Say to your own minds, I am He, I am He. Let it ring day and night in your minds like a song, and at the point of death declare : I am He. That is truth; the infinite strength of the world is yours.
We must plunge heart and soul and body into the work. And until we are ready to sacrifice everything else to one Idea and to one alone, we never, never will see the Light.
The test of having ceased to be an idolater is: When you say 'I', does the body come into your thought or not? If it does, then you are still a worshipper of idols.
Thank God for giving you this world as a moral gymnasium to help your development, but never imagine you can help the world.
The law of attraction which holds good for the heavenly bodies also holds good for the smallest particles.
A sapling must be hedged about for protection, but when it becomes a tree, a hedge would be a hindrance. So there is no need to criticise and condemn the old forms.
Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. .
Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin; to say that you are weak, or others are weak.
Everything progresses in waves. The march of civilization, the progression of worlds, is in waves. All human activities likewise progress in waves -- art, literature, science, religion.
In the primal state before any manifestation, when there was no motion but perfect balance, this Prakriti was indestructible, because decomposition or death comes from instability or change.
Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom... Our thoughts, our words, and deeds are the threads of the net which we throw around ourselves.
Even the least work done for others awakens the power within; even thinking the least good of others gradually instills into the heart the strength of a lion.
Even forgiveness, if weak and passive, is not true: fight is better. Forgive when you could bring legions of angels to the victory.
Form and formless are intertwined in this world. The formless can only be expressed in form and form can only be thought with the formless.
According to the history of human progress, it is disobedience to nature that has constituted that progress.
The attempt to remove evil from the world by killing a thousand evil -- doers, only adds to the evil in the world.
Proclaim the glory of the Atman with the roar of a lion, and impart fearlessness unto all beings by saying, 'Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached'!
Have fire and spread all over. Work, work. Be the servant while leading, be unselfish, and never listen to one friend in private accusing another. Have infinite patience, and success is yours.
To make a great future India, the whole secret lies in organization, accumulation of power, co-ordination of wills.
Oneness is the secret to everything.
He who always thinks himself as weak will never become strong, but he who knows himself to be a lion, rushes out from the worlds meshes, as a lion from its cage.
If a person who lives in God becomes miserable, what is the use of living in God? What is the use of such a God? Throw such a God overboard into the Pacific Ocean. We do not want such a God!
Excessive attention to the minutiae of astrology is one of the superstitions which has hurt the Hindus very much.
Perfect life is a contradiction in terms. Therefore we must always expect to find things not up to our highest ideal. Knowing this, we are bound to make the best of everything.
The perfect man sees nothing but God.
Stand upon the Atman, then only can we truly love the world. Take a very, very high stand; knowing our universal nature, we must look with perfect calmness upon all the panorama of the world.
The will is stronger than anything else. Everything must go down before the will, for it comes from God. A pure and strong will is omnipotent.
God is self-evident, impersonal, omniscient, the Knower and the Master of nature, the Lord of all. He is behind all worship and it is being done according to Him, whether we know it or not.
The Atman alone is eternal. Hospitals will tumble down. Railroad givers will all die. This earth will be blown to pieces, suns wiped out. The Atman endures for ever.
Every idea that strengthens you must be taken up and every thought that weakens you must be rejected.
I am in every religion as the thread through a string of pearls. Wherever thou seest extraordinary holiness and extraordinary power raising and purifying humanity, know thou that I am there.
Too much faith in personality has a tendency to produce weakness and idolatry, but intense love for the Guru makes rapid growth possible.
The Jivanmukta ('the living free' or one who knows) alone is able to give real love, real charity, real truth, and it is truth alone that makes us free.
The real work is in the practice.
Renunciation, and renunciation alone, is the real secret, the Mulamantra, of all Realisation.
A Sannyasin cannot belong to any religion, for his is a life of independent thought, which draws from all religions; his is a life of realisation, not merely of theory or belief, much less of dogma.
Religion, in India, means realisation and nothing short of that.
The ego like its correlative non-ego, is the product of the body, mind etc. The only proof of the existence of the real Self is realisation.
Man has infinite power within himself, and he can realise it -- he can realise himself as the one infinite Self. It can be done; but you do not believe it. You pray to God and keep your powder dry all the time.
The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, p.3573, Manonmani Publishers.
In India, religious life forms the centre, the keynote of the whole music of national life.
You know the disease, you know the remedy, only have faith.
Hindu Dharma is the quintessence of our national life, hold fast to it if you want your country to survive, or else you would be wiped out in three generations.
The banyan tree does not mean awakening, nor does the hill, nor the saint, nor the European couple. The lotus is a symbol of regeneration.
Though an atom is invisible, unthinkable, yet in it are the whole power and potency of the universe.
Real freedom is not merely doing what you like, but also NOT doing what you like.
The one who actually succeeds in making himself believe that he is having a good time is the man of splendid physical health.
First get rid of the delusion I am the body, then only will we want real knowledge.
Even the minds of animals, such as dogs, lions, cats, and serpents, become charmed with music.
Business is business, that is, you must do everything promptly; delay and shuffling won't do.
One possessing Vairagya does not understand by Atman the individual ego but the All-pervading Lord, residing as the Self and Internal Ruler in all. He is perceivable by all as the sum total.
Jiva (individual soul) is the conscious ruler of this body, in whom the five life principles come into unity, and yet that very Jiva is the Atman, because all is Atman.
In Shankaracharya we saw tremendous intellectual power, throwing the scorching light of reason upon everything.
Things do not grow better; they remain as they are. It is we who grow better, by the changes we make in ourselves.
The great Vaishnava religion of India has also sprung from a Tamil Pariah -- Shathakopa -- who was a dealer in winnowing-fans but was a Yogin all the while.
There is implanted in every man, naturally, a strong desire for progress.
Consciously or unconsciously, health can be transmitted. A very strong man, living with a weak man, will make him a little stronger, whether he knows it or not.
No one is ever really taught by another; each of us has to teach himself. The external teacher offers only the suggestion, which arouses the internal teacher, who helps us to understand things.
All forms are transitory, that is why all religions say, God has no form.
Be strong, get beyond all superstitions, and be free.
Superstition is great enemy of man but bigotry is worse.
To the person who desires nothing and does not get entangled in desires, the manifold changes of nature are one panorama of beauty and sublimity.
None will be able to resist truth and love and sincerity. Are you sincere? Unselfish even unto death, and loving? Then fear not, not even death.