Swami Vivekananda was a social reformer and an inspiring personality of India. Swami Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863, in Kolkata, West Bengal. He was born as Narendra Nath data. Read more>>
Best of Swami Vivekananda Quotes
The greatest help to spiritual life is meditation. In meditation we divest ourselves of all material condition and feel our divine nature.
Be brave! Be strong! Be fearless! Once you have taken up the spiritual life, fight as long as there is any life in you. Even though you know you are going to be killed, fight till you ‘are killed.’ Don’t die of fright. Die fighting. Don’t go down till you are knocked down.
Take any path you like; follow any prophet you like; but have only that method which suits your own nature, so that you will be sure to progress.
You are the Children of God, the sharers of immortal bliss, holy and perfect beings. You divinities on earth. Come up, O lions, and shake off the delusion that you are sheep; you are souls immortal, spirits free, blest and eternal; you are not matter, you are not bodies; matter is your servant,not you the servant of matter.
. . . Wait, my child, wait and work on. Patience, patience. . . . .
When we really begin to live in the world, then we understand what is meant by brotherhood or mankind, and not before.
Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. … Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles.
Each one of us pray, day and night, for the downtrodden millions in India, who are held fast by poverty, priest craft, and tyranny – pray day and night for them. I am no meta physician, no philosopher, nay, no saint. But I am poor, I love the poor…. Let these people be your God – think of them, work for them, pray for them incessantly – the Lord will show you the way.
beleive in yourself and the world will be at your feet
Love conquers in the long run. It won’t do to become impatient – wait, wait – patience is bound to give success. . . .
The cheerful mind perseveres and the strong mind hews its way through a thousand difficulties.
We can form no idea of the millions of pounds that are spent every year in the making of dress in the West. The dress-making business has become a regular science. What colour of dress will suit with the complexion of the girl and the colour of her hair, what special feature of her body should be disguised, and what displayed to the best advantage-these and many other like important points, the dressmakers have seriously to consider. Again, the dress that ladies of very high position wear, others have to wear also, otherwise they lose their caste! This is FASHION.
However we may receive blows, and however knocked about we may be, the Soul is there and is never injured. We are that Infinite.
This caste system had grown by the practice of the son always following the business of the father.
Unselfishness is God. One may live on a throne, in a golden palace, and be perfectly unselfish; and then he is in God. Another may live in a hut and wear rags, and have nothing in the world; yet, if he is selfish, he is intensely merged in the world.
A form comes out of a combination of force and matter.
Mark you, if you give up spirituality, leaving it aside to go after the materializing civilization of the West, the result will be that in three generations you will be an extinct race; because the backbone of the nation will be broken, the foundation upon which the national edifice has been built will be undermined, and the result will be annihilation all round.
Be not in despair, the way is very difficult, like walking on the edge of a razor; yet despair not, arise, awake, and find the ideal, the goal.
Religion is the peculiarity of the growth of the Indian mind.
Religion and religion alone is the life of India, and when that goes India will die, in spite of politics, in spite of social reforms, in spite of Kubera’s wealth poured upon the head of every one of her children.
One way for attaining Bhakti is by repeating the name of God a number of times. Mantras have effect: the mere repetition of words…. To obtain Bhakti, seek the company of holy men who have Bhakti, and read books like the Gita and the Imitation of Christ; always think of the attributes of God.
Every Hindu knows that astrologers try to fix the caste of every boy or girl as soon as he or she is born. That is the real caste – the individuality, and Jyotisha (astrology) recognises that. And we can only rise by giving it full sway again. This variety does not mean inequality, nor any special privilege.
Infinite strength is religion and God.
There cannot be two almighty beings in this world. [Imagine having] two or three Gods; one will create the world, another says, ‘I will destroy the world.’ It [can] never happen. There must be one God. The soul attains to perfection; [it becomes] almost omnipotent [and] omniscient. This is the worshipper. Who is the worshipped? He, the Lord God Himself, the Omnipresent, the Omniscient, and so on. And above all, He is Love. How is [the soul] to attain this perfection? By worship.
In the English character, the ‘give and take’ policy, the business principle of the trader, is principally inherent.
May He who is the Brahman of the Hindus, the Ahura-Mazda of the Zoroastrians, the Buddha of the Buddhists, the Jehovah of the Jews, the Father in Heaven of the Christians give strength to you to carry out your noble idea.
Man, therefore, according to the Vedanta philosophy, is the greatest being that is in the universe.
Have faith in yourself, all power is in you, be conscious and bring it out
All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction. Love is therefore the only law of life. He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying. Therefore love for love’s sake, because it is the only law of life, just as you breathe to live.
