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
Whenever there is a conflict between the pure heart and the intellect, always side with the pure heart.
A wave in the ocean is a wave, only in so far as it is bound by name and form.
The goal of mankind is knowledge … Now this knowledge is inherent in man. No knowledge comes from outside: it is all inside. What we say a man ‘knows’, should, in strict psychological language, be what he ‘discovers’ or ‘unveils’; what man ‘learns’ is really what he discovers by taking the cover off his own soul, which is a mine of infinite knowledge.
First, believe in the world-that there is meaning behind everything.
Pay particular attention to your health, but too much coddling of the body will, on the contrary, also spoil the health.
The book is all in us. Fool, hearest not thou? In thine own heart day and night is singing that Eternal Music – Sachchidânanda, soham, soham – Existence-Knowledge-Bliss Absolute, I am He, I am He.
The greatest sin is to think yourself weak
Know that all sins and all evils can be summed up in that one word, weakness. It is weakness that is the motive power in all evil doing; it is weakness that makes men injure others; it is weakness that makes them manifest what they are not in reality. Let them know what they really are…..
Man is the greatest being that ever can be.
Do not wait for anybody or anything. Do whatever you can. Build your hope on none.
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.
Know full well that patience is the best means of succeeds.
Infinite patience, infinite purity, and infinite perseverance are the secret of success in a good cause.
Do not believe a thing because you have read about it in a book. Do not believe 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.
Man is a degeneration of what he was.
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.
Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that 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.
The more opposition there is, the better. Does a river acquire velocity unless there is resistance? The newer and better a thing is, the more opposition I will meet with at the outset. It is opposition which foretells success. Where there is no opposition there is no success either.
It will be a great pity if any feeling of jealousy or egotism gain ground amongst you.
Be strong , my young friends; that is my advice to you. You will be nearer to Heaven through football than through the study of the Gita. These are bold words; but I have to say them, for I love you. I know where the shoe pinches.
Know that every time you feel weak, you not only hurt yourself but also the cause. Infinite faith and strength are the only conditions of success.
Mark, therefore, the ordinary theory of practical religion, what it leads to. Charity is great, but the moment you say it is all, you run the risk of running into materialism. It is not religion. It is no better than atheism – a little less.
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.
The best guide in life is strength.
Neither idealists nor materialists are right; we must take both idea and expression.
Truth does not pay homage to any society, ancient or modern. Society has to pay homage to Truth or die.
Do you think these sannyasi children of Sri Ramakrishna are born to simply to sit under trees lighting dhuni-fires? Whenever any of them will take up some work, people will be astonished to see their energy. Learn from them how to work.
The devil comes in many guises-anger in the form of justice-passion in the form of duty. When it first comes, the man knows and then he forgets. Just as your pleaders’ conscience; at first they know it is all roguery, then it is duty to their clients; at last they get hardened.
Be moral. Be brave. Be a heart-whole man, strictly moral, brave unto desperation. Don’t bother your head with religious theories. Cowards only sin, brave men never, no, not even in mind.
Non-injuring has to be attained by him who would be free. No one is more powerful than he who has attained perfect non-injuring. No one could fight, no one could quarrel, in his presence. Yes, his very presence, and nothing else, means peace, means love wherever he may be. Nobody could be angry or fight in his presence. Even the animals, ferocious animals, would be peaceful before him.
According to the law of nature, wherever there is an awakening of a new and stronger life, there it tries to conquer and take the place of the old and the decaying. Nature favours the dying out of the unfit and the survival of the fittest. The final result of such conflict between the priestly and the other classes has been mentioned already.
One link in a chain explains the infinite chain.
The cheerful mind perseveres and the strong mind hews its way through a thousand difficulties.
To the person who desires nothing and does not get entangled in desires, the manifold changes of nature are one panorama of beauty and sublimity.
Excessive attention to the minutiae of astrology is one of the superstitions which has hurt the Hindus very much.
Man can become like God and acquire control over the whole universe if he multiplies infinitely his centre of self-consciousness.
The world is a demon. It is a kingdom of which the puny ego is king. Put it away and stand firm.
Liberty in thought and action is the only condition of life, growth and well-being: Where it does not exist, the man, the race, and the nation must go down.
I am teaching you now about it, but how many of you will practice it?
If you have not even a little imagination, you are simply a brute. So you must not lower your ideal, neither are you to lose sight of practicality. We must avoid the two extremes…. You must try to combine in your life immense idealism with immense practicality.
Every change is being forced upon us.
But on the heights of the Himalayas I have a place where I am determined nothing shall enter except pure truth. There I want to work out this idea about which I have spoken to you today. There are an Englishman and an Englishwoman in charge of the place. The purpose is to train seekers of truth and to bring up children without fear and without superstition. They shall not hear about Christs and Buddhas and Shivas and Vishnus – none of these.
We want Shraddhâ, we want faith in our own selves. Strength is life, weakness is death. ‘We are the Âtman, deathless and free; pure, pure by nature. Can we ever commit any sin? Impossible!’ – such a faith is needed. Such a faith makes men of us, makes gods of us. It is by losing this idea of Shraddha that the country has gone to ruin.
Music alone can take you to the Highest!
A changeable God would be no God.
These births and deaths are changes in nature which we are mistaking for changes in us.
When we use our imagination properly it is our greatest friend; it goes belyond reason and is the only light that takes us everywhere.
Man is man so long as he is struggling to rise above nature, and this nature is both internal and external.
The very idea of an infinite in place would be a contradiction in terms, as a place must begin and continue in time.
As soon as you know the voice and understand what it is, the whole scene changes. The same world which was the ghastly battlefield of maya is now changed into something good and beautiful.
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.