Swami Vivekananda Quotes

“That man has reached immortality who is disturbed by nothing material.” – Swami Vivekananda

That man has reached immortality who is disturbed by nothing material. - Swami Vivekananda Quotes

 

“In a day, when you don’t come across any problems, be sure that you are travelling on a wrong path.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Those who believe in God should pray, not for money, health or for heaven; pray for knowledge and light; every other prayer is selfish.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The only remedy for bad habits is counter habits; all the bad habits that have left their impressions are to be controlled by good habits.” – Swami Vivekananda

“You cannot help any one, you can only serve; serve the children of Lord if you have the privilege.” – Swami Vivekananda

“We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.” – Swami Vivekananda

“All power is within you; you can do anything and everything. Believe in that. Do not believe that you are weak. You can do anything and everything, without even the guidance of any one. Stand up and express the divinity within you.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached.” – Swami Vivekananda

“A dependent or a country under the rule of any other, is incapable of development or growth. So political freedom is a  must in the case of a country to be prosperous and self-supporting.” – 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

“Strength is life, weakness is death. Expansion is life, contraction is death. Love is life, hatred is death.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Learn everything that is good from others, but bring it in, and in your own way absorb it; do not become others.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.” – Swami Vivekananda Quotes

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

“Education is the manifestation of perfection already existing in man.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Do not believe in words because they are hallowed by tradition. Find out the truth for yourself. Reason it out. That is realization.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The very reason for nature’s existence is for the education of the soul.” – Swami Vivekananda

“As long as the millions live in hunger and ignorance, I hold every person a traitor who, having been educated at their expense does not the least heed to them.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Devotion to duty is the highest form of worship of God.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Nothing in the universe has power over you until you allow it to exercise such a power.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The help which tends to make us spiritually strong is the highest help, next to it comes intellectual help and after that comes physical help.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The more we grow in love, virtue and holiness, the more we see love, virtue and holiness outside.” – Swami Vivekananda

“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.” – Swami Vivekananda

“One infinite, pure and holy, beyond thoughts and beyond qualities, bow down to thee.” – Swami Vivekananda

“If there is something here that is not in the Vedas, that is your delusion. It does not exist.” – 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

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

 

“The brain and muscles must develop simultaneously. Iron nerves with an intelligent brain and the whole world is at your feet.” – 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

“Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being?” – Swami Vivekananda

“Want of sympathy and lack of energy are at the root of all misery and you therefore must give up these two.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Books are infinite in number and time is short. The secret of knowledge is to take what is essential.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Take risks in your life. If you win, you can lead. If you lose, you can guide.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The only religion that ought to be taught is the religion of fearlessness. It is true that fear is the sure cause of degradation and sin. It is fear that brings misery, death and breeds evil.” – Swami Vivekananda

“All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Education is the self discovery. Discovery of the true self.” – Swami Vivekananda

“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.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The greatest truths are the simplest things in the world, simple as your own existence.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Anything that makes weak: physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Anything that makes weak: physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison.” – Swami Vivekananda Quotes

“There is no help for you outside of yourself; you are the creator of the universe. Like the silkworm, you have built a cocoon around yourself. Burst your own cocoon and come out as a beautiful butterfly, as the free soul. Then alone you will see Truth.” – Swami Vivekananda

“He who struggles is better than he who never attempts.” – Swami Vivekananda

“When an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed into an actual physical or mental state.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The will is not free. It is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect. But there is something behind the will which is free.” – Swami Vivekananda

“If you are selfless, you will be perfect without reading a single religious book, without going into a single church or temple.” – Swami Vivekananda

“This attachment of love to God is indeed one that does not bind the soul but effectively breaks all its bondage.” – Swami Vivekananda

“If money help a man to do good to others, it is of some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil, and the sooner it is got rid of, the better.” – Swami Vivekananda

“God is to be worshiped as the one beloved, dearer than everything in this and next life.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The whole life is a succession of dreams; my ambition is to be a conscious dreamer, that’s all.” – Swami Vivekananda

