Friday, January 14, 2011


Each soul is potentially divine. The goal is to manifest the divinity within by controlling nature, external and internal.

Do this either by work, or worship, or psychic control, or philosophy -by one or more, or all of these- and be free. This is the whole of religion.
Doctrines or dogmas, ro rituals, or books, or temples,or forms, are but secondary details.
Religion gives you nothing new it only takes off obstacles and lets you see your Self.

You have in you all and a thousand times more than is in all the books. Never lose faith in yourself, you can do anything in this universe. Never weaken, all power is yours.

Purity, patience and perseverance are the three essentials to success and above all-- love.

We want shraddha, we want faith in ourselves, strength is life, Weakness is death. "We are the Atman, deathless and free;pure, pure by nature. Can we ever commit any sin? Impossible!' 

Such a faith is needed. Such a faith makes men of us, makes gods of us. It is by losing this idea of Shraddha that the country has gone to ruin.
You must remember that humanity travels not from error to truth, but from truth to truth;
it may travel from lower truth to upper truth but never from error to truth.

The Highest of gifts is giving of spiritual knowledge, the next is giving secular knowledge and the next a saving a life, the last is giving food and drink. He who gives
spiritual knowledge saves the soul from many and many a birth.
You are the maker of your own fortunes. You make yourselves suffer, you make good and evil and it is you who put your hands before your eyes and say it is dark. Take your hands away and see the light.

Even the least work done for other awakens the power within, gradually instills into the heart the strength of a lion.
This life is short, the vanities of the world are transient, but they alone live who lives for others, the rest are more dead than alive.

In the world take always the position of the giver; help, give service, give any little thing you can, but keep out barter.

Neither seek nor avoid; take what comes. This is freedom, to be affected by nothing. Do not merely endure; be unattached.
It is a weakness to think someone is dependent on you, and that you can do good to him, This belief is the mother of all our attachment, and though this attachment comes all our pain. Therefore developing the attitude of non-attachment is the great lesson to learn in life, and when we heave learned it fully, we shall never be unhappy.. By non-attachment you overcome and deny the power of anything to act upon you!

If a man with an ideal makes a thousand mistakes, I am sure that the man without an ideal makes fifty thousand mistakes, I am sure that the man without an ideal makes fifty thousand, Therefore it is better to have an ideal.  

Education is not the amount of information that is put into your brain and runs riot there, undigested, all your life. We must have life-building, man-making , character-making assimilation of ideas. If you have assimilated five ideas and made them your life and character, you have more education than any man who has got by heart a whole library.

Truth, purity and unselfishness - wherever these are present, there is no power below or above the sun to curse the possessor therof. Equipped with these, on individual is able to face the whole universe in opposition.


Be obedient and eternally faithful to the cause of truth, humanity, and you country, and you will move the world.,
Be not afraid of anything. You will do marvellous work. The 
moment you fear, you are nobody., It is fear that is the great cause of misery in this world. It is fear that is the cause of all our woes and it is fearlessness that brings heaven even in a moment.
The more opposition there is, the better, Does a river acquires velocity unless there is resistance? The newer and better a thing is , the more opposition it will meet with at the outset. 

It is the opposition which foretells success.

What we want is muscles of iron and nerves of steel. We have wept long enough. No more weeping, but stand on your feet and be men., It is a man-making religion that we want., It is man-making theories that we want.

It is man-making education all round that we want.

The remedy for weakness is not brooding over it, but thinking of strength. Teach men of the strength that is already within them. 

All love is expansion, all selfishness is contraction. Love is therefore the only law of life. He who love lives, he who is selfish is dying.

Know that talking ill of other in private is a sin. You must wholly aboid it. Many things may occur to the mind, but it gradually makes a mountain of a molehill if you try to express them. Everything is ended if you forgive and forget.

A handful of men can throw the world off its hinges provided they are united in thought, word, and deed - never forget this conviction.

My boy,when death is inevitable, is it not better to die like heroes than as stocks and stones? And what is the use of living a day or two more in this transitory world? It is better to wear out than to rust out - specially for the sake of doing the least good to others.

Be the servant while leading. Be unselfish. Have infinite patience, and success is yours.

Beware of everything that is untrue; stick to truth and we shall succeed, may be slowly, but surely.

The road to good is the roughest and steepest in the universe. It is a wonder that so many succeed, no wonder that so many fall. 

Character has to be established through a thousand hurdles.

The history of the world is that of six men of faith, six men of deep, pure character. We need to have three things; the heart to feel, the brain to conceive, the hand to work. Make yourself a dynamo... If you are pure, if you are strong, you, one man, are equal to the whole world.

It is the coward and the fool who says "This is fate."- so says the Sanskrit proverb. But it is the strong man who stands up and says."I will make my fate". It is people who are getting old who talk of fate.

Can anything be done unless everybody exerts himself to his utmost? "It is the man of action, the lion-heart, that the goddess of wealth resorts to." 
No need of looking behind. FORWARD! 

