GOLDEN WORDS OF SWAMI VIVEKANANDA

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					                    When there is
                      a conflict
                     between the
                    heart and the
                    brain, let the
                       heart be
                      followed.
 GOLDEN WORDS OF
SWAMI VIVEKANANDA

                          2
A man of intellect   Religion is not a
 can turn into a     theoretical need
devil, but never a    but a practical
  man of heart.         necessity.




        3                   4
Renunciation does    There is no misery
 not mean simply     where there is no
dispassion for the         want.
 world. It means
dispassion for the
  world and also
 longing for God.




        5                    6
The secret of life is      Every new
 not enjoyment,           thought must
  but education         create opposition.
     through
   experience.




         7                      8
 Renunciation is     Every man who
the withdrawal of    thinks ahead of
 mind from other    his time is sure to
    things and      be misunderstood.
 concentrating it
      on God.




       9                    10
                      Do not wait to
In this short life    cross the river
 there is no time     when the water
for the exchange     has all run down.
of compliments.




       11                   12
The greatest sin is      Better the
      fear.            scolding of the
                        wise than the
                      adulation of the
                            fools.




        13                  14
                     Everything can be
 If you love God's     sacrificed for
   creation more      truth, but truth
than God, you will   can't be sacrificed
 be disillusioned.     for anything.




       15                    16
God has become
 man, man will
  become god     If it is impossible
    again.             to attain
                  perfection here
                 and now, there is
                 no proof that we
                      can attain
                 perfection in any
                      other life.




     17                  18
That part of the   If you want to do
 Vedas which       anything evil, do
 agrees with       it before the eyes
 reason is the     of your superiors.
  Vedas, and
 nothing else.




      19                  20
   Happiness
 presents itself   If one is a slave to
  before man,       his passions and
  wearing the          desires, one
crown of sorrow      cannot feel the
  on its head.       pure joy of real
                        freedom.




      21                   22
                           Never mind if
If you can't attain     your contribution
 salvation in this        is only a mite,
life, what proof is      your help only a
there that you can        little, blades of
attain it in the life   grass united into
 or lives to come?      a rope will hold in
                         confinement the
                             maddest of
                             elephants.


         23                     24
                       again it is man that
                        becomes the god.



The cow never tells
a lie, and the stone
 never steals, but,
 nevertheless, the
                       When even man
cow remains a cow
   and the stone        never hears the
 remains a stone.       cries of the fool,
  Man steals and       do you think God
man tells a lie, and          will?


        25                     26
                      Never are the
                     wants of a beggar
 Strength is life,       fulfilled.
weakness is death.




       27                   28
                      stand on one's own
                             feet.



    We want the
education by which
    character is
formed, strength of
 mind is increased,     Let the heart be
   the intellect is    opened first, and
 expanded, and by      all else will follow
   which one can             of itself.


         29                    30
Tell the man his    Activity is life and
defaults directly   inactivity is death.
 but praise his
 virtues before
     others.
       31                   32
 Salvation is not     Even the least
  achieved by         work done for
inactivity but by    others awakens
    spiritual       the power within.
    activities.
       33                  34
                      sweeping away
                     all that is old, just
                     because it is old?




 New things have
  to be learned,     The man who says
    have to be         he has nothing
 introduced and       more to learn is
worked out, but is   already at his last
that to be done by         grasp
       35                     36
                     No one can save a
                     person who hires
As long as I live,    a carriage to go
 so do I learn.      from one street to
                     another, and then
                        complain of
                          diabetes.
       37                   38
By the control of    It is the constant
the subconscious     struggle against
  mind you get           nature that
 control over the   constitutes human
   conscious.          progress, not
                     conformity with
                              it.
       39                   40
                     mind, not the
                   collecting of facts.




                   As we get further
                   and further away
The very essence      from sense-
 of education is       pleasures,
concentration of    “knowledge for
      41                   42
   the sake of       It is through the
   knowledge”         many that we
  becomes the         reach the one.
supreme pleasure
    of mind.




