Fiery words of Swami Vivekananda (5)

  • Each soul is potentially divine.  The goal is to manifest this divinity within by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy-by one or more, or all of these-and be free.  This is the whole of religion. Doctrines or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details.
  • Religion gives you nothing new; it only takes off obstacles and lets you see your Self.
  • You have in you all and a thousand times more than is in all the books.  Never lose faith in yourself, you can do anything in this universe.   Never weaken, all power is yours.
  • Purity, patience and perseverance are the three essentials to success, and above all-Love.
  • We want Shraddha, we want faith in ourselves.  Strength is life,  Weakness is death.  We are the Atman, deathless and free; pure, pure by nature.  Can we ever commit any sin?  Impossible! Such a faith is needed.  Such a faith makes men of us, makes gods of us.  It is by losing this idea of Shraddha that the country has gone to ruin.
  • Three things are necessary to make every man great, every nation great:

                 i. Conviction of the powers of goodness.

                ii.  Absence of jealousy and suspicion.

                 iii.  Helping all who are trying to be and do good.

  • You must remember that humanity travels not from error to truth, but from truth to truth; it may be from lower truth to higher truth, but never from error to truth.
  • You are the makers of your own fortunes.  You make yourselves suffer, you make good and evil and it is you who pure your hands before your eyes and say it is dark.  Take your hands away and see the LIGHT.
  • Even the least work done for others awakens the power within, gradually instills into the heart the strength of a lion.
  • This life is short, the vanities of the world are transient, but they alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.
  • In the world take always the position of the giver; help, give, service, give any little thing you can, but keep out barter.
  • Neither seek nor avoid; take what comes.  This is freedom, to be affected by nothing.  Do not merely endure; be unattached.
  • It is a weakness to think someone is dependent on you, and that you can do good to him.  This belief is the mother of all our attachment, and through this attachment comes all our pain.  Therefore developing the attitude of non-attachment is the lesson to learn in life, and when we have learned it fully, we shall never be unhappy… By non-attachment you overcome and deny the power of anything to act upon you.
  • If a man with an ideal makes a thousand mistakes, I am sure that the man without an ideal makes fifty thousand.  Therefore, it is better to have an ideal.
  • Education is not the amount of information that is put into your brain and runs riot there, undigested, all your life.  We must have life-building, man-making, character-making assimilation of ideas.  If you have assimilated five ideas and made them your life and character, you have more education than any man who has got by heart a whole library.
  • Truth, Purity and unselfishness-wherever these are present, there is no power below or above the sun to crush the possessor thereof.  Equipped with these, one individual is able to face the whole universe in opposition.
  • Every idea that strengthens you must be taken up and every thought that weakens you must be rejected.
  • Be obedient and eternally faithful to the cause of truth, humanity, and your country, and you will move the world.
  • Be not afraid of anything.  You will do marvellous work.  The moment you fear, you are nobody.  It is fear that is the great cause of misery in the world.  It is fear that is the cause of all our woes and it is fearlessness that brings heaven even in a moment.
  • 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 it will meet with at the outset.  it is the opposition which foretells success.
  • What we want is muscles of iron and nerves of steel.  We have wept long enough.  No more weeping, but stand on your feet and be men.  It is a man-making religion that we want.  It is man-making theories that we want.  It is man-making education all round that we want.
  • 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 the atheist who does not believe in himself.
  • The remedy for weakness is not brooding over it, but thinking of strength.  Teach men of the strength that is already within them.
  • 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.
  • Help if you can; if you cannot, fold you hands and stand by and see things go on.  Do not injure, if you cannot render help.
  • Work unto death- I am with you, and when I am gone, my spirit will work with you.  This life comes and goes-wealth, fame, enjoyments are only of a few days.   It is better, far better to die on the field of duty, preaching the truth, than to die like a worldly worm. Advance!
  • Know that talking ill of others in private is a sin.  You must wholly avoid it.  Many things may occur to the mind, but it gradually makes a mountain of a molehill if you try to express them.  Everything is ended if you forgive and forget.
  • India’s gift to the world is the spiritual light… Slow and silent, as the gentle dew that falls in the morning, unseen and unheard yet producing a most tremendous result.
  • A handful of men can throw the world off its hinges, provided they are united in thought, word, and deed- never forget this conviction.
  • My boy, when death is inevitable, is it not better to die like heroes than as stocks and stones? And what is the use of living a day or two more in this transitory world?  It is better to wear out than to rust out- specially for the sake of doing the least good to others.
  • Be the servant while leading.  Be unselfish.  Have infinite patience, and success is yours.Beware of everything that is untrue; stick to truth and we shall succeed, may be slowly, but surely.
  • Then only will India awake, when hundreds of large hearted men and women, giving up all desires of enjoying the luxuries of life, will long and exert themselves to their utmost for the well being of the millions of their countrymen who are gradually sinking lower and lower in the vortex of destitution and ignorance.
  • The road to good is the roughest and steepest in the universe.  It is a wonder that so many succeed, no wonder that so many fall.  Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles.
  • The History of the world is that of six men of faith, six men of deep, pure character.  We need to have three things: The heart to feel, the brain to conceive, the hand to work.  Make yourself a dynamo… If you are pure, if your are strong, you, on man, are equal to the whole world.
  • It is the coward and the fool who says,  “This if fate.” – so says the Sanskrit proverb.  But is is the strong man who stands up and says ” I will make my fate.”  It is people who are getting old who talk of fate.

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