Sunday, 10 November 2019

Episode 1 : What Decide Our Success? - Sadhguru ..The Mystic

Sadhguru 
Yogi, Mystic and Visionary Humanitarian

Question : If we want to success in our life which will play a major role Guruji - Faith, God, Effort or Luck?

Sadhguru : Faith, God, Luck, Effort – May be all of them, but In what proportion?
So when you say fate, obviously it’s something that you cannot do anything about.
When you say luck, again obviously it’s something that you cannot do anything about.
When you say God, again it’s something that you cannot do anything about.
So only thing that’s in your hands is effort. So put your 100% into your effort, what happens happens, isn’t it?
So don’t leave proportions of your energy and your capability to luck¸ God, fate, all these things; that’s not your business.
If there is such a thing, it will act. Your business is only effort, isn’t it? Just do that.
Effort has to be incisive, in the sense, it should be focused, calibrated. Simply if you make effort, it’s foolish effort, isn’t it?
Just labor is not going to get you somewhere, right kind of action, the right timing, right place, all this is important, isn’t it?
So for all these things to happen, you need perception and intelligence.
So that's all you must do in your life – constantly looking for ways to enhance your perception and your intelligence; rest will anyway happen.
This is one thing that unfortunately humanity is not doing.
They’re trying to become capable of something.
Do not try to become capable of something, just enhance your perception and intelligence, whatever comes your way... Right now, let us say… it’s like this, you know, this is happening in the world all the time.
Everybody wants to become a doctor. Not now, if… 25 years ago it was so.
If you want to study means first thing is medicine.
If you don’t get a seat, what’s next? Engineering.
Don’t get a seat, what? Next thing, next thing, like this.
So let’s say you became a doctor and let us say everybody came to the yoga program and they stopped going to a doctor.
At least your visits to the doctor has come down, isn’t it? Has it? Has it come down or no? For sure it’s come down.
So business will go down. It will no more be a good profession to go into because very few doctors are becoming doctors because they want to become doctors.
Others are becoming doctors because they think it’s lucrative, isn’t it? Isn’t it so? Most people are becoming doctors because they think somebody’s sickness is a lucrative business.
It’s a very… I don’t want to go into other aspects, it's quiet disturbing for me.
There are a few doctors who really want to be that, they want to understand the human system and they want to serve in that direction, that’s great.
Suppose everybody became healthy – you don’t want that, isn’t it? Yes, you don’t want that. So do not try to put up a recipe for your success.
Success is only when you’re able to use yourself to your full potential.
It doesn’t matter whether you become a doctor or a politician or a yogi or what the hell you become is not the thing.
Success means you are living your life to your full potential that's what success means.
It has to happen.. you need perception and active intelligence. How do i grow my intelligence? Don't worry about that.
Right now the important thing is to enhance your perception. If you are able to see life the way it is.
You have the necessary intelligence to conduct it well.
If you are not able to see life the way it is. Your Intelligence will work against you.
Most intelligence people on this planet are generally the most miserable people on this planet.
This is simply because they have an active intelligence but no perception of life.
So One thing, One most important thing that people have not work at is to enhance the perception.
They are trying to broaden their mind that's not the point.
That will only make you socially successful not truly successful you must be able to see everything just the way it is without distortion .
If you can see everything just the way it is life becomes a play.You can play joyfully. You can play it well for sure.
If you can play it well people will say you are successful.
You should never think i want to be successful .
Don't ever think i want to be successful.
Just see How to make this being into a full flagged being.
People will say one day Oh he is successful.
He is a great success. You should not be aspiring for success.
It is a miserable way to structure your life.
You will simply cause pain and suffering to yourself and suffering to everybody.
Because your idea of success is sitting on top of somebody head . Is't it ? Yes or No.
Your idea of success right now..everybody should blow you and you must be on the top.
This is your idea of success
This is not success. This is sickness.
So do not ever think of success. Just see how to make this into a full flagged being. It will find expression. If it find good expression people around will say oh he is a great success.
That's fine.. People should recognize you are a success.
You should not be thinking how to be successful.
Very wrong way to approach life.



Friday, 15 March 2019

Wonders of Yoni Mudra Yoga for Concentration and Health




Yoni Mudra Yoga There are several types of handmade Mudra and they all have different health benefits. Yogic posture in Yogic Vision Yoga posture also has special significance. Although it has a different significance in tantrism but here it is considered to be the best for Mudra Vayu. It is The biggest miracle Mudra


Special: Essential action is also done with the continuous practice of this Yoni mudra yogaYoni mudra is done in three ways. Separate for meditation, the general currency is different but here the difficulty is to explain the currency.

Yoni  Mudra Method: First sit in the position of any well-being. Then using two fingers of both hands first, combine both the junior fingers together and touch the first knee of both thumbs with the last knuckle of Juniper.

Then put both middle fingers under the junior finger fingers and mix their first knees together. Keep finger ring fingers opposite each other, and press both of your fingernails with the first knee of the index finger.

The spiritual benefits: Yoni Mudra by former mula bandha is to get a variety of Siddhis to compound restraint on Foundations in position with a strong sense of mixing life Upon being placed strict sense not |

Physical advantage: The thumb controls the fire within the body. The index finger is in the air element with the finger. Medium and ring finger controls the body element of the body.Juniha remains in the water element control from the finger.

With its continuous practice, where all the elements get the benefit, the power to control the senses increases.

It also develops the ability to concentrate the mind. It eliminates the negative energy of the body and develops positive. It causes a lot of pressure on the muscles of the hands, due to which the brain, heart and lungs become healthy. 

