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Sri Swami Vivekananda

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Sri Swami Vivekananda

'Each soul is potentially divine . The goal is to manifest this 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'.

'Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers and let them go their own way'.

'You cannot believe in GOD until you believe in yourself.'

'When we really begin to live in the world, then we understand what is meant by brotherhood or mankind, and not before.'

'The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourself strong.'

'FEEL like Christ and you will be a Christ; feel like Buddha and you will be a Buddha. It is feeling that is the life, the strength, the vitality, without which no amount of intellectual activity can reach God.'

'THE will is not free- it is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect -but there is something behind the will which is free.'

'THE more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them.'

'THERE is nothing beyond God, and the sense enjoyments are simply something through which we are passing now in the hope of getting things.'

'YOU know, I may have to be born again, you see, I have fallen in love with mankind.'

'IT is good to love God for hope of reward, but it is better to love God for love's sake; and the prayer goes: O Lord, I do not want wealth nor children nor learning. If it be Thy will, I shall go from birth to birth. But grant me this, that I may love thee without the hope of reward--'love'' unselfishly for love's sake.'

'MY nature is love Him. And therefore I love. I do not pray for any-thing. I do not ask for anything. Let Him place me wherever He likes. I must love Him for love's sake. I can not trade in love.'

'HOW to worship Him? through love. He is to be worshipped as the one beloved dear than everything in this and the next life .'

'THE Lord is great! - He will not allow me to become a hypocrite. Now let what is in come out....'

'GOD of truth, be Thou alone my guide..'

'GOD is the ever-active providence, by whose power systems after systems are being evolved out of chaos, made to run for a time and again destroyed.'

'WHY should a man be miserable even here in the reign of a just and merciful God? '

'GOD is to be worshipped as the one beloved, dearer than everything in this and next life.'

'AS the different streams having their sources in different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee.

'THROUGH prayer, the love of God grows and assumes a form which is called supreme devotion. Forms vanish, retuals fly away, books are superseded, images, temples, churches, religions and sects, countries and nationalities - all these little limitations and bondages fall off by their own nature from him who knows this love of God.'

'TO worship God even for the sake of salvation or any other reward is equally degenerate. Love knows no reward. Give your love unto to God, but do not ask anything in return even from Him through pray.'

'PRAYER is divine love alone. When this highest ideal of love is reached, philosophy is thrown away. Who will then care of it ? Freedom, salvation, nirvana- all are thrown away. Who cares to become free while in the enjoyment of divine love? '

"WE find Jesus of Nazareth, in the first place, the true son of the Orient, intensely practical. He has no FAITH in this evanescent world and all its belongings. No need of text-torturing, as is the fashion in the west in modern times, no need of stretching out texts until they will not stretch any more.'

'WE see that the apparent contradictions and perplexities in every RELIGION mark but different stages of growth. The end of all religions is the realizing of God in the soul . That is the one universal religion.'

'BY the study of different RELIGIONS we find that in essence they are one.'

"You have read - 'Look upon your mother as God; look upon your father as God.' But I say. The poor, the illiterate, the ignorant, the afflicted - let these be your God. Know that the service to these alone is the highest religion."

'A man may be the greatest philosopher in the world but a child in RELIGION. When a man has developed a high state of spirituality he can understand that the kingdom of heaven is within him.'

NOTE: Swami Vivekananda designed the emblem of the Ramakrishna movement.
The wavy waters in the emblem represent work while the lotus signifies devotion.
The rising sun stands for knowledge. The serpent represents yoga
and the awakened power lying dormant within human beings.
The swan in the emblem stands for God.

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