“We are allowed to worship him. Stand in that reverent attitude to the whole universe, and then will come perfect non attachment.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Stop creation and you will know the truth. All power of creation must stop, and then you will know the truth at once.” – Swami Vivekananda

“A man is said to be illumined if his will has become firm, if his mind is not disturbed by misery, if he does not desire any happiness, if he is free of all attachments, of all fear and anger.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Whatever you think that you will be. If you think yourself weak, weak you will be. If you think yourself strong, you will be.” – Swami Vivekananda

Whatever you think that you will be. If you think yourself weak, weak you will be. If you think yourself strong, you will be. - Swami Vivekananda Quotes

 

“Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.” – Swami Vivekananda

“If in this hell of world, one can bring a little joy and peace even for a day into the heart of a single person, that much alone is true.” – Swami Vivekananda

“God did not give me everything that I wanted. But, He gave me everything that I needed.” – Swami Vivekananda

“For this discovery or self realization body and mind are instruments. A strong body and a sound mind are the two basis of spiritual evolution.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The mother and the father are the causes of this body; so a man must undergo a thousand troubles in order to do good for them.” – Swami Vivekananda

“A few whole-heart, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century.” – Swami Vivekananda

“People laugh at me because I am different. I laugh at people because they are all the same.” – Swami Vivekananda

“When the lotus opens, the bees come of their own accord to seek the honey, so let the lotus of your character be full blown and the results will follow.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Be not afraid of anything. It is fear that is the great cause of misery in the world, the root of all superstitions. It is fear that is the cause of all our woes, and it is fearlessness that brings heaven even in a moment.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Talk to yourself at least once in a day, otherwise you may miss a meeting with an excellent person in this world.” – Swami Vivekananda

“We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate.” – Swami Vivekananda

“We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate.” – Swami Vivekananda Quotes

“Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy. This is the whole religion.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Desire, ignorance, and inequality are the trinity of bondage.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, that moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him.” – 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

“You need not worry or make yourself sleepless about the world. It will go on without you.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Of one hundred persons who take up the spiritual life, eighty turn out to be charlatans, fifteen insane, and only five, maybe, get a glimpse of the real truth. Therefore beware.” – Swami Vivekananda

“When the past and present come and stand in one, the mind is said to be concentrated.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Intense Karma-Yoga with unbounded courage and indomitable strength in the heart is need of today. Then only will the people of the country be roused.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Our Karma determines what we deserve and what we can assimilate.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The idea is that when a man receives a gift from another, his heart becomes impure, he becomes low, he loses his independence, he becomes bound and attached.” – Swami Vivekananda

“We must be bright and cheerful. Long faces do not make religion.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Do not hate anybody, because that hatred which comes out from you, must, in the long run, come back to you. If you love, that love will come back to you, completing the circle.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves.” – Swami Vivekananda

The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves. - Swami Vivekananda Quotes

 

“The goal of mankind is knowledge. Pleasure is not the goal of man, but knowledge. Pleasure and happiness come to an end. It is a mistake to suppose that pleasure is the goal.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Blessed are those whose bodies get destroyed in the service of others.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Don’t look back. Look forward with infinite energy, enthusiasm, daring and patience. Only after that great deeds can be accomplished.” – Swami Vivekananda

“We only know the universe from the point of view of beings with five senses. Suppose we obtain another sense, the whole universe must change for us.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Religion is the relation between soul and God. How can it be made into a society? It would then degenerate into a business, and wherever there is business principles in religion, spirituality dies.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Have faith in man, whether he appears to you to be a very learned one or a most ignorant one.” – Swami Vivekananda

“If loving your own people means hating everybody else, it is the quintessence of selfishness and brutality, and the effect is that it will make you brutes.” – Swami Vivekananda

“A little of the infinite is projected into consciousness, and that we call our world.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Do not care what be your color- green, blue or red but mix all the colors up and produce that intense glow of white, the color of love.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Circumstances can never be good or bad. Only the individual man can be good or bad.” – Swami Vivekananda