Monday, 11 March 2019

Brahmacharya, Celibacy, Continence, Abstinence

Brahmacharya (Celibacy, NOFAP) and Life


The Benefits of Brahmacharya


Brahmacharya seems very awkward for those who are not aware of the Sex Energy
Seminal fluid is the fuel of sex energy. 
Brahmacharya has been gloried by Saint Rahim in his Doha as follows and it has a beautiful meaning:-
"Rahiman Paani Raakhiye bin Paani sab sun..Paani Gaye na ubare Moti Manush Chun"
Meaning
"Please save water. Everything is useless without Water. Here China means Flour. How you will make Roti without water. Shinning of Jewel is its identity. Here most interesting fact to pay attention to is, the meaning of water for human life has been projected in a lovely way by Great Realised souls. Here water is compared to Semen. Semen is the most important fluid in man. It is called as Raj in woman body. Semen is the gist fluid of the Human body. Thus if we converse it and utilize it at the right place, we will be to fructify Brahmacharya."
How is semen formed?
It is your right to know the importance of semen. It has relation with Physical, Mental and Intellectual health. We get energy from Food thereby Blood is created from Food. Finally semen forms from the blood. It is not created so easily. The long process involves making Semen. This fact has been revealed by Acharya Sushrut 600 A.D.
Acharya Sushruta rrote
Rasadraktram Tatomansam Mansanmedah Prajayate..Medasyasthi Tato Majja Majjayah Sukra Sambhabah
Let’s know it’s meaning. Juice is created after digestion of food and after digestion of Juice, it forms blood after 5 days. Like this, in an interval of 5 days, the process follows Blood–> Fatty tissue–> Bone–> Bone Marrow–> Semen.
In this process woman’s body creates Raj and man body creates Semen. Scientist says that it takes 30 days 4 hours to form Semen. Semen is formed automatically. So We are not able to realize it’s value. So we need not tell you how semen is valuable. You can guess on your own. Unlimited energy is hidden in every atom of Semen. Many Brave souls, Scientists, Warriors, Authors were hidden in one drop of semen. You can imagine the unpredictable benefit of Brahmacharya.

Where to utilize Semen
Where to utilize Semen. Indian Rishi-Munis had already told that utilization of Semen is only meant for begetting of children. It’s the arrangement of Nature. Rishis-Munis doesn’t speak to abandon Sex totally. But they advised to well utilize it so that Couple could lead a happy married life. Why did they tell like? Because without the energy of semen you can’t enjoy sex. Sex enjoyment is directly related to wastage of Semen
At first, you should remember the story of Gardener. Who created a beautiful Garden by Hard work. Where many lovely Flowers blossom. He makes fragrant perfume from those flowers. This Perfume was about to enchant the environment. Before that, Gardener throws that perfume in drainage without any reason. How foolishness !! How madness !!
That Gardener is residing inside us
It’s not wise to waste the income of 30 days just for the pleasure of a while. Before enjoying Sex, Human thinks himself, Tiger. After sex, he becomes scared Cat. Is not it our experience? Nobody there in this world who does not regret after Sex. It is the experience of everyone. There is no other proof.
Is there any Solution?
When Human is sexually excited. The mind is divided into two parts. Conscious mind puts full effort to fulfill sex pleasure. Often it has been seen that. Conscious mind becomes successful and Human knowingly enjoys fleeting pleasure again & again and regrets all over life. Gets buffet all the time. Is there anyone who is not affected by this marsh? Yes..They are present
The Science behind Brahmacharya
Whoever knows the science behind it, they never step into this marsh. Before that, they save themselves with utmost Mental Power and remain always happy. Semen Energy is Natural. You can not suppress this. When it flows downwards, you will not see happiness anywhere without Sex.
When Semen Energy Flows upwards, it does an Amazing thing and you can not imagine. It is known as Sex energy Transmutation and it is the most vital part of Brahmacharya. Whoever knows knowledge of Brahmacharya, Celibacy or Sex Energy Transmutation from the Rishis-Munis of India. Whoever reshape daily life and learns the Art of Living. This type of people with controlled senses. Utilize Semen Energy in the right place, at right time, with the right person. They always lead life happily. He only can speak about the joyous feelings whoever has attained such bliss after observing Brahmacharya.

Controlling of mind and senses is done through yoga. Yoga means to link with Supreme. Different types of yoga are there.  Astanga yoga, bhakti yoga, karma yoga, jnana yoga. However through my practical experience I would recommend Bhakti yoga methods which is easy and practical in 21st century life style. All you need to do is chant this mantra
" Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
  Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare"


Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Introducing: Sexual Energy Transmutation.

I really felt that my sexual energy was staying in my genital area and I felt that I really needed to learn to rotate it to get all the positive benefits.
So I learned Qi Gong and most importantly I learned how to rotate that sexual energy.
The most important exercise for this is called Microcosmit Orbit Pract
I linked to a great video that helped me.

Brahamacharya(NOFAP) and Success In Life

Brahmacharya (NOFAP) BENEFITS :
Experiencing the benefits of Brahmacharya (NOFAP) is the reason why we are here, and I have read thousands of recovery stories. 
So why not throw together a top 10 list of benefits to give everyone out there a little motivation. Keep in mind that these benefits appear at different stages for everyone, and some may have certain benefits while others experience different benefits.
  1. Sex becomes amazing again for some, while for others, sex becomes better than porn for the first time. If you are familiar with the feeling of your chest pounding, heart racing, mouth watering, and your entire body heating up because you started typing in your favorite porn site. Then picture that happening just because a girl took off her shirt in front of you. That is how sex should be not porn.
  2. Increased energy and testosterone levels. After just one week of nofap, your brain raises testosterone levels by up to 45%. More testosterone means girls would feel it when you are present, you won’t have to please anyone, girls will almost be magically drawn to you!
  3. Real libido. Not bullshit cravings for porn/sex/intimacy. This basically means that when you are with a girl, you will want to connect with her and have sex on another level, instead of just wanting to have a meaningless one-night stand with no regard for the girl afterwards.
  4. Self-Confidence, or no longer second guessing everything you say or do around other people. This includes being able to defend your opinions in an argument, off-handed remarks people could make will not bother you as much, and a feeling like you can be part of something and provide equal value to it, such as a college group assignment or a career where you work with a team
  5. More energy
  6. Less depressed
  7. More confidence
  8. Happier
  9. Less anxiety
  10. Increased social skills
  11. Highly motivated to succeed
  12. Highly motivated to do more
  13. Highly motivated to approach real women
  14. Increased fat loss
  15. Increased muscle growth
  16. Improved workouts
  17. Improved sporting performance
  18. Deeper voice
  19. Improved skin
  20. Thicker hair
  21. Increased hair growth (Facial, body and hair)
  22. Less sleep required
  23. Brighter eyes
  24. Clearer skin
  25. Improved body language
  26. More alpha male behaviours
  27. Increased attention from women
  28. More respect from men
  29. Improved memory
  30. Removal of brain fog
  31. Smarter
  32. A cure to hair loss
  33. Better sex
  34. Thicker/longer penis
  35. Stronger
  36. Aloof attitude
  37. High sex drive
  38. Controlled aggression
  39. Feelings of power
  40. Improved relationships
  41. Improved immunity
  42. Increased stamina
  43. Sperm is full of proteins, nutrients, minerals and enzymes that are key to our health, immunity and appearance. After around 2 weeks of sperm retention, the body decides to reabsorb the sperm. This means that all of those food groups are transported around the body and used to improve us. This is why we see better skin, brighter eyes, thicker hair, bigger muscles, increased facial hair growth, a smarter you, improved memory and a cure for hair loss.
  44. Every man should try sperm Brahmacharya (NOFAP) at some point in his life. Just to see if he experiences benefits that will change his own life, or to see if he truly has a porn addiction. Most men try to quit only to find out that they can’t. This is alarming to someone who thought that porn was only a casual pleasure to them

