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  2. 2. When there is a conflict between the heart and the brain, let the heart be followed 2
  3. 3. Aman of intellect can turn in to a devil, but never a manof heart. 3
  4. 4. 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 blamed? 4
  5. 5. 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. 5
  6. 6. We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate. None else has the blame, none has the praise. 6
  7. 7. 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. 7
  8. 8. 8
  9. 9. 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 the best. 9
  10. 10. Work and worship are necessary to take away the veil, to lift off the bondage and illusion. 10
  11. 11. 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. 11
  12. 12. Whenever we attain a higher vision, the lower vision disappears of itself. 12
  13. 13. 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? 13
  14. 14. 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 truth. 14
  15. 15. 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. 15
  16. 16. Stand as a rock; you are indestructible. You are the Self, the God of the universe. 16
  17. 17. 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. 17
  18. 18. 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. 18
  19. 19. Religion is not a theoretical need but a practicalnecessity. 19
  20. 20. Renunciation does not mean simply dispassion for the world. It means dispassion for the world and also longing for God. 20
  21. 21. There is no misery where there is no want. 21
  22. 22. The secret of life is not enjoyment, but education through experience. 22
  23. 23. Every new thought must create opposition. 23
  24. 24. Renunciation is the withdrawal of mind from other things and concentrating it on God. 24
  25. 25. Every man who thinks ahead of his time is sure to be misunderstood. 25
  26. 26. In this short life there is no time for the exchange of compliments. 26
  27. 27. Do not wait to cross the river when the water has all rundown. 27
  28. 28. The greatest sin is fear. 28
  29. 29. Better the scolding of the wise than the adulation of the fools. 29
  30. 30. If you love God's creation more than God, You will be disillusioned. 30
  31. 31. Everything can be sacrificed for truth, but truth can't be sacrificed for anything. 31
  32. 32. God has become man, man will become god again. 32
  33. 33. If it is impossible to attain perfection here and now, There is no proof that we can attain perfection in any other life. 33
  34. 34. That part of the Vedas which agrees with reason is the Vedas, and nothing else. 19 34
  35. 35. If you want to do anything evil, do it before the eyes of your superiors 35
  36. 36. Happiness presents itself before man,wearing the crown of sorrow on its head. 36
  37. 37. If one is a slave to his passions and desires, one cannot feel the pure joy of real freedom 37
  38. 38. 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? 38
  39. 39. Never mind if your contribution is only a mite, your help only a little, blades of grass united into a rope will 39
  40. 40. hold in confinement the maddest of elephants. 40
  41. 41. It is man that becomes the god. The cow never tells a lie,stone never steals but Cow remians a cow, stone remains stone Man steals and man tells a lie, and again 41
  42. 42. When even man never hears the cries of the fool, do you think God will? 42
  43. 43. Strength is life, weakness is death. 43
  44. 44. Never are the wants of a beggar fulfilled. 44
  45. 45. which one can stand on one's own feet. We want the education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by 45
  46. 46. Let the heart be opened first, and all else will follow of itself. 46
  47. 47. Tell the man his defaults directly but praise his virtues before others. 47
  48. 48. Activity is lifeand inactivity is death. 48
  49. 49. Salvation is not achieved by inactivity but by spiritual activities. 49
  50. 50. Even the least work done for others awakens the power within. 50
  51. 51. 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? 51
  52. 52. The man who says he has nothing more to learn is already at his last grasp 37 52
  53. 53. As long as I live, so do I learn. 53
  54. 54. No one can save a person who hires a carriage to go from one street to another, and then complain of diabetes. 54
  55. 55. By the control of the subconscious mind You get control over the conscious. 55
  56. 56. It is the constant struggle against nature that constitutes human progress, not conformity with it. 56
  57. 57. The very essence of education is concentration of mind, not the collecting of facts. 57
  58. 58. As we get further and further away from sense- pleasures, ―knowledge for the sake of knowledge‖ becomes the supreme pleasure of mind 58
  59. 59. 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 59
  60. 60. It is through the many that we reach the one. 60
  61. 61. 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. 61
