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

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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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On Attraction

In this article you'll find Swami Vivekananda's quotes on "attraction".

On attraction
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Swami Vivekananda told—
  • All the forces that we see in nature, such as gravitation, attraction, and repulsion, or as thought, feeling, and nervous motion — all these various forces resolve into that Prana, and the vibration of the Prana ceases. In that state it remains until the beginning of the next cycle. Prana then begins to vibrate, and that vibration acts upon the Akasha, and all these forms are thrown out in regular succession.[Source]
  • Free thyself from the mighty attraction—
    The maddening wine of love, the charm of sex.
    Break the harp! Forward, with the ocean's cry!. . .[Source]
  • If you can get rid of your attachment to a single thing, you are on the way to liberation.[Source]
  • It is the highest manifestation of the power of Vairagya when it takes away even our attraction towards the qualities.[Source]
  • Ordinary love is mere animal attraction. Otherwise why is the distinction between the sexes? If one kneels before an image, it is dreadful idolatry; but if one kneels before husband or wife, it is quite permissible![Source]
  • Our minds are forced to become fixed upon different things by an attraction in them which we cannot resist. To control the mind, to place it just where we want it, requires special training. It cannot be done in any other way. In the study of religion the control of the mind is absolutely necessary. We have to turn the mind back upon itself in this study.[Source]
  • "Purusha is the; great attraction of the universe; though untouched by and unconnected with the universe, yet it attracts the whole; universe."[Source]
  • The law of attraction which holds good for the heavenly bodies also holds good for the smallest particles.[Source]
  • What is the attraction? Lookers-on only see the ugly man or the ugly woman, but not so the lover; to the lover the beloved is the most beautiful being that ever existed. How is it? The woman who loves the ugly man takes, as it were, the ideal of beauty which is in her own mind, and projects it on this ugly man; and what she worships and loves is not the ugly man, but her own ideal. That man is, as it were, only the suggestion, and upon that suggestion she throws her own ideal, and covers it; and it becomes her object of worship. Now, this applies in every case where we love. Many of us have very ordinary looking brothers or sisters; yet the very idea of their being brothers or sisters makes them beautiful to us.[Source]
  • Where you find the attraction for lust and wealth considerably diminished, to whatever creed he may belong, know that his inner spirit is awakening.[Source]
  • With the attraction for lust and lucre working the other way, how many long for the realisation of God?[Source]

Is "attraction" followed by "seperation" or "disunion"?

These are interesting observations of Swmiji—
  • The natural state of this universe is attraction; and that is surely followed by an ultimate disunion.[Source]
  • Whenever two particles come together, they are held by a certain attraction; and there will come a time when those particles will separate. This is the eternal law. So, wherever there is a body — either grosser or finer, either in heaven or on earth — death will overcome it.[Source]

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28 October 2014

On Attachment

In this website, we are attempting to prepare articles on Swami Vivekananda's quotes on every possible topic.

Here in this article we'll attempt to make a collection of Swami Vivekanandab's quotes on attachment.

On Attachment

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Swami Vivekananda told—
  • All misery and pain come from attachment.[Source]
  • As soon as extreme attachment comes, a man loses himself, he is no more master of himself, he is a slave.[Source]
  • As soon as we identify ourselves with the work we do, we feel miserable; but if we do not identify ourselves with it, we do not feel that misery.[Source]
  • Attachment comes only where we expect a return.[Source]
  • Everything that you do under compulsion goes to build up attachment.[Source]
  • From attachment comes longing, and longing breeds anger. From anger comes delusion, and from delusion, confused memory. From confused memory comes the ruin of discrimination; and from the ruin of discrimination, a man perishes.[Source]
  • If you can get rid of your attachment to a single thing, you are on the way to liberation.[Source]
  • Our misery comes, not from work, but by our getting attached to something. Take for instance, money: money is a great thing to have, earn it, says Krishna; struggle hard to get money, but don't get attached to it. So with children, with wife, husband, relatives, fame, everything; you have no need to shun them, only don't get attached. There is only one attachment and that belongs to the Lord, and to none other.[Source]

