28 November 2014

20 Mind-Boggling Quotations Of Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vvekananda 1893
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As you are aware that in this website we have been preparing articles and compilations of Swami Vivekananda on every possible topic and subject.

Here is a(nother) special article of this website. Here you'll find 25 mind-boggling quotations of Swami Vivekananda.

All of you may not find these quotations mind-boggling. We, however, found these quotations—
  1. thought-provoking
  2. insightful
  3. interesting
  4. powerful
Hope you'll like our attempt. (following our practice, we'll use WikiSource to refer quotes, so that you can read the entire chapter or discourse easily and freely)

20 Mind-Boggling Quotations of Swami Vivekananda

  • A great sage used to say, "Suppose there is a thief in a room, and somehow he comes to know that there is a vast mass of gold in the next room, and that there is only a thin partition between the two rooms What would be the condition of that thief? He would be sleepless, he would not be able to eat or do anything. His whole mind would be on getting that gold. Do you mean to say that, if all these people really believed that the Mine of Happiness, of Blessedness, of Glory were here, they would act as they do in the world, without trying to get God?" As soon as a man begins to believe there is a God, he becomes mad with longing to get to Him. Others may go their way, but as soon as a man is sure that there is a much higher life than that which he is leading here, as soon as he feels sure that the senses are not all, that this limited, material body is as nothing compared with the immortal, eternal, undying bliss of the Self, he becomes mad until he finds out this bliss for himself. And this madness, this thirst, this mania, is what is called the "awakening" to religion, and when that has come, a man is beginning to be religious.[Source]
②③
  • How absurd to take the credit of doing the good act on oneself and lay the blame for the evil act on the Lord![Source]
  • Let us remember the words of Kâlidâsa: "Fools blame the actions of the great, because they are extraordinary and their reasons past the finding-out of ordinary mortals."[Source]
④⑤
  • Strength and manliness are virtue; weakness and cowardice are sin.[Source]
  • We are for ever trying to make our weakness look like strength, our sentiment like love, our cowardice like courage, and so on.[Source]

⑥⑦
  • If education is identical with information, the libraries are the greatest sages in the world, and encyclopaedias are the Rishis.[Source]
  • If the mountain does not come to Mohammed, Mohammed must go to the mountain. If the poor cannot come to education, education must reach them at the plough, in the factory, everywhere.[Source]
On Fear
 ⑧⑨
  • Always say, "I have no fear." Tell this to everybody --"Have no fear". Fear is death, fear is sin, fear is hell, fear is unrighteousness, fear is wrong life. All the negative thoughts and ideas that are in this world have proceeded from this evil spirit of fear. This fear alone has kept the sun, air and death in their respective places and functions, allowing none to escape from their bounds.[Source]
  • In this world we work through fear of others, we talk through fear, we think through fear, alas! we are born in a land of enemies. Who is there who has been able to get rid of this feeling of fear, as if everyone is a spy set specially to watch him? And woe unto the man who pushes himself forward! Will it ever be a land of friends? Who knows?[Source]


  • Friendship with many is best at a distance, and everything goes well with the person who stands on his own feet.[Source]

⑪⑫
  • God is the one goal of all our passions and emotions. If you want to be angry, be angry with Him. Chide your Beloved, chide your Friend. Whom else can you safely chide? Mortal man will not patiently put up with your anger; there will be a reaction. If you are angry with me I am sure quickly to react, because I cannot patiently put up with your anger. Say unto the Beloved, "Why do You not come to me; why do You leave me thus alone?" Where is there any enjoyment but in Him? What enjoyment can there be in little clods of earth? It is the crystallised essence of infinite enjoyment that we have to seek, and that is in God. Let all our passions and emotions go up unto Him They are meant for Him. . .[Source]
  • Go to God directly. No theories, no doctrines. Then alone will all doubts vanish. Then alone will all crookedness be made straight.[Source]

  • The only remedy for bad habits is counter habits; all the bad habits that have left their impressions are to be controlled by good habits. Go on doing good, thinking holy thoughts continuously; that is the only way to suppress base impressions. Never say any man is hopeless, because he only represents a character, a bundle of habits, which can be checked by new and better ones. Character is repeated habits, and repeated habits alone can reform character.[Source]

