Friday, March 30, 2012

Improve Your Concentration, Understand Your Mind Faculties

Concentration and Mind Faculties

Concentration and ways to develop and improve concentration is a trending topic among the youth. But I do not prefer any discussion which could not help anyone to learn and evolve from his/her initial state. I am sorry to say that but most of the discussions that I see today going on among people are just discussing and not search of reality as they should be.

Before I try to explain intricacies related with the topic I again would like to remind you that for achieving anything you will have to work and apply effort. This blog can just show you the direction in which you such dissipate your energy.

Now, let’s begin understanding the term concentration. Simply, if I try to go a little technical, concentration of a mixture of some components with respect to a particular component is the amount of that particular component as compared to the amount of the whole mixture. Means, if I have a mixture of 20gm of sugar and 5gm of salt, we say the concentration of sugar is more as its amount as compared to the weight of total mixture is more than that of salt.

Similarly, in case of mind and mental faculties (simply parts of mind involved in different activities), if more of your mental faculties are doing, are involved in some desired activity than those involved into some other activities, we say you have good concentration. Our mind processes much information simultaneously with the help of its different faculties. And topics into which it will be involved, depends upon the information we ourselves feed by seeing, reading, discussing, listening, smelling and touching.

Now, in general, when we talk of improving concentration we think more mind to apply on the subject or something like that but there is nothing called more mind. In the physical case of mixture, the concentration of a component can be increased by two means one is the addition of that component and the second is the removal of the other component. In case of mind, we cannot add more faculties to process the information we require directly but yes we can let our faculties of mind involved into other unwanted activities relax so that they could also help to process the information that we want.

Also, the mind’s faculties will keep on processing information that is available to it in abundance. You cannot say that work with this idea and not that. It chooses the information to be processed on the probability basis. More the stock of information of a kind more is its probability to be chosen and processed by a faculty of mind.

So, if you want your mind to remain away from unwanted things when you want to concentrate onto a point, you need to clear that state of unwanted things off your mind or to reduce its stock to such an extent that the probability of your mind to take up that idea becomes nominal.

In other words, I am talking of increasing the concentration by removing useless thoughts. Inputs we accept through our senses produce thoughts. If you want to improve your concentration, you should stop stacking up unwanted materials into your mind. If you have 10 thoughts related with the subject and 20 thoughts off the topic, you do not have a good concentration but if you have the same 10 thoughts of the subject and only 5 thoughts off the topic you are said to have much better concentration.

To conclude, I just am trying to explain how we can improve concentration by reducing our thoughts and how we can reduce our thoughts by bringing renunciation into our lives. In fact, I am just dealing a part of my last post “Basics about Yoga” here. I am just oscillating to and fro between Pratyāhāra (renunciation) and Dhāraṇ (concentration). Concentration only can lead to meditation. It is important for everyone, without it there is no progress in any field.

So, now you know that in order to improve your concentration you need to stop feeding unwanted information inside your system. This automatically converts your mind emitting its rays in all directions equally into a mind sending high power/intensity beam of its energy to the subject of your interest and need. But for that you will have to use renunciation as the concave mirror used for flash lights.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Basics About Yoga

Basics About Yoga

For spiritual progress we need to practice continuously and incessantly. But what kind of practice helps us to progress in spiritual realm.

The destination of the soul is the Lord Himself. The Goal of life is to attain Union with the Divine. Also for this state, for achieving the state you need to become like the Lord in terms of purity, love, peacefulness etc. Of course, this can only be achieved by the help of the Lord Himself but the God only helps those who help themselves.

So, we need to take honest initiative, we need to practice and just practice without worrying of the success or failure. A state similar to the state of the Master can be achieved by working on us with full control, control of mind, intellect, sense organs and body. The technique of achieving control over ones internal and external nature is known as Yoga.

Yoga means union which represents its goal as the Merging with the Lord. There are many different forms of Yoga popular today. These forms have originated from one basic technique as per peoples requirement in different ages. Some of them are Rāja-Yoga (Yoga of mind), Karma-Yoga (Yoga of action), Bhakti-Yoga (Yoga of devotion), Haṭha-Yoga, Kriyā-Yoga, Jnāna-Yoga (Yoga of knowledge) and so on. All this forms are having the same aim, the Union. Only these different forms have shifted the center of their attention. Yoga can also be achieved by complete devotion, by complete knowledge and so on. But for best results one can also combine these all forms to obtain the original essence of it back. These forms are completely compatible with one another and hence can be practiced simultaneously.

Basically and described by Mahaṛṣi Pataṅjalī, Yoga consists of eight limbs or stages. Means one has to pass through the following eight states before the final Union.

  1. Yama: The first one is Yama, this is the state when a yogī (one who seriously practices yogic disciplines) conceives and studies ideas of Satya (truthfulness), Aśteya (non-stealing), Brahmacharya (celibacy), Ahiṁsā (non-violence), Aparigraha (non-possessiveness) etc.
  2. Niyama: Next comes Niyama, the state where the yogi practices Santoś (contentment), Śauch (cleanliness), Tapa (austerity), Swādhyāya (self study or study of scriptures), Iśwara-Prānidhān (devotion and surrender to the God).
  3. Āsana: Then the yogi develops the consciousness of right Āsana (posture) for sitting and other activities.
  4. Prānāyāma: This is followed by Prānāyāma (the practice of control of breath or life force). This helps the Sādhaka (one who practices) to move to the next state.
  5. Pratyāhāra: This state is Pratyāhāra (renunciation), the state where the yogī draws all the tendencies of the sense organs inwards.
  6. Dhārana: This is followed by Dhārana (concentration) where the yogī finds him able to concentrate all the rays of mind onto a single object. This is a temporary and very fluctuating state.
  7. Dhayāna: Regular practice of concentration leads the practitioner to Dhayāna (meditation), where one becomes able to maintain the high concentration for longer period.
  8. Samādhī: Then comes the final state, Samādhī (final union), with continued practice of meditation.

Each state of practice automatically leads to the next and also no state can be ever skipped. When someone tries to practice meditation directly he finds it impossible because no proper background has been set. But with continued practice one attains the achievements of all the lower states and becomes able to meditate.

