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638 Inspiring Quotes by Swami Vivekananda

  • Last updated Jul 27 2021

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Wikipedia Summary for Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda (Bengali: [ʃami bibekanɔndo]; 12 January 1863 – 4 July 1902), born Narendranath Datta (Bengali: [nɔrendronatʰ dɔto]), was an Indian Hindu monk. He was a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna. He was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world, and is credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the late 19th century. He was a major force in the contemporary Hindu reform movements in India, and contributed to the concept of nationalism in colonial India. Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. He is perhaps best known for his speech which began with the words "Sisters and brothers of America ...," in which he introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in 1893.

Born into an aristocratic Bengali Kayastha family of Calcutta, Vivekananda was inclined towards spirituality. He was influenced by his guru, Ramakrishna, from whom he learnt that all living beings were an embodiment of the divine self; therefore, service to God could be rendered by service to humankind. After Ramakrishna's death, Vivekananda toured the Indian subcontinent extensively and acquired first-hand knowledge of the conditions prevailing in British India. He later travelled to the United States, representing India at the 1893 Parliament of the World's Religions. Vivekananda conducted hundreds of public and private lectures and classes, disseminating tenets of Hindu philosophy in the United States, England and Europe. In India, Vivekananda is regarded as a patriotic saint, and his birthday is celebrated as National Youth Day.

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TO worship God even for the sake of salvation or any other reward is equally degenerate. Love knows no reward. Give your love unto to God, but do not ask anything in return even from Him through pray.

--Swami Vivekananda

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There is no help for you, outside yourself; You are the creator of the universe.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Losing faith in one's self means losing faith in God.

--Swami Vivekananda



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Charity is great, but the moment you say it is all, you run the risk of running into materialism.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Some may be helped by images, some may not. Some require an image outside, others one inside the brain.

--Swami Vivekananda


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Where you find the attraction for lust and wealth considerably diminished, to whatever creed he may belong, know that his inner spirit is awakening.

--Swami Vivekananda


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When I asked God for strength, He gave me difficult situations to face.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The whole point is to discipline the mind.

--Swami Vivekananda

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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

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The day, man will find that he never really dies; that his Soul persists beyond death; he will have no more fear of death.

--Swami Vivekananda

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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.

--Swami Vivekananda

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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.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Put God behind everything-human beings, animals, food, and work. Make this a habit.

--Swami Vivekananda


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Liberty in thought and action is the only condition of life, growth and well-being: Where it does not exist, the man, the race, and the nation must go down.

--Swami Vivekananda

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We have either to progress or to degenerate. Our ancestors did great things in the past, but we have to grow into a fuller life and march beyond even their great achievements.

--Swami Vivekananda

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No one is ever really taught by another; each of us has to teach himself. The external teacher offers only the suggestion, which arouses the internal teacher, who helps us to understand things.

--Swami Vivekananda

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"Comfort" is no test of truth; on the contrary, truth is often far from being "comfortable."

--Swami Vivekananda

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All truth is eternal. Truth is nobody's property; no race, no individual can lay any exclusive claim to it. Truth is the nature of all souls.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Men may have given millions of dollars and fed rats and cats, as some do in India. They say that men can take care of themselves, but the poor animals cannot.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Everything that we know is within our universe, and everything within our universe is moulded by the conditions of space, time, and causation.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Anything that is western origin, first you verify it, then accept it. Anything that is Indian origin, first accept it, then verify it if necessary.

--Swami Vivekananda

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This intelligence itself is modified into what we call egoism, and this intelligence is the cause of all the powers in the body. It covers the whole ground, sub-consciousness, consciousness, and super-consciousness.

--Swami Vivekananda



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The essence of Vedanta is that there is but one Being and that every soul is that Being in full, not a part of that Being.

--Swami Vivekananda


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Take Risks in Your Life If u Win, U Can Lead! If u Lose, U Can Guide!

--Swami Vivekananda

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All these ideas such as astrology, although there may be a grain of truth in them, should be avoided.

--Swami Vivekananda


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Gita and Ganga constitute the essence of Hinduism; one its theory and the other its practice.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Those who die, merely suffering the woes of life like cats and dogs, are they men?

--Swami Vivekananda


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Doing good to others is the number one great Universal Religion.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Society does not go down because of the activities of criminals,
But because of the inactivities of the good people.

--Swami Vivekananda

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A man may be the greatest philosopher in the world but a child in RELIGION. When a man has developed a high state of spirituality he can understand that the kingdom of heaven is within him.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The Heart and core of everything here is good, that whatever may be the surface waves, deep down and underlying everything, there is an infinite basis of Goodness and Love.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Christ, Buddha, and Krishna are but waves in the Ocean of Infinite Consciousness that I am!

--Swami Vivekananda


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No doubt it is an evil to be bound by laws, but it is necessary at the immature stage to be guided by rules; in other words, as the Master used to say that the sapling must be hedged round, and so on.

--Swami Vivekananda





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Whenever power is used for evil, it becomes diabolical; it must be used for good only.

--Swami Vivekananda


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The infinite library of the Universe is in your mind.

--Swami Vivekananda



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One possessing Vairagya does not understand by Atman the individual ego but the All-pervading Lord, residing as the Self and Internal Ruler in all. He is perceivable by all as the sum total.

--Swami Vivekananda


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The ignorant man never enjoys.

--Swami Vivekananda

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They only live, who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.

--Swami Vivekananda

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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.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Be an atheist if you want, but do not believe in anything unquestioningly.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Proclaim the glory of the Atman with the roar of a lion, and impart fearlessness unto all beings by saying, 'Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached'!

--Swami Vivekananda

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We must get out of materialism.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Have faith that you are all, my brave lads, born to do great things! Let not the barks of puppies frighten you, no, not even the thunderbolts of heaven, but stand up and work!

--Swami Vivekananda

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The happiest is the man who is not at all selfish.

--Swami Vivekananda


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I, for one, thoroughly believe that no power in the universe can withhold from anyone anything they really deserve.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Many of us do not believe in any form of idolatry; but they have no right to object when others do it.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The fire that warms us can also consume us; it is not the fault of the fire.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Form and formless are intertwined in this world. The formless can only be expressed in form and form can only be thought with the formless.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The whole secret of existence is to have no fear.

--Swami Vivekananda

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If you want to live, go back to Christ. You are not Christians. Go back to Christ. Go back to him who had nowhere to lay his head. Better be ready to live in rags with Christ than to live in palaces without him.

--Swami Vivekananda


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Service to man is service to god.

--Swami Vivekananda

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In one word, this ideal is that you are divine.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind...what we sow is what we reap.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Consciously or unconsciously, health can be transmitted. A very strong man, living with a weak man, will make him a little stronger, whether he knows it or not.