On Love
⑭⑮
  • Beggar's love is no love at all. The first sign of love is when love asks nothing, [when it] gives everything.[Source]
  • 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.[Source]

  • Each work has to pass through these stages — ridicule, opposition, and then acceptance. Each man who thinks ahead of his time is sure to be misunderstood. So opposition and persecution are welcome, only I have to be steady and pure and must have immense faith in God, and all these will vanish. . . .[Source]

  • I was once travelling in the desert in India. I travelled for over a month and always found the most beautiful landscapes before me, beautiful lakes and all that. One day I was very thirsty and I wanted to have a drink at one of these lakes; but when I approached that lake it vanished. Immediately with a blow came into my brain the idea that this was a mirage about which I had read all my life; and then I remembered and smiled at my folly, that for the last month all the beautiful landscapes and lakes I had been seeing were this mirage, but I could not distinguish them then. The next morning I again began my march; there was the lake and the landscape, but with it immediately came the idea, "This is a mirage." Once known it had lost its power of illusion. So this illusion of the universe will break one day. The whole of this will vanish, melt away. This is realization.[Source]

On Salvation

  • Salvation never will come through hope of reward.[Source]

On Weakness
⑲⑳
  • The remedy for weakness is not brooding over weakness, but thinking of strength.[Source]
  • Many a time comes when we want to interpret our weakness and cowardice as forgiveness and renunciation.[Source]


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All Knowledge Is Within Us

Swami Vivekananda told— "All knowledge is within us."

He told—
All knowledge is within us. All perfection is there already in the soul. But this perfection has been covered up by nature; layer after layer of nature is covering this purity of the soul. What have we to do? Really we do not develop our souls at all. What can develop the perfect? We simply take the evil off; and the soul manifests itself in its pristine purity, its natural, innate freedom.[Source]
In this article we'll make a collection of Swami Vivekananda's quotes and thoughts on this theme— "All knowledge is within us".

All knowledge is within us

University of Erfurt
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According to Swami Vivekananda—
  • All knowledge depends upon calmness of mind.[Source]
  • All knowledge is in the soul.[Source]
  • All knowledge is within [the] mind. Who saw knowledge in the stone, or astronomy in the star? It is all in the human being.[Source]
  • All knowledge is within us. All perfection is there already in the soul. But this perfection has been covered up by nature; layer after layer of nature is covering this purity of the soul. What have we to do? Really we do not develop our souls at all. What can develop the perfect? We simply take the evil off; and the soul manifests itself in its pristine purity, its natural, innate freedom.[Source]
  • All knowledge that we have, either of the external or internal world, is obtained through only one method — by the concentration of the mind.[Source]
  • It is true that all knowledge is within ourselves, but this has to be called forth by another knowledge.[Source]
  • Man is the epitome of all things and all knowledge is in him.[Source]
  • The fountain of all knowledge is in every one of us, in the ant as in the highest angel. Real religion is one, but we quarrel with the forms, the symbols, the illustrations. The millennium exists already for those who find it; we have lost ourselves and then think the world is lost.[Source]
  • 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, but the object of your study is always your own mind. The falling of an apple gave the suggestion to Newton, and he studied his own mind. He rearranged all the previous links of thought in his mind and discovered a new link among them, which we call the law of gravitation. It was not in the apple nor in anything in the centre of the earth. . . . All knowledge, therefore, secular or spiritual, is in the human mind. In many cases it is not discovered, but remains covered, and when the covering is being slowly taken off, we say, "We are learning," and the advance of knowledge is made by the advance of this process of uncovering. [Source]

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27 November 2014

20 Terms And Conditions Of Love

Painting of couple
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When Swami Vivekananda spoke about "love" or tried to define/explain it, he actually meant "higher and superior form of love" or "divine universal love" and not mere sexuality (as love is often confused with sexuality).

In this website, we have attempted to prepare a series of articles on Swami Vivekananda's comments, quotes and views on love.

Our this article's title might be a bit strange, but it'll attempt to make a distinction between Swami Vivekananda's views on what is love and what is not love.

