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True religion comes not front the teaching of men or the reading of books; it is the awakening of the spirit within us, consequent upon pure and heroic action.

--Swami Vivekananda

It is a retarding element creating hatred and anger, and causing people to fight each other, and making them unsympathetic.

--Swami Vivekananda


These practices -- non-killing, truthfulness, non-stealing, chastity, and non-receiving -- are to be practised by every man, woman, and child; by every soul, irrespective of nation, country, or position.

--Swami Vivekananda

The Trinitarian Christ is elevated above us; the Unitarian Christ is merely a moral man; neither can help us. The Christ who is the Incarnation of God, who has not forgotten His divinity, that Christ can help us, in Him there is no imperfection.

--Swami Vivekananda

It is the free alone which never changes, and the unchangeable alone which is free; for change is produced by something exterior to a thing, or within itself, which is more powerful than the surroundings.

--Swami Vivekananda

Change of the unchangeable would be a contradiction.

--Swami Vivekananda

The more opposition there is, the better. Does a river acquire velocity unless there is resistance? The newer and better a thing is, the more opposition I will meet with at the outset. It is opposition which foretells success. Where there is no opposition there is no success either.

--Swami Vivekananda

Be perfectly resigned, perfectly unconcerned; then alone can you do any true work. No eyes can see the real forces; we can only see the results. Put out self, forget it; just let God work, it is HIS business.

--Swami Vivekananda

Astrology and all these mystical things are generally signs of a weak mind; therefore as soon as they are becoming prominent in our minds, we should see a physician, take good food, and rest.

--Swami Vivekananda

For a warrior, nothing is higher than a war against evil. The warrior confronted with such a war should be pleased, Arjuna, for it comes as an open gate to heaven. But if you do not participate in this battle against evil, you will incur sin, violating your dharma and your honor.

--Swami Vivekananda

Every action that helps us manifest our divine nature more and more is good; every action that retards it is evil.

--Swami Vivekananda

The spirit is the cause of all our thoughts and body-action, and everything, but it is untouched by good or evil, pleasure or pain, heat of cold, and all the dualism of nature, although it lends its light to everything.

--Swami Vivekananda

The great lesson is, that unity is behind all. Call it God, Love, Spirit. Allah, Jehovah -- it is the same unity that animates all life from the lowest animal to the noblest man.

--Swami Vivekananda

Had I lived in Palestine, in the days of Jesus of Nazareth, I would have washed his feet, not with my tears, but with my heart's blood!

--Swami Vivekananda

So long as there is desire or want, it is a sure sign that there is imperfection. A perfect, free being cannot have any desire.

--Swami Vivekananda

All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction. Love is therefore the only law of life. He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying. Therefore love for love's sake, because it is law of life, just as you breathe to live.

--Swami Vivekananda

This universe is the wreckage of the infinite on the shores of the finite.

--Swami Vivekananda

I, for one, thoroughly believe that no power in the universe can withhold from anyone anything they really deserve.

--Swami Vivekananda

Bless people when they revile you. Think how much good they are doing by helping to stamp out the false ego.

--Swami Vivekananda

The world is ready to give up its secrets if we only know how to knock, how to give it the necessary blow. The strength and force of the blow come through concentration.

--Swami Vivekananda

Blessed are they whose bodies get destroyed in the service of others.

--Swami Vivekananda

Are you unselfish? That is the question. If you are, you will be perfect without reading a single religious book, without going into a single church or temple.

--Swami Vivekananda

The fire that warms us can also consume us; it is not the fault of the fire.

--Swami Vivekananda

Comfort is no test of truth. Truth is often far from being comfortable.

--Swami Vivekananda

Are great things ever done smoothly? Time, patience, and indomitable will must show.

--Swami Vivekananda

They alone live, who live for others.

--Swami Vivekananda

Each work has to pass through these stages: ridicule, opposition, and then acceptance. Those who think ahead of their time are sure to be misunderstood.

--Swami Vivekananda

You can not believe in God until you believe in yourself.

--Swami Vivekananda

All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind.

--Swami Vivekananda

Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life.

--Swami Vivekananda

Books are infinite in number and time is short. The secret of knowledge is to take what is essential. Take that and try to live up to it.

--Swami Vivekananda

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

--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.
The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, p.3573, Manonmani Publishers.

--Swami Vivekananda

Education is the manifestation of perfection already existing in man.

--Swami Vivekananda

I hear, Western people say, The world was created for us. If tigers could write books, they would say, man was created for them and that man is a most sinful animal, because he does not allow him (the tiger) to catch him easily. The worm that crawls under your feet today is a God to be.

--Swami Vivekananda

The trouble with the nations of the West is that they are young, fickle, foolish and wealthy.

--Swami Vivekananda

Nature, body, mind go to death, not we. We neither go nor come. The man Vivekananda is in nature, is born and dies. But the Self we see as Vivekananda is never born and never dies. It is the eternal and unchangeable Reality.

--Swami Vivekananda

Know that all sins and all evils can be summed up in that one word, weakness. It is weakness that is the motive power in all evil doing; it is weakness that makes men injure others; it is weakness that makes them manifest what they are not in reality. Let them know what they really are.

--Swami Vivekananda

Stand up, be bold, be strong.

Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders,

and know that you are the creator of your own destiny.

--Swami Vivekananda

You are the creator of your own destiny.

--Swami Vivekananda

The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.

--Swami Vivekananda

There is no other teacher but your own soul.