“We need to learn to look at the duty of others through their own eyes and never judge the customs and observances of others through the prism of our own standards.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Take risks in your life. If you win, you can lead. If you lose, you can guide.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Take risks in your life. If you win, you can lead. If you lose, you can guide.” – Swami Vivekananda Quotes

“Feel nothing, know nothing, do nothing, have nothing, give up all to God, and say utterly, ‘Thy will be done.’ We only dream this bondage. Wake up and let it go.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The old religions said that he was an atheist who did not believe in God. The new religion says that he is an atheist who does not believe in himself.” – Swami Vivekananda

“All truth is eternal. Truth is nobody’s property. No race, no individual can lay any exclusive claim to it. Truth is the nature of all souls.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Man is to become divine by realizing the divine. Idols or temples, churches or books, are only means of support to help spiritual childhood.” – Swami Vivekananda

“A good practice carried to an extreme and worked in accordance with the letter of the law becomes a positive evil.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Our duty is to encourage everyone in his struggle to live up to his own highest ideal, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the truth.” – Swami Vivekananda

“But where the ignorant are asleep, there the sage keeps awake.” – Swami Vivekananda

“What is now wanted is a combination of the greatest heart with the highest intelligence of infinite love with infinite knowledge.” – Swami Vivekananda

“A fool may buy all the books in the world, and they will be in his library. But he will be able to read only those that he deserves to; and this deserving is produced by Karma.” – Swami Vivekananda

“You find in Krishna that non-attachment is the central idea.” – Swami Vivekananda

“There is only one sin. That is weakness.” – Swami Vivekananda

“If you really want to judge the character of a man, don’t look at his great performances. Watch him doing his most common actions; those are indeed the things which will tell you the real character of a great man.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The cheerful mind perseveres and the strong mind hews its way through a thousand difficulties.” – Swami Vivekananda

The cheerful mind perseveres and the strong mind hews its way through a thousand difficulties. - Swami Vivekananda Quotes

 

“Mind is not a dustbin to keep anger, hatred and jealousy. But it is the treasure box to keep, love happiness and sweet memories.” – Swami Vivekananda

“No man is to be judged by the mere nature of his duties, but all should be judged by the manner and the spirit in which they perform them.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Realization is real religion, all the rest is only preparation. Hearing lectures, or reading books, or reasoning is merely preparing the ground; it is not religion.” – Swami Vivekananda

“I do not see the future, nor I care to see. But one vision I see clear is life before me.” – Swami Vivekananda

“If you project hatred and jealousy, they will rebound on you with compound interest. No power can avert them; when once you have put them in motion, you will have to bear them. Remembering this will prevent you from doing wicked things.” – Swami Vivekananda

“You cannot believe in god until you believe in yourself.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The mind is in its own nature when it is calm. The moment you can calm it, that very moment you will know the truth.” – Swami Vivekananda

“We must have faith in ourselves first, then in God. He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Be grateful to the man you help, think of him as God. Is it not a great privilege to be allowed to worship God by helping our fellow men?” – Swami Vivekananda

“All condemnation of others really condemns ourselves. Adjust the microcosm and the macrocosm will adjust itself for you.” – Swami Vivekananda

“When the body is sufficiently controlled, we can attempt the manipulation of the mind.” – Swami Vivekananda

“That man or that society which has nothing to learn is already in the jaws of death.” – Swami Vivekananda

“That man or that society which has nothing to learn is already in the jaws of death.” – Swami Vivekananda Quotes

“What we want is neither happiness nor misery. Behind both is the Atman, who knows neither happiness nor misery. Atman is bliss, peace, unchanging. We don’t need to get it; we already have it. Only wash away the dross and see it.” – Swami Vivekananda

“A man should be moral because it strengthens his will.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Ignorance is the mother of all the evil and all the misery we see. Let men have light, let them be pure and spiritually strong and educated, then alone will misery cease in the world, not before.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The older I grow, the more everything seems to me to lie in manliness.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Anything that is secret and mysterious in these systems of Yoga should be at once rejected. The best guide in life is strength. In religion, discard everything that weakens you, have nothing to do with it.” – Swami Vivekananda