                   The soul is the circle
                      of which the
      43                     44
  circumference is
  nowhere, but the
 center is the body.
   God is a circle     The body itself is
       whose             the biggest
  circumference is         disease.
nowhere, but whose
      center is
    everywhere.




         45                   46
                       When the world is
 If any one of you      the end and God
  believes what I         the means to
  teach, I will be       attain that end,
 sorry. I will only     that is material.
be too glad if I can    When God is the
 excite in you the     end and the world
power of thinking      is only the means
  for yourselves.      to attain that end,
                         spirituality has
                             begun.




        47                     48
The fear of God is
 the beginning of     Do not give up
 religion, but the   anything! Things
love of God is the   will give you up.
  end of religion.




       49                   50
  The sage is often
ignorant of physical
 science, because he
  reads the wrong        Experience is the
   book- the book         only source of
   within; and the         knowledge.
scientist is too often
ignorant of religion,
because he reads the
  wrong book- the
    book without.



          51                     52
                        Where there is
Do one thing at a     life, there will be
  time and while         death; so get
 doing it put your    away from life if
 whole soul into it    you want to get
to the exclusion of      rid of death.
      all else.




        53                    54
 Records of great
  spiritual men of    We may read all
 the past do us no    the Bibles of the
  good whatever       world, but that
  except that they    will not give us
urge us onward to         religion.
  do the same, to
     experience
religion ourselves.




        55                   56
The brave alone     The balance is so
can afford to be     nice that if you
    sincere.           disturb the
                   equilibrium of one
                    atom, the whole
                   world will come to
                         an end.




      57                  58
Save the spiritual   The wicked see in
store in your body   God wickedness.
   by observing      The virtuous see
    continence.       in Him virtue.




       59                   60
When good nectar
is unattainable, it
 is no reason why     Love to enemies is
   we should eat       not possible for
      poison.          ordinary men.




        61                   62
                      reasons for
                      believing it.
 Everything that
comes from India
take as true, until
    you cogent
    reasons for
  disbelieving it.
 Everything that
   comes from
 Europe take as
 false, until you
    find cogent


        63                 64
 The benefit of     Never talk about
Yoga is that we       the faults of
learn to control   others, no matter
instead of being   how bad they may
   controlled.             be.




      65                  66
 All quarrels and      You must not
   disputations       criticize others,
    concerning       you must criticize
 religion simply          yourself.
show that religion
  is not present.




       67                   68
                      Our business is to
  What you have         verify not to
inside you is what        swallow.
 you see in others.




        69                   70
                     You cannot judge
 How can that be       a man by his
  loveless which          faults.
causes love in me?




       71                  72
                   If you are pure, if
You must believe    you are strong,
 in yourself and    you, one man, is
  then you will    equal to the whole
 believe in God.         world.




      73                   74
Mother represents      We trust the man
colorless love that    in the street, but
knows no barter,      there is one being
 love that never      in the universe we
       dies.            never trust and
                          that is God.




        75                    76
  My motto is to       The secret of
 learn whatever     religion lies not in
good things I may     theories but in
   come across           practice.
    anywhere.




       77                   78
   Seek for the       There is an ocean
highest, aim at the     of difference
 highest, and you     between idleness
  shall reach the     and renunciation.
     highest.




        79                   80
 The self-seeking
    man who is           Hope is the
   looking after        greatest of all
personal comforts        miseries, the
and leading a lazy    highest bliss lies in
  life, there is no    giving up hope.
room for him even
       in hell.




        81                     82
   No one ever       Know that talking
   succeeded in        ill of others in
keeping society in    private is a sin.
good humor and
 at the same time
 did great works.




       83                   84
                    Whatever fosters
This Atman is not   materiality is no
to be attained by       work.
one who is weak.




       85                  86
 Why look up to     He who knows
    men for          how to obey
approbation, look   knows how to
   up to God.         command.




       87                88
Want of sympathy       India is the only
and lack of energy    place where, with
 are at the root of    all its faults, the
    all misery.          soul finds its
                      freedom, its God.




        89                    90
                       All the strength is
It is the heart that   in you, have faith
conquers, not the             in it.
        brain.