Mahaṛṣi Pataṅjalī observed these states of development of a yogī carefully and produced his conclusion before the world in the form of his Yoga Sutras.

As already told several times here and there on the blog that the Union with the Divine does need practice but it is also another truth that you achieve this state in a fraction of second whereas Yoga with no faith and improperly practiced can never let you to the state.

So, for the development of faith, the basic knowledge is also required. It is important to decide what suits yours state and work for the attainment of the Goal without getting fascinated by knowledge that you do not require. Recognize you requirements take up a form of yogic practice or all and start now.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Practice And Knowledge

Practice And Knowledge

Why do I emphasize so much on practice? All of you have heard that practice makes a man perfect but did not take it seriously because you find no body perfect.

Well, you do not find anyone perfect does not mean that perfection does not exist. Even you can experience perfection around you in the form of nature. Is this nature, this universe, the cosmos not perfect? Everything is related with all other things. Every smallest thing as well as the largest one has their own importance and significance. If this creation, this cosmos is so perfect, think of the perfection of the Creator, the God Himself.

Even if I consider another point of view that nobody is perfect, I will say at least you can get nearer to perfection. For success in any field you will have to practice.

Some people break piles of concrete slabs in a single blow, what you and I cannot even dare to try. This is just because the difference in practice.

If you are able to exercise, practise and live certain ideas, few great ideas, you get enlightened the moment you start pactising those ideas with notion that you will never give up those practices and will full faith and determination to exercise those ideas eternally.

But, this is as tough as shooting a bird with eyes closed with ribbon. This is because neither your mind nor your intellect will allow you to do so. Your mind will say that these ideas are useless materials and your intellect will not be able to find out a single point against the thought produced by the mind. This is the reason why even after knowing that we should not tell lie, we should not think wrong for others, we keep on doing the same.

This is why reasoning is required. This is why this blog, scriptures etc. exist. Also practising something has its effects in most appropriate manner only when you have complete faith and when you feel the need of such practice from you true inner self.

So, both practice and knowledge are important but again I would like to say that practice is more important and knowledge only helps you perform your practice unfailingly and in proper manner. If you are yet unable to understand read on.

Knowledge and practice are like two friends. With some knowledge you start practice and with practice you gain more knowledge which is also known as experience.

Knowledge which you gain from books, listening to someone, discussion etc. is just memory based or correlation or reasoning based but the knowledge gained by practice is experience. You may or must forget the knowledge gained from others and that will not be as useful for you as the knowledge that you yourself discover through practice. Knowledge gained through practical experiences has long lasting effects on your mind.

As I said that enlightenment is not too tough once you are able to practice few basic truths, you are enlightened but tougher is the continuous and firm determination for lifelong continuous practice. Once enlightenment achieved you start moving towards the final Union. So, that is another subject.

What I want to focus here is that the practice is the only way to success. The importance of practice can never be over emphasized. Without practice there can be no progress. You do not require anything else once you find yourself able to practise what you already know.

Vivekananda was a voracious reader but he himself said that book do not allow you to progress. This is because everyone experiences the truth in a different manner which is possible only with practice. By his life he showed the importance of both knowledge as well as practice. He said it is better to practice few sacred ideas that to memorize the whole library.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Control Your Mind With Meditation

The biggest question seems to be related to mind control. Many do not even think of mind as something conquerable. They say that it is impossible to control the mind. But the fact is that for even smallest achievement in life you need to have some control over your mind.

Mind is like wind as Arjuna has compared it in Bhagavadagītā. Mind keeps on moving from one point of its interest to the other. Mind has this tendency and it does not rest for a second. This is the reason why Arjuna tells in Bhagavadagītā that controlling mind is even tougher than controlling wind. But the Lord Śri Kṛṣṇa Himself declares that it is possible to control this naughty mind.

As the mind does its work continuously, even when you sleep, its activities are conceived as dreams. So, it keeps on working every time. For controlling the mind also one need to put continuous effort without thinking of how long he needs to apply the effort.

Your mind is your biggest enemy as well as your biggest friend. When you do not have control over your mind, it acts as the worst enemy, pulling you all the way down towards dis-advancement and similarly once it comes under your control you can use its tremendous power to achieve anything in your life and even reach the state of Union with the Divine.

Mind is an untrained horse, dangerous to ride, but your only tool to your destination.

You experience its power in parts daily. Every day you face few situations where you do something even when you know it is not right. Many times you find yourself indulged into some activity even without your awareness of it. Mind is inferior to the intellect and it must obey our intellectual decisions. But what happens in general that the mind overpowers the decisions and makes you work and act in some undesirable and objectionable manner. So, you can understand the tremendous energy the mind produces as thoughts. Mind must be controlled by intellect.

Regular and continuous practice of meditation brings your mind and body into your control. Meditation brings renunciation in life, a state beyond attachment and detachment. You start working selflessly and no more impressions are formed onto your mind. Your mind does not produce any undesirable thought. Your identity becomes as clear as a crystal.

Complete consciousness when you do not meditate and perform your duties keeps your mind under your control.

These things are not as easy as said. But the key of success is practice. The more valuable award you fight for, more tough and dreadful the fight becomes. This state is the end of almost all of your sorrow so for it you will have to work hard and practice these things regularly. Someone had said that things which are easily achieved have no value.

Your success depends upon your own point of view, your determination, your effort, your aspiration and your faith. It is not the kind of knowledge hearing and reading which will take you to the benefits hidden into it. As you cannot learn swimming without getting into the pool similarly there is no way testing the trueness or controlling the mind without practising. Meditation is the key to your success.

Your mind has deluded you enough. Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is achieved as said Swāmi Vivekānanda.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Time Management

Time management had always been an area of unending discussion for me.

Management is very important for any limited resource. Everything we have in limited amount has to be managed properly to produce best results out of the stock. For example, our fossil fuels need to have their consumption managed properly to ensure its longer availability. Similarly, our invaluable limited resource of time must also be managed properly for bright future.

There are many who do not think of time as limited. They think that if the work has not been completed today it will be done tomorrow and start the work. At the end of the day they find that the work is incomplete. So, they have a different mentality and that is another area of discussion. If you do not think time to be limited, you cannot think of time management ever.