“For all of us in this world life is a continuous fight.” – Swami Vivekananda

“It is good to love God for hope of reward in this or the next world, but it is better to love God for love’s sake.” – Swami Vivekananda

“It is feeling that is the life, the strength, the vitality, without which no amount of intellectual activity can reach God. It is through the heart that the Lord is seen, and not through the intellect.” – Swami Vivekananda

“All the weak and undeveloped minds in every religion or country have only one way of loving their own ideal, i.e. by hating every other ideal.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The first test of love is that it knows no bargaining. As long as you see a man loves another only to get something from him, that is not love; it is shop keeping.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The appearances of happiness or unhappiness of the soul are only reflections.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The whole universe is only the self with variations, one tune made bearable by variations. Sometimes there are discords, but they only make the subsequent harmony more perfect.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The world is a great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.” – Swami Vivekananda

The world is a great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong. - Swami Vivekananda Quotes

 

“Even if you have knowledge, do not disturb the childlike faith of the ignorant. On the other hand, go down to their level and gradually bring them up.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Kindness and love can buy you the whole world; lectures and books and philosophy all stand lower than these.” – Swami Vivekananda

“If I am unhappy, it has been of my own making, and that very thing shows that I can be happy if I will.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Never mind failures as they are quite natural. Failures are the beauty of life.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Fulfill your desire for power and everything else, and after that you will come to know that these are all very little things.” – Swami Vivekananda

“You may sit down and listen to me by the hour every day, but if you do not practice, you will not get one step further. It all depends on practice.” – Swami Vivekananda

“If a man with an ideal makes a thousand mistakes, I am sure that the man without an ideal makes fifty thousand.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Concentration of the powers of the mind is our only instrument to help us see God.” – Swami Vivekananda

“When you help a poor man, do not feel the least pride. It is worship for you, and not the cause of pride.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Don’t give any chance to others to steal your smile, because it is the most valuable asset than anything in your life.” – Swami Vivekananda

“We can read all the Vedas, and yet will not realize anything, but when we practice their teachings, then we attain to that state which realizes what the scriptures say.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Things do not grow better; they remain as they are. It is we who grow better, by the changes we make in ourselves.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Things do not grow better; they remain as they are. It is we who grow better, by the changes we make in ourselves.” – Swami Vivekananda Quotes

“Just as inequality is necessary for creation itself, so the struggle to limit it is also necessary. If there were no struggle to become free and get back to God, there would be no creation either.” – Swami Vivekananda

“That which the ignorant do with desire for results and gain, let the wise do without any attachment and without any desire for results and gain.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Until the inner teacher opens, all outside teaching is in vain.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The very reason of nature’s existence is for the education of the soul. It has no other meaning. It is there because the soul must have knowledge, and through knowledge it can free itself.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Be unattached, expect nothing in return, attachment comes only where we expect a return, love shines in freedom alone.” – Swami Vivekananda

“It is the subjective world that rules the objective. Change the subject, and the object is bound to change; purify yourself and the world is bound to be purified.” – Swami Vivekananda

“To the man who has begun to hate himself the gate to degeneration has already opened; and the same is true of a nation.” – Swami Vivekananda

“If you think thought cannot be manufactured then stop eating for twenty days and see how you feel. Begin today and count. Even thought is manufactured by food. There is no doubt about it.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The purer the mind, the easier it is to control it.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Never say any man is hopeless, because he only represents a character, a bundle of habits, which can be checked by new and better ones. Character is repeated habits, and repeated habits alone can reform character.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Freedom is the first condition of growth. What you do not make free will never grow.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Comfort is no test of truth. Truth is often far from being comfortable.” – Swami Vivekananda

Comfort is no test of truth. Truth is often far from being comfortable. - Swami Vivekananda Quotes

 

“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. The master of the household, the King, the self of man, is sitting in this chariot.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Truth is always infinite and eternal. That is the one test of truth. It never decays, it is always the same.” – Swami Vivekananda

