18701 Golden Words Of Swami Vivekananda

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  1. GOLDEN WORDS OF SWAMI VIVEKANANDA When there is a conflict between the
  2. heart and the brain, let the heart be followed. 2
  3. A man of intellect can turn into a devil, but never a man of heart. 3
  4. Religion is not a theoretical need but a practical necessity. 4
  5. Renunciation does not mean simply dispassion for the world. It means dispassion for the world and also longing for God. 5
  6. There is no misery where there is no want. 6
  7. The secret of life is not enjoyment, but education through experience. 7
  8. Every new thought must create opposition. 8
  9. Renunciation is the withdrawal of mind from other things and concentrating it on God. 9
  10. Every man who thinks ahead of his time is sure to be misunderstood. 10
  11. In this short life there is no time for the exchange of compliments. 11
  12. Do not wait to cross the river when the water has all run down. 12
  13. The greatest sin is fear. 13
  14. Better the scolding of the wise than the adulation of the fools. 14
  15. If you love God's creation more than God, you will be disillusioned. 15
  16. Everything can be sacrificed for truth, but truth can't be sacrificed for anything. 16
  17. God has become man, man will become god again. 17
  18. If it is impossible to attain perfection here and now, there is no proof that we can attain perfection in any other life. 18
  19. That part of the Vedas which agrees with reason is the Vedas, and nothing else. 19
  20. If you want to do anything evil, do it before the eyes of your superiors. 20
  21. Happiness presents itself before man, wearing the crown of sorrow on its head. 21
  22. If one is a slave to his passions and desires, one cannot feel the pure joy of real freedom. 22
  23. If you can't attain salvation in this life, what proof is there that you can attain it in the life or lives to come? 23
  24. Never mind if your contribution is only a mite, your help only a little, blades of grass united into a rope will 24
  25. hold in confinement the maddest of elephants. The cow never tells a lie, and the stone never steals, but, nevertheless, the 25
  26. cow remains a cow and the stone remains a stone. Man steals and man tells a lie, and again it is man that becomes the god. 26
  27. When even man never hears the cries of the fool, do you think God will? 27
  28. Strength is life, weakness is death. 28
  29. Never are the wants of a beggar fulfilled. We want the education by 29
  30. which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one's own feet. 30
  31. Let the heart be opened first, and all else will follow of itself. 31
  32. Tell the man his defaults directly but praise his virtues before others. 32
  33. Activity is life and inactivity is death. 33
  34. Salvation is not achieved by inactivity but by spiritual activities. 34
  35. Even the least work done for others awakens the power within. 35
  36. New things have to be learned, have to be introduced and worked out, but is that to be done by sweeping away all that is old, just because it is old? 36
  37. The man who says he has nothing more to learn is already at his last grasp 37
  38. As long as I live, so do I learn. 38
  39. No one can save a person who hires a carriage to go from one street to another, and then complain of diabetes. 39
  40. By the control of the subconscious mind you get control over the conscious. 40
  41. It is the constant struggle against nature that constitutes human progress, not conformity with it. 41
  42. The very essence of education is 42
  43. concentration of mind, not the collecting of facts. As we get further and further away 43
  44. from sense- pleasures, “knowledge for the sake of knowledge” becomes the supreme pleasure of mind. 44
  45. It is through the many that we reach the one. 45
  46. The soul is the circle of which the circumference is nowhere, but the center is the body. God is a circle whose circumference is nowhere, but whose center is everywhere. 46
  47. The body itself is the biggest disease. 47
  48. If any one of you believes what I teach, I will be sorry. I will only be too glad if I can excite in you the power of thinking for yourselves. 48
  49. When the world is the end and God the means to attain that end, that is material. When God is the end and the world is only the means to attain that 49
  50. end, spirituality has begun. The fear of God is the beginning of religion, but the love of God is the end of religion. 50
  51. Do not give up anything! Things will give you up. 51
  52. The sage is often ignorant of physical science, because he reads the wrong book- the book within; 52
  53. and the scientist is too often ignorant of religion, because he reads the wrong book- the book without. 53
  54. Experience is the only source of knowledge. 54
  55. Do one thing at a time and while doing it put your whole soul into it to the exclusion of all else. 55
  56. Where there is life, there will be death; so get away from life if you want to get rid of death. 56
