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  • 1. GOLDEN WORDS OFSWAMI VIVEKANANDA When there is a conflict between the heart and the brain, let theheart be followed.
  • 2. A man of intellect canturn into a devil, butnever a man of heart. 2
  • 3. Religion is not atheoretical need but a practical necessity. 3
  • 4. Renunciation does notmean simply dispassionfor the world. It meansdispassion for the world and also longing for God. 4
  • 5. There is no miserywhere there is no want. 5
  • 6. The secret of life is not enjoyment, but education through experience. 6
  • 7. Every new thoughtmust create opposition. 7
  • 8. Renunciation is the withdrawal of mindfrom other things and concentrating it on God. 8
  • 9. Every man who thinks ahead of his time is sure to be misunderstood. 9
  • 10. In this short life there is no time for the exchange of compliments. 10
  • 11. Do not wait to cross the river when the water has all run down. 11
  • 12. The greatest sin is fear. 12
  • 13. Better the scolding of the wise than theadulation of the fools. 13
  • 14. If you love Godscreation more than God, you will be disillusioned. 14
  • 15. Everything can besacrificed for truth, buttruth cant be sacrificed for anything. 15
  • 16. God has become man,man will become god again. 16
  • 17. If it is impossible to attain perfection here and now, there is no proof that we canattain perfection in any other life. 17
  • 18. That part of the Vedas which agrees with reason is the Vedas, and nothing else. 18
  • 19. If you want to do anything evil, do itbefore the eyes of your superiors. 19
  • 20. Happiness presents itself before man,wearing the crown ofsorrow on its head. 20
  • 21. If one is a slave to his passions and desires, one cannot feel the pure joy of real freedom. 21
  • 22. If you cant attain salvation in this life,what proof is there thatyou can attain it in the life or lives to come? 22
  • 23. Never mind if your contribution is only a mite, your help only a little, blades of grass united into a rope willhold in confinement the maddest of elephants. 23
  • 24. The cow never tells a lie, and the stone never steals, but, nevertheless, the cow remains a cowand the stone remains a stone. Man steals andman tells a lie, and again it is man that becomes the god. 24
  • 25. When even man never hears the cries of thefool, do you think God will? 25
  • 26. Strength is life,weakness is death. 26
  • 27. Never are the wants of a beggar fulfilled. We want the education by which character isformed, strength of mind 27
  • 28. is increased, the intellect is expanded, and bywhich one can stand on ones own feet. Let the heart be opened first, and all else will follow of itself. 28
  • 29. Tell the man his defaults directly butpraise his virtues before others. 29
  • 30. Activity is life andinactivity is death. 30
  • 31. Salvation is notachieved by inactivity but by spiritual activities. 31
  • 32. Even the least work done for othersawakens the power within. 32
  • 33. New things have to be learned, have to beintroduced and worked out, but is that to bedone by sweeping away all that is old, just because it is old? 33
  • 34. The man who says he has nothing more tolearn is already at his last grasp 34
  • 35. As long as I live, so do I learn. 35
  • 36. No one can save a person who hires acarriage to go from one street to another, and then complain of diabetes. 36
  • 37. By the control of thesubconscious mind you get control over the conscious. 37
  • 38. It is the constantstruggle against naturethat constitutes humanprogress, not conformity with it. 38
  • 39. The very essence of education isconcentration of mind, not the collecting of facts. 39
  • 40. As we get further and further away from sense-pleasures,“knowledge for the sakeof knowledge” becomesthe supreme pleasure of mind. 40
  • 41. It is through the many that we reach the one.The soul is the circle ofwhich the circumference 41
  • 42. is nowhere, but the center is the body. God is a circle whosecircumference is nowhere, but whose center is everywhere. 42
  • 43. The body itself is the biggest disease. If any one of youbelieves what I teach, Iwill be sorry. I will only 43
  • 44. be too glad if I canexcite in you the power of thinking for yourselves.When the world is the end and God themeans to attain thatend, that is material.When God is the endand the world is only 44
  • 45. the means to attainthat end, spirituality has begun.The fear of God is thebeginning of religion,but the love of God is the end of religion. 45
  • 46. Do not give upanything! Things will give you up. 46
  • 47. The sage is often ignorant of physical science, because he reads the wrong book- the bookwithin; and the scientist is too often ignorant ofreligion, because he reads 47
  • 48. the wrong book- the book without. 48
  • 49. Experience is the onlysource of knowledge. 49
  • 50. Do one thing at a timeand while doing it putyour whole soul into it to the exclusion of all else. 50
  • 51. Where there is life,there will be death; so get away from life ifyou want to get rid of death. 51