Those who are not concerned with the time management in their life, face many difficulties, such as excessive work load.

Whatever problem you face in this way of time management is an outcome of your point of view, your mind.

Some say that they have lack of time. On such a question, one of my prefects, Dr. Sudhakar Pande, say that your senior does more work, as he has more responsibilities, in the same twenty four hours. By saying so, he compels to think that where is our extra time going. So, it is not the lack of time but laziness, inactivity and indulgence into some other thing that makes you feel short of time.

Some feel that they waste a lot of time. This is a much serious matter. If you feel such, this thinking lowers your self-esteem and weakens you. This hampers your will power greatly. So before making a notion that you waste your time, think in the way that whether your activities in which you pass most of your time is beneficial for society or humanity or not. If it is so then you are not wasting your time but yes you yet have to learn about time management. I had to say this because many are involved in some good activities but when they do not see any benefit they consider it waste of time and hampers their own will power.

Well the important thing is time management. The first thing that you need to learn is the division of your works on the basis of the priorities they hold into your life. For example, studies hold good priority in the life of a student. So, a student should devote more time to studies than parties and useless gossip. Similarly a businessman should have his business and family as his priorities and he should divide his time accordingly.

After, you decide your priorities you should allot appropriate time to each activity on a daily basis.

This is something that has been said and heard frequently, but what happens is all this is done and peoples with great vigor set a new time table to start with and find themselves again unable to follow up their own time table and decisions. This is just because of above mentioned laziness, inactivity and indulgence into some other thing.

Now, again a person feels the requirement of mind control. Because once the mind is controlled and at peace, you experience a tremendous boost in your concentration, efficiency and stability and find your every decision easy to exercise. So, all you need to do is to practise. Practise what you need to do and you will succeed.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Work To Discover Your True Self

You keep on expressing your weakness when you are not.

It is just because you do not know yourself. You even require to work, to make your future better or to reduce your work load.

Computer helps a lot today but that too was created by men.

So once you discover yourself, your true nature, your true potential, you are equipped with a very powerful tool to solve your other problems.

But of course you need to put some effort to discover your real self.

This is your exam. It is up to you to decide whether you want to succeed or fail. Success brings happiness not the failure.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Practise Practice

The life is not the name of finding out reasons for failures to show weakness and in capabilities. This cannot be the path to Him.

We must be quite determined and confident of our abilities. I can even lift the mountain; such should be our confidence and determination.

But, it is not possible for those who cannot even sit for an hour. Practice is the key to success. Everyone understands this but no one practises it.

Even if you are the worst person of this planet you can become the best by practice.

Practise and do not even think of the effect of practice as told in Bhagavadgītā. This is the only way to the goal.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Your Choice Between Conscious Life Or Unconscious Death

Be conscious all the time. Being conscious means having proper knowledge and using that knowledge. Unconsciousness produces unwanted effects. Always be aware that you are a soul and are not affected by anything. Always remember that everything you do must be for the sake of good of the world. Never forget your goal of life. Never come in front of anyone when you are not conscious. Unconsciousness may be the result of excessive attachment, sleep, addiction, anger etc. Please avoid these things as far as possible. Sleep is necessary for the body during the sleep you remain unconscious. Don’t interact with anyone when you feel sleepy. Don’t speak anything when you are unconscious. When you are unconscious your samskāras drive you. You are in the period of development. You have lot of samskāras yet. Either you do what has been said above or you clean your samskāras (impression) as soon as possible. Till you become free from samskāras you must force yourself into conscious mood always.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Speak What You Follow And Follow What You Speak

Speaking is not bad. In fact, it is a boon to us, which helps us communicate so easily. But it is a boon only till it is truthful. If it is not truthful, if you do not speak truth, your words fall as curse on the society, your listeners.

I mean to say that one should speak only those things that he/she has experienced and found right. If you have not tried something, you must give detail about where have you received the idea from? When you do not give reference then the listeners conceives the idea as your discovery and all the responsibility of his/her success or failure fall upon you. When you give reference, you force the listeners to use their intellect to check the applicability and rationality of the idea, with an unsaid declaration that you have not tried it.

I just want you to speak what you follow and follow what you speak. I have met people who can speak so nicely that you will be completely blown away but they do not want to be asked whether they themselves follow the same or not.

You cannot change anyone before you change yourself. Your personality and lifestyle has a much intense effect than your words on others. But your words do matter and hence should be taken care of.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

How To Bring Eternal Bliss Into Your Life? Part 6, Free Your Mind From Impressions

Continued from How To Bring Eternal Bliss Into Your Life? Part 5, Recognize Your Attachments

Your mind only thinks about those things which hold excess importance or interaction in your life.

For example, if you keep on hearing some song continuously for hours, you will find yourself connected with that song even if that song is put off. May be singing or enjoying inside your mind. Whatever way but you find yourself indulged into it. This is what I call attachment.

You cannot see the world as it is through your colored glasses. For rising above sorrow and happiness, for achieving the state of eternal bliss, you need to make your mind free from attachments, free from impressions.

For this you need to work without selfish motive, for the sake of work, as a duty. This does not bring attachment.

Much more can be said but I close this series here with the assurance that I will be back with more interesting and important topics.

Thank you very much.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

How To Bring Eternal Bliss Into Your Life? Part 5, Recognize Your Attachments

Whatever you do have impressions on your mind and using these impressions mid continues to produce thoughts including desires, wishes and expectations.

But you do not need to stop working and retire from all your duties in order to stop the formation of impressions.

Let me tell you more about the formation of these impressions. Impressions are only accumulated for activities in which we have a particular level of attachment or more. Deeper the attachment with something, stronger remains its impression.

The attachment of which I am talking is of mental and emotional kind.

In order to prevent the formation of impressions on you, you must perform all your activities as duties. Duties that you have to perform, you enjoy to perform and duties that are not going to fulfill any of your desire.

This brings a state of detached attachment or renunciation which is beyond attachment or detachment.

If you are a new spiritual seeker, or these concepts are new to you, some of these ideas may be tough for you to understand.

There is also a simpler way to explain this.