  57. Records of great spiritual men of the past do us no good whatever except that they urge us onward to do the same, to experience religion ourselves. 57
  58. We may read all the Bibles of the world, but that will not give us religion. 58
  59. The brave alone can afford to be sincere. 59
  60. The balance is so nice that if you disturb the equilibrium of one atom, the whole world will come to an end. 60
  61. Save the spiritual store in your body by observing continence. 61
  62. The wicked see in God wickedness. The virtuous see in Him virtue. 62
  63. When good nectar is unattainable, it is no reason 63
  64. why we should eat poison. 64
  65. Love to enemies is not possible for ordinary men. Everything that comes from India take as 65
  66. true, until you cogent reasons for disbelieving it. Everything that comes from Europe take as false, until you find cogent reasons for believing it. 66
  67. The benefit of Yoga is that we learn to control instead of being controlled. 67
  68. Never talk about the faults of others, no matter how bad they may be. 68
  69. All quarrels and disputations concerning religion simply show that religion is not present. 69
  70. You must not criticize others, you must criticize yourself. 70
  71. What you have inside you is what you see in others. 71
  72. Our business is to verify not to swallow. 72
  73. How can that be loveless which causes love in me? 73
  74. You cannot judge a man by his faults. 74
  75. You must believe in yourself and then you will believe in God. 75
  76. If you are pure, if you are strong, you, one man, is equal to the whole world. 76
  77. Mother represents colorless love that knows no barter, love that never dies. 77
  78. We trust the man in the street, but there is one being in the universe we 78
  79. never trust and that is God. My motto is to learn whatever good things I may come 79
  80. across anywhere. The secret of religion lies not 80
  81. in theories but in practice. 81
  82. Seek for the highest, aim at the highest, and you shall reach the highest. 82
  83. There is an ocean of difference between idleness and renunciation. 83
  84. The self-seeking man who is looking after personal comforts and leading a lazy life, there is no room for him even in hell. 84
  85. Hope is the greatest of all miseries, the highest bliss lies in giving up hope. 85
  86. No one ever succeeded in keeping society in good humor and at the same 86
  87. time did great works. Know that talking ill of others in private is a sin. 87
  88. This Atman is not to be attained by one who is weak. 88
  89. Whatever fosters materiality is no work. 89
  90. Why look up to men for approbation, look up to God. 90
  91. He who knows how to obey knows how to command. 91
  92. Want of sympathy and lack of energy 92
  93. are at the root of all misery. India is the only place where, 93
  94. with all its faults, the soul finds its freedom, its God. 94
  95. It is the heart that conquers, not the brain. 95
  96. All the strength is in you, have faith in it. 96
  97. The body must go no mistake about that. It is better to wear out than to rust out. 97
  98. In every attempt there are many obstacles to cope with, but gradually the path becomes smooth. 98
  99. One must raise oneself by one's own exertions. 99
  100. Both attachment and detachment perfectly developed make a man great and happy. 100
  101. Where there is struggle, where there is rebellion, there is a sign of life, there consciousness is manifested. 101
  102. Isn't it man that makes money? Where did you ever hear of money making man? 102
  103. He who always speculates as to what awaits him in future, accomplishes nothing whatsoever. 103
  104. Fear is one of the worst enemies. 104
  105. If one intends to really find truth, one must not cling to comfort. 105
  106. We manufacture our own heaven and can make a heaven even in hell. 106
  107. The satisfaction of desire only increases it, as oil poured on fire makes it burn more fiercely. 107
  108. Both happiness and misery are chains, the one golden, the other iron; but both are equally strong to bind us. 108
  109. The world is neither true nor untrue, it is a shadow of truth. 109
  110. Let us get rid of the little 'I' and let only the great 'I' live in us. 110
  111. Concentration of the mind is the source of all knowledge. 111
  112. Keep your thoughts on virtue; what we think we become. 112
  113. What we are, we see outside, for the world is our mirror. 113
  114. Resist not evil. Face it! You are higher than evil. 114
  115. Anything we do ourselves, that is the only thing we do. ----- 115
  116. Be cautious now and do not bow, however sweet to chains. 116
  117. Anything that brings spiritual, mental or physical weakness, touch it not with the toes of your feet. 117
  118. Everything that has selfishness for its basis, competition as its right hand, and enjoyment 118
  119. as its goal, must die sooner or later. This is a battlefield, fight your way out. Make your life a 119
  120. manifestation of will strengthened by renunciation. 120
  121. Be the witness, never learn to react. 121
