I will give up twenty thousand such bodies to help one man. It is glorious to help even one man– Sri. Ramakrishna.
After so much austerity, I’ve understood this as real truth, God is present in every jiva. There is no other God besides that,
"WHO SERVES JIVA SERVES GOD INDEED" – Swami Vivekananda.
Liberation is only for him who gives up everything for others, whereas others who tax their brains day and night harping on "my salvation" - "my salvation" wonder about with their true well being ruined, both present ant prospective – Swami Vivekananda.
The mind uncontrolled and unguided will drag us down, down forever, - rend us, kill us; and the mind controlled and guided will save us, free us – Swami Vivekananda.
"Each soul is potentially divine, the goal is to manifest this divinity within, by controlled nature, external and internal. Do this either by work (Karma Yoga) or worship (Bhakti Yoga) or psychic control (Raja Yoga) or philosophy (Jnana Yoga) – 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" – Swami Vivekananda. I.257 (My India p.81-82, complete works of Swami Vivekananda, Vol.I, p.144).
"Teach yourselves, teach everyone his real nature, call upon the sleeping soul and see how it awakes. Power will come, glory will come, goodness will come, purity will come, and everything that is excellent will come when the sleeping soul is roused to self-conscious activity". – Swami Vivekananda.
At Varanasi, when a group of monkeys chased Swami Vivekananda & he was trying to run away from them, a Sadhu cried out, "Face the Brutes". When Swamiji turned round and faced them, they instantly ran away. He later advised, "We should not run away from problems but face them. That is the only way to solve our problems." – Swami Vivekananda.
Do not spend your energy in talking but meditate in silence, and do not let the rush of the outside world disturb you. …accumulate power in silence and become a DYNAMO OF SPIRITUALITY -Swami Vivekananda.
Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvelous 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 greatest of all superstitions. It is fear that is the cause of our woes, and it is FEARLESSNESS that brings heaven even in a moment. Therefore "ARISE, AWAKE AND STOP NOT TILL THE GOAL IS REACHED" – Swami Vivekananda.
The greatest thing is MEDITATION. It is the nearest approach to spiritual life – the mind meditating. It is the one moment in our daily life that we are not at all material – the soul thinking of itself, free from all matter – this marvelous touch of the soul! – Swami Vivekananda.
We want that education by which CHARACTER is formed, STRENGTH OF MIND is increased. The INTELLECT is expanded, and by which one can stand on ones own feet. To me the very essence of education is CONCENTRATION OF MIND not the collection of facts. If I had to do my education over again, and had any voice in the matter, I would not study facts at all. I would develop the power of CONCENTRATION and DETACHMENT, and then with a perfect instrument I could collect facts at will – Swami Vivekananda.
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 – Swami Vivekananda II.152.
Therefore, stand up, be hold, be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the CREATOR OF YOUR OWN DESTINY – Swami Vivekananda. II.225.
If a man continuously hears bad words, thinks bad thoughts, does bad actions, his mind will be full of bad impressions; they will influence his thought and work without his being conscious of the fact. He will be like a machine in the hands of his impressions, and they will force him to do evil, and that man will be a bad man; he cannot help it. Similarly, if a man thinks good thoughts and does good works, the sum total of these impressions will be good, and they, in a similar manner, will force him to do good, even in spite of himself. WHEN SUCH IS THE CASE, A MAN’S GOOD CHARACTER IS SAID TO BE ESTABLISHED. –Swami Vivekananda. I.54
Brave, bold men, these are what we want.What we want is vigor in the blood, strength in the nerves, iron muscles and nerves of steel, not softening namby pamby ideas. Avoid all mystery. There is no mystery in religion. Mystery mongering and superstition are always signs of weakness – Swami Vivekananda III. 278 – 279.
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 - Swami Vivekananda. v. 114-115.
My child, what I want is MUSCLES OF IRON AND NERVES OF STEEL, inside which dwells a mind of the same material as that of which the thunderbolt is made. Strength, manhood, Kshatra-Virya + Brahma – Teja - Swami Vivekananda. V. 117.
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. Swami Vivekananda. VI.320.
After so much austerity, I have understood this as the real truth – God is present in every Jiva; there is no other God besides that. "Who serves jiva ,serves God indeed" Swami Vivekananda. VII. 247
He is an atheist who does not believe in himself. The old religion 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 - Swami Vivekananda. II.301.
