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It is not the form of his life that makes a Sadhu. For it is possible to sit in a cave and have one’s whole mind filled with the question of how many pieces of bread will be brought to one for supper!
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. First, believe in this world, that Krishna talks of himself as God, as Christ does. He sees the Deity in himself. And he says, “None can go a day out of my path. All have to come to me. Whosoever wants to worship in whatsoever form, I give him faith in that form, and through that, I meet him. …”. His heart is all for the masses.
Swamy Vivekananda quotes in English
Let new India arise out of peasants’ cottage, grasping the plow, out of huts, cobbler, and sweeper.
Let us never, never, forget our Ideal.
Life is but a dream of death.
Look at this nation. Through the preaching of that love broadcast, the nation has become effeminate–a race of women! The whole of Orissa has been turned into a land of cowards, and Bengal, running high after the Radha-Prema, these past four hundred years, has almost lost all sense of manliness.
Mercy is heaven itself; to be good; we have all to be merciful. Even justice and right should stand on mercy.
Mercy shall not be for men alone, but shall go beyond, and embrace the whole world.
Misery is caused by sin, and by no other cause.
My countrymen should have nerves of steel, muscles of iron, and minds like a thunderbolt.
MY nature loves 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.
Swamy Vivekananda quotes on Life
My religion is one of which Christianity is an offshoot and Buddhism a rebel child.
National prosperity is another name for death and degradation to millions of other races.
Never forget that the Sannyasin takes two vows: one to realize the truth and one to help the world — and that the most stringent of stringent requirements is that he should renounce any thought of heaven!
Never forget, to say to yourself, and to teach to your children, as the difference between a firefly and the blazing sun, between the infinite ocean and a little pond, between a mustard seed and the mountain of Meru, such is the difference between the householder and the Sannyasin.
Vivekananda Positive Thoughts
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.
No force can be created; it can only be directed. Therefore, we must learn to control the grand powers that are already in our hands, and by will, power makes them spiritual, instead of merely animal. Thus it is clearly seen that chastity is the cornerstone of all morality and of all religion.
No man is born to any religion; he has a religion in his own soul.
No one can get anything unless he earns it. This is an eternal law.
Ordinary mankind cannot understand anything that is subtle. Well has it been said that mobs would run after a lion that could kill a thousand lambs, and never for a moment think that it is death unto the lambs, although it may be a momentary triumph for the lion; because in that the mob finds the greatest manifestation of physical strength. Thus with the ordinary run of mankind, they understand and find pleasure in everything that is external.
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.
Our entire struggle is for freedom. We seek neither misery nor happiness, but freedom, freedom alone.
Our mistakes have places here. Go on! Do not look back if you think you have done something that is not right. Now, do you believe you could be what you are today, had you not made those mistakes before? Bless your mistakes, then. They have been angels unawares. Blessed be torture! Blessed be happiness Do not care what be your lot. Hold on to the ideal. March on! Do not look back upon little mistakes and things. In this battlefield of ours, the dust of mistakes must be raised. Those who are so thin-skinned that they cannot bear the dust let them get out of the ranks.
Please everyone without becoming a hypocrite or a coward.
PRAYER is divine love alone. When this highest ideal of love is reached, philosophy is thrown away. Who will then care about it? Freedom, salvation, nirvana- all are thrown away. Who cares to become free while in the enjoyment of divine love?
Vivekananda Famous Quotes
Pure love has no motive. It has nothing to gain.
Purity, patience, and perseverance are the three essentials to success, and above all, love.
Religion is the manifestation of the Divinity already in man
Religion, the great milch cow, has given many kicks, but never mind,
Renunciation is the very basis upon which ethics stands. There never was an ethical code preached which had not renunciation for its basis.
Samadhi is the perfect absorption of thought into the Supreme Spirit when one realizes. “I and my Father are one.”
Seek only after one thing, and that, God!
Shri Krishna is the God of the poor, the beggar, the sinner, the son, the father, the wife, and of everyone. He enters intimately into all our human relations and makes everything holy and in the end brings us to salvation. He is the God who hides himself from the philosopher and the learned and reveals himself to the ignorant and the children. He is the God of faith and love and not of learning. With the Gopis, love and God was the same thing — they knew Him to be love incarnate.
