Divinity of Man – Swami Vivekananda’s Teachings

(Collected by Brahmachari Amal, an American devotee and published on the occasion of 150th Birth Anniversary of Swami Vivekananda)

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 moment of their life.

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.

Everything that is strong and good and powerful in human nature is the outcome of that divinity, and though potential in many, there is no difference between man and man essentially, all being alike divine.

All power is within you…Believe in that; do not believe that you are weak… Stand up and express the divinity within you.

We are the children of the Almighty; we are sparks of the infinite divine power. How can we be nothings? We are everything, ready to do everything; we can do everything, and man must do everything.

Our power, our blessedness, and wisdom, cannot but grow into the Infinite…Infinite power and existence and blessedness are ours, and we have not to acquire them; they are our own, and we have only to manifest them.

Manifest the divinity within you, and everything will be harmoniously arranged around it.

Infinite perfection is in every man, though unmanifested. Every man has in him the potentiality of attaining to perfect saintliness, Rishihood… or to the greatness of a here in material discoveries.

Man has infinite power within himself, and he can realize it…It can be done; but you do not believe it.

Infinite knowledge abides within every one in the fullest measure. You are not really ignorant, though you may appear to be so…You may laugh at me now, but the time will come when you will understand. You must.

This Atman is the same in all, there is only a difference of manifestation in different individuals. Try to manifest this Atman, and you will see your intellect penetrating into all subjects… Within the manifestation of the tm,an you will find that science, philosophy, and everything will be easily mastered.

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.

Man stands on the glory of his own soul, the infinite, the eternal, the deathless – that soul which no instruments can pierce, which no air can dry, no fire burn, no water melt, the infinite, the birthless, the deathless, without beginning and without end, ….. before whose glory space melts away into nothingness and time vanishes into non-existence. This glorious soul we must believe in. Out of that will come power.

The 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.

Believe, therefore, in yourselves, and if you want material wealth, work it out; it will come to you. If you want to be intellectual, work it out on the intellectual plane, and intelligent giants you shall be. And if you want to attain to freedom, work it out on the spiritual plane, and free you shall be and shall enter into Nirvana, the Eternal Bliss.

So is infinite power in the soul of man, whether he knows it or not. Its manifestation is only a question of being conscious of it. … With the full consciousness of his infinite power and wisdom; the giant will rise to his feet.

Proclaim to the whole world with trumpet voice. “There is no sin in thee, there is no misery in thee; thou are the reservoir of omnipotent power. Arise, awake and manifest the Divinity within.

The germ of infinite protection exists in all. 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 minds, we profit nothing; it is the heroic endeavour to subdue adverse circumstances that carries our spirit upwards.

The more I live, the more I become convinced everyday that every human being is divine. In no man or woman, however vile, does that divinity die.

You must know what you are, what your real nature is. You must become conscious of that infinite nature within. Then your bondage will burst.

Think all of you that you are the infinitely powerful Atman, and see what strength comes out.

“Knowledge is power,” says a proverb, does it not? It is through Knowledge that power comes. Man has got to know. Here is a man of infinite power and strength. He himself is by his own nature potent and omniscient. And this he must know. And the more he becomes conscious of his own Self, the more he manifests this power and his bonds break and at last he becomes free.

The soul was never born and will never die, and all these ideas that we are going to die and are afraid to die are mere superstitions. And all such ideas as we can do this or cannot do that are superstitions. We can do everything.

The Vedanta teaches men to have faith in themselves first … Not believing the glory of our own soul is what the Vedanta calls atheism. To many, this is, no doubt, a terrible idea; and most of us think that this ideal can never be reached; but the Vedanta insists that it can be realised by everyone.

Always talk and hear and reason about this Atman. By continuing to practice in this way, you will find in time that the Lion (Brahman) will wake up in you too.

The Self Within is always shining forth resplendent. Turning away from that, people say, “I”, “I”, “I”, with their attention held up by this material body, this queer cage of flesh and bones. This is the root of all weakness.

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 glory.

These conceptions of Vedanta must come out, must remain not only in the forest, not only in the cave, but they must come out to work at the bar and the bench, in the pulpit, and in the cottage of the poor man, with the fishermen that are catching fish, and with the students that are studying. … If the fisherman thinks that he is the Spirit, he will be a better fisherman; if the student thinks that he is the Spirit, he will be a better student. If the lawyer thinks that he is the Spirit, he will be a better lawyer, and so on.

(next part is “Call to the Youth of India”)

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