Friday, January 13, 2012

Vivekananda reflections

In the honor of the liberated soul,whose wisdom has sustained for 100 years and whose words fill you up with power on any given day. Here are a few of his famous quotes which strike a chord with me right now.
  • We want that education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one's own feet.
  • To me the very essence of education is concentration of mind, not collecting of facts
  • The more the power of concentration, the more knowledge is acquired, because concentration is the one and only method of acquiring knowledge
  • If you have assimilated five ideas, and made them your life and character, you have more education than anyman who has got by heart a whole library
  • All knowledge depends on the calmness of the mind
  • Do not spend your energy in talking but meditate in silence. Accumulate power in silence and become a dynamo of spirituality
  • The chaste brain has tremendous energy and gigantic will power
  • Purify yourself first. The world is bound to be purified then
  • The purer the mind, the easier it is to control
  • Vedanta does not say give up enjoyment but transcend it
  • There is no progress without corresponding digression
  • There is only one real desire, to know what is true, to be spiritual
  • Love never asks, never begs. Love loves for the sake of love itself
  • Through the heart the Lord speaks and through the intellect you yourself speak
  • The secret of religion lies not in theories but in practice. To be good and do good - that is the whole of religion
  • We shall all die! Bear this in mind always and then the spirit within will wake up. Then all meanness will vanish from you, practicality in work will come, you will get new vigour in mind and body.
  • Take my advice, set yourselves wholly to the service of others, believe me, far greater happiness would then be yours than if you had a whole treasury full of money and other valuables at your command.
  • 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. All else is mere moonshine.
  • Blessed are those whose bodies get destroyed in the service of others
  • If you really want the good of others, the whole Universe may stand against you and can't hurt you. It must crumble before your power of the Lord himself in you, if you are sincere and really unselfish.
  • Ask nothing, want nothing in return. Give what you have to give, it will come back to you multiplied a thousand fold - but the attention must not be on that
  • Let us be progressive as any nation that ever existed, and at the same time faithful and conservative towards our traditions as Hindus alone know how to be
  • Do not be dragged away out of this Indian life, do not for a moment think that it would be better for India, if all the Indians dressed, ate and behaved like any other race
  • It is only in the homes of educated and pious mothers, that great men are born
  • Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles
  • All the strength and succor you want is within yourselves, therefore make your own future
  • All power is within you, do not believe that you are weak. You can do anything and everything.
  • Anything that makes you weak physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject it as poison
  • Learn everything that is good from others, but bring it in, and in your own way absorb it, do not become others
  • Let the dead past bury its dead. The infinite future is before you
  • What I want is muscles of iron and nerves of steel, inside which dwells a mind of the same material as that of which thunderbolt is made
  • Stand up, be bold, be strong and know that you are the creator of your own destiny
  • All the secret of success is to pay as much attention to the means as to the end
  • One ounce of practice is worth twenty thousand tons of big talk
  • Three men cannot act in concert together in India for five minutes. Each one struggles for power and in the long run, the whole organization comes to grief
  • He is an atheist who does not believe in himself
  • Doing is very good, but that comes from thinking. Fill the brain, therefore, with high thoughts, highest ideals; place them day and night before you; and out of that will come great work.

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