I have always been an admirer of this great man whose words are ever so encouraging and make me wonder about his wisdom, knowledge and perspective of life!
SWAMI VIVEKANANDA. The name itself instills peace and divinity in mind.
Swami Vivekananda’s inspiring personality was well known both in India and in America during the last decade of the nineteenth century and the first decade of the twentieth.
His vast knowledge of Eastern and Western culture as well as his deep spiritual insight, fervid eloquence, human sympathy and charismatic personality made an irresistible appeal to anyone who came in contact with him. People who saw or heard Vivekananda even once still cherish his memory after a lapse of more than half a century. The famous phrases “God helps those who help themselves” and “Arise! Awake! and stop not until the goal is reached” which we use day in and day out for motivating someone for hard work, were spelt by him.
Service to man as the visible manifestation of the Godhead was the special form of worship he advocated. A lover of mankind, he strove to promote peace and human brotherhood.
Vivekananda linked morality with control of the mind, seeing truth, purity and unselfishness as traits which strengthened it.
In the course of a short life of thirty-nine years (1863-1902), he left for posterity his four classics: Jnana-Yoga, Bhakti-Yoga, Karma-Yoga, and Raja-Yoga, all of which are an outstanding read.
In addition, he delivered innumerable lectures, wrote inspiring articles, composed numerous poems, and acted as spiritual guide to many seekers, who followed him for guidance.
He is credited with numerous writings, the details of which can be found here.
Romain Rolland commented about him “His words are great music, phrases in the style of Beethoven, stirring rhythms like the march of Handel choruses. I cannot touch these sayings of his, scattered as they are through the pages of books, at thirty years’ distance, without receiving a thrill through my body like an electric shock. And what shocks, what transports, must have been produced when in burning words they issued from the lips of the hero!’’
It was quite challenging to choose just three quotes of Swami Vivekananda from an ocean of intellectual wealth he left for us in his invaluable words. Here are my personal favourites:
He emphasised that success was an outcome of focused thought and action in his below words:
His thoughts on thoughts:
Think high of yourself:
Hope you find these words as encouraging as I do !