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Quote: To realize the spirit as spirit is practical religion. Everything else is good so far as it leads to this one grand idea. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: Where no bondage is, there is no cause and effect. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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




Quote: This caste system had grown by the practice of the son always following the business of the father. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: Those who die, merely suffering the woes of life like cats and dogs, are they men? by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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




Quote: When I asked God for strength, He gave me difficult situations to face. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: Art must be in touch with nature -- and wherever that touch is gone, Art degenerates -- yet it must be above nature. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: The householder must always please his wife with money, clothes, love and faith and never do anything to disturb her. That man who has succeeded in getting the love of a chaste wife has succeeded in his religion and has all the virtues. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

The householder must always please his wife with money, clothes, love and faith and never do anything to disturb her. That man who has succeeded in getting the love of a chaste wife has succeeded in his religion and has all the virtues.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: The day, man will find that he never really dies; that his Soul persists beyond death; he will have no more fear of death. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: Jesus Christ was willing to admit every good man to the family of God. It is not the man who believes a certain something, but the man who does the will of the Father in heaven, who is right. On this basis-being right and doing right-the whole world can unite. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Jesus Christ was willing to admit every good man to the family of God. It is not the man who believes a certain something, but the man who does the will of the Father in heaven, who is right. On this basis-being right and doing right-the whole world can unite.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.






Quote: Paris is the fountain-head of European civilisation, as Gomukhi is of the Ganga. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: It is the patient building of character, the intense struggle to realize the truth, which alone will tell in the future of humanity. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: Everything is ended if you forgive and forget. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Everything is ended if you forgive and forget.


Quote: When death is so certain, it is better to die for a good cause. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: Gita and Ganga constitute the essence of Hinduism; one its theory and the other its practice. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.




Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: God is to be worshiped as the one Beloved, dearer than everything in this and the next life. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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




Quote: Seek no praise, no reward, for anything you do. No sooner do we perform a good action than we begin to desire credit for it. No sooner do we give money to some charity than we want to see our names blazoned in the papers. Misery must come as the result of such desires. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of Swami Vivekananda quote; white text on black background

Seek no praise, no reward, for anything you do. No sooner do we perform a good action than we begin to desire credit for it. No sooner do we give money to some charity than we want to see our names blazoned in the papers. Misery must come as the result of such desires.


Quote: Good works are continually being undone by the tons of hatred and anger which are being poured out on the world. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: Praise and blame, good and bad, even heat and cold, must be equally acceptable to us. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.




Quote: Have faith in yourself, all power is in you, be conscious and bring it out. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: Let me draw your attention to one thing which unfortunately we always forget: that is -- O man, have faith in yourself. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: Be a hero. Always say, 'I have no fear.' Tell this to everyone -- 'Have no fear.' by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: This craving for health, wealth, long life, and the like -- the so -- called good -- is nothing but an illusion. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: An allopath comes and treats cholera patients and gives them his medicines. The Homeopath comes and gives his medicines and cures perhaps more than the allopath does because the Homoeopath does not disturb the patients but allows the nature to deal with them. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

An allopath comes and treats cholera patients and gives them his medicines. The Homeopath comes and gives his medicines and cures perhaps more than the allopath does because the Homoeopath does not disturb the patients but allows the nature to deal with them.


Quote: One thing I must tell you. Idolatry in India does not mean anything horrible. It is not the mother of harlots. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: The secret of image-worship is that you are trying to develop your vision of Divinity in one thing. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: Some may be helped by images, some may not. Some require an image outside, others one inside the brain. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: Many of us do not believe in any form of idolatry; but they have no right to object when others do it. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: No authority can save us, no beliefs. If there is a God, all can find Him. No one needs to be told it is warm; all can discover it for themselves. So it should be with God. He should be a fact in the consciousness of every person. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

No authority can save us, no beliefs. If there is a God, all can find Him. No one needs to be told it is warm; all can discover it for themselves. So it should be with God. He should be a fact in the consciousness of every person.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: This, I have seen in life -- those who are overcautious about themselves fall into dangers at every step. Those who are afraid of losing honor and respect, get only disgrace; and those who are always afraid of loss, always lose. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

This, I have seen in life -- those who are overcautious about themselves fall into dangers at every step. Those who are afraid of losing honor and respect, get only disgrace; and those who are always afraid of loss, always lose.