Friday, 15 February 2013

Swami Vivekananda Quotes


Since Swami Vivekananda is one of my dearest role-models in many aspects like courage, brahmacharya, social consciousness, independent thinking, focus and tenacity, his quotes are always most inspiring for me. Here I put  some of his greatly inspiring quotes taken from“Complete Works Of Swami Vivekananda” and http://www.vivekananda.net for my own benefits as well as readers’ benefits.

BRAHMACHARYA
    • From Mrs. George Roorbach’s reminiscences of Swami Vivekananda at Camp Taylor, California, in May 1900:“In my first speech in this country, in Chicago, I addressed that audience as ‘Sisters and Brothers of America’, and you know that they all rose to their feet. You may wonder what made them do this, you may wonder if I had some strange power. Let me tell you that I did have a power and this is it — never once in my life did I allow myself to have even one sexual thought. I trained my mind, my thinking, and the powers that man usually uses along that line I put into a higher channel, and it developed a force so strong that nothing could resist it.
    • During the period of epidemic, abstain from anger and from lust — even if you are householders.
    • This hideous world is Maya. Renounce and be happy. Give up the idea of sex and possessions. There is no other bond. Marriage and sex and money are the only living devils. All earthly love proceeds from the body. No sex, no possessions; as these fall off, the eyes open to spiritual vision. The soul regains its own infinite power.
    • 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!
    • For more quotes on brahmacharya, visit Greatly inspiring brahmacharya quotes
  • BUDDHA
    • “But Buddha! Buddha! Surely he was the greatest man who ever lived. He never drew a breath for himself. Above all, he never claimed worship. He said, ‘Buddha is not a man, but a state. I have found the door. Enter, all of you!’
      “He went to the feast of Ambâpâli, ‘the sinner’. He dined with the pariah, though he knew it would kill him, and sent a message to his host on his death-bed, thanking him for the great deliverance. Full of love and pity for a little goat, even before he had attained the truth! You remember how he offered his own head, that of prince and monk, if only the king would spare the kid that he was about to sacrifice, and how the king was so struck by his compassion that he saved its life? Such a mixture of rationalism and feeling was never seen! Surely, surely, there was none like him!”
    • “Buddha made the fatal mistake of thinking that the whole world could be lifted to the height of the Upanishads. And self-interest spoilt all. Krishna was wiser, because He was more politic. But Buddha would have no compromise. The world before now has seen even the Avatâra ruined by compromise, tortured to death for want of recognition, and lost. But Buddha would have been worshipped as God in his own lifetime, all over Asia, for a moment’s compromise. And his reply was only: ‘Buddhahood is an achievement, not a person!’ Verily was He the only man is the world who was ever quite sane, the only sane man ever born!”
    • Christ and Buddha were Gods, the others were prophets. Study the life of these two and see the manifestation of power in them — calm and non-resisting, poor beggars owning nothing, without a cent in their pockets, despised all their lives, called heretic and fool — and think of the immense spiritual power they have wielded over humanity.
  • CASTE-FREE SOCIETY
    • Caste-system is a barrier to India’s progress. It narrows, restricts, separates. It will crumble before the advance of ideas … In spite of all the ravings of the priests, caste is simply a crystallized social institution, which after doing its service is now filling the atmosphere of India with its stench, and it can only be removed by giving back to the people their lost social individuality.
    • Caste is a social organization and not a religious one. It was the outcome of the natural evolution of our society. It was found necessary and convenient at one time. It has served its purpose. But it is useless now. It may be dispensed with. Hindu religion no longer requires the prop of the caste system.
    • Sitting on the stone, he recalled what he had seen with his own eyes: the pitiable condition of the Indian masses, victims of the unscrupulous whims of their rulers, landlords, and priests. The tyranny of caste had sapped their last drop of blood. In most of the so-called leaders who shouted from the housetops for the liberation of the people, he had seen selfishness personified. And now he asked himself what his duty was in this situation. Should he regard the world as a dream and go into solitude to commune with God? He had tried this several times, but without success. He remembered that, as a sannyasin, he had taken the vow to dedicate himself to the service of God; but this God, he was convinced, was revealed through humanity. And his own service to this God must begin, therefore, with the humanity of India. ‘May I be born again and again,’ he exclaimed, ‘and suffer a thousand miseries, if only I may worship the only God in whom I believe, the sum total of all souls, and above all, my God the wicked, my God the afflicted, my God the poor of all races!’
    • Now, take the case of caste — in Sanskrit, Jâti, i.e. species. Now, this is the first idea of creation. Variation (Vichitratâ), that is to say Jati, means creation. “I am One, I become many” (various Vedas). Unity is before creation, diversity is creation. Now if this diversity stops, creation will be destroyed. So long as any species is vigorous and active, it must throw out varieties. When it ceases or is stopped from breeding varieties, it dies. Now the original idea of Jati was this freedom of the individual to express his nature, his Prakriti, his Jati, his caste; and so it remained for thousands of years. Not even in the latest books is inter-dining prohibited; nor in any of the older books is inter-marriage forbidden. Then what was the cause of India’s downfall? — the giving up of this idea of caste. As Gitâ says, with the extinction of caste the world will be destroyed. Now does it seem true that with the stoppage of these variations the world will be destroyed? The present caste is not the real Jati, but a hindrance to its progress. It really has prevented the free action of Jati, i.e. caste or variation. Any crystallized custom or privilege or hereditary class in any shape really prevents caste (Jati) from having its full sway; and whenever any nation ceases to produce this immense variety, it must die. Therefore what I have to tell you, my countrymen, is this, that India fell because you prevented and abolished caste. Every frozen aristocracy or privileged class is a blow to caste and is not-caste. Let Jati have its sway; break down every barrier in the way of caste, and we shall rise. Now look at Europe. When it succeeded in giving free scope to caste and took away most of the barriers that stood in the way of individuals, each developing his caste — Europe rose. In America, there is the best scope for caste (real Jati) to develop, and so the people are great. Every Hindu knows that astrologers try to fix the caste of every boy or girl as soon as he or she is born. That is the real caste — the individuality, and Jyotisha (astrology) recognises that. And we can only rise by giving it full sway again. This variety does not mean inequality, nor any special privilege.
    • The caste system is opposed to the religion of the Vedanta. Caste is a social custom, and all our great preachers have tried to break it down. From Buddhism downwards, every sect has preached against caste, and every time it has only riveted the chains. Caste is simply the outgrowth of the political institutions of India; it is a hereditary trade guild. Trade competition with Europe has broken caste more than any teaching.