        91                     92
                        In every attempt
The body must go         there are many
 no mistake about       obstacles to cope
that. It is better to       with, but
 wear out than to         gradually the
     rust out.            path becomes
                             smooth.




         93                    94
One must raise     Both attachment
oneself by one's    and detachment
own exertions.         perfectly
                   developed make a
                    man great and
                        happy.




      95                 96
  Where there is
 struggle, where      Isn't it man that
there is rebellion,    makes money?
 there is a sign of    Where did you
    life, there         ever hear of
 consciousness is      money making
   manifested.              man?




        97                   98
He who always      Fear is one of the
speculates as to    worst enemies.
what awaits him
   in future,
 accomplishes
    nothing
  whatsoever.




      99                  100
 If one intends to
 really find truth,   We manufacture
one must not cling    our own heaven
    to comfort.       and can make a
                       heaven even in
                            hell.




        101                 102
The satisfaction of      Both happiness
   desire only           and misery are
increases it, as oil     chains, the one
  poured on fire        golden, the other
  makes it burn        iron; but both are
  more fiercely.        equally strong to
                            bind us.




        103                   104
                     Let us get rid of
  The world is      the little 'I' and let
neither true nor     only the great 'I'
  untrue, it is a        live in us.
shadow of truth.




       105                   106
Concentration of       Keep your
 the mind is the      thoughts on
  source of all     virtue; what we
   knowledge.      think we become.




      107                108
 What we are, we        Resist not evil.
see outside, for the   Face it! You are
   world is our        higher than evil.
      mirror.




        109                   110
 Anything we do      Be cautious now
ourselves, that is   and do not bow,
the only thing we    however sweet to
     do. -----           chains.




       111                 112
  Anything that
 brings spiritual,    Everything that
    mental or        has selfishness for
     physical             its basis,
weakness, touch it   competition as its
not with the toes     right hand, and
   of your feet.      enjoyment as its
                       goal, must die
                      sooner or later.




       113                  114
     This is a
battlefield, fight
 your way out.       Be the witness,
Make your life a     never learn to
manifestation of          react.
will strengthened
by renunciation.




       115                 116
    The Hindus              Of all the
believe that a man     scriptures of the
is a soul and has a     world, it is the
    body, while       Vedas alone which
  Western people       declare that the
   believe he is a    study of the Vedas
      body and           is secondary.
 possesses a soul.



        117                  118
    I find that
whenever I have     Never forget that
made a mistake in    a man is made
  my life, it has   great and perfect
  always been        as much by his
   because self      faults as by his
 entered into the        virtues.
   calculation.



       119                 120
   If a bad time
comes, what of it?     This world is our
  The pendulum          friend when we
 must swing back       are its slaves and
 to the other side.         no more.
   But that is no
 better. The thing
to do is to stop it.
        121                   122
 Whatever others      The road to the
think or do, lower      Good is the
not your standard      roughest and
     of purity,       steepest in the
morality, and love       universe.
      of God.        Character has to
       123                 124
 be established      are not things to
   through a        throw a life upon.
   thousand
   stumbles.




Eating, drinking,   He who is always
 dressing, and       afraid of loss
society nonsense     always loses.
       125                 126
                  the thing actually,
                   nothing is learnt.




Any amount of
  theoretical
knowledge one       Don't yield to
may have; but         sorrow;
unless one does    everything is in
                    God's hands.
      127                 128
                      let in many a
                      flood of light.




In our moments of      Every bit of
  anguish, gates      pleasure will
  barred for ever   bring its quota of
 seem to open and    pain, if not with
       129                 130
  compound         return ten with
   interest.       redoubled fury,
                  then only one is a
                        man.




If one gets one
blow, one must
      131                132
Don't let egoism to     It is a land of
enter your minds,      dreams; it does
and let love never        not matter
depart from your        whether one
      hearts.         enjoys or weeps;
                         they are but
                       dreams, and as
                      such, must break
                       sooner or later.




        133                  134
 He whose joy is      I have worked for
 only in himself,     this world, Mary,
whose desires are      all my life, and it
only in himself, he   does not give me a
 has learned his        piece of bread
     lessons.          without taking a
                        pound of flesh.