Quote: I hate this world, this dream, this horrible nightmare, with its churches and chicaneries, its books and blackguardisms, its fair faces and false hearts, its howling righteousness on the surface and utter hollowness beneath and, above all, its sanctified shopkeeping! by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of Swami Vivekananda quote; white text on black background

I hate this world, this dream, this horrible nightmare, with its churches and chicaneries, its books and blackguardisms, its fair faces and false hearts, its howling righteousness on the surface and utter hollowness beneath and, above all, its sanctified shopkeeping!


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.




Quote: Marriage is not for individual happiness, but for the welfare of the nation and the caste. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: Christ, being man, had to see impurity and denounced it; but God, infinitely higher, does not see iniquity and cannot be angry. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: The history of the world is the history of a few men who had faith in themselves. That faith calls out the divinity within. You can do anything. You fail only when you do not strive sufficiently to manifest infinite power. As soon as a man or a nation loses faith, death comes. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of Swami Vivekananda quote; white text on black background

The history of the world is the history of a few men who had faith in themselves. That faith calls out the divinity within. You can do anything. You fail only when you do not strive sufficiently to manifest infinite power. As soon as a man or a nation loses faith, death comes.


Quote: Infinite power of the spirit, brought to bear upon matter evolves material development, made to act upon thought evolves intellectuality, and made to act upon itself makes of man a God. First, let us be Gods, and then help other to be GOds. Be and Make. Let this be our motto. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of Swami Vivekananda quote; white text on black background

Infinite power of the spirit, brought to bear upon matter evolves material development, made to act upon thought evolves intellectuality, and made to act upon itself makes of man a God. First, let us be Gods, and then help other to be GOds. Be and Make. Let this be our motto.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: My brother, do men grieve over the fight of cats and dogs? So the jealousy, envy, and elbowing of common men should make no impression on your mind. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

My brother, do men grieve over the fight of cats and dogs? So the jealousy, envy, and elbowing of common men should make no impression on your mind.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: The essential thing in religion is making the heart pure; the Kingdom of Heaven is within us, but only the pure in heart can see the King. While we think of the world, it is only the world for us; but let us come to it with the feeling that the world is God, and we shall have God. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of Swami Vivekananda quote: The essential thing in religion is making the heart pure; the Kingdom of Heaven is within us, but only the pure in heart can see the King. While we think of the world, it is only the world for us; but let us come to it with the feeling that the world is God, and we shall have God.- black text on quotes background

The essential thing in religion is making the heart pure; the Kingdom of Heaven is within us, but only the pure in heart can see the King. While we think of the world, it is only the world for us; but let us come to it with the feeling that the world is God, and we shall have God.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.




Quote: In a difficulty in the company of the central and the instigator, be successful your central. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: When you talk and think of the Absolute, you have to do it in the relative; so all these logical arguments apply. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: They only live, who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: 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! by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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!


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: The law of Karma is the law of causation. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

The law of Karma is the law of causation.


Quote: Losing faith in one's self means losing faith in God. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: Where God is, there is no other. Where world is, there is no God. These two will never unite. Like light and darkness. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: All objective pleasure in the long run must bring pain, because of the fact of change or death. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: Expansion is life, contraction is death. Love is life, hatred is death. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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




Quote: All misery and pain come from attachment. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

All misery and pain come from attachment.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.








Quote: Each man has a mission in life, which is the result of all his infinite past Karma. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: Those giants of old, the ancient Rishis, who never walked but strode, of whom if you were to think but for a moment you would shrivel up into a moth, they sir, had time-and you have no time! by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Those giants of old, the ancient Rishis, who never walked but strode, of whom if you were to think but for a moment you would shrivel up into a moth, they sir, had time-and you have no time!


