In this website we have been making a set of articles on Swami Vivekananda's quotations on animals and here we'll make a collection of Swami Vivekananda's elephant-related quotations.
Swami Vivekananda told—
The elephant has two teeth coming out from his mouth.
These are only for show; he cannot eat with them.
But the teeth that are inside are those
with which he chews his food.
So mix with all, say yea, yea to all, but join none.
Stick to your own ideal
— Swami VivekanandaImage source: Wikimedia Commons
- Haven't you heard of the couplet of Tulsidas: "The elephant walks the market - place and a thousand curs bark at him; so the Sadhus have no ill - feeling if worldly people slander them." You have to walk in this way.[Source]
- I am never Râma [never one with Ishvara, the personal aspect of God], but I am [one with Brahman, the impersonal, all-pervading existence]. Here is a huge mass of clay. Out of that clay I made a little [mouse] and you made a little [elephant]. Both are clay. Melt both down They are essentially one. "I and my Father are one." [But the clay mouse can never be one with the clay elephant.][Source]
- It is the strong that understand strength, it is the elephant that understands the lion, not the rat.[Source]
- Out of a mass of clay a huge elephant of clay is manufactured, and out of the same clay, a little clay mouse is made. Would the clay mouse ever be able to become the clay elephant? But put them both in water and they are both clay; as clay they are both one, but as mouse and elephant there will be an eternal difference between them. The Infinite, the Impersonal, is like the clay in the example.[Source]
- Out of clay, manufacture a clay elephant, out of the same clay, manufacture a clay mouse. Soak them in water, they become one. As clay, they are eternally one; as fashioned things, they are eternally different. The Absolute is the material of both God and man. As Absolute, Omnipresent Being, we are all one; and as personal beings, God is the eternal master, and we are the eternal servants.[Source]
- The elephant has two teeth coming out from his mouth. These are only for show; he cannot eat with them. But the teeth that are inside are those with which he chews his food. So mix with all, say yea, yea to all, but join none. Stick to your own ideal of worship. When you worship, worship that ideal of God which is your own Ishta, your own Chosen Ideal. If you do not, you will have nothing. Nothing will grow.[Source]
- "The elephant passes in the market - place, and a thousand curs begin barking after him; so the Sadhus have no ill - feeling when worldly people slander then." (here Swamiji quoted a couplet of Tulsidas)[Source]
- "The tusks of the elephant come out, but never go back"; so are the words of a man never retracted.[Source]
- Throw self overboard and work. Remember, "The grass when made into a rope by being joined together can even chain a mad elephant."[Source]
- To use a simile: Brahman is as the clay or substance out of which an infinite variety of articles are fashioned. As clay, they are all one; but form or manifestation differentiates them. Before every one of them was made, they all existed potentially in the clay, and, of course, they are identical substantially; but when formed, and so long as the form remains, they are separate and different; the clay-mouse can never become a clay-elephant, because, as manifestations, form alone makes them what they are, though as unformed clay they are all one. Ishvara is the highest manifestation of the Absolute Reality, or in other words, the highest possible reading of the Absolute by the human mind. Creation is eternal, and so also is Ishvara.[Source]
- When a Yogi has attained to this Samyama and wants strength, he makes a Samyama on the strength of the elephant and gets it. Infinite energy is at the disposal of everyone if he only knows how to get it. The Yogi has discovered the science of getting it. (from Swamiji's explanation to Patanjali's Yoga Aphorisms)[Source]
- When they attack, know that, "The elephant passing through the market-place is always beset by curs, but he cares not. He goes straight on his own way. So it is always, when a great soul appears there will be numbers to bark after him."[Source]
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