Inspirational & Motivational Swami Vivekananda Quotes 2016

  • #Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life; dream of it; think of it; live on that idea. Let the brain, the body, 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, and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced.”

  • #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.”

  • #In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart.”

  • #In a day, when you don’t come across any problems – you can be sure that you are travelling in a wrong path”

  • #The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.”

  • “All power is within you; you can do anything and everything. Believe in that, do not believe that you are weak; do not believe that you are half-crazy lunatics, as most of us do nowadays. You can do anything and everything, without even the guidance of any one. Stand up and express the divinity within you.”

  • “The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves.”

  • “The greatest sin is to think yourself weak”

  • “Dare to be free, dare to go as far as your thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life.”

  • “Anything that makes weak – physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison.”

  • “Be not Afraid of anything. You will do Marvelous work. it is Fearlessness that brings Heaven even in a moment.”

  • “They alone live, who live for others.”

  • “We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far. ”

  • “All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction. Love is therefore the only law of life. He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying. Therefore love for love’s sake, because it is the only law of life, just as you breathe to live.”

  • “arise,awake,stop not until your goal is achieved.”

  • “You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.”

  • “The fire that warms us can also consume us; it is not the fault of the fire.”

  • “Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes.”

  • “Strength is Life, Weakness is Death.
  • Expansion is Life, Contraction is Death.
  • Love is Life, Hatred is Death.”

  • “Comfort is no test of truth. Truth is often far from being comfortable.”

  • “Feel nothing, know nothing, do nothing, have nothing, give up all to God, and say utterly, ‘Thy will be done.’ We only dream this bondage. Wake up and let it go.”

  • “Ask nothing; want nothing in return. Give what you have to give; it will come back to you, but do not think of that now.”

  • “Each work has to pass through these stages—ridicule, opposition, and then acceptance. Those who think ahead of their time are sure to be misunderstood.”

  • “Learn Everything that is Good from Others, but bring it in, and in your own way absorb it; do not become others.”

  • “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 the future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.”

  • “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!”

  • “All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.”

  • “whatever you think that you will be.
  • if you think yourself weak,weak you will be;
  • if you think yourself strong,you will be”

  • “Do one thing at a Time, and while doing it put your whole Soul into it to the exclusion of all else.”

  • “We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate.
  • The wind is blowing; those vessels whose sails are unfurled
  • catch it, and go forward on their way, but those which have
  • their sails furled do not catch the wind. Is that the fault of
  • the wind?……. We make our own destiny.

  • “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.”

  • “There is no God separate from you, no God higher than you, the real ‘you’. All the gods are little beings to you, all the ideas of God and Father in heaven are but your own reflection. God Himself is your image. ‘God created man after His own image.’ That is wrong. Man creates God after his own image. That is right. Throughout the universe we are creating gods after our own image. We create the god and fall down at his feet and worship him; and when this dream comes, we love it!”

  • “The whole life is a succession of dreams. My ambition is to be a conscious dreamer, that is all.”

  • “The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.”

  • “The only religion that ought to be taught is the religion of fearlessness. Either in this world or in the world of religion, it is true that fear is the sure cause of degradation and sin. It is fear that brings misery, fear that brings death, fear that breeds evil. And what causes fear? Ignorance of our own nature.”

  • “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.”

  • “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.”

  • “beleive in yourself and the world will be at your feet”

  • “Desire, ignorance, and inequality—this is the trinity of bondage.”

  • “Shri Ramakrishna use to say, “As Long as I Live, so long do I learn”. That man or that society which has nothing to learn is already in the jaws of death.”

  • “Education is the manifestation of perfection already existing in man.”

  • “Take Risks in Your Life If u Win, U Can Lead! If u Lose, U Can Guide!”

  • “How often does a man ruin his disciples by remaining always with them! When men are once trained, it is essential that their leader leave them, for without his absence they cannot develop themselves. Plants always remain small under a big tree.”

  • “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”

  • “Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this divinity by controlling nature, external and internal. Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy – by one, or more, or all of these – and be free. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details.”

  • “The greatest truths are the simplest things in the world, simple as your own existence.”

