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Of all the creatures, only a human being can explore and know dimensions beyond the physical.

— Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

If you are miserable when you are alone, you are obviously in bad company.

— Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev

Knowledge is a burden if it robs you of innocence.
Knowledge is a burden if it is not integrated into life.
Knowledge is a burden if it doesn’t bring joy.
Knowledge is a burden if it gives you an idea that you are wise.
Knowledge is a burden if it doesn’t set you free.
Knowledge is a burden if it makes you feel you are special.

— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

The three gunas [qualities] happen: sattva, rajas and tamas. These three gunas come in cycles into our life. When sattva comes, there is alertness, knowledge, interest, joy, happiness – everything comes. When rajo guna comes there is more desire, feverishness, restlessness, and sadness. When tamo guna comes delusion, attachment, lack of knowledge, lethargy – all these come.

— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

The fire of love or fire of knowledge creates unpleasantness or a sense of longing in the beginning, but it moves on to the blossoming of bliss, the blossoming of fullness.

— Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Philosophy is the outcome of human weakness or limitation of knowledge

— Bhagat Singh

Conquer the angry one by not getting angry; conquer the wicked by goodness; conquer the stingy by generosity, and the liar by speaking the truth.

— Gautama Buddha

To force oneself to believe and to accept a thing without understanding is political, and not spiritual or intellectual.

— Gautama Buddha

He who has the knowledge has the responsibility to impart it to the students.

— Rabindranath Tagore

If the suns come down, and the moons crumble into dust, and systems after systems are hurled into annihilation, what is that to you? Stand as a rock; you are indestructible. You are the Self, the God of the universe. Say – ‘I am Existence Absolute, Bliss Absolute, Knowledge Absolute, I am He,’ and like a lion breaking its cage, break your chain and be free forever. What frightens you, what holds you down? Only ignorance and delusion; nothing else can bind you. You are the Pure One, the Ever-blessed.

— Swami Vivekananda

Ignorance is death, Knowledge is life.

— Swami Vivekananda

How has all the knowledge in the world been gained but by the concentration of the powers of the mind? 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. There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point; that is the secret.

— Swami Vivekananda

If you think that you are bound, you remain bound; you make your own bondage. If you know that you are free, you are free this moment. This is knowledge, knowledge of freedom. Freedom is the goal of all nature.

— Swami Vivekananda

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.

— Swami Vivekananda

The benefits of knowledge can only be realized in practice.

— Swami Vivekananda

If you can think that infinite power, infinite knowledge and indomitable energy lie within you, and if you can bring out that power, you also can become like me.

— Swami Vivekananda

I am indebted to my mother for the efflorescence of my knowledge.

— Swami Vivekananda

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.

— Swami Vivekananda

Knowledge is inherent in man; no knowledge comes from outside; it is all inside. We say Newton discovered gravitation. Was it sitting anywhere waiting for him? It was in his own mind; the time came and he found it out. All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind. The external world is simply the suggestion, the occasion, which sets you to study your own mind.

— Swami Vivekananda

The gift of knowledge is the highest gift in the world.

— Swami Vivekananda

Salvation means knowing the truth. We do not become anything; we are what we are. Salvation [comes] by faith and not by work. It is a question of knowledge! You must know what you are, and it is done. The dream vanishes. This you [and others] are dreaming here. When they die, they go to [the] heaven [of their dream]. They live in that dream, and [when it ends], they take a nice body [here], and they are good people….

— Swami Vivekananda

You see, no one can teach anybody. The teacher spoils everything by thinking that he is teaching. Thus Vedanta says that within man is all knowledge-even in a boy it is so-and it requires only an awakening, and that much is the work of a teacher.

— Swami Vivekananda

Was there ever a more horrible blasphemy than the statement that all the knowledge of God is confined to this or that book? How dare men call God infinite, and yet try to compress Him within the covers of a little book!

— Swami Vivekananda

If you have knowledge and see a man weak, do not condemn him. Go to his level and help him if you can. He must grow.

— Swami Vivekananda

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.

— 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

How can there be any progress of the country without the spread of education, the dawning of knowledge?

— 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

These tremendous contradictions in our intellect, in our knowledge, yea, in all the facts of our life face us on all sides.

— Swami Vivekananda

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

— Swami Vivekananda

Knowledge can only be got in one way, the way of experience; there is no other way to know.

— Swami Vivekananda

Wherever there is evil and wherever there is ignorance and want of knowledge, I have found out by experience that all evil comes, as our scriptures say, relying upon differences, and that all good comes from faith in equality, in the underlying sameness and oneness of things. This is the great Vedantic ideal.

— Swami Vivekananda