--Swami Vivekananda

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God is self-evident, impersonal, omniscient, the Knower and the Master of nature, the Lord of all. He is behind all worship and it is being done according to Him, whether we know it or not.

--Swami Vivekananda

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In a difficulty in the company of the central and the instigator, be successful your central.

--Swami Vivekananda


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The organs are the horses, the mind is the rein, the intellect is the charioteer, the soul is the rider, and the body is the chariot.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Feel like Christ and you will be a Christ; feel like Buddha and you will be a Buddha. It is feeling that is the life, the strength, the vitality, without which no amount of intellectual activity can reach God.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The powers of the mind are like the rays of the sun when they are concentrated they illumine.

--Swami Vivekananda


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He who always thinks himself as weak will never become strong, but he who knows himself to be a lion, rushes out from the worlds meshes, as a lion from its cage.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Only by practice and non-attachment can we conquer mind.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The law of attraction which holds good for the heavenly bodies also holds good for the smallest particles.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. ... Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The Jivanmukta ('the living free' or one who knows) alone is able to give real love, real charity, real truth, and it is truth alone that makes us free.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Be perfectly resigned, perfectly unconcerned; then alone can you do any true work. No eyes can see the real forces; we can only see the results. Put out self, forget it; just let God work, it is HIS business.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Everything must be sacrificed, if necessary, for that one sentiment: universality.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Let a man go down as low as possible; there must come a time when out of sheer desperation he will take an upward curve and will learn to have faith in himself.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Don't you find that in a weak physique it is difficult to control the sex-appetite or anger?

--Swami Vivekananda

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It is only by doing good to others that one attains to one's own good.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Don't look back--forward, infinite energy, infinite enthusiasm, infinite daring, and infinite patience--then alone can great deeds be accomplished.

--Swami Vivekananda

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They alone live, who live for others.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Religion has become to many merely a means of doing a little charity work, just to amuse them after a hard day's labour -- they get five minutes religion to amuse them. This is the danger with the liberal thought.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Not only we can, but some have reached perfection; so no matter what finer bodies come, they could only be on the relative plane and could do no more than we, for to attain freedom is all that can be done.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Give me few men and women who are pure and selfless and I shall shake the world.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Education is the manifestation of perfection already existing in man.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The main feature should be the teaching of principles through stories. Don't make it metaphysical at all.

--Swami Vivekananda

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In Shankaracharya we saw tremendous intellectual power, throwing the scorching light of reason upon everything.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Thank God for giving you this world as a moral gymnasium to help your development, but never imagine you can help the world.

--Swami Vivekananda

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You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you,
none can make you spiritual.
There is no other teacher but your own soul.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The Indian mythology has a theory of cycles, that all progression is in the form of waves.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Let there be as little materialism as possible, with the maximum of spirituality.

--Swami Vivekananda

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My children, the secret of religion lies not in theories but in practice.

--Swami Vivekananda



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These practices -- non-killing, truthfulness, non-stealing, chastity, and non-receiving -- are to be practised by every man, woman, and child; by every soul, irrespective of nation, country, or position.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Oh, if only you knew yourselves! You are souls; you are Gods. If ever I feel like blaspheming, it is when I call you man.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The effect is delusion, and therefore the cause must be delusion.

--Swami Vivekananda


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You of the West are practical in business, practical in great inventions, but we of the East are practical in religion. You make commerce your business; we make religion our business.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The human soul has sojourned in lower and higher forms, migrating from one to another according to the samskaras or impressions, but it is only in the highest form as a human being that it attains to freedom.

--Swami Vivekananda

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You must worship the Self in Krishna, not Krishna as Krishna.

--Swami Vivekananda


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The banyan tree does not mean awakening, nor does the hill, nor the saint, nor the European couple. The lotus is a symbol of regeneration.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them.

--Swami Vivekananda



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Each nation has an identity and destiny. As far as Bharat is concerned, Hindu is its identity and religion is its way of working.

--Swami Vivekananda

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This craving for health, wealth, long life, and the like -- the so -- called good -- is nothing but an illusion.

--Swami Vivekananda

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All motion, either in the body or anywhere else, is the work of this Prana.

--Swami Vivekananda



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A Sannyasin cannot belong to any religion, for his is a life of independent thought, which draws from all religions; his is a life of realisation, not merely of theory or belief, much less of dogma.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The man who becomes angry never does a great amount of work, and the man whom nothing can make angry accomplishes so much.

--Swami Vivekananda

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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.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Man is the nearest approach to Brahman.

--Swami Vivekananda

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I am a Hindu, I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true.

--Swami Vivekananda


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It is nature that is changing, not the soul of man. This never changes.

--Swami Vivekananda



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The Tapas and the other hard Yogas that were practiced in other Yugas do not work now. What is needed in this Yuga is giving, helping others.

--Swami Vivekananda

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We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.

--Swami Vivekananda


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Bless people when they revile you. Think how much good they are doing by helping to stamp out the false ego.

--Swami Vivekananda



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To make a great future India, the whole secret lies in organization, accumulation of power, co-ordination of wills.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Even the minds of animals, such as dogs, lions, cats, and serpents, become charmed with music.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Have faith in yourselves, be proud of your ancestors, instead of being ashamed of them.

--Swami Vivekananda


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The trouble with the nations of the West is that they are young, fickle, foolish and wealthy.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Man has wanted to look beyond, wanted to expand himself; and all that we call progress, evolution, has been always measured by that one search, the search for human destiny, the search for God.

--Swami Vivekananda


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We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves.

--Swami Vivekananda


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Art must be in touch with nature -- and wherever that touch is gone, Art degenerates -- yet it must be above nature.

--Swami Vivekananda


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Business is business, that is, you must do everything promptly; delay and shuffling won't do.

--Swami Vivekananda



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It is cheerful mind that is persevering. It is the strong mind that hews its way through a thousand difficulties.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The secret of image-worship is that you are trying to develop your vision of Divinity in one thing.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The attempt to remove evil from the world by killing a thousand evil -- doers, only adds to the evil in the world.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom... Our thoughts, our words, and deeds are the threads of the net which we throw around ourselves.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Books never make religions, but religions make books. We must not forget that. No book ever created God, but God inspired all the great books. And no book ever created a soul.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Let us blame none, let us blame our own Karma.

--Swami Vivekananda

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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.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Stand upon the Atman, then only can we truly love the world. Take a very, very high stand; knowing our universal nature, we must look with perfect calmness upon all the panorama of the world.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Thirst after body is the great bane of human life.

--Swami Vivekananda

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We are for ever trying to make our weakness look like strength, our sentiment like love, our cowardice like courage, and so on.

--Swami Vivekananda


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Know full well that patience is the best means of succeeds.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The greatest sin is to think that you are weak. No one is greater: realize that you are Brahman. Nothing has power except what you give it.

