Swami Vivekananda - A Man of Foresight and Vision
Swami Vivekananda was the most celebrated spiritual leaders of India. He was a famous nationalist, great orator, creative thinker and passionate patriot having had the overall welfare of his countrymen topmost in his mind. He worked diligently towards betterment of the society, in bondage of the poor and needy, dedicating his all for his country. He carried on the universal brotherhood and free-thinking philosophy of his guru, Ramakrishna Paramhansa forward into a new paradigm. The young monk and his teachings have been an inspiration to many, and his words have become goals of self-improvement especially for the youth of the country. For this very reason, his birthday, January 12, is celebrated as the National Youth Day in India.
During the World Parliament of Religions which was held in Chicago, America in 1893. He took the stage and stunned everyone with his opening line “My brothers and sisters of America”. He received a standing ovation from the audience for the opening phrase. He went on to describe the principles of Vedanta and their spiritual significance, putting Hinduism on the map of World Religions. Swami Vivekananda revealed to the world the true foundations of India's unity as a nation. He taught how a nation with such a vast diversity can be bound together by a feeling of humanity and brother-hood. He made them realize that in spite of poverty and backwardness, India had a great contribution to make to world culture. He played a key role in ending India's cultural isolation from the rest of the world.
Quotes of Swami Vivekananda
1. 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.
2. Arise, awake and stop not till the goal is reached.
3. We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
4. Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.
5. You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.
6. 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.
7. We want that education by which character is formed, strength of mind is increased, the intellect is expanded, and by which one can stand on one's own feet.
8. Purity, patience, and perseverance are the three essentials to success, and above all, love.
9. The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong. 10. All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.
11. Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being
12. 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.
13. Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.
14. Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, and 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.