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Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda (Indian Hindu Mystic)

Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902,) born Narendra Nath Datta, was an Indian Hindu monk and chief disciple of the 19th-century saint Ramakrishna. He was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world and is credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the late 19th century. He was a major force in the revival of Hinduism in India, and contributed to the concept of nationalism in colonial India. Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. He is perhaps best known for his inspiring speech which began, "Sisters and brothers of America...," in which he introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in 1893.

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  • Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man, and character is the test of that manifestation.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • Strength is the sign of vigor, the sign of life, the sign of hope, the sign of health, and the sign of everything that is good. As long as the body lives, there must be strength in the body, strength in the mind, strength in the hand.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • Face the brute, which is a lesson for all life—face the terrible, face it boldly. The hardships of life fall back when we cease to flee before them.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate. None else has the blame, none has the praise.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes & cry that it is dark.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
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  • Look upon every man, woman, and everyone as God. You cannot help anyone, you can only serve: serve the children of the Lord, serve the Lord Himself, if you have the privilege.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • As long as we believe ourselves to be even the least different from God, fear remains with us; but when we know ourselves to be the One, fear goes; of what can we be afraid?
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • However we may receive blows, and however knocked about we may be, the Soul is there and is never injured. We are that Infinite.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • Do not believe in a thing because you have read about it in a book. Do not believe in a thing because another man has said it was true. Do not believe in words because they are hallowed by tradition. Find out the truth for yourself. Reason it out. That is realization.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • We must have friendship for all; we must be merciful toward those that are in misery; when people are happy, we ought to be happy; and to the wicked we must be indifferent. These attitudes will make the mind peaceful.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • We are ever free if we would only believe it, only have faith enough. You are the soul, free and eternal, ever free, ever blessed. Have faith enough and you will be free in a minute.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • This life is a hard fact; work your way through it boldly, though it may be adamantine; no matter, the soul is stronger.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • Fear is death, fear is sin, fear is hell, fear is unrighteousness, fear is wrong life. All the negative thoughts and ideas that are in the world have proceeded from this evil spirit of fear.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • What the world wants is character. The world is in need of those whose life is one burning love, selfless. That love will make every word tell like a thunderbolt.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • The more you think of yourself as shining immortal spirit, the more eager you will be to be absolutely free of matter, body, and senses. This is the intense desire to be free.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate. None else has the blame, none has the praise.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • Even the greatest fool can accomplish a task if it were after his or her heart. But the intelligent ones are those who can convert every work into one that suits their taste.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • The world is ready to give up its secrets if we only know how to knock, how to give it the necessary blow. The strength and force of the blow come through concentration.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • 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.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • God is merciful to those whom He sees struggling heart and soul for realization. But remain idle, without any struggle, and you will see that His grace will never come.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • Each work has to pass through these stages -- ridicule, opposition, and then acceptance. Those who think ahead of their time are sure to be misunderstood.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • Perfection does not come from belief or faith. Talk does not count for anything. Parrots can do that. Perfection comes through selfless work.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • So long as millions live in hunger and ignorance, I hold every person a traitor who, having been educated at their expense, pays not the least heed to them.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • All that is real in me is God; all that is real in God is I. The gulf between God and me is thus bridged. Thus by knowing God, we find that the kingdom of heaven is within us.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • The highest manifestation of strength is to keep ourselves calm and on our own feet.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • Strength is Life, Weakness is Death.
    Expansion is Life, Contraction is Death.
    Love is Life, Hatred is Death.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • He who always thinks himself as weak will never become strong, but he who knows himself to be a lion, rushes out from the worlds meshes, as a lion from its cage.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • This I have seen in life—those who are overcautious about themselves fall into dangers at every step; those who are afraid of losing honor and respect, get only disgrace; and those who are always afraid of loss, always lose.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • Feel like Christ and you will be a Christ; feel like Buddha and you will be a Buddha. It is feeling that is the life, the strength, the vitality, without which no amount of intellectual activity can reach God.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • Fill the brain with high thoughts, highest ideals, place them day and night before you, and out of that will come great work.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • Even the greatest fool can accomplish a task if it were after his or her heart. But the intelligent ones are those who can convert every work into one that suits their taste.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • It is our mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us. Our thoughts make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one.Only the moment you reject all help are you free.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • Stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creator of your own destiny. All the strength and succor you want is within yourselves. Therefore, make your own future.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • All search is vain, until we begin to perceive that wisdom is within ourselves ... then we may know the sun is rising, that the morning is breaking for us.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • Be a hero. Always say, "I have no fear." Tell this to everyone — "Have no fear."
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • Freedom can never be reached by the weak. Throw away all weakness. Tell your body that it is strong, tell your mind that it is strong, and have unbounded faith and hope in yourself.
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader
  • Come out into the broad light of day, come out from the little narrow paths, for how can the infinite soul rest content to live and die in small ruts?
    Author: Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) Indian Hindu Mystic, Reformer, Philosopher, Religious Leader

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