Lead me from unreal to real; lead me from darkness to light; lead me from death to immortality. — Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
Quotes of Swami Vivekananda – 5
Quotes – 5
The weak have no place here, in this life or in any other life. Weakness leads to slavery…
All the strength and succor you want is within yourselves. Therefore, make your own future.
Whatever you think, that you will be. If you think yourself weak, weak you will be; if you think yourself strong, strong you will be.
The Vedanta recognizes no sin; it only recognizes error. And the greatest error, says the Vedanta, is to say that you are weak,
Swami Vivekananda “All differences in this world are of varying degree & not of types, because oneness is the secret of everything.”
The real life of man consists of knowledge.
Neither money pays, nor name…it is CHARACTER that cleave through adamantine walls of difference. – Swami Vivekananda
GOD is to be worshipped as the one beloved, dearer than everything in this and next life – Swami Vivekananda
See for the highest, aim at that highest, and you shall reach the highest.
“Renounce! Renounce! Sacrifice! Give up! Not for zero. Not for nothing, but to get the higher.”
Throw away all weakness. Tell your mind that it is strong, & have unbounded faith & hope in yourself. – Swami Vivekananda
It is our own mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us. Our thought make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly…
The success of your undertakings depends upon your mutual love. There is no good in store so long as malice, jealousy and egotism prevail.
“Now is wanted intense Karma-Yoga with unbounded courage and indomitable strength in the heart”
There is no new religious idea preached anywhere which is not found in the Vedas.
Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being :- Swami Vivekananda
I fervently wish no misery ever came near anyone; yet it is that alone that gives us an insight into the depths of our lives, does it not?
Doing is very good but that comes from thinking…where there is no thought, there will be no work. – Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda: Desire, ignorance, and inequality—this is the trinity of bondage.
Work in harmony. Be patient with everybody. Everyone has my love. I am watching you. Onward! Onward! This is just the beginning.
Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. – Swami Vivekananda
All the negative thoughts and ideas that are in the world have proceeded from this evil spirit of fear.
“All love for humanity is expansion, all selfishness is contraction. He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying” Swami Vivekananda
Is there any sex-distinction in the Atman? Out with the differentiation between man & woman, all is Atman! Give up the maya of physical body
To devote your life to the good of all and to the happiness of all is religion. Whatever you do for your own sake is not religion.
Every man who thinks ahead of his time is sure to be misunderstood. – Swami Vivekananda
To regain the balance, we must counteract tamas (inertia) by rajas (activity); then conquer rajas by sattva. – Swami Vivekananda
God is merciful to those whom He sees struggling heart and soul for realization. Remain idle, His grace will never come.
Give up jealousy & conceit. Learn to work unitedly for others. This is the great need of our country. – Swami Vivekananda
Even thinking of the least good of others gradually instills into the heart, the strength of a lion. – Swami Vivekananda
Work purifies the heart & so leads to Vidyâ (wisdom)…Virtuous deeds take off the veil from knowledge – Swami Vivekananda
Being silent or neutral when it comes to Dharma VS Adharma is also wrong, in fact can be said to be Adharmic.
“The earth is enjoyed by heroes-this is the unfailing truth. Be a hero. Always say, “I have no fear..”
There is no world. It is God Himself. In delusion (Maya) we call it world. – Swami Vivekananda
“My faith is in the younger generation…They will work out the whole problem, like lions.”
Be good, but don’t be a goody goody. – Swami Vivekananda
They alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive. – Swami Vivekananda
That soul is strong that has become one with the lord; none else is strong. – swami Vivekananda
Your body will meet with death, but your soul never. – Swami Vivekananda
“Practical patriotism means not a mere sentiment…but a passion to serve our fellow-countrymen.”
We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate. None else has the blame, none has the praise. ~ Swami Vivekananda
All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind. – Swami Vivekananda
“Everything can be sacrificed for truth, but truth cannot be sacrificed for anything.” – Swami Vivekananda
Nature, body, mind go to death, not we. We neither go nor come. The man Vivekananda is in nature, is born and dies;…but the Self we see as Vivekananda is never born and never dies. It is the eternal and unchangeable Reality
What a man learns is really what he ‘discovers’, by taking the cover off his own soul. – Swami Vivekananda
Young men, my hope is in you. Will you respond the call of your nation? Each one of you has a glorious future if you believe me.
The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light. – Swami Vivekananda
Be Truthful: Everything can be sacrificed for truth, but truth cannot be sacrificed for anything. – Swami Vivekananda
Manifest the divinity within you and everything will be harmoniously arranged around it.
Work and worship are necessary to take away the veil, to lift off the bondage and illusion.
We must not think “I am good, you are bad,& I am trying to reclaim you”. Equality is the sign of the free – Swami Vivekananda
Each work has to pass through these stages – ridicule, opposition, and then acceptance…
“The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves!” – Swami Vivekananda
God is to be worshiped as the one beloved, dearer than everything in this and next life. Swami Vivekananda
Work on with the intrepidity of a lion but at the same time with the tenderness of a flower.
It is unfair to judge women in the east by the western standard, in the west a woman is the wife, in the east she is the mother.
You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself. By: Swami Vivekananda
Arise and awake and see her seated here on her eternal throne, rejuvenated, more glorious than she ever was – this Motherland of ours.
Being dispassionate for worldly pleasures and passionate for society’s betterment is the hallmark of a true religionist Swami Vivekananda
God gave me nothing I wanted, He gave me everything I needed.
“The idea of the preexistence of the soul. Hinduism and Buddhism have it for their foundation; the educated classes among the ancient Egyptians believed in it; the ancient Persians arrived at it; the Greek philosophers made it the corner-stone of their philosophy; the Pharisees among the Hebrews accepted it; and the Sufis among the Mohammedans almost universally acknowledged its truth.” – Swami Vivekananda
Truth is purity, truth is all knowledge Give up weakening mysticisms and be strong. The greatest truths are the simplest things in the world
Swami Vivekananda: Everyone can play a role of master, but it is difficult to be a servant.
Swami Vivekananda: Freedom is the only condition of growth; take that off, the result is degeneration.
Teach truth & make no apology for any superstition; neither drag truth to the level of the listener. – Swami Vivekananda
“Comfort” is no test of truth; on the contrary, truth is often far from being “comfortable.” – Swamiji
Let miseries come in millions of rivers and happiness in hundreds! I am no slave to misery! I am no slave to happiness. – Swami Vivekananda
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.
If anybody dreams of the exclusive survival of his own religion and the destruction of the others, I pity him from the bottom of my heart, and point out to him that upon the banner of every religion will soon be written in spite of resistance. – Swami Vivekananda
Impurity is a mere superimposition under which your real nature has become hidden. But the real you is already perfect, already strong – Swami Vivekananda.
To worship God even for the sake of salvation or any other reward is equally degenerate. Love knows no reward.
The essence of true success is what you make of yourself. It is the character that you cultivate. – Swami Vivekananda
Let us perfect the means; the end will take care of itself. – Swami Vivekananda
The purer the mind, the easier it is to control it. Swami Vivekananda
Come out into the universe of Light. Everything in the universe is yours, stretch out your arms and embrace it with love…
When an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed into an actual physical or mental state.
“Shivaji is one of the greatest national saviours who emancipated our society and our Dharma” Swami Vivekananda on Chatrapathi Shivaji
Saktas worship the universal energy as Mother, the sweetest name they know, for the mother is the highest ideal of womanhood in India.
When we really begin to live in the world, then we understand what is meant by brotherhood or mankind, and not before.
All power is within you; you can do anything and everything. Believe in that, do not believe that you are weak.