Swami Vivekananda was born as Narendranath Dutta in Calcutta, on 12 January 1863. He learnt the power of self-control from his mother and he admired his mother as his guru. His words about his mother were “I am indebted to my mother for the efflorescence of my knowledge.” – Swami Vivekananda. His guru, Ramakrishna, taught him Advaita; that all religions are true and that service to man was the most effective worship of God. After the death of his guru, Vivekananda became a wandering monk, extensively touring the Indian subcontinent and acquiring first-hand knowledge of conditions in India. He established the Vedanta societies in America and England.
He later travelled to the United States and represented India as a delegate in the 1893 Parliament of World Religions. Swami Vivekananda Speech had drawn world’s attention at Parliament of the World’s Religions, Chicago where he represented India and Hinduism. He conducted hundreds of public and private lectures and classes, disseminating tenets of Hindu philosophy in America, England and Europe.
Swami Vivekananda Death: Swami Vivekananda died at ten minutes past nine p.m. on 4 July 1902 while he was meditating in the mahasamadhi. Only the lifetime of 39 years, Swami Vivekananda had given lots of his knowledge about philosophy, Hinduism, belief, god, yoga and meditation to the world.
Swami Vivekananda Quotes and Swami Vivekananda Sayings:
- You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.
- Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being.
- Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, 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.
- When an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed into an actual physical or mental state.
- GOD is to be worshipped as the one beloved, dearer than everything in this and next life.
- If money help a man to do good to others, it is of some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil, and the sooner it is got rid of, the better.
- We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
- All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.
- The Vedanta recognizes no sin it only recognizes error. And the greatest error, says the Vedanta is to say that you are weak, that you are a sinner, a miserable creature, and that you have no power and you cannot do this and that.
- That man has reached immortality who is disturbed by nothing material.
- You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.
- 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.
- Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin; to say that you are weak, or others are weak.
- As different streams having different sources all mingle their waters in the sea, so different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to God.
- All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.
- Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.
- 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.
- In one word, this ideal is that you are divine.
- The moment I have realized God sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him – that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.
- The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them.
- Our duty is to encourage everyone in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.
- The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.
- The will is not free – it is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect – but there is something behind the will which is free.
- External nature is only internal nature writ large.