incarnate whom man is worshipping. Would God be angry if you called Him by the wrong name? He would be no God at all! Can’t you understand that whatever a man has in his own heart is God — even if he worships a stone? What of that! We will understand more clearly if we once get rid of the idea that religion consists in doctrines. One idea of religion has been that the whole world was born because Adam ate the apple, and there is no way of escape. Believe in Jesus Christ — in a certain man’s death! But in India there is quite a different idea. [There] religion means realisation, nothing else. It does not matter whether one approaches the destination in a carriage with four horses, in an electric car, or rolling on the ground. The goal is the same. For the [Christians] the problem is how to escape the wrath of the terrible God. For the Indians it is how to become what they really are, to regain their lost Selfhood. ... ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2488:ENVIRONMENT FOR MEDITATION Those of you who can afford it will do better to have a room for this practice alone. Do not sleep in that room, it must be kept holy. You must not enter the room until you have bathed, and are perfectly clean in body and mind. Place flowers in that room always; they are the best surroundings for a Yogi; also pictures that are pleasing. Burn incense morning and evening. Have no quarrelling, nor anger, nor unholy thought in that room. Only allow those persons to enter it who are of the same thought as you. Then gradually there will be an atmosphere of holiness in the room, so that when you are miserable, sorrowful, doubtful, or your mind is disturbed, the very fact of entering that room will make you calm. This was the idea of the temple and the church, and in some temples and churches you will find it even now, but in the majority of them the very idea has been lost. The idea is that by keeping holy vibrations there the place becomes and remains illumined. Those who cannot afford to have a room set apart can practise anywhere they ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2489:Men and women of today! if there be among you any pure, fresh flower, let it be laid on the altar of God. If there are among you any who, being young, do not desire to return into the world, let them give up! Let them renounce! This is the one secret of spirituality, renunciation. Dare to do this. Be brave enough to do it. Such great sacrifices are necessary. Can you not see the tide of death and materialism that is rolling over these Western lands? Can you not see the power of lust and unholiness, that is eating into the very vitals of society? Believe me, you will not arrest these things by talk, or by movements of agitation for reform; but by renunciation, by standing up, in the midst of decay and death, as mountains of righteousness. Talk not, but let the power of purity, the power of chastity, the power of renunciation, emanate from every pore of your body. Let it strike those who are struggling day and night for gold, that even in the midst of such a state of things, there can be one to whom wealth counts for nothing. Put away lust and wealth. Sacrifice yourselves. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2490:ENVIRONMENT FOR MEDITATION Those of you who can afford it will do better to have a room for this practice alone. Do not sleep in that room, it must be kept holy. You must not enter the room until you have bathed, and are perfectly clean in body and mind. Place flowers in that room always; they are the best surroundings for a Yogi; also pictures that are pleasing. Burn incense morning and evening. Have no quarrelling, nor anger, nor unholy thought in that room. Only allow those persons to enter it who are of the same thought as you. Then gradually there will be an atmosphere of holiness in the room, so that when you are miserable, sorrowful, doubtful, or your mind is disturbed, the very fact of entering that room will make you calm. This was the idea of the temple and the church, and in some temples and churches you will find it even now, but in the majority of them the very idea has been lost. The idea is that by keeping holy vibrations there the place becomes and remains illumined. Those who cannot afford to have a room set apart can practise anywhere they like. (I. 145) ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2491:The bottom of the lake is our own true Self; the lake is the Chitta and the waves the Vrittis. Again, the mind is in three states, one of which is darkness, called Tamas, found in brutes and idiots; it only acts to injure. No other idea comes into that state of mind. Then there is the active state of mind, Rajas, whose chief motives are power and enjoyment. "I will be powerful and rule others." Then there is the state called Sattva, serenity, calmness, in which the waves cease, and the water of the mind-lake becomes clear. It is not inactive, but rather intensely active. It is the greatest manifestation of power to be calm. It is easy to be active. Let the reins go, and the horses will run away with you. Anyone can do that, but he who can stop the plunging horses is the strong man. Which requires the greater strength, letting go or restraining? The calm man is not the man who is dull. You must not mistake Sattva for dullness or laziness. The calm man is the one who has control over the mind waves. Activity is the manifestation of inferior strength, calmness, of the superior. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2492:we should take what is of value in knowledge, and leave the dross. Intellectual gymnastics are necessary at first. We must not go blindly into anything. The Yogi has passed the argumentative state, and has come to a conclusion, which is, like the rocks, immovable. The only thing he now seeks to do is to intensify that conclusion. Do not argue, he says; if one forces arguments upon you, be silent. Do not answer any argument, but go away calmly, because arguments only disturb the mind. The only thing necessary is to train the intellect, what is the use of disturbing it for nothing? The intellect is but a weak instrument, and can give us only knowledge limited by the senses. The Yogi wants to go beyond the senses, therefore intellect is of no use to him. He is certain of this and, therefore, is silent, and does not argue. Every argument throws his mind out of balance, creates a disturbance in the Chitta, and a disturbance is a drawback. Argumentations and searchings of the reason are only by the way. There are much higher things beyond them. The whole of life is not for schoolboy fights and debating societies. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2493:There was a great king in ancient India who was once asked four questions, of which one was: "What is the most wonderful thing in the world?" "Hope," was the answer. This is the most wonderful thing. Day and nights we see people dying around us, and yet we think we shall not die; we never think that we shall die, or that we shall suffer. Each man thinks that success will be his, hoping against hope, against all odds, against all mathematical reasoning. Nobody is ever really happy here. If a man be wealthy and have plenty to eat, his digestion is: out of order, and he cannot eat. If a man's digestion be good, and he have the digestive power of a cormorant, he has nothing to put into his mouth. If he be rich, he has no children. If he be hungry and poor, he has a whole regiment of children, and does not know what to do with them. Why is it so? Because happiness and misery are the obverse and reverse of the same coin; he who takes happiness, must take misery also. We all have this foolish idea that we can have happiness without misery, and it has taken such possession of us that we have no control over the senses. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2494:To take an illustration from physical science, when I am doing a certain action, my mind may be said to be in a certain state of vibration; all minds which are in similar circumstances will have the tendency to be affected by my mind. If there are different musical instruments tuned alike in one room, all of you may have noticed that when one is struck, the others have the tendency to vibrate so as to give the same note. So all minds that have the same tension, so to say, will be equally affected by the same thought. Of course, this influence of thought on mind will vary according to distance and other causes, but the mind is always open to affection. Suppose I am doing an evil act, my mind is in a certain state of vibration, and all minds in the universe, which are in a similar state, have the possibility of being affected by the vibration of my mind. So, when I am doing a good action, my mind is in another state of vibration; and all minds similarly strung have the possibility of being affected by my mind; and this power of mind upon mind is more or less according as the force of the tension is greater or less. Following ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2495:the greatest power is lodged in the fine, not in the coarse. We see a man take up a huge weight, we see his muscles swell, and all over his body we see signs of exertion, and we think the muscles are powerful things. But it is the thin thread-like things, the nerves, which bring power to the muscles; the moment one of these threads is cut off from reaching the muscles, they are not able to work at all. These tiny nerves bring the power from something still finer, and that again in its turn brings it from something finer still — thought, and so on. So, it is the fine that is really the seat of power. Of course we can see the movements in the gross; but when fine movements take place, we cannot see them. When a gross thing moves, we catch it, and thus we naturally identify movement with things which are gross. But all the power is really in the fine. We do not see any movement in the fine, perhaps, because the movement is so intense that we cannot perceive it. But if by any science, any investigation, we are helped to get hold of these finer forces which are the cause of the expression, the expression itself will be under control. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2496:The great king Yudhishthira once said that the most wonderful thing in life is that every moment we see people dying around us, and yet we think we shall never die. Surrounded by fools on every side, we think we are the only exceptions, the only learned men. Surrounded by all sorts of experiences of fickleness, we think our love is the only lasting love. How can that be? Even love is selfish, and the Yogi says that in the end we shall find that even the love of husbands and wives, and children and friends, slowly decays. Decadence seizes everything in this life. It is only when everything, even love, fails, that, with a flash, man finds out how vain, how dream-like is this world. Then he catches a glimpse of Vairâgya (renunciation), catches a glimpse of the Beyond. It is only by giving up this world that the other comes; never through holding on to this one. Never yet was there a great soul who had not to reject sense-pleasures and enjoyments to acquire his greatness. The cause of misery is the clash between the different forces of nature, one dragging one way, and another dragging another, rendering permanent happiness impossible. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2497:Thought Provoking