--Swami Vivekananda



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The guide, the guru, the leader, the teacher, has passed away; the boy, the student, the servant, is left behind.

--Swami Vivekananda




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Liberty is the first condition of growth.

--Swami Vivekananda




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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.

--Swami Vivekananda



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Each soul is a star and all stars are set in the infinite azure, the eternal sky-the Lord.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Take any path you like; follow any prophet you like; but have only that method which suits your own nature, so that you will be sure to progress.

--Swami Vivekananda



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You cannot believe in god until you believe in yourself.

--Swami Vivekananda


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All is bound by the law of causation.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Every attempt to solve the laws of causation, time, and space would be futile, because the very attempt would have to be made by taking for granted the existence of these three.

--Swami Vivekananda


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An atheist can be charitable but not religious. But the religious man must be charitable.

--Swami Vivekananda


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Hindu religion does not consist in struggles and attempts to believe a certain doctrine or dogma, but in realizing not in believing, but in being and becoming.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The progress and civilisation of the human race simply mean controlling this nature.

--Swami Vivekananda




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The mind is but the subtle part of the body. You must retain great strength in your mind and words.

--Swami Vivekananda

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This external worship of images has, however, been described in all our Shastras as the lowest of all the low forms of worship. But that does not mean that it is a wrong thing to do.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The nearer we are to God, the less we will have occasions to cry or weep. The further we are from God, the more will long faces come. The more we know God, the more misery vanishes.

--Swami Vivekananda

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All law has its essence in causation.

--Swami Vivekananda


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Friends or foes, they are all instruments in Her hands to help us work out our own karma, through pleasure or pain. As such, 'Mother' bless all.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Love conquers in the long run. It won't do to become impatient -- wait, wait -- patience is bound to give success..

--Swami Vivekananda


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All these practices and struggles to become religious are only negative work, to take off the bars, and open the doors to that perfection which is our birthright, our nature.

--Swami Vivekananda

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It is a good discipline to be forced to work for work's sake, even to the length of not being allowed to enjoy the fruits of one's labour.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The power of concentration is the only key to the treasure-house of knowledge.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Perfection does not come from belief or faith. Talk does not count for anything. Parrots can do that. Perfection comes through the disinterested performance of action.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Live for an ideal and leave no place in the mind for anything else.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Take off the veil of hypnotism which you have cast upon the world, send not out thoughts and words of weakness unto humanity.

--Swami Vivekananda


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Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all good things will be added unto you." Follow God and you shall have whatever you desire.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Let new India arise out of peasants' cottage, grasping the plough, out of huts, cobbler and sweeper.

--Swami Vivekananda


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A man ought to live in this world like a lotus leaf, which grows in water but is never moistened by water; so a man ought to live in the world -- his heart to God and his hands to work.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The body is mortal and the mind is mortal; both, being compounds, must die.

--Swami Vivekananda


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Have faith in yourself, all power is in you, be conscious and bring it out.

--Swami Vivekananda

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I know that truth alone gives life, and nothing but going towards reality will make us strong, and none will reach truth until he is strong.

--Swami Vivekananda

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So long as there is desire or want, it is a sure sign that there is imperfection. A perfect, free being cannot have any desire.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Was there ever a more horrible blasphemy than the statement that all the knowledge of God is confined to this or that book? How dare men call God infinite, and yet try to compress Him within the covers of a little book!

--Swami Vivekananda

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See here, how fresh is the air, there is the Ganga, and the Sadhus (holy men) are practising meditation, and holding lofty talks! While the moment you will go to Calcutta, you will be thinking of nasty stuff.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Everything is ended if you forgive and forget.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The body is the external coating and the mind is the internal coating of the Atman who is the real perceiver, the real enjoyer, the being in the body who is working the body by means of the internal organ or the mind.

--Swami Vivekananda

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A sapling must be hedged about for protection, but when it becomes a tree, a hedge would be a hindrance. So there is no need to criticise and condemn the old forms.

--Swami Vivekananda


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Real freedom is not merely doing what you like, but also NOT doing what you like.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Though an atom is invisible, unthinkable, yet in it are the whole power and potency of the universe.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Things do not grow better; they remain as they are. It is we who grow better, by the changes we make in ourselves.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Man has infinite power within himself, and he can realise it -- he can realise himself as the one infinite Self. It can be done; but you do not believe it. You pray to God and keep your powder dry all the time.

--Swami Vivekananda


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The whole life is a succession of dreams. My ambition is to be a conscious dreamer, that is all.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Astrology and all these mystical things are generally signs of a weak mind; therefore as soon as they are becoming prominent in our minds, we should see a physician, take good food, and rest.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Renunciation is always the ideal of every race; only other races do not know what they are made to do by nature unconsciously.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Renunciation is the very basis upon which ethics stands.

--Swami Vivekananda

person standing on rock beside body of water between green trees

Many a time comes when we want to interpret our weakness and cowardice as forgiveness and renunciation.

--Swami Vivekananda


silhouette photo of mountain during night time

This misery that I am suffering is of my own doing, and that very thing proves that it will have to be undone by me alone.

--Swami Vivekananda

person standing on rock formation during daytime

If the Absolute becomes limited by the mind, It is no more Absolute; It has become finite.

--Swami Vivekananda

body of water during daytime

Christ, being man, had to see impurity and denounced it; but God, infinitely higher, does not see iniquity and cannot be angry.

--Swami Vivekananda

green leaf

Forget not that thy marriage, thy wealth, thy life are not for sense-pleasure, are not for thy individual personal happiness.

--Swami Vivekananda


sunset forest

Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. .

--Swami Vivekananda

closeup photography of wall

Jiva (individual soul) is the conscious ruler of this body, in whom the five life principles come into unity, and yet that very Jiva is the Atman, because all is Atman.

--Swami Vivekananda


brown wooden pathway in the middle of green trees

Arise, awake, and stop not until the goal is achieved.

--Swami Vivekananda

red textile in close up photography

It is a retarding element creating hatred and anger, and causing people to fight each other, and making them unsympathetic.

--Swami Vivekananda

selective focus photo of brown guitar on white pillow

He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God.

--Swami Vivekananda

three clear glass cups

Consciously or unconsciously, we are all striving for perfection. Every being must attain to it.

--Swami Vivekananda

blue, white, and pink petaled flowers on gray surface

Pray all the time, read all the scriptures in the world, and worship all the gods there are ...but unless you realize the Truth, there is no freedom.

--Swami Vivekananda

man standing on cliff under white sky

According to this philosophy, each man consists of three parts -- the body, the internal organ or the mind, and behind that, what is called the Atman, the Self.

--Swami Vivekananda

silhouette of mountain

These births and deaths are changes in nature which we are mistaking for changes in us.