What makes you weep, my friend? In you is all power. Summon up your all-powerful nature, O mighty one, and this whole universe will lie at your feet. It is the SELF alone that predominates and not matter - Swami Vivekananda. VI. 274.
Whatever you think, that you will be. If you think yourself weak, weak you will be; if you think yourselves STRONG, STRONG YOU WILL BE - Swami Vivekananda. III.130.
God alone lives. The soul alone lives. Spirituality alone lives. Hold on to that - Swami Vivekananda. III. 149.
Go from village to village to do good to humanity and to the world at large. Go to hell yourself to buy salvation for others. It is only by doing good to others that one attains to one’s own good, and it is by leading others to Bhakti and Mukti that one attains them oneself. Take that up; forget your own self for it; be mad over the idea - Swami Vivekananda. VI. 265 – 267.
All power is WITHIN you; you can do anything and everything. Believe in that, do not believe that you are weak. Stand up and express the divinity within you - Swami Vivekananda. III.284.
Let the lion of Vedanta roar; the foxes will fly to their holes. Throw the ideas broadcast, and let the result take care of itself. Let us put the chemicals together; the crystallization will take its own course - Swami Vivekananda. IV. 351.
The more OUR BLISS IS WITHIN, the more spiritual we are. Let us not depend upon the world for pleasure - Swami Vivekananda. VIII.29.
MEDITATE WHENEVER YOU GET TIME. If the mind once enters the path of SUSHUMNA, everything will get right. You will not have to do much after that - Swami Vivekananda. VII.267.
To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous WILL, "I will drink the ocean," says the persevering soul, "at my will mountains will crumble up." Have that sort of energy, that sort of will, work hard and you will reach the goal - Swami Vivekananda. I.178.
WITHIN there is the lion – the eternally pure, illumined and ever-free Atman; and directly one realises Him through MEDITATION AND CONCENTRATION, this world of Maya vanishes. - Swami Vivekananda. VII. 253.
PRACTISE HARD; WHETHER YOU LIVE OR DIE DOES NOT MATTER. YOU HAVE TO PLUNGE IN AND WORK, WITHOUT THINKING OF THE RESULT. IF YOU ARE BRAVE ENOUGH, IN SIX MONTHS YOU WILL BE A PERFECT YOGI - Swami Vivekananda. I. 178.
Expansion is life, contraction is death. Love is life, and hatred is death. - Swami Vivekananda. IV. 366.
Happiness presents itself before man, wearing the crown of sorrow on its head. He who welcomes it must also welcome sorrow - Swami Vivekananda. V. 419.
Disease and misfortune come to do us good in the long run, although at the time we feel that we are submerged forever. - Swami Vivekananda.VII. 429.
It is the nature of the brute to remain where he is (not to progress);
it is the nature of man to seek good and avoid evil;
it is the nature of God to seek neither, but just to be eternally blissful. Let us be God! - Swami Vivekananda. VII. 13.
Everything that makes for unity is moral, everything that makes for diversity is immoral. Know the ONE without a second, that is perfection. The ONE who manifests in all is the basis of the universe; and all religion, all knowledge, must come to this point. - Swami Vivekananda. IX. 270.
One ounce of PRACTISE is worth twenty thousand tons of big talk - Swami Vivekananda. III.212.
When there is conflict between the HEART and the BRAIN, let the heart be followed…. it is the heart which takes one to the highest plane, which intellect can never reach; it goes beyond intellect and reaches to what is called inspiration….Always cultivate the heart; through the heart the Lord speaks and through the intellect you yourself speak. - Swami Vivekananda. I.412-413-415.
You must have STRICT MORALITY. Deviate an inch from this, and you are gone forever - Swami Vivekananda. VII. 447.
All great undertakings are achieved through mighty obstacles. - Swami Vivekananda. VII. 480.
"TRUTH ALONE TRIUMPS, NOT UNTRUTH" STAND UPON TRUTH AND YOU HAVE GOT GOD - Swami Vivekananda. VII.72.
TRUTH IS TO BE JUDGED BY TRUTH AND BY NOTHING ELSE. DOING GOOD IS NOT THE TEST OF TRUTH; THE SUN NEEDS NO TORCH BY WHICH TO SEE IT. EVEN IF TRUTH DESTROYS THE WHOLE UNIVERSE, STILL IT IS TRUTH; STAND BY IT - Swami Vivekananda. VII. 101