Quotes of Swami Vivekananda – 15

Quotes – 15

  1. Man is not mind, he is soul. The soul is ever free, boundless, and eternal. Herein is man’s freedom, in the soul.
  2. Law itself is the operation of cause and effect. Certain things happen according to certain other things which have gone before.
  3. The rich rarely become religious. Why? Because they think, if they become religious, they will have no more fun in life.
  4. Each nation has a mission for the world. So long as that mission is not hurt, that nation lives, despite every difficulty. But as soon as its mission is destroyed, the nation collapses
  5. All the strength and succor you want is within yourselves. Therefore make your own future.
  6. 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.
  7. We want Great Spirit, tremendous energy and boundless enthusiasm; no womanishness will do.
  8. May you all be happy, blessed, good and pure as you are for ever and ever.
  9. The embodiment of freedom, the Master of nature, is what we call God.
  10. “Freedom, O Freedom! Freedom, O Freedom!” is the song of the soul. Bondage, alas, to be bound in nature, seems its fate.
  11. The first inkling of life on its higher level is in seeing this struggle within us to break the bond of nature and to be free.
  12. To be more free is the goal of all our efforts, for only in perfect freedom can there be perfection. This effort to attain freedom underlies all forms of worship, whether we know it or not.
  13. The Lord is the only Giver, all the men in the world are only shopkeepers. Get His cheque, and it must be honored everywhere.
  14. In the world take always the position of the giver. Give everything and look for no return.
  15. Evil is the iron chain, good is the gold one; both are chains. Be free, and know once for all that there is no chain for you.
  16. I am the Omnipotent, I am the Omniscient.” So repeat these blessed, saving words. Do not say we are weak; we can do anything and everything.
  17. That physical weakness is the cause of at least one-third of our miseries.
  18. Religions and sects are not the work of hypocrites and wicked people who invented all these to get a little money,-as some of our modern men want to think.
  19. Regular breathing puts the body in a harmonious condition; and it is then easier to reach the mind.
  20. Almost all our suffering is caused by our not having the power of detachment.
  21. The great trouble with such concentrations is that we do not control the mind; it controls us.
  22. We all concentrate upon those things we love, and we love those things upon which we concentrate our minds.
  23. Wherever there is any seeking for something in return, there can, be no real love; it becomes a mere matter of shop-keeping.
  24. When a person loves the Lord, the whole universe becomes dear to him, because it is all His.
  25. Every soul is destined to be perfect, and every being, in the end, will attain the state of perfection.
  26. We are everything, do everything and man must do everything.
  27. We are the children of the Almighty, we are sparks of the infinite, divine fire. How can we be nothing?
  28. Make no conditions and none will be imposed. Let us give out of our own bounty, just as God gives to us.
  29. Give love, give help, give service, give any little thing you can, but keep out barter.
  30. Freedom is only possible to the being who is beyond all conditions, all laws, all bondages of cause and effect. In other words, the unchangeable alone can be free and, therefore, immortal.
  31. Now freedom is only possible when no external power can exert any influence, produce any change.
  32. We may study all our lives & in the end fail to bring the problem of life & death to the plane of rational demonstration, affirmative or negative
  33. Perfect strength will have no activity in this world; it only is, it does not act.
  34. We have to stand alone; we are Brahman, all other ideas must be merged in this one.
  35. We have to fight all sense-delights, the things to which we are most attached, to kill them.
  36. In the first place, attachment degenerates us, individually, and in the second place, makes us extremely selfish.
  37. You find that after a heavy and indigestible meal it is very hard to control the mind; it is running, running all the time. There are certain foods which are exciting; if you eat such food, you find that you cannot control the mind. It is obvious that after drinking a large quantity of wine, or other alcoholic beverage, a man finds that his mind would not be controlled; it runs away from his control.
  38. A good deal of the misery we suffer is occasioned by the food we take.
  39. There are certain kinds of food that produce a certain change in the mind; we see it every day. There are other sorts which produce a change in the body, and in the long run have a tremendous effect on the mind.
  40. Aside from the question whether such a God exists or not, it is a fact that to those who have love in their heart this Absolute -appears as a God of love, as personal.
  41. Love cannot be without a subject and an object. The object of love again must be at first a being who can reciprocate our love. Therefore the God of love must be in some sense a human God. He must be a God of love.
