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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.

quote by Swami Vivekananda: It is the cheerful mind persevering. It is the strong mind that hews its way through a thousand difficulties. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: It is the cheerful mind persevering. It is the strong mind that hews its way through a thousand diff...

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Be grateful that the poor man is there, so that by making a gift to him you are able to help yourself. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Be grateful that the poor man is there, so that by making a gift to him you are able to help yoursel...

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: The Guru is the means of realisation. There is no knowledge without a teacher. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: The Guru is the means of realisation. There is no knowledge without a teacher....

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: The guru is the means of realization. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: The guru is the means of realization....

The guru is the means of realization.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: The guru must be a man who has known, has actually realized the Divine truth, has perceived himself as the spirit. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: The guru must be a man who has known, has actually realized the Divine truth, has perceived himself ...

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: The Guru is the conveyance in which the spiritual influence is brought to you. Anyone can teach, but the spirit must be passed on by the Gu… with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: The Guru is the conveyance in which the spiritual influence is brought to you. Anyone can teach, but...

The Guru is the conveyance in which the spiritual influence is brought to you. Anyone can teach, but the spirit must be passed on by the Guru to the Shishya (disciple), and that will fructify.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life -- think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part o… with background image:

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life -- think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: The development of man is a return to an original perfection. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: The development of man is a return to an original perfection....

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Where you find the attraction for lust and wealth considerably diminished, to whatever creed he may belong, know that his inner spirit is a… with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Where you find the attraction for lust and wealth considerably diminished, to whatever creed he may ...

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
quote by Swami Vivekananda: A tremendous stream is flowing toward the ocean, carrying us all along with it; and though like straws and scraps of paper we may at times … with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: A tremendous stream is flowing toward the ocean, carrying us all along with it; and though like stra...

A tremendous stream is flowing toward the ocean, carrying us all along with it; and though like straws and scraps of paper we may at times float aimlessly about, in the long run we are sure to join the ocean of life and bliss.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Blame neither man, nor God, nor anyone in the world. When you find yourselves suffering, blame yourselves, and try to do better. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Blame neither man, nor God, nor anyone in the world. When you find yourselves suffering, blame yours...

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Let us blame none, let us blame our own Karma. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Let us blame none, let us blame our own Karma....

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: It is cheerful mind that is persevering. It is the strong mind that hews its way through a thousand difficulties. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: It is cheerful mind that is persevering. It is the strong mind that hews its way through a thousand ...

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

--Swami Vivekananda

quote by Swami Vivekananda: Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. … Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. … Character has to be established t...

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life-think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of y… with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life-think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the ...

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life-think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: You cannot believe in god until you believe in yourself. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: You cannot believe in god until you believe in yourself....

You cannot believe in god until you believe in yourself.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Never say, 'No,' never say 'I cannot,' for you are infinite, even time and space are nothing compared with your nature. You can do anything… with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Never say, 'No,' never say 'I cannot,' for you are infinite, even time and space are nothing compare...

Never say, 'No,' never say 'I cannot,' for you are infinite, even time and space are nothing compared with your nature. You can do anything and everything, you are almighty.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Have faith in yourselves, great convictions are the mothers of great deeds. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Have faith in yourselves, great convictions are the mothers of great deeds....

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Whatever you think, that you will be. If you think yourselves weak, weak you will be; if you think y...

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
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of y… with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the ...

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Be an atheist if you want, but do not believe in anything unquestioningly. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Be an atheist if you want, but do not believe in anything unquestioningly....

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Only by practice and non-attachment can we conquer mind. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Only by practice and non-attachment can we conquer mind....

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Man has wanted to look beyond, wanted to expand himself; and all that we call progress, evolution, has been always measured by that one sea… with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Man has wanted to look beyond, wanted to expand himself; and all that we call progress, evolution, h...

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
quote by Swami Vivekananda: The present is determined by our past actions, and the future by the present. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: The present is determined by our past actions, and the future by the present....

