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It is a good discipline to be forced to work for work's sake, even to the length of not being allowed to enjoy the fruits of one's labour.... Swami Vivekananda
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Salvation never will come through hope of reward. Swami Vivekananda
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That which is selfish is immoral, and that which is unselfish is moral. Swami Vivekananda
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I am really not "cyclonic" at all. Far from it. What I want is not here, nor can I longer bear this "cyclonic" atmosphere. This is the way to perfection, to strive to be perfect, and to strive to make perfect a few men and women. My idea of doing good is this: to evolve out a few giants, and not to strew pearls before swine, and so lose time, health, and energy. Swami Vivekananda
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Perfection can never be attained by work. Swami Vivekananda
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This perfection must come through the practice of holiness and love. Swami Vivekananda
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The less the thought of the body, the better. For it is the body that drags us down. Swami Vivekananda
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To injure another creates bondage and hides the truth. Negative virtues are not enough; we have to conquer Maya, and then she will follow us. We only deserve things when they cease to bind us. When the bondage ceases, really and truly, all things come to us. Only those who want nothing are masters of nature. Swami Vivekananda
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Books are only made so that they may point the way to a higher life; but no good results unless the path is trodden with unflinching steps! Swami Vivekananda
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Is there any sex-distinction in the Atman (Self)? Out with the differentiation between man and woman-all is Atman! Give up the identification with the body, and stand up! Swami Vivekananda
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Everything is the living God, the living Christ; see it as such. Swami Vivekananda
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Give up bondage; become a son, be free, and then you can "see the Father", as did Jesus. Swami Vivekananda
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The history of the world is the history of a few men who had faith in themselves Swami Vivekananda
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There is another way in which this idea of mercy and selfless charity can be put into practice; that is, by looking upon work as "worship" in case we believe in a Personal God. Here we give up all the fruits our work unto the Lord, and worshipping Him thus, we have no right to expect anything from man kind for the work we do. Swami Vivekananda
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The great Vaishnava religion of India has also sprung from a Tamil Pariah - Shathakopa - "who was a dealer in winnowing-fans but was a Yogin all the while". Swami Vivekananda
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I have long given up the idea of a little house on the Ganges, as I have not the money. Swami Vivekananda
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I am not talking about what every one of us means by love. Little namby-pamby love is lovely. Man rails in love with woman, and woman goes to die for man. The chances are that in five minutes John kicks Jane, and Jane kicks John. This is a materialism and no love at all. If John could really love Jane, he would be perfect that moment. Swami Vivekananda
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From the highest god to the meanest grass, the same power is present in all - whether manifested or not. We shall have to call forth that power by going from door to door. Swami Vivekananda
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What we call powers, secrets of nature, and force, are all within. In the external world are only a series of changes. Swami Vivekananda
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It is practice first, and knowledge afterwards. Swami Vivekananda
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The chief helps in this liberation are Abhyasa and Vairagya. Vairagya is non - attachment to life, because it is the will to enjoy that brings all this bondage in its train; and Abhyasa is constant practice of any one of the Yogas. Swami Vivekananda
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The sign of vigour, the sign of life, the sign of hope, the sign of health, the sign of everything that is good, is strength. As long as the body lives, there must be strength in the body, strength in the mind, [and strength] in the hand. Swami Vivekananda
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Thoughts are living things - they travel far. Swami Vivekananda
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Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. ... Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles. Swami Vivekananda
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It is the duty of all to support and side with Dharma. All must fight and support Dharma regardless of their personality, background, status. Swami Vivekananda
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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. Swami Vivekananda
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One way for attaining Bhakti is by repeating the name of God a number of times. Mantras have effect: the mere repetition of words.... To obtain Bhakti, seek the company of holy men who have Bhakti, and read books like the Gita and the Imitation of Christ; always think of the attributes of God. Swami Vivekananda
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Suppose cats became philosophers, they would see a cat universe and have a cat solution of the problem of the universe, and a cat ruling it. So we see from this that our explanation of the universe is not the whole of the solution. Swami Vivekananda
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Unity in variety is the plan of the universe. Swami Vivekananda
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If you are a strong man, very good! But do not curse others who are not strong enough for you. ...Everyone says, "Woe unto you people!!" Who says, "Woe unto me that I cannot help you?" The people are doing all right to the best of their ability and means and knowledge. Woe unto me that I cannot lift them to where I am! Swami Vivekananda
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It is very difficult to understand why in this country [India] so much difference is made between men and women, whereas the Vedanta declares that one and the same conscious Self is present in all beings. You always criticize the women, but say what have you done for their uplift? Writing down Smritis etc., and binding them by hard rules, the men have turned the women into manufacturing machines! If you do not raise the women, who are living embodiment of the Divine Mother, don't think that you have any other way to rise. Swami Vivekananda
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Be moral. Be brave. Be a heart-whole man, strictly moral, brave unto desperation. Don't bother your head with religious theories. Cowards only sin, brave men never, no, not even in mind. Swami Vivekananda
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The sculptor, the painter the musician the dancer, or any artist, if he can first obtain celebrate in Paris, acquires very easily the esteem and eulogy of other countries. Swami Vivekananda
