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

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