  62. 62. The body itself is the biggest disease 62
  63. 63. 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 63
  64. 64. 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 end, Spirituality has began 64
  65. 65. The fear of God is the beginning of religion, but the love of God is the end of religion 65
  66. 66. Do not give up ! Things will give you up 66
  67. 67. 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. 67
  68. 68. 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 68
  69. 69. Experience is the only source of knowledge. 69
  70. 70. Do one thing at a time and while doing it put your whole soul into it to the exclusion of all else. 70
  71. 71. Where there is life , there will be death, so get away from life if you want to get rid of death 71
  72. 72. 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. 72
  73. 73. We may read all the Bibles of the world, But that will not give us religion 73
  74. 74. The brave alone can afford to be sincere 74
  75. 75. The balance is so nice that if you disturb the equilibrium of one atom, the whole world will come to an end. 75
  76. 76. Save the spiritual store in your body by observing continence. 76
  77. 77. The wicked see in Godwickedness. The virtuous see in him virtue. 77
  78. 78. When good nectar is unattainable, It is no reason why we shoud eat poision 78
  79. 79. Love to enemies is not possible for ordinary men 79
  80. 80. Everything that comes from India take as true, until you cogent reasons for disbelieving it, Everything that come from Europe Takes as false until find cogent reasons for believing it. 80
  81. 81. Stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, & know that you are the creator of your own destiny 81
  82. 82. They alone live who live for others, rest are more dead then alive 82
  83. 83. Arise!Awake!And stop not till the goal is reached 83
  84. 84. To be good and to do good - that is the whole of religion 84
  85. 85. Strength is life, Weakness is death 85
  86. 86. The benefit of Yoga is that we learn to control instead of being controlled 86
  87. 87. Never talk about the faults of others, No matter how bad they may be. 87
  88. 88. All quarrels and disputations concerning Religion simply shows that religion is not present 88
  89. 89. You must not criticize others, you must criticize yourself. 89
  90. 90. What you have inside you is what you see in others. 90
  91. 91. Our business is to verify not to swallow. 91
  92. 92. How can that be loveless which causes love in me? 92
  93. 93. You cannot judge a man by his faults. 93
  94. 94. You must believe in yourself and Then you will believe in god 94
  95. 95. If you are pure, if you are strong you, one man, is equal to the whole world. 95
  96. 96. Mother Represents colorless love that knows no barter,love that never dies 96
  97. 97. We trust the man in the street, but there is one being in the universe we never trust and that is God 97
  98. 98. My motto is to learn whatever good things I may come across any where 98
  99. 99. The secret of religion lies not in theories but in practice. 99
  100. 100. 81 Neither money pays, nor name pays, nor fame, nor learning; it is CHARACTER that cleave through adamantine walls of difference 100
  101. 101. Seek for the highest,aim at the highest and you shall reach the highest 101
  102. 102. There is an ocean of difference between idleness and renunciation. 102
  103. 103. The self-seeking man who is looking after personal comforts and leading a lazy life, there is no room for him in hell 103
  104. 104. Hope is the greatest of all miseries, The highest bliss lies in giving up hope. 104
  105. 105. No one ever succeeded in keeping society in good humor and at the same time did the great work 86 105
  106. 106. Know that talking ill ofothers in private is a sin. 106
  107. 107. ThisAtman is not to be attained by one who is weak. 107
  108. 108. Whatever fosters materiality is no work 108
  109. 109. Why look up to men for approbation, look up to God. 109
  110. 110. He who knows how to obey knows how to command. 110
  111. 111. Want of sympathy and lack of energy are at the root of all misery. 111
  112. 112. India is the only place where, with all its faults, the soul finds its freedom, its God. 112
  113. 113. 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 113
  114. 114. It is the heart that conquers, not the brain. 114
  115. 115. All the strength is in you, have faith in it. 115
  116. 116. The body must go no mistake about that. It is better to wear out than to rust out. 116
  117. 117. In every attempt there are many obstacles to cope with, but gradually the path becomes smooth 117
  118. 118. One must raise oneself by one's own exertions. 118
  119. 119. Both attachment and detachment perfectly developed make a man great And happy. 119
  120. 120. Where there is struggle, where there is rebellion, there is a sign of life, there consciousness is manifested 120
  121. 121. Isn't it man that makes money? Where did you ever hear of money Making man? 121
