Quotes of Swami Vivekananda – 12

Quotes – 12

  1. It is better, far better, to die on the field of duty, preaching the truth, than to die like a worldly worm. Advance!
  2. This life comes and goes – wealth, fame, enjoyments are only for a few days.
  3. Work unto death – I am with you, and when I am gone, my spirit will work with you.
  4. You little know how you can leave nothing undone in life, if you labour day and night for others with your heart’s blood.
  5. Leave aside your thoughts of poverty! In what respects are you poor?
  6. I love you all ever so much, but I would wish you all to die working for others – I should be rather glad to see you do that!
  7. Even the least work done for others awakens the power within; even thinking of the least good of others gradually instils into the heart the strength of a lion.
  8. Do not sit idle, thinking that everything will be done in time, later. Mind – nothing will be done that way.
  9. Set yourselves to work – to work! Do not tarry – the time of death is approaching day by day!
  10. On you lies the future hope of our country. I feel extreme pain to see your leading a life of inaction. – Swami Vivekananda
  11. Die you must, but have a great ideal to die for and, it is better to die with a great ideal in life. Preach this ideal from door to door and you will yourselves be benefited and at the same time, be doing good to your country.
  12. At the most, you may die in the attempt. What of that? How many like you are taking birth and dying like worms, every day?
  13. Go, all of you, wherever there is an outbreak of plague or famine, or wherever the people are in distress, and mitigate their sufferings.
  14. Calm and silent and steady work and no newspaper humbug, no name-making, you must always remember this.
  15. Doing good to others out of compassion is good, but the Seva (service) of all beings in the spirit of the Lord is better.
  16. If you want any good to come, just throw your ceremonials overboard & worship the living God, the Man-God-every being that wears a human form.
  17. Let me help my fellowmen – that is all I seek.
  18. Those who want to help mankind must take their own pleasure and pain, name and fame, and all sorts of interests, and make a bundle of them and throw them into the sea and then come to the Lord. This is what all the masters said and did.
  19. The national ideals of India are renunciation and service. Intensify her in these channels and the rest will take care of itself.
  20. God is present in every Jiva, there is no other God besides that. Who serves Jiva serves God indeed.
  21. Throw away everything, even your own salvation, and go and help others. Let all other vain gods disappear for the time from our minds. This is the only god that is awake, our own race, everywhere his hands, everywhere his feet, everywhere his ears; he covers everything.
  22. Your ancestors gave up the world for doing great things.
  23. Bold are my words & let me repeat that it is the greatest privilege in our lives that we are allowed to serve the Lord in all these shapes.
  24. The poor & the miserable are for our salvation, so that we may serve the Lord, coming in the shape of the distressed ,lunatic ,the leper, the sinner
  25. I should see God in the poor and it is for my salvation that I go and worship them.
  26. Is it not a great privilege to be allowed to worship God by helping our fellowmen?
  27. Be grateful to the man you help, think of him as God.
  28. Be thankful that you are allowed to exercise your power of benevolence and mercy in the world and thus, become pure and perfect
  29. The world does not need you at all. Cut out the word help from your mind. You cannot help; it is blasphemy! You worship.
  30. Do you think even an ant will die for want of your help? Most arrogant blasphemy!
  31. God has not fallen into a ditch for you and me to help Him out by building a hospital, or something of that sort! He allows you to work… not in order to help Him, but that you may help yourself.
  32. All the work you do, is done for your own salvation, is done for your own benefit.
  33. He who loves, lives; he who is selfish is dying. Therefore, love for love’s sake. Because, it is the only law of life.
  34. Any expansion is life, all contraction is death. All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction. Love is therefore the only law of live.
  35. Have patience and be faithful unto death. Do not fight among yourselves. Be perfectly pure in money dealings.
  36. Do not open your mind, unless you feel it will be positively beneficial. Use agreeable and wholesome language towards even the greatest enemy.
  37. So long as there is no feeling of disunion amongst you, through grace of the Lord, I assure, there is no danger for you.
  38. So long as you have faith and honesty and devotion, everything will prosper.
  39. It is character that pays everywhere. Give up jealousy and conceit. Learn to work unitedly for others. That is the great need of our country.
