Monday, August 10, 2009

Quotes Of Swami Vivekananda

There is no virtue higher than non-injury.

To obtain Bhakti, seek the company of holy men who have Bhakti, and read books like the Gita and the Imitation of Christ; always think of the attributes of God.

Bhakti is a higher thing higher than even desiring heaven. The idea of heaven is of a place of intensified enjoyment. How can that be God.

When love to God is revealed and is all, this world appears like a drop


Even he who has seen only a spook is more spiritual than book-learned pundits.

The day will come when men will study history from a different light and find that competition is neither the cause nor the effect, simply a thing on the way, not necessary to evolution at all.

The mind has to be made malleable like clay. Just as clay sticks wherever you throw it, so the mind must be made to dwell upon whatever object you concentrate it.

Concentration is the essence of all knowledge, nothing can be done without it.

COURAGEThe brave alone can afford to be sincere. Compare the lion and the fox.

The devotion to God as seen in every religion is divided into two parts: the devotion which works through forms and ceremonies and through words, and that which works through love.
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 one's own feet.

Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man.

All our struggle is for freedom. We seek neither misery nor happiness, but freedom, freedom alone.

Friendship with many is good at a distance.

This is the one central idea in the Gita: work incessantly, but be not attached to it.
That wonderful poem, without one note in it, of weakness or unmanliness.

Some imaginations help to break the bondage of the rest. The whole universe is imagination, but one set of imaginations will cure another set. Those that tell us that there is sin and sorrow and death in the world are terrible. But the other set — thou art holy, there is God, there is no pain — these are good, and help to break the bondage of the others. The highest imagination that can break all the links of the chain is that of the Personal God.
No one can get anything unless he earns it. This is an eternal law.
I am persuaded that a leader is not made in one life. He has to be born for it. For the difficulty is not in organisation and making plans; the test, the real test, of the leader, lies in holding widely different people together along the line of their common sympathies. And this can only be done unconsciously, never by trying.
Life is but a dream of death.
Pure love has no motive. It has nothing to gain.
Though the love of a mother is in some ways greater, yet the whole world takes the love of man and woman as the type. No other has such tremendous idealising power. The beloved actually becomes what he is imagined to be. This love transforms its obiect.

The more you fly from nature, the more she follows you; and if you do not care for her at all, she becomes your slave.

Things do not grow better. They remain as they are; and we grow better by the changes we make in them.

The ultimate goal of all mankind, the aim and end of all religions, is but one — re-union with God, or, what amounts to the same, with the divinity which is every man's true nature.

No man is born to any religion; he has a religion in his own soul

Samadhi is perfect absorption of thought into the Supreme Spirit, when one realises. "I and my Father are one."

The soul lives and forever expands. Worlds must come into the soul. Worlds must disappear in the soul like drops in the ocean.
Evolution is in nature, not in the soul — evolution of nature, manifestation of the soul.

Purity, patience, and perseverance are the three essentials to success, and above all, love.

There is no other teacher but your own soul.
The greatest name man ever gave to God is Truth.
Truth does not pay homage to any society, modern or ancient. Society has to pay homage to truth, or die.
Truth never dreams.
By truth we attain fruits of work.
Through truth everything is attained. In truth everything is established.
The best work is only done by alternate repose and work.

The strong, the well-knit, the young, the healthy, the daring alone are fit to be Yogis.
To the Yogi everything is bliss.

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