20 Terms and Conditions of Love

According to Swami Vivekananda—
  1. Beggar's love is no love at all. The first sign of love is when love asks nothing, [when it] gives everything.[Source]
  2. Begging is not the language of love.[Source]
  3. Books and learning, Yoga and meditation and illumination — all are but dust compared with love.[Source]
  4. Love and ask nothing; love and look for nothing further.[Source]
  5. Love and forget all the "isms".[Source]
  6. (Love) can never be the means. The man who says, "I love you for such and such a thing", does not love. Love can never be the means; it must be the perfect end.[Source]
  7. Love is always a manifestation of bliss. The least shadow of pain falling upon it is always a sign of physicality and selfishness.[Source]
  8. Love is always the giver, and never the taker.[Source]
  9. Love is great and noble, but, it may die away in meaningless sentimentalism.[Source]
  10. Love knows no bargaining.[Source]
  11. Love knows no fear. You may cut me to pieces, and I [will] still love you.[Source]
  12. Love knows no reward. Love is always for love's sake.[Source]
  13. Love loves for the sake of love itself.[Source]
  14. Love makes no distinction between man and man, between an Aryan and a Mlechchha, between a Brâhmana and a Pariah, nor even between a man and a woman. Love makes the whole universe as one's own home. True progress is slow but sure. Work among those young men who can devote heart and soul to this one duty — the duty of raising the masses of India. Awake them, unite them, and inspire them with this spirit of renunciation; it depends wholly on the young people of India.[Source]
  15. Love never asks; it always gives. . . . When a young man goes to see his sweetheart, . . . there is no business relationship between them; theirs is a relationship of love, and love is no beggar.[Source]
  16. Love should be unrelated. Even when we love wrongly, it is of the true love, of the true bliss; the power is the same, use it as we may. Its very nature is peace and bliss. The murderer when he kisses his baby forgets for an instant all but love. Give up all self, all egotism s get out of anger, lust, give all to God. "I am not, but Thou art; the old man is all gone, only Thou remainest." "I am Thou." Blame none; if evil comes, know the Lord is playing with you and be exceeding glad.[Source]
  17. Lust is the death of love.[Source]
  18. Pure love has no motive. It has nothing to gain.[Source]
  19. The highest love is the love that is sexless, for it is perfect unity that is expressed in the highest love, and sex differentiates bodies. It is therefore only in spirit that union is possible.[Source]
  20. The reward of love is love, and what a reward it is! It is the only thing that takes off all sorrows, the only cup, by the drinking of which this disease of the world vanishes Man becomes divinely mad and forgets that be is man.[Source]
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    Introduction To Bhagavad Gita

    In this website/project we have been working to create a series of articles on Bhagavad Gita and Swami Vivekananda's commentaries on Bhagavad Gita.
    Very recently we discussed "Bhagavad Gita as a source of motivation and strength".

    In this article, our topic is introduction to Bhagavad Gita — according to Swami Vivekananda.

    Introduction to Bhagavad Gita

    Krishna
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    Swami Vivekananda told—[Source]
    The book known as the Gita forms a part of the Mahâbhârata. To understand the Gita properly, several things are very important to know. First, whether it formed a part of the Mahabharata, i.e. whether the authorship attributed to Veda-Vyâsa was true, or if it was merely interpolated within the great epic; secondly, whether there was any historical personality of the name of Krishna; thirdly, whether the great war of Kurukshetra as mentioned in the Gita actually took place; and fourthly, whether Arjuna and others were real historical persons.


    Swami Vivekananda also felt—[Source]
    The first discourse in the Gita can be taken allegorically.

