Lead me from unreal to real; lead me from darkness to light; lead me from death to immortality. — Brihadaranyaka Upanishad
Quotes of Swami Vivekananda – 6
Quotes – 6
Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity within. – Swami Vivekananda
Are great things ever done smoothly? Time, patience, and indomitable will must show. ~ Swami Vivekananda
“Supreme value of youth period is incalculable & indescribable. Youth life is the most precious life”
The new cycle must see the masses living Vedanta, and this will have to come through women! – Swami Vivekananda
The powers of the mind should be concentrated and the mind turned back upon itself; as the darkest places reveal their secrets before the penetrating rays of the sun, so will the concentrated mind penetrate its own innermost secrets.
“Help whenever you can, but mind what your motive is…” Swami Vivekananda
“This is the gist of all worship – to be pure and to do good to others.” – Swami Vivekananda
Go on; remember – So long as you are pure & true to your principles, you will never fail. – Swami Vivekananda
“Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark”
Spiritual knowledge is the only thing that can destroy our miseries forever; any other knowledge satisfies wants only for a time.
Spirituality must conquer the West. Slowly they are finding out that what they want is spirituality to preserve them as nations…They are waiting for it, they are eager for it.
Renunciation is the basis of our true life; every moment of goodness is when we don’t think of ourselves. – Swami Vivekananda
Give your love unto to God, but do not ask anything in return, even from Him.
After the conversation about Hindu philosophy, some of the ideas of Quantum Physics that had seemed so crazy.
“The great national sin is the neglect of the masses, and that is one of the causes of our downfall”
You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher.
Purity, patience, and perseverance are the three essentials to success and, above all, love.
Our best work is done, our greatest influence is exerted, when we are without thought of self. – Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda: He is an atheist who does not believe in himself.
Jealousy is the central vice of every enslaved race. And it is jealousy and want of combination which cause and perpetuate slavery.
The mind is but the subtle part of the body. You must retain great strength in your mind and words. ~ Swami Vivekananda
When one works with concentration, losing all consciousness of oneself, the work that is done will be infinitely better. – Swami Vivekananda
Be positive, do not criticise others. Give your message: teach what you have to teach and there stop. The Lord knows the rest.
We may talk and reason all our lives but we shall not understand a word of truth until we experience it. – Swami Vivekananda
If faith in ourselves had been more extensively taught and practiced, I am sure a very large portion of the evils and miseries that we have would have vanished.
Matter is your servant, not you the servant of matter. – Swami Vivekananda
If you like me then I am in your heart. If you hate me I am in your mind. Swami Vivekananda
Before you start some work, always ask yourself three questions – Why am I doing it, What the results might be and Will I be successful…Only when you think deeply and find satisfactory answers to these questions, go ahead
Strength is life, weakness is death. Strength is felicity, life eternal, immortal. Weakness is constant strain and misery. – Swami Vivekananda
Talk to yourself once in a day…Otherwise you may miss meeting an EXCELLENT person in this World. – Swami Vivekananda
All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.
Unselfishness is more paying, only people have not the patience to practice it. – Swami Vivekananda
“We want that education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one’s own feet. – Swami Vivekananda
The first step in getting strength is to uphold the Upanishads, and believe – “I am the Soul”. Bhagavad Gita as viewed by – Swami Vivekananda
Face the brutes. That is a lesson for all life – face it boldly. The hardships of life fall back when we cease to flee before them.
It is time to ACT. Stand up, be bold, take the whole responsibility unto your own shoulders. Be not dependant on others. We want action.
First, believe in the world – that there is meaning behind everything. ~Swami Vivekananda
Greed and selfishness are the greatest enemies of spiritual awakening and development. – Swami Vivekananda
Fill the brain with high thoughts, highest ideals, place them day and night before you, and out of that will come great work. – Swami Vivekananda
A Sanyaasi does not enter politics. He saw that Nivedita will be needed in the political field and hence never initiated her into Sanyaas.