Continue with How To Bring Eternal Bliss Into Your Life? Part 6, Free Your Mind From Impressions

Monday, March 19, 2012

How To Bring Eternal Bliss Into Your Life? Part 4, Understand Your Mind And System

Continues from How To Bring Eternal Happiness Into Your Life? Part 3, Tame Your Mind And Desire

But the question is how to tame this mind. In Bhagavadgītā, the Arjuna asks Śrī Kṛṣṇa, that he finds controlling mind even tougher than controlling air. Yes, of course controlling mind is tough.

In order to control mind you need to understand some basic things about how the mind functions. Our mind makes all decisions based on the inputs we feed into our system. It is just like if you put 1000 apples and 600 oranges before someone, there is more probability of him picking up an apple. Similarly, whether your mind thinks in the right way or not depends upon the concentration of right or wrong things you have fed inside your system so far. As you sow, so you reap.

Your mind produces desires based on the level of attachment you have with something. You cannot expect yourself taking a right decision when you have never fed anything right into your mind.

By inputs or feed of mind, I refer to impressions that are created upon you when you perform some work. Even speaking, talking, singing etc. have high level of impact on your mind.

Your mind takes decisions based on information and their concentration you have fed into your system so far.

Continue with How To Bring Eternal Bliss Into Your Life? Part 5, Recognize Your Attachments

Sunday, March 18, 2012

How To Bring Eternal Happiness Into Your Life? Part 3, Tame Your Mind And Desire

Desires are the cause of our sufferings said Gautam Buddha.

Some say that without desire you cannot progress in life. All the inventions you see around you today are the outcomes of desire of someone.

But it is not so. Inventions are the outcomes of wants or needs not desires or wishes. Do not you have any desire but are you able to device some means that could fulfill such desire of people. Everyone has desire but everyone is not an inventor.

Desires only bring sorrow. You desire or expect your colleagues to behave with you in a special fashion and get upset on not finding them acting in the way you wish. You wish your dress to be praised by everyone in the party and are annoyed if no one notices it. These useless desires bring much stress to your mind daily.

What is required is to tune the mind not to give rise to more desires and to stop the tendency of mind to run hither and thither.

Continue with How To Bring Eternal Bliss Into Your Life? Part 4, Understand Your Mind And System

Sunday, March 4, 2012

How To Bring Happiness Into Your Life? Part 2, Means Of Achieving Eternal Happiness

Everyone is seeking for eternal happiness.

Eternal happiness cannot be achieved by any external means since external means are transitory.

Happiness is not triggered by any external means it originates from inside.

A chocolate cake can make one happy but not every other.

Simply, happiness comes from inside with the feeling of contentment and satisfaction.

Satisfaction of needs is good, but today everyone is trying to satisfy his/her desire, which is impossible and wrong.

Desires will never end by satisfaction it will generate another instead.

Our needs must be satisfied whether they are associated with the body, mind or soul.

So, eternal happiness can be achieved only by removing our desires.

But this again is not an easy task.

Continue with How To Bring Eternal Happiness Into Your Life? Part 3, Tame Your Mind And Desires

Friday, March 2, 2012

How To Bring Happiness To Your Life? Part 1

Today everyone is busy, though in passing time uselessly. But they are busy and they also like themselves to be called busy.

Being busy is not bad. But remaining busy without understanding all of your needs and duties, just with something that you think is good, just because it fulfills a part of your desire, is bad.

People are running behind money. I agree that money is important for living a happy life. But if it doesn’t bring happiness to you, you must think about your decision.

You see, life is constituted by a large number of factors. For a happy life, you need to recognize all, at least all major factors.

One thing that is quite clear is that everyone wants to be happy. But, happiness always brings sorrow with it. Let’s call them the two different aspects of the same coin. You may see one at a time but both exist.

Same is true for sorrow even, but who care. No one wants sorrow.

Everyone is looking for happiness of the kind that lasts forever. For those who do not believe on rebirth, forever just means till death. But for those who believe on rebirth, it goes beyond.

This everlasting happiness or eternal happiness is known as bliss. And everyone is striving to achieve the same without the knowledge even.

Continue with How To Bring Happiness Into Your Life? Part 2, Means Of Achieving Eternal Happiness

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Quotations of Swami Vivekananda Explaining God, Religion, Mind, Soul and Much More

Swami Vivekananda

• To succeed, you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. “I will drink the ocean”, says the persevering soul; “at my will mountains will crumble up”. Have that sort of energy, that sort of will; work hard, and you will reach the goal.

• Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached.

• It fills my heart with joy unspeakable to rise in response to the warm and cordial welcome which you have given us. I thank you in name of the most ancient order of monks in the world; I thank you in the name of the mother of religions; and I thank you in the name of millions and millions of Hindu people of all classes and sects.

• My thanks also to some of the speakers on this platform who, referring to the delegates from the Orient, have told you that these men from far-off nations may well claim the honor of bearing to different lands the idea of toleration.

• I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration but we accept all religions as true. I am proud to belong to a nation which has sheltered the persecuted and the refugees of all religions and all nations of the earth. I am proud to tell you that we have gathered in our bosom the purest remnant of the Israelites who came to Southern India and took refuge with us in very year in which their holy temple was shattered to pieces by Roman tyranny. I am proud to belong to the religion which has sheltered and is still fostering the remnant of the grand Zoroastrian nation.

• I will quote to you brethren a few lines from a hymn which I remember to have repeated from my earliest childhood, which is every day repeated by millions of human beings: 'As the different streams having their sources in different places all mingle their water in the sea, so, O Lord, the different paths which men take through different tendencies, various though they appear, crooked or straight, all lead to Thee.'

• The present convention, which is one of the most august assemblies ever held, is in itself a vindication, a declaration to the world of the wonderful doctrine preached in the Gita: 'Whosoever comes to me, though whatsoever form, I reach him; all men are struggling through paths which in the end lead to me.'

• Sectarianism, bigotry, and its horrible descendant, fanaticism, have long possessed this beautiful Earth. They have filled the earth with violence, drenched it often and often with human blood, destroyed civilization, and sent whole nations to despair. Had it not been for these horrible demons, human society would be far more advanced than it is now?

• But their time is come; and I fervently hope that the bell that tolled this morning in honor of this convention may be the death-knell of all fanaticism, of all persecutions with the sword or with the pen, and of all uncharitable feelings between persons wending their way to the same goal.

