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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Collected Quotes of Swami Vivekananda

Chaste Brain

The chaste brain has tremendous energy, gigantic will power,without that there can be no mental strength. All men of gigantic brains are very continent. It gives wonderful control over mankind. Leaders of men have been very continent, and this is what gave them power.

-Swami Vivekananda's Commentary on 'Patanjali's-Yoga Sutra'

Power of a Vicious Thoughts

Every vicious thought will rebound, every thought of hatred which you have thought, in a cave even, is stored up,and will one day come back to you with tremendous power in the form of some misery here. If you project all sorts of hatred and jealousy, they will rebound on you with compound interest. No power can avert them; when once you have put them in motion you will have to bear them.

 -Swami Vivekananda's Commentary on 'Patanjali's-Yoga Sutra'

Universe and You

It is only a fiction to say that I have one body, you another, and the sun another. The whole universe is one ocean of matter, and you are the name of a little particle, and I of another, and the sun of another. We know that this matter is continuously changing, what is forming the sun one day, the next day may form the matter of our bodies.

-Swami Vivekananda's Commentary on 'Patanjali's-Yoga Sutra'

Soul and Nature

The whole idea of this nature is to make the Soul know that it is entirely separate from nature, and when the Soul knows this, nature has no more attractions for it. But the whole of nature vanishes only for that man who has become free. There will always remain an infinite number of others, for whom nature will go on working.

-Swami Vivekananda's Commentary on 'Patanjali's-Yoga Sutra'

On Human Body

This human body is the greatest body in the universe, and a human being the greatest being. Man is higher than all animals, than all angels; none is greater than man. Even the Devas will have to come down again and atttain to salvation through a human body. Man alone attains to perfection, not even the devas. According to the Jews and Mohammedans God created man after creating man He asked the angels to come and salute him, and all did except Iblis; so God cursed him and he became Satan. Behind this allegory is the great truth, that this human birth is the greatest birth we can have.The lower creation, the animal, is dull,and manufactured mostly out of Tamas. Animals cannot have any high thoughts; nor can the angels, or Devas, attain to direct freedom without human birth. In human society, in the same way, too much wealth, or too much poverty, is a great impediment to the higher development of the soul. It is from the middle classes that the great ones of the world come.Here the forces are very equally adjusted and balanced.
-Excerpt from Swami Vivekananda's 'Raja Yoga'


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