Tag: Swami Vivekananda

Understand Jesus ...

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Books are useless to us until our own book opens; then all other books are good so far as they confirm our book. It is the strong that understand strength, it is the elephant that understands the lion, not the rat. How can we understand Jesus until we are his equals? It is all in the dream to feed five thousand with two loaves, or to feed two with five loaves; neither is real and neither affects the other. Only grandeur appreciates grandeur, only God realises God. The dream is only the dreamer, it has no other basis. It is not one thing and the dreamer another.

— His Holiness Swami Vivekananda



Hold on ...

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Hold on boys, no cowards among my children... Are great things ever done smoothly? Time, patience, and indomitable will must show. I could have told you many things that would have made your heart leap, but I will not. I want iron wills and hearts that do not know how to quake. Hold on. The Lord will bless you.

Letter to Alasinga Perumal. From USA: August 1895. Complete Works, 5.93.

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— His Holiness Swami Vivekananda ...



Huminity

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If in this hell of a world, one can bring a little joy and peace for a day into the heart of a single person, that much alone is true; this I have learnt after suffering all my life; all else is mere moonshine.

— Swami Vivekananda



The Difference ...

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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.

— His Holiness Swami Vivekananda



Highest Love ...

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Freedom and highest love must go together, then neither can become a bondage. We can give nothing to God; He gives all to us. He is the Guru of Gurus. Then we find that He is the "Soul of our souls", our very Self. No wonder we love Him, He is the Soul of our souls; whom or what else can we love? We want to be the "steady flame, burning without heat and without smoke".

— His Holiness Swami Vivekananda



Die

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Work unto death—I am with you, and when I am gone, my spirit will work with you. This life comes and goes—wealth, fame, enjoyments are only of a few days. It is better, far better, to die on the field of duty, preaching the truth, than to die like a worldly worm. Advance!

— Swami Vivekananda



Mad World ...

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"Drinking the cup of desire, the world becomes mad." Day and night never come together, so desire and the Lord can never come together. Give up desire.

— His Holiness Swami Vivekananda



Soul is Divine

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Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity within, by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy - by one, or more, or all of these - and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details.

— Swami Vivekananda



The Oness

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The whole universe is one. There is only one Self in the universe, only One Existence, and that One Existence, when it passes through the forms of time, space, causation, is called by different names, buddhi, fine matter, gross matter, all mental and physical forms. Everything in the universe is that One, appearing in various forms. When a little part of it comes, as it were, into this network of time, space and causation, it takes forms. Take off the network, and it is all one.

— Swami Vivekananda



gymnasium

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The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.

— swami vivekananda