A good practice carried to an extreme and worked in accordance with the letter of the law becomes a positive evil.
“Let people praise you or blame you…see that you do not deviate from the path of truth.”
Are you unselfish? If you are, you will be perfect without reading a single religious book, without going into a single church or temple.
Earth’s bravest & best will have to sacrifice themselves for the good of many, for the welfare of all. – Swami Vivekananda
We must have friendship for all; we must be merciful towards 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.
There is one thing to be remembered: that the assertion ‘I am God’ cannot be made with regard to the sense-world.
Condemn none, if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you can’t, fold your hands bless your brothers, and let them go their own way
We are ever free if we would only believe it, only have faith enough.
Nowhere is it said in the Vedas that man is born a sinner. To say so is a great libel on human nature. Swami Vivekananda
“All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark” Swami Vivekananda
“No need of looking behind, FORWARD! We want infinite energy, infinite zeal, infinite courage…”
All work is simply to bring out the power of the mind which is already there, to wake up the soul. – Swami Vivekananda
If not us, then who? Bharat Mata is calling. We have a duty towards our Rishis and Saints. Our past, present and future generations. Act now.
Where should you go to seek for God — are not all the poor, the miserable, the weak, Gods? Why not worship them first? Why go to dig a well on the shores of the Gangâ? Believe in the omnipotent power of love. Who cares for these tinsel puffs of name? -Swami Vivekananda
From time immemorial India has been the mine of precious ideas to human society. – Swami Vivekananda
The worst lie that you ever tell yourself is that you were born a sinner or a wicked man – Swami Vivekananda
“Neither money pays, nor name…It is CHARACTER that cleave through adamantine walls of difference.”
Take care! Beware of everything that’s untrue; stick to truth & we’ll succeed, maybe slowly but surely. – Swami Vivekananda
Each nation has an identity and destiny. As far as Bharat is concerned, Hindu is its identity and religion is its way of life. – Swami Vivekananda
“In one word, this ideal is that you are divine.” – Swami Vivekananda
So long as the millions live in hunger and ignorance, I hold every man a traitor who, having been educated at their expense…
The secret of true success and happiness is the man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.
The mind uncontrolled & unguided will drag us down…the mind controlled & guided will save us, free us
Knowledge can only be got in one way, the way of experience; there is no other way to know. ~ Swami Vivekananda
The world is not for cowards… Join yourself to the perfectly unselfish will and work on. – Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda “When you are busy everything seems easy, but when you are lazy then nothing seems easy”
“I say — the poor, the illiterate, the ignorant, the afflicted — let these be your God.” – Swami Vivekananda
“Do not sit idle, thinking everything will be done in time, later. Mind–nothing will be done that way”
The more you think of yourself as shining immortal spirit, the more eager you will be to be absolutely free of matter, body, and senses…This is the intense desire to be free.
For the next 50 years, this alone shall be our keynote – this our great Mother India. Let all other Gods and vain thoughts disappear for now
“Purity, patience, and perseverance are the three essentials to success and, above all, love.” Swami Vivekananda
Tolerance of thought. God is within; realize God, be strong, create the perfect environment for progress.
My countrymen should have nerves of steel, muscles of iron, and minds like thunderbolt.
Every selfish action retards our reaching the goal, & every unselfish action takes us towards the goal. – Swami Vivekananda
I say — the poor, the illiterate, the ignorant, the afflicted — let these be your God. – Swami Vivekananda
Stand as a rock; you are indestructible. You are the Self (atman), the God of the universe.
“The highest manifestation of strength is to keep ourselves calm and on our own feet.”
Swami Vivekananda: You are the creator of your own destiny.
‘Comfort’ is no test of truth; on the contrary, truth is often far from being ‘comfortable’. – Swami Vivekananda
In our moments of anguish, gates barred forever seem to open and let in many a flood of light.