In 1902, a professor asked his student


whether it was God who created everything that exists in the universe?

Student replied: Yes

He again asked:
What about evil?
Has God created evil also?

The student got silent...
Then the student requested that may he ask a question from him?

Professor allowed him to do so.

Student asked:

Does cold exist?

Professor said:

Yes! Don't you feel the cold dear?

Student said:

I'm sorry but you are wrong sir.

Cold is a complete absence of heat...
There is no cold, it is only an absence of heat.

Student asked again:
Does darkness exist?

Professor Said:

Yes!

Student replied:

you are again wrong sir.

There is no such thing like darkness.

It’s actually the absence of light.

Sir! We always study light & heat,

but not cold & darkness.

Similarly, the evil does not exist.

Actually it is the absence of Love, Faith & True belief in God.

The name of the student was...
Vivekananda ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2498:The Yogis say that the man who has discriminating powers, the man of good sense, sees through all that are called pleasure and pain, and knows that they come to all, and that one follows and melts into the other; he sees that men follow an ignis fatuus all their lives, and never succeed in fulfilling their desires. The great King Yudhishthira once said that the most wonderful thing in life is that evry moment we see people dying around us, and yet we think we shall never die. Surrounded by fools on every side, we think we are the only exceptions, the only learned men. Surrounded by all sorts of experiences of fickleness, we think our love is the only lasting love. How can that be? Even love is selfish, and the Yogi says that in the end we shall find that even the love of husbands and wives, children and friends, slowly decays. Decadence seizes everything in this life. It is only when everything, even love, fails, that, with a flash, man finds out how vain, how dreamlike is this world. Then he catches a glimpse of Vairagya, catches a glimpse of the beyond. It is only by giving up this world that the other comes; never through holding on to this one. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2499:But there is yet time to change our ways. Give up all those old discussions, old fights about things which are meaningless, which are nonsensical in their very nature. Think of the last six hundred or seven hundred years of degradation when grown-up men by hundreds have been discussing for years whether we should drink a glass of water with the right hand or the left, whether the hand should be washed three times or four times, whether we should gargle five or six times. What can you expect from men who pass their lives in discussing such momentous questions as these and writing most learned philosophies on them! There is a danger of our religion getting into the kitchen. We are neither Vedantists, most of us now, nor Pauranics, nor Tantrics. We are just "Don't-touchists". Our religion is in the kitchen. Our God is the cooking-pot, and our religion is, "Don't touch me, I am holy". If this goes on for another century, every one of us will be in a lunatic asylum. It is a sure sign of softening of the brain when the mind cannot grasp the higher problems of life; all originality is lost, the mind has lost all its strength, its activity, and its power of thought, and just tries to go round and round the smallest curve it can find. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2500:External worship, material worship," say the scriptures, "is the lowest stage; struggling to rise high, mental prayer is the next stage, but the highest stage is when the Lord has been realised." Mark, the same earnest man who is kneeling before the idol tells you, "Him the Sun cannot express, nor the moon, nor the stars, the lightning cannot express Him, nor what we speak of as fire; through Him they shine." But he does not abuse any one's idol or call its worship sin. He recognises in it a necessary stage of life. "The child is father of the man." Would it be right for an old man to say that childhood is a sin or youth a sin? If a man can realise his divine nature with the help of an image, would it be right to call that a sin? Nor even when he has passed that stage, should he call it an error. To the Hindu, man is not travelling from error to truth, but from truth to truth, from lower to higher truth. To him all the religions, from the lowest fetishism to the highest absolutism, mean so many attempts of the human soul to grasp and realise the Infinite, each determined by the conditions of its birth and association, and each of these marks a stage of progress; and every soul is a young eagle soaring higher and higher, gathering more and more strength, till it reaches the Glorious Sun. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2501:This is a world of good and evil. Wherever there is good, evil follows, but beyond and behind all these manifestations, all these contradictions, the Vedanta finds out that Unity. It says, “Give up what is evil and give up what is good.” What remains then? Behind good and evil stands something which is yours, the real you, beyond every evil, and beyond every good too, and it is that which is manifesting itself as good and bad. Know that first, and then and then alone you will be a true optimist, and not before; for then you will be able to control everything. Control these manifestations and you will be at liberty to manifest the real “you”. First be master of yourself, stand up and be free, go beyond the pale of these laws, for these laws do not absolutely govern you, they are only part of your being. First find out that you are not the slave of nature, never were and never will be; that this nature, infinite as you may think it, is only finite, a drop in the ocean, and your Soul is the ocean; you are beyond the stars, the sun, and the. They are like mere bubbles compared with your infinite being. Know that, and you will control both good and evil. Then alone the whole vision will change and you will stand up and say, “How beautiful is good and how wonderful is evil!” That is what the Vedanta teaches. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2502:The root being there, the fruition comes (in the form of) species, life, and experience of pleasure and pain. The roots, the causes, the Samskaras being there, they manifest and form the effects. The cause dying down becomes the effect; the effect getting subtler becomes the cause of the next effect. A tree bears a seed, which becomes the cause of another tree, and so on. All our works now are the effects of past Samskaras; again, these works becoming Samskaras will be the causes of future actions, and thus we go on. So this aphorism says that the cause being there, the fruit must come, in the form of species of beings: one will be a man, another an angel, another an animal, another a demon. Then there are different effects of Karma in life. One man lives fifty years, another a hundred, another dies in two years, and never attains maturity; all these differences in life are regulated by past Karma. One man is born, as it were, for pleasure; if he buries himself in a forest, pleasure will follow him there. Another man, wherever he goes, is followed by pain; everything becomes painful for him. It is the result of their own past. According to the philosophy of the Yogis, all virtuous actions bring pleasure, and all vicious actions bring pain. Any man who does wicked deeds is sure to reap their fruit in the form of pain. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2503:The whole world has been asking for the same these thousands of years. There is, again, the universal dissatisfaction. We make an ideal but we have rushed only half the way after it when we make a newer one. We struggle hard to attain to some goal and then discover we do not want it. This dissatisfaction we are having time after time, and what is there in the mind if there is to be only dissatisfaction? What is the meaning of this universal dissatisfaction? It is because freedom is every man's goal. He seeks it ever, his whole life is a struggle after it. The child rebels against law as soon as it is born. Its first utterance is a cry, a protest against the bondage in which it finds itself. This longing for freedom produces the idea of a Being who is absolutely free. The concept of God is a fundamental element in the human constitution. In the Vedanta, Sat-chit-ânanda (Existence-Knowledge-Bliss) is the highest concept of God possible to the mind. It is the essence of knowledge and is by its nature the essence of bliss. We have been stifling that inner voice long enough, seeking to follow law and quiet the human nature, but there is that human instinct to rebel against nature's laws. We may not understand what the meaning is, but there is that unconscious struggle of the human with the spiritual, of the lower with the higher mind, and the struggle attempts to preserve one's separate life, what we call our "individuality". ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2504:Though our castes and institutions are apparently linked with our religion, they are not so. These institutions have been necessary to protect us as a nation, and when this necessity for self-preservation will no more exist, they will die a natural death. But the older I grow, the better I seem to think of these time-honored institutions of India. There was a time when I used to think that many of them were useless and worthless; but the older I grew, the more I seem to feel a diffidence in cursing any one of them, for each one of them is the embodiment of the experience of centuries. A child of but yesterday, destined to die the day after tomorrow, comes to me and asks me to change all my plans; and if I hear the advice of that baby and change all my surroundings according to his ideas, I myself should be a fool, and no one else. Much of the advice that is coming to us from different countries is similar to this. Tell these wiseacres: "I will hear you when you have made a society yourselves. You cannot hold on to one idea for two days, you quarrel and fail; you are born like moths in the spring and die like them in five minutes. You come up like bubbles and burst like bubbles too. First form a stable society like ours. First make laws and institutions that remain undiminished in their power through scores of centuries. Then will be the time to talk on the subject with you, but till then, my friend, you are only a giddy child. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2505:Starting as some fungus, some very minute, microscopic bubble, and all the time drawing from that infinite store-house of energy, a form is changed slowly and steadily until in course of time it becomes a plant, then an animal, then man, ultimately God. This is attained through millions of aeons, but what is time? An increase of speed, an increase of struggle, is able to bridge the gulf of time. That which naturally takes a long time to accomplish can be shortened by the intensity of the action, says the Yogi. A man may go on slowly drawing in this energy from the infinite mass that exists in the universe, and, perhaps, he will require a hundred thousand years to become a Deva, and then, perhaps, five hundred thousand years to become still higher, and, perhaps, five millions of years to become perfect. Given rapid growth, the time will be lessened. Why is it not possible, with sufficient effort, to reach this very perfection in six months or six years? There is no limit. Reason shows that. If an engine, with a certain amount of coal, runs two miles an hour, it will run the distance in less time with a greater supply of coal. Similarly, why shall not the soul, by intensifying its action, attain perfection in this very life? All beings will at last attain to that goal, we know. But who cares to wait all these millions of aeons? Why not reach it immediately, in this body even, in this human form? Why shall I not get that infinite knowledge, infinite power, now? ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2506:Curiously enough, it seems that at times the spiritual side prevails, and then the materialistic side—in wave-like motions following each other. ...At one time the full flood of materialistic ideas prevails, and everything in this life—prosperity, the education which procures more pleasures, more food—will become glorious at first and then that will degrade and degenerate. Along with the prosperity will rise to white heat all the inborn jealousies and hatreds of the human race. Competition and merciless cruelty will be the watchword of the day. To quote a very commonplace and not very elegant English proverb, "Everyone for himself, and the devil take the hindmost", becomes the motto of the day. Then people think that the whole scheme of life is a failure. And the world would be destroyed had not spirituality come to the rescue and lent a helping hand to the sinking world. Then the world gets new hope and finds a new basis for a new building, and another wave of spirituality comes, which in time again declines. As a rule, spirituality brings a class of men who lay exclusive claim to the special powers of the world. The immediate effect of this is a reaction towards materialism, which opens the door to scores of exclusive claims, until the time comes when not only all the spiritual powers of the race, but all its material powers and privileges are centered in the hands of a very few; and these few, standing on the necks of the masses of the people, want to rule them. Then society has to help itself, and materialism comes to the rescue. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2507:Today the evolution theory of the ancient Yogis will be better understood in the light of modern research. And yet the theory of the Yogis is a better explanation. The two causes of evolution advanced by the moderns, viz sexual selection and survival of the fittest, are inadequate. Suppose human knowledge to have advanced so much as to eliminate competition, both from the function of acquiring physical sustenance and of acquiring a mate. Then, according to the moderns, human progress will stop and the race will die. The result of this theory is to furnish every oppressor with an argument to calm the qualms of conscience. Men are not lacking, who, posing as philosophers, want to kill out all wicked and incompetent persons (they are, of course, the only judges of competency) and thus preserve the human race! But the great ancient evolutionist, Patanjali, declares that the true secret of evolution is the manifestation of the perfection which is already in every being; that this perfection has been barred and the infinite tide behind is struggling to express itself. These struggles and competitions are but the results of our ignorance, because we do not know the proper way to unlock the gate and let the water in. This infinite tide behind must express itself; it is the cause of all manifestation. Competitions for life or sex-gratification are only momentary, unnecessary, extraneous effects, caused by ignorance. Even when all competition has ceased, this perfect nature behind will make us go forward until everyone has become perfect. Therefore there is no reason to believe that competition is necessary to progress. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2508:Those who really want to be Yogis must give up, once for all, this nibbling at things. Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life — think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced. Others are mere talking machines. If we really want to be blessed, and make others blessed, we must go deeper. The first step is not to disturb the mind, not to associate with persons whose ideas are disturbing. All of you know that certain persons, certain places, certain foods, repel you. Avoid them; and those who want to go to the highest, must avoid all company, good or bad. Practise hard; whether you live or die does not matter. You have to plunge in and work, without thinking of the result. If you are brave enough, in six months you will be a perfect Yogi. But those who take up just a bit of it and a little of everything else make no progress. It is of no use simply to take a course of lessons. To those who are full of Tamas, ignorant and dull — those whose minds never get fixed on any idea, who only crave for something to amuse them — religion and philosophy are simply objects of entertainment. These are the unpersevering. They hear a talk, think it very nice, and then go home and forget all about it. To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. "I will drink the ocean," says the persevering soul, "at my will mountains will crumble up." Have that sort of energy, that sort of will, work hard, and you will reach the goal. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2509:Buddha is the only prophet who said, "I do not care to know your various theories about God. What is the use of discussing all the subtle doctrines about the soul? Do good and be good. And this will take you to freedom and to whatever truth there is." He was, in the conduct of his life, absolutely without personal motives; and what man worked more than he? Show me in history one character who has soared so high above all. The whole human race has produced but one such character, such high philosophy, such wide sympathy. This great philosopher, preaching the highest philosophy, yet had the deepest sympathy for the lowest of animals, and never put forth any claims for himself. He is the ideal Karma-Yogi, acting entirely without motive, and the history of humanity shows him to have been the greatest man ever born; beyond compare the greatest combination of heart and brain that ever existed, the greatest soul-power that has even been manifested. He is the first great reformer the world has seen. He was the first who dared to say, "Believe not because some old manuscripts are produced, believe not because it is your national belief, because you have been made to believe it from your childhood; but reason it all out, and after you have analysed it, then, if you find that it will do good to one and all, believe it, live up to it, and help others to live up to it." He works best who works without any motive, neither for money, nor for fame, nor for anything else; and when a man can do that, he will be a Buddha, and out of him will come the power to work in such a manner as will transform the world. This man represents the very highest ideal of Karma-Yoga. ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2510:The science of Raja-Yoga, in the first place, proposes to give us such a means of observing the internal states. The instrument is the mind itself. The power of attention, when properly guided, and directed towards the internal world, will analyse the mind, and illumine facts for us. The powers of the mind are like rays of light dissipated; when they are concentrated, they illumine. This is our only means of knowledge. Everyone is using it, both in the external and the internal world; but, for the psychologist, the same minute observation has to be directed to the internal world, which the scientific man directs to the external; and this requires a great deal of practice. From our childhood upwards we have been taught only to pay attention to things external, but never to things internal; hence most of us have nearly lost the faculty of observing the internal mechanism. To turn the mind as it were, inside, stop it from going outside, and then to concentrate all its powers, and throw them upon the mind itself, in order that it may know its own nature, analyse itself, is very hard work. Yet that is the only way to anything which will be a scientific approach to the subject. What is the use of such knowledge? In the first place, knowledge itself is the highest reward of knowledge, and secondly, there is also utility in it. It will take away all our misery. When by analysing his own mind, man comes face to face, as it were, with something which is never destroyed, something which is, by its own nature, eternally pure and perfect, he will no more be miserable, no more unhappy. All misery comes from fear, from unsatisfied desire. Man will find that he never dies, and then he will have no more fear of death. When he knows that he is perfect, he will have no more vain desires, and both these causes being absent, there will be no more misery — there will be perfect bliss, even while in this body. There ~ Swami Vivekananda,
2511:most of the other sciences deal with things that do not move, that are fixed. You can analyse the chair, the chair does not fly from you. But this science deals with the mind, which moves all the time; the moment you want to study it, it slips. Now the mind is in one mood, the next moment, perhaps, it is different, changing, changing all the time. In the midst of all this change it has to be studied, understood, grasped, and controlled. How much more difficult, then, is this science! It requires rigorous training. People ask me why I do not give them practical lessons. Why, it is no joke. I stand upon this platform talking to you and you go home and find no benefit; nor do I. Then you say, "It is all bosh." It is because you wanted to make a bosh of it. I know very little of this science, but the little that I gained I worked for thirty years of my life, and for six years I have been telling people the little that I know. It took me thirty years to learn it; thirty years of hard struggle. Sometimes I worked at it twenty hours during the twenty-four; sometimes I slept only one hour in the night; sometimes I worked whole nights; sometimes I lived in places where there was hardly a sound, hardly a breath; sometimes I had to live in caves. Think of that. And yet I know little or nothing; I have barely touched the hem of the garment of this science. But I can understand that it is true and vast and wonderful. Now, if there is any one amongst you who really wants to study this science, he will have to start with that sort of determination, the same as, nay even more than, that which he puts into any business of life. And what an amount of attention does business require, and what a rigorous taskmaster it is! Even if the father, the mother, the wife, or the child dies, business cannot stop! Even if the heart is breaking, we still have to go to our place of business, when every hour of work is a pang. That is business, and we think that it is just, that it is right. This science calls for more application than any business can ever require. Many men can succeed in business; very few in this. Because so much depends upon the particular constitution of the person studying it. As in business all may not make a fortune, but everyone can make something, so in the study of this science each one can get a glimpse which will convince him of its truth and of the fact that there have been men who realised it fully. This is the outline of the science. It stands upon its own feet and in its own light, and challenges comparison with any other science. There have been charlatans, there have been magicians, there have been cheats, and more here than in any other field. W ~ Swami Vivekananda,