    • Another great discrepancy: the conviction is daily gaining on my mind that the idea of caste is the greatest dividing factor and the root of Maya; all caste either on the principle of birth or of merit is bondage: Some friends advise, “True, lay all that at heart, but outside, in the world of relative experience, distinctions like caste must needs be maintained.” … The idea of oneness at heart (with a craven impotence of effort, that is to say), and outside, the hell-dance of demons — oppression and persecution — ay, the dealer of death to the poor, but if the Pariah be wealthy enough, “Oh, he is the protector of religion!”
    • The same gentleman who was asking questions of Swamiji on Saturday last came again. He raised again the topic of intermarriage and enquired, “How should intermarriage be introduced between different nationalities?” Swamiji: I do not advise our intermarriage with nations professing an alien religion. At least for the present, that will, of a certainty, slacken the ties of society and be a cause of manifold mischief. It is the intermarriage between people of the same religion that I advocate. Q. Even then, it will involve much perplexity. Suppose I have a daughter who is born and brought up in Bengal, and I marry her to a Marathi or a Madrasi. Neither will the girl understand her husband’s language nor the husband the girl’s. Again, the difference in their individual habits and customs is so great. Such are a few of the troubles in the case of the married couple. Then as regards society, it will make confusion worse confounded. Swamiji: The time is yet very long in coming when marriages of that kind will be widely possible. Besides, it is not judicious now to go in for that all of a sudden. One of the secrets of work is to go along the line of least resistance. So, first of all, let there be marriages within the sphere of one’s own caste-people. Take for instance, the Kayasthas of Bengal. They have several subdivisions amongst them, such as, the Uttar-rârhi, Dakshin-rârhi, Bangaja, etc., and they do not intermarry with each other. Now, let there be intermarriages between the Uttar-rarhis and the Dakshin-rarhis, and if that is not possible at present, let it be between the Bangajas and the Dakshin-rarhis. Thus we are to build up that which is already existing, and which is in our hands to reduce into practice — reform does not mean wholesale breaking down. Q. Very well, let it be as you say: but what corresponding good can come of it? Swamiji: Don’t you see how in our society, marriage, being restricted for several hundreds of years within the same subdivisions of each caste, has come to such a pass nowadays as virtually to mean marital alliance between cousins and near relations; and how for this very reason the race is getting deteriorated physically, and consequently all sorts of disease and other evils are finding a ready entrance into it? The blood having had to circulate within the narrow circle of a limited number of individuals has become vitiated; so the new-born children inherit from their very birth the constitutional diseases of their fathers. Thus, born with poor blood, their bodies have very little power to resist the microbes of any disease, which are ever ready to prey upon them. It is only by widening the circle of marriage that we can infuse a new and a different kind of blood into our progeny, so that they may be saved from the clutches of many of our present-day diseases and other consequent evils.
  • CHARACTER
    • Neither money pays, nor name, nor fame, nor learning; it is character that can cleave through adamantine walls of difficulties.Bear this in mind.
    • 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.
    • “As I grow older I find that I look more and more for greatness in little things. I want to know what a great man eats and wears, and how he speaks to his servants. I want to find a Sir Philip Sidney (Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586): English poet, soldier and politician.) greatness! Few men would remember the thirst of others, even in the moment of death.”But anyone will be great in a great position! Even the coward will grow brave in the glare of the footlights. The world looks on. Whose heart will not throb? Whose pulse will not quicken till he can do his best?”More and more the true greatness seems to me that of the worm doing its duty silently, steadily, from moment to moment and from hour to hour.”
    • It is the patient building of character, the intense struggle to realize the truth, which alone will tell in the future of humanity.
  • CHARITY
    • The Gitâ says that there are three kinds of charity: the Tâmasic, the Râjasic and the Sâttvic. Tamasic charity is performed on an impulse. It is always making mistakes. The doer thinks of nothing but his own impulse to be kind. Rajasic charity is what a man does for his own glory. And Sattvic charity is that which is given to the right person, in the right way, and at the proper time. . . . When it comes to the Sattvic, I think more and more of a certain great Western woman in whom I have seen that quiet giving, always to the right person in the right way, at the right time, and never making a mistake.”For my own part, I have been learning that even charity can go too far. . . .
  • CHEERFULNESS
    • The first sign of your becoming religious is that you are becoming cheerful.
    • It is the cheerful mind that is persevering. It is the strong mind that hews its way through a thousand difficulties.
    • “You must forget”, he said as I rose. “Become gay and happy again. Build up your health. Do not dwell in silence upon your sorrows. Transmute your emotions into some form of external expression. Your spiritual health requires it. Your art demands it.”
  • CHILDREN
    • From Mrs. Alice Hansbrough’s reminiscences relating Swami Vivekananda’s interest in the problem of child training:He did not believe in punishment. It had never helped him, he said, and added, “I would never do anything to make a child afraid”.
  • COMMUNICATION SKILL
    • “Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was the only man who ever had the courage to say that we must speak to all men in their own language!
  • COMPASSION
    • If in this hell of a world one can bring a little joy and peace even for a day into the heart of a single person, that much alone is true; this I have learnt after suffering all my life; all else is mere moonshine. (Source: Letter to Rakhal Feb 18 1902)
    • Do not stand on a high pedestal and take 5 cents in your hand and say, “here, my poor man”, but be grateful that the poor man is there, so by making a gift to him you are able to help yourself.It is not the reciever that is blessed, but it is the giver.Be thankful that you are allowed to exercise your power of benevolence and mercy in the world, and thus become pure and perfect.
  • COMPLAINING ATTITUDE
    • 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…. But those who do their duty putting their shoulder to the wheel will see the light, and higher and higher duties will fall to their share.
  • CONCENTRATION
    • 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, that is way great spiritual giants are produced.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • COURAGE
    • “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.
    • 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.
    • Always keep the mind cheerful. Everyone will die once. Cowards suffer the pangs of death again and again, solely due to the fear in their own minds.
    • 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.”
      Be a hero. Always say, “I have no fear.” Tell this to everyone—“Have no fear.”