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: The man who becomes angry never does a great amount of work, and the man whom nothing can make angry accomplishes so much. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: The man who becomes angry never does a great amount of work, and the man whom nothing can make angry...

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
quote by Swami Vivekananda: It is the calm, forgiving, equable, well-balanced mind that does the greatest amount of work. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: It is the calm, forgiving, equable, well-balanced mind that does the greatest amount of work....

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

--Swami Vivekananda

quote by Swami Vivekananda: We have wept enough. No more weeping, but stand on feet and be men. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: We have wept enough. No more weeping, but stand on feet and be men....

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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, … with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Bear in mind, my children, that only cowards and those who are weak commit sin and tell lies. The br...

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
quote by Swami Vivekananda: The Land where humanity has attained its highest towards gentleness, towards generosity, towards purity, towards calmness -- it is India. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: The Land where humanity has attained its highest towards gentleness, towards generosity, towards pur...

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: We are bound to earth by desire and also to God, heaven, and the angels. A slave is a slave whether ...

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
quote by Swami Vivekananda: We must become free. We are free; the work is to know it. We must give up all slavery, all bondage of whatever kind. We must not only give … with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: We must become free. We are free; the work is to know it. We must give up all slavery, all bondage o...

We must become free. We are free; the work is to know it. We must give up all slavery, all bondage of whatever kind. We must not only give up our bondage to earth and everything and everybody on earth, but also to all ideas of heaven and happiness.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: This attachment of Love to God is indeed one that does not bind the soul but effectively breaks all its bondages. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: This attachment of Love to God is indeed one that does not bind the soul but effectively breaks all ...

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Cut the bondage of all worldly affections; go beyond laziness and all care as to what becomes of you. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Cut the bondage of all worldly affections; go beyond laziness and all care as to what becomes of you...

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

--Swami Vivekananda

quote by Swami Vivekananda: As long as we require someone else to make us happy, we are slaves. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: As long as we require someone else to make us happy, we are slaves....

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: The effect is delusion, and therefore the cause must be delusion. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: The effect is delusion, and therefore the cause must be delusion....

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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… with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: This is the first lesson to learn: be determined not to curse anything outside, not to lay the blame...

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
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Life without death and happiness without misery are contradiction and neither can be found alone, because each of them is a different manif… with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Life without death and happiness without misery are contradiction and neither can be found alone, be...

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
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Please everyone without becoming a hypocrite or a coward. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Please everyone without becoming a hypocrite or a coward....

Please everyone without becoming a hypocrite or a coward.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Let us worship the spirit in spirit, standing on spirit. Let the foundation be spirit, the middle spirit, the culmination spirit. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Let us worship the spirit in spirit, standing on spirit. Let the foundation be spirit, the middle sp...

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: The Absolute cannot be divided. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: The Absolute cannot be divided....

The Absolute cannot be divided.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Each soul is potentially divine. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Each soul is potentially divine....

Each soul is potentially divine.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: A few heart-whole, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: A few heart-whole, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a centur...

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: I direct my attention to the individual, to make him strong, to teach him that he himself is divine, and I call upon men to make themselves… with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: I direct my attention to the individual, to make him strong, to teach him that he himself is divine,...

I direct my attention to the individual, to make him strong, to teach him that he himself is divine, and I call upon men to make themselves conscious of this divinity within. That is really the ideal -- conscious or unconscious -- of every religion.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Religion is being and becoming. Religion is the manifestation of the Divinity already in man. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Religion is being and becoming. Religion is the manifestation of the Divinity already in man....

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: It is the duty of all to support and side with Dharma. All must fight and support Dharma regardless of their personality, background, statu… with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: It is the duty of all to support and side with Dharma. All must fight and support Dharma regardless ...

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
quote by Swami Vivekananda: It is only by doing good to others that one attains to one's own good. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: It is only by doing good to others that one attains to one's own good....

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Doing good to others is the number one great Universal Religion. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Doing good to others is the number one great Universal Religion....