When you are doing any work, do not think of anything beyond. Do it as worship, as the highest worship, and devote your whole life to it for the time being.
When death is so certain, it is better to die for a good cause.
Are great things ever done smoothly? Time, patience, and indomitable will must show.
From Him are all name and form; all the animals and men are from Him. He is the one Supreme. He who knows Him becomes free.
I am teaching you now about it, but how many of you will practice it?
Look not back. No, not even if you see the dearest and nearest cry. Look not back, but forward. We cannot stop. If we stop we die. We have either to go forward or to go backward. We have either to progress or to degenerate.
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 freed.
The Older I grow, the more everything seems to me to lie in manliness. This is my new gospel
The nearer we are to God, the less we will have occasions to cry or weep. The further we are from God, the more will long faces come. The more we know God, the more misery vanishes.
This is the secret of spiritual life: to think that I am the Atman 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.
Everything that we perceive around us is struggling towards freedom, from the atom to the man, from the insentient, lifeless particle of matter to the highest existence on earth, the human soul. The whole universe is in fact the result of this struggle for freedom.
Wherever in any society there are too many laws, it is a sure sign that that society will soon die. If you study the characteristics of India, you will find that no nation possesses so many laws as the Hindus, and national death is the result.
The progress of the world means more enjoyment and more misery too.
Say it with pride we are Hindus
Father is the existence out of which everything comes; Son is that knowledge. It is in Christ that God will be manifest. God was everywhere, in all beings, before Christ; but in Christ we became conscious of Him. This is God. The third is bliss, the Holy Spirit.
We have none of us seen a form which had not a beginning and will not have an end.
First, believe in the world-that there is meaning behind everything.
Everything which has name and form must die. If there are heavens with forms, these heavens must vanish in course of time; they may last millions of years, but there must come a time when they will have to go.
The West regards marriage as consisting in all that lies beyond the legal tie, while in India it is thought of as a bond thrown by society round two people to unite them together for all eternity. Those two must wed each other, whether they will or not, in life after life. Each acquires half of the merit of the other. And if one seems in this life to have fallen hopelessly behind, it is for the other only to wait and beat time, till he or she catches up again!
All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind.
The animal man lives in the senses. If he does not get enough to eat, he is miserable; or if something happens to his body, he is miserable. In the senses both his misery and his happiness begin and end.
Swami Vivekananda short biography
Swami Vivekananda was a social reformer and an inspiring personality of India. Swami Vivekananda was born on January 12, 1863, in Kolkata, West Bengal. He was born as Narendra Nath data.
His father’s name was Vishwanath Datta and his mother’s name was Bhubaneshwar Devi. He took the name of Swami Vivekananda after becoming a monk.
Swami Vivekananda was a good student besides being proficient in music and sports. He was always against the superstitions prevalent during that time. Swami Vivekanand was a crucial personality in the field of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and yoga in the western world and is credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hindu religion to the status of major world religion in the late 19th century.
He was the major power in the revival of Hinduism in India and also contributed to nationalism in colonial India. Swami Vivekananda was known for his speeches which began with the words- “Sisters and brothers of America”. He introduces Hinduism at the parliament of the world’s religions in Chicago in 1893.
Vivekananda was born in a Bengali family in Calcutta the capital of British India at that time. He belongs to a traditional family and is one of the nine siblings. His father was an attorney at Calcutta high court and his mother was a housewife.
Swami Vivekananda was into spirituality from a very young age and used to meditate before the images of goddesses such as lord shiva, Rama, etc. he was naughty and restless in his childhood.
At the age of eight, Swami Vivekanand was enrolled at Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar’s modern institution, where he went to school until his family moved to Raipur. He was an avid reader in a wide range of subjects like philosophy, religion, history, social science, art, and literature.
He was also into Hindu scriptures, including Vedas, the Upanishads, the Bhagwat Gita, the Ramayana, the Mahabharata, and also the Puranas. Swami Vivekananda was trained in classical music and often participated in physical exercise, sports, and other activities. He also studied western logic. In 1881 he passed the Fine Arts examination and completed his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1884.
Swami Vivekananda’s teachings were mainly focused on different aspects of religion, education, social issue, etc. He introduced Vedanta to the western world while modernizing and redefining some aspects of the religion within India. His real ideals were to teach divinity and how to manifest it in our life.
On the 4th of July in 1902, Vivekananda went to the monastery at Belur Math and meditated for three hours. He taught ‘Shukla-yajur-Veda’, Sanskrit grammar, and the philosophy of yoga to disciples. Later Vivekanand went to his room and died while meditating. According to his pupils, Vivekananda attained mahasamadhi.