  122. The Hindus believe that a man is a soul and has a body, while Western people believe he is a body and possesses a soul. 122
  123. Of all the scriptures of the world, it is the Vedas alone which declare that the study of the Vedas is secondary. 123
  124. I find that whenever I have made a mistake in my life, it has always been because self entered into the calculation. 124
  125. Never forget that a man is made great and perfect as much by his faults as by his virtues. 125
  126. If a bad time comes, what of it? The pendulum must swing back to the other side. But that is no better. The thing to do is to stop it. 126
  127. This world is our friend when we are its slaves and no more. 127
  128. Whatever others think or do, lower not your standard of purity, morality, and love of God. 128
  129. The road to the Good is the roughest and steepest in the universe. Character has to 129
  130. be established through a thousand stumbles. Eating, drinking, dressing, and society 130
  131. nonsense are not things to throw a life upon. 131
  132. He who is always afraid of loss always loses. Any amount of theoretical 132
  133. knowledge one may have; but unless one does the thing actually, nothing is learnt. 133
  134. Don't yield to sorrow; everything is in God's hands. 134
  135. In our moments of anguish, gates barred for ever seem to open and let in many a flood of light. 135
  136. Every bit of pleasure will bring its quota of pain, if not with compound interest. 136
  137. If one gets one blow, one must return ten with redoubled fury, then only one is a man. 137
  138. Don't let egoism to enter your minds, and let love never depart from your hearts. 138
  139. It is a land of dreams; it does not matter whether one enjoys or weeps; they are but dreams, and as such, must 139
  140. break sooner or later. He whose joy is only in himself, whose desires are only in himself, he has 140
  141. learned his lessons. I have worked for this world, Mary, all my life, and it does not 141
  142. give me a piece of bread without taking a pound of flesh. Devotion to the mother is the 142
  143. root of all welfare. 143
  144. It is religion, the inquiry into the beyond, that makes the difference between man and animal. 144
  145. Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life. 145
  146. Every idea that strengthens you must be taken up and every thought that weakens you must be rejected. 146
  147. The same fire that cooks a meal for us may burn a child, and it is no fault of the fire if it does so; the 147
  148. difference lies in the way in which it is used. Whatever you think, that you will be. 148
  149. The moment you quarrel, you are not going God ward, you are going 149
  150. backward, towards the brutes. First learn to obey, the 150
  151. command will come by itself. If there is any sin in the world, it is weakness; 151
  152. avoid all weakness, for weakness is sin, weakness is death. In other countries great 152
  153. priests try to trace their descent to some king, but here the greatest kings would trace their descent to some ancient priest. 153
  154. We, as Vedantists, know for certain that there is no power in the universe to injure us unless we first injure ourselves. 154
  155. Faith, faith, faith in ourselves, faith, faith in God – this is the secret of greatness. 155
  156. To have the ideal is one thing, and to apply it practically to the details of daily life is quite another thing. 156
  157. One ounce of practice is worth twenty thousand tons of big talk. 157
  158. Let not your work produce results for you, and at the same time may you be never without work. 158
  159. Religion is not in books, nor in theories, nor in dogmas, nor in talking, not even in reasoning. It is being and becoming. 159
  160. This Atman is not to be reached by too much talk, no, not even by the highest intellect, 160
  161. no, not even by the study of Vedas themselves. Whoever has dared to touch our literature has felt the 161
  162. bondage, and is there bound for ever. If you have assimilated five ideas and made 162
  163. them your life and character, you have more education than any man who has got by heart a whole library. 163
  164. No good comes out of the man who day and night thinks he is nobody. 164
  165. Follies there are, weakness there must be, but remember your real nature always – that is the only way to cure the weakness, that is the only way to cure the follies. 165
  166. Everything in this life is fraught with fear. It is renunciation alone that makes one fearless. 166
  167. The true man is he who is strong as strength itself and possesses a woman's heart. 167
  168. Verily, these three are rare to obtain and come only through the grace of God - human birth, desire to obtain Moksha, and the 168
  169. company of the great-souled ones. Why should you feel ashamed to take the name of Hindu, which is your greatest 169
  170. and most glorious possession. This religion is so great that even a little of it 170
  171. brings a great amount of good. Don't believe what others say unless you 171
  172. yourselves know it to be true. Rise at the expense of another? I did not come to earth for that. 172
