"Arise Awake and Stop not til the goal is reached"Vivekananda left a body of philosophical works (see Vivekananda's complete works). His books (compiled from lectures given around the world) on the four Yogas (Raja Yoga, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga and Jnana Yoga) are very influential and still seen as fundamental texts for anyone interested in the Hindu practice of Yoga.
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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.
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.
That man has reached immortality who is disturbed by nothing material.
We are what our thougts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
We are what our thoughts have made us;
so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
If faith in ourselves had been more extensively taught and practiced, I am sure a very large portion of the evils and miseries that we have would have vanished.
The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them.
Fear comes fromt the selfish idea of cutting one's self off from the universe.
All the powers in the universe are already ours.
It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.
When an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed into an actual physical or mental state.
The will is not free - it is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect - but there is something behind the will which is free.
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.
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.
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.
If there is no strength in body and mind, the Atman cannot be realized.
First you have to build the body by good nutritious food-then only will the mind be strong.
When I was a boy, I read Milton's Paradise Lost. The only good man I had any respect for was Satan. The only saint is that person who never weakens, faces everything, and determines die game.
Work, my children, work with your whole heart and soul! That is the thing.
Mind not the fruit of work. What if you go to hell working for others? That is worth more than to gain heaven by seeking your own salvation... Sri Ramakrishna came and gave his life for the world. I will also sacrifice my life.
Him I call a Mahatma (great soul) whose heart bleeds for the poor, otherwise he is a Duratma (wicked soul). Let us unite our wills in continued prayer for their good.
Jnana, bhakti, yoga and karma - these are the four paths which lead to spiritual freedom. One must follow the path for which one is best suited. But in this age, special stress should be laid on karma yoga.
That is good. It is a law of nature. That is the way with all founders of religion. Without persecution superior ideas cannot penetrate into the heart of society.
If you want to live, go back to Christ.
You are not Christians. Go back to Christ. Go back to him who had nowhere to lay his head. Better be ready to live in rags with Christ than to live in palaces without him.
Change is always subjective. All through evolution you find that the conquest of nature comes by change in the subject. Apply this to religion and morality, and you will find that the conquest of evil comes by the change in the subjective alone. That is how the Advaitic system gets its whole force, on the subjective side of man.
There is salvation only for the brave.
The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.
This is the ancient land, where wisdom made its home before it went into any other country... Here is the same India whose soil has been trodden by the feet of the greatest sages that ever lived... Look back, therefore, as far as you can, drink deep of the eternal fountains that are behind, and after that look forward, march forward, and make India brighter, greater, much higher, than she ever was.
Pay no attention whatsoever to newspaper nonsense or criticism.
Be sincere and do your duty. Everything will come all right. Truth must triumph.
Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.
Poetry and philosophy will become friends.
It is weakness, says the Vedanta, which is the cause of all misery in this world. Weakness is the one cause of suffering. We become miserable because we are weak. We lie, steal, kill and commit other crimes, because we are weak. We die because we are weak. Where there is nothing to weaken us, there is no death nor sorrow. We are miserable through delusion. Give up the delusion and the whole thing vanishes.
Ignorance is death, Knowledge is life.
Neither seek nor avoid; take what comes. It is liberty to be affected by nothing. Do not merely endure; be unattached.
Real freedom is not merely doing what you like, but also NOT doing what you like.
Gita and Ganga constitute the essence of Hinduism; one its theory and the other its practice.
Avoid all mystery. There is no mystery in religion.
Buddha and Christ were second-rate heroes.
The greatest men that ever live pass away unknown. They put forth no claims for themselves, establish no schools or systems in their name. They never create any stir but just melt down in love.
The moment you fear, you are nobody.
Neither object nor time off, put up with what comes.
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.
God is to be worshipped as the one beloved, dearer than everything in this and next life.
Bold words and bolder deeds are what we want.
Awake, awake, great ones! The world is burning with misery. Can you sleep?
If you want to be a yogi, you must be free, and place yourself in circumstances where you are alone and free from all anxiety. One who desires a comfortable and nice life and at the same time wants to realize the Self is like the fool who, wanting to cross the river, caught hold of a crocodile, mistaking it for a log of wood.
All the work you do, is done for your own salvation, is done for your own benefit.
We must approach religion with reverence and with love, and our heart will stand up and say, this is truth, and this is untruth.
Arise! Awake! and stop not until the goal is reached.
For a warrior, nothing is higher than a war against evil.
The warrior confronted with such a war should be pleased, Arjuna, for it comes as an open gate to heaven. But if you do not participate in this battle against evil, you will incur sin, violating your dharma and your honor.
No authority can save us, no beliefs.
If there is a God, all can find Him. No one needs to be told it is warm; all can discover it for themselves. So it should be with God. He should be a fact in the consciousness of every person.
My boat is nearing the calm harbour from which it is never more to be driven out. Glory, glory unto Mother! (Referring to the Divine Mother of the Universe.) I have no wish, no ambition now. Blessed be Mother! I am the servant of Ramakrishna. I am merely a machine. I know nothing else. Nor do I want to know.
Be strong, my young friends; that is my advice to you.
I am responsible for my fate, I am the bringer of good unto myself, I am the bringer of evil. I am the Pure and Blessed One. We must reject all thoughts that assert to the contrary.