Quotes of Swami Vivekananda – 19

Quotes – 19

  1. “Now is wanted intense Karma-Yoga with unbounded courage and indomitable strength in the heart. Then only will the people of the country be roused.”
  2. “The whole universe is only the self with variations, one tune made bearable by variations.
  3. Sometimes there are discords, but they only make the subsequent harmony more perfect.”
  4. “If in this hell of a world one can bring a little joy and peace even for a day into the heart of a single person, that much alone is true; this I have learnt after suffering all my life; all else is mere moonshine. .”
  5. “Put the good before them, see how eagerly they take it, see how the divine that never dies, that is always living in the human…”
  6. “The Older I grow, the more everything seems to me to lie in manliness. This is my new gospel”
  7. “As different streams having different sources all mingle their waters in the sea, so different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to God.”
  8. “GOD is to be worshipped as the one beloved, dearer than everything in this and next life.”
  9. “If money help a man to do good to others, it is of some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil, and the sooner it is got rid of, the better.”
  10. “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.”
  11. “The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them.”
  12. “When an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed into an actual physical or mental state.”
  13. “Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being.”
  14. “All condemnation of others really condemns ourselves. Adjust the microcosm which is in your power to do) and the macrocosm will adjust itself for you.”
  15. “There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point”
  16. “A tremendous stream is flowing toward the ocean, carrying us all along with it; and though like straws and scraps of paper we may at times float aimlessly about, in the long run we are sure to join the Ocean of Life and Bliss.”
  17. “The more we grow in Love, Virtue and Holiness, the more we see Love, Virtue and Holiness outside.”
  18. “What is now wanted is a combination of the greatest heart with the highest intellectuality, of infinite love with infinite knowledge.”
  19. “Above all, beware of compromises. Hold on to your own principles in weal or woe and never adjust them to others’ “fads” through the greed of getting supporters. Your Atman is the support of the universe—whose support do you stand in need of?”
  20. “Above all, beware of compromises. I do not mean that you are to get into antagonism with anybody, but you have to hold on to your own principles in weal or woe and never adjust them to others “fads” thought the greed of getting supporters.”
  21. “Why should a Man be Moral? Because this strengthens his will.”
  22. “This World will always continue to be a mixture of Good and Evil. Our duty is to sympathize with the weak and to Love even the wrongdoer.”
  23. “All who have actually attained any real religious experience never wrangle over the form in which the different religions are expressed. They know that the soul of all religions is the same and so they have no quarrel with anybody just because he or she does not speak in the same tongue.”
  24. “Anything that brings spiritual, mental, or physical weakness, touch it not with the toes of your feet.”
  25. “Are you unselfish? That is the question. If you are, you will be perfect without reading a single religious book, without going into a single church or temple.”
  26. “Even the greatest fool can accomplish a task if it were after his or her heart. But the intelligent ones are those who can convert every work into one that suits their taste.”
  27. “The Land where humanity has attained its highest towards gentleness, towards generosity, towards purity, towards calmness – it is India.”
  28. “Education is the manifestation of perfection already existing in man.”
  29. “Desire can be eradicated from the roots by firmly imbibing the four attributes of: Jnan,Atmanishtha, Vairagya, Dharma and the full fledged devotion to God.”
  30. “My Faith is in the Younger Generation, the Modern Generation, out of them will come my workers. They will work Out the whole problem, like Lions.”
  31. “It is the Level-headed Man, the Calm Man, of Good Judgment and cool nerves, of Great sympathy and love, who does good work and so does good to himself.”
  32. “First, believe in the world—that there is meaning behind everything”
  33. “This is the first lesson to learn: be determined not to curse anything outside, not to lay the blame upon anyone outside, but stand up, lay the blame on yourself. You will find that is always true. Get hold of yourself.”
  34. “Tell the truth boldly, whether it hurts or not. Never pander to weakness. If truth is too much for intelligent people and sweeps them away, let them go; the sooner the better.”
  35. “This life is a hard fact; work your way through it boldly, though it may be adamantine; no matter, the soul is stronger. “
  36. ”This I have seen in life—those who are overcautious about themselves fall into dangers at every step; those who are afraid of losing honor and respect, get only disgrace; and those who are always afraid of loss, always lose. “
  37. “Face the brutes.” That is a lesson for all life—face the terrible, face it boldly. Like the monkeys, the hardships of life fall back when we cease to flee before them.”
