65 Best Swami Vivekananda Quotes for Personal and Spiritual Growth

65 Best Swami Vivekananda Quotes for Personal and Spiritual Growth

Swami Vivekananda was the very powerful leader influencer of India in the 19th century. Here is a collection of Swami Vivekananda’s stunning quotes.
Swami Vivekananda 12 January 1863 – 4 July 1902, born Narendranath Datta, was an Indian Hindu monk. He was a chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna, a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world and is credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the late 19th century. He was a major force in the contemporary Hindu reform movements in India and contributed to the concept of Indian nationalism as a tool to fight against the British empire in colonial India. Vivekananda founded the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. He is perhaps best known for his speech which began with the words “Sisters and brothers of America …,” in which he introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893.
Born into an aristocratic Bengali Kayastha family of Calcutta, Vivekananda was inclined towards spirituality. He was influenced by his guru, Ramakrishna, from whom he learned that all living beings were an embodiment of the divine self; therefore, service to God could be rendered by service to humankind. After Ramakrishna’s death, Vivekananda toured the Indian subcontinent extensively and acquired first-hand knowledge of the conditions prevailing in British India. He later traveled to the United States, representing India at the 1893 Parliament of the World’s Religions. Vivekananda conducted hundreds of public and private lectures and classes, disseminating tenets of Hindu philosophy in the United States, England, and Europe. In India, Vivekananda is regarded as a patriotic saint, and his birthday is celebrated as National Youth Day.

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  1. It is our own mental attitude that makes the world what it is for us. Our thoughts make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light.
  2. The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourself.
  3. 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.
  4. Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest this Divinity within, 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.
  5. Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at external nature is only internal nature writ large. Same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.
  6. That man has reached immortality who is disturbed by nothing material.
  7. Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin; to say that you are weak, or others are weak.
  8. 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.
  9. In one word, this ideal is that you are divine.
  10. Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, a dream of it, live on 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Let people say whatever they like, stick to your own convictions, and rest assured, the world will be at your feet. They say, “Have faith in this fellow or that fellow”, but I say, “Have faith in yourself first”, that’s the way. Have faith in yourself – all power is in you – be conscious and bring it out.
  13. Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being?
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.
  17. 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.
  18. GOD is to be worshipped as the one beloved, dearer than everything in this and next life.
  19. We can overcome the difficulty of constant practice. We must learn that nothing can happen to us unless we make ourselves susceptible to it.
  20. If money helps a man to do good to others, it is of some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil, and the sooner it is got rid of, the better.
  21. The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them.
  22. The will is not free – it is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect – but there is something behind the will which is free.
  23. Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.
  24. The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.
  25. Knowledge is inherent in man; no knowledge comes from outside; it is all inside. We say Newton discovered gravitation. Was it sitting anywhere in a corner waiting for him? It was in his own mind; the time came and he found it out. All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in your own mind. The external world is simply the suggestion, the occasion, which sets you to study your own mind.
  26. Take risks in your life, If you win, you can lead! If you lose, you can guide.
  27. Strength is life; weakness is death.
  28. Experience is the only teacher we have. we may talk and reason all our lives, but we shall not understand a word of truth.
  29. I am proud to belong to a religion that has taught the world tolerance & universal acceptance. we believe not only in universal toleration but we accept all religions as true.
  30. If you really my children, you will fear nothing, stop at nothing, you will be like lions, My prayers and benedictions follow every step you take… everything will come to you if you have faith.
  31. This life is short, the vanities of the world are transient, but they alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.
  32. Do not hate anybody, because that hatred that comes out from you must, in the long run, come back to you, if you love, that love will come back to you, completing the circle.
  33. Arise awake – 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.
  34. The greatest sin is to think that you are weak.
  35. The power of concentration is the only key to the treasure-house of knowledge.
  36. We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think.
  37. The mistake is that we want to tie the whole world down to our own plane of thought and to make out mind the measure of the whole universe.
  38. Talk to yourself once a day, otherwise, you may miss meeting an excellent person in this world.
  39. If I love myself despite my infinite faults, how can I hate anyone at the glimpse of a few faults?
  40. In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart.
  41. If you think yourselves strong, strong you will be.
  42. You are the creator of your own destiny.
  43. If superstitions enter, the brain is gone.
  44. Both attachment and detachment perfectly developed make a man great and happy.
  45. Conquer yourself and the whole universe is yours.
  46. The calmer we are and the less disturbed our nerves, the more shall we love ad the better will our work.
  47. All power is within you; you can do anything and everything.
  48. Dare to be free dare to go as far as you’re thought leads, and dare to carry that out in your life.
  49. Don’t look back -forward infinite energy, infinite enthusiasm, infinite daring, and infinite patience – then alone can great deeds be accomplished.
  50. The fire that warms us can also consume us; it is not the fault of the fire.
  51. You should work like a master and not as a slave; work incessantly, but do not do a slave’s work.
  52. Throw away all weakness. tell your body that it is strong. Tell your mind that it is strong and have unbound faith and hope in yourself.
  53. Have faith in yourselves, great convictions are the mothers of great deeds.
  54. 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.
  55. Neither money pays, nor name, nor fame, nor learning; it is a character that can cleave through adamantine walls of difficulties.
  56. Meditation can turn fools into sages but unfortunately, fools never meditate.
  57. Arise awake and stop not until the goal is achieved.
  58. That which is selfish is immoral, and that which is unselfish is moral.
  59. Take up one idea, make that one idea your life. Think of it, the 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.
  60. 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.
  61. When you are doing any work.. do it as worship, as the highest worship, and devote your whole life to it for the time being.
  62. Learn everything that is good from others, but bring it in, and in your own way adsorb it; do not become others.
  63. Whatever you believe, that you will be, If you believe yourselves to be ages, ages you will be tomorrow. There is nothing to obstruct you.
  64. We are what our thought has made us; So take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; They travel far.
  65. The fire that warms us can also consume us; it is not the fault of the fire.

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