See also

  1. Swami Vivekananda's quotes on non-attachment

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24 October 2014

Do Not Desire Anything

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"The Second Truth" of  the "Four Noble Truths" of Buddhism describes the origin of dukkha (misery, suffering). The theory states that the following things are the reasons of our sufferings and misery—
  • Craving for sense-pleasures (kama-tanha): this is craving for sense objects which provide pleasant feeling, or craving for sensory pleasures.
  • Craving to be (bhava-tanha): this is craving to be something, to unite with an experience. This includes craving to be solid and ongoing, to be a being that has a past and a future, and craving to prevail and dominate over others.
  • Craving not to be (vibhava-tanha): this is craving to not experience the world, and to be nothing; a wish to be separated from painful feelings.
[Source: Wikipedia]

Now the word "craving" means "a powerful desire for something", so Gautama Buddha told that "desire" is a reason of our sufferings.

Indian monk and philosopher Swami Vivekananda also suggested "not to desire anything" or to "try to be desireless" In this article we'll attempt to make a collection of Swami Vivekananda's suggestions and explanations on "not desiring anything".

"Do not desire anything. . ."
Swami Vivekananda told—
  • Do not desire anything. What makes us miserable? The cause of all miseries from which we suffer is desire. You desire something, and the desire is not fulfilled; the result is distress. If there is no desire, there is no suffering. But here, too, there is the danger of my being misunderstood. So it is necessary to explain what I mean by giving up desire and becoming free from all misery. The walls have no desire and they never suffer. True, but they never evolve. This chair has no desires, it never suffers; but it is always a chair. There is a glory in happiness, there is a glory in suffering. If I may dare to say so, there is a utility in evil too. The great lesson in misery we all know. There are hundreds of things we have done in our lives which we wish we had never done, but which, at the same time, have been great teachers. As for me, I am glad I have done something good and many things bad; glad I have done something right, and glad I have committed many errors, because every one of them has been a great lesson. I, as I am now, am the resultant of all I have done, all I have thought. Every action and thought have had their effect, and these effects are the sum total of my progress. [Source]
  • Do not desire, for what you desire you get, and with it comes terrible bondage. It is nothing but bringing "noses on us," as in the case of the man who had three boons to ask. We never get freedom until we are self-contained. "Self is the Saviour of self, none else.[Source]
  • Desire nothing; think of God and look for no return. It is the desireless who bring results. The begging monks carry religion to every man's door; but they think that they do nothing, they claim nothing, their work is unconsciously done. If they should eat of the tree of knowledge, they would become egoists, and all the good they do would fly away. As soon as we say "I", we are humbugged all the time; and we call it "knowable", but it is only going round and round like a bullock tied to a tree. The Lord has hidden Himself best, and His work is best; so he who hides himself best, accomplishes most. Conquer yourself, and the whole universe is yours.[Source]

"Desire brings misery. . ."
Swami Vivekananda observed and suggested—
  Main article: Swami Vivekananda's quotes on desire 
  • As desire increases, so increases the power of pleasure, so the power of pain.[Source]
  • 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.[Source]
  • Desire is infinite. Its fulfilment is very limited.. There is no end to our desires; but when we go to fulfil them, the difficulty comes. It has been so with the most primitive minds, when their desires were [few]. Even [these] could not be accomplished. Now, with our arts and sciences improved and multiplied, our desires cannot be fulfilled [either]. On the other hand, we are struggling to perfect means for the fulfilment of desires, and the desires are increasing. ...[Source]
  • Desire makes slaves of us, it is an insatiable tyrant and gives its victims no rest.[Source]
  • Desire, want, is the father of all misery. Desires are bound by the laws of success and failure. Desires must bring misery.[Source]
  • It is our desire that binds us. If we take the results of actions, whether good or evil, we will have to bear them.[Source]
  • Man's thirst, says the Hindu, man's thirst, says the Buddhist, is a burning, unquenchable thirst for more and more.[Source]
  • While we hope for anything, desire still rules us.[Source]

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23 October 2014

7 Things You Should Never Say

We know about popular sayings/proverbs like "Never say die" or "Never say goodbye".

This is another special article of this project and our this article's topic is "7 things you should never say" — according to Swami Vivekananda.

