When there is a conflict between
the heart and the brain,
let the heart be followed
Aman of intellect can turn in to a devil,
but never a manof heart.
We are suffering from our own karma. It is not the fault of God.
What we do is our own fault, nothing else. Why should God be
We came to enjoy; we are being enjoyed. We came to rule; we are
being ruled. We came to work; we are being worked.All the time,
we find that.And this comes into every detail of our life.
We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate. None
else has the blame, none has the praise.
What is the use of talking of one’s mistakes to the world? They
cannot thereby be undone. For what one has done one must suffer;
one must try and do better. The world sympathizes only with the
strong and the powerful.
We must be bright and cheerful. Long faces do not make religion.
Religion should be the most joyful thing in the world, because it is
Work and worship are necessary to take away the veil, to lift off
the bondage and illusion.
Why are people so afraid? The answer is that they have made
themselves helpless and dependent on others. We are so lazy, we
do not want to do anything ourselves. We want a Personal God, a
Savior or a Prophet to do everything for us.
Whenever we attain a higher vision, the lower vision disappears
What the world wants today is twenty men and women who can
dare to stand in the street yonder and say that they possess nothing
but God. Who will go? Why should one fear? If this is true, what
else could matter? If it is not true, what do our lives matter?
What do you gain in heaven? You become gods, drink nectar, and get
rheumatism. There is less misery there than on earth, but also less
Stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole responsibility on
your own shoulders, and know that you are the creator of your
own destiny.All the strength and succor you want is within
yourselves. Therefore, make your own future.
Stand as a rock; you are indestructible. You are the Self, the God of
The essence of Vedanta is that there is but one Being and that
every soul is that Being in full, not a part of that Being.
Truth, purity and unselfishness—wherever these are present, there is
no power below or above the sun to crush the possessor thereof.
Equipped with these, one individual is able to face the whole
universe in opposition.
Religion is not a theoretical need
but a practicalnecessity.
Renunciation does not mean simply
dispassion for the world. It means
dispassion for the world and
also longing for God.
The sage is often ignorant of
physical science because he reads the
Wrong book – the book within;
and the scientist is too often ignorant of
religion, because he reads the
wrong book- the book without.
Always first learn to be a servant, and
then you will be fit to be a master. Avoid
this jealousy, and you will do great works
that have yet to be done
Experience is the only source of
Do one thing at a time and while
doing it put your whole soul into
it to the exclusion of all else.
Where there is life , there will be death,
so get away from life if you want to get
rid of death
Records of great spiritual men of the past do
us no good,what ever except
that they urge us onward to do the same
to experience religion ourselves.
We may read all the Bibles of the world,
But that will not give us religion
The moment you quarrel , you are not
Going God ward, you are going backward
Towards the brutes
First learn to obey,
The command will come by itself.
If there is any sin in the world,
It is weakness
Avoid all weakness,for weakness is sin,
Weakness is death
The earth is enjoyed by heroes‖—this is the unfailing truth.
Be a hero.Always say, ―I have no fear.
Atremendous stream is flowing toward the ocean, carrying us all
along with it; and though like straws and scraps of paper we may
at times float aimlessly about, in the long run we are sure to join
the Ocean of Life and Bliss.
All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the
mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind.
In other countries great priests try to
trace their descent to some king,
But here the greatest Kings would trace
Their descent to some ancient priest
We as Vedantists, know for certain
That there is no power in the universe to
To injure us unless we first injure ourselves.
Faith, faith, faith in ourselves,
Faith, faith in the – God
This is the secret of greatness
To have the ideal is one thing,
and to apply it practically to the
Details of daily life is quite another thing
One ounce of practice is worth twenty
thousand tons of big talk.
Let not your work produce results for you,
and at the same time may you be never without
Religion is not in books ,nor in theories,
Nor in dogmas, nor in talking,
not even in reasoning.
It is being and becoming
This atman is not to reached by too much talk,
not even by the
highest intellect, no,
Not even by the study of veds themselves
Whoever has dared to touch our
literature has felt the bondage, and is
there bound for ever.
If you have assimilated five ideas and made
Them your life and character,
You have more education than any man who
Has got by heart whole library
Fill the brain with high thoughts, highest ideals, place them day
and night before you, and out of that will come great work.
Fear is death, fear is sin, fear is hell, fear is unrighteousness, fear is
wrong life.All the negative thoughts and ideas that are in the world
have proceeded from this evil spirit of fear.
Do not look back upon what has been done. Go ahead!
Desire, ignorance, and inequality—this is the trinity of bondage.
First, believe in the world—that there is meaning behind
If superstition enters, the brain is gone.
There cannot be friendship without equality.
The weak have no place here, in this life or any other life.
Weakness leads to slavery. Weakness leads to all kinds of misery,
physical and mental. Weakness is death.
The first sign that you are becoming religious is that you are
Superstition is our great enemy, but bigotry is worse.
Stand as a rock; you are indestructible. You are the Self, the God
of the universe.
Put God behind everything—human beings, animals, food, and
work. Make this a habit
Mind you, this is life's experience: if you really want the good of
others, the whole universe may stand against you and cannot hurt
you. It must crumble before your power of the Lord Himself in
you if you are sincere and really unselfish.
It is the cheerful mind that is persevering. It is the strong mind
that hews its way through a thousand difficulties.
Have faith in Guru, in his teachings, and in the surety that you can
get free. Think day and night that this universe is zero, only God is.