  • “Give up the idea that by ruling over others you can do any good to them. But you can do just as much as you can in the case of the plant: you can supply the growing seed with the materials for the making up of its body, bringing to it the earth, the water, the air, that it wants. It will take all that it wants by its own nature, it will assimilate and grow by its own nature.”

  • “Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being.”

  • “All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind.”

  • “Be strong! … You talk of ghosts and devils. We are the living devils. The sign of life is strength and growth. The sign of death is weakness. Whatever is weak, avoid! It is death. If it is strength, go down into hell and get hold of it! There is salvation only for the brave. “None but the brave deserves the fair.” None but the bravest deserves salvation.”

  • “The cheerful mind perseveres and the strong mind hews its way through a thousand difficulties.”

  • “He is an atheist who does not believe in himself. The old religions said that he was an atheist who did not believe in God. The new religion says that he is an atheist who does not believe in himself.”

  • “The brain and muscles must develop simultaneously. Iron nerves with an intelligent brain — and the whole world is at your feet.”

  • “A fool may buy all the books in the world, and they will be in his library; but he will be able to read only those that he deserves to.”

  • “Astrology and all these mystical things are generally signs of a weak mind; therefore as soon as they are becoming prominent in our minds, we should see a physician, take good food, and rest.”

  • “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.”

  • “Are you unselfish? That is the question. If you are, you will be perfect without reading a single religious book, without going into a single church or temple.”

  • “Do not believe a thing because you have read about it in a book. Do not believe a thing because another man has said it was true. Do not believe in words because they are hallowed by tradition. Find out the truth for yourself. Reason it out. That is realization.”

  • “Blessed are they whose bodies get destroyed in the service of others.”

  • “You must worship the Self in Krishna, not Krishna as Krishna.”

  • “The powers of the mind are like the rays of the sun when they are concentrated they illumine.”

  • “Don’t look back—forward, infinite energy, infinite enthusiasm, infinite daring, and infinite patience—then alone can great deeds be accomplished.”

  • “The very reason for nature’s existence is for the education of the soul.”

  • “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.”

  • “The earth is enjoyed by heroes”—this is the unfailing truth. Be a hero. Always say, “I have no fear.”

  • “Even the greatest fool can accomplish a task if it were after his or her heart. But the intelligent ones are those who can convert every work into one that suits their taste.”

  • “Bless people when they revile you. Think how much good they are doing by helping to stamp out the false ego.”

  • “This is a great fact: strength is life; weakness is death. Strength is felicity, life eternal, immortal; weakness is constant strain and misery, weakness is death.”

  • “Devotion to duty is the highest form of worship of God.”

  • “Things do not grow better; they remain as they are. It is we who grow better, by the changes we make in ourselves.”

  • “Liberty is the first condition of growth. It is wrong, a thousand times wrong, if any of you dares to say, ‘I will work out the salvation of this woman or child.”

  • “So long as the millions live in hunger and ignorance, I hold every person a traitor who, having been educated at their expense, pays not the least heed to them!”

  • “Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.”


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  • “Do not believe in a thing because you have read about it in a book. Do not believe in a thing because another man has said it was true. Do not believe in words because they are hallowed by tradition. Find out the truth for yourself. Reason it out. That is realization.”

  • “The Tapas and the other hard Yogas that were practiced in other Yugas do not work now. What is needed in this Yuga is giving, helping others. ”

  • “All truth is eternal. Truth is nobody’s property; no race, no individual can lay any exclusive claim to it. Truth is the nature of all souls.”

  • “The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them.”

  • “We must also remember that in every little village-god and every little superstitious custom is that which we are accustomed to call our religious faith. But local customs are infinite and contradictory. Which are we to obey, and which not to obey? The Brāhmin of Southern India, for instance, would shrink in horror at the sight of another Brahmin eating meat; a Brahmin in the North thinks it a most glorious and holy thing to do—he kills goats by the hundred in sacrifice. If you put forward your custom, they are equally ready with theirs. Various are the customs all over India, but they are local. The greatest mistake made is that ignorant people always think that this local custom is the essence of our religion.”

  • “Man is to become divine by realizing the divine. Idols or temples, or churches or books, are only the supports, the help of his spiritual childhood.”

  • “Why should a Man be Moral? Because this strengthens his will.”