       135                    136
 Devotion to the
mother is the root
 of all welfare.      It is religion, the
                      inquiry into the
                         beyond, that
                          makes the
                          difference
                     between man and
                            animal.




       137                   138
  Dare to be free,
 dare to go as far    Every idea that
 as your thought      strengthens you
leads, and dare to    must be taken up
 carry that out in   and every thought
     your life.      that weakens you
                      must be rejected.




       139                  140
The same fire that
 cooks a meal for
  us may burn a        Whatever you
child, and it is no    think, that you
fault of the fire if       will be.
  it does so; the
 difference lies in
the way in which
     it is used.
        141                  142
The moment you
quarrel, you are
 not going God      First learn to
 ward, you are        obey, the
going backward,    command will
  towards the      come by itself.
     brutes.


      143               144
                      In other countries
If there is any sin    great priests try
in the world, it is     to trace their
 weakness; avoid       descent to some
all weakness, for     king, but here the
 weakness is sin,       greatest kings
weakness is death.    would trace their


        145                  146
 descent to some     us unless we first
  ancient priest.    injure ourselves.




We, as Vedantists,    Faith, faith, faith
know for certain     in ourselves, faith,
 that there is no    faith in God – this
  power in the         is the secret of
universe to injure        greatness.


       147                   148
                        is quite another
                             thing.




 To have the ideal
 is one thing, and
     to apply it          One ounce of
 practically to the     practice is worth
details of daily life   twenty thousand
                         tons of big talk.
        149                    150
                       you be never
                       without work.




Let not your work
  produce results     Religion is not in
for you, and at the     books, nor in
  same time may        theories, nor in
                       dogmas, nor in
        151                  152
 talking, not even    too much talk, no,
in reasoning. It is     not even by the
     being and         highest intellect,
    becoming.           no, not even by
                      the study of Vedas
                          themselves.




This Atman is not       Whoever has
to be reached by      dared to touch our
       153                    154
literature has felt    ideas and made
the bondage, and      them your life and
is there bound for      character, you
       ever.              have more
                        education than
                      any man who has
                        got by heart a
                        whole library.




   If you have
 assimilated five
       155                   156
 No good comes
 out of the man       Follies there are,
  who day and          weakness there
night thinks he is       must be, but
    nobody.            remember your
                     real nature always
                      – that is the only
                       way to cure the
                      weakness, that is
                       the only way to
                       cure the follies.



       157                   158
Everything in this
life is fraught with   The true man is he
      fear. It is       who is strong as
    renunciation       strength itself and
 alone that makes          possesses a
    one fearless.       woman's heart.




        159                    160
Verily, these three
are rare to obtain
  and come only        Why should you
through the grace       feel ashamed to
 of God - human        take the name of
  birth, desire to      Hindu, which is
 obtain Moksha,       your greatest and
and the company          most glorious
   of the great-          possession.
   souled ones.



       161                   162
This religion is so     Don't believe what
 great that even a      others say unless
little of it brings a    you yourselves
 great amount of        know it to be true.
        good.




        163                     164
   Rise at the
   expense of        Show your power
another? I did not     by suffering.
come to earth for
      that.




       165                 166
  Our misery         The man who
comes, not from     can't believe in
work, but by our   himself, how can
getting attached   you expect him to
 to something.         believe in
                    anything else?




      167                 168
 It is better to do   If we can't follow
something; never        the ideal, let us
 mind if it proves        confess our
to be wrong; it is    weakness, but not
better than doing     degrade it; let not
      nothing.         any try to pull it
                             down.




       169                   170
If a man possesses        First form
everything that is     character, first
under the sun and     earn spirituality
  does not possess     and results will
 spirituality, what        come of
     avails it?          themselves.




        171                  172
                      Truth, purity and
If we sit down and      unselfishness –
  lament over the       wherever these
  imperfection of     are present, there
   our bodies and     is no power below
 minds, we profit      or above the sun
 nothing; it is the       to crush the
 heroic endeavor      possessor thereof.
to subdue adverse
   circumstances
  that carries our
  spirit upwards.
        173                  174
No claim is made
  by the doer of    To know God is to
great deeds, only     become God.
by lazy worthless
      fools.