  122. 122. He who always speculates as to what awaits him in future, accomplishes nothing whatsoever 122
  123. 123. Fear is one of the worst enemies. 123
  124. 124. If one intends to really find truth, one must not cling to comfort. 124
  125. 125. We manufacture our own heaven and can make a heaven even in hell 125
  126. 126. The satisfaction of desire only increases it, As oil poured on fire makes it burn more fiercely 126
  127. 127. Both happiness and misery are chains, the one golden, the other iron, But both are equally strong to bind us 127
  128. 128. The world is neither true nor untrue, it is a shadow of truth. 128
  129. 129. Let us get rid of the little 'I' and Let only the great ’I’live in us. 129
  130. 130. Concentration of the mind is the source of all knowledge. 130
  131. 131. Keep your thoughts on virtue; what we think we become 131
  132. 132. What we are, we see outside, for the world is our mirror. 132
  133. 133. Resist not evil. Face it! You are higher than evil. 133
  134. 134. Anything we do ourselves, That is the only thing we do.----- 134
  135. 135. Be cautious now and do not bow, however sweet the chains . 135
  136. 136. Anything that brings spiritual, mental or physical weakness, touch it not with the toes of your feet 136
  137. 137. Everything that has selfishness for its basis, competition as its right hand, and enjoyment as its goal , Must die soonner or later 137
  138. 138. This is a battlefield, fight your way out. Make your life a manifestation of will strengthened by renunciation. 138
  139. 139. 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, weakness is death 139
  140. 140. Be the witness,never learn to react 140
  141. 141. 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. 141
  142. 142. Of all the scriptures of the world, it is the Vedas alone which declare that the study of the Vedas is secondary. 142
  143. 143. I find that whenever I have made a mistake in my life, it has always been because self entered into the calculation. 143
  144. 144. Never forget that a man is made great and perfect as much by his faults as by his virtues. 144
  145. 145. 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 145
  146. 146. This world is our friend when we are its slaves and no more. 146
  147. 147. Whatever others think or do, lower not your standard of purity, morality,and love of God. 147
  148. 148. The road to the God is the roughest and steepest in the universe. 148
  149. 149. through a thousand stumbles. Eating, drinking, dressing, and society Character has to be established 149
  150. 150. nonsense are not things to throw a life upon. 150
  151. 151. He who is always afraid of loss always loses. 151
  152. 152. But unless one does the thing actually, nothing is learnt. Any amount of theoretical knowledge one may have; 152
  153. 153. Don't yield to sorrow; everything is in God's hands. 153
  154. 154. In our moments of anguish, gates barred for ever seem to open and let in many a flood of light. 154
  155. 155. Every bit of pleasure will bring its quota of pain, if not with compound interest. 155
  156. 156. If one gets one blow, one must return ten With redoubled fury, then only one is a man. 156
  157. 157. Don't let egoism to enter your minds, And let love never depart from your hearts. 157
  158. 158. It is a land of dreams, it does not matter Whether one enjoys or weeps, They are but dreams and as such, Must break sooner or later 158
  159. 159. He whose joy is only in himself, whose desires are only in himself He has learnt his lessons 159
  160. 160. I have worked for this world, Mary, all my life, and it does not give me a piece of bread without taking a pound of flesh 160
  161. 161. Devotion to the mother is the root of all welfare. 161
  162. 162. Face the brutes. That is a lesson for all life—face the terrible, face it boldly. Like the monkeys, the hardships of life fall back when we cease to flee before them. 162
  163. 163. It is religion, the inquiry into the beyond, That makes the difference between man And animal 163
  164. 164. Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life 164
  165. 165. Every idea that strengthens you must be taken up and every thought that weakens you must be rejected 165
  166. 166. 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 difference lies in the way in which it is used 166
  167. 167. Whatever you think, that you will be 167
  168. 168. The moment you quarrel , you are not Going God ward, you are going backward Towards the brutes 168
  169. 169. First learn to obey, The command will come by itself. 169
  170. 170. If there is any sin in the world, It is weakness Avoid all weakness,for weakness is sin, Weakness is death 170
  171. 171. The earth is enjoyed by heroes —this‖ is the unfailing truth. Be a hero.Always say, ―I have no fear. 171
  172. 172. 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. 172
  173. 173. All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind. 173
  174. 174. 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 174
