Famous Quotes & Thoughts of Swami Vivekananda in English

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>>

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Famous Quotes & Thoughts of Swami Vivekananda in English

Man is greater than the gods.

— Swami Vivekananda

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.

— Swami Vivekananda

All power is within you; you can do anything and everything. Believe in that, do not believe that you are weak; do not believe that you are half-crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. You can do any thing and everything, without even the guidance of any one. Stand up and express the divinity within you.

— Swami Vivekananda

It is always for greater joy that you give up the lesser. This is practical religion-the attainment of freedom, renunciation. Renounce the lower so that you may get the higher. Renounce! Renounce! Sacrifice! Give up! Not for zero. Not for nothing. But to get the higher.

— Swami Vivekananda

Take courage and work on. Patience and steady work – this is the only way. Go on; remember – patience and purity and courage and steady work. . . . So long as you are pure, and true to your principles, you will never fail.

— Swami Vivekananda

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.

— Swami Vivekananda

The idea of perfect womanhood is perfect independence

— Swami Vivekananda

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.

— Swami Vivekananda

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.

— Swami Vivekananda

Have faith that you are all, my brave lads, born to do great things! Let not the barks of puppies frighten you, no, not even the thunderbolts of heaven, but stand up and work!

— Swami Vivekananda

So we find that in almost every religion these are the three primary things which we have in the worship of God forms or symbols , names, God-men. All religions have these, but you find that they want to fight with each other…These are the external forms of devotion, through which man has to pass; but if he is sincere , if he really wants to reach the truth , he goes higher than these, to a plane where forms are as nothing.

— Swami Vivekananda

My countrymen should have nerves of steel, muscles of iron, and minds like thunderbolt.

— Swami Vivekananda

On this basic – being right and doing right the whole world can unite.

— Swami Vivekananda

Look here we shall die! Bear this in mind always & then the spirit within will wake up. Only then will meanness vanish from you, practicality in work will come, you will get new vigor in mind & body, and those who come in contact with you will also feel that they have really got something uplifting from you.

— Swami Vivekananda

March on, the Lord is our General.

— Swami Vivekananda

Let us work without desire for name or fame or rule over others. Let us be free from the triple bonds of lust, greed of gain, and anger. And this truth is with us!

— Swami Vivekananda

Books are infinite in number and time is short. The secret of knowledge is to take what is essential. Take that and try to live up to it.

— Swami Vivekananda

The essence of Vedanta is that there is but one Being and that every soul is that Being in full, not a part of that Being.

— Swami Vivekananda

Everything that occupies space has form. The formless can only be infinite.

— Swami Vivekananda

The best thermometer to the progress of a nation is its treatment of its women.

— Swami Vivekananda

All these ideas such as astrology, although there may be a grain of truth in them, should be avoided.

— Swami Vivekananda

Man’s free agency is not of the mind, for that is bound. There is no freedom there.

— Swami Vivekananda

Man is the highest being in creation, because he attains to freedom.

— Swami Vivekananda

We have to cover everything with the Lord himself, not a false sort of optimism, not by blinding our eyes to the evil, but by really seeing God in everything.

— Swami Vivekananda

You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.

— Swami Vivekananda

In whatever name or form they are offered, all these flowers are laid at God’s feet, for He is the one Lord of all, the one Soul of all souls.

— Swami Vivekananda

This is no world. It is God Himself. In delusion we call it world.

— Swami Vivekananda

The Indian mind is first religious, then anything else. So this is to be strengthened.

— Swami Vivekananda

Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes.

— Swami Vivekananda

The power is with the silent ones, who only live and love and then withdraw their personality. They never say ‘me’ and ‘mine’; they are only blessed in being instruments

— Swami Vivekananda

You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.

— Swami Vivekananda

Those who work at a thing heart and soul not only achieve success in it but through their absorption in that they also realize the supreme truth-Brahman. Those who work at a thing with their whole heart receive help from God.

— Swami Vivekananda

Cowards only sin, brave men never, no, not even in mind.

— Swami Vivekananda

Even the greatest fool can accomplish a task if it be after his heart. But the intelligent man is he who can convert every work into one that suits his taste. No work is petty. Everything in this world is like a banyan seed, which, though appearing tiny as a mustard seed, has yet the gigantic banyan tree latent with it. He indeed is intelligent who notices this and succeeds in making all work truly great.

— Swami Vivekananda

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.

— Swami Vivekananda

Pay particular attention to your health, but too much coddling of the body will, on the contrary, also spoil the health.

— Swami Vivekananda

The fact is that we have many superstitions, many bad spots and sores on our body – these have to be excised, cut off, and destroyed – but these do not destroy our religion, our national life, our spirituality. Every principle of religion is safe, and the sooner these black spots are purged away, the better the principles will shine, the more gloriously. Stick to them.

— Swami Vivekananda

All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind.

— Swami Vivekananda

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.

— Swami Vivekananda

I do not call it religion so long as it is confined to books and dogmas.

— Swami Vivekananda

The perfect man sees nothing but God.

— Swami Vivekananda

THE Lord is great! – He will not allow me to become a hypocrite. Now let what is in come out….

— Swami Vivekananda

There is no happiness higher than what a man obtains by this attitude of non-offensiveness, to all creation.

— Swami Vivekananda

If I, as an Oriental have to worship Jesus of Nazareth, there is only one way, that is, to worship him as God and nothing else.

— Swami Vivekananda

The Church tries to fit Christ into it, not the Church into Christ.

— Swami Vivekananda

What is the world that is to be given up? It is here. I am carrying it all with me. My own body. It is all for this body that I put my hand voluntarily upon my fellow human beings, just to keep it nice and give it a little pleasure. It is all for the body that I injure others and make mistakes.

— Swami Vivekananda

Man is the epitome of all things and all knowledge is in him.

— Swami Vivekananda

The Vedanta teaches men to have faith in themselves first. As certain religions of the world say that a man who does not believe in a Personal God outside of himself is an atheist, so the Vedanta says, a man who does not believe in himself is an atheist. Not believing in the glory of our own soul is what the Vedanta calls atheism.

— Swami Vivekananda

Thank God for giving you this world as a moral gymnasium to help your development, but never imagine you can help the world.

— Swami Vivekananda

There cannot be a cause without an effect, the present must have had its cause in the past and will have its effect in the future.

— Swami Vivekananda

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.

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