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: The God which cannot give me food in this world, cannot give me Heaven in the other world. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: Marriage is the truest goal for ninety-nine per cent of the human race, and they will live the happiest life as soon as they have learnt and are ready to abide by the eternal lesson -- that we are bound to bear and forbear and that life to every one must be a compromise. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of Swami Vivekananda quote; white text on black background

Marriage is the truest goal for ninety-nine per cent of the human race, and they will live the happiest life as soon as they have learnt and are ready to abide by the eternal lesson -- that we are bound to bear and forbear and that life to every one must be a compromise.




Quote: Be proud that thou art an Indian, and proudly proclaim, I am an Indian, every Indian is my brother. Say, The ignorant Indian, the poor and destitute Indian, the Brahmin Indian, the Pariah Indian, is my brother. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Be proud that thou art an Indian, and proudly proclaim, I am an Indian, every Indian is my brother. Say, The ignorant Indian, the poor and destitute Indian, the Brahmin Indian, the Pariah Indian, is my brother.


Quote: The Pariahs, our fellow beings, ought to be educated by the higher castes. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: Was there ever a sillier thing before in the world than what I saw in Malabar country? The poor Pariah is not allowed to pass through the same street as the high-caste man, but if he changes his name to a hodge-podge English name, it is all right; or to a Mohammedan name, it is all right. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of Swami Vivekananda quote: Was there ever a sillier thing before in the world than what I saw in Malabar country? The poor Pariah is not allowed to pass through the same street as the high-caste man, but if he changes his name to a hodge-podge English name, it is all right; or to a Mohammedan name, it is all right.- black text on quotes background

Was there ever a sillier thing before in the world than what I saw in Malabar country? The poor Pariah is not allowed to pass through the same street as the high-caste man, but if he changes his name to a hodge-podge English name, it is all right; or to a Mohammedan name, it is all right.


Quote: 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). by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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).


Quote: A good practice carried to an extreme and worked in accordance with the letter of the law becomes a positive evil. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: He in whose mind is no anger, hatred, or envy, who never loses his balance, dies, or is born, who is he but God? by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvelous work. The moment you fear, you are nobody. Be a hero. Always say, 'I have no fear'. Tell this to everybody-'Have no fear'. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvelous work. The moment you fear, you are nobody. Be a hero. Always say, 'I have no fear'. Tell this to everybody-'Have no fear'.




Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: Do one thing at a Time, and while doing it put your whole Soul into it to the exclusion of all else. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: The mind is but the subtle part of the body. You must retain great strength in your mind and words. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: The guide, the guru, the leader, the teacher, has passed away; the boy, the student, the servant, is left behind. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: My son, there is no rest for me. That which Sri Ramakrishna called Kali took possession of my body and soul three or four days before his passing away. That makes me work and work and never lets me keep still or look to my personal comfort. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

My son, there is no rest for me. That which Sri Ramakrishna called Kali took possession of my body and soul three or four days before his passing away. That makes me work and work and never lets me keep still or look to my personal comfort.




Quote: Some would call you a saint, some a chandala; some a lunatic, others a demon. Go on then straight to thy work without heeding either -- thus saith one of our great Sannyasins, an old emperor of India, King Bhartrihari, who joined the order in old times. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Some would call you a saint, some a chandala; some a lunatic, others a demon. Go on then straight to thy work without heeding either -- thus saith one of our great Sannyasins, an old emperor of India, King Bhartrihari, who joined the order in old times.


Quote: We must travel; we must go to foreign parts. We must see how the engine of society works in other countries, and keep free and open communication with what is going on in the minds of other nations, if we really want to be a nation again. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

We must travel; we must go to foreign parts. We must see how the engine of society works in other countries, and keep free and open communication with what is going on in the minds of other nations, if we really want to be a nation again.




Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: The powers of the mind should be concentrated and the mind turned back upon itself; as the darkest places reveal their secrets before the penetrating rays of the sun, so will the concentrated mind penetrate its own innermost secrets. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

The powers of the mind should be concentrated and the mind turned back upon itself; as the darkest places reveal their secrets before the penetrating rays of the sun, so will the concentrated mind penetrate its own innermost secrets.




Quote: The powers of the mind are like the rays of the sun when they are concentrated they illumine. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: Forget not that thy marriage, thy wealth, thy life are not for sense-pleasure, are not for thy individual personal happiness. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: There will never be a perfectly good or bad world, because the very idea is a contradiction in terms. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: All motion, either in the body or anywhere else, is the work of this Prana. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: Prana is the driving power of the world, and can be seen in every manifestation of life. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: Have faith in yourselves, be proud of your ancestors, instead of being ashamed of them. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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




Quote: Stand as a rock; you are indestructible. You are the Self, the God of the universe. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Stand as a rock; you are indestructible. You are the Self, the God of the universe.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: Meditation, you know, comes by a process imagination. You go through all these processes purification of the elements -- making the one melt the other, that into the next higher, that into mind, that into spirit, and then you are spirit. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Meditation, you know, comes by a process imagination. You go through all these processes purification of the elements -- making the one melt the other, that into the next higher, that into mind, that into spirit, and then you are spirit.


Quote: Eka-Nishtha or devotion to one ideal is absolutely necessary for the beginner in the practice of religious devotion. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: We may worship a picture as God, but not God as the picture. God in the picture is right, but the picture as God is wrong. God in the image is perfectly right. There is no danger there. This is the real worship of God. But the image-God is a mere Pratika. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

We may worship a picture as God, but not God as the picture. God in the picture is right, but the picture as God is wrong. God in the image is perfectly right. There is no danger there. This is the real worship of God. But the image-God is a mere Pratika.


Quote: Impurity is a mere superimposition under which your real nature has become hidden. But the real you is already perfect, already strong. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: The greatest force is derived from the power of thought. The finer the element, the more powerful it is. The silent power of thought influences people even at a distance, because mind is one as well as many. The universe is a cobweb; minds are spiders. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

The greatest force is derived from the power of thought. The finer the element, the more powerful it is. The silent power of thought influences people even at a distance, because mind is one as well as many. The universe is a cobweb; minds are spiders.


Quote: Feel, my children, feel; feel for the poor, the ignorant, the downtrodden; feel till the heart stops and the brain reels and you think you will go mad; then pour the soul out at the feet of the Lord, and then will come power, help and indomitable energy. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Feel, my children, feel; feel for the poor, the ignorant, the downtrodden; feel till the heart stops and the brain reels and you think you will go mad; then pour the soul out at the feet of the Lord, and then will come power, help and indomitable energy.


Quote: Service to man is service to god. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Service to man is service to god.


Quote: God is present in every Jiva; there is no other God besides that. Who serves Jiva serves God indeed. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: The happiest is the man who is not at all selfish. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: I am the thread that runs through all these pearls, and each pearl is a religion or even a sect thereof. Such are the different pearls, and God is the thread that runs through all of them; most people, however, are entirely unconscious of it. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

I am the thread that runs through all these pearls, and each pearl is a religion or even a sect thereof. Such are the different pearls, and God is the thread that runs through all of them; most people, however, are entirely unconscious of it.


Quote: Materialism prevails in Europe today. You may pray for the salvation of the modern sceptics, but they do not yield, they want reason. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: The progress of the world through all its evils making it fit for the ideals, slowly but surely. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: The sign of life is strength and growth. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

The sign of life is strength and growth.


Quote: Motion is the sign of life. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Motion is the sign of life.


Quote: Do not believe a thing because you have read about it in a book. Do not believe a thing because another man has said it was true. Do not believe in words because they are hallowed by tradition. Find out the truth for yourself. Reason it out. That is realization. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Do not believe a thing because you have read about it in a book. Do not believe a thing because another man has said it was true. Do not believe in words because they are hallowed by tradition. Find out the truth for yourself. Reason it out. That is realization.


