Fiery words of Swami Vivekananda (4)

  • Can anything be done unless every body exerts himself to his utmost?  “It is the man of action, the lion-heart, that the goddess of wealth resorts to.”  No need of looking behind.  Forward!  We want infinite energy, infinite zeal, infinite courage, and infinite patience, then only will great things be achieved.
  • Stand up and fight! Not one step back, that is the idea.  Fight it out, whatever comes.  Let the stars move from the spheres! Let the whole World stand against us! Death means only a change of garment.  What of it?  Thus fight!  You gain nothing by becoming cowards.  Taking a step backward, you do not avoid any misfortune.
  • Never say, ‘NO’, never say, ‘I cannot,’ for you are infinite, even time and space are nothing compared with your nature.  You can do anything and everything, you are almighty.
  • This is the one question I put to every man… Are you strong?  Do you feel strength?  Strength is the medicine for the world’s disease.
  • WHATEVER YOU THINK, THAT YOU WILL BE.  IF YOU THINK YOURSELVES WEAK, WEAK YOU WILL BE; IF YOU THINK YOURSELVES STRONG, STRONG YOU WILL BE.
  • Most of our difficulties in our daily life come from being unable to hold our minds… Every reaction in the form of hatred or evil is so much loss to the mind; and every evil thought or deed of hatred, or any thought of reaction, if it is controlled, will be laid in our favour… Each time we control hatred, or a feeling of anger, it is so much good energy stored up in our favour; that piece of energy will be converted into the higher powers.
  • If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act… By Knowing how to work, one can obtain the greatest results… Even the lowest forms of work are not to be despised.
  • Work as if on each of you depends the whole work.
  • The more we grow in love and virtue and holiness outside.  All condemnation of others really condemns ourselves.  Adjust the microcosm(which is in your power to do) and the macrocosm will adjust itself for you.
  • Great enterprise, boundless courage, tremendous energy, and above all, perfect obedience-these are the only traits that lead to individual and national regeneration.
  • Feel that you are great and you will become great.  We all have the same glorious soul, let us believe in it.
  • HAVE PATIENCE AND BE FAITHFUL TO EACH OTHER.   DO NOT FIGHT AMONG YOURSELVES.  BE PERFECTLY PURE IN MONEY DEALINGS… SO LONG AS YOU HAVE FAITH AND HONESTY AND DEVOTION, EVERYTHING WILL PROSPER.
  • Great indeed are the manifestations of muscular power, and marvellous the manifestations of intellect expressing themselves through machines by the appliances of science; yet none of these is more potent than the influence which spirit exerts upon the world.
  • The powers of the mind are like rays of light dissipated; when they are concentrated, they illumine.  This is our only means of Knowledge… How has all the knowledge in the world been gained but by the concentration of the powers of mind?  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.   There is no limit to the power of the human mind.  The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point; that is the secret.
  • Let us be true.  Nine-tenths of our life’s energy is spent in trying to make people THINK us that which we are not.  That energy would be more rightly spent in becoming that which we would like to be.
  • NO GREAT WORK CAN BE ACHIEVED BY HUMBUG.  IT IS THROUGH TREMENDOUS ENERGY THAT ALL UNDERTAKINGS ARE ACCOMPLISHED.  THEREFORE MANIFEST YOUR MANHOOD.

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