--Swami Vivekananda

purple lavender flower

The power is with the silent ones, who only live and love and then withdraw their personality. They never say "me" and "mine"; they are only blessed in being instruments.

--Swami Vivekananda

red rose

All objective pleasure in the long run must bring pain, because of the fact of change or death.

--Swami Vivekananda

blue and white water surface

Even the least work done for others awakens the power within; even thinking the least good of others gradually instills into the heart the strength of a lion.

--Swami Vivekananda


sunset

Paris is the fountain-head of European civilisation, as Gomukhi is of the Ganga.

--Swami Vivekananda

None

Do one thing at a time, and while doing it put your whole soul into it to the exclusion of all else.

--Swami Vivekananda


sunset

There is but one temple -- the body. It is the only temple that ever existed.

--Swami Vivekananda

Arizona landscape

This caste system had grown by the practice of the son always following the business of the father.

--Swami Vivekananda

brown and gray brick wall

Have patience and be faithful unto death. Do not fight among yourselves. Be perfectly pure in money dealings . We will do great things yet . So long as you have faith and honesty and devotion, everything will prosper.

--Swami Vivekananda





dew drops on glass panel

Perfect life is a contradiction in terms. Therefore we must always expect to find things not up to our highest ideal. Knowing this, we are bound to make the best of everything.

--Swami Vivekananda

houses and trees during nighttime

If Jesus Christ was not perfect, then the religion bearing his name falls to the ground.

--Swami Vivekananda

green water in close up photography

This is a great fact: strength is life; weakness is death. Strength is felicity, life eternal, immortal; weakness is constant strain and misery, weakness is death.

--Swami Vivekananda

green trees on brown soil

Have faith in yourselves, great convictions are the mothers of great deeds.

--Swami Vivekananda



brown wooden surface

To get any reason out of the mass of incongruity we call human life, we have to transcend our reason, but we must do it scientifically, slowly, by regular practice, and we must cast off all superstition.

--Swami Vivekananda

pink and blue sky with moon

Know that every time you feel weak, you not only hurt yourself but also the cause. Infinite faith and strength are the only conditions of success.

--Swami Vivekananda


silhouette of three men falling in line while walking during golden hour

Dare to seek Truth even through hell.

--Swami Vivekananda

man riding horse

Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached.

--Swami Vivekananda

A view of the night showing stars

The present is determined by our past actions, and the future by the present.

--Swami Vivekananda


silhouette of mountains under blue sky during daytime

The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves.

--Swami Vivekananda


red strawberry fruit on red surface

Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. … Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles.

--Swami Vivekananda

yellow and black striped background

It is the subjective world that rules the objective. Change the subject, and the object is bound to change; purify youreslf, and the world is bound to be purified.

--Swami Vivekananda







grayscale photography of mountain surrounded by trees

Cut the bondage of all worldly affections; go beyond laziness and all care as to what becomes of you.

--Swami Vivekananda

full moon during day

Are great things ever done smoothly? Time, patience, and indomitable will must show.

--Swami Vivekananda


ocean

As soon as you know the voice and understand what it is, the whole scene changes. The same world which was the ghastly battlefield of maya is now changed into something good and beautiful.

--Swami Vivekananda




leafless tree on snow covered ground

My countrymen should have nerves of steel, muscles of iron, and minds like thunderbolt.

--Swami Vivekananda

crescent moon above mountain

Christ's public life extended only over eighteen months, and for this he had silently been preparing himself for thirty -- two years.

--Swami Vivekananda


green leafed vegetable on brown wooden surface

It is the free alone which never changes, and the unchangeable alone which is free; for change is produced by something exterior to a thing, or within itself, which is more powerful than the surroundings.

--Swami Vivekananda

white and blue building under clear sky

The sages are often ignorant of physical science, because they read the wrong book-the book within; and the scientists are too often ignorant of religion, because they too read the wrong book-the book outside.

--Swami Vivekananda


desert grassland

The test of progress is the amount of renunciation that one has attained.

--Swami Vivekananda


red and white led lighted heart decor

God is cruel and not cruel. He is all being and not being at the same time. Hence He is all contradictions. Nature also is nothing but a mass of contradictions.

--Swami Vivekananda

old cowboy boots

Whenever we attain a higher vision, the lower vision disappears of itself.

--Swami Vivekananda


None

Let me die fighting. Two years of physical suffering have taken from me twenty years of life. But the soul changes not, does it? It is there, the same madcap -- Atman -- mad upon one idea, intent and intense.

--Swami Vivekananda

rainbow desert

The world is a demon. It is a kingdom of which the puny ego is king. Put it away and stand firm.

--Swami Vivekananda



blue and white painted wall

Materialism prevails in Europe today. You may pray for the salvation of the modern sceptics, but they do not yield, they want reason.

--Swami Vivekananda


brown leaf on asphalt road

Change is always subjective.

--Swami Vivekananda

brown and black tiger near body of water

The law of Karma is the law of causation.

--Swami Vivekananda

white and blue ice on water

Happiness presents itself to man, wearing the crown of sorrow on its head. He who welcomes it must also welcome sorrow.

--Swami Vivekananda

top view photography of heart latte coffee

You can not believe in God until you believe in yourself.

--Swami Vivekananda


rocks near shore during nighttime

Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes.

--Swami Vivekananda



full moon in the sky

We cannot see outside what we are not inside. The universe is to us what the huge engine is to the miniature engine; and indication of any error in the tiny engine leads us to imagine trouble in the huge one.

--Swami Vivekananda

pink dahlia in bloom

No freedom without renunciation.

--Swami Vivekananda

purple flowers under sunny sky

The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them." -- Swami Vivekananda.

--Swami Vivekananda

None

Anything that makes weak -- physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison.

--Swami Vivekananda


calm ocean

If you are angry, and then happy, the next moment the anger passes away. Out of that anger you manufactured the next state. These states are always interchangeable. Eternal happiness and misery are a child's dream.

--Swami Vivekananda


blue sky and white clouds

Understanding human nature is the highest knowledge, and only by knowing it can we know God. It is also a fact that the knowledge of God is the highest knowledge, and only by knowing God can we understand human nature.

--Swami Vivekananda

red rose illustration

Stand up and be strong! No fear. No superstition. Face the truth as it is!

--Swami Vivekananda

view of mountaintops with clouds

Modern Hinduism, modern Jainism, and Buddhism branched off at the same time. For some period, each seemed to have wanted to outdo the others in grotesqueness and humbuggism.

--Swami Vivekananda

water on seashore

Stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders and know that you're the creator of your own destiny.

--Swami Vivekananda


blue sky

Expansion is life, contraction is death. Love is life, hatred is death.

--Swami Vivekananda


Milky way in nature photography

External nature is only internal nature writ large.

