Quotes of Swami Vivekananda – 13

Quotes – 13

  1. Everything must be judged by its own standard and the infinite must be judged by the standard of infinity.
  2. What is now wanted is a combination of the greatest heart with the highest intellectuality, of infinite love with infinite knowledge.
  3. Why should men be moral? Because through morality is the path towards freedom, and immorality leads to bondage.
  4. If I am immune against all anger, I never feel angry. If I am proof against all hatred, I never feel hatred.
  5. To talk of evil and misery is nonsense, because they do not exist outside.
  6. God is neither unknowable nor known, but infinitely higher than both; for He is our real Self.
  7. We’re absolutely one; we’re physically one, we’re mentally one, & as spirit, it goes without saying, that we’re one ,if we believe in spirit at all
  8. We are all human beings; that is to say, each one of us, as it were, a particular part of the general concept, humanity.
  9. The proof of religion depends on the truth of the constitution of man, and not on any books.
  10. Everything can be sacrificed for truth, but truth cannot be sacrificed for anything.
  11. That man has reached immortality who is disturbed by nothing material.
  12. You have to grow from inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.
  13. Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.
  14. Those who really feel universal brotherhood do not talk much, but their very actions speak aloud.
  15. As soon as you make a sect, you protest against universal brotherhood.
  16. Even in all relative truth, more than the truth itself, we want the exercise. That is our life.
  17. The glory of man is that he is a thinking being. It is the nature of man to think and therein he differs from animals.
  18. The only power is in realisation, and that lies in ourselves and comes from thinking. Let men think.
  19. What we want is progress, development, realisation. No theories ever made men higher. No amount of books can help us to become purer.
  20. What we now want in our country, however, is not so much of weeping, but a little strength.
  21. If failure comes, there need be no sorrow. The work was done only for love of God.
  22. Most of us will find that we were born for service. We must leave the results to God. The work was done only for love of God.
  23. In the highest love, union is only of the spirit. All love of any other kind is quickly evanescent. Only the spiritual lasts, and this grows.
  24. We are bound by the senses; they play upon us, make fools of us all the time.
  25. Talking about faith and belief and doctrine is easy, but it is so difficult to build character and to stem the tide of the senses.
  26. The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves! If you do not exist, how can God exist, or anybody else?
  27. Do not stand on a high pedestal and take five cents in your hand and say, “Here, my poor man,” but be grateful that the poor man is there so that by making a gift to him, you are able to help yourself. It is not the receiver that is blessed, but it is the giver.
  28. It is a great privilege for all of us to be allowed to do anything for the world. In helping the world we really help ourselves.
  29. We have to bear in mind that we are all debtors to the world and the world does not owe us anything.
  30. The hand was made to give always. Give the last bit of bread you have, even if you are starving. You will be perfect, you will become God.
  31. There’s no higher virtue than charity. The lowest man is he whose hand draws in receiving;&he’s the highest man whose hand goes out in giving
  32. The world is just a playground, &we are here having good fun, having a game; & God is with us playing all the while, & we are with Him playing. God is our eternal playmate. How beautifully He is playing! The play is finished when the cycle: comes to an end. It is only when you forget that it is all play and that you are also helping in the play, it is only then that misery and sorrows come. He plays in every atom; He is playing when He is building up earths, & suns, & moons; He is playing with the human heart, with animals, with plants. We are His chessmen; He puts the chessmen on the board and shakes them up. He arranges us first in one way &then in another,& we are consciously or unconsciously helping in His play. And, oh, bliss! we are His playmates!
  33. When you give a morsel of food to the dog, you worship the dog as God. God is in that dog. He is the dog. He is all and in all.
  34. A fanatic is a fanatic simply because he expects to get something for himself in return. As soon as the battle is over, he goes for the spoil
  35. You must also remember that the world has God to govern it, and He has not left it to our charity.
  36. Make no conditions and none will be imposed. Let us give out of our own bounty, just as God gives to us.
  37. Give love, give help, give service, give any little thing you can, but keep out barter.
  38. In the world take always the position of the giver. Give everything and look for no return.
  39. He who has no faith in himself can never have faith in God.
  40. Our first duty is not to hate ourselves, because to advance we must have faith in ourselves first and then in God.
  41. To the man who has begun to hate himself the gate to degeneration has already opened; and the same is true of a nation.