  42. If any work is done, good or bad, it must produce as a result a good or bad effect; no power can stay it, once the cause is present.
  43. Our main problem is to be free. It is evident then that until we realise ourselves as the Absolute, we cannot attain to deliverance.
  44. Strength is felicity, life eternal, immortal; weakness is constant strain and misery: weakness is death.
  45. Weakness leads to all kinds of misery, physical and mental. Weakness is death.
  46. The weak have no place here, in this life or in any other life. Weakness leads to slavery.
  47. We want to get everything from nature, but we find in the long run that nature takes everything from us — depletes us, and casts us aside.
  48. Non-existence can never be the cause of what exists. Something cannot come out of nothing.
  49. Give the last bit of bread you have, even if you are starving. You will be perfect, you will become God.
  50. Show by your lives that religion does not mean words or names, or sects, but that it means spiritual realization.
  51. Each race has its mission to perform, its duty to fulfil. The sum total is the great harmony.
  52. Each race has a part to play in this divine harmony of nations.
  53. While real perfection is only one, relative perfections must be many.
  54. Perfect strength will have no activity in this world; it only is, it does not act.
  55. The millennium exists already for those who find it; we have lost ourselves and then think the world is lost.
  56. Real religion is one, but we quarrel with the forms, the symbols, the illustrations.
  57. The fountain of all knowledge is in every one of us, in the ant as in the highest angel.
  58. Each thought is a little hammer blow on the lump of iron which our bodies are, manufacturing out of it what we want it to be.
  59. Be thankful for all food, it is Brahman. His universal energy is transmuted into our individual energy and helps us in all that we do.
  60. Have no motive except God. Dare to come to Truth even through hell.
  61. Seek truth for truth’s sake alone, look not for bliss. It may come, but do not let that be your incentives.
  62. Have you ever noticed the phenomenon that is called thought- transference? A man here is thinking something, and that thought is manifested in somebody else, in some other place.With preparations- not by chance- a man wants to send a thought to another mind at a distance, and this other mind knows that a thought is coming, and he receives it exactly as it is sent out. Distance makes no difference.The thought goes and reaches the other man, and he understands it. If your mind were an isolated something here, and my mind were an isolated something their, and there were no connection between the two, how would it be possible for my thought to reach you? In the ordinary cases, it is not my thought that is reaching you direct; but my thought has got to be dissolved into ethereal vibrations and those ethereal vibrations go into your brain, and they have to be resolved again into your brain, and they have to be resolved again into your own thoughts. Here is dissolution of thought, and there is a resolution of thought. It is a roundabout process. But in telepathy, there is no such thing; it is direct.This shows that there is a continuity of mind, as the Yogis call it. The mind is universal.
  63. Out of purity and silence comes the word of power.
  64. One man who has purified himself thoroughly accomplishes more than a regiment of preachers.
  65. Those who give themselves up to the Lord do more for the world than all the so called workers.
  66. There is not one spark of real enjoyment there; all the joy there is, is a mere reflection of the true bliss.
  67. The idea that the gratification of the senses constitutes enjoyment is purely materialistic.
  68. Give up lust and gold and fame and hold fast to the Lord, and at last we shall reach a state of perfect indifference.
  69. The world is a demon. It is a kingdom of which the puny ego is king. Put it away and stand firm.
  70. We renounce and go on, then find nothing and despair; but hold on, hold on.
  71. Enjoyment is the million-headed serpent that we must tread under foot.
  72. To control the mind you must go deep down into the subconscious mind, classify and arrange in order all the different impressions, thoughts, etc., stored up there, and control them. This is the first step. By the control of the subconscious mind you get control over the conscious.
  73. The brain then conveys the impulse to the mind, but yet I do not see the light; the mind then reacts, and the light flashes across the mind. The mind’s reaction is impulsion, and as a result the eye perceives the object.
  74. For instance, the rays of the light enter by eyes, are carried by the nerves to the brain, and still I do not see the light.
  75. The mind operates by perception and impulsion.
  76. Take care! Beware of everything that is untrue; stick to truth and we shall succeed, maybe slowly, but surely.
  77. Have you love? Have you God? Onward and forward to the breach, you are irresistible.
  78. Onward, my brave boys — money or no money — men or no men!
  79. Be unselfish, and never listen to one friend in private accusing another. Have infinite patience, and success is yours.
  80. Have fire and spread all over. Work, work. Be the servant while leading.

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