“There is a soul and inside this soul is all power. It is already there, and if we can master this body, all the power will be unfolded. All knowledge is in the soul.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The real self of man, the free, the unchangeable, is beyond all conditions and, as such, it has neither birth nor death.” – Swami Vivekananda

“There is nothing in the universe that can change. Though this body has its beginning and end, the dweller in the body is infinite and without end.” – Swami Vivekananda

“No man to be judged by mere nature of his duties, but all should be judged by the manner and the spirit in which they perform them.” – Swami Vivekananda

“It is our own mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us. Our thoughts make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light.” – Swami Vivekananda

“We never build new, we simply change places. We cannot have anything new, only change the positions of things.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Although devotion is to be given to various institutes and teachers, the essence is to be taken from them all, as the bee takes the essence from various flowers.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Whatever may be the position of philosophy, whatever may be the position of metaphysics, as long as there is death in the world, weakness in the human heart and cry going out of the heart of man in his very weakness, there shall be a faith in God.” – Swami Vivekananda

“All misery comes from fear, from unsatisfied desire.” – Swami Vivekananda

“We have to bear the result of our own actions because we attach ourselves to them.” – Swami Vivekananda

“We have to bear the result of our own actions because we attach ourselves to them.” – Swami Vivekananda Quotes

“This human body is the greatest body in the universe, and a human being the greatest being. Man is higher than all animals, than all angels; none is greater than man. Even the Devas (Gods) will have to come down again and attain to salvation through a human body. Man alone attains to perfection, not even the Devas.” – Swami Vivekananda

“There is salvation only for the brave.” – Swami Vivekananda

“It is the most difficult thing in this world to work and not care for the result, to help a man and never think that he ought to be grateful, to do some good work and at the same time never look to see whether it brings you name or fame, or nothing at all.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Good and evil have an equal share in molding character, and in some instances misery is a greater teacher than happiness.” – Swami Vivekananda

“He who knows that he is free is free; he who knows that he is bound is bound. What is the end and aim of life? None, because I know that I am Infinite.” – Swami Vivekananda

“He reminds us that true renunciation is mental, not necessarily physical. We are not required to disown our husbands or wives and turn our children out of doors. We must only try to realize that they are not really ours; to love them as dwelling-places of Brahman, not as mere individuals.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Mercy shall not be for men alone, but shall go beyond, and embrace the whole world.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Breathing, posturing, etc. are no doubt helps in Yoga but they are merely physical. The great preparations are mental. The first thing necessary is a quiet and peaceable life.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The Upanishads point out that the goal of man is neither misery nor happiness, but we have to be master of that out of which these are manufactured. We must be masters of the situation at its very root.” – Swami Vivekananda

“It is a weakness to think that any one is dependent on me, and that I can do good to another. This belief is the mother of all our attachment and through this attachment comes all our pain.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Absolute equality which means a perfect balance of all the struggling forces in all the planes can never be in this world. If we try to carry them out, they will lead us surely enough to the day of destruction.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The powers of the mind are like the rays of the sun. When they are concentrated they illumine.” – Swami Vivekananda

The powers of the mind are like the rays of the sun. When they are concentrated they illumine. - Swami Vivekananda Quotes

 

“Why should I love every one? Because we all are one. Why should I love my brother? Because we both are one. There is this oneness solidarity of the whole universe. From the lowest worm that crawls under our feet to the highest beings that ever lived, all have various bodies, but the soul is one.” – Swami Vivekananda

“To me the very essence of education is concentration of mind, not the collecting of facts.” – Swami Vivekananda

“We must realize also that our so-called possessions are just toys which have been lent to us to play with for a little while.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Evil does not exist. Actually it is the absence of love, faith & true belief in God just like absence of heat and light result in cold and darkness.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The infinite strength of the world is yours. Drive out the superstition that has covered your minds. Let us be brave. Know the truth and practice the truth.” – Swami Vivekananda