    • DEAR NIVEDITA,All blessings on you. Don’t despond in the least. Shri wah GuruShri wah Guru! You come of the blood of a Kshatriya. Our yellow garb is the robe of death on the field of battle. Death for the cause is our goal, not success. Shri wah Guru! . . .Black and thick are the folds of sinister fate. But I am the master. I raise my hand, and lo, they vanish! All this is nonsense. And fear? I am the Fear of fear, the Terror of terror, I am the fearless secondless One, I am the Rule of destiny, the Wiper-out of fact. Shri wah Guru! Steady, child, don’t be bought by gold or anything else, and we win!
    • Fear is death, fear is sin, fear is hell, fear is unrighteousness, fear is wrong life. All the negative thoughts and ideas that are in the world have proceeded from this evil spirit of fear.
    • 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.
  • CRITICISM
    • If you are a strong man, very good! But do not curse others who are not strong enough for you. … Everyone says, “Woe unto you people! !” Who says, “Woe unto me that I cannot help you?” The people are doing all right to the best of their ability and means and knowledge. Woe unto me that I cannot lift them to where I am!
    • 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.
    • Cursing and vilifying and abusing do not and cannot produce anything good. They have been tried for years and years, and no valuable result has been obtained. Good results can be produced only through love, through sympathy.
    • 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.
    • It was in connection with these dancing-women of Naini Tal that he first told us the story, many times repeated, of the nautch-girl of Khetri? He had been angry at the invitation to see her, but being prevailed upon to come, she sang:
      O Lord, look not upon my evil qualities!
      Thy name, O Lord, is Same-Sightedness.
      Make us both the same Brahman!One piece of iron is the knife in the hand of the butcher,
      And another piece of iron is the image in the temple.
      But when they touch the philosopher’s stone,
      Both alike turn to gold!One drop of water is in the sacred Jamuna,
      And one is foul in a ditch by the roadside.
      But when they fall into the Ganges,
      Both alike become holy!So, Lord, look not upon my evil qualities!
      Thy name, O Lord, is Same-Sightedness.
      Make us both the same Brahman!
      And then, said the Master of himself, the scales fell from his eyes, and seeing that all are indeed one, he condemned no more. . . .
    • 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.
  • DEVOTION
    • A few heart-whole, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century.
    • 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?
  • EDUCATION
    • “The less you read, the better. Read the Gita and other good works on Vedanta. That is all you need. The present system of education is all wrong. The mind is crammed with facts before it knows how to think. Control of the mind should be taught first. If I had my education to get over again and had any voice in the matter, I would learn to master my mind first, and then gather facts if I wanted them. It takes people a long time to learn things because they can’t concentrate their minds at will.” … (1879) Just two or three days before the Entrance examination I found that I hardly knew anything of geometry. So I began to study the subject, keeping awake the whole night, and in twenty-four hours I mastered the four books of geometry. (Source: Life of Swami Vivekananda by his eastern and western disciples)
    • The whole difference between the West and the East is in this: They are nations, we are not, i.e., civilization, education here is general, it penetrates into the masses. The higher classes in India and America are the same, but the distance is infinite between the lower classes of the two countries. Why was it so easy for the English to conquer India? It was because they are a nation, we are not. When one of our great men dies, we must sit for centuries to have another; they can produce them as fast as they die. When our Diwanji Saheb will pass away (which the Lord may delay long for the good of my country), the nation will see the difficulty at once of filling his place, which is seen even now in the fact that they cannot dispense with your services. It is the dearth of great ones. Why so? Because they have such a bigger field of recruiting their great ones, we have so small. A nation of 300 millions has the smallest field of recruiting its great ones compared with nations of thirty, forty, or sixty millions, because the number of educated men and women in those nations is so great. Now do not mistake me, my kind friend, this is the great defect in our nation and must be removed.
  • FAMILY
    • Knowing that mother and father are the visible representatives of God, the householder, always and by all means, must please them. If the mother is pleased, and the father, God is pleased with the man. That child is really a good child who never speaks harsh words to his parents. Before parents one must not utter jokes, must not show restlessness, must not show anger or temper. Before mother or father, a child must bow down low, and stand up in their presence, and must not take a seat until they order him to sit.If the householder has food and drink and clothes without first seeing that his mother and his father, his children, his wife, and the poor, are supplied, he is committing a sin. The mother and the father are the causes of this body; so a man must undergo a thousand troubles in order to do good to them.Even so is his duty to his wife. No man should scold his wife, and he must always maintain her as if she were his own mother. And even when he is in the greatest difficulties and troubles, he must not show anger to his wife.
    • The householder must always please his wife with money, clothes, love, faith, and words like nectar, and never do anything to disturb her. That man who has succeeded in getting the love of a chaste wife has succeeded in his religion and has all the virtues…. He must not be gushing in his friendship; he must not go out of the way making friends everywhere; he must watch the actions of the men he wants to make friends with, and their dealings with other men, reason upon them, and then make friends.These three things he must not talk of. He must not talk in public of his own fame; he must not preach his own name or his own powers; he must not talk of his wealth, or of anything that has been told to him privately….. if he has done something weak, or has made some mistake, he must not say so in public; and if he is engaged in some enterprise and knows he is sure to fail in it, he must not speak of it. Such self-exposure is not only uncalled for, but also unnerves the man and makes him unfit for the performance of his legitimate duties in life. At the same time, he must struggle hard to acquire these things–firstly, knowledge, and secondly, wealth. It is his duty, and if he does not do his duty, he is nobody.
  • IDEALISM
    • Fill the brain with high thoughts, highest ideals, place them day and night before you, and out of that will come great work.
    • Whenever we attain a higher vision, the lower vision disappears of itself.
    • It is very good to have a high ideal, but don’t make it too high. A high ideal raises mankind, but an impossible ideal lowers them from the very impossibility of the case.
    • Our duty is to encourage every one 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.
  • INDEPENDENT THINKING
    • In a July 7, 1902 letter to Sister Christine, Sister Nivedita recorded one of Swami Vivekananda’s remarks made while giving a class to the monks at Belur Math on July 4, 1902:Do not copy me. Kick out the man who imitates.
  • INDUSTRY
    • We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.
    • Stand up, be bold, 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 yourselves. Therefore, make your own future.
