Quotes of Swami Vivekananda – 17

Quotes – 17

  1. Who cares for name? Off with it!
  2. Give the last bit of bread you have, even if you are starving. You will be perfect, you will become God.
  3. The hand was made to give always.
  4. The lowest man is he whose hand draws in receiving; and he is the highest man whose hand goes out in giving.
  5. There is no higher virtue than charity.
  6. You have the power to give. Give, and there it ends.
  7. Ask nothing; want nothing in return. Give what you have to give, it will come back to you – but do not think of that now. It will come back multiplied – a thousand fold – but the attention must not be on that.
  8. If a man’s wants can be removed for an hour, it is helping him indeed; if his wants can be removed for a year, it will be more help to him; but if his wants can be removed for ever, it is surely the greatest help that can be given him.
  9. Helping others physically, by removing their physical needs, is indeed great, but the help is great according as the need is greater and according as the help is far reaching.
  10. As long as there is a “cask” at all, we must think through material means. No impatient one can ever succeed.
  11. We are all on the way to become the cask of glass and even higher and higher reflections.
  12. Shri Ramakrishna was like the iron cask transformed into a glass cask through which can be seen the inner light as it is.
  13. Gradually, by purity and unselfishness we can make the obscuring medium less and less dense, until at last it becomes as transparent as glass.
  14. The Light Divine within is obscured in most people. It is like a lamp in a cask of iron, no gleam of light can shine through.
  15. In Nirvana you are when you are not. Buddha said, “You are best, you are real, when you are not” — when the little self is gone.
  16. No one will ever know his own Self or God; but we are that own Self, we are God.
  17. All knowledge is of the reflected, as we can only see our face in a mirror.
  18. Neither idealists nor materialists are right; we must take both idea and expression.
  19. Each thought has two parts — the thinking and the word; and we must have both.
  20. The great abstraction of ideas in the world is what we call God.
  21. Up, up, my boys, we are sure to win!
  22. Up boys, and put yourselves to the task! If you can do that, I am sure we will be able to do much in future.
  23. Today God is being abandoned by the world because He does not seem to be doing enough for the world. So they say, “Of what good is He?” Shall we look upon God as a mere municipal authority?
  24. The Knower can never be expressed; it is as when a grain of salt drops into the ocean, it is at once merged in the ocean.
  25. Knowledge is mere classification. When we find many things of the same kind we call the sum of them by a certain name and are satisfied; we discover “facts”, never “why”. We take a circuit in a wider field of darkness and think we know something! No “why” can be answered in this world; for that we must go to God.
  26. If I give them tit for tat, it would bring us down to a level with them. Tell them that truth will take care of itself, and that they are not to fight anybody for me. They have much to learn yet, and they are only children. They are still full of foolish golden dreams — mere boys!
  27. Tell my friends that a uniform silence is all my answer to my detractors.
  28. The seed must be a living seed, and the field must be ready ploughed; and when both these conditions are fulfilled, a wonderful growth of genuine religion takes place.
  29. To convey such an impulse to any soul, in the first place, the soul from which it proceeds must possess the power of transmitting it,as it were, to another; and in the second place, the soul to which it is transmitted must be fit to receive it.
  30. The person from whose soul such impulse comes is called the Guru — the teacher; and the person to whose soul the impulse is conveyed is called the Shishya — the student.
  31. To quicken the spirit, the impulse must come from another soul.
  32. When it comes, the higher powers and possibilities of the soul are quickened,spiritual life is awakened, growth is animated, and man becomes holy and perfect in the end.
  33. Every soul is destined to be perfect, and every being, in the end, will attain the state of perfection.
  34. You will find that all recognised religions have these three elements. Some lay more stress on one, some on another.
  35. We are always making this mistake in judging others; we are always inclined to think that our little mental universe is all that is; our ethics, our morality, our sense of duty, our sense of utility, are the only things that are worth having.
  36. While we recognise a God, it is really only the Self which we have separated ourselves from and worship as outside of us; but it is our true Self all the time — the one and only God.
  37. Life and death are only different names for the same fact, the two sides of the one coin. Both are Maya, the inexplicable state of striving at one time to live, and a moment later to die. Beyond this is the true nature, the Atman.