Have intense desire to get free.
God is not to be reached by the weak. Never be weak. You have
infinite strength within you. How else will you conquer anything?
How else will you come to God?
Come out into the broad light of day, come out from the little
narrow paths, for how can the infinite soul rest content to live and
die in small ruts?
Books are infinite in number and time is short. The secret of
knowledge is to take what is essential. Take that and try to live up
Be strong! Don’t talk of ghosts and devils. We are the living devils.
The sign of life is strength and growth. The sign of death is
weakness. Whatever is weak, avoid! It is death. If it is strength, go
down into hell and get hold of it! There is salvation only for the
Be brave! Be strong! Be fearless! Once you have taken up the
spiritual life, fight as long as there is any life in you. Even though
you know you are going to be killed, fight till you ―are killed.‖
Don’t die of fright. Die fighting. Don’t go down till you are
Astrology and all these mystical things are generally signs of a
weak mind; therefore as soon as they are becoming prominent in
our minds, we should see a physician, take good food, and rest.
Are you unselfish? That is the question. If you are, you will be
perfect without reading a single religious book, without going into
a single church or temple.
Him I call a Mahatma ("great soul") whose heart bleeds for the
poor, otherwise he is a Duratma ("wicked soul"). Let us unite our
wills in continued prayer for their good.
All truth is eternal. Truth is nobody’s property; no race, no
individual can lay any exclusive claim to it. Truth is the nature of
No good comes out of the man
Who day night thinks he is nobody
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
Everything in this life is fraught with fear.
It is renunciation alone that makes one
The true man is he who is strong
As streangth itself and possesses a woman’s
Verily, these three are rare to obtain and
Come only through the
Grace of God –human birth,
Desire to obtain Moksha,
And the company of the
Great – souled ones.
Why should you feel ashamed to
Take the name of Hindu , which is your
greatest and most glorious possession
This religion is so great that even a little
of it brings a great amount of it
And if this Maya is so beautiful,think of
the wondrous beauty of the reality behind it.
For one thing we may be grateful;
This life is not eternal.
When the mind tries to think of anything else,
give it a hard blow, so that it may turn around and
think of God.
If I am impure, that is also of my
own making and that very thing
shows that I can be pure if I will.
Stand and die in your own strength;
If there is any sin in the world,
It is weakness;
Avoid all weakness,for weakness is sin,
I do not know whether I 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
To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous
will. "I will rink the ocean," says the persevering soul, "at my will
mountains will crumble up." Have that sort of energy, that sort of
will, work hard, and you will reach the goal.
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
It is the change of the soul itself for
the better that alone will cure the
evils of the world
Teach yourself, teach every one
his real nature, call upon the sleeping
Soul and see how it awakes
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 conscious activity
You have done well; only try to do better
Work out the salvation of this land and of
The whole world , each one of you thinking that
The entire burden is on your shoulders.
If a man goes towards what is false,
It is because he can’t get what is true
Knowledge is the finding of unity in Diversity, and
the highest point in every science is reached when
it finds the underlying unity in all variety
Obey the scriptures until you are not
Strong enough to do without them.
Watch people do their most common Actions;
these are indeed the things that will tell you
the real character of a great person.
Until a man becomes prophet,
Religion is a mockery
Be not in despair, The way despair not;
arise, awake, and find the ideal, yet the goal
is very difficult, like walking on the blade of
Death is better than a vegetating ignorant life,
It is better to die on the battlefield than to
live a life of defeat
When you find yourseleves suffering,
Blame yourselves, and try to do better
The highest direction is that
which takes us to God;
Every other direction is lower
Understand my words in their
True spirit and apply yourselves to work
In their light.
I want the why of everything.
I leave the how to children.
Your country requires heroes;
your duty is to go on working, and then
everything will follow of itself
Take up one idea, make that one idea your
life, think of it, dream of it, live of it, let the
brain, muscle, nerves, every part of your
body be full of that idea and just leave
every other idea alone. This is the way
great spiritual giants are produced, others
are mere talking machines
You must have an iron will if you would
cross the ocean. You must be strong enough
to pierce mountains
Nature wants us to react, to return blow
for blow, cheating for cheating, lie for lie,
to hit back with all our might, then it
requires a super divine power not hit back,
to keep control, to be unattached
Misery comes through attachment, not
through work.As soon as we identify
ourselves with work we do, we feel
miserable; but if we don’t identify ourselves
with it, we do not feel that misery
―Are you unselfish? That is the question. If
you are, you will be perfect without reading
a single religious book, without going into a
single church or temple.‖
Three things are necessary to make
every man great, every nation great
1. Conviction of the powers of
2. Absence of jealousy and
3. Helping all who are trying to be
and do good
The greatest sin is to think yourself
To be good and to do good - that is the whole of
Arise!Awake!And stop not till the goal is
They alone live who live for others, rest are
more dead then alive
All the power is within you; you can do
anything and everything. Believe in that; don’t
believe that you are weak. Stand up and express
the divinity with in you
What ever you think, that you will be. If you
think yourself weak, weak you will be; if you
think yourself strong; strong you will be
He is an atheist who does not believe in
himself. The old religion said that he was an
atheist who does not believe in God. The new
religion says that he is an atheist who does not
believe in himself
Help if you can; if you cannot, fold your
hands and stand by and see things go on.
Do not injure, if you cannot render help