       175                 176
                         Ours not to
Bring in the light;     question why,
the darkness will     ours but to do and
 vanish of itself.           die.




       177                   178
Education is the
manifestation of
 the perfection    Conscious efforts
already in man.     lead the way to
 Religion is the   super-conscious
manifestation of     illumination.
  the divinity
already in man.




      179                 180
  Who commits
mistakes, the path    He, the brave
    of truth is      alone, can deny
attainable by him        the self.
       only.




       181                 182
And if this Maya
 is so beautiful,   For one thing we
   think of the     may be grateful;
wondrous beauty      this life is not
  of the Reality        eternal.
    behind it.




       183                 184
 When the mind         If I am impure,
 tries to think of   that is also of my
  anything else,     own making, and
  give it a hard       that very thing
 blow, so that it     shows that I can
may turn around       be pure if I will.
and think of God.




       185                  186
 Stand and die in
     your own           I do not know
strength; if there   whether I succeed
 is any sin in the    or not, but it is a
    world, it is     great thing to take
 weakness; avoid      up a grand ideal
all weakness, for      in life and then
 weakness is sin,        give up one's
weakness is death.     whole life to it.




       187                   188
 In the west, they
are trying to solve   It is the change of
 the problem how       the soul itself for
 much a man can         the better that
  possess, and we     alone will cure the
are trying here to    evils of the world.
solve the problem
   on how little a
   man can live.


        189                   190
  Teach yourself,     Power will come,
  teach every one      glory will come,
  his real nature,      goodness will
    call upon the     come, purity will
 sleeping soul and        come, and
see how it awakes.    everything that is
                     excellent will come,
                     when this sleeping
                       soul is roused to
                        self conscious
                           activity.


       191                   192
                       Work out the
                     salvation of this
You have done        land and of the
well; only try to   whole world, each
   do better.        of you thinking
                      that the entire
                    burden is on your
                        shoulders.



      193                  194
                        Is it such a bad
                         choice in this
Let not the fire die    world to think,
       out.            not of matter but
                        of spirit, not of
                       man but of God?




        195                   196
If you attempt to
  get the secular        Anything that
    knowledge          makes you weak
without religion, I       physically,
 tell you plainly,    intellectually, and
   vain is your        spiritually, reject
      attempt.        as poison; there is
                         no life in it; it
                        cannot be true.
        197                   198
 Love opens the
most impossible      Never let curses
gates; love is the   rise on your lips.
 gate to all the
  secrets of the
    universe.


       199                  200
                      You can't help
                     anyone, you can
                     only serve: serve
Feel that you are   the children of the
 great and you        Lord, serve the
 become great.        Lord himself, if
                       you have the
                         privilege.



       201                 202
 The moment you      Struggle for that
   fear you are           Grace.
nobody. It is fear
 that is the great
cause of misery in
    the world.



       203                  204
  If a man goes         Knowledge is the
 towards what is       finding of unity in
false; it is because   diversity, and the
 he can't get what       highest point in
      is true.           every science is
                         reached when it
                             finds the
                        underlying unity
                          in all variety.
        205                   206
    Obey the         Help, if you can; if
 scriptures until       you can't fold
you are not strong    your hands and
  enough to do        stand by and see
  without them.         things go on.




       207                   208
   Until a man      Be not in despair;
    becomes a        the way is very
prophet, religion      difficult, like
  is a mockery.       walking on the
                     blade of a razor.
                     Yet despair not;
                    arise, awake, and


       209                 210
find the ideal, the      live a life of
       goal.                defeat.




  Death is better
than a vegetating
ignorant life; it is    When you find
better to die on the      yourselves
battlefield than to    suffering, blame


        211                   212
yourselves, and     God; every other
try to do better.   direction is lower.




  The highest        Understand my
direction is that    words in their
which takes us to    true spirit and
       213                 214
apply yourselves      the how to
 to work in their      children.
      light.




 I want the why of
everything. I leave


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