Sita is the name in India for everything that is good, pure, and holy; everything that in women we call a woman.
So long as religion was in the hands of a chosen few or of a body of priests, it was in the temples, it was in the churches, it was in the books, in dogmas, in ceremonials, forms, and rituals. When men have come to the real, universal, spiritual concept, then, and then alone, religion will become real and living; it will come into our very nature, live in every movement of the human being, it will penetrate every pore of society, and be infinitely more a power for good than it has ever been before.
Social life in the West is like a peal of laughter; but underneath, it is a wail. It ends in a sob. The fun and frivolity are all on the surface: really it is full of tragic intensity. Nowhere, it is sad and gloomy on the outside, but underneath are carelessness and merriment.
Swami Vivekananda quotes for Students
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.
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.
Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, the 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, that is way great spiritual giants are produced.
That man has reached immortality who is disturbed by nothing material.
That which is bound is nature, not the soul.
That wonderful poem, without one note in it, of weakness or womanliness.
The best work is only done by alternate repose and work.
The Brahmin has done great things for India; he is doing great things for India, and he is destined to do still greater things for India in the future.
Swami Vivekananda Best Quotes
The brave alone can afford to be sincere. Compare the lion and the fox.
The constitutional belief in freedom is the basis of all reasoning.
The day will come when men will study history from a different light and find that competition is neither the cause nor the effect, simply a thing on the way, not necessary to evolution at all.
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.
The first sign of your becoming religious is that you are becoming cheerful
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.
The greatest name man ever gave to God is Truth.
The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves!
The greatest thing is meditation. It is the nearest approach to spiritual life — the mind meditating. It is the one moment in our daily life that we are not at all material — the Soul thinking of itself, free from all matter — this marvelous touch of the Soul!
The highest manifestation of strength is to keep ourselves calm and on our own feet.
The highest of all feminine types in India is mother, higher than wife. Wife and children may desert a man, but his mother never. Mother is the same or loves her child perhaps a little more. Mother represents colorless love that knows no barter, love that never dies. Who can have such love? — Only mother, not son, nor daughter, nor wife.
The Impersonal God seen through the mists of sense is personal.
Swami Vivekananda Quotations in English
The Lord has declared to the Hindu in His incarnation as Krishna. I am in every religion as the thread through a string of pearls. Wherever thou see extraordinary holiness and extraordinary power raising and purifying humanity, know thou that I am there.
The Lord is great! – He will not allow me to become a hypocrite. Now let what is income out….
The mainspring of the strength of every race lies in the spirituality manifested in religion and the death of that race begins the day that spirituality wanes and materialism begins.
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.
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.
The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them.
The more you fly from nature, the more she follows you; and if you do not care for her at all, she becomes your slave.
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.
The only test of good things is that they make us strong.
The only worship is love.
Vivekananda Inspirational Quotes
The position of the orthodox Christians, he said, was illogical and untenable. An arbitrary and sudden creation of a soul and then its eternal damnation or salvation — it was like “a stick with only one end.”
The real individuality is that which never changes and will never change, and that is the God within us.
The soul lives and forever expands. Worlds must come into the soul. Worlds must disappear in the soul like drops in the ocean.
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.
The strong, the well-knit, the young, the healthy, the daring alone are fit to be Yogis.
The Tartar is the wine of the race! He gives energy and power to every blood!
The three essentials of Hinduism are a belief in God, in the Vedas as a revelation, in the doctrine of Karma and transmigration.
The totality of all souls, not the human alone, is the Personal God.
The true philosopher strives to destroy nothing but to help all.
The ultimate goal of all mankind, the aim, and end of all religions, is but one — reunion with God, or, what amounts to the same, with the divinity which is every man’s true nature.
The universe is like a cobweb and minds are the spiders; for the mind is one as well as many.
The Vedanta recognizes no sin it only recognizes the 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.