  • “This World will always continue to be a mixtu#re of Good and Evil. Our duty is to sympathize with the weak and to Love even the wrongdoer.”

  • “Desire can be eradicated from the roots by firmly imbibing the four attributes of: Jnan, Atmanishtha, Vairagya, Dharma and the full fledged devotion to God.”

  • “If a man can realize his divine nature with the help of an image, would it be right to call that a sin? Nor, even when he has passed that stage, should he call it an error. […] man is not traveling from error to truth, but from truth to truth, from lower to higher truth. To him all the religions from the lowest fetishism to the highest absolutism, m$ean so many attempts of the human soul to grasp and realize the Infinite, each determined by the conditions of its birth and association, and each of these marks a stage of progress; and every soul is a young eagle soaring higher and higher, gathering more and more strength till it reaches the Glorious Sun.”

  • “After every happiness comes misery; they may be far apart or near. The more advanced the soul, the more quickly does one follow the other. What we want is neither happiness nor misery. Both make us forget our true nature; both are chains–one iron, one gold; behind both is the Atman, who knows neither happiness nor misery. These are states, and states must ever change; but the nature of the Atman is bliss, peace, unchanging. We have not to get it, we have it; only wash away the dross and see it.”

  • “God did not give me everything that i wanted. But, He gave me everything that i needed!”

  • “By doing well the duty which is nearest to us, the duty which is in our hands, we make ourselves stronger”

  • “Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvellous work. It is fear that is the great cause of misery in the world. It is fear that is the greatest of all superstitions. It is fear that is the cause of all our woes, and it is fearlessness that brings heaven even in a moment. Therefore, “arise, awake and stop not until the goal is reached.”

  • “This universe is the wreckage of the infinite on the shores of the finite.

  • “Do good because it is good to do good. Ask no more.”

  • “But there is yet time to change our ways. Give up all those old discussions, old fights about things which are meaningless, which are nonsensical in their very nature. Think of the last six hundred or seven hundred years of degradation when grown-up men by hundreds have been discussing for years whether we should drink a glass of water with the right hand or the left, whether the hand should be washed three times or four times, whether we should gargle five or six times. What can you expect from men who pass their lives in discussing such momentous questions as these and writing most learned philosophies on them! There is a danger of our religion getting into the kitchen. We are neither Vedantists, most of us now, nor Pauranics, nor Tantrics. We are just “Don’t-touchists”. Our religion is in the kitchen. Our God is the cooking-pot, and our religion is, “Don’t touch me, I am holy”. If this goes on for another century, every one of us will be in a lunatic asylum. It is a sure sign of softening of the brain when the mind cannot grasp the higher problems of life; all originality is lost, the mind has lost all its strength, its activity, and its power of thought, and just tries to go round and round the smallest curve it can find.”

  • “He who struggles is better than he who never attempts.”

  • “If in this hell of a world one can bring a little joy and peace even for a day into the heart of a single person, that much alone is true; this I have learnt after suffering all my life; all else is mere moonshine. . . .”

  • “The knowing ones must have pity on the ignorant.
  • One who knows is willing to give up his body even for an ant,
  • because he knows that the body is nothing.”

  • “A good practice carried to an extreme and worked in accordance with the letter of the law becomes a positive evil.”

  • “Be Grateful to the Man you help, think of Him as God. Is it not a great privilege to be allowed to worship God by helping our fellow men?”

  • “The tender plant of spirituality will die if exposed too early to the action of a constant change of ideas and ideals. Many people, in the name of what may be called religious liberalism, may be seen feeding their idle curiosity with a continuous succession of different ideals. With them, hearing new things grows into a kind of disease, a sort of religious drink-mania. They want to hear new things just by way of getting a temporary nervous e#xcitement, and when one such exciting influence has had its effect on them, they are ready for another. Religion is with these people a sort of intellectual opium-eating, and there it ends.”

  • “3#The Heart and core of everything here is good, that whatever may be the surface waves, deep down and underlying everything, there is an infinite basis of Goodness and Love.”

  • “God Gave Me Nothing I Wanted
  • He Gave Me Everything I Needed.”

  • “#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.”