  173. Show your power by suffering. 173
  174. Our misery comes, not from work, but by our 174
  175. getting attached to something. The man who can't believe in himself, how 175
  176. can you expect him to believe in anything else? It is better to do something; never mind if it proves to be 176
  177. wrong; it is better than doing nothing. If we can't follow the ideal, let us confess 177
  178. our weakness, but not degrade it; let not any try to pull it down. If a man possesses 178
  179. everything that is under the sun and does not possess spirituality, what avails it? 179
  180. First form character, first earn spirituality and results will come of themselves. 180
  181. If we sit down and lament over the imperfection of our bodies and minds, we profit nothing; it is the heroic endeavor to subdue adverse circumstances that carries our spirit upwards. 181
  182. Truth, purity and unselfishness – wherever these are present, there is no power below or above the sun to crush the possessor thereof. 182
  183. No claim is made by the doer of great deeds, only by lazy worthless fools. 183
  184. To know God is to become God. 184
  185. Bring in the light; the darkness will vanish of itself. 185
  186. Ours not to question why, ours but to do and die. 186
  187. Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man. Religion is the manifestation of the divinity already in man. 187
  188. Conscious efforts lead the way to super- conscious illumination. 188
  189. Who commits mistakes, the path of truth is attainable by him only. 189
  190. He, the brave alone, can deny the self. 190
  191. And if this Maya is so beautiful, think of the wondrous beauty of the Reality behind it. 191
  192. For one thing we may be grateful; this life is not eternal. 192
  193. When the mind tries to think of anything else, give it a hard blow, so that it may turn around 193
  194. and think of God. If I am impure, that is also of my own making, and that very thing shows that 194
  195. I can be pure if I will. Stand and die in your own strength; if there is any sin 195
  196. in the world, it is weakness; avoid all weakness, for weakness is sin, weakness is death. I do not know whether I 196
  197. succeed or not, but it is a great thing to take up a grand ideal in life and then give up one's whole life to it. 197
  198. In the west, they are trying to solve the problem how much a man can possess, and we are trying here to solve the problem on how little a man can live. 198
  199. It is the change of the soul itself for the better that alone will cure the evils of the world. 199
  200. Teach yourself, teach every one his real nature, call upon the sleeping soul and see how it awakes. 200
  201. Power will come, glory will come, goodness will come, purity will come, and everything that is excellent will come, when this sleeping soul is roused to self 201
  202. conscious activity. You have done well; only try to do better. 202
  203. Work out the salvation of this land and of the whole world, each of you thinking that the entire burden is on your shoulders. 203
  204. Let not the fire die out. 204
  205. Is it such a bad choice in this world to think, not of matter but of spirit, not of man but of God? 205
  206. If you attempt to get the secular knowledge without religion, I tell you plainly, 206
  207. vain is your attempt. Anything that makes you weak physically, intellectually, 207
  208. and spiritually, reject as poison; there is no life in it; it cannot be true. Love opens the most impossible 208
  209. gates; love is the gate to all the secrets of the universe. 209
  210. Never let curses rise on your lips. 210
  211. Feel that you are great and you become great. 211
  212. You can't help anyone, you can only serve: serve the children of the Lord, serve the Lord himself, if you have the privilege. 212
  213. The moment you fear you are nobody. It is fear that is the great cause of misery in the world. 213
  214. Struggle for that Grace. 214
  215. If a man goes towards what is false; it is because he can't get what is true. 215
  216. Knowledge is the finding of unity in diversity, and the highest point in every science is 216
  217. reached when it finds the underlying unity in all variety. Obey the scriptures until you are not strong enough 217
  218. to do without them. Help, if you can; if you can't fold your hands and 218
  219. stand by and see things go on. Until a man becomes a 219
  220. prophet, religion is a mockery. Be not in despair; the way 220
  221. is very difficult, like walking on the blade of a razor. Yet despair not; arise, awake, and find the ideal, the goal. 221
  222. Death is better than a vegetating ignorant life; it is better to die on the battlefield than to live a life of defeat. 222
  223. When you find yourselves suffering, blame yourselves, and try to do better. 223
  224. The highest direction is that which takes us to God; every other direction is lower. 224
  225. Understand my words in their true spirit and apply yourselves to work in their light. 225
  226. I want the why of everything. I leave the how to children. 226