“After a time man finds that it is not happiness, but knowledge, towards which he is going, and that both pleasure and pain are great teachers, and that he learns as much from evil as from good.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Let the mind be cheerful but calm. Never let it run into excesses, because every excess will be followed by a reaction.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The selfless and unattached man may live in the very heart of a crowded and sinful city; he will not be touched by sin.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Good and bad are never two different things. They are one and the same. The difference is not one of kind, but of degree.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Pleasure is not the goal of man, but knowledge. Pleasure and happiness come to an end. The cause of all the miseries we have in the world is that men foolishly think pleasure to be the ideal to strive for.” – Swami Vivekananda

“To love anyone personally is bondage. Love all alike, then all desires fall off.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The concentrated mind is a lamp that shows us every corner of the soul.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The concentrated mind is a lamp that shows us every corner of the soul.” – Swami Vivekananda Quotes

“Knowing that mother and father are the visible representatives of God, the householder always and by all means must please them. If the mother and father are pleased, God is pleased with the man.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Every man should take up his own ideal and endeavor to accomplish it. That is a surer way of progress than taking up other men’s ideals, which he can never hope to accomplish.” – Swami Vivekananda

“There he realized the oneness of the universe and man, that man is a universe in miniature.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Take up anything that you see or feel, a book for instance. First concentrate the mind on it, then on the knowledge that is in the form of a book, and then on the ego that sees the book, and so on. By that practice all the organs will be conquered.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Imagination is the door to inspiration and the basis of all thought.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Fulfill your desire for power and everything else, and after that the time will come when you will know that they are all very little things; but until you have fulfilled this desire, it is impossible for you to come to the state of calmness, serenity, and self-surrender.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Stick to truth and we shall succeed, may be slowly, but surely.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Our knowledge is within the network of Maya (unreality), and beyond that is freedom. Within the network there is slavery; beyond that there is no law. So far as the universe is concerned, existence is ruled by law, and beyond that is freedom.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Everything is infectious in this world, good or bad.” – Swami Vivekananda

“When you give something to a man and expect nothing, do not even expect the man to be grateful, never thought you had any right to anything in the way of a return. You gave him what he deserved; his own Karma got it for him; your Karma made you the carrier thereof.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The soul was not created, for creation means a combination which means a certain future dissolution.” – Swami Vivekananda

“You are the soul, free and eternal, ever free, ever blessed. Have faith enough and you will be free in a minute.” – Swami Vivekananda

You are the soul, free and eternal, ever free, ever blessed. Have faith enough and you will be free in a minute. - Swami Vivekananda Quotes

 

“Renounce everything. It is the creative faculty that brings us into all this entanglement.” – Swami Vivekananda

“If there were no fanaticism in the world, it would make much more progress than it does now. It is a retarding element creating hatred and anger and causing people to fight each other, and making them unsympathetic.” – Swami Vivekananda

“When you step beyond thought and intellect and all reasoning, then you have made the first step towards God; and that is the beginning of life.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Existence without knowledge and love, cannot be. Knowledge without love cannot be, and love without knowledge cannot be.” – Swami Vivekananda

“It is the coward and the fool who says, ‘This is fate’. But it is the strong man who stands up and says, ‘I will make my fate.’” – Swami Vivekananda

“If you want the reward, you must also have the punishment. The only way to get out of the punishment is to give up the reward.” – Swami Vivekananda

“To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance and 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

“In hurting anyone, you hurt yourself. In loving anyone, you love yourself.” – Swami Vivekananda

“You and I and all nature are like little bits of paper rushing in mad currents towards ocean of life. We may struggle to go back, to get up or down, but in the long run we must go and join this ocean of life and bliss.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Man is a slave of nature, and slave eternally he has got to remain. We call it Karma. Karma means law, and it applies everywhere. Everything is bound by Karma.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Fortune is like a flirt. She will run away from you when you want her, but if you are not interested in her, she will come chasing you.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Religion is no matter of books and beliefs, but of spiritual realization.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Religion is no matter of books and beliefs, but of spiritual realization.” – Swami Vivekananda Quotes