--Swami Vivekananda

men's white dress shirt

Change of the unchangeable would be a contradiction.

--Swami Vivekananda

woman in black tank top

Freedom can never be reached by the weak. Throw away all weakness. Tell your body that it is strong, tell your mind that it is strong, and have unbounded faith and hope in yourself.

--Swami Vivekananda

red textile on brown wooden table

Have faith in Guru, in his teachings, and in the surety that you can get free. Think day and night that this universe is zero, only God is. Have intense desire to get free.

--Swami Vivekananda



brown wooden dockside beside sea

The Vedanta teaches men to have faith in themselves first.

--Swami Vivekananda

pink-petaled rose flower

As long as we require someone else to make us happy, we are slaves.

--Swami Vivekananda



woman standing on forest

Die in obeying commands like a soldier, and go to Nirvana, but no cowardice.

--Swami Vivekananda

white sand

It is the witness alone that can work without any desire, without any idea of going to heaven, without any idea of blame, without any idea of praise. The witness alone enjoys, and none else.

--Swami Vivekananda

sunset with storm clouds

God is not to be reached by the weak. Never be weak. You have infinite strength within you. How else will you conquer anything? How else will you come to God?

--Swami Vivekananda

person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

This attachment of Love to God is indeed one that does not bind the soul but effectively breaks all its bondages.

--Swami Vivekananda

person sleeping on gray gang chair

The Land where humanity has attained its highest towards gentleness, towards generosity, towards purity, towards calmness -- it is India.

--Swami Vivekananda

cup of latte on table

The Absolute cannot be divided.

--Swami Vivekananda

green grass field

The Hindus have to learn a little bit of materialism from the West and teach them a little bit of spirituality.

--Swami Vivekananda

red textile in close up photography

To realize the spirit as spirit is practical religion. Everything else is good so far as it leads to this one grand idea.

--Swami Vivekananda

green leaf in close up photography

Books are infinite in number and time is short. The secret of knowledge is to take what is essential. Take that and try to live up to it.

--Swami Vivekananda


multicolored heart LED light on wall

Man is the product of two forces, action and reaction, which make him think.

--Swami Vivekananda

calm ocean

A nation is not to be judged by its weaklings called the wicked, as they are only the weeds which lag behind, but by the good, the noble, and the pure, who indicate the national life current flowing clear and vigorous.

--Swami Vivekananda

man jumping on hill during golden hour

Shri Krishna says: "Better die in your own path than attempt the path of another.

--Swami Vivekananda

person holding brown leaf

Space-time-causation, or name-and-form, is what is called Maya.

--Swami Vivekananda

aerial photography of forest

Every idea that strengthens you must be taken up and every thought that weakens you must be rejected.

--Swami Vivekananda

three person looking stars and milky way

None of us have yet seen an ideally perfect man, and yet without that ideal we cannot progress.

--Swami Vivekananda

brown mountain on body of water

Highest love for God can never be achieved without renunciation.

--Swami Vivekananda


gray elephant

The first sign of your becoming religious is that you are becoming cheerful.

--Swami Vivekananda

brown wooden board

Love is always mutual and reflective. You may hate me, and if I want to love you, you repulse me. But if I persist, in a month or a year you are bound to love me. It is a well-known psychological phenomenon.

--Swami Vivekananda

castle surrounded fog

It is the calm, forgiving, equable, well-balanced mind that does the greatest amount of work.

--Swami Vivekananda

pair of white lace-up shoes

You must have an iron will, if you would cross the ocean. You must be strong enough to pierce mountains.

--Swami Vivekananda

blue sky with white clouds

Be grateful that the poor man is there, so that by making a gift to him you are able to help yourself.

--Swami Vivekananda


toddlers standing outdoors

It is only work that is done as freewill offering to humanity and to nature that does not bring with it any binding attachment.

--Swami Vivekananda


Arizona landscape pines

We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate. None else has the blame, none has the praise.

--Swami Vivekananda

None

In everything, there are two kinds of development-analytical and synthetical. In the former the Hindus excel other nations. In the latter they are nil.

--Swami Vivekananda

group of penguins standing on white snow covered ground near body of water during daytime

Motion is the sign of life.

--Swami Vivekananda


Light blue to dark blue gradient

Never allow weakness to overtake your mind. Remember Mahavira, remember the Divine Mother! And you will see that all weakness, all cowardice will vanish at once.

--Swami Vivekananda

None

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.

--Swami Vivekananda



snow mountains under nightsky

You are the creator of your own destiny.

--Swami Vivekananda


man on running field

Do one thing at a Time, and while doing it put your whole Soul into it to the exclusion of all else.

--Swami Vivekananda


person holding white book

Too much faith in personality has a tendency to produce weakness and idolatry, but intense love for the Guru makes rapid growth possible.

--Swami Vivekananda


person sleeping on gray gang chair

What do you gain in heaven? You become gods, drink nectar, and get rheumatism. There is less misery there than on earth, but also less truth.

--Swami Vivekananda


silhouette of person standing beside bare tree under stary sky

In spirituality the Americans are very inferior to us. But their society is very superior to ours.

--Swami Vivekananda

blue and black abstract painting

All misery and pain come from attachment.

--Swami Vivekananda


three person looking stars and milky way

Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life.

--Swami Vivekananda

long exposure photography of lights

Each work has to pass through these stages: ridicule, opposition, and then acceptance. Those who think ahead of their time are sure to be misunderstood.

--Swami Vivekananda

silhouette of trees during nighttime

When a man is perfect, he sees perfection in others. When he sees imperfection, it is his own mind projecting itself.

--Swami Vivekananda


full moon in the sky

The principles of the Vedanta not only should be preached everywhere in India, but also outside. Our thought must enter into the make-up of the minds of every nation, not through writings, but through persons.

--Swami Vivekananda

lighted candle in dark room

So long as we perceive this world in motion, we have to conceive will behind it.

--Swami Vivekananda


silhouette of flower during sunset

Always remember that renunciation is the root idea. Unless one is initiated into this idea, not even Brahma and the World -- gods have the power to attain Mukti.

--Swami Vivekananda

sunset

Even our smallest attempts are not in vain. We know that nothing is lost.

--Swami Vivekananda



green and white painted wall

A man could be in a throne and have no attachment at all; another one could be in rags and have many attachments.

--Swami Vivekananda

white concrete building

Even if our every attempt is a failure, and we bleed and are torn asunder, yet, through all this, we have to preserve our heart -- we must assert our Godhead in the midst of all these difficulties.

--Swami Vivekananda

red and blue light digital wallpaper

Is it freedom to be a slave to the senses, to anger, to jealousies and a hundred other petty things that must occur every day in human life?

--Swami Vivekananda

golden retriever inside car

Not believing in the glory of our own soul is what the Vedanta calls atheism.