    • 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.
    • Don’t look back—forward, infinite energy, infinite enthusiasm, infinite daring, and infinite patience—then alone can great deeds be accomplished.
    • “It is the coward and the fool who says, ‘This is fate’” — so says the Sanskrit proverb. But it is the strong man who stands up and says, “I will make my fate.” It is people who are getting old who talk of fate. Young men generally do not come to astrology. We may be under planetary influence, but it should not matter much to us. Buddha says, “Those that get a living by calculation of the stars by such art and other lying tricks are to be avoided”; and he ought to know, because he was the greatest Hindu ever born. Let stars come, what harm is there? If a star disturbs my life, it would not be worth a cent. You will find that 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.
    • Excessive attention to the minutiae of astrology is one of the superstitions which has hurt the Hindus very much.
  • KARMA
    • No one can get anything unless he earns it. This is an eternal law….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.
    • We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate. None else has the blame, none has the praise.
    • 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.
    • O Lord, is there any punishment unless there has been a sin? It is all the fruit of Karma. If ours were not a terribly sinful nation, then why should it have been booted and beaten for seven hundred years?
    • It was in Almora that a certain elderly man, with a face full of amiable weakness, came and put him a question about Karma. What were they to do, he asked, whose Karma it was to see the strong oppress the weak? The Swami turned on him in surprised indignation. “Why, thrash the strong, of course!” he said, “You forget your own part in this Karma: Yours is always the right to rebel!”
  • LEADERSHIP
    • “I am persuaded that a leader is not made in one life. He has to be born for it. For the difficulty is not in organisation and making plans; the test, the real test, of the leader, lies in holding widely different people together along the line of their common sympathies. And this can only be done unconsciously, never by trying.”
    • Gradually everyone will come. Be friendly and sympathetic with everybody. Sweet words are heard afar; it is particularly necessary to try and make new people come. We want more and more new members.
    • Now you see you must try to think out original ideas — else, as soon as I die, the whole thing will tumble to pieces. For example, you hold a meeting to consider, “How we can reap the best permanent results out of the small means at our disposal.” Let all have notice a few days before and let each suggest something and discuss all the suggestions, criticizing them; and then send me a report.
  • LOVE
    • I would have, before this, returned to India, but India has no money. Thousands honour Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, but nobody will give a cent — that is India. . . . In the meanwhile live in harmony at any price. The world cares little for principles. They care for persons. They will hear with patience the words of a man they like, however nonsense, and will not listen to anyone they do not like. Think of this and modify your conduct accordingly. Everything will come all right. Be the servant if you will rule. That is the real secret. Your love will tell even if your words be harsh. Instinctively men feel the love clothed in whatever language. (These two paragraphs and the last half of the fourth were written in English.)
    • Learning and wisdom are superfluities, the surface glitter merely, but it is the heart that is the seat of all power.
    • 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.
    • This is the only danger in this Nishta Bhakti, becoming this fanatical demon. The world gets full of them. It is very easy to hate; the generality of mankind get so weak that in order to love one they must hate another; they must take the energy out of one point in order to put it into another. A man loves one woman, and then loves another, and to love the other, he has to hate the first. So with women. This characteristic is in every part of our nature, and so in our religion.The ordinary, undeveloped weak brain of mankind cannot love one without hating another. This very [characteristic] becomes fanaticism in religion. Loving their own ideal is synonymous with hating every other idea. This should be avoided, and at the same time the other danger should be avoided. We must not fritter away all our energies. Religion becomes a nothing with us; just hearing lectures. These are the two dangers.
  • MIND
    • 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.
    • The mind is but the subtle part of the body. You must retain great strength in your mind and words.
    • All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind … Knowledge can only be got in one way, the way of experience; there is no other way to know.
  • MONEY
    • If money help 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.
  • PERSISTENCE (OR TENACITY)
    • Thus we went on for some years, in the meanwhile making excursions all over India, trying to bring about the idea gradually.Ten years were spent without a ray of light! Ten more years! A thousand times despondency came; but there was one thing always to keep us hopeful — the tremendous faithfulness to each other, the tremendous love between us.But, mind you, this is life’s experience; if you really want the good of others, the whole universe may stand against you and cannot hurt you. It must crumble before your power of the Lord Himself in you if you are sincere and really unselfish. And those boys were that. They came as children, pure and fresh from the hands of nature. Said our Master: I want to offer at the altar of the Lord only those flowers that have not even been smelled, fruits that have not been touched with the fingers. The words of the great man sustained us all. For he saw through the future life of those boys that he collected from the streets of Calcutta, so to say. People used to laugh at him when he said, “You will see — this boy, that boy, what he becomes”. His faith was unalterable: “Mother showed it to me. I may be weak, but when She says this is so — She can never make mistakes — it must be so.”So things went on and on for ten years without any light, but with my health breaking all the time. It tells on the body in the long run: sometimes one meal at nine in the evening, another time a meal at eight in the morning, another after two days, another after three days — and always the poorest and roughest thing. Who is going to give to the beggar the good things he has? And then, they have not much in India. And most of the time walking, climbing snow peaks, sometimes ten miles of hard mountain climbing, just to get a meal. They eat unleavened bread in India, and sometimes they have it stored away for twenty or thirty days, until it is harder than bricks; and then they will give a square of that. I would have to go from house to house to collect sufficient for one meal. And then the bread was so hard, it made my mouth bleed to eat it. Literally, you can break your teeth on that bread. Then I would put it in a pot and pour over it water from the river. For months and months I existed that way — of course it was telling on the health.Then I thought, I have tried India: it is time for me to try another country. At that time your Parliament of Religions was to be held, and someone was to be sent from India. I was just a vagabond, but I said, “If you send me, I am going. I have not much to lose, and I do not care if I lose that.” It was very difficult to find the money, but after a long struggle they got together just enough to pay for my passage — and I came. Came one or two months earlier, so that I found myself drifting about in the streets here, without knowing anybody.But finally the Parliament of Religions opened, and I met kind friends, who helped me right along. I worked a little, collected funds, started two papers, and so on. After that I went over to England and worked there. At the same time I carried on the work for India in America too.