• Many times I have been in the jaws of death, starving, footsore, and weary; for days and days I had no food, and often could walk no further; I would sink down under a tree, and life would seem to be ebbing away. I could not speak, I could scarcely think, but at last the mind reverted to the idea: "I have neither fear nor death; never was I born, never did I die; I never hunger or thirst. I am It! I am It! The whole of nature cannot crush me; it is my servant. Assert thy strength, thou Lord of lords and God of gods! Regain thy lost empire! Arise and walk and stop not!" And I would rise up, reinvigorated; and here I am today, living! Thus, whenever darkness comes, assert the reality and everything adverse must vanish. For after all, it is but a dream. Mountain-high though the difficulties appear, terrible and gloomy though all things seem, they are but Maya. Fear not, and it is banished. Crush it, and it vanishes. Stamp upon it, and it dies.

• Let us calmly and in a manly fashion go to work, instead of dissipating our energy in unnecessary fretting and fuming. I, for one, thoroughly believe that no power in the universe can withhold from anyone anything he really deserves.

• The whole life is a succession of dreams. My ambition is to be a conscious dreamer, which is all.

• I am proud to belong to a religion which has taught the world both tolerance and universal acceptance. We believe not only in universal toleration, but we accept all religions as true. 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.

• It is an insult to a starving people to offer them religion; it is an insult to a starving man to teach him metaphysics.

• Come, be men! Kick out the priests who are always against progress, because they would never mend, their hearts would never become big. They are the offspring of centuries of superstition and tyranny. Root out priest-craft first. Come, be men! Come out of your narrow holes and have a look abroad. See how nations are on the march! Do you love man? Do you love your country? Then come, let us struggle for higher and better things; look not back, no, not even if you see the dearest and nearest cry. Look not back, but forward!

• Occultism and mysticism – these creepy things there may be great truths in them, but they have nearly destroyed us and here is the test of truth – anything that makes you weak physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject as poison, there is no life in it, it cannot be true. Truth is strengthening. Truth is purity, truth is all-knowledge. These mysticisms, in spite of some grains of truth in them, are generally weakening. And beware of superstition. I would rather see every one of you rank atheists than superstitious fools, for the atheist is alive, and you can make something of him. But if superstition enters, the brain is gone, the brain is softening, and degradation has seized upon the life. Mystery-mongering and superstition are always signs of weakness.

• I am a socialist not because I think it is a perfect system, but half a loaf is better than no bread. The other system has been tried and found wanting.

• The intensive love that humanity has ever known has come from religion, and the most diabolical hatred that humanity has known has also come from religion. No other human motive had deluged the world with blood so much as religion; at the same time, nothing has brought into existence so many hospitals and asylums for the poor; no other human influence has taken such care, not only of humanity, but also the lowest of animals, as religion has done. Nothing makes us as cruel as religion, and nothing makes us so tender as religion.

• No religion on earth preaches the dignity of humanity in such a lofty strain as Hinduism, and no religion on earth treads upon the necks of the poor and the low in such a fashion as Hinduism.

• I will abide by my reason, because with all its weakness there is some chance of my getting at truth through it. We should therefore follow reasons, and also sympathize with those who do not come to any sort of belief, following reason.

• Experience is the only source of knowledge. The same methods of investigation which we apply to the sciences and to exterior knowledge should be applied to religion. If a religion is destroyed by such investigation and found it was nothing but a useless and unworthy superstition; the sooner it disappeared the better. Why religions should claim that they are not bound to abide by the standpoint of reason no one knows. For it is better that mankind should become atheist by following reason than blindly believe in two hundred million gods on the authority of anybody. Perhaps there are prophets, who have passed the limits of sense and obtained a glimpse of the beyond. We shall believe it only when we can do the same ourselves; not before. It is said that reason is not strong enough, that often it makes mistakes. If reason is weak why a body of priests should be considered any better guides?

• 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. This is the whole of religion. Doctrines, or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or temples, or forms, are but secondary details.

• The whole universe is one. There is only one Self in the universe, only One Existence.

• You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.

• Give me few men and women who are pure and selfless and I shall shake the world.

• In a day when you don't come across any problems — you can be sure that you are traveling in the wrong path.

• Arise, Awake and Stop not till the Goal is reached.

• Let positive, strong, helpful thoughts enter into your brains from very childhood. Lay yourselves open to these thoughts, and not to weakening and paralyzing ones.

• Never mind failures; they are quite natural, they are the beauty of life, these failures. What would life be without them? It would not be worth having if it were not for struggles. Where would be the poetry of life? Never mind the struggles, the mistakes. I never heard a cow tell a lie, but it is only a cow—never a man. So never mind these failures, these little backslidings; hold the ideal a thousand times, and if you fail a thousand times, make the attempt once more.

• Say, ‘This misery that I am suffering is of my own doing, and that very thing proves that it will have to be undone by me alone.’ That which I created, I can demolish; that which is created by someone else, I shall never be able to destroy. Therefore, stand up, be bold, and be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creators of your own destiny. All the strength and succor you want is within us.

• We must overcome difficulty by constant practice. We must learn that nothing can happen to us unless we make ourselves susceptible to it.

• Take up an idea, devote yourself to it, struggle on in patience, and the sun will rise for you.

• Education is the manifestation of perfection present already in man. Divinity is the manifestation of the religion already in man.

• Strength is Life, Weakness is death.

• 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.

• This life is short, the vanities of the world are transient, but they alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.

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

• External nature is only internal nature writ large.

• The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves 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 well 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 better things.

• 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.

• 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.

• That man has reached immortality that is disturbed by nothing material.

• 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.

• The goal of mankind is knowledge. . . . Now this 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 man "learns" is really what he discovers by taking the cover off his own soul, which is a mine of infinite knowledge.

• If money help a man to do well 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.

• All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.

• To devote your life to the good of all and to the happiness of all is religion. Whatever you do for your own sake is not religion.

• The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves!

• The spirit is the cause of all our thoughts and body-action, and everything, but it is untouched by good or evil, pleasure or pain, heat or cold, and all the dualism of nature, although it lends its light to everything.