--Swami Vivekananda

person holding white book

No study has taken so much of human energy, whether in times past or present, as the study of the soul, of God, and of human destiny.

--Swami Vivekananda


bokeh photography

Blows are what awaken us and help to break the dream. They show us the insufficiency of this world and make us long to escape, to have freedom.

--Swami Vivekananda


grayscale photography of raindrops

The great lesson is, that unity is behind all. Call it God, Love, Spirit. Allah, Jehovah -- it is the same unity that animates all life from the lowest animal to the noblest man.

--Swami Vivekananda

city lights from hill

When you talk and think of the Absolute, you have to do it in the relative; so all these logical arguments apply.

--Swami Vivekananda

blue and white abstract painting

The spirit is the cause of all our thoughts and body-action, and everything, but it is untouched by good or evil, pleasure or pain, heat of cold, and all the dualism of nature, although it lends its light to everything.

--Swami Vivekananda

person in blue denim jeans and brown leather boots

Every action that helps us manifest our divine nature more and more is good; every action that retards it is evil.

--Swami Vivekananda

None

Never say any man is hopeless, because he only represents a character, a bundle of habits, which can be checked by new and better ones. Character is repeated habits, and repeated habits alone can reform character.

--Swami Vivekananda


lightning strike at night

God is present in every Jiva; there is no other God besides that. Who serves Jiva serves God indeed.

--Swami Vivekananda

orange and white floor tiles

Bear in mind, my children, that only cowards and those who are weak commit sin and tell lies. The brave are always moral. Try to be moral, try to be brave, try to be sympathising.

--Swami Vivekananda

milky way galaxy

If I am a Pariah, I will be all the more glad, for I am the disciple of a man, who -- the Brahmin of Brahmins -- wanted to cleanse the house of a Pariah. (here "the man" means Ramakrishna).

--Swami Vivekananda

rock formation surrounding by body of water

Prana is the driving power of the world, and can be seen in every manifestation of life.

--Swami Vivekananda

stars across the sky view at the desert

Let us worship the spirit in spirit, standing on spirit. Let the foundation be spirit, the middle spirit, the culmination spirit.

--Swami Vivekananda

purple and blue light illustration

It is our own mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us. Our thoughts make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light.

--Swami Vivekananda

Arizona landscape

Please everyone without becoming a hypocrite or a coward.

--Swami Vivekananda



aerial photography of mountain range covered with snow under white and blue sky at daytime

God is always God, but the views which people and nations may take of him vary. No higher view is known than that of love.

--Swami Vivekananda

woman looking up to the sky while standing on white sand

Praise and blame, good and bad, even heat and cold, must be equally acceptable to us.

--Swami Vivekananda

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

Blame neither man, nor God, nor anyone in the world. When you find yourselves suffering, blame yourselves, and try to do better.

--Swami Vivekananda

photo of pine trees

Where God is, there is no other. Where world is, there is no God. These two will never unite. Like light and darkness.

--Swami Vivekananda

None

The will is stronger than anything else. Everything must go down before the will, for it comes from God. A pure and strong will is omnipotent.

--Swami Vivekananda

leafless tree on snow covered ground

First get rid of the delusion "I am the body," then only will we want real knowledge.

--Swami Vivekananda

sunset

Accumulation of power is as necessary as its diffusion, or rather more so.

--Swami Vivekananda


green ceramic mug beside book

The guru must be a man who has known, has actually realized the Divine truth, has perceived himself as the spirit.

--Swami Vivekananda


blue and white water surface

Do any deserve liberty who are not ready to give it to others? Let us calmly go to work, instead of dissipating our energy in unnecessary fretting and fuming.

--Swami Vivekananda

time lapse photography of lightning during storm

It is the cheerful mind persevering. It is the strong mind that hews its way through a thousand difficulties.

--Swami Vivekananda

white rose enclosed photograph

If you are really my children, you will fear nothing, stop at nothing. You will be like lions. We must rouse India and the whole world. No cowardice.

--Swami Vivekananda

person sleeping on gray gang chair

Whatever you think, that you will be. If you think yourselves weak, weak you will be; if you think yourselves strong, strong you will be.

--Swami Vivekananda





low-light photo of forest

Despondency is not religion, whatever else it may be.

--Swami Vivekananda

white textile in close up photography

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.

--Swami Vivekananda

green plant

If a person who lives in God becomes miserable, what is the use of living in God? What is the use of such a God? Throw such a God overboard into the Pacific Ocean. We do not want such a God!

--Swami Vivekananda

brown wooden dock under night sky

Everything progresses in waves. The march of civilization, the progression of worlds, is in waves. All human activities likewise progress in waves -- art, literature, science, religion.

--Swami Vivekananda

aerial photography of beach

Have patience, perseverance, and purity.

--Swami Vivekananda

silhouette photo of six persons on top of mountain

In the world take always the position of the giver.

--Swami Vivekananda


person holding hands

The Yogi must always practice.

--Swami Vivekananda

purple petaled flower on gray surface

Onward, my brave boys -- money or no money -- men or no men! Have you love? Have you God? Onward and forward to the breach, you are irresistible.

--Swami Vivekananda

blue ocean

When death is so certain, it is better to die for a good cause.

--Swami Vivekananda


purple flowers under sunny sky

We are bound to earth by desire and also to God, heaven, and the angels. A slave is a slave whether to man, to God, or to angels.

--Swami Vivekananda

None

Life without death and happiness without misery are contradiction and neither can be found alone, because each of them is a different manifestation of the same thing.

--Swami Vivekananda

gray and brown hummingbird perching on yellow petaled flower

Differentiation is in name and form only.

--Swami Vivekananda

Arizona landscape rocks

Impurity is a mere superimposition under which your real nature has become hidden. But the real you is already perfect, already strong.

--Swami Vivekananda


landscape photography of green tree

Man in his true nature is substance, soul, spirit.

--Swami Vivekananda

black and gray floral textile

Man stands in materialism; you and I are materialists. Our talking about God and Spirit is good; but it is simply the vogue in our society to talk thus: we have learnt it parrot-like and repeat it.

--Swami Vivekananda


gray concrete painted wall

None will be able to resist truth and love and sincerity. Are you sincere? Unselfish even unto death, and loving? Then fear not, not even death.

--Swami Vivekananda

green trees in between gray concrete road

The progress of the world through all its evils making it fit for the ideals, slowly but surely.

--Swami Vivekananda


closeup photography of wall

We must plunge heart and soul and body into the work. And until we are ready to sacrifice everything else to one Idea and to one alone, we never, never will see the Light.

--Swami Vivekananda

white sand

This idea of body is a simple superstition. It is superstition that makes us happy or unhappy. It is superstition caused by ignorance that makes us feel heat and cold, pain and pleasure.