--- IN CHAPTERS (in Dictionaries, in Quotes, in Chapters)



9

   1 Philosophy
   1 Integral Yoga


   2 Sri Ramakrishna




0.01_-_Life_and_Yoga, #The Synthesis Of Yoga, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
  Yoga, as Swami Vivekananda has said, may be regarded as a means of compressing one's evolution into a single life or a few years or even a few months of bodily existence. A given system of Yoga, then, can be no more than a selection or a compression, into narrower but more energetic forms of intensity, of the general methods which are already being used loosely, largely, in a leisurely movement, with a profuser apparent waste of material and energy but with a more complete combination by the great
  Mother in her vast upward labour. It is this view of Yoga that can alone form the basis for a sound and rational synthesis of Yogic methods. For then Yoga ceases to appear something mystic and abnormal which has no relation to the ordinary processes of the World-Energy or the purpose she keeps in view in her two great movements of subjective and objective selffulfilment; it reveals itself rather as an intense and exceptional use of powers that she has already manifested or is progressively

1.1.05_-_The_Siddhis, #Essays Divine And Human, #Sri Aurobindo, #Integral Yoga
  
  I do not wish to argue the question of the existence or nonexistence of Yogic siddhis; for it is not with me a question of debate, or of belief and disbelief, since I know by daily experience that they exist. I am concerned rather with their exact nature and utility. And here one is met by the now fashionable habit, among people presuming to be Vedantic and spiritual, of a denunciation and holy horror of the Yogic siddhis. They are, it seems, Tantric, dangerous, immoral, delusive as conjuring tricks, a stumbling block in the path of the soul's liberation. Swami Vivekananda did much to encourage this attitude by his eagerness to avoid all mention of them at the outset of his mission in order not to
  

1.12_-_The_Divine_Work, #unset, #Abraham Maslow, #Psychology
  that they may be made free from grief." It is that which inspires
  a remarkable passage in a letter of Swami Vivekananda. "I have
  lost all wish for my salvation," wrote the great Vedantin, "may I

1.240_-_Talks_2, #unset, #Abraham Maslow, #Psychology
  Let him put it down: he will find the load reaches the destination all the same. Similarly, let us not pose as the doers, but resign ourselves to the guiding Power.
  D.: Swami Vivekananda says that a spiritual Guru can transfer spirituality substantially to the disciple.
  M.: Is there a substance to be transferred? Transfer means eradication of the sense of being the disciple. The master does it. Not that the man was something at one time and metamorphosed later into another.

1.300_-_1.400_Talks, #Talks, #Sri Ramana Maharshi, #Hinduism
  
  D.: Swami Vivekananda says that a spiritual Guru can transfer spirituality substantially to the disciple.
  

Gospel_of_Sri_Ramakrishna_preface, #Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  
  The life and teachings of Sri Ramakrishna have redirected the thoughts of the denationalized Hindus to the spiritual ideals of their forefathers. During the latter part of the nineteenth century his was the time-honoured role of the Saviour of the Eternal Religion of the Hindus. His teachings played an important part in liberalizing the minds of orthodox pundits and hermits. Even now he is the silent force that is moulding the spiritual destiny of India. His great disciple, Swami Vivekananda, was the first Hindu missionary to preach the message of Indian culture to the enlightened minds of Europe and America. The full consequence of Swami Viveknand work is still in the womb of the future.
  