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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 … with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: This intelligence itself is modified into what we call egoism, and this intelligence is the cause of...

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
quote by Swami Vivekananda: May blessings and happiness attend every step of your progress in this world. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: May blessings and happiness attend every step of your progress in this world....

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: The main feature should be the teaching of principles through stories. Don't make it metaphysical at all. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: The main feature should be the teaching of principles through stories. Don't make it metaphysical at...

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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… with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Friends or foes, they are all instruments in Her hands to help us work out our own karma, through pl...

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
quote by Swami Vivekananda: In the world take always the position of the giver. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: In the world take always the position of the giver....

In the world take always the position of the giver.

--Swami Vivekananda


quote by Swami Vivekananda: How often does a man ruin his disciples by remaining always with them! When men are once trained, it is essential that their leader leave t… with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: How often does a man ruin his disciples by remaining always with them! When men are once trained, it...

How often does a man ruin his disciples by remaining always with them! When men are once trained, it is essential that their leader leave them, for without his absence they cannot develop themselves. Plants always remain small under a big tree.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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.… with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Have faith in Guru, in his teachings, and in the surety that you can get free. Think day and night t...

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
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Strength, strength for us. What we need is strength, who will give us strength? There are thousands to weaken us, and of stories we have ha… with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Strength, strength for us. What we need is strength, who will give us strength? There are thousands ...

Strength, strength for us. What we need is strength, who will give us strength? There are thousands to weaken us, and of stories we have had enough.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Why is it that we three hundred and thirty millions of people have been ruled for the last one thousand years by any and every handful of f… with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Why is it that we three hundred and thirty millions of people have been ruled for the last one thous...

Why is it that we three hundred and thirty millions of people have been ruled for the last one thousand years by any and every handful of foreigners who chose to walk over our prostrate bodies? Because they had faith in themselves and we had not.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Love conquers in the long run. It won't do to become impatient -- wait, wait -- patience is bound to give success. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Love conquers in the long run. It won't do to become impatient -- wait, wait -- patience is bound to...

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: The body is mortal and the mind is mortal; both, being compounds, must die. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: The body is mortal and the mind is mortal; both, being compounds, must die....

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Body is the name of a stream of matter continuously changing. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Body is the name of a stream of matter continuously changing....

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: The ignorant man never enjoys. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: The ignorant man never enjoys....

The ignorant man never enjoys.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Work and worship are necessary to take away the veil, to lift off the bondage and illusion. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Work and worship are necessary to take away the veil, to lift off the bondage and illusion....

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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, slo… with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: To get any reason out of the mass of incongruity we call human life, we have to transcend our reason...

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
quote by Swami Vivekananda: I am inclined to believe that one who is a coward will be born after death as an insect or a worm, that there is no salvation for a coward … with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: I am inclined to believe that one who is a coward will be born after death as an insect or a worm, t...

I am inclined to believe that one who is a coward will be born after death as an insect or a worm, that there is no salvation for a coward even after millions of years of penance.

--Swami Vivekananda

quote by Swami Vivekananda: In everything, there are two kinds of development-analytical and synthetical. In the former the Hindus excel other nations. In the latter t… with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: In everything, there are two kinds of development-analytical and synthetical. In the former the Hind...

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
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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 ma… with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: God is cruel and not cruel. He is all being and not being at the same time. Hence He is all contradi...

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
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Give me few men and women who are pure and selfless and I shall shake the world. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Give me few men and women who are pure and selfless and I shall shake the world....

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Christ's public life extended only over eighteen months, and for this he had silently been preparing himself for thirty -- two years. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Christ's public life extended only over eighteen months, and for this he had silently been preparing...

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Neither idealists nor materialists are right; we must take both idea and expression. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Neither idealists nor materialists are right; we must take both idea and expression....

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Two attempts have been made in the world to found social life: the one was upon religion, and the other was upon social necessity. The one … with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Two attempts have been made in the world to found social life: the one was upon religion, and the ot...

