Vivekananda Jayanti: 10 quotes of the spiritual leader that inspired millions

DH Web Desk, Jan 12 2018, 12:14 IST
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Swami Vivekananda
Swami Vivekananda was one of the greatest spiritual leaders from India. He was a key figure in the introduction of the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world. He was born on January 12, 1863, in Calcutta. He was the chief disciple of the 19th-century Indian mystic Ramakrishna. Swami Vivekananda is well known for his iconic speech which began with "Sisters and Brothers of America” at the Parliament of World’s Religions in Chicago in 1893. His birthday is also celebrated as the National Youth Day in India. On this auspicious day, we have collected some of his famous quotes which would inspire and motivate you.

Strength is life; weakness is death.

Arise, awake and do not stop until the goal is reached.

You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.

Experience is the only teacher we have. we may talk and reason all our lives, but we shall not understand a word of truth.

Stand up, be bold, and take the blame on your own shoulders. Do not go about throwing mud at other; for all the faults you suffer from, you are the sole and only cause.

You should work like a master and not as a slave; work incessantly, but do not do a slave’s work.

If money helps 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.

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.

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.

Learn everything that is good from others, but brings it in, and in your own way adsorb it; do not become others.
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