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  The life of Sdhan and holy association that he started on at the feet of the Master, he continued all through his life. He has for this reason been most appropriately described as a Grihastha-Sannysi (householder-Sannysin). Though he was forbidden by the Master to become a Sannysin, his reverence for the Sannysa ideal was whole-hearted and was without any reservation. So after Sri Ramakrishna's passing away, while several of the Master's householder devotees considered the young Sannysin disciples of the Master as inexperienced and inconsequential, M. stood by them with the firm faith that the Master's life and message were going to be perpetuated only through them. Swami Vivekananda wrote from America in a letter to the inmates of the Math: "When Sri Thkur (Master) left the body, every one gave us up as a few unripe urchins. But M. and a few others did not leave us in the lurch. We cannot repay our debt to them." (Swami Raghavananda's article on M. in Prabuddha Bharata vol. XXX P. 442.)
  
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  The two pamphlets in English entitled the Gospel of Sri Ramakrishna appeared in October and November 1897. They drew the spontaneous acclamation of Swami Vivekananda, who wrote on 24th November of that year from Dehra Dun to M.:"Many many thanks for your second leaflet. It is indeed wonderful. The move is quite original, and never was the life of a Great Teacher brought before the public untarnished by the writer's mind, as you are doing. The language also is beyond all praise, so fresh, so pointed, and withal so plain and easy. I cannot express in adequate terms how I have enjoyed them. I am really in a transport when I read them. Strange, isn't it? Our Teacher and Lord was so original, and each one of us will have to be original or nothing.
  
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  Though a much-sought-after spiritual guide, an educationist of repute, and a contemporary and close associate of illustrious personages like Sri Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda, Keshab Chander Sen and Iswar Chander Vidysgar, he was always moved by the noble humanity of a lover of God, which consists in respecting the personalities of all as receptacles of the Divine Spirit. So he taught without the consciousness of a teacher, and no bar of superiority stood in the way of his doing the humblest service to his students and devotees. "He was a commission of love," writes his close devotee, Swami Raghavananda, "and yet his soft and sweet words would pierce the stoniest heart, make the worldly-minded weep and repent and turn Godwards."
  

Liber_71_-_The_Voice_of_the_Silence_-_The_Two_Paths_-_The_Seven_Portals, #unset, #Abraham Maslow, #Psychology
   not occur to the mind is the names of people now living who know their
   subject from experience. The late Swami Vivekananda did know his.
   Sabapaty Swami did so. Sri Parananda Swami did so, and of course above

Magick_Without_Tears_(text), #Magick Without Tears, #Aleister Crowley, #Philosophy
  
  Swami Vivekananda summarised Yoga under four headings, and I do not think that one can improve on that classification. His four are: Gnana, Raja, Bhakti and Hatha, and comprise all divisions that it is desirable to make. As soon as one begins to add such sections as Mantra Yoga, you are adding to without enriching the classification, and once you begin where are you to stop? But I honestly believe that the excessive simplication given in Eight Lectures on Yoga is a practical advantage. Any given type of Yogas is the work of a lifetime and for that reason alone it is desirable to confine oneself from the beginning to an absolutely simple programme.
  

Sayings_of_Sri_Ramakrishna_(text), #Sayings of Sri Ramakrishna, #Sri Ramakrishna, #Hinduism
  the life of Sannyasa afterwards, and formed the Ramakrishna Order of monks under the leadership of
  Swami Vivekananda, then known Narendranath Datta. The Swami was the special object of Sri
  Ramakrishna's love and grace, and in later life spread his Master's message far and wide, and made a
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  monks. For, while the expenses of his stay and treatment were defrayed by the householder devotees,
  his young disciples under the leadership of Narendranath, (Swami Vivekananda) undertook to stay with
  him and nurse him in his illness. Thus at the bedside of their sick Master the disciples formed themselves
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  mood.
  929. Once Sri Ramakrishna asked Narendra (Swami Vivekananda) what his ideal in life was. "To remain
  absorbed in Samadhi," replied Narendra. "Can you be so small-minded as that?" the Master said, "Go
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  1019. A couple of days before the Master's passing away, when six months of suffering from the
  dreadful disease of cancer in the throat had already reduced him to a mere skeleton, Narendra, thedisciple (the future Swami Vivekananda), felt a curious inclination to test the Master's oft-repeated
  assertion of his being an Incarnation. So he said to himself: "If in the midst of this dreadful physical