100 Amazing Quotes By Swami Vivekananda That Will Help You Find Answers To Your Existential Queries
Swami Vivekananda, known in his pre-monastic life as Narendra Nath Datta, was an Indian Hindu monk who played a major role in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world. A chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna, Swami Vivekananda was pivotal in the revival of Hinduism in India and contributed to the concept of nationalism in colonial India. Inclined towards spirituality from an early age, he toured the entire Indian subcontinent as a young man. He later went to the United States where he represented India at the 1893 Parliament of the World Religions. Even though he died at the relatively young age of 39, it was not before he had conducted hundreds of public and private lectures and classes which helped to spread Indian philosophies to the Western world. This amazing collection of quotes by Swami Vivekananda will definitely enlighten you and help you in seeking answers to your existential queries.
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. In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart. In a day, when you don't come across any problems - you can be sure that you are travelling in a wrong path 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. The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves. The greatest sin is to think yourself weak Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life. Be not Afraid of anything. You will do Marvelous work. it is Fearlessness that brings Heaven even in a moment. Anything that makes weak - physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison. They alone live, who live for others. Arise,awake,stop not until your goal is achieved. We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far. You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself. Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes. Strength is Life, Weakness is Death.
Expansion is Life, Contraction is Death.
Love is Life, Hatred is Death. The fire that warms us can also consume us; it is not the fault of the fire. Ask nothing; want nothing in return. Give what you have to give; it will come back to you, but do not think of that now. Comfort is no test of truth. Truth is often far from being comfortable. Feel nothing, know nothing, do nothing, have nothing, give up all to God, and say utterly, 'Thy will be done.' We only dream this bondage. Wake up and let it go. Learn Everything that is Good from Others, but bring it in, and in your own way absorb it; do not become others. 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. Do one thing at a Time, and while doing it put your whole Soul into it to the exclusion of all else. Whatever you think that you will be.
if you think yourself weak,weak you will be;
if you think yourself strong,you will be All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything. 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. Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way. The whole life is a succession of dreams. My ambition is to be a conscious dreamer, that is all. 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. Beleive in yourself and the world will be at your feet Don't look back—forward, infinite energy, infinite enthusiasm, infinite daring, and infinite patience—then alone can great deeds be accomplished. The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong. Take Risks in Your Life If u Win, U Can Lead! If u Lose, U Can Guide! 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. Education is the manifestation of perfection already existing in man. Shri Ramakrishna use to say, "As Long as I Live, so long do I learn". That man or that society which has nothing to learn is already in the jaws of death. 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. Desire, ignorance, and inequality—this is the trinity of bondage. There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being. 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. The greatest truths are the simplest things in the world, simple as your own existence. All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind. A fool may buy all the books in the world, and they will be in his library; but he will be able to read only those that he deserves to. You must worship the Self in Krishna, not Krishna as Krishna. The cheerful mind perseveres and the strong mind hews its way through a thousand difficulties. The brain and muscles must develop simultaneously. Iron nerves with an intelligent brain — and the whole world is at your feet. Blessed are they whose bodies get destroyed in the service of others. The powers of the mind are like the rays of the sun when they are concentrated they illumine. 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. The very reason for nature's existence is for the education of the soul. Bless people when they revile you. Think how much good they are doing by helping to stamp out the false ego. Things do not grow better; they remain as they are. It is we who grow better, by the changes we make in ourselves. Devotion to duty is the highest form of worship of God. The earth is enjoyed by heroes”—this is the unfailing truth. Be a hero. Always say, “I have no fear. 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. So long as the millions live in hunger and ignorance, I hold every person a traitor who, having been educated at their expense, pays not the least heed to them! ARISE, AWAKE AND STOP NOT TILL THE GOAL IS REACHED This World will always continue to be a mixture of Good and Evil. Our duty is to sympathize with the weak and to Love even the wrongdoer. Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true. Liberty is the first condition of growth. It is wrong, a thousand times wrong, if any of you dares to say, 'I will work out the salvation of this woman or child. 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. He who struggles is better than he who never attempts. 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. 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. Man is to become divine by realizing the divine. Idols or temples, or churches or books, are only the supports, the help of his spiritual childhood. The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them. By doing well the duty which is nearest to us, the duty which is in our hands, we make ourselves stronger God did not give me everything that i wanted. But, He gave me everything that i needed! Why should a Man be Moral? Because this strengthens his will. This universe is the wreckage of the infinite on the shores of the finite. Anything that brings spiritual, mental, or physical weakness, touch it not with the toes of your feet. Do good because it is good to do good. Ask no more. A few heart-whole, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century. The knowing ones must have pity on the ignorant.
One who knows is willing to give up his body even for an ant,
because he knows that the body is nothing. 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. A good practice carried to an extreme and worked in accordance with the letter of the law becomes a positive evil. Be Grateful to the Man you help, think of Him as God. Is it not a great privilege to be allowed to worship God by helping our fellow men? God Gave Me Nothing I Wanted
He Gave Me Everything I Needed. Now is wanted intense Karma-Yoga with unbounded courage and indomitable strength in the heart. Then only will the people of the country be roused. If the Student thinks he is the Spirit, he will be a better Student. If the Lawyer thinks he is the Spirit, he will be a better Lawyer, and so on. The help which tends to make us spiritually strong is the highest help, next to it comes intellectual help and after that comes physical help. 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. All condemnation of others really condemns ourselves. Adjust the microcosm which is in your power to do) and the macrocosm will adjust itself for you. When an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed into an actual physical or mental state. Have Faith in Man, whether he appears to you to be a very learned one or a most ignorant one. This attachment of Love to God is indeed one that does not bind the soul but effectively breaks all its bondages. God is present in every Jiva; there is no other God besides that. Who serves Jiva serves God indeed. The more we grow in Love, Virtue and Holiness, the more we see Love, Virtue and Holiness outside. The will is not free - it is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect - but there is something behind the will which is free. 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. The Older I grow, the more everything seems to me to lie in manliness. This is my new gospel But where the ignorant are asleep, there the sage keeps awake
Never forget the glory of human nature! We are the greatest god.. Christs and Buddhas are but waves in the boundless ocean which I AM.
Religion is being and becoming. Religion is the manifestation of the Divinity already in man.
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.
The mother and the father are the causes of this body; so a man must undergo a thousand troubles in order to do good to them.
Put the good before them, see how eagerly they take it, see how the divine that never dies, that is always living in the human...
Where the whole world is awake, the sage sleeps. Of one hundred persons who take up the spiritual life, eighty turn out to be charlatans, fifteen insane, and only five, maybe, get a glimpse of the real truth. Therefore beware.