We want infinite energy, infinite zeal,infinite courage, and infinite patience, then only will great things be achieved.

Stand up and fight! Not one step back, that is the idea. Fight it out, whatever comes. Let the stars move from the spheres! Let the whole World stnad against us!
Death means only a change of garment. What of it? Thus fight!
You gain nothing by becoming cowards. Taking a step backward, you do not avoid any misfortune.

Never say ' No ', never say, 'I cannot', for you are infinite, even time and space are nothing compared with your nature. You can do anything and everything, you are almighty.
Most of our difficulties in our daily life comes from being unable to hold our minds...Every reaction in the form of hatred or evil is so much loss to the mind; and every evil thought or deed of hatred, or any thought of reaction, if it is controlled, will be laid in our favour... 

Each time we control hatred, or a feeling of anger, it is so much good energy stored up in our fabour; that piece of energy will be converted into the higher powers.
If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.... By knowing how to work, one can obtain the greatest results... Even the lowest forms of work are not to be despised.

Work as if on each of you depends the whole work.
The more we grow in love and virtue and holiness, the more we see love and virtue and holiness outside. All condemnation of others really condemns ourselves. Adjust the microcosm (which is in your power to do) and the macrocosm will adjust itself for you.

Great enterprise, boundless courage, tremendous energy, and above all, perfect obedience - these are the only traits that lead to individual and national regeneration.

Feel that you are greatest and you will become greatest. We all have the same glorious soul, let us believe in it.

Great indeed are the manifestation of muscular power, and marvellous the manifestations of intellect expressing themselves through machines by the appliances of science; yet none of these is more potent thatn the influence which spirit exerts upon the world.

The power of the mind are like rays of light dissipated; when they are concentrated, they illumine.

This is our only means of knowledge..., 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 knock, how ot give it the necessary blow. The strength and force to the blow come through concentration. There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the power is brought to bear on one point; that is the secret.

Let us be true. Nine-tenths of our life's energy is spent in trying to make people think us that which we are not. That energy would be more rightly spent in becoming that which we would like to be.

My hope and faith rest in men like you.
Understand my words in their true spirit and apply yourselves to work in their light... I have given you advice enough; now put atleast something in practice.


Power Capsule
Ramkrishna mission Ashram


Laziness, meanness, and hypocrisy have covered the whole length and breadth of the country. Can an intelligent man look on all this and remain quiet? Does it not bring tears to the eyes?...
Therefore I say, first rouse the inherent power of the Atman within you.
 "I want iron wills and hearts that do not know how to quake."
"You may meditate on whatever you like, but I shall meditate on the heart of a lion. That gives strength."

"Give me a few men and women who are pure and selfless and I shall shake the world"


Strength, Strength, it is that we want so much in this life, for what we call sin and sorrow have all one cause, and that is our weakness. With weakness comes ignorance, and with ignorance comes misery.

Never be weak. You must be strong; you have infinite strength within you.
Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is only sin to say that you are weak.
The only saint is that soul that never weakens and faces everything.
All weakness, all bondages is imagination... Do not weaken!....Stand up and be strong! That is all the religion I know.

Know that all sins and all evils can be summed up that one word, weakness. It is weakness that is the motive power in all evil doing; it is weakness that is the source of all selfishness; it is weakness that makes men injure others; it is weakness that makes them manifest what they are not in reality.
The weak have no place here, in this life or in any other life.
Weakness leads to slavery. Weakness leads to all kinds of misery, physical and mental. 

Weakness is death.
The greatest sin is to think yourself weak.
What we want is strength, so believe in yourselves... Make your nerves strong. What we want is muscles of iron and nerves of steel. We have wept long enough. No more weeping, but stand on your own feet and be men.

Strength is the medicine for the world's disease.
Strength is the medicine which the poor must have when tyrannised over by the rich. Strength is the medicine that the ignorant must have when oppressed by the learned.
 Arise, awake! Awake from this hypnotism of weakness. None is really weak; the soul is infinite, omnipotent and omniscient. Stand up, assert yourself, proclaim the God within you, do not deny Him! Too much of inactivity, too much of weakness, too much of hypnotism has been and is upon our race...Dehypnotise yourselves. The way to do that is found in your own sacred books.

Teach yourselves, teach everyone his real nature, call upon the sleeping soul and see how it awakens.
Power will come, glory will come, goodness will come, and everything that is excellent will come when this sleeping soul is roused to self conscious activity.
The infnite strength of the world is yours. Drive out the superstition that has covered your minds. Let us be brave.
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 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 glory of the Atman when your body stands firm upon your feet, and you feel yourselves as men.

That is all I have to say to the world. Be strong!... The sign of life is strength and growth. The sign of death is weakness. Whatever is weak,avoid! It is death!


Gospel of Strength (Swami Vivekananda)
Publisher:- Ramakrishna Mission Ashram