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Every atom is trying to go and join itself to the next atom. Atoms after atoms combine, making huge balls, the earths, the suns, the moons, the stars, the planets. They in their turn, are trying to rush towards each other, and at last, we know that the whole universe, mental and material, will be fused into one. Swami Vivekananda
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One atom in this universe cannot move without dragging the whole world along with it. There cannot be any progress without the whole world following in the wake, and it is becoming every day dearer that the solution of any problem can never be attained on racial, or national, or narrow grounds. Swami Vivekananda
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The gift of knowledge is the highest gift in the world. Swami Vivekananda
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Soft-brained people, weak-minded, chicken-hearted , cannot find the truth. One has to be free, and as broad as the sky. Swami Vivekananda
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Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes. Swami Vivekananda
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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. Swami Vivekananda
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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. Swami Vivekananda
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The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves. Swami Vivekananda
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As the cause is, so the effect will be. Swami Vivekananda
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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. Swami Vivekananda
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Religion is being and becoming. Religion is the manifestation of the Divinity already in man. Swami Vivekananda
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Do not disturb the faith of any. . . Our duty is not to disturb the faith of others. Swami Vivekananda
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Egotism, pride, etc. must be given up. Swami Vivekananda
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In everything we do, the serpent ego is rising up. Swami Vivekananda
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There is the mind itself. It is like a smooth lake which when struck, say by a stone, vibrates. The vibrations gather together and react on the stone, and all through the lake they will spread and be felt. The mind is like the lake; it is constantly being set in vibrations, which leave an impression on the mind; and the idea of the Ego, or personal self, the "I", is the result of these impressions. This "I" therefore is only the very rapid transmission of force and is in itself no reality. Swami Vivekananda
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If you can think that infinite power, infinite knowledge and indomitable energy lie within you, and if you can bring out that power, you also can become like me. Swami Vivekananda
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Calm and silent and steady work, and no newspaper humbug, no name-making, you must always remember. Swami Vivekananda
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Each nation has a theme: everything else is secondary. India's theme is religion. Swami Vivekananda
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Everything that has form, everything that is the result of combination, is evolved out of this Akasha. Swami Vivekananda
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In nature alone are forms. That which is not of nature cannot have any forms, fine or gross. It must be formless. Swami Vivekananda
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The soul ... is nameless because it is formless. It will neither go to heaven nor [to hell] any more than it will enter this glass. Swami Vivekananda
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Whatsoever has form must be the result of combinations of particles and requires something else behind it to move it. Swami Vivekananda
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Everything has a cause. Swami Vivekananda
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This world is not for cowards. Do not try to fly. Look not for success or failure. Join yourself to the perfectly unselfish will and work on. Know that the mind which is born to succeed joins itself to a determined will and perseveres. You have the right to work, but do not become so degenerate as to look for results. Work incessantly, but see something behind the work. Even good deeds can find a man in great bondage. Therefore be not bound by good deeds or by desire for name and fame. Those who know this secret pass beyond this round of birth and death and become immortal. Swami Vivekananda
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What we want is progress, development, realisation. Swami Vivekananda
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Principles must conquer in the long run, for that is the manhood of man. Swami Vivekananda
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The main feature should be the teaching of principles through stories. Don't make it metaphysical at all. Swami Vivekananda
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This is no world. It is God Himself. In delusion we call it world. Swami Vivekananda
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Advance like a hero. Do not be thwarted by anything. How many days will this body last, with its happiness and misery? When you have the human body, then rouse the Atman within and say-I have reached the state of fearlessness!...and then as long as the body endures, speak unto others this message of fearlessness: 'Thao art That', 'Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal is reached' Swami Vivekananda
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Go and preach to all, 'Arise, awake, sleep no more: within each of you there is the power to remove all wants and all miseries. Believe this, and that power will be manifested. Swami Vivekananda
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We must travel; we must go to foreign parts. We must see how the engine of society works in other countries, and keep free and open communication with what is going on in the minds of other nations, if we really want to be a nation again. Swami Vivekananda
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Truth alone triumphs, not untruth. Through truth alone lies the way to Devayana (the way to the gods). Those who think that a little sugar - coating of untruth helps the spread of truth are mistaken and will find in the long run that a single drop of poison poisons the whole mass ... The man who is pure, and who dares, does all things. Swami Vivekananda
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The mother's heart, the hero's will Swami Vivekananda
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As long as we believe ourselves to be even the least different from God, fear remains with us; but when we know ourselves to be the One, fear goes; of what can we be afraid? Swami Vivekananda
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Let us make our hearts as big as an ocean, to go beyond all the trifles of the world and see it only as a picture. We can then enjoy the world without being in any way affected by it. Swami Vivekananda
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Whatever you believe, that you will be. If you believe yourselves to be sages, sages you will be tomorrow. There is nothing to obstruct you. Swami Vivekananda
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All misery and pain come from attachment. Swami Vivekananda
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