    • ” — be it in battle, in the forest, or on the top of mountains”. ” — All noble undertakings are fraught with obstacles”. It is quite in the nature of things. Keep up the deepest mental poise. Take not even the slightest notice of what puerile creatures may be saying against you. Indifference, indifference, indifference!
    • Are great things ever done smoothly? Time, patience, and indomitable will must show … Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. … Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles.
    • “The whole of life is only a swan song! Never forget those lines:
    • The lion, when stricken to the heart,
      gives out his mightiest roar.
      When smitten on the head, the cobra lifts its hood.
      And the majesty of the soul comes forth,
      only when a man is wounded to his depths.”
  • RELIGION
    • 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.
    • Religion is the manifestation of the Divinity already in man.
    • If superstition enters, the brain is gone.
    • Superstition is our great enemy, but bigotry is worse.
    • Religion as a science, as a study, is the greatest and healthiest exercise that the human mind can have.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • SPIRITUALITY
    • India wanted practicality, but she must never let go her hold on the old meditative life for that. “To be as deep as the ocean and as broad as the sky”, Shri Ramakrishna has said, was the ideal. But this profound inner life in the soul encased within orthodoxy is the result of an accidental, not an essential, association. “And if we set ourselves right here, the world will be right, for are we not all one? Ramakrishna Paramahamsa was alive to the depths of his being, yet on the outer plane he was perfectly active and capable.”
    • That is my ambition, to die a real Sannyasin as Ramakrishna Paramahamsa actually was — free from lust — and desire of wealth, and thirst for fame. That thirst for fame is the worst of all filth.
    • 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.
    • “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.
    • 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.
  • STRENGTH
    • The highest manifestation of strength is to keep ourselves calm and on our own feet.
    • Stand as a rock; you are indestructible. You are the Self (atman), the God of the universe.
    • Whatever you think, that you will be.  If you think yourselves weak, weak you will be; if you think yourselves strong, strong you will be.
    • Strength, strength it is that we want so much in this life, for what we call sin and sorrow have all one cause, and that is our weakness. With weakness comes ignorance, and with ignorance comes misery.
    • 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.
    • The only test of good things is that they make us strong.
    • You must have an iron will if you would cross the ocean. You must be strong enough to pierce mountains.
    • The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.
  • SUCCESS
    • Purity, patience, and perseverance are the three essentials to success, and above all, love.
  • THOUGHT
    • We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
    • If you think about disaster, you will get it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement and experience.
    • 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.
  • TRUTH
    • Truth does not pay homage to any society, modern or ancient. Society has to pay homage to truth, or die.
    • “Comfort” is no test of truth; on the contrary, truth is often far from being “comfortable”.
    • Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.
  • UNSELFISHNESS
    • It is selfishness that we must seek to eliminate. I find that whenever I have made a mistake in my life, it has always been because self entered into the calculation. Where self has not been involved, my judgment has gone straight to the mark.
    • Every successful man must have behind him somewhere tremendous integrity, tremendous sincerity, and that is the cause of his signal success in life. He may not have been perfectly unselfish; yet he was tending towards it. If he had been perfectly unselfish, his would have been as great a success as that of the Buddha or of the Christ. The degree of unselfishness marks the degree of success everywhere.
    • 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.
    • There is no station of rest; either you progress upwards or you go back and die out. The only sign of life is going outward and forward and expansion. Contraction is death. Why should you do good to others? Because that is the only condition of life; thereby you expand beyond your little self; you live and grow. All narrowness, all contraction, all selfishness is simply slow suicide, and when a nation commits the fatal mistake of contracting itself and of thus cutting off all expansion and life, it must die.
  • WOMAN
    • The jealous guardianship of our women shows that we Hindus have declined in our national virtues, that we reverted to the “brutal state”. Every man must so discipline his mind as to bring himself to regard all women as his sisters or mothers. Women must have freedom to read, to receive as good an education as men. Individual development is impossible with ignorance and slavery.
    • Women similarly must go forward or become idiots and soulless tools in the hands of their tyrannical lords. The children are the result of the combination of the tyrant and the idiot, and they are slaves. And this is the whole history of modern India. Oh, who would break this horrible crystallization of death? Lord help us!
    • And my principle is: each one helps himself. My help is from a distance. There are Indian women, English women, and I hope American women will come to take up the task. As soon as they have begun, I wash my hands of it. No man shall dictate to a woman; nor a woman to a man. Each one is independent. What bondage there may be is only that of love. Women will work out their own 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. And I do not want to start with any initial mistake. One little mistake made then will go on multiplying; and if you succeed, in the long run that mistake will have assumed gigantic proportions and become hard to correct. So, if I made this mistake of employing men to work out this women’s part of the work, why, women will never get rid of that — it will have become a custom. But I have got an opportunity. I told you of the lady who was my Master’s wife. We have all great respect for her. She never dictates to us. So it is quite safe.