Two attempts have been made in the world to found social life: the one was upon religion, and the other was upon social necessity. The one was founded upon spirituality, the other upon materialism; the one upon transcendentalism, the other upon realism.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: The Hindus have to learn a little bit of materialism from the West and teach them a little bit of spirituality. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: The Hindus have to learn a little bit of materialism from the West and teach them a little bit of sp...

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: We must get out of materialism. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: We must get out of materialism....

We must get out of materialism.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Avoid excessive merriment. A mind in that state never becomes calm; it becomes fickle. Excessive merriment will always be followed by sorro… with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Avoid excessive merriment. A mind in that state never becomes calm; it becomes fickle. Excessive mer...

Avoid excessive merriment. A mind in that state never becomes calm; it becomes fickle. Excessive merriment will always be followed by sorrow. Tears and laughter are near kin. People so often run from one extreme to the other.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: If Jesus Christ was not perfect, then the religion bearing his name falls to the ground. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: If Jesus Christ was not perfect, then the religion bearing his name falls to the ground....

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: This misery that I am suffering is of my own doing, and that very thing proves that it will have to ...

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
quote by Swami Vivekananda: There is one thing to be remembered: that the assertion 'I am God' cannot be made with regard to the sense-world. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: There is one thing to be remembered: that the assertion 'I am God' cannot be made with regard to the...

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: The Indian mythology has a theory of cycles, that all progression is in the form of waves. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: The Indian mythology has a theory of cycles, that all progression is in the form of waves....

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Children of those ancient Aryans, through the grace of the Lord may you have the same pride, may that faith in your ancestors come into you… with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Children of those ancient Aryans, through the grace of the Lord may you have the same pride, may tha...

Children of those ancient Aryans, through the grace of the Lord may you have the same pride, may that faith in your ancestors come into your blood, may it become a part and parcel of your lives, may it work towards the salvation of the world!

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Don't you find that in a weak physique it is difficult to control the sex-appetite or anger? with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Don't you find that in a weak physique it is difficult to control the sex-appetite or anger?...

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: None of us have yet seen an ideally perfect man, and yet without that ideal we cannot progress. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: None of us have yet seen an ideally perfect man, and yet without that ideal we cannot progress....

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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 pro… with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Take any path you like; follow any prophet you like; but have only that method which suits your own ...

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
quote by Swami Vivekananda: That is good. It is a law of nature. That is the way with all founders of religion. Without persecution superior ideas cannot penetrate int… with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: That is good. It is a law of nature. That is the way with all founders of religion. Without persecut...

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
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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 … with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Not only we can, but some have reached perfection; so no matter what finer bodies come, they could o...

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

quote by Swami Vivekananda: All progression is in the relative world. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: All progression is in the relative world....

All progression is in the relative world.

--Swami Vivekananda

quote by Swami Vivekananda: A man could be in a throne and have no attachment at all; another one could be in rags and have many attachments. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: A man could be in a throne and have no attachment at all; another one could be in rags and have many...

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
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind...what we sow is what we reap. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Every action generates a force of energy that returns to us in like kind...what we sow is what we re...

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: The test of progress is the amount of renunciation that one has attained. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: The test of progress is the amount of renunciation that one has attained....

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Many a time comes when we want to interpret our weakness and cowardice as forgiveness and renunciation. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Many a time comes when we want to interpret our weakness and cowardice as forgiveness and renunciati...

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

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Renunciation means that none can serve both God and Mammon. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Renunciation means that none can serve both God and Mammon....

Renunciation means that none can serve both God and Mammon.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Renunciation is the very basis upon which ethics stands. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Renunciation is the very basis upon which ethics stands....

Renunciation is the very basis upon which ethics stands.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Everything is fraught with fear: Renunciation alone is fearless. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Everything is fraught with fear: Renunciation alone is fearless....

Everything is fraught with fear: Renunciation alone is fearless.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Renunciation is in our blood. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote: Renunciation is in our blood....

Renunciation is in our blood.

--Swami Vivekananda

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