Quote: The Buddhists or the Jains do not depend upon God; but the whole force of their religion is directed to the great central truth in every religion, to evolve a God out of man. They have not seen the Father, but they have seen the Son. And he that hath seen the Son hath seen the Father also. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of Swami Vivekananda quote: The Buddhists or the Jains do not depend upon God; but the whole force of their religion is directed to the great central truth in every religion, to evolve a God out of man. They have not seen the Father, but they have seen the Son. And he that hath seen the Son hath seen the Father also.- black text on quotes background

The Buddhists or the Jains do not depend upon God; but the whole force of their religion is directed to the great central truth in every religion, to evolve a God out of man. They have not seen the Father, but they have seen the Son. And he that hath seen the Son hath seen the Father also.


Quote: If I ask you to plunge into the Ganga or to jump from the roof of a house, meaning it all for your good, could you do even that without any hesitations Just think of it even now; otherwise don't rush forward on the spur of the moment to accept me as your Guru. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

If I ask you to plunge into the Ganga or to jump from the roof of a house, meaning it all for your good, could you do even that without any hesitations Just think of it even now; otherwise don't rush forward on the spur of the moment to accept me as your Guru.


Quote: Space-time-causation, or name-and-form, is what is called Maya. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: Everything that we know is within our universe, and everything within our universe is moulded by the conditions of space, time, and causation. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: Even the lowest of the Hindus, the Pariah, has less of the brute in him than a Briton in a similar social status. This is the result of an old and excellent religious civilization. This evolution to a higher spiritual state is possible only through discipline and education. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of Swami Vivekananda quote; white text on black background

Even the lowest of the Hindus, the Pariah, has less of the brute in him than a Briton in a similar social status. This is the result of an old and excellent religious civilization. This evolution to a higher spiritual state is possible only through discipline and education.


Quote: In this world we find that all happiness is followed by misery as its shadow. Life has its shadow, death. They must go together, because they are not contradictory, not two separate existences, but different manifestations of the same unit, life and death, sorrow and happiness, good and evil. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of Swami Vivekananda quote: In this world we find that all happiness is followed by misery as its shadow. Life has its shadow, death. They must go together, because they are not contradictory, not two separate existences, but different manifestations of the same unit, life and death, sorrow and happiness, good and evil.- black text on quotes background

In this world we find that all happiness is followed by misery as its shadow. Life has its shadow, death. They must go together, because they are not contradictory, not two separate existences, but different manifestations of the same unit, life and death, sorrow and happiness, good and evil.


Quote: Happiness presents itself to man, wearing the crown of sorrow on its head. He who welcomes it must also welcome sorrow. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: The world is a demon. It is a kingdom of which the puny ego is king. Put it away and stand firm. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: Consciously or unconsciously, we are all striving for perfection. Every being must attain to it. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: In spirituality the Americans are very inferior to us. But their society is very superior to ours. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: We are for ever trying to make our weakness look like strength, our sentiment like love, our cowardice like courage, and so on. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: 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? by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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?




Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.




Quote: In the English character, the give and take policy, the business principle of the trader, is principally inherent. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: Take off the veil of hypnotism which you have cast upon the world, send not out thoughts and words of weakness unto humanity. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: Even luxuries are arranged according to ideas and ideals, to make them reflect as much of thought-life as possible -- and this is Art. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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




Quote: My countrymen should have nerves of steel, muscles of iron, and minds like thunderbolt. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: 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! by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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!


Quote: My son, hold fast! Do not care for anybody to help you. Is not the Lord infinitely greater than all human help? Be holy -- trust in the Lord, depend on him always, and you are on the right track. Nothing can prevail against you. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

My son, hold fast! Do not care for anybody to help you. Is not the Lord infinitely greater than all human help? Be holy -- trust in the Lord, depend on him always, and you are on the right track. Nothing can prevail against you.




Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: The Buddhist tenet, Non-killing is supreme virtue, is very good, but in trying to enforce it upon all by legislation without paying any heed to the capacities of the people at large, Buddhism has brought ruin upon India. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

The Buddhist tenet, Non-killing is supreme virtue, is very good, but in trying to enforce it upon all by legislation without paying any heed to the capacities of the people at large, Buddhism has brought ruin upon India.


