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Be strong , my young friends; that is my advice to you. You will be nearer to Heaven through football than through the study of the Gita. These are bold words; but I have to say them, for I love you. I know where the shoe pinches.

--Swami Vivekananda

Religion has become to many merely a means of doing a little charity work, just to amuse them after a hard day's labour -- they get five minutes religion to amuse them. This is the danger with the liberal thought.

--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.

--Swami Vivekananda

Those reformers who preach against image-worship, or what they denounce as idolatry -- to them I say Brothers, if you are fit to worship God-without-form discarding all external help, do so, but why do you condemn others who cannot do the same?

--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.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

The devil comes in many guises-anger in the form of justice-passion in the form of duty. When it first comes, the man knows and then he forgets. Just as your pleaders' conscience; at first they know it is all Badmashi (roguery), then it is duty to their clients; at last they get hardened.

--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.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--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.

--Swami Vivekananda

Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. .

--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.

--Swami Vivekananda

A nation is not to be judged by its weaklings called the wicked, as they are only the weeds which lag behind, but by the good, the noble, and the pure, who indicate the national life current flowing clear and vigorous.

--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.

--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.

--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.

--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.

--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.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

We cannot see outside what we are not inside. The universe is to us what the huge engine is to the miniature engine; and indication of any error in the tiny engine leads us to imagine trouble in the huge one.

--Swami Vivekananda

Despite the many iniquities that have found entrance into the practices of image-worship as it is in vogue now, I do not condemn it. Ay, where would I have been if I had not been blessed with the dust of the holy feet of that orthodox, image-worshipping Brahmin!

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--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'!

--Swami Vivekananda

You have the right to work, but do not become so degenerate as to look for results. Work incessantly, but see something behind the work. Even good deeds can find a man in great bondage. Therefore be not bound by good deeds or by desires for name and fame.

--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.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

Every one wants to command, and no one wants to obey; and this is owing to the absence of that wonderful brahmacharya system of yore. First, learn to obey. The command will come by itself. Always first learn to be a servant, and then you will be fit to be a master.

--Swami Vivekananda

Oneness is the secret to everything.

--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.

--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!

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--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.

--Swami Vivekananda

The perfect man sees nothing but God.

--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.

--Swami Vivekananda

The human will stands beyond all circumstances. Everything must go down before the will, for that comes from God Himself; a pure and a strong will is omnipotent. Before it all the powers, even of nature, must bow down, succumb, and become its servants -- the strong gigantic, infinite will in man.

--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.

--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.

--Swami Vivekananda

If you want to live, go back to Christ. You are not Christians. Go back to Christ. Go back to him who had nowhere to lay his head. Better be ready to live in rags with Christ than to live in palaces without him.

--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.

--Swami Vivekananda

If you have not even a little imagination, you are simply a brute. So you must not lower your ideal, neither are you to lose sight of practicality. We must avoid the two extremes.... You must try to combine in your life immense idealism with immense practicality.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--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.

--Swami Vivekananda

Bless people when they revile you. Think how much good they are doing by helping to stamp out the false ego. Hold fast to the real Self. Think only pure thoughts, and you will accomplish more than a regiment of mere preachers. Out of purity and silence comes the word of power.

--Swami Vivekananda

Love is always mutual and reflective. You may hate me, and if I want to love you, you repulse me. But if I persist, in a month or a year you are bound to love me. It is a well-known psychological phenomenon.

--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.

--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.

--Swami Vivekananda

The real work is in the practice.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--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.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--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.

--Swami Vivekananda

Each one of you has a glorious future if you dare believe me. Have a tremendous faith in yourselves, like the faith I had when I was I was young... Have that faith, each one of you, in yourself -- that eternal power is lodged in every soul -- and you will revive the whole of India.

--Swami Vivekananda

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.

--Swami Vivekananda

All who have actually attained any real religious experience never wrangle over the form in which the different religions are expressed. They know that the soul of all religions is the same and so they have no quarrel with anybody just because he or she does not speak in the same tongue.

--Swami Vivekananda

The varieties of religious belief are an advantage, since all faiths are good, so far as they encourage us to lead a religious life. The more sects there are, the more opportunities there are for making a successful appeal to the divine instinct in all of us.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--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.

--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.

--Swami Vivekananda

There have been two lines of progress in this world-political and religious. In the former the Greeks are everything, the modern political institutions being only the development of the Grecian; in the latter the Hindus are everything.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

Every one is as much bound in thought, word, deed, and mind, as a piece of stone or this table. That I talk to you now is as rigorous in causation as that you listen to me. There is no freedom until you go beyond Maya. That is the real freedom of the soul.

--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.

--Swami Vivekananda

The sages are often ignorant of physical science, because they read the wrong book-the book within; and the scientists are too often ignorant of religion, because they too read the wrong book-the book outside.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--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.

--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.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--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.

--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.

--Swami Vivekananda

As the different streams, having their sources in different places, all mingle their water in the sea; O Lord, so the different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee.

--Swami Vivekananda

The wind of divine grace is always blowing. You just need to spread your sail. Whenever you do anything, do it with your whole heart concentrated on it. Think day and night, I am of the essence of that Supreme Being-Consciousness-Bliss. What fear and anxiety have I?

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--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.

--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.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--Swami Vivekananda

Superstition is great enemy of man but bigotry is worse.

--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.

--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.

--Swami Vivekananda

Do not be afraid of a small beginning. great things come afterwards. Be courageous. Do not try to lead your brethren, but serve them. The brutal mania for leading has sunk many a great ships in the waters of life. Take care especially of that, i.e. be unselfish even unto death, and work.

--Swami Vivekananda

This world is not for cowards. Do not try to fly. Look not for success or failure. Join yourself to the perfectly unselfish will and work on.

--Swami Vivekananda

Unselfishness is God. One may live on a throne, in a golden palace, and be perfectly unselfish; and then he is in God. Another may live in a hut and wear rags, and have nothing in the world; yet, if he is selfish, he is intensely merged in the world.

--Swami Vivekananda

This world is nothing. It is at best only a hideous caricature, a shadow of the Real. We must go to the Real. Renunciation will take us to It. Renunciation is the very basis of our true life; every moment of goodness and real life that we enjoy is when we do not think of ourselves.

--Swami Vivekananda

Man in his true nature is substance, soul, spirit.

--Swami Vivekananda

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