Inspirational Thoughts of Swami Vivekananda
Once, a poor man saw in the dream that a wandering monk was coming to his small town. His grace has the power to heal the weakness. The hazy dream inspired him to serve the wandering monk.
The next day, this man prepared a dish and took it to the town. For his surprise, he saw a monk sitting beneath the shade. The monk has a charismatic appearance, his eyes were very bright and powerful. The monk was none other than Swami Vivekananda in his wandering days soon after the renunciation.
Swami Vivekananda was such a powerful and inspiring man where his influential personality unconsciously dominated every thought and desires of the innermost nature of the people in the ashram and the world. (Read also 8 Most Powerful and Inspirational Quotes in Spirituality)
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1. It is a tremendous truth that if there be real worth in you, the more are circumstances against you, the more will that inner power manifest itself.
2. Concentration is the essence of all Knowledge; nothing can be done without it. Ninety per cent of thought force is wasted by the ordinary human being, and therefore he is constantly committing blunders; the trained man or mind never makes a mistake.
3. Remember the words of Christ: "Ask and it shall be given to you; seek, and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you." These words are literally true, not figures or fiction.
4. Strength is life, weakness is death. Strength is felicity, life eternal, immortal; weakness is constant strain and misery; weakness is death. (Read also 8 Character Traits Mentally Strong People Avoid in Social Settings)
5. There is only one life and one world, and this one life and one world is appearing to us as manifolds. This manifoldness is like a dream. When you dream one dream passes away and another comes. You do not live in your dreams. The dreams come one after another, scene after scene unfolds before you. So, it is in this world of ninety per cent misery and ten percent happiness. Perhaps after a while, it will appear as ninety percent happiness, and we shall call it heaven, but a time comes to the stage when the whole thing vanishes and this world appears as God Himself and his own soul as God. It is not therefore that there are many worlds; it is not that there are many lives. All this manifoldness is the manifestation of that One. That One is manifesting Himself as many, as matter, spirit, mind, thought, and everything else. It is that One, manifesting Himself as many. Therefore the first step for us to take is to teach the truth to ourselves and to others.
6. If a man continuously hears bad words, thinks bad thoughts, does bad actions, his mind will be full of bad impressions; and they will influence his thought and work without his being conscious of the fact. He will be like a machine in the hands of his impressions, and they will force him to do evil, and that man will be a bad man; he cannot help it. Similarly, if a man thinks good thoughts and does good works, the sum total of these impressions will be good, and they, in a similar manner, will force him to do good, even in spite of himself. When such is the case, a man's good character is said to be established.
7. The old idea was: "Develop one idea at the expense of all the rest.” The modern way is "harmonious development.” A third way is to "develop the mind and control it,” then put it where you will; the result will come quickly. This is developing you in the truest way. Learn concentration and use it in any direction. Thus you lose nothing. He who gets the whole must have the parts too.
8. Stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creator of your own destiny.
9. The majority of us cannot see beyond a few years, just as some animals cannot see beyond a few steps. Just a little narrow circle – that is our world. We have not the patience to look beyond, and thus become immoral and wicked. This is our weakness, our powerlessness.
10. All knowledge is inherent in man. No knowledge comes from outside; it is all inside. What we say a man "knows", should, in strict psychological language, be what he "discovers" or "unveils"; what a man "learns" is really what he "discovers", by taking the cover off his own soul, which is a mine of infinite knowledge.
11. The ideal of faith in ourselves is of the greatest help to us. 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. Throughout the history of mankind, if any motive power has been more potent than another in the lives of all great men and women, it is that of faith in themselves. Born with the consciousness that they were to be great, they became great.
12. The remedy for weakness is not brooding over weakness, but thinking of strength. Teach men of the strength that is already within them. The greatest sin is to think yourself weak.
13. The only God to worship is the human soul in the human body. Of course, all animals are temples too, but man is the highest, the Taj Mahal of temples. If I cannot worship in that, no other temple will be of any advantage.
14. No one can get anything unless he earns it. This is an eternal law. We may sometimes think it is not so, but in the long run we become convinced of it. A man may struggle all his life for riches; he may cheat thousands but he finds at last that he did not deserve to become rich and his life becomes a nuisance to him. We may go on accumulating things for our enjoyment but only what we earn is really ours. A fool may buy all the books in the world and they will be in his library; but he will be able to read only those that he deserves to; and this deserving is produced by Karma.
15. How has all the knowledge in the world been gained but by the concentration of the powers of the mind? The world is ready to give up its secrets if we only know how to know, how to give it the necessary blow. The strength and force of the blow come through concentration. There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point; that is the secret. (Read also 7 Effective Meditation Techniques to Enhance Concentration)
16. When you are doing any work, do it as worship, as the highest worship, and devote your whole life to it, for the time being.
17. It is thought which the propelling force in us is. Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life-- think of it, dream of it, and live on that 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, and this is the way great giants are produced. Never mind failures; they are quite natural, they are the beauty of life. What would life be without them? It would not be worth living if it were not for struggles. Where would be the poetry of life?
18. The history of the world is the history of a few men who had faith in themselves. That faith calls out the divinity within. You can do anything. You fail only when you do not strive sufficiently to manifest infinite power. As soon as a man or a nation loses faith, death comes.
19. Do not talk of the wickedness of the world and all its sins. Weep that you are bound to see wickedness and everywhere, and if you want to help the world, do not condemn it. Do not weaken it more. For what is sin and what is misery but the results of weakness? The world is made weaker and weaker every day by such teachings. Men are taught from childhood that they are weak and sinners. Teach them that they are all glorious children of immortality, even those who are the weakest in manifestation.
20. If a man with an ideal makes a thousand mistakes, I am sure that the man without an ideal makes fifty thousand. Therefore, it is better to have an ideal.
21. It is in the nature of things that many should fall, that troubles should come, that tremendous difficulties should arise, that selfishness and all the other devils in the human heart should struggle hard, when they are about to be driven out by the fire of spirituality. The road to the good is the roughest and steepest in the universe. It is a wonder that so many succeed; no wonder that so many falls. Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles.
1. Swami Vivekananda’s Power Capsules – Ramakrishna Mission Publication.
2. Swami Vivekananda’s Complete Works.
3. Life of Swami Vivekananda.