  175. 175. We as Vedantists, know for certain That there is no power in the universe to To injure us unless we first injure ourselves. 175
  176. 176. Faith, faith, faith in ourselves, Faith, faith in the – God This is the secret of greatness 155 176
  177. 177. To have the ideal is one thing, and to apply it practically to the Details of daily life is quite another thing 177
  178. 178. One ounce of practice is worth twenty thousand tons of big talk. 178
  179. 179. Let not your work produce results for you, and at the same time may you be never without work. 179
  180. 180. Religion is not in books ,nor in theories, Nor in dogmas, nor in talking, not even in reasoning. It is being and becoming 180
  181. 181. This atman is not to reached by too much talk, no, not even by the highest intellect, no, Not even by the study of veds themselves 181
  182. 182. Whoever has dared to touch our literature has felt the bondage, and is there bound for ever. 161 182
  183. 183. 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 183
  184. 184. Fill the brain with high thoughts, highest ideals, place them day and night before you, and out of that will come great work. 184
  185. 185. 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. 185
  186. 186. Do not look back upon what has been done. Go ahead! 186
  187. 187. 163 Desire, ignorance, and inequality—this is the trinity of bondage. 187
  188. 188. 163 First, believe in the world—that there is meaning behind everything. 188
  189. 189. If superstition enters, the brain is gone. 189
  190. 190. There cannot be friendship without equality. 190
  191. 191. 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. 191
  192. 192. The first sign that you are becoming religious is that you are becoming cheerful. 192
  193. 193. Superstition is our great enemy, but bigotry is worse. 193
  194. 194. Stand as a rock; you are indestructible. You are the Self, the God of the universe. 194
  195. 195. Put God behind everything—human beings, animals, food, and work. Make this a habit 195
  196. 196. 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. 196
  197. 197. It is the cheerful mind that is persevering. It is the strong mind that hews its way through a thousand difficulties. 197
  198. 198. 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. 198
  199. 199. 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? 199
  200. 200. 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? 200
  201. 201. 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 to it. 201
  202. 202. 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 brave. 202
  203. 203. 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 knocked down. 203
  204. 204. 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. 204
  205. 205. 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. 205
  206. 206. 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. 206
  207. 207. 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 all souls. 207
  208. 208. No good comes out of the man Who day night thinks he is nobody 164 208
  209. 209. 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. 209
  210. 210. Everything in this life is fraught with fear. It is renunciation alone that makes one fearless 210
  211. 211. The true man is he who is strong As streangth itself and possesses a woman’s heart 211
  212. 212. 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. 212
  213. 213. 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 213
  214. 214. 214
  215. 215. Don't believe what others say unless you yourselves know it to be true 215
  216. 216. Rise at the expense of another? I did not come to earth for that. 216
  217. 217. Show your power by suffering 217
  218. 218. Our misery comes, not from work but by our getting attached to something 218
  219. 219. The man who can’t believe in himself, How can you expect him to believe in anything else 219
  220. 220. It is better to do something; never mind if it proves to be wrong, It is better then doing nothing. 220
  221. 221. If we can't follow the ideal, let us confess Our weakness, but not degrade it; Let not any try to pull it down. 221
  222. 222. If a man possesses everything that is under the sun and does not possess Spirituality , what avails it? 222
  223. 223. 179 223
  224. 224. First form character , First earn spirituality And results will come of themselves. 180 224
  225. 225. If we sit down and lament over the imperfection of our bodies and minds, we profit nothing; It is the heroic endeavor to subduce adverse circumstances that carries our spirit upwards 225
  226. 226. Truth, purity and unselfishness – wherever these are present, There is no power below or above the sun to crush the possessor thereof. 182 226
  227. 227. No claim is made by the doer of great deeds, Only by lazy worthless fools. 227
  228. 228. To know God is to become God 228
  229. 229. Bring in the light; the darkness will vanish of itself 229
  230. 230. Ours not to question why, ours but to do and die 230
