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What are the teachings of Swami Vivekananda?
ideal, indeed, can be put into a few words, and that is to preach unto
mankind their divinity, and how to make it manifest in every movement
is the manifestation of the divinity already in man.
is the idea which is raising the brute unto man, and man unto God.
secret of religion lies not in theories but in practice. To be good and
do good - that is the whole of religion.
may gain political and social independence, but if one is a slave to his
passions and desires, one cannot feel the pure joy of real freedom.
at the wall. Did the wall ever tell a lie? It is always the wall. Man
tells a lie and becomes a god, too.
out the word help from your mind. You cannot help; it is blasphemy! You
worship. When you give a morsel of food to a dog, you worship the dog
as God. He is all, and is in all.
is God. One may live on a throne, in a palace, and be perfectly unselfish;
and then he is in God. Another may live in a hut and wear rags, and have
nothing in the world; yet if he is selfish, he is intensely merged in
five hundred men, ... the conquest of India might take fifty years: with
as many women, not more than a few weeks.
flooding India with socialistic or political ideas, first deluge the land
with spiritual ideas.
want to lead mankind to the place where there is neither the Vedas, nor
the Bible, nor the Koran; yet this has to be done by harmonizing the Vedas,
the Bible, and the Koran.
ought to be taught that religions are but the varied expressions of THE
RELIGION, which is Oneness, so that each may choose the path that suits
will give the world light? Sacrifice in the past has been the Law, it
will be, alas, for ages to come. The earth's bravest and best will have
to sacrifice themselves for the good of many, for the welfare of all.
purity, and unselfishness - whenever these are present, there is no power
below or above the sun to crush the possessor thereof. Equipped with these,
one individual is able to face the whole universe in opposition.
can be sacrificed for truth, but truth cannot be sacrificed for anything.
highest ideal is eternal and entire self-abnegation, where there is no
'I', but is Thou'.
expansion is life, all contraction is death.
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 law of life, just as you breathe to
national ideals of India are Renunciation and Service. Intensity her in
those channels, and the rest will take care of itself.
motives, sincerity, and infinite love can conquer the world. One single
soul possessed of these virtues can destroy the dark designs of millions
of hypocrites and brutes.
Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.