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Golden Words of Swami Vivekananda

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