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 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.
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 … by knowing how to work, one can obtain the greatest results … Even the lowest forms of work are not to be despised.
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.
The ideal of faith in ourselves is of the greatest help to us. If faith in ourselves had been more extensively taught and practised, I am sure a very large portion of the evils and miseries 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. Born with the consciousness that they were to be great, they became great.
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.
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.
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.
Let every man and woman and child, without respect of caste or birth, hear and learn that behind … everyone there is that Infinite Soul, assuring the infinite possibility and the infinite capacity of all to become great and good.
Cherish positive thoughts. By dwelling too much upon negativism, the whole country is going to ruin!
- SWAMI VIVEKANANDA