Tag: Swami Vivekananda

Free

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The will is not free - it is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect - but there is something behind the will which is free.

— Swami Vivekananda



Service

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Your duty is to serve the poor and the distressed without distinction of caste and creed. What business have you to consider the fruits of your action? Your duty is to go on working, and everything will set itself right in time, and work by itself. My method of work is to construct and not to destroy that which is already existing.

— Swami Vivekananda



Witness

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The less the thought of the body, the better it is. For it is the body that drags us down. It is attachment, identification which makes us miserable. That is the secret: to think that I am the spirit and not the body, and that the whole of this universe with all its relations, with all its good and all its evil, is but as a series of paintings--scenes on a canvas--of which I am the witness.

— Swami Vivekananda



Will

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The will is stronger than anything else. Everything must go down before the will, for it comes from God. A pure and strong will is omnipotent.

— Swami Vivekananda



Work

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Work, my children, work with your whole heart and soul! Mind not the fruit of work. What if you go to hell working for others? That is worth more than to gain heaven by seeking your own salvation…

— Swami Vivekananda



Service

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He who exploits another man, near or distant, offends God and will pay for it sooner or later. All men are sons of the same God. He who wishes to serve must serve man – and in the first instance, man in the humblest, poorest, most degraded form. Only breaking down the barriers between man and man can one usher in the kingdom of heaven on earth.

— Swami Vivekananda



Pray

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Let each of us pray, day and night, for the downtrodden millions in India, who are held fast by poverty, priestcraft, and tyranny – pray day and night for them. I care more to preach religion to them than to the high and the rich. I am no metaphysician, no philosopher, nay no saint. But I am poor, I love the poor…

— Swami Vivekananda



only search

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Seek only after one thing, and that, God!

— Life of Swami Vivekananda by his Eastern and Western Disciples, First ed Vol 2 pg 374



Women of India

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The women of India must grow and develop in the footprints of Sita, and that is the only way.(, , 256: Vivekananda's lecture "The Sages of India" at Victoria Public Hall, Madras February 11, 1897).

— Swami Vivekananda



Divine Grace

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The wind of divine grace is always blowing. You just need to spread your sail. Whenever you do anything, do it with your whole heart concentrated on it. Think day and night, “I am of the essence of that Supreme Being-Consciousness-Bliss. What fear and anxiety have I?”

— Swami Vivekananda