• It is our own mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us. Our thought make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light. First, believe in this world -- that there is meaning behind everything. Everything in the world is good, is holy and beautiful. If you see something evil, think that you do not understand it in the right light. Throw the burden on yourselves!

• In one word, this ideal is that you are divine.

• 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.

• 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.

• Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being.
• The Vedanta teaches that Nirvana can be attained here and now, that we do not have to wait for death to reach it. Nirvana is the realization of the Self; and after having once known that, if only for an instant, never again can one be deluded by the mirage of personality.

• 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.

• 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.

• Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.

• "I am the thread that runs through all these pearls," and each pearl is a religion or even a sect thereof. Such are the different pearls, and God is the thread that runs through all of them; most people, however, are entirely unconscious of it.

• “Comfort” is no test of truth; on the contrary, truth is often far from being “comfortable.”

• “Face the brutes.” That is a lesson for all life—face the terrible, face it boldly. Like the monkeys, the hardships of life fall back when we cease to flee before them.

• A few heart-whole, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century.

• A tremendous stream is flowing toward the ocean, carrying us all along with it; and though like straws and scraps of paper we may at times float aimlessly about, in the long run we are sure to join the Ocean of Life and Bliss.

• All is the Self or Brahman. The saint, the sinner, the lamb, the tiger, even the murderer, as far as they have any reality, can be nothing else, because there is nothing else.

• All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind.

• All that is real in me is God; all that is real in God is I. The gulf between God and me is thus bridged. Thus by knowing God, we find that the kingdom of heaven is within us.

• All truth is eternal. Truth is nobody’s property; no race, no individual can lay any exclusive claim to it. Truth is the nature of all souls.
• All who have actually attained any real religious experience never wrangle over the form in which the different religions are expressed. They know that the soul of all religions is the same and so they have no quarrel with anybody just because he or she does not speak in the same tongue.

• Anything that brings spiritual, mental, or physical weakness, touch it not with the toes of your feet.

• Anything that is secret and mysterious in these systems of yoga should be at once rejected. The best guide in life is strength. In religion, as in all other matters, discard everything that weakens you, have nothing to do with it.

• Are great things ever done smoothly? Time, patience, and indomitable will must show.

• Are you unselfish? That is the question. If you are, you will be perfect without reading a single religious book, without going into a single church or temple.

• As body, mind, or soul, you are a dream; you really are Being, Consciousness, Bliss (satchidananda). You are the God of this universe.

• As long as we believe ourselves to be even the least different from God, fear remains with us; but when we know ourselves to be the One, fear goes; of what can we be afraid?

• As soon as I think that I am a little body, I want to preserve it, to protect it, to keep it nice, at the expense of other bodies; then you and I become separate.

• As soon as you know the voice and understand what it is, the whole scenes change. The same world which was the ghastly battlefield of maya is now changed into something good and beautiful.

• Astrology and all these mystical things are generally signs of a weak mind; therefore as soon as they are becoming prominent in our minds, we should see a physician, take good food, and rest.

• Be a hero. Always say, “I have no fear.” Tell this to everyone—“Have no fear.”

• Be perfectly resigned, perfectly unconcerned; then alone can you do any true work. No eyes can see the real forces; we can only see the results. Put out self, forget it; just let God work, it is His business.

• Blows are what awaken us and help to break the dream. They show us the insufficiency of this world and make us long to escape, to have freedom.

• Both the forces of good and evil will keep the universe alive for us, until we awake from our dreams and give up this building of mud pies.

• Come out into the broad light of day, come out from the little narrow paths, for how can the infinite soul rest content to live and die in small ruts?

• Come out into the universe of Light. Everything in the universe is yours, stretch out your arms and embrace it with love. If you every felt you wanted to do that, you have felt God.

• Delusion will vanish as the light becomes more and more effulgent, load after load of ignorance will vanish, and then will come a time when all else has disappeared and the sun alone shines.

• Desire, ignorance, and inequality—this is the trinity of bondage.

• Despondency is not religion, whatever else it may be.

• Do any deserve liberties that are not ready to give it to others? Let us calmly go to work, instead of dissipating our energy in unnecessary fretting and fuming.

• Do not look back upon what has been done. Go ahead!

• Don't look back—forward, infinite energy, infinite enthusiasm, infinite daring, and infinite patience—then alone can great deeds be accomplished.

• Each work has to pass through these stages—ridicule, opposition, and then acceptance. Those who think ahead of their time are sure to be misunderstood.

• Even the greatest fool can accomplish a task if it were after his or her heart. But the intelligent ones are those who can convert every work into one that suits their taste.

• Every action that helps us manifest our divine nature more and more is good; every action that retards it is evil.

• Every individual is a center for the manifestation of a certain force. This force has been stored up as the resultant of our previous works, and each one of us is born with this force at our back.

• Every step I take in light is mine forever.

• Everything must be sacrificed, if necessary, for that one sentiment: universality.

• Fear is death, fear is sin, fear is hell, fear is unrighteousness, and fear is wrong life. All the negative thoughts and ideas that are in the world have proceeded from this evil spirit of fear.

• Fill the brain with high thoughts, highest ideals, place them day and night before you, and out of that will come great work.

• First get rid of the delusion “I am the body,” then only will we want real knowledge.

• First, believe in the world—that there is meaning behind everything.

• Freedom can never be reached by the weak. Throw away all weakness. Tell your body that it is strong, tell your mind that it is strong, and have unbounded faith and hope in yourself.

• Go on saying, “I am free.” Never mind if the next moment delusion comes and says, “I am bound.” Dehypnotize the whole thing.

• God is merciful to those whom He sees struggling heart and soul for realization. But remain idle, without any struggle, and you will see that His grace will never come.

• God is self-evident, impersonal, omniscient, the Knower and the Master of nature, the Lord of all. He is behind all worship and it is being done according to Him, whether we know it or not.

• God is very merciful to those whom He sees struggling heart and soul for spiritual realization. But remain idle, without any struggle, and you will see that His grace will never come.

• Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. … Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles.

• Have you got the will to surmount mountain-high obstructions? If the whole world stands against you sword in hand, would you still dare to do what you think is right?

• He whom the sages have been seeking in all these places is in our own hearts; the voice that you heard was right, says Vedanta, but the direction you gave to the voice was wrong.

