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

--Swami Vivekananda

No freedom without renunciation.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

Highest love for God can never be achieved without renunciation.

--Swami Vivekananda

Self-love is the first teacher of self-renunciation.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

Turn thy gaze inward, wherein resides the Supreme Self.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

Change is always subjective.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

Even now, when you get love, you see Radha. Become Radha and be saved. There is no other way, Christians do not understand Solomon's song. They call it prophecy symbolising Christ's love for the Church. They think it nonsense and father some story upon it.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

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

--Swami Vivekananda

Forbearance is the highest expression of freedom.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

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

--Swami Vivekananda

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

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

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

Get up, and set your shoulder to the wheel -- How long is this life for? As you have come into this world, leave some mark behind. Otherwise, where is the difference between you and the trees and stones? They too come into existence, decay and die.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

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

We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate. The wind is blowing; those vessels whose sails are unfurled catch it, and go forward on their way, but those which have their sails furled do not catch the wind. Is that the fault of the wind?....... We make our own destiny.

--Swami Vivekananda

Work unto death! I am with you, and when I am gone, my spirit will work with you. This life comes and goes; wealth, fame, enjoyments are only of a few days. It is better, far better to die on the field of duty, preaching the truth, than to die like a worldly worm. Advance!

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

Advaita is the only system that gives us complete control over ourselves, takes off all dependence and its associated superstitions, thus making us brave to suffer, brave to do, and in the long run, attain to absolute freedom.

--Swami Vivekananda

The Yogi must always practice.

--Swami Vivekananda

All power is within you; you can do anything and everything. Believe in that, do not believe that you are weak; do not believe that you are half-crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. You can do anything and everything without even the guidance of any one.

--Swami Vivekananda

If a man, day and night, thinks he is miserable, low and nothing, nothing he becomes. If you say yea, yea, I am, I am, so shall you be.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

Despondency is not religion, whatever else it may be.

--Swami Vivekananda

Differentiation is in name and form only.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

Thirst after body is the great bane of human life.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

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

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

--Swami Vivekananda

All is bound by the law of causation.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

All law has its essence in causation.

--Swami Vivekananda

A certain motion becomes understood when it is referred to a force; certain sensations, to matter; certain changes outside, to law; certain changes in thought, to mind; certain order singly, to causation -- and joined to time, to law.

--Swami Vivekananda

In the world take always the position of the giver. Give everything and look for no return. Give love, give help, give service, give any little thing you can, but keep out barter. Make no conditions and none will be imposed on you. Let us give out of our own bounty, just as God gives to us.

--Swami Vivekananda

The animal has its happiness in the senses, the human beings in their intellect, and the gods in spiritual contemplation. It is only to the soul that has attained to this contemplative state that the world really becomes beautiful.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

The cause being finite, the effect must be finite. If the cause is eternal the effect can be eternal, but all these causes, doing good work, and all other things, are only finite causes, and as such cannot produce infinite result.

--Swami Vivekananda

Man the infinite dreamer, dreaming finite dreams!

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

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

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

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

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

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

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

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

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

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

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

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

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

Have charity towards all beings. Pity those who are in distress. Love all creatures. Do not be jealous of anyone. Look not to the faults of others.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

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

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

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

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

Man is the nearest approach to Brahman.

--Swami Vivekananda

Knowledge of the Absolute depends upon no book, nor upon anything; it is absolute in itself. No amount of study will give this knowledge; is not theory, it is realization. Cleanse the dust from the mirror, purify your own mind, and in a flash you know that you are Brahman.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

Life is short, and therefore, one thing being certain, death, let us take up a great ideal, and give up the whole life to it. For what is the value of life, this vegetating little low life of man? Subordinating it to one high ideal is the only value that life has.

--Swami Vivekananda

To realize the spirit as spirit is practical religion. Everything else is good so far as it leads to this one grand idea. That realization is to be attained by renunciation, by meditation-renunciation of all the senses, cutting the knots, the chains that bind us down to matter.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

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

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

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

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

--Swami Vivekananda

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

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

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

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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