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quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda




quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda

quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda

quote by Swami Vivekananda: Thank God for giving you this world as a moral gymnasium to help your development, but never imagine you can help the world. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Thank God for giving you this world as a moral gymnasium to help your development, but never imagine you can help the world.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: The law of attraction which holds good for the heavenly bodies also holds good for the smallest particles. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

The law of attraction which holds good for the heavenly bodies also holds good for the smallest particles.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. . with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. .

--Swami Vivekananda

Longer Version:

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.


quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda

quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Even forgiveness, if weak and passive, is not true: fight is better. Forgive when you could bring legions of angels to the victory. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Even forgiveness, if weak and passive, is not true: fight is better. Forgive when you could bring legions of angels to the victory.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: According to the history of human progress, it is disobedience to nature that has constituted that progress. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

According to the history of human progress, it is disobedience to nature that has constituted that progress.

--Swami Vivekananda





quote by Swami Vivekananda: The attempt to remove evil from the world by killing a thousand evil -- doers, only adds to the evil in the world. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

The attempt to remove evil from the world by killing a thousand evil -- doers, only adds to the evil in the world.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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'! with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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'!

--Swami Vivekananda

quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: To make a great future India, the whole secret lies in organization, accumulation of power, co-ordination of wills. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

To make a great future India, the whole secret lies in organization, accumulation of power, co-ordination of wills.

--Swami Vivekananda

quote by Swami Vivekananda: Oneness is the secret to everything. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Oneness is the secret to everything.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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! with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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!

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Excessive attention to the minutiae of astrology is one of the superstitions which has hurt the Hindus very much. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Excessive attention to the minutiae of astrology is one of the superstitions which has hurt the Hindus very much.

--Swami Vivekananda

quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: The perfect man sees nothing but God. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

The perfect man sees nothing but God.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda

quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda

quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda


quote by Swami Vivekananda: Every idea that strengthens you must be taken up and every thought that weakens you must be rejected. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Every idea that strengthens you must be taken up and every thought that weakens you must be rejected.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda

quote by Swami Vivekananda: Too much faith in personality has a tendency to produce weakness and idolatry, but intense love for the Guru makes rapid growth possible. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Too much faith in personality has a tendency to produce weakness and idolatry, but intense love for the Guru makes rapid growth possible.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: The real work is in the practice. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

The real work is in the practice.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Renunciation, and renunciation alone, is the real secret, the Mulamantra, of all Realisation. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Renunciation, and renunciation alone, is the real secret, the Mulamantra, of all Realisation.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda

quote by Swami Vivekananda: Religion, in India, means realisation and nothing short of that. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Religion, in India, means realisation and nothing short of that.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda

Longer Version:

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.





quote by Swami Vivekananda: In India, religious life forms the centre, the keynote of the whole music of national life. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

In India, religious life forms the centre, the keynote of the whole music of national life.

--Swami Vivekananda


quote by Swami Vivekananda: You know the disease, you know the remedy, only have faith. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

You know the disease, you know the remedy, only have faith.

--Swami Vivekananda

quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda

quote by Swami Vivekananda: Though an atom is invisible, unthinkable, yet in it are the whole power and potency of the universe. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Though an atom is invisible, unthinkable, yet in it are the whole power and potency of the universe.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Real freedom is not merely doing what you like, but also NOT doing what you like. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Real freedom is not merely doing what you like, but also NOT doing what you like.

--Swami Vivekananda

quote by Swami Vivekananda: The one who actually succeeds in making himself believe that he is having a good time is the man of splendid physical health. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

The one who actually succeeds in making himself believe that he is having a good time is the man of splendid physical health.

--Swami Vivekananda

quote by Swami Vivekananda: First get rid of the delusion I am the body, then only will we want real knowledge. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

First get rid of the delusion I am the body, then only will we want real knowledge.

--Swami Vivekananda

quote by Swami Vivekananda: Even the minds of animals, such as dogs, lions, cats, and serpents, become charmed with music. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Even the minds of animals, such as dogs, lions, cats, and serpents, become charmed with music.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Business is business, that is, you must do everything promptly; delay and shuffling won't do. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Business is business, that is, you must do everything promptly; delay and shuffling won't do.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: In Shankaracharya we saw tremendous intellectual power, throwing the scorching light of reason upon everything. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

In Shankaracharya we saw tremendous intellectual power, throwing the scorching light of reason upon everything.

--Swami Vivekananda

quote by Swami Vivekananda: Things do not grow better; they remain as they are. It is we who grow better, by the changes we make in ourselves. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Things do not grow better; they remain as they are. It is we who grow better, by the changes we make in ourselves.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda


quote by Swami Vivekananda: There is implanted in every man, naturally, a strong desire for progress. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

There is implanted in every man, naturally, a strong desire for progress.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: All forms are transitory, that is why all religions say, God has no form. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

All forms are transitory, that is why all religions say, God has no form.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Be strong, get beyond all superstitions, and be free. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Be strong, get beyond all superstitions, and be free.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: Superstition is great enemy of man but bigotry is worse. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

Superstition is great enemy of man but bigotry is worse.

--Swami Vivekananda
quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda


quote by Swami Vivekananda: 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. with background image: photo of author Swami Vivekananda with quote

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.

--Swami Vivekananda

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