• Hold to the idea, “I am not the mind, I see that I am thinking, I am watching my mind act,” and each day the identification of yourself with thoughts and feelings will grow less, until at last you can entirely separate yourself from the mind and actually know it to be apart from yourself.

• However we may receive blows, and however knocked about we may be, the Soul is there and is never injured. We are that Infinite.

• I fervently wish no misery ever came near anyone; yet it is that alone that gives us an insight into the depths of our lives, does it not? In our moments of anguish, gates barred forever seem to open and let in many a flood of light.

• I, for one, thoroughly believe that no power in the universe can withhold from anyone anything he really deserves.

• If a piece of burning charcoal be placed on a man’s head, see how he struggles to throw it off. Similar will be the struggle for freedom of those who really understand that they are slaves of nature.

• If superstition enters, the brain is gone.

• If there is one word that you find coming out like a bomb from the Upanishads, bursting like a bombshell upon masses of ignorance, it is the word “fearlessness.”

• If you think that you are bound, you remain bound; you make your own bondage. If you know that you are free, you are free this moment. This is knowledge, knowledge of freedom. Freedom is the goal of all nature.

• If you want to have life, you have to die every moment for it. Life and death are only different expressions of the same thing looked at from different standpoints; they are the falling and the rising of the same wave, and the two form one whole.

• Impurity is a mere superimposition under which your real nature has become hidden. But the real you are already perfect, already strong.

• Is there any sex-distinction in the Atman (Self)? Out with the differentiation between man and woman—all is Atman! Give up the identification with the body, and stand up!

• It is feeling that is the life, the strength, the vitality, without which no amount of intellectual activity can reach God.

• It is the cheerful mind that is persevering. It is the strong mind that hews its way through a thousand difficulties.

• It is the patient building of character, the intense struggle to realize the truth, which alone will tell in the future of humanity.

• Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom. If we can bring ourselves down by our karma, surely it is in our power to raise ourselves by our own karma.

• Knowledge can only be got in one way, the way of experience; there is no other way to know.

• Learning and wisdom are superfluities, the surface glitter merely, but it is the heart that is the seat of all power.

• Learning and wisdom are superfluities, the surface glitter merely, but it is the heart that is the seat of all power. It is not in the brain but in the heart that the Atman, possessed of knowledge, power, and activity, has its seat.

• Let us not depend upon the world for pleasure.

• Let us worship the spirit in spirit, standing on spirit. Let the foundation be spirit, the middle spirit, the culmination spirit.

• Look upon every man, woman, and everyone as God. You cannot help anyone, you can only serve: serve the children of the Lord, serve the Lord Himself, if you have the privilege.

• Nature, body, mind go to death, not we. We neither go nor come. The man Vivekananda is in nature, is born and dies; but the Self we see as Vivekananda is never born and never dies. It is the eternal and unchangeable Reality.

• Neither seeks nor avoids; take what comes. It is liberty to be affected by nothing. Do not merely endure; be unattached.

• No authority can save us, no beliefs. If there is a God, all can find Him. No one needs to be told it is warm; all can discover it for themselves. So it should be with God. He should be a fact in the consciousness of every person.

• One who leans on others cannot serve the God of Truth.

• Our first duty is not to hate ourselves, because to advance we must have faith in ourselves first and then in God. Those who have no faith in themselves can never have faith in God.

• Our supreme duty is to advance toward freedom—physical, mental, and spiritual—and help others to do so.

• Perfection does not come from belief or faith. Talk does not count for anything. Parrots can do that. Perfection comes through selfless work.

• Perfection is always infinite. We are the infinite already. You and I, and all beings, are trying to manifest that infinity.

• Please everyone without becoming a hypocrite or a coward.

• Pray all the time, read all the scriptures in the world, and worships all the gods there are ...but unless you realize the Truth, there is no freedom.

• Pray all the time, read all the scriptures in the world, and worships all the gods there are … [but] unless you realize the Self (atman), there is no freedom.

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

• Religion as a science, as a study, is the greatest and healthiest exercise that the human mind can have.

• Religion has no business to formulate social laws and insist on the difference between beings, because its aim and end is to obliterate all such fictions and monstrosities.

• So long as there is desire or want, it is a sure sign that there is imperfection. A perfect, free being cannot have any desire.

• Soft-brained people, weak-minded, chicken-hearted, cannot find the truth. One has to be free, and as broad as the sky.

• Stand as a rock; you are indestructible. You are the Self (atman), the God of the universe.

• Stand up, be bold, and be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creator of your own destiny. All the strength and succor you want is within you. Therefore make your own future.

• Stand upon the Self, only then can we truly love the world. Take a very high stand; knowing our universal nature, we must look with perfect calmness upon all the panorama of the world.

• Strength is the sign of vigor, the sign of life, the sign of hope, the sign of health, and the sign of everything that is good. As long as the body lives, there must be strength in the body, strength in the mind, strength in the hand.

• Superstition is our great enemy, but bigotry is worse.

• Tell the truth boldly, whether it hurts or not. Never pander to weakness. If truth is too much for intelligent people and sweeps them away, let them go; the sooner the better.

• Thank God for giving you this world as a moral gymnasium to help your development, but never imagine you can help the world.

• The essence of Vedanta is that there is but one Being and that every soul is that Being in full, not a part of that Being.
• The essential thing in religion is making the heart pure; the Kingdom of Heaven is within us, but only the pure in heart can see the King. While we think of the world, it is only the world for us; but let us come to it with the feeling that the world is God, and we shall have God.

• The first sign that you are becoming religious is that you are becoming cheerful.

• The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves!

• The human soul has sojourned in lower and higher forms, migrating from one to another according to the samskaras or impressions, but it is only in the highest form as a human being that it attains to freedom.

• The idea of perfect womanhood is perfect independence.

• The important thing is: how much less you think of the body, of yourself as matter—as dead, dull, insentient matter; how much more you think of yourself as shining immortal being.

• The less passion there is, the better we work. The calmer we are the better for us and the more the amount of work we can do. When we let loose our feelings, we waste so much energy, shatter our nerves, disturb our minds, and accomplish very little work.