  40. Who cares for these tinsel puffs of name? Have you love? – You are omnipotent. Are you perfectly unselfish? If so, you are irresistible.
  41. Why not worship them first? Why go to dig a well on the shores of the Ganges? Believe in the omnipotent power of love.
  42. Do you love your fellowmen? Where should you go to seek for God? Are not all the poor, the miserable, the weak, Gods?
  43. Of course, all animals are temples too, but man is the highest, the Taj Mahal of temples.
  44. The only God to worship is the human soul in the human body.
  45. The poor and the miserable are for our salvation, so that we may serve the Lord coming in the shape of the diseased, coming in the shape of the lunatic, the leper and the sinner.
  46. Blessed you are that that privilege was given to you when others had it not. Do it only as a worship.
  47. If the Lord grants that you can help any one of His children, blessed you are; do not think too much of yourselves.
  48. You cannot help anyone; you can only serve; serve the children of the Lord, serve the Lord Himself, if you have the privilege.
  49. Look upon every man, woman and everyone as God.
  50. Always first learn to be a servant, and then you will be fit to be a master.
  51. First learn to obey. The command will come by itself. Always first learn to be a servant, and then you will be fit to be a master.
  52. Everyone wants to command and no one wants to obey; and this is owing to the absence of that wonderful Brahmacharya system of yore.
  53. Our first duty is not to hate ourselves; because, to advance we must have faith in ourselves first and then in God.
  54. To the man who has begun to hate himself, the gate to degeneration has already opened; and the same is true of a nation.
  55. Resist all evils mental and physical; and when you have succeeded in resisting, then will calmness come.
  56. Inactivity should be avoided by all means. Activity always means resistance.
  57. Work as if you were a stranger in this land, a sojourner; work incessantly, but do not bind yourselves; bondage is terrible.
  58. Be ‘unattached’; let things work; let brain-centres work; work incessantly, but let not a ripple conquer the mind.
  59. You should work like a master and not as a slave; work incessantly, but do not do a slave’s work.
  60. The calmer we are and the less disturbed our nerves, the more shall we love and the better will our work be.
  61. The man that has practised control over himself cannot be acted upon by anything outside; there is no more slavery for him. His mind has become free; such a man alone is fit to live well in the world.
  62. He who can properly prepare a chhilam of tobacco can also meditate properly.
  63. You never help one by telling about his faults, but you do him an injury, and injure yourself as well.
  64. Never talk about the faults of others, no matter how bad they may be. Nothing is ever gained by that.
  65. It is struggle against nature and not conformity to nature that makes man what he is.
  66. But the intelligent man is he who can convert every work into one that suits his taste. No work is petty.
  67. Even the greatest fool can accomplish a task, if it be after his heart.
  68. One may gain political and social independence, but if he is a slave to his passions and desires, he cannot feel the pure joy of freedom.
  69. Happiness presents itself before man, wearing the crown of sorrow on its head. He who welcomes it must also welcome sorrow.
  70. If I cannot get nectar, shall I fall back upon ditch water?
  71. If I do not find bliss in the life of the spirit, shall I seek satisfaction in the life of the senses?
  72. In that lies the germ of future troubles. Moreover, bear with everyone’s shortcomings. Forgive offences by the million.
  73. If anybody comes to you to speak ill of any of his brothers, refuse to listen to him in toto. It is a great sin to listen even.
  74. See not, touch not with your toes even, anything that is uncanny.
  75. Despondency is not religion, whatever else it may be. By being pleasant always and smiling, it takes you nearer to God, nearer than any prayer.
  76. When these cardinal virtues will be manifested in you, then only you will be able to work with great energy.
  77. If anybody comes to you for vain dispute, politely withdraw yourself. You must express your sympathy with people of all sects.
  78. Many things may occur to the mind, but it gradually makes a mountain of a mole-hill, if you try to express them. Everything ends, if you forgive and forget.
  79. Know that talking ill of others in private is a sin. You must wholly avoid it.
  80. Religion permeates the whole of man’s life, not only the present, but the past, present, and future. It is, therefore, the eternal relation between the eternal soul and the eternal God.
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