    This is how Swami Vivekananda discussed introduction to Bhagavad Gita—[Source]
    To understand the Gita requires its historical background. The Gita is a commentary on the Upanishads. The Upanishads are the Bible of India. They occupy the same place as the New Testament does. There are [more than] a hundred books comprising the Upanishads, some very small and some big, each a separate treatise. The Upanishads do not reveal the life of any teacher, but simply teach principles. They are [as it were] shorthand notes taken down of discussion in [learned assemblies], generally in the courts of kings. The word Upanishad may mean "sittings" [or "sitting near a teacher"]. Those of you who may have studied some of the Upanishads can understand how they are condensed shorthand sketches. After long discussions had been held, they were taken down, possibly from memory. The difficulty is that you get very little of the background. Only the luminous points are mentioned there. The origin of ancient Sanskrit is 5000 B.C.; the Upanishads [are at least] two thousand years before that. Nobody knows [exactly] how old they are. The Gita takes the ideas of the Upanishads and in [some] cases the very words. They are strung together with the idea of bringing out, in a compact, condensed, and systematic form, the whole subject the Upanishads deal with.

    Other quotes

    Here are few more quotations—
    • God is everywhere preached in the Gita. Hinduism is nothing without God. The Vedas are nothing without Him.[Source]
    • The Bhagavad-Gita — most of you, perhaps, have read it, it is the best commentary we have on the Vedanta philosophy — curiously enough the scene is laid on the battlefield, where Krishna teaches this philosophy to Arjuna; and the doctrine which stands out luminously in every page of the Gita is intense activity, but in the midst of it, eternal calmness. This is the secret of work, to attain which is the goal of the Vedanta. Inactivity, as we understand it in the sense of passivity, certainly cannot be the goal. Were it so, then the walls around us would be the most intelligent; they are inactive. Clods of earth, stumps of trees, would be the greatest sages in the world; they are inactive. Nor does inactivity become activity when it is combined with passion. Real activity, which is the goal of Vedanta, is combined with eternal calmness, the calmness which cannot be ruffled, the balance of mind which is never disturbed, whatever happens. And we all know from our experience in life that that is the best attitude for work.[Source]
    • The Gitâ is the gist of the Vedas. It is not our Bible; the Upanishads are our Bible. It [the Gita] is the gist of the Upanishads and harmonizes the many contradictory parts of the Upanishads.[Source]
    • The Gita takes the ideas of the Upanishads and in [some] cases the very words. They are strung together with the idea of bringing out, in a compact, condensed, and systematic form, the whole subject the Upanishads deal with.[Source]
    • The reconciliation of the different paths of Dharma, and work without desire or attachment — these are the two special characteristics of the Gita.[Source]

    Many more quotes



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    26 November 2014

    Bhagavad Gita As A Source Of Inspiration And Strength

    Bhagavad Gita, the great Hindu scripture is generally considered as a religious or philosophical book. Swami Vivekananda, although, pointed out that Bhagavad Gita is primarily a source of inspiration, motivation and strength.

    In this article we'll attempt to make a collection of Swami Vivekananda's quotations on the topic/theme Bhagavad Gita as a source of inspiration and strength.

    Bhagavad Gita as a source of inspiration and strength

    Krishna teaching Arjuna, from Bhagavata Gita
    Image source: Wikimedia Commons
    Swami Vivekananda told/observed—
    • First of all, our young men must be strong. Religion will come afterwards. Be strong, my young friends; that is my advice to you. You will be nearer to Heaven through football than through the study of the Gita. These are bold words; but I have to say them, for I love you. I know where the shoe pinches. I have gained a little experience. You will understand the Gita better with your biceps, your muscles, a little stronger. You will understand the mighty genius and the mighty strength of Krishna better with a little of strong blood in you. You will understand the Upanishads better and the glory of the Atman when your body stands firm upon your feet, and you feel yourselves as men.[Source]
    • In Krishna we find ... two ideas [stand] supreme in his message: The first is the harmony of different ideas; the second is non-attachment. A man can attain to perfection, the highest goal, sitting on a throne, commanding armies, working out big plans for nations. In fact, Krishna's great sermon was preached on the battlefield.[Source]
    • . . . it won't do to merely quote the authority of our ancient books. The tidal wave of Western civilisation is now rushing over the length and breadth of the country. It won't do now simply to sit in meditation on mountain tops without realising in the least its usefulness. Now is wanted -- as said in the Gita by the Lord -- intense Karma - yoga, with unbounded courage and indomitable strength in the heart. Then only will the people of the country be roused, otherwise they will continue to be as much in the dark as you are.[Source]
    • . . . the Gita — "that wonderful poem, without one note in it of weakness or unmanliness."[Source]
    • The reconciliation of the different paths of Dharma, and work without desire or attachment — these are the two special characteristics of the Gita.[Source]
    • This morning the lesson on the Gitâ was grand. It began with a long talk on the fact that the highest ideals are not for all. Non-resistance is not for the man who thinks the replacing of the maggot in the wound by the leprous saint with "Eat, Brother!" disgusting and horrible. Non-resistance is practised by a mother's love towards an angry child. It is a travesty in the mouth of a coward, or in the face of a lion. (Sister Nivedita's notes)[Source]

