If you have faith in all the three hundred and thirty millions of your mythological gods,… and still have no faith in yourselves, there is no salvation for you. Have faith in yourselves, and stand upon that faith and be strong; that is what we need.
Faith in ourselves will do everything. I have experienced it in my own life.
The ideal of faith in ourselves is of the greatest help to us. If faith in ourselves had been more extensively taught and practiced, I am sure a very large portion of the evils and miseries that we have would have vanished. Throughout the history of mankind, if any motive power has been more potent than another in the lives of all great men and women, it is that of faith in themselves. Born with the consciousness that they were to be great, they became great.
Whatever of material power you see manifested by the Western races is the outcome of this Shraddha, because they believe in their muscles and if you believe in your spirit, how much more will it work! Believe in that infinite soul, the infinite power, which with consensus of opinion, your books and sages preach. That Atman which nothing can destroy, in It is infinite power only waiting to be called out… Be strong and have this Shraddha, and everything else is bound to follow.
Have faith, as Nachiketa… ay, I wish that faith would come to each of you; and every one of you would stand up a giant, a world-mover with a gigantic intellect-an infinite God in every respect. That is what I want you to become.
Make men first. Men we want, and how can men be made unless Shraddha is there?
What I mean to say is that want of Shraddha has brought in all the evils among us, and is bringing in more and more. My method of treatment is to take out by the roots the very causes of the disease and not to keep them merely suppressed.
The idea of true shraddha must be brought back once more to us, the faith in our own selves must be re-awakened, and, then only, all the problems which face our country will gradually be solved by ourselves.
Infinite faith and strength are the only conditions of success.
Every boy should be trained to practise absolute Brahmacharya, and then, and then only, faith -Shraddha- will come.
The great thing is to have faith in oneself, even before faith in God; but the difficulty seems to be that we are losing faith in ourselves day by day.
Be possessed of Shraddha (faith), of Virya (courage), ataain to the knowledge of the Atman, and sacrifice your life for the good of others- this is my wish and blessing.