  42. The Prana is the vital force in every being. Thought is the finest and highest action of Prana.
  43. Say, “Everything is in me, I can manifest it at will”
  44. To control the mind, to place it just where we want it, requires special training. In training the mind the first step is to begin with the breathing. Regular breathing puts the body in a harmonious condition; and it is then easier to reach the mind.
  45. Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.
  46. Religion is the idea which is raising the brute unto man, and man unto God.
  47. Strength is in goodness, in purity.
  48. We are here to work, and will have to leave all when the call comes.
  49. When the cause is there, there is no more difficulty about the effect, the effect is bound to come.
  50. Proper attention to the finishing, strengthening, of the means is what we need. With the means all right, the end must come.
  51. If we analyse failures critically, in ninety-nine per cent of cases we shall find that it was because we did not pay attention to the means.
  52. He who knows and controls his own mind knows the secret of every mind and has power over every mind.
  53. Our actions are but effects. Actions must come when the man is there; the effect is bound to follow the cause.
  54. As I have already remarked, the personality of the man is two-thirds, and his intellect, his words, are but one-third.
  55. When this world goes, good and evil go with it; but when we can transcend this world, we get rid of both good and evil and have bliss.
  56. Take a very, very high stand; knowing out universal nature, we must look with perfect calmness upon all the panorama of the world.
  57. Stand upon the Self, then only can we truly love the world.
  58. Religion goes to the root of the matter. If it is right, all is right.
  59. Call it God, Love, Spirit. Allah, Jehovah — it is the same unity that animates all life from the lowest animal to the noblest man.
  60. All religions are different expressions of the same truth; all march on or die out.
  61. If the sun by the cloud is hidden a bit, If the welkin shows but gloom, Still hold on yet a while, brave heart, The victory is sure to come.
  62. The deer has only one class of fear, such as that from tigers, wolves, etc. Man has the whole universe to fear.
  63. We are continually taking care of this body that anything can knock down; and so we are living in a constant state of fear.
  64. If you seek only bodily comforts, where is the difference between men and animals? Think yourselves a little higher than that.
  65. Do not pray for little things.
  66. My experience comes to this, that it is rather wise to avoid all sorts of fanatical reforms. This world is slowly going on; let it go slowly. Why are you in a hurry? Sleep well and keep your nerves in good order; eat right food, and have sympathy with the world.
  67. By degrees even physicians will find out that fanaticism is a kind of disease. I have seen plenty of it. The Lord save me from it!
  68. In ninety cases out of a hundred, fanatics must have bad livers, or they are dyspeptics, or are in some way diseased.
  69. You should work like a master and not as a slave; work incessantly, but do not do a slave’s work.
  70. The calmer we are and the less disturbed our nerves, the more shall we love and the better will our work be.
  71. 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.
  72. Everyone wants to command and no one wants to obey; and this is owing to the absence of that wonderful Brahmacharya system of yore.
  73. The mind uncontrolled and unguided will drag us down, down, for ever -rend us, kill us; & the mind controlled and guided will save us, free us.
  74. Our inability to rise above the sense-life — the striving for physical pleasures, is the cause of all the horrors and miseries in the world.
  75. All the misery of the world is caused by this slavery to the senses.
  76. It is better, far better, to die on the field of duty, preaching the truth, than to die like a worldly worm. Advance!
  77. Die you must, but have a great ideal to die for, and it is better to die with a great ideal in life.
  78. Calm and silent and steady work and no newspaper humbug, no name-making, you must always remember this.
  79. Tapasya is threefold-of the body, of speech & of mind. The first is service of others; the second truthfulness; &third, control &concentration
  80. We cannot unmake ourselves; we cannot destroy or impair the vital force within us, but we have the freedom to give it different directions.
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