“A man who can work for five days, or even for five minutes, without any selfish motive whatever, without thinking of future, of heaven, of punishment, or anything of the kind, has in him the capacity to become a powerful moral giant.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Serve man Serve God.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Above all, beware of compromises. I do not mean that you are to get into antagonism with anybody, but you have to hold on to your own principles in weal or woe and never adjust them to others through the greed of getting supporters.” – Swami Vivekananda

“God is present in every Jiva; there is no other God besides that. Who serves Jiva serves God indeed.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The ideal man is he who, in the midst of the greatest silence and solitude, finds the intense activity, and in the midst of the intense activity finds the silence and solitude of the desert. He has learnt the secret of restraint, he has controlled himself.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Work for work’s sake. Worship for worship’s sake.” – Swami Vivekananda

“All who have actually attained any real religious experience never wrangle over the form in which the different religions are expressed. They know that the soul of all religions is the same and so they have no quarrel with anybody just because he or she does not speak in the same tongue.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Only what is done as duty for duty’s sake can scatter the bondage of Karma.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Real existence, real knowledge and real love are eternally connected with one another, the three in one. Where one of them is, the others also must be; they are the three aspects of the one without a second existence, knowledge and bliss.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Truth itself is always simple. Complexity is due to man’s ignorance.” – Swami Vivekananda

“In majority of cases, it would be found that it was misery that taught more than happiness, it was poverty that taught more than wealth, it was blows that brought out their inner fire more than praise.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Crave for a thing, you will get it. Renounce the craving, the object will follow you by itself.” – Swami Vivekananda

Crave for a thing, you will get it. Renounce the craving, the object will follow you by itself. - Swami Vivekananda Quotes

 

“The Tapas and the other hard Yoga that were practiced in other Yugas do not work now. What is needed in this Yuga is giving and helping others.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The Vedanta recognizes no sin, it only recognizes error. And the greatest error, says the Vedanta is to say that you are weak, that you are a sinner, a miserable creature, and that you have no power and you cannot do this and that.” – Swami Vivekananda

“You must worship the self in Krishna, not Krishna as Krishna.” – Swami Vivekananda

“This self is first to heard, then to be thought upon, and then meditated upon.” – Swami Vivekananda

“When men are once trained, it is essential that their leader leave them, for without his absence they cannot develop themselves. Plants always remain small under a big tree.” – Swami Vivekananda

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

“If you have assimilated five ideas and made them your life and character, you have more education than any man who can give by heart a whole library.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life; dream of it; think of it; live on that idea. Let the brain, the body, muscles, nerves, every part of your body be full of that idea and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced.” – Swami Vivekananda

“In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart.” – 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

“You must expand if you want to live. The moment you have ceased to expand, death is upon you, danger is ahead.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Virtue is the only friend which follows us even beyond the grave. Everything else ends with death.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Virtue is the only friend which follows us even beyond the grave. Everything else ends with death.” – Swami Vivekananda Quotes

“The world is ready to give up its secrets if we only know how to knock and 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 powerful it becomes.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Happiness and misery are the obverse and reverse of the same coin. He who takes happiness, must take misery also. We all have this foolish idea that we can have happiness without misery, and it has taken such possession of us that we have no control over the senses.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Intelligent ones are those who can convert every work into one that suits their taste.” – Swami Vivekananda

“Think of a space in your heart, and in the midst of that space think that a flame is burning. Think of that flame as your own soul and inside the flame is another effulgent light, and that is the soul of your soul, God. Meditate upon that in the heart.” – Swami Vivekananda

“This universe is the wreckage of the infinite on the shores of the finite.” – Swami Vivekananda

“There has been more bloodshed in the name of God than for any other cause, because people never went to the fountain-head. They were content only to give a mental assent to the customs of their forefathers, and wanted others to do the same.” – Swami Vivekananda

“The earth is enjoyed by heroes. Be a hero. Always say, I have no fear.” – Swami Vivekananda

“If you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.” – Swami Vivekananda

“If the student thinks he is the spirit, he will be a better student. If the lawyer thinks he is the spirit, he will be a better lawyer, and so on.” – Swami Vivekananda

 

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