--Swami Vivekananda

green trees near lake under cloudy sky during daytime

The one who actually succeeds in making himself believe that he is having a good time is the man of splendid physical health.

--Swami Vivekananda

sea during daytime

Always discriminate-your body, your house, the people and the world are all absolutely unreal like a dream. Always think that the body is only an inert instrument. And the Atman within is your real nature.

--Swami Vivekananda

blue ocean

Religion, in India, means realisation and nothing short of that.

--Swami Vivekananda

low angle photo of starry night

Everything is fraught with fear: Renunciation alone is fearless.

--Swami Vivekananda

sunflower with sunglasses under blue sky during daytime

Renunciation is in our blood.

--Swami Vivekananda


None

Never mind these failures, these little backslidings; hold the ideal a thousand times, and if you fail a thousand times, make the attempt once more.

--Swami Vivekananda

gray and white concrete floor

All great undertakings are achieved through mighty obstacles. Keep up the deepest mental poise. Take not even the slightest notice of what puerile creatures may be saying against you.

--Swami Vivekananda

grayscale photography of man riding bicycle

In the primal state before any manifestation, when there was no motion but perfect balance, this Prakriti was indestructible, because decomposition or death comes from instability or change.

--Swami Vivekananda

photography of white sky at golden hour

Know it for certain that without steady devotion for the Guru and unflinching patience and perseverance, nothing is to be achieved. You must have strict morality.

--Swami Vivekananda


man riding horse

Be strong, get beyond all superstitions, and be free.

--Swami Vivekananda

Texas buildings

Be a hero. Always say, 'I have no fear.' Tell this to everyone -- 'Have no fear.'

--Swami Vivekananda

purple and white clouds during night time

Good works are continually being undone by the tons of hatred and anger which are being poured out on the world.

--Swami Vivekananda

galaxy

Had I lived in Palestine, in the days of Jesus of Nazareth, I would have washed his feet, not with my tears, but with my heart's blood!

--Swami Vivekananda

landscape photo of waters, mountains, and black clouds

In Buddha we had the great, universal heart and infinite patience, making religion practical and bringing it to everyone's door.

--Swami Vivekananda

body of water

Even forgiveness, if weak and passive, is not true: fight is better. Forgive when you could bring legions of angels to the victory.

--Swami Vivekananda


None

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.

--Swami Vivekananda


blue and white light digital wallpaper

There are hundreds of thousands of microbes surrounding us, but they cannot harm us unless we become weak, until the body is ready and predisposed to receive them.

--Swami Vivekananda



pink and white flower in close up photography

Stamping down the weakness of mind and heart, stand up, saying, "I am possessed of heroism, I am possessed of a steady intellect..." Never allow weakness to overtake your mind.

--Swami Vivekananda

three clear glass cups

Marriage is not for individual happiness, but for the welfare of the nation and the caste.

--Swami Vivekananda


sunset

The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.

--Swami Vivekananda

foggy mountains

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.

--Swami Vivekananda

calm body of water during golden hour

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.

--Swami Vivekananda

flowers beside yellow wall

Religion is being and becoming. Religion is the manifestation of the Divinity already in man.

--Swami Vivekananda


black pug puppy lying on gray bed

One thing I must tell you. Idolatry in India does not mean anything horrible. It is not the mother of harlots.

--Swami Vivekananda

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We do not seek to thrust the principles of our religion upon anyone. The fundamental principles of our religion forbid that.

--Swami Vivekananda

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That is good. It is a law of nature. That is the way with all founders of religion. Without persecution superior ideas cannot penetrate into the heart of society.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Where no bondage is, there is no cause and effect.

--Swami Vivekananda

Arizona landscape

Nothing else is necessary but these -- love, sincerity, and patience.

--Swami Vivekananda

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All these disciplines are for the purification of the heart. And as soon as it is pure, all truths flash upon it in a minute; all truth in the universe will manifest in your heart, if you are sufficiently pure.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The sign of life is strength and growth.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Eka-Nishtha or devotion to one ideal is absolutely necessary for the beginner in the practice of religious devotion.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Each man has a mission in life, which is the result of all his infinite past Karma.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Hindu Dharma is the quintessence of our national life, hold fast to it if you want your country to survive, or else you would be wiped out in three generations.

--Swami Vivekananda



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The Guru is the means of realisation. "There is no knowledge without a teacher.

--Swami Vivekananda

grassland landscape

The guru is the means of realization.

--Swami Vivekananda



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There is implanted in every man, naturally, a strong desire for progress.

--Swami Vivekananda



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It is the patient building of character, the intense struggle to realize the truth, which alone will tell in the future of humanity.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Bold has been my message to the people of the west, bolder is my message to you, my beloved countryman.

--Swami Vivekananda

leafless tree

A few heart-whole, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century.

--Swami Vivekananda

man jumping on hill during golden hour

Neither idealists nor materialists are right; we must take both idea and expression.

--Swami Vivekananda


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Whose meditation is real and effective? Who can really surrender to the will of God? Only the person whose mind has been purified by selfless work.

--Swami Vivekananda

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There will never be a perfectly good or bad world, because the very idea is a contradiction in terms.

--Swami Vivekananda


red flame

We have wept enough. No more weeping, but stand on feet and be men.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The glory of man is that he is a thinking being. It is the nature of man to think and therein he differs from animals.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.

--Swami Vivekananda


stars on outer space

The disciple must have great power of endurance. Bear all evil and misery without one thought of unhappiness, resistance, remedy, or retaliation. That is true endurance, and that you must acquire.

--Swami Vivekananda


raindrops on clear window

Work incessantly, but be not attached to it.

--Swami Vivekananda

pink and white flower in close up photography

I am responsible for my fate, I am the bringer of good unto myself, I am the bringer of evil. I am the Pure and Blessed One. We must reject all thoughts that assert to the contrary.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The Pariahs, our fellow beings, ought to be educated by the higher castes.

--Swami Vivekananda

time lapse photography body of water

Let me draw your attention to one thing which unfortunately we always forget: that is -- "O man, have faith in yourself."

--Swami Vivekananda

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We are what our considered opinion abide through us; so put up with assiduousness about what you storage. Natter are sub. Line live; they travel far.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Anything that brings spiritual, mental, or physical weakness, touch it not with the toes of your feet.

--Swami Vivekananda


bird on pier

Even luxuries are arranged according to ideas and ideals, to make them reflect as much of thought-life as possible -- and this is Art.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Do not blame any supernatural being, neither be hopeless and despondent, nor think we are in a place from which we can never escape unless someone comes and lends us a helping hand.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The perfect man sees nothing but God.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The "ego" like its correlative "non-ego," is the product of the body, mind etc. The only proof of the existence of the real Self is realisation.