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    24 November 2014

    Amitabh Bachchan On Swami Vivekananda

    Amitabh Bachchan (born 11 October 1942) is a well-known Indian actor of Bollywood cinema. Some of his notable films are Sholay, Deewar, Don, Zanjeer Agneepath, Paa etc.

    Amitabh Bachchan, in his official blog, has several times written on Swami Vivekananda.

    Amitabh Bachchan on Swami Vivekananda

    Amitabh Bachcan in front of Vivekananda statue in Kolkata
    Amitabh Bachcan in front of Vivekananda statue in Kolkata, 2014
    Image source: Amitabh Bachchan's blog
    Amitabh Bachchan told or wrote—
    • I pay my respects to Vivekananda ji .. his image at an institution right next to where we shoot .. a great mind, a great thinker, philosopher and revered spiritual  (15 November 2014, Bachchan came to Kolkata to shoot for Piku)[Source]
    • Have we ever wondered why Buddha, Mahavir, Nanak, Kabir, Rahim, Confucius, Gandhi or Vivekananda – great men and saints over time – have influenced the way we conduct ourselves and our lives. They were men of simple bearings. They were men not of Kingdom and wealth, nor were they ones that presented fear and terror. What was it about them that even with the passage of great time, we still submitted ourselves and our personalities to their governance and thought ? (24-25 April 2010) [Source]

    Swami Vivekananda on Vivekananda Rock

    In February 2009, Amitabh Bachchan went to Kanya Kumari, Tamilnadu. At that he wrote—
    • I am now in my room, quietly overlooking the end of the mainland into the vast Indian Ocean. In fact.. the point where three water masses meet –  the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean; a minute or two away from the historic Vivekananda Rock – a symbol of the great religious philosopher that trod this land and influenced millions with his teachings. (10 February 2009)[Source]
    • This is the Vivekananda Rock, where the great philosopher sat and meditated. Further to the left and hidden behind foliage is a mosque. Such a wonderful amalgamation and integration of all the religions. A symbol of our secular constitution. (12 February 2009)[Source]
    • The South Indian ethos for welcome and greeting.And presenting to you the early morning vista of the Vivekananda Rock and the grand statue of Swami Thiruvalluvar. This is around 8 in the morning. I got closer to it, through narrow by-lanes, full of multiple curio shops and object des arts. (13 February 2009)[Source]


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    01 November 2014

    Biography Of Durgaprasad Datta — Swami Vivekananda's Grandfather

    A couple or readers of this website have asked us to write on Durgaprasad Datta (Swami Vivekananda's grandfather). We have decided, therefore, to prepare an article for the world wide web discussing Durgaprasad's biography.


    Durgaprasad Datta

    A house in Kolkata
    The big house located at 3 Gourmohan Mukherjee Street
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    Durgaprasad Datta or Durga Prasad Datta (Bengali: দুর্গা প্রসাদ দত্ত) OR Durgacharan Datta (Bengali: দুর্গাচরণ দত্ত) was one of two sons (and seven daughters) of Rammohan Datta (Swami Vivekananda's great grandfather). Rammohan Datta was a clerk and assistant of an English lawyer. It was Rammohan Datta, who built a big house at 3, Gourmohan Mukherjee Street, i.e. Swami Vivekananda's birthplace (now acquired by Ramakrishna Mission and has been converted into a museum).

    Durgprasad married at the age of sixteen or seventeen. He had a daughter and a son — Vishwanath Datta. Vishwanath was born in 1835 and soon after his birth, Durgaprasad renounced family-life and became a wandering monk (sannyasi). At that time he was 25 years old.

