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  • TO worship God even for the sake of salvation or any other reward is equally degenerate. Love knows no reward. Give your love unto to God, but do not ask anything in return even from Him through pray.
    (Swami Vivekananda)

  • 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.
    (Swami Vivekananda)

  • Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.
    (Swami Vivekananda)

  • External nature is only internal nature writ large.
    (Swami Vivekananda)

  • Civilizations have arisen in other parts of the world. In ancient and modern times, wonderful ideas have been carried forward from one race to another...But mark you, my friends, it has been always with the blast of war trumpets and the march of embattled cohorts. Each idea had to be soaked in a deluge of blood..... Each word of power had to be followed by the groans of millions, by the wails of orphans, by the tears of widows. This, many other nations have taught but India for thousands of years peacefully existed. Here activity prevailed when even Greece did not exist... Even earlier, when history has no record, and tradition dares not peer into the gloom of that intense past, even from until now, ideas after ideas have marched out from her, but every word has been spoken with a blessing behind it and peace before it. We, of all nations of the world, have never been a conquering race, and that blessing is on our head, and therefore we live...
    (Swami Vivekananda)


  • 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.
    (Swami Vivekananda)

  • Let new India arise out of peasants cottage, grasping the plough, out of huts, cobbler and sweeper.
    (Swami Vivekananda)

  • 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.
    (Swami Vivekananda)

  • When an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed into an actual physical or mental state.
    (Swami Vivekananda)

  • The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.
    (Swami Vivekananda)

  • In one word, this ideal is that you are divine.
    (Swami Vivekananda)

  • Do not stand on a high pedestal and take 5 cents in your hand and say, here, my poor man, but be grateful that the poor man is there, so by making a gift to him you are able to help yourself.It is not the reciever that is blessed, but it is the giver.Be thankful that you are allowed to exercise your power of benevolence and mercy in the world, and thus become pure and perfect.
    (Swami Vivekananda)

  • GOD is to be worshipped as the one beloved, dearer than everything in this and next life.
    (Swami Vivekananda)

  • The first sign of your becoming religious is that you are becoming cheerful
    (Swami Vivekananda)

  • 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.
    (Swami Vivekananda)


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