  • 52. Records of great spiritual men of the past do us no good whatever except thatthey urge us onward to do the same, to experience religion ourselves. 52
  • 53. We may read all theBibles of the world, but that will not give us religion. 53
  • 54. The brave alone canafford to be sincere. 54
  • 55. The balance is so nicethat if you disturb the equilibrium of oneatom, the whole world will come to an end. 55
  • 56. Save the spiritual store in your body byobserving continence. 56
  • 57. The wicked see in God wickedness. The virtuous see in Him virtue. 57
  • 58. When good nectar isunattainable, it is noreason why we should eat poison. 58
  • 59. Love to enemies is not possible for ordinary men. Everything that comesfrom India take as true,until you cogent reasons 59
  • 60. for disbelieving it.Everything that comes from Europe take as false, until you find cogent reasons for believing it. 60
  • 61. The benefit of Yoga isthat we learn to control instead of being controlled. 61
  • 62. Never talk about the faults of others, nomatter how bad they may be. 62
  • 63. All quarrels anddisputations concerning religion simply show that religion is not present. 63
  • 64. You must not criticize others, you must criticize yourself. 64
  • 65. What you have insideyou is what you see in others. 65
  • 66. Our business is toverify not to swallow. 66
  • 67. How can that beloveless which causes love in me? 67
  • 68. You cannot judge aman by his faults. 68
  • 69. You must believe inyourself and then you will believe in God.If you are pure, if you are strong, you, one 69
  • 70. man, is equal to the whole world. 70
  • 71. Mother represents colorless love thatknows no barter, love that never dies. 71
  • 72. We trust the man inthe street, but there is one being in theuniverse we never trust and that is God. 72
  • 73. My motto is to learnwhatever good things I may come across anywhere. 73
  • 74. The secret of religionlies not in theories but in practice. 74
  • 75. Seek for the highest,aim at the highest, and you shall reach the highest. 75
  • 76. There is an ocean of difference between idleness and renunciation. 76
  • 77. The self-seeking man who is looking after personal comforts andleading a lazy life, thereis no room for him even in hell. 77
  • 78. Hope is the greatest ofall miseries, the highest bliss lies in giving up hope. 78
  • 79. No one ever succeeded in keeping society ingood humor and at the same time did great works. 79
  • 80. Know that talking ill of others in private is a sin. 80
  • 81. This Atman is not tobe attained by one who is weak. 81
  • 82. Whatever fostersmateriality is no work. 82
  • 83. Why look up to men forapprobation, look up to God. 83
  • 84. He who knows how to obey knows how to command. 84
  • 85. Want of sympathy andlack of energy are at the root of all misery. 85
  • 86. India is the only place where, with all itsfaults, the soul finds its freedom, its God. 86
  • 87. It is the heart thatconquers, not the brain. 87
  • 88. All the strength is inyou, have faith in it.The body must go nomistake about that. It 88
  • 89. is better to wear out than to rust out.In every attempt thereare many obstacles to cope with, but 89
  • 90. gradually the path becomes smooth.One must raise oneselfby ones own exertions. 90
  • 91. Both attachment and detachment perfectlydeveloped make a man great and happy. 91
  • 92. Where there is struggle,where there is rebellion, there is a sign of life, there consciousness is manifested. 92
  • 93. Isnt it man that makes money? Where did you ever hear of money making man? 93
  • 94. He who alwaysspeculates as to whatawaits him in future,accomplishes nothing whatsoever. 94
  • 95. Fear is one of the worst enemies. 95
  • 96. If one intends to really find truth, one must not cling to comfort. 96
  • 97. We manufacture our own heaven and canmake a heaven even in hell. 97
  • 98. The satisfaction ofdesire only increases it, as oil poured on fire makes it burn more fiercely. 98
  • 99. Both happiness andmisery are chains, theone golden, the other iron; but both areequally strong to bind us. 99
  • 100. The world is neithertrue nor untrue, it is a shadow of truth. 100
  • 101. Let us get rid of thelittle I and let only the great I live in us. 101
  • 102. Concentration of themind is the source of all knowledge. 102
  • 103. Keep your thoughts onvirtue; what we think we become. 103
  • 104. What we are, we seeoutside, for the world is our mirror. 104
  • 105. Resist not evil. Face it! You are higher than evil. Anything we do ourselves, that is the only thing we do. ----- 105
  • 106. Be cautious now anddo not bow, however sweet to chains. 106
  • 107. Anything that brings spiritual, mental or physical weakness,touch it not with the toes of your feet. 107
  • 108. Everything that hasselfishness for its basis,competition as its right hand, and enjoyment as its goal, must die sooner or later. 108
  • 109. This is a battlefield, fight your way out. Make your life amanifestation of will strengthened by renunciation. 109
  • 110. Be the witness, never learn to react. 110
