Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda
  • Born: January 12, 1863
  • Died: July 4, 1902
  • Nationality: Indian
  • Profession: Clergyman

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Swami Vivekananda, born Narendranath Datta (Bengali: [nɔrendronatʰ dɔto]), was an Indian Hindu monk, a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna. He was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world and is credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the late 19th century. He was a major force in the revival of Hinduism in India, and contributed to the concept of nationalism in colonial India. Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. He is perhaps best known for his speech which began with the words - "Sisters and brothers of America ...," in which he introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World's Religions in Chicago in 1893.

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All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything. Minorities & Women
Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles. Human Nature
Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Desire, ignorance, and inequality—this is the trinity of bondage. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Face the brutes. That is a lesson for all life—face the terrible, face it boldly. Like the monkeys, the hardships of life fall back when we cease to flee before them Miscellaneous
Freedom can never be reached by the weak. Freedom & Liberty
Our supreme duty is to advance toward freedom—physical, mental, and spiritual—and help others to do so. Freedom & Liberty ;Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
Religion has no business to formulate social laws. Religion & God
Sectarianism, bigotry, and it's horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful Earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization, and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now. Religion & God
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.
Arise! Awake! and stop not until the goal is reached.
As different streams having different sources all mingle their waters in the sea, so different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to God. Religion & God
External nature is only internal nature writ large. Nature
God helps those who help themselves. Religion & God
God is to be worshipped as the one beloved, dearer than everything in this and next life. Life ;Religion & God
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. Religion & God
If money help a man to do good to others, it is of some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil, and the sooner it is got rid of, the better. Money, Coins & Minting
In one word, this ideal is that you are divine.
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.
Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin; to say that you are weak, or others are weak.
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. Truth ;Time
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. Life ;Success
That man has reached immortality who is disturbed by nothing material.
The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him - that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free. Religion & God
The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them. Religion & God
The Vedanta recognizes no sin it only recognizes error. And the greatest error, says the Vedanta is to say that you are weak, that you are a sinner, a miserable creature, and that you have no power and you cannot do this and that. Power
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 will is not free - it is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect - but there is something behind the will which is free.
The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.
Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true. Truth
We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far. Travel
When an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed into an actual physical or mental state.
Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being. Religion & God
You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself. Religion & God
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. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training