• The mind is but the subtle part of the body. You must retain great strength in your mind and words.

• The mistake is that we cling to the body when it is the spirit that is really immortal.

• The more you think of yourself as shining immortal spirit, the more eager you will be to be absolutely free of matter, body, and senses. This is the intense desire to be free.

• The past was great no doubt, but I sincerely believe that the future will be more glorious still.

• The power is with the silent ones, who only live and love and then withdraw their personality. They never say “me” and “mine”; they are only blessed in being instruments.

• The powers of the mind are like the rays of the sun when they are concentrated they illumine.

• The power of purity—it is a definite power.

• The powers of the mind should be concentrated and the mind turned back upon itself; as the darkest places reveal their secrets before the penetrating rays of the sun, so will the concentrated mind penetrate its own innermost secrets.

• The Self when it appears behind the universe is called God. The same Self when it appears behind this little universe—the body—is the soul.

• The Soul is not composed of any materials. It is unity indivisible. Therefore it must be indestructible.

• The varieties of religious belief are an advantage, since all faiths are good, so far as they encourage us to lead a religious life. The more sects there are, the more opportunities there are for making a successful appeal to the divine instinct in all of us.

• The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moments you reject all help are you free.

• The whole universe is one. There is only one Self in the universe, only One Existence.

• The world is ready to give up its secrets if we only know how to knock, how to give it the necessary blow. The strength and force of the blow come through concentration.

• There cannot be friendship without equality.

• There is no help for you outside of yourself; you are the creator of the universe. Like the silkworm you have built a cocoon around yourself…. Burst your own cocoon and come out as the beautiful butterfly, as the free soul. Then alone you will see Truth.

• There is one thing to be remembered: that the assertion—I am God—cannot be made with regard to the sense-world.

• There is only one sin. That is weakness.... The only saint is that soul that never weakens, faces everything, and determines to die game.

• There is to be found in every religion the manifestation of the struggle toward freedom. It is the groundwork of all morality, of unselfishness, which means getting rid of the idea that human beings are the same as this little body.

• This earth is higher than all the heavens; this is the greatest school in the universe.

• This I have seen in life—those who are overcautious about themselves fall into dangers at every step; those who are afraid of losing honor and respect, get only disgrace; and those who are always afraid of loss, always lose.

• This is no world. It is God Himself. In delusion we call it world.

• This is the first lesson to learn: be determined not to curse anything outside, not to lay the blame upon anyone outside, but stand up, lay the blame on yourself. You will find that is always true. Get hold of yourself.

• This is the great lesson that we are here to learn through myriads of births and heavens and hells—that there is nothing to be asked for, desired for, beyond one’s spiritual Self (atman).

• This life is a hard fact; work your way through it boldly, though it may be adamantine; no matter, the soul is stronger.

• Those who grumble at the little thing that has fallen to their lot to do will grumble at everything. Always grumbling, they will lead a miserable life, and everything will be a failure. But those who do their duties as they go, putting their shoulders to the wheel, will see the light, and higher duties will fall to their share.

• Those who work at a thing heart and soul not only achieve success in it but through their absorption in that they also realize the supreme truth—Brahman. Those who work at a thing with their whole heart receive help from God.

• To believe blindly is to degenerate the human soul. Be an atheist if you want, but do not believe in anything unquestioningly.

• Truth does not pay homage to any society, ancient or modern. Society has to pay homage to Truth or die.

• Understanding human nature is the highest knowledge, and only by knowing it can we know God. It is also a fact that the knowledge of God is the highest knowledge, and only by knowing God can we understand human nature.

• Watch people do their most common actions; these are indeed the things that will tell you the real character of a great person.

• We are ever free if we would only believe it, only have faith enough. You are the soul, free and eternal, ever free, ever blessed. Have faith enough and you will be free in a minute.

• We believe that every being is divine, is God. Every soul is a sun covered over with clouds of ignorance; the difference between soul and soul is owing to the difference in density of these layers of clouds.

• We came to enjoy; we are being enjoyed. We came to rule; we are being ruled. We came to work; we are being worked. All the time, we find that. And this comes into every detail of our life.

• We have to go back to philosophy to treat things as they are. We are suffering from our own karma. It is not the fault of God. What we do is our own fault, nothing else. Why should God be blamed?

• We must approach religion with reverence and with love, and our heart will stand up and say, this is truth, and this is untruth.

• We must be bright and cheerful. Long faces do not make religion. Religion should be the most joyful thing in the world, because it is the best.

• We must have friendship for all; we must be merciful toward those that are in misery; when people are happy, we ought to be happy; and to the wicked we must be indifferent. These attitudes will make the mind peaceful.

• We reap what we sow. we are the makers of our own fate. None else has the blame, none has the praise.

• We want to know in order to make ourselves free. That is our life: one universal cry for freedom.

• What do you gain in heaven? You become gods, drink nectar, and get rheumatism. There is less misery there than on earth, but also less truth.

• What the world wants is character. The world is in need of those whose life is one burning love, selfless. That love will make every word tell like a thunderbolt.

• When we come to nonattachment, then we can understand the marvelous mystery of the universe: how it is intense activity and at the same time intense peace, how it is work every moment and rest every moment.

• When we have become free, we need not go mad and throw up society and rush off to die in the forest or the cave; we shall remain where we were but we shall understand the whole thing. The same phenomena will remain but with a new meaning.

• When we have become free, we need not go mad and throw up society and rush off to die in the forest or the cave; we shall remain where we were, only we shall understand the whole thing.

• Whenever we attain a higher vision, the lower vision disappears of itself.

• Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.

• Why are people so afraid? The answer is that they have made themselves helpless and dependent on others. We are so lazy, we do not want to do anything ourselves. We want a Personal God, a Savior or a Prophet to do everything for us.

• Woman has suffered for eons, and that has given her infinite patience and infinite perseverance.

• Women will work out their destinies — much better, too, than men can ever do for them. All the mischief to women has come because men undertook to shape the destiny of women.

• Work and worship are necessary to take away the veil, to lift off the bondage and illusion.

• Work on with the intrepidity of a lion but at the same time with the tenderness of a flower.

• Worship of society and popular opinion is idolatry. The soul has no sex, no country, no place, no time.

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