Quotes of Swami Vivekananda – 11

Quotes – 11

  1. It is only work that is done as a free-will offering to humanity and to nature that does not bring with it any binding attachment.
  2. It is the cheerful mind that is persevering. It is the strong mind that hews its way through a thousand difficulties.
  3. It is the patient building of character, the intense struggle to realize the truth, which alone will tell in the future of humanity.
  4. Knowledge can only be got in one way, the way of experience; there is no other way to know.
  5. 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?
  6. Contentment and bliss go hand in hand. These qualities create great fascination for you among others.
  7. If I make others believe I am something that I am not, who is being fooled ?
  8. Let the mind be cheerful but calm. Never let it run into excesses, because every excess will be followed by a reaction.
  9. Our supreme duty is to advance toward freedom – physical, mental, and spiritual – and help others to do so.
  10. Out of purity and silence comes the word of power.
  11. Fill the brain with high thoughts, highest ideals, place them day and night before you, and out of that will come great work.
  12. Perfection does not come from belief or faith. Talk does not count for anything. Parrots can do that. Perfection comes through selfless work.
  13. Purity, patience, and perseverance are the three essentials to success and, above all, love.
  14. Realize yourself. 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 vanish.
  15. Religion as a science, as a study, is the greatest and healthiest exercise that the human mind can have.
  16. Stand as a rock; you are indestructible. You are the Self, the God of the universe.
  17. Superstition is our great enemy, but bigotry is worse.
  18. Proclaim her (Mother India) to all the world with the voice of peace and benediction.
  19. I do not see into the future; nor do I care to see.
  20. Ours is to work. The results will take care of themselves.
  21. Do not care what be your colour – green, blue, or red – but mix all colours up produce that initense glow of white, the colour of love.
  22. Bring all forces of good together. Do not care under what banner you march.
  23. You must give up. Be great. No great work can be done without sacrifice.
  24. Call up the divinity within you, which will enable you to bear hunger and thirst, heat and cold.
  25. I have seen castes in almost every country in the world, but nowhere is their plan purpose so glorious as here. If caste is thus unavoidable, I would rather have a caste of purity and culture and self-sacrifice than a caste of dollars.
  26. Thou brave one, be bold, take courage, be proud that thou are an Indian-and proudly proclaim, -” I am an Indian-every Indian is my brother”.
  27. 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. Arise! Awake! and stop not till the goal is reached!
  28. Show by your lives that religion does not mean words or names, or sects, but that it means spiritual realization.
  29. Earn spirituality first, acquire that and criticise no one.
  30. Do not care for doctrines, do not care for dogmas, or sects, or churches or temples;
  31. Religious quarrels are always over hate husks. When purity, when spirituality goes, leaving the soul dry, quarrels begin, and not before.
  32. Never quarrel about religion. All quarrels and disputations concerning religion simply show that spirituality is not present.
  33. Born with the consciousness that they were to be great, they become great.
  34. The ideal of faith in ourselves is of the greatest help to us.
  35. Every one of our Vedantic systems admits that all purity and perfection and strength are in the soul already.
  36. Losing faith in one’s self means losing faith in God.
  37. You will find degradation to have started on the day our people lost this faith in themselves.
  38. This faith in themselves was the motive power that pushed our ancestors forward and forward in the march of civilisation;
  39. This marvellous doctrine of the soul, the perfection of the soul, is commonly believed in by all sects.
  40. Therefore, my brethern, teach this life-saving, great, ennobling, grand doctrine, to your children, even from their very birth.
  41. How can we be nothing? We are everything, do everything and man must do everything.
  42. We are the children of the Almighty, we are sparks of the infinite, divine fire.
  43. Be steady, and above all be pure and sincere to the backbone. Have faith in your destiny.
  44. Do not look up to the rich and great men who have money. The poor did all the great and gigantic works of the world.
  45. 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.
  46. Faith, sympathy, fiery faith and fiery sympathy! Faith, faith in ourselves, faith in God – this is the secret of greatness.
  47. Be strong and have this Sraddha (Faith), and everything else is bound to follow.
  48. Give up the awful disease that is creeping into our national blood-that idea of ridiculing everything, that loss of seriousness. Give that up.
  49. He is an atheist who does not believe in himself. This Sraddha 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. This Sraddha (Faith) must enter into you.
  50. I don’t care for liberation, I would rather go to a hundred thousand hells, “doing good to others(silently) like the spring”-this’s my religion
  51. It is a great privilege for all of us to be allowed to do anything for the world. In helping the world we really help ourselves.
  52. We have to bear in mind that we are all debtors to the world and the world does not owe us anything.
  53. The essential thing is renunciation – without renunciation none can pour out his whole heart in working for others.
  54. India wants the sacrifice of at least a thousand of her young men – men and not brutes.
  55. Books and learning, yoga, meditation and illumination – all are but dust compared to love.
  56. It is the heart that conquers, not the brain.
  57. If in the attempt to carry morsels of food to starving mouths, name and possession and all be doomed even – thrice blessed art thou!
  58. Who cares for name? Off with it!
  59. The hand was made to give always. Give the last bit of bread you have, even if you are starving. You will be perfect, you will become God.
  60. There is no higher virtue than charity. The lowest man’s he whose hand draws in receiving;&he’s the highest man whose hand goes out in giving
  61. It will come back multiplied – a thousand fold – but the attention must not be on that. You have the power to give. Give, and there it ends.
  62. 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.
  63. Go to hell yourself to buy salvation for others. There is no Mukti on earth to call my own.
  64. Everything must be sacrificed, if necessary, for that one sentiment, universality.
  65. Great things can be done by great sacrifices only.
  66. This life is short, the vanities of the world are transient, but they alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.
  67. As on the one hand Hanuman represents the ideal of service, so on the other, he represents leonine courage, striking the whole world with awe.
  68. Obedience to the Guru without questioning, and strict observance of Brahmacharya – this is the secret of success.
  69. What good is it, if we acknowledge in our prayers that God’s the Father of us all, & in our daily lives don’t treat every man as other brother?
  70. He who has served and helped one poor man seeing Siva in him without thinking of his caste, creed or race, or anything – with him Siva is more pleased than with the man who sees Him only in temples.
  71. He who sees Siva in the poor, in the weak & in the diseased, really worships Siva & if he sees Siva only in the image, his worship’s but preliminary
  72. This is the gist of all worship – to be pure and to do good to others.
  73. Unselfishness is the test of religion. He who has more of this unselfishness is more spiritual and nearer to Siva.
  74. It is said in the Sastras that those who serve the servants of God are His greatest servants.
  75. He who wants to serve Siva must serve His children – must serve all creatures in this world first.
  76. Arise, and awake, and see her seated here, on her eternal throne, rejuvenated, more glorious than she ever was – this motherland of ours.
  77. On our work depends the coming of the India of the future. She is there ready, waiting. She is only sleeping.
  78. Let us all work hard, my brethern; this is no time for sleep.
  79. I bequeath to you, young men, this sympathy, this struggle for the poor, the ignorant, the oppressed.
  80. Give up jealously and conceit. Learn to work unitedly for others. This is the great need of our country.

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