  • “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 will is not free – it is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect – but there is something behind the will which is free.”

  • “A few heart-whole, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century.”

  • “If the Student thinks he is the Spirit, he will be a better Student. If the Lawyer thinks he is the Spirit, he will be a better Lawyer, and so on.”

  • “Never forget the glory of human nature! We are the greatest god.. Christs and Buddhas are but waves in the boundless ocean wh#ich I AM.”

  • “But where the ignorant are asleep, there the sage keeps awake”

  • “The Christian is not to become a Hindu or a Buddhist, nor is a Hindu or a Buddhist to become a Christian. But each must assimilate the spirit of the others and yet preserve his individuality and grow according to his own law of growth. If the Parliament of Religions has shown anything to the world, it is this: It has proved to the world that holin#ess, purity, and charity are not the exclusive possessions of any church in the world, and that every system has produced men and women of the most exalted character. In the face of this evidence, if anybody dreams of the exclusive survival of his own religion at the expense of the others, I pit#y him from the bottom of my heart and point out to him that upon the banner of every religion will soon be written, in spite of resistance: “Help and not Fight,” “Assimilation and not Destruction,” “Harmony and Peace and not Dissension”.”

  • “Now is wanted intense Karma-Yoga with unbounded courage and indomitable strength in the heart. Then only will the people of the country be roused.”

  • “Serve man Serve god”

  • “A tremendous stream is flowing toward the ocean, carrying us all along with it; and though like straws and scraps of paper we may a#t times float aimlessly about, in the long run we are sure to join the Ocean of Life and Bliss.”

  • “The more we grow in Love, Virtue and Holiness, the more we see Love, Virtue and Holiness outside.”

  • “God is present in every Jiva; there is no other God besides that. Who serves Jiva serves God indeed.”

  • “This attachment of Love to God is indeed one that does not bind the soul but effectively breaks all its bondages.”

  • “The help which tends to make us spiritually strong is the highest help, next to it comes intellectual help and after that comes physical help.”

  • “#Have Faith in Man, whether he appears to you to be a very learned one or a most ignorant one.”

  • “#Where the whole world is awake, the sage sleeps.”

  • “#The one great advantage of Bhakti is that it is the easiest and most natural way to reach the great divine end in view; it’s great disadvantage is that in its lower forms it oftentimes degenerates into hideous fanaticism. The fanatical crew in Hinduism, Mohammedanism, or Christianity, have always been almost exclusively recruited from these worshippers [sic] on the lower planes of Bhakti. That singleness of attachm#ent (Nishthâ) to a loved object, without which no genuine love can grow, is very often also the cause of the denunciation of everything else. A#ll the weak and undeveloped minds in every religion or country have only one way of loving their own ideal, i.e., by hating every other ideal. Herein is the explanation of why the same man who is so lovingly attached to his own ideal of God, so devoted to his own ideal of religion, becomes a howling fanatic as soon as he sees or hears anything of any other ideal.”

  • “Put the good before them, see how eagerly they take it, see how the divine that never dies, that is always living in the human…”

  • “It is better not to love, if loving only means hating others. That is no love. That is hell! If loving your own people means hating everybody else, it is the quintessence of selfishness and brutality, and the effect is that it will #make you brutes. Therefore, better die working out your own natural religion than following another’s natural religion, however great it may appear to you”

  • “The Older I grow, the more everything seems to me to lie in manliness. This is my new gospel”

  • “#When an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed into an actual physical or mental state.”

  • “#All condemnation of others really condemns ourselves. Adjust the microcosm which is in your power to do) and the macrocosm will adjust itself for you.”

  • “#Religion is being and becoming. Religion is the manifestation of the Divinity already in man.”

  • “#Above all, beware of compromises. I do not mean that you are to get into antagonism with anybody, but you have to hold on to your own principles in weal or woe and never adjust them to others’ “fads” through the greed of getting supporters. Your Atman is the support of the universe—whose support do you stand in need of?”


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  • #Anything that brings spiritual, mental, or physical weakness, touch it not with the toes of your feet.”

  • “Be not afraid, for all great power throughout the history of humanity has been with the people. From out of their ranks have come all the greatest geniuses of the world, and history can only repeat itself. Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvelous work.”



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