① Never say . . . "I cannot"

Swamiji suggested—[Source]
Never say, "No", never say, "I cannot", for you are infinite. Even time and space are as nothing compared with your nature. You can do anything and everything, you are almighty.

② Never say. . . "Man is weak"

Swamiji told—[Source]
Never say man is weak. Wisdom - yoga is no better than the others. Love is the ideal and requires no object. Love is God. So even through devotion we reach the subjective God. I am He! How can one work, unless one loves city, country, animals, the universe? Reason leads to the finding of unity in variety. Let the atheist and the agnostic work for the social good. So God comes.

③ Never say. . . "I am a miserable sinner"

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Swamiji's bold words—[Source]
Never say, "O Lord, I am a miserable sinner." Who will help you? You are the help of the universe. What in this universe can help you? Where is the man, or the god, or the demon to help you? What can prevail over you? You are the God of the universe; where can you seek for help? Never help came from anywhere but from yourself. In your ignorance, every prayer that you made and that was answered, you thought was answered by some Being, but you answered the prayer yourself unknowingly. The help came from yourself, and you fondly imagined that some one was sending help to you. There is no help for you outside of yourself; you are the creator of the universe.

④ Never say. . . "Mine"

Swamiji advised—[Source]
Never say "mine". Whenever we say a thing is "mine", misery will immediately come. Do not even say "my child" in your mind. Possess the child, but do not say "mine". If you do, then will come the misery. Do not say “my house," do not say "my body". The whole difficulty is there. The body is neither yours, nor mine, nor anybody's. These bodies are coming and going by the laws of nature, but we are free, standing as witness. This body is no more free than a picture or a wall. Why should we be attached so much to a body? If somebody paints a picture, he does it and passes on. Do not project that tentacle of selfishness, "I must possess it". As soon as that is projected, misery will begin.

⑤ Never say. . . "An idolater worships a piece of stone"

Vivekananda asked—[Source]
Is there any God? Is there anyone to be loved, any such one capable of being loved? Loving the stone would not be much good. We only love that which understands love, that which draws our love. So with worship. Never say [that] there is a man in this world of ours who worshipped a piece of stone [as stone]. He always worshipped [the omnipresent being in the stone].

⑥ Never say. . . "Enough"

It was Swamiji's suggestion—[Source]
Persevere on, my brave lads. We have only just begun. Never despond! Never say enough! . . . As soon as a man comes over to the West and sees different nations, his eyes open.

⑦ Never say. . . "Any man is hopeless"

Swami Vivekananda advised—[Source]
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.

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Swami Vivekananda And The Monkey Chasing Incident


Once, probably in 18881 Swami Vivekananda2 was staying in Varanasi. One day, he was returning after visiting a temple and a troop of monkeys started chasing him. To save himself Swamiji started running. The monkeys also chased him aggressively.
Suddenly a stranger came in front of Swamiji, he witnessed the scene and called out—
Stop. Don't run. Face the brutes.
Vivekananda heard it, turned back and stared at them boldly. The monkeys got confused, they stopped harassing him and went away.


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Swami Vivekananda himself mentioned about this incidence in one of his lecture. Here is what he recalled—[Source]
Once when I was in Varanasi, I was passing through a place where there was a large tank of water on one side and a high wall on the other. It was in the grounds where there were many monkeys. The monkeys of Varanasi are huge brutes and are sometimes surly. They now took it into their heads not to allow me to pass through their street, so they howled and shrieked and clutched at my feet as I passed. As they pressed closer, I began to run, but the faster I ran, the faster came the monkeys and they began to bite at me. It seemed impossible to escape, but just then I met a stranger who called out to me, "Face the brutes." I turned and faced the monkeys, and they fell back and finally fled. 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. If we are ever to gain freedom, it must be by conquering nature, never by running away. Cowards never win victories. We have to fight fear and troubles and ignorance if we expect them to flee before us.


  1. It was most probably first half of 1888, although Swami Vivekananda visited Bodh Gaya and Varanasi in January-February 1902 to recover health.
  2. In 1888 he was known as Narendranath Datta, see this article to learn when and how he was named Swami Vivekananda


  • Dr.sanjeev Kumar. Stop Not Till the Goal is Reached. Pustak Mahal. pp. 13–. ISBN 978-81-223-1170-9.

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