Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda Bengali (12 January 1863 – 4 July 1902) was an Indian Hindu monk, a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna. He was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world and is credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the late 19th century.

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Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it dream of it live on that idea. Let the brain 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.

As different streams having different sources all mingle their waters in the sea, so different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to God.

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.

The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him - that moment I am free from bondage everything that binds vanishes and I am free.

We are what our thoughts have made us, so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live, they travel far.

When an idea exclusively occupies the mind it is transformed into an actual physical or mental state.

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.

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.

Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.

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.

That man has reached immortality who is disturbed by nothing material.

All differences in this world are of degree and not of kind because oneness is the secret of everything.

You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.

Condemn none: 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.

In one word this ideal is that you are divine.

Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being.

Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin this is the only sin, to say that you are weak or others are weak.

External nature is only internal nature writ large.

The more we come out and do good to others the more our hearts will be purified and God will be in them.

The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.

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