--Swami Vivekananda

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I am in every religion as the thread through a string of pearls. Wherever thou seest extraordinary holiness and extraordinary power raising and purifying humanity, know thou that I am there.

--Swami Vivekananda

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The Atman alone is eternal. Hospitals will tumble down. Railroad givers will all die. This earth will be blown to pieces, suns wiped out. The Atman endures for ever.

--Swami Vivekananda


woman singing on stage

To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will.

--Swami Vivekananda

lion on green grass during golden hour

Infinite patience, infinite purity, and infinite perseverance are the secret of success in a good cause.

--Swami Vivekananda


red and yellow abstract painting

Satisfied is no test of truth. Actuality is steadily far from idiosyncratic secure.

--Swami Vivekananda

yellow and white abstract painting

It is the duty of all to support and side with Dharma. All must fight and support Dharma regardless of their personality, background, status.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.

--Swami Vivekananda


three clear glass cups

The God which cannot give me food in this world, cannot give me Heaven in the other world.

--Swami Vivekananda



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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.

--Swami Vivekananda

white wooden dock on white sand

No negative, all positive, affirmative. I am, God is, everything is in me. I will manifest health, purity, knowledge, whatever I want.

--Swami Vivekananda

snowy mountain

Have fire and spread all over. Work, work. Be the servant while leading, be unselfish, and never listen to one friend in private accusing another. Have infinite patience, and success is yours.

--Swami Vivekananda


castle surrounded fog

If you have infinite patience and perseverance, success is bound to come. No mistake in that.

--Swami Vivekananda

black and gray floral textile

According to the history of human progress, it is disobedience to nature that has constituted that progress.

--Swami Vivekananda

brown sand under blue sky during daytime

Purity, patience and perseverance overcome all obstacles. All great things must of necessity be slow.

--Swami Vivekananda

white and black satellite dish on brown field during night time

The body must be properly taken care of. The people who torture their flesh are demoniacal.

--Swami Vivekananda



dog on pier at water

The sky never changes: it is the cloud that is changing.

--Swami Vivekananda


full moon in the sky

An intellectual, heartless man never becomes an inspired man. It is always the heart that speaks in the man of love; it discovers a greater instrument than intellect can give you, the instrument of inspiration.

--Swami Vivekananda





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Renunciation, and renunciation alone, is the real secret, the Mulamantra, of all Realisation.

--Swami Vivekananda


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The development of man is a return to an original perfection.

--Swami Vivekananda

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When once you consider an action, do not let anything dissuade you. Consult your heart, not others, and then follow its dictates.

--Swami Vivekananda


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High achievements in art, music, etc., are the results of concentration.

--Swami Vivekananda


purple and white clouds during night time

He in whose mind is no anger, hatred, or envy, who never loses his balance, dies, or is born, who is he but God?

--Swami Vivekananda

mountains under white clouds at daytime

Each soul is potentially divine.

--Swami Vivekananda

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True religion comes not front the teaching of men or the reading of books; it is the awakening of the spirit within us, consequent upon pure and heroic action.

--Swami Vivekananda

white pampas grasses near body of water at daytime

Renunciation means that none can serve both God and Mammon.

--Swami Vivekananda

green tree under blue sky during night time

Purity, perseverance, and energy- these three I want.

--Swami Vivekananda



fan of 1 US dollar banknotes and coins on beige surface

The real work is in the practice.

--Swami Vivekananda


forest with tall and green trees during daytime

Excessive attention to the minutiae of astrology is one of the superstitions which has hurt the Hindus very much.

--Swami Vivekananda


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Turn thy gaze inward, wherein resides the Supreme Self.

--Swami Vivekananda


flowers beside yellow wall

Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being.

--Swami Vivekananda







red rose illustration

Blessed are they whose bodies get destroyed in the service of others.

--Swami Vivekananda


white brick wall

May blessings and happiness attend every step of your progress in this world.

--Swami Vivekananda



people inside temple painting

All progression is in the relative world.

--Swami Vivekananda

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No one should be judged by their defects. The great virtues a person has are his or her especially. But their errors are the common weakness of humanity and should never be counted in estimating a person's character.

--Swami Vivekananda

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God is to be worshiped as the one Beloved, dearer than everything in this and the next life.

--Swami Vivekananda

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All the power is within you. You can do anything.

--Swami Vivekananda

person in black top carrying brown wicker basket

He is an atheist who does not believe in himself. The old religions said that he was an atheist who did not believe in God. The new religion says that he is an atheist who does not believe in himself.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Forbearance is the highest expression of freedom.

--Swami Vivekananda





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Every individual is a center for the manifestation of a certain force. This force has been stored up as the resultant of our previous works, and each one of us is born with this force at our back.

--Swami Vivekananda

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Man only remains hypnotised with the false idea of an ego. When this ghost is off from us, all dreams vanish, and then it is found that the one Self only exists from the highest Being to a blade of grass.

--Swami Vivekananda

tree frog

In India, religious life forms the centre, the keynote of the whole music of national life.

--Swami Vivekananda




blue rose in close up photography

Work and worship are necessary to take away the veil, to lift off the bondage and illusion.

--Swami Vivekananda

sunset

A good practice carried to an extreme and worked in accordance with the letter of the law becomes a positive evil.

--Swami Vivekananda


icy mountain scenery

There may be a million microbes of misery floating about us. Never mind! They dare not approach us, they have no power to get a hold on us, until the mind is weakened.

--Swami Vivekananda


time lapse photography of fire

This universe is the wreckage of the infinite on the shores of the finite.

--Swami Vivekananda



time lapse photography of lightning during storm

There is one thing to be remembered: that the assertion 'I am God' cannot be made with regard to the sense-world.

--Swami Vivekananda


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On this basic -- being right and doing right the whole world can unite.

--Swami Vivekananda

woman holding brown umbrella

You know the disease, you know the remedy, only have faith.

--Swami Vivekananda

brown and black jazz guitar with dim light

There is no other teacher but your own soul.

--Swami Vivekananda


landscape photography of forest

Arise! Awake! and stop not until the goal is reached.

--Swami Vivekananda

silhouette of a person during sunset

Meditation is a sort of prayer and prayer is meditation. The highest meditation is to think of nothing. If you can remain one moment without thought, great power will come.

--Swami Vivekananda

red and black logo

Oneness is the secret to everything.

--Swami Vivekananda

assorted books on wooden table

Body is the name of a stream of matter continuously changing.

--Swami Vivekananda

white wooden dock on white sand

We must not forget that health is only a means to an end. If health were the end, we would be like animals; animals rarely become unhealthy.

--Swami Vivekananda

forest with tall and green trees during daytime

In the English character, the "give and take" policy, the business principle of the trader, is principally inherent.

--Swami Vivekananda

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