The Vedas contain not only the means of how to obtain Bhakti but also the means for obtaining any earthly good or evil. Take whatever you want.
Swami Vivekananda Quotes on Success
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.
The will is not free – it is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect – but there is something behind the will which is free.
The women of India must grow and develop in the footprints of Sita, and that is the only way.
The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.
There is but one way to control the senses — to see Him who is the Reality in the universe. Then and only then can we really conquer our senses?
There is no new religious idea preached anywhere which is not found in the Vedas.
There is no other teacher but your own soul.
There is no virtue higher than non-injury.
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.
These gods are not merely symbols! They are the forms that the Bhaktas have seen!
Things do not grow better. They remain as they are, and we grow better by the changes we make in them.
This hideous world is Maya. Renounce and be happy. Give up the idea of sex and possessions. There is no other bond. Marriage and sex and money are the only living devils. All earthly love proceeds from the body. No sex, no possessions; as these fall off, the eyes open to spiritual vision. The soul regains its own infinite power.
This is the gist of all worship – to be pure and to do good to others.
This is the one central idea in the Gita: work incessantly, but be not attached to it.
This life is a tremendous assertion of freedom; and this obedience to the law, carried far enough, would make us simply matter — either in society, or in politics, or in religion. Too many laws are a sure sign of death. Wherever in any society, there are too many laws, it is a sure sign that that society will soon die.
This was the great work of Krishna: to clear our eyes and make us look with broader vision upon humanity in its march upward and onward. His was the first heart that was large enough to see the truth in all, is the first lips that uttered beautiful words for each and all.
Swami Vivekananda Quotations
Those whose only aim is to barter the energies of life for gold, or name, or any other enjoyment; those to whom the tramp of embattled cohorts is the only manifestation of power; those to whom the enjoyment of the senses is the only bliss that life sees.
Though the love of a mother is in some ways greater, yet the whole world takes the love of man and woman as the type. No other has such tremendous idealizing power. The beloved actually becomes what he is imagined to be. This love transforms its object.
Through truth everything is attained. In truth everything is established.
To care only for spiritual liberty and not for social liberty is a defect, but the opposite is a still greater defect. Liberty of both soul and body is to be striven for.
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
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.
To the Yogi everything is bliss.
To work! In full speed, and with undaunted zeal.
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.
Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.
Truth does not pay homage to any society, modern or ancient. Society has to pay homage to truth, or die.
Truth never dreams.
Unborn and uncreated, without beginning and without end, deathless, birth less and omnipresent — that is what I am; and all misery comes just because I think this little lump of clay is myself. I am identifying myself with matter and taking all the consequences.
Various sorts of worship we see in this world. The sick man is very worshipful to God. … There is the man who loses his fortune; he also prays very much – to get money. The highest worship is that of the man who loves God for God’s sake
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 future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.
We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
We learn as we grow. Alas! We cannot use our knowledge here. The moment we seem to learn, we are hurried off the stage. And this is Maya!
We see that the apparent contradictions and perplexities in every RELIGION mark but different stages of growth. The end of all religions is the realizing of God in the soul. That is the one universal religion.
We want that 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.
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.
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.
When a man has reached that perfect state, he is of the same nature as the Personal God. “I and my Father are one.”
When an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed into an actual physical or mental state.
When I asked god for peace, he showed me how to help others.
When love to God is revealed and is all, this world appears like a drop.
When once you consider an action, do not let anything dissuade you. Consult your heart, not others, and then follow its dictates.
When the soul wants to depend upon nothing, not even upon life, that is the height of philosophy, the height of manhood.
When we really begin to live in the world, then we understand what is meant by brotherhood or mankind, and not before.
Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being.
Who can say that God does not manifest Himself as Evil as well as good? But only the Hindu dares to worship Him in the evil.
WHY should a man be miserable even here in the reign of a just and merciful God?
You are also as much a man as the greatest of men – even an Incarnation.
You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.
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.
You know, I may have to be born again, you see, I have fallen in love with mankind.
You must have an iron will if you would cross the ocean. You must be strong enough to pierce mountains.