Thursday, July 13, 2006

Swami Vivekananda

Friends! If you have a reason to live and have goals in your life then Swami Vivekananda words are just for you. here, you will find quotes of Vivekananda that have been really inspiring and this words will stay till the end of time as they are just timeless and the value of those words cant be measured but treasured.
Some books are to be read and passed it on. Some books are read and kept in your library. Some books are to be chewed and digested.
Its been so inspiring to read Swami Vivekananda works! I went to Ramakrishna matt many a times, but never came out of matt without adding quality to my life. I did stay there in youth residential camp, and most recently attended yoga classes. Below given are some of my favourite quotes from Swami Vivekananda. These quotes have really given me meaning to life. These quotes have answered my basic questions not only in religion but also practical aspects of life.Friends, if you have goals in life...you got to read these quotes
The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong The first sign of your becoming religious is that you are becoming cheerful You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far If you think about disaster, you will get it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves YOU know, I may have to be born again, you see, I have fallen in love with mankind 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 When an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed into an actual physical or mental state Religion is the manifestation of the Divinity already in man External nature is only internal nature writ large It is our own mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us. Our thought make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light. First, believe in this world Whatever you are doing, put your whole mind on it. If you are shooting, your mind should be only on the target. Then you will never miss. If you are learning your lessons, think only of the lesson. In India boys and girls are taught to do this. 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. 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, that is way great spiritual giants are produced. “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. “The earth is enjoyed by heroes”—this is the unfailing truth. Be a hero. Always say, “I have no fear.” A few heart-whole, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century 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. Stand up and express the divinity within you 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 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 Be strong! Don’t 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 Blows are what awaken us and help to break the dream. They show us the insufficiency of this world and make us long to escape, to have freedom 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 Every action that helps us manifest our divine nature more and more is good; every action that retards it is evil. Every individual is a center for the manifestation of a certain force. This force has been stored up as the resultant of our previous works, and each one of us is born with this force at our back Have you got the will to surmount mountain-high obstructions? If the whole world stands against you sword in hand, would you still dare to do what you think is right? I, for one, thoroughly believe that no power in the universe can withhold from anyone anything they really deserve if there is one word that you find coming out like a bomb from the Upanishads, bursting like a bombshell upon masses of ignorance, it is the word “fearlessness.” Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom. If we can bring ourselves down by our karma, surely it is in our power to raise ourselves by our own karma Meditation means the mind is turned back upon itself. The mind stops all the thought-waves and the world stops. Your consciousness expands. Every time you meditate, you will keep your growth Religion as a science, as a study, is the greatest and healthiest exercise that the human mind can have The book one must read to learn natural sciences is the book of nature. The book from which to learn religion is your own mind and heart Watch people do their most common actions; these are indeed the things that will tell you the real character of a great person All the powers in the universe are already in us. It is we who have put our hands on our eyes and cry that it is dark Arise! Awake and stop not till your goal is reached!