--Swami Vivekananda

Christ, Buddha, and Krishna are but waves in the Ocean of Infinite Consciousness that I am!

--Swami Vivekananda

Shri Krishna says: Better die in your own path than attempt the path of another.

--Swami Vivekananda

Society does not go down because of the activities of criminals,
But because of the inactivities of the good people.

--Swami Vivekananda

Even the greatest fool can accomplish a task if it were after his or her heart. But the intelligent ones are those who can convert every work into one that suits their taste.

--Swami Vivekananda

Meditation is a sort of prayer and prayer is meditation. The highest meditation is to think of nothing. If you can remain one moment without thought, great power will come.

--Swami Vivekananda

I am responsible for my fate, I am the bringer of good unto myself, I am the bringer of evil. I am the Pure and Blessed One. We must reject all thoughts that assert to the contrary.

--Swami Vivekananda

The organs are the horses, the mind is the rein, the intellect is the charioteer, the soul is the rider, and the body is the chariot.

--Swami Vivekananda

You must worship the Self in Krishna, not Krishna as Krishna.

--Swami Vivekananda

Charity is great, but the moment you say it is all, you run the risk of running into materialism.

--Swami Vivekananda

Be brave! Be strong! Be fearless! Once you have taken up the spiritual fife, fight! Fight as long as there is any life in you! Even though you know that you are going to be killed, fight till you are killed! Don't die of fright! Die fighting! Don't go down till you are knocked down.

--Swami Vivekananda

All these ideas such as astrology, although there may be a grain of truth in them, should be avoided.

--Swami Vivekananda

When a man is perfect, he sees perfection in others. When he sees imperfection, it is his own mind projecting itself.

--Swami Vivekananda

Let new India arise out of peasants' cottage, grasping the plough, out of huts, cobbler and sweeper.

--Swami Vivekananda

Don't look back--forward, infinite energy, infinite enthusiasm, infinite daring, and infinite patience--then alone can great deeds be accomplished.

--Swami Vivekananda

An intellectual, heartless man never becomes an inspired man. It is always the heart that speaks in the man of love; it discovers a greater instrument than intellect can give you, the instrument of inspiration.

--Swami Vivekananda

Die in obeying commands like a soldier, and go to Nirvana, but no cowardice.

--Swami Vivekananda

There is, however, only one idea of duty which has been universally accepted by all mankind, of all ages and sects and countries, and that has been summed up in a Sanskrit aphorism thus: Do not injure any being; not injuring any being is virtue, injuring any being is sin.

--Swami Vivekananda

Take Risks in Your Life If u Win, U Can Lead! If u Lose, U Can Guide!

--Swami Vivekananda

Know full well that patience is the best means of succeeds.

--Swami Vivekananda

If you have infinite patience and perseverance, success is bound to come. No mistake in that.

--Swami Vivekananda

Infinite patience, infinite purity, and infinite perseverance are the secret of success in a good cause.

--Swami Vivekananda

Purity, perseverance, and energy- these three I want.

--Swami Vivekananda

Purity, patience and perseverance overcome all obstacles. All great things must of necessity be slow.

--Swami Vivekananda

Every work has got to pass through hundreds of difficulties before succeeding. Those that persevere will see the light, sooner or later.

--Swami Vivekananda

You must have an iron will, if you would cross the ocean. You must be strong enough to pierce mountains.

--Swami Vivekananda

Stand up and be strong! No fear. No superstition. Face the truth as it is!

--Swami Vivekananda

Freedom can never be reached by the weak. Throw away all weakness. Tell your body that it is strong, tell your mind that it is strong, and have unbounded faith and hope in yourself.

--Swami Vivekananda

You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you,
none can make you spiritual.
There is no other teacher but your own soul.

--Swami Vivekananda

The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them. -- Swami Vivekananda.

--Swami Vivekananda

Anything that makes weak -- physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison.

--Swami Vivekananda

I know that truth alone gives life, and nothing but going towards reality will make us strong, and none will reach truth until he is strong.

--Swami Vivekananda

Dare to seek Truth even through hell.

--Swami Vivekananda

The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves.

--Swami Vivekananda

Let there be as little materialism as possible, with the maximum of spirituality.

--Swami Vivekananda

Fear is death, fear is sin, fear is hell, fear is unrighteousness, and fear is wrong life. All the negative thoughts and ideas that are in the world have proceeded from this evil spirit of fear.

--Swami Vivekananda

The whole secret of existence is to have no fear.

--Swami Vivekananda

The whole point is to discipline the mind.

--Swami Vivekananda

Have patience, perseverance, and purity.

--Swami Vivekananda

Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached.

--Swami Vivekananda

Liberty is the first condition of growth.

--Swami Vivekananda

Nothing else is necessary but these -- love, sincerity, and patience.

--Swami Vivekananda

The whole life is a succession of dreams. My ambition is to be a conscious dreamer, that is all.

--Swami Vivekananda

Whenever we attain a higher vision, the lower vision disappears of itself.

--Swami Vivekananda

My children, the secret of religion lies not in theories but in practice.

--Swami Vivekananda

Work incessantly, but be not attached to it.

--Swami Vivekananda

Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes.

--Swami Vivekananda

The power of concentration is the only key to the treasure-house of knowledge.

--Swami Vivekananda

Arise, awake, and stop not until the goal is achieved.

--Swami Vivekananda

All the power is within you. You can do anything.

--Swami Vivekananda

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