Swami Vivekananda was a disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna.
In his life span of 31 years, He introduced Indian darsanas of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world, founded the Ramakrishna Mission at the monastery of Belur Math, contributed to the concept of nationalism in colonial India.
In 1893, He introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago. A newspaper account of his speech described him as “an orator by divine right and undoubtedly the greatest figure at the Parliament.”
Here are some of his quotes:
Strength is Life, Weakness is Death. Expansion is Life, Contraction is Death. Love is Life, Hatred is Death.Swami Vivekananda
Do not lower your goals to the level of your abilities. Instead, raise your abilities to the height of your goals.Swami Vivekananda
The power of meditation gets us everything. If you want to get power over nature, [you can have it through meditation]. It is through the power of meditation all scientific facts are discovered today. They study the subject and forget everything, their own identity and everything, and then the great fact comes like a flash.Swami Vivekananda
No one step back, that is the idea…. Fight it out, whatever comes. Let the stars move from the sphere! Let the whole world stand against us!…. What of it? Thus fight! You gain nothing by becoming cowards…. Taking a step backward, you do not avoid any misfortune.Swami Vivekananda
You are incarnations of God, all of you. You are incarnations of the Almighty, Omnipresent, Divine Principle. You may laugh at me now, but the time will come when you will understand. You must. Nobody will be left behind.Swami Vivekananda
Take Risks in Your Life If you Win, You Can Lead! If You Lose, You can Guide!Swami Vivekananda
By practice men can bring even the heart under control, until it will just beat at will, slowly, or quickly, or almost stop. Nearly every part of the body can be brought under control.Swami Vivekananda
Never say, ‘No’, never say, ‘I cannot’, for you are infinite. Even time and space are as nothing compared with your nature. You can do anything and everything, you are almightySwami Vivekananda
The infinite library of the Universe is in your mind.Swami Vivekananda
When I Asked God for Strength He Gave Me Difficult Situations to Face When I Asked God for Brain & Brawn He Gave Me Puzzles in Life to Solve When I Asked God for Happiness He Showed Me Some Unhappy People When I Asked God for Wealth He Showed Me How to Work Hard When I Asked God for Favors He Showed Me Opportunities to Work Hard When I Asked God for Peace He Showed Me How to Help Others God Gave Me Nothing I Wanted He Gave Me Everything I Needed.Swami Vivekananda
When a man is perfect, he sees perfection in others. When he sees imperfection, it is his own mind projecting itself.Swami Vivekananda
We cannot see outside what we are not inside. The universe is to us what the huge engine is to the miniature engine; and indication of any error in the tiny engine leads us to imagine trouble in the huge one.Swami Vivekananda
The remedy for weakness is not brooding over weakness, but thinking of strength.Swami Vivekananda
True religion is not talk, or doctrines, or theories, nor is it sectarianism. It is the relation between soul and God. Religion does not consist in erecting temples, or building churches, or attending public worship. It is not to be found in books, or in words, or in lectures, or in organizations. Religion consists in realization. We must realize God, feel God, see God, talk to God. That is religion.Swami Vivekananda
Never talk about the faults of others, no matter how bad they may be. Nothing is ever gained by that. You never help one by talking about his fault; you do him an injury, and injure yourself as well.Swami Vivekananda
Real freedom is not merely doing what you like, but also NOT doing what you like.Swami Vivekananda
The moment you fear, you are nobody.Swami Vivekananda
All the strength and succour you want is within yourselves. Therefore make your own future. “Let the dead past bury its dead.” The infinite future is before you.Swami Vivekananda
Everyone goes with the flow… but the one who goes against the flow becomes someone remarkable in life.Swami Vivekananda
The greatest truths are the simplest things in the world, simple as your own existence.Swami Vivekananda
It is the greatest manifestation of power to be calm.Swami Vivekananda
Whatever you think, that you will be. If you think yourselves weak, weak you will be; if you think yourselves strong, strong you will be.Swami Vivekananda
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