  231. 231. Education is the manifestation of the Perfection already in man, Religion is the manifestation of the divinity already in man. 231
  232. 232. Conscious efforts lead the way to Super-conscious illumination. 232
  233. 233. Who commits mistakes, the path of truth is attainable by him only. 233
  234. 234. He, the brave alone,can deny the self 234
  235. 235. And if this Maya is so beautiful,think of the wondrous beauty of the reality behind it. 235
  236. 236. For one thing we may be grateful; This life is not eternal. 192 236
  237. 237. When the mind tries to think of anything else, give it a hard blow, so that it may turn around and think of God. 237
  238. 238. If I am impure, that is also of my own making and that very thing shows that I can be pure if I will. 238
  239. 239. 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, 239
  240. 240. 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 240
  241. 241. 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. 241
  242. 242. 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 242
  243. 243. It is the change of the soul itself for the better that alone will cure the evils of the world 199 243
  244. 244. Teach yourself, teach every one his real nature, call upon the sleeping Soul and see how it awakes 244
  245. 245. 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 245
  246. 246. You have done well; only try to do better 246
  247. 247. 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. 247
  248. 248. Let not the fire die out 204 248
  249. 249. Is it such a bad choice in this world to think Not of matter but of spirit,not of man but of God? 249
  250. 250. If you attempt to get the secular knowledge Without religion,I tell you plainly,vain is your attempt 250
  251. 251. Anything that makes you weak physically, Intellectually, and spiritually, reject as poison; There is no life in it,it cannot be true 251
  252. 252. To talk of evil and misery is nonsense, because they do not exist outside. If I am immune against all anger, I never feel angry. If I am proof against all hatred, I never feel hatred. 252
  253. 253. Love opens the most impossible gates; The gate to all the secrets of the universe. 253
  254. 254. Never let curses rise on your lips. 254
  255. 255. Feel that you are great and you become great. 255
  256. 256. You can't help anyone , you can only serve the children of the lord , serve the Lord himself, if you have the privilege 256
  257. 257. The moment you fear you are nobody. It is fear that is the great cause of misery in the world 257
  258. 258. Struggle for that grace 258
  259. 259. If a man goes towards what is false, It is because he can’t get what is true 259
  260. 260. 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 260
  261. 261. Obey the scriptures until you are not Strong enough to do without them. 261
  262. 262. Watch people do their most common Actions; these are indeed the things that will tell you the real character of a great person. 262
  263. 263. Until a man becomes prophet, Religion is a mockery 263
  264. 264. 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 a razor 264
  265. 265. Death is better than a vegetating ignorant life, It is better to die on the battlefield than to live a life of defeat 265
  266. 266. When you find yourseleves suffering, Blame yourselves, and try to do better 266
  267. 267. The highest direction is that which takes us to God; Every other direction is lower 267
  268. 268. Understand my words in their True spirit and apply yourselves to work In their light. 268
  269. 269. I want the why of everything. I leave the how to children. 269
  270. 270. Your country requires heroes; be heroes; your duty is to go on working, and then everything will follow of itself 270
  271. 271. 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 271
  272. 272. You must have an iron will if you would cross the ocean. You must be strong enough to pierce mountains 272
  273. 273. 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 273
  274. 274. 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 274
  275. 275. ―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.‖ 275
  276. 276. Three things are necessary to make every man great, every nation great 1. Conviction of the powers of goodness 2. Absence of jealousy and suspicion 3. Helping all who are trying to be and do good 276
  277. 277. The greatest sin is to think yourself weak 277
  278. 278. To be good and to do good - that is the whole of religion 278
  279. 279. Arise!Awake!And stop not till the goal is reached 279
  280. 280. They alone live who live for others, rest are more dead then alive 280
  281. 281. 226 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 281
  282. 282. 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 282
  283. 283. 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 283
  284. 284. 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 284
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