    Durgaprasad was a learned man. He was well versed in Persian and Sanskrit languages and literature. He had, although, more inclination towards spirituality and monastic life.

    Durgaprasad Datta — Swami Vivekananda's "talks"

    This section needs to be expanded
    I was going to name this section "Durga Prasad Datta — Swami Vivekananda's reminiscences" and then felt, "reminiscences" is not the right word.
    Anyway, Swami Vivekananda talked about his grandfather, he told—
    • My grandfather was married when quite a child.[Source]


    Sources

    We have studied the following books and works to prepare this article—
    1. Chaturvedi Badrinath (2006). Swami Vivekananda, the Living Vedanta. Penguin Books India. pp. 3–. ISBN 978-0-14-306209-7.
    2. Rajagopal Chattopadhyaya (1 January 1999). Swami Vivekananda in India: A Corrective Biography. Motilal Banarsidass Publ. pp. 8–. ISBN 978-81-208-1586-5.

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    31 October 2014

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    Swami Vivekananda's Quotes On Awakening

    Awakening means "an act or moment of becoming suddenly aware of something" or "coming into existence or awareness". Spiritual awakening is the process by which we (start to/) recognize our real self.

    In this article you'll find Swami Vivekananda's quotes and comments on awakening.

    On Awakening

    Sunrise
    Swami Vivekananda told—
    • According to the law of nature, wherever there is an awakening of a new and stronger life, there it tries to conquer and take the place of the old and the decaying. Nature favours the dying out of the unfit and the survival of the fittest. The final result of such conflict between the priestly and the other classes has been mentioned already.[Source]
    • All manifest life seems to require a period of sleep, of calm, in which to gain added strength, renewed vigour, for the next manifestation, or awakening to activity. Thus is the march of all progress, of all manifest life — in waves, successive waves, [of] activity and repose. Waves succeed each other in an endless chain of progression.[Source]
    • All the different kinds of love which we see in the world, and with which we are more or less playing merely, have God as the one goal; but unfortunately, man does not know the infinite ocean into which this mighty river of love is constantly flowing, and so, foolishly, he often tries to direct it to little dolls of human beings. The tremendous love for the child that is in human nature is not for the little doll of a child; if you bestow it blindly and exclusively on the child, you will suffer in consequence. But through such suffering will come the awakening by which you are sure to find out that the love which is in you, if it is given to any human being, will sooner or later bring pain and sorrow as the result. Our love must, therefore, be given to the Highest One who never dies and never changes, to Him in the ocean of whose love there is neither ebb nor flow.[Source]
    • Engrossed in the struggle for existence, they (the lower classes) had not the opportunity for the awakening of knowledge. They have worked so long uniformly like machines guided by human intelligence, and the clever educated section have taken the substantial part of the fruits of their labour. In every country this has been the case. But times have changed. The lower classes are gradually awakening to this fact and making a united front against this, determined to exact their legitimate dues. The masses of Europe and America have been the first to awaken and have already begun the fight. Signs of this awakening have shown themselves in India, too, as is evident from the number of strikes among the lower classes nowadays. The upper classes will no longer be able to repress the lower, try they ever so much. The well - being of the higher classes now lies in helping the lower to get their legitimate rights.[Source]
    • In these days of intellectual awakening and steadily asserting public opinion, the holy places of the Hindus, their condition, and method of work have not escaped tile keen eye of criticism; and this city, being the holy of holies to all Hindus, has not failed to attract its full share of censure.[Source]
    • The awakening of the soul to its bondage and its effort to stand up and assert itself -- this is called life.[Source]
    • The banyan tree does not mean awakening, nor does the hill, nor the saint, nor the European couple. The lotus is a symbol of regeneration.[Source]
    • The ground under the Bilva tree is very holy. Meditating here quickly brings about an awakening of the religious instinct. Shri Ramakrishna used to say so.[Source]
    • The uplift of the women, the awakening of the masses must come first, and then only can any real good come about for the country, for India.[Source]
    • Today the West is awakening to its wants; and the "true self of man and spirit" is the watchword of the advanced school of Western theologians. The student of Sanskrit philosophy knows where the wind is blowing from, but it matters not whence the power comes so longs as it brings new life.[Source]
    • True religion comes not front the teaching of men or the reading of books; it is the awakening of the spirit within us, consequent upon pure and heroic action.[Source]
    • What we want now is an immense awakening of Râjasika energy, for the whole country is wrapped in the shroud of Tamas. The people of this land must be fed and clothed—must be awakened —must be made more fully active. Otherwise they will become inert, as inert as trees and stones. So, I say, eat large quantities of fish and meat, my boy![Source]
    • You see, no one can teach anybody. The teacher spoils everything by thinking that he is teaching. Thus Vedanta says that within man is all knowledge—even in a boy it is so—and it requires only an awakening, and that much is the work of a teacher.[Source]