Quote: So long as we perceive this world in motion, we have to conceive will behind it. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: The vapour becomes snow, then water, then Ganga; but when it is vapour, there is no Ganga, and when it is water, we think of no vapour in it. The idea of creation or change is inseparably connected with will. So long as we perceive this world in motion, we have to conceive will behind it. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of Swami Vivekananda quote: The vapour becomes snow, then water, then Ganga; but when it is vapour, there is no Ganga, and when it is water, we think of no vapour in it. The idea of creation or change is inseparably connected with will. So long as we perceive this world in motion, we have to conceive will behind it.- black text on quotes background

The vapour becomes snow, then water, then Ganga; but when it is vapour, there is no Ganga, and when it is water, we think of no vapour in it. The idea of creation or change is inseparably connected with will. So long as we perceive this world in motion, we have to conceive will behind it.




Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: We have lost faith in ourselves. Therefore to preach the Advaita aspect of the Vedanta is necessary to rouse up the hearts of men, to show them the glory of their souls. It is therefore that I preach this Advaita, and I do so not as a sectarian, but upon universal and widely acceptable grounds. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of Swami Vivekananda quote: We have lost faith in ourselves. Therefore to preach the Advaita aspect of the Vedanta is necessary to rouse up the hearts of men, to show them the glory of their souls. It is therefore that I preach this Advaita, and I do so not as a sectarian, but upon universal and widely acceptable grounds.- black text on quotes background

We have lost faith in ourselves. Therefore to preach the Advaita aspect of the Vedanta is necessary to rouse up the hearts of men, to show them the glory of their souls. It is therefore that I preach this Advaita, and I do so not as a sectarian, but upon universal and widely acceptable grounds.


Quote: The Vedanta teaches men to have faith in themselves first. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

The Vedanta teaches men to have faith in themselves first.


Quote: Anything that brings spiritual, mental, or physical weakness, touch it not with the toes of your feet. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: To succeed, you must have tremendous perserverance... tremendous will. I will drink the ocean, says the perservering soul; at my will mountains will crumble. Have that sort of energy, that sort of will; work hard, and you will reach the goal. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

To succeed, you must have tremendous perserverance... tremendous will. I will drink the ocean, says the perservering soul; at my will mountains will crumble. Have that sort of energy, that sort of will; work hard, and you will reach the goal.


Quote: Not believing in the glory of our own soul is what the Vedanta calls atheism. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: Comfort is no test of truth; on the contrary, truth is often far from being comfortable. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: The first sign of your becoming religious is that you are becoming cheerful. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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


Quote: The one theme of the Vedanta philosophy is the search after unity. The Hindu mind does not care for the particular; it is always after the general, nay, the universal. what is it that by knowing which everything else is to be known. That is the one search. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

The one theme of the Vedanta philosophy is the search after unity. The Hindu mind does not care for the particular; it is always after the general, nay, the universal. what is it that by knowing which everything else is to be known. That is the one search.


Quote: From the high spiritual flights of the Vedanta philosophy, of which the latest discoveries of science seem like echoes, to the low ideas of idolatry with its multifarious mythology, the agnosticism of the Buddhists and the atheism of the Jains, each and all have a place in the Hinduism religion. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of Swami Vivekananda quote: From the high spiritual flights of the Vedanta philosophy, of which the latest discoveries of science seem like echoes, to the low ideas of idolatry with its multifarious mythology, the agnosticism of the Buddhists and the atheism of the Jains, each and all have a place in the Hinduism religion.- black text on quotes background

From the high spiritual flights of the Vedanta philosophy, of which the latest discoveries of science seem like echoes, to the low ideas of idolatry with its multifarious mythology, the agnosticism of the Buddhists and the atheism of the Jains, each and all have a place in the Hinduism religion.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Swami Vivekananda overlaid on photo of photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.


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