  • 111. The Hindus believe that a man is a souland has a body, whileWestern people believe he is a body and possesses a soul. 111
  • 112. Of all the scriptures of the world, it is the Vedas alone whichdeclare that the study of the Vedas is secondary. 112
  • 113. I find that whenever Ihave made a mistake in my life, it has always been because self entered into the calculation. 113
  • 114. Never forget that aman is made great and perfect as much by hisfaults as by his virtues. 114
  • 115. If a bad time comes, what of it? Thependulum must swingback to the other side.But that is no better. The thing to do is to stop it. 115
  • 116. This world is our friendwhen we are its slaves and no more. 116
  • 117. Whatever others thinkor do, lower not your standard of purity,morality, and love of God. 117
  • 118. The road to the Good is the roughest andsteepest in the universe. Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles. 118
  • 119. Eating, drinking, dressing, and societynonsense are not things to throw a life upon. 119
  • 120. He who is alwaysafraid of loss always loses. Any amount oftheoretical knowledge one may have; but 120
  • 121. unless one does thething actually, nothing is learnt.Dont yield to sorrow;everything is in Gods hands. 121
  • 122. In our moments ofanguish, gates barredfor ever seem to open 122
  • 123. and let in many a flood of light.Every bit of pleasurewill bring its quota of pain, if not with compound interest. 123
  • 124. If one gets one blow, one must return ten with redoubled fury,then only one is a man. 124
  • 125. Dont let egoism toenter your minds, and let love never depart from your hearts. 125
  • 126. It is a land of dreams; it does not matterwhether one enjoys or weeps; they are but dreams, and as such, 126
  • 127. must break sooner or later.He whose joy is only in himself, whose desires are only in himself, hehas learned his lessons. 127
  • 128. I have worked for this world, Mary, all mylife, and it does not give me a piece of breadwithout taking a pound of flesh. 128
  • 129. Devotion to the mother is the root of all welfare. 129
  • 130. It is religion, theinquiry into the beyond, that makes thedifference between man and animal. 130
  • 131. Dare to be free, dare to go as far as yourthought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life. 131
  • 132. Every idea thatstrengthens you must be taken up and every thought that weakens you must be rejected. 132
  • 133. The same fire that cooks a meal for usmay burn a child, andit is no fault of the fire if it does so; the difference lies in theway in which it is used. 133
  • 134. Whatever you think, that you will be. 134
  • 135. The moment you quarrel, you are notgoing God ward, youare going backward, towards the brutes. 135
  • 136. First learn to obey, thecommand will come by itself.If there is any sin in the world, it is weakness; 136
  • 137. avoid all weakness, for weakness is sin, weakness is death.In other countries greatpriests try to trace their descent to some king, but here the greatest 137
  • 138. kings would trace theirdescent to some ancient priest. We, as Vedantists, know for certain thatthere is no power in the universe to injure us 138
  • 139. unless we first injure ourselves. Faith, faith, faith inourselves, faith, faith inGod – this is the secret of greatness. 139
  • 140. To have the ideal is one thing, and to apply it practically to the details of daily life is quite another thing. 140
  • 141. One ounce of practice is worth twentythousand tons of big talk. 141
  • 142. Let not your workproduce results for you, and at the same time may you be never without work. 142
  • 143. Religion is not in books, nor in theories, nor indogmas, nor in talking, not even in reasoning. It is being and becoming. 143
  • 144. This Atman is not tobe reached by too much talk, no, not even bythe highest intellect, no,not even by the study of Vedas themselves. 144
  • 145. Whoever has dared totouch our literature hasfelt the bondage, and is there bound for ever. 145
  • 146. 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 a whole library. 146
  • 147. No good comes out ofthe man who day and night thinks he is nobody. 147
  • 148. Follies there are,weakness there must be,but remember your realnature always – that isthe only way to cure the weakness, that is the only way to cure the follies. 148
  • 149. Everything in this life is fraught with fear. It isrenunciation alone that makes one fearless. 149
  • 150. The true man is he who is strong as strength itself and possesses a womans heart.Verily, these three are rare to obtain andcome only through the 150
  • 151. grace of God - humanbirth, desire to obtain Moksha, and thecompany of the great- souled ones. Why should you feel ashamed to take thename of Hindu, which 151
  • 152. is your greatest and most glorious possession.This religion is so greatthat even a little of it 152
  • 153. brings a great amount of good. Dont believe whatothers say unless you 153
  • 154. yourselves know it to be true. Rise at the expense ofanother? I did not come to earth for that. 154