    • QThen, in your opinion, both men and women should be married at an advanced age? Swamiji: Certainly. But education should be imparted along with it, otherwise irregularity and corruption will ensue. By education I do not mean the present system, but something in the line of positive teaching. Mere book-learning won’t do. 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. QWe have to reform our women in many ways. Swamiji: With such an education women will solve their own problems. They have all the time been trained in helplessness, servile dependence on others, and so they are good only to weep their eyes out at the slightest approach of a mishap or danger. Along with other things they should acquire the spirit of valour and heroism. In the present day it has become necessary for them also to learn self-defence. See how grand was the Queen of Jhansi! Q. What you advise is quite a new departure, and it will, I am afraid, take a very long time yet to train our women in that way. Swamiji: Anyhow, we have to try our best. We have not only to teach them but to teach ourselves also. Mere begetting children does not make a father; a great many responsibilities have to be taken upon one’s shoulders as well. To make a beginning in women’s education: our Hindu women easily understand what chastity means, because it is their heritage. Now, first of all, intensify that ideal within them above everything else, so that they may develop a strong character by the force of which, in every stage of their life, whether married, or single if they prefer to remain so, they will not be in the least afraid even to give up their lives rather than flinch an inch from their chastity. Is it little heroism to be able to sacrifice one’s life for the sake of one’s ideal whatever that ideal may be? Studying the present needs of the age, it seems imperative to train some women up in the ideal of renunciation, so that they will take up the vow of lifelong virginity, fired with the strength of that virtue of chastity which is innate in their life-blood from hoary antiquity. Along with that they should be taught sciences and other things which would be of benefit, not only to them but to others as well, and knowing this they would easily learn these things and feel pleasure in doing so. Our motherland requires for her well-being some of her children to become such pure-souled Brahmachârins and Brahmachârinis.
  • WORK
    • The best work is only done by alternate repose and work.
    • Even the greatest fool can accomplish a task if it be after his heart. But the intelligent man is he who can convert every work into one that suits his tasteNo work is petty. Everything in this world is like a banyan-seed, which, though appearing tiny as a mustard-seed, has yet the gigantic banyan tree latent within it. He indeed is intelligent who notices this and succeeds in making all work truly great.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • It is the most difficult thing in this world to work and not care for the result, to help a man and never think that he ought to be grateful, to do some good work and at the same time never look to see whether it brings you name or fame, or nothing at all. Even the most arrant coward becomes brave when the world praises him. A fool can do heroic deeds when the approbation of society is upon him, but for a man to constantly do good without caring for the approbation of his fellow men is indeed the highest sacrifice man can perform.
    • A work can be judged by its results only, just as one can infer the nature of previous mental tendencies by their resultant in present behaviour. . . .
    • On hearing of the intense loneliness of a friend:“Every worker feels like that at times!”
    • “Oh, how calm would be the work of one who really understood the divinity of man! For such, there is nothing to do, save to open men’s eyes. All the rest does itself.”
    • Watch people do their most common actions; these are indeed the things that will tell you the real character of a great person.
    • 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.
  • MORE QUOTES
    • “For patriotism, the Japanese! For purity, the Hindu! And for manliness, the European! There is no other in the world who understands, as does the Englishman, what should be the glory of a man!”
    • MY DEAR MISS NOBLE,Your very very kind, loving, and encouraging letter gave me more strength than you think of.There are moments when one feels entirely despondent, no doubt — especially when one has worked towards an ideal during a whole life’s time and just when there is a bit of hope of seeing it partially accomplished, there comes a tremendous thwarting blow. I do not care for the disease, but what depresses me is that my ideals have not had yet the least opportunity of being worked out. And you know, the difficulty is money.The Hindus are making processions and all that, but they cannot give money. The only help I got in the world was in England, from Miss Müller, and Mr. Sevier. I thought there that a thousand pounds was sufficient to start at least the principal centre in Calcutta, but my calculation was from the experience of Calcutta ten or twelve years ago. Since then the prices have gone up three or four times.
    • You may always say that the image is God. The error you have to avoid is to think God is the image.
    • “Western languages declare that man is a body and has a soul; Eastern languages declare that he is a soul and has a body.”
    • In criticizing another, we always foolishly take one especially brilliant point as the whole of our life and compare that with the dark ones in the life of another. Thus we make mistakes in judging individuals.
    • When asked by some of his own people what he considered, after seeing them in their own country, to be the greatest achievement of the English, he answered “that they had known how to combine obedience with self-respect”.
    • Of course, all great movements must proceed from the capital. For what is a capital? It is the heart of a nation. All the blood comes into the heart and thence it is distributed; so all the wealth, all the ideas, all the education, all spirituality will converge towards the capital and spread from it.
    • “Send us mechanics to teach us how to use our hands, and we will send you missionaries to teach you spirituality.”
    • I say that the ideas of both countries are unjust. I see no reason why a man here should not sit down and look at the tip of his nose if he likes. Why should everybody here do just what the majority does? I see no reason.Nor why, in India, a man should not have the goods of this life and make money. But you see how those vast millions are forced to accept the opposite point of view by tyranny. This is the tyranny of the sages. This is the tyranny of the great, tyranny of the spiritual, tyranny of the intellectual, tyranny of the wise. And the tyranny of the wise, mind you, is much more powerful than the tyranny of the ignorant. The wise, the intellectual, when they take to forcing their opinions upon others, know a hundred thousand ways to make bonds and barriers which it is not in the power of the ignorant to break.Now, I say that this thing has got to stop. There is no use in sacrificing millions and millions of people to produce one spiritual giant. If it is possible to make a society where the spiritual giant will be produced and all the rest of the people will be happy as well, that is good; but if the millions have to be ground down, that is unjust. Better that the one great man should suffer for the salvation of the world.
    • It is a strange fact that Oxford and Cambridge are closed to women today, so are Harvard and Yale; but Calcutta University opened its doors to women more than twenty years ago. I remember that the year I graduated, several girls came out and graduated — the same standard, the same course, the same in everything as the boys; and they did very well indeed. And our religion does not prevent a woman being educated at all. In this way the girl should be educated; even thus she should be trained; and in the old books we find that the universities were equally resorted to by both girls and boys, but later the education of the whole nation was neglected. What can you expect under foreign rule? The foreign conqueror is not there to do good to us; he wants his money. I studied hard for twelve years and became a graduate of Calcutta University; now I can scarcely make $5.00 a month in my country. Would you believe it? It is actually a fact. So these educational institutions of foreigners are simply to get a lot of useful, practical slaves for a little money — to turn out a host of clerks, postmasters, telegraph operators, and so on. There it is.