  38. ”Those who work at a thing heart and soul not only achieve success in it but through their absorption in that they also realize the supreme truth—Brahman. Those who work at a thing with their whole heart receive help from God.”
  39. ”I, for one, thoroughly believe that no power in the universe can withhold from anyone anything they Really deserve.”
  40. ”The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moments you reject all help are you free.”
  41. ”Fear is death, fear is sin, fear is hell, fear is unrighteousness, and fear is wrong life. All the negative thoughts and ideas that are in the world have proceeded from this evil spirit of fear. “
  42. ”Why are people so afraid? The answer is that they have made themselves helpless and dependent on others. We are so lazy, we do not want to do anything ourselves. We want a Personal God, a Savior or a Prophet to do everything for us. “
  43. ”As long as we believe ourselves to be even the least different from God, fear remains with us; but when we know ourselves to be the One, fear goes; of what can we be afraid?”
  44. ”There is one thing to be remembered: that the assertion—I am God—cannot be made with regard to the sense-world.”
  45. ”All that is real in me is God; all that is real in God is I. The gulf between God and me is thus bridged. Thus by knowing God, we find that the kingdom of heaven is within us. “
  46. ”First get rid of the delusion “I am the body”, and then only will we want real knowledge.”
  47. ”What the world wants is character. The world is in need of those whose life is one burning love, selfless. That love will make every word tell like a thunderbolt.”
  48. “God is merciful to those whom He sees struggling heart and soul for realization. But remain idle, without any struggle, and you will see that His grace will never come.”
  49. “We have to go back to philosophy to treat things as they are. We are suffering from our own karma. It is not the fault of God. What we do is our own fault, nothing else. Why should God be blamed?”
  50. “Fill the brain with high thoughts, highest ideals, place them day and night before you, and out of that will come great work.”
  51. “Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
  52. “We must have friendship for all; we must be merciful toward those that are in misery; when people are happy, we ought to be happy; and to the wicked we must be indifferent. These attitudes will make the mind peaceful.”
  53. “Every action that helps us manifest our divine nature more and more is good; every action that retards it is evil.”
  54. “Are great things ever done smoothly? Time, patience, and indomitable will must show.”
  55. “Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. … Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles.”
  56. “Those who grumble at the little thing that has fallen to their lot to do will grumble at everything. Always grumbling they will lead a miserable life…. But those who do their duty putting their shoulder to the wheel will see the light, and higher and higher duties will fall to their share.”
  57. “Learning and wisdom are superfluities, the surface glitter merely, but it is the heart that is the seat of all power.”
  58. “Watch people do their most common actions; these are indeed the things that will tell you the real character of a great person.”
  59. “Whenever we attain a higher vision, the lower vision disappears of itself.”
  60. “We came to enjoy; we are being enjoyed. We came to rule; we are being ruled. We came to work; we are being worked. All the time, we find that. And this comes into every detail of our life.”
  61. “We are ever free if we would only believe it, only have faith enough. You are the soul, free and eternal, ever free, ever blessed. Have faith enough and you will be free in a minute.”
  62. “Stand as a rock; you are indestructible. You are the Self (atman), the God of the universe.”
  63. “Stand upon the Self, only then can we truly love the world. Take a very high stand; knowing our universal nature, we must look with perfect calmness upon all the panorama of the world.”
  64. “I am the thread that runs through all these pearls,” and each pearl is a religion or even a sect thereof. Such are the different pearls, and God is the thread that runs through all of them; most people, however, are entirely unconscious of it.”
  65. “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. All the strength and succor you want is within your selves. Therefore, make your own future.”
  66. “It is the patient building of character, the intense struggle to realize the truth, which alone will tell in the future of humanity.”
  67. “If there is one word that you find coming out like a bomb from the Upanishads, bursting like a bombshell upon masses of ignorance, it is the word “fearlessness.”
  68. “The world is ready to give up its secrets if we only know how to knock, how to give it the necessary blow. The strength and force of the blow come through concentration.”
  69. “Work and worship are necessary to take away the veil, to lift off the bondage and illusion.”
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