  • 155. Show your power by suffering. 155
  • 156. Our misery comes, notfrom work, but by our getting attached to something. 156
  • 157. The man who cantbelieve in himself, how can you expect him tobelieve in anything else? 157
  • 158. It is better to do something; never mindif it proves to be wrong; it is better than doing nothing. 158
  • 159. If we cant follow theideal, let us confess our weakness, but not degrade it; let not any try to pull it down. 159
  • 160. If a man possesseseverything that is under the sun and does not possess spirituality, what avails it? 160
  • 161. First form character, first earn spiritualityand results will come of themselves. 161
  • 162. If we sit down and lament over the imperfection of ourbodies and minds, weprofit nothing; it is the heroic endeavor to subdue adverse circumstances that carries our spirit upwards. 162
  • 163. Truth, purity and unselfishness – wherever these are present, there is nopower below or above the sun to crush the possessor thereof. 163
  • 164. No claim is made bythe doer of great deeds, only by lazy worthless fools. 164
  • 165. To know God is to become God. 165
  • 166. Bring in the light; thedarkness will vanish of itself. 166
  • 167. Ours not to questionwhy, ours but to do and die. Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in 167
  • 168. man. Religion is themanifestation of the divinity already in man. 168
  • 169. Conscious efforts lead the way to super-conscious illumination. 169
  • 170. Who commits mistakes, the path of truth isattainable by him only. 170
  • 171. He, the brave alone, can deny the self.And if this Maya is sobeautiful, think of the 171
  • 172. wondrous beauty of the Reality behind it.For one thing we maybe grateful; this life is not eternal. 172
  • 173. When the mind tries tothink of anything else,give it a hard blow, so that it may turn 173
  • 174. around and think of God.If I am impure, that isalso of my own making, and that very thing shows that I can be pure if I will. 174
  • 175. Stand and die in yourown strength; if there isany sin in the world, it is weakness; avoid allweakness, for weakness 175
  • 176. is sin, weakness is death.I do not know whetherI succeed or not, but itis a great thing to takeup a grand ideal in lifeand then give up ones whole life to it. 176
  • 177. In the west, they are trying to solve theproblem how much aman can possess, andwe are trying here tosolve the problem on 177
  • 178. how little a man can live. It is the change of thesoul itself for the betterthat alone will cure the evils of the world. 178
  • 179. Teach yourself, teach every one his realnature, call upon thesleeping soul and see how it awakes. 179
  • 180. Power will come, glorywill come, goodness willcome, purity will come, and everything that is excellent will come,when this sleeping soul is roused to self conscious activity. 180
  • 181. You have done well;only try to do better. 181
  • 182. Work out the salvation of this land and of the whole world, each of you thinking that theentire burden is on your shoulders. 182
  • 183. Let not the fire die out. 183
  • 184. Is it such a bad choicein this world to think, not of matter but ofspirit, not of man but of God? 184
  • 185. If you attempt to getthe secular knowledgewithout religion, I tell you plainly, vain is your attempt. 185
  • 186. Anything that makes you weak physically, intellectually, and spiritually, reject as poison; there is no lifein it; it cannot be true. 186
  • 187. Love opens the mostimpossible gates; love is the gate to all thesecrets of the universe. 187
  • 188. Never let curses rise on your lips. 188
  • 189. Feel that you are greatand you become great. 189
  • 190. You cant help anyone, you can only serve:serve the children of the Lord, serve the Lordhimself, if you have the privilege. 190
  • 191. The moment you fear you are nobody. It is fear that is the greatcause of misery in the world. 191
  • 192. Struggle for that Grace. 192
  • 193. If a man goes towards what is false; it is because he cant get what is true. 193
  • 194. Knowledge is the finding of unity in diversity, and the highest point in everyscience is reached when it finds the underlying unity in all variety. 194
  • 195. Obey the scripturesuntil you are not strong enough to do without them. 195
  • 196. Help, if you can; if you cant fold your hands and stand by and see things go on. 196
  • 197. Until a man becomes a prophet, religion is a mockery. 197
  • 198. Be not in despair; theway is very difficult, like walking on theblade of a razor. Yet despair not; arise,awake, and find the ideal, the goal. 198
  • 199. Death is better than avegetating ignorant life;it is better to die on the battlefield than to live a life of defeat. 199
  • 200. When you find yourselves suffering,blame yourselves, and try to do better. 200
  • 201. The highest direction isthat which takes us to God; every other direction is lower. 201
  • 202. Understand my wordsin their true spirit and apply yourselves to work in their light. 202
  • 203. I want the why ofeverything. I leave the how to children. 203