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    30 October 2014

    Swami Vivekananda's Quotes On Atom

    An "atom" is the smallest particle of a chemical element that can exist. In this article we'll make a collection of Swami Vivekananda's quotes and comments related to "atom". In this article, most of the quotes will be related to philosophy, and not physics.


    On Atom

    Atom
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    Swami Vivekananda told—
    • Each atom is trying to fly off from its centre. In the internal world, each thought is trying to go beyond control. Again each particle in the external world is checked by another force, the centripetal, and drawn towards the centre. Similarly in the thought - world the controlling power is checking all these outgoing desires.[Source]
    • 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.[Source]
    • Every atom is working and resisting every thought in the mind. Everything we see and know is but the resultant of these two forces.[Source]
    • Every little bit, every atom inside the universe, is in a constant state of change and motion, but the universe as a whole is unchangeable, because motion or change is a relative thing; we can only think of something in motion in comparison with something which is not moving.[Source]
    • Every one is struggling for freedom—from the atom to the star. The ignorant man is satisfied if he can get freedom within a certain limit—if he can get rid of the bondage of hunger or of being thirsty. But that sage feels that there is a stronger bondage which has to be thrown off. He would not consider the freedom of the Red Indian as freedom at all.[Source]
    • Everything that we perceive around us is struggling towards freedom, from the atom to the man, from the insentient, lifeless particle of matter to the highest existence on earth, the human soul. The whole universe is in fact the result of this struggle for freedom.[Source]
    • If it be true that nature is uniform throughout, if it be true, and so far no human experience has contradicted it, that the same method under which a small grain of sand is created, works in creating the gigantic suns and stars and all this universe, if it be true that the whole of this universe is built on exactly the same plan as the atom, if it be true that the same law prevails throughout the universe, then, as it has been said in the Vedas, "Knowing one lump of clay we know the nature of all the clay that is in the universe." Take up a little plant and study its life, and we know the universe as it is. If we know one grain of sand, we understand the secret of the whole universe.[Source]
    • Not one atom can rest until it finds its freedom.[Source]
    • 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.[Source]
    • Out of this idea of separation between atom and atom comes all misery.[Source]
    • The atom cannot disobey the law. Whether it is the mental or the physical atom, it must obey the law. "What is the use of [external restraint]?"[Source]
    • This world, this universe which our senses feel, or our mind thinks, is but one atom, so to say, of the Infinite, projected on to the plane of consciousness; and within that narrow limit, defined by the network of consciousness, works our reason, and not beyond. Therefore, there must be some other instrument to take us beyond, and that instrument is called inspiration.[Source]
    • Though an atom is invisible, unthinkable, yet in it are the whole power and potency of the universe.[Source]
    • Who can break the law? If I break this glass, it will fall down. If anyone succeeds in throwing one atom out of place, every other atom will go out of balance. . . . The law can never be broken. Each atom is kept in its place. Each is weighed and measured and fulfils its [purpose] and place. Through His command the winds blow, the sun shines. Through His rule the worlds are kept in place. Through His orders death is sporting upon the earth. Just think of two or three Gods having a wrestling match in this world! It cannot be.[Source]
    • You cannot take away one atom of matter or one foot-pound of force. You cannot add to the universe one atom of matter or one foot-pound of force. As such, evolution does not come out of zero; then, where does it come from? From previous involution.[Source]
     

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