  38. There are yet unreached depths and others where the equilibrium has been regained; but the ripple is always progressing, the struggle to regain the balance is eternal.
  39. Creation is infinite, without beginning and without end — the ever-moving ripple in an infinite lake.
  40. What we want is freedom, not life, nor pleasure, nor good.
  41. There is no possibility of ever having pleasure without pain, good without evil; for living itself is just the lost equilibrium.
  42. The pleasure of the Self is what the world calls religion.
  43. All pleasures of the senses / even of the mind are evanescent but within ourselves is the one true unrelated pleasure ,dependent upon nothing. It is perfectly free, it is bliss. The more our bliss is within, the more spiritual we are.
  44. If the mind is pleased with praise, it will be displeased with blame.
  45. It is but baby’s play, and we know that, so cannot be disturbed by it.
  46. Take a very, very high stand; knowing out universal nature, we must look with perfect calmness upon all the panorama of the world.
  47. Stand upon the Self, then only can we truly love the world.
  48. Four years of residence in the marvellous West has made India only the better understood. The shades are deeper and the lights brighter.
  49. Bold has been my message to the people of the West. Bolder to those at home.
  50. The spirit, my boys, the spirit; the love, my children, the love; the faith, the belief; and fear not! The greatest sin is fear.
  51. Up, up, the long night is passing, the day is approaching, the wave has risen, nothing will be able to resist its tidal fury.
  52. The Lord’s blessings on you all! His power be in you all— as I believe it is already.
  53. Remember, “The grass when made into a rope by being joined together can even chain a mad elephant.”
  54. Stop not to look back for name, or fame, or any such nonsense. Throw self overboard and work.
  55. Work, work the idea, the plan, my boys, my brave, noble, good souls — to the wheel, to the wheel put your shoulders!
  56. Great things can be done by great sacrifices only. No selfishness, no name, no fame, yours or mine, nor my Master’s even!
  57. Act on the educated young men, bring them together, and organise them.
  58. Look here — we shall all die! Bear this in mind always, and then the spirit within will wake up. Then only, meanness will vanish from you, practicality in work will come, you will get new vigour in mind and body, and those who come in contact with you will also feel that they have really got something uplifting from you.
  59. Be perfectly pure in money dealings. So long as you have faith and honesty and devotion, everything will prosper.
  60. The power of love is infinitely of greater potency than the power of hatred.
  61. Love is therefore the only law of live. He who loves, lives.
  62. Be thankful that you are allowed to exercise your power of benevolence and mercy in the world and thus, become pure and perfect.
  63. Him I call a Mahatman whose heart bleeds for the poor; otherwise he is a Duratman.
  64. You cannot help any one; you can only serve; serve the children of the Lord, serve the Lord Himself, if you have the privilege.
  65. The remedy for weakness is not brooding over weakness, but thinking of strength.
  66. Being reminded of weakness does not help much. Give strength; and strength does not come by thinking of weakness all the time.
  67. Thinking all the time that we are diseased, will not cure us; medicine is necessary.
  68. All the strength and succor you want is within yourselves. Therefore make your own future.
  69. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creator of your own destiny.
  70. Losing faith in one’s self means losing faith in God.
  71. If caste is thus unavoidable, I would rather have a caste of purity and culture and self-sacrifice than a caste of dollars.
  72. In the present day, it has become necessary for women also to learn self defence. See, how grand was the Queen of Jhansi!
  73. Calm and silent and steady work and no newspaper humbug, no name-making, you must always remember this.
  74. The national ideals of India are renunciation and service. Intensify her in these channels and the rest will take care of itself.
  75. Your country requires heroes; be heroes.
  76. It is a man-making religion that we want. It is man-making theories that we want. It is man-making education all round that we want.
  77. Each of us is heir-apparent to the Emperor of Emperors.
  78. Let positive, strong, helpful thoughts enter into your brains from very childhood.
  79. What India wants is a new electric fire to stir up a fresh vigour in the national veins. Be brave, be brave; man dies but once.
  80. Freedom, physical freedom, mental freedom and spiritual freedom are the watchwords of the Upanishads.
  81. You can do anything and everything, without even the guidance of any one. All power is there. Stand up and express the divinity within you.
  82. Truth is strengthening. Truth is purity, Truth is all knowledge. Truth must be strengthening, must be enlightening, must be invigorating.
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