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2/20/2017 Sayings and Utterances

1. Man is born to conquer nature and not to follow it.

2. When you think you are a body, are apart from the universe;
when you think; you are a soul, you are a spark from the great
Eternal Fire; when you think you are the Âtman (Self), you are

3. The will is not free — it is a phenomenon bound by cause and
e ect — but there is something behind the will which is free.

4. Strength is in goodness, in purity.

5. The universe is — objecti ed God.

6. You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.

7. The root of evil is in the illusion that we are bodies. This, if
any, is the original sin.

8. One party says thought is caused by matter, and the other
says matter is caused by thought. Both statements are wrong;
matter and thought are coexistent. There is a third something of
which both matter and thought are products. 1/18

Religion is the idea which is raising the brute unto man.ramakrishnavivekananda. To de ne God is — grinding the already ground. 17. Those who really feel universal brotherhood do not talk much. for He is the only being we know. 18. 16. To believe that mind is all. 11. and man unto God. so mind-waves combine in time. that thought is all is only a higher materialism. What motive can be higher than that you are God. you protest against universal brotherhood. All you can do is on the negative side — you can only help. External nature is only internal nature writ large. It is a manifestation from within.2/20/2017 Sayings and Utterances 9. 15. The observer in the psychic world needs to be very strong and scienti cally trained. As particles of matter combine in space. http://www. 10. it develops its own nature — you can only take away obstructions. 12. 13. but their very actions speak aloud. As soon as you make a sect.htm 2/18 . You cannot teach a child any more than you can grow a plant. The motive is the measure of your and that the lowest man is also God? 14. This world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.

20. man will become God again.ramakrishnavivekananda. Truth can be stated in a thousand di erent ways. God has become man. 23. are on one geometrical point. blind man. none can make you spiritual. yet each one can be true. Pity those who are in distress. 21. 24. Have charity towards all beings. http://www. and will be. None can teach you. by the same method all can be explained. 27. You have to grow from inside out. They are merely the experiences of others. That man has reached immortality who is disturbed by nothing material. 26. All the souls that have been. There is no other teacher but your own soul. We never come nor go. Look not to the faults of others. Their only value is to create desire in us.htm 3/18 . 22. The search for truth is the expression of strength — not the groping of a weak. We are where we are. He whose book of the heart has been opened needs no other books. Everything can be sacri ced for truth. 25. Love all creatures. It is child's talk that a man dies and goes to heaven. are.2/20/2017 Sayings and Utterances 19. If in an in nite chain a few links can be but truth cannot be sacri ced for anything. 28. Do not be jealous of anyone.

ramakrishnavivekananda. There is really but one Self in the universe. No one is born into a religion. But that only these books which are called the Vedas are His knowledge is mere sophistry. bodies die. I know all the clay there is. This is the knowledge of principles. omniscience.2/20/2017 Sayings and Utterances 29. Man never dies. 31. but he never dies. but as the sum total of the knowledge of God. If I know one lump of clay perfectly. Personally I take as much of the Vedas as agrees with reason. When the cycle is projected again. it goes down into minute form. 33. Parts of the Vedas are apparently contradictory. 32. 34. 30. but their adaptations are various. When you know yourself you know all. 35. that knowledge is projected again with it. all else is but Its and when the cycle ends. All the worshippers are divided into the common masses and the brave few. If it is impossible to attain perfection here and now. but each one is born for a religion. Manu says in one pace that that part of the Vedas which agrees with reason is the Vedas http://www.htm 4/18 . there is no proof that we can attain perfection in any other life. This knowledge comes out at the beginning of a cycle and manifests itself. They are not considered as inspired in the Western sense of the word. nor is he ever born. So far the theory is all right.

Western people say. my soul is lled with disgust. And that is neither reading. or Samâdhi. "To all women every man save her husband should be as her son. but not if it must be at the cost of purity". "The world was created for us. Intellectuality is not the highest good. "I should very much like our women to have your intellectuality.2/20/2017 Sayings and Utterances and nothing else. but they are more pure. nor reasoning. We have been low animals once. 36. they would say. for believing. said Swami Vivekananda in New York. Many of our philosophers have taken this view. To all men every woman save his own wife should be as his mother. Of all the scriptures of the world it is the Vedas alone that declare that even the study of the Vedas is secondary. Our women are not so learned. because he does not allow him (the tiger) to catch him easily.htm 5/18 . Morality and spirituality are the things for which we strive. When I look about me and see what you call gallantry. We think they are something di erent from but superconscious perception. I hear. 37." If tigers could write books.ramakrishnavivekananda. but I dislike the way that you cover what is bad with roses and call it good. The worm that crawls under your feet today is a God to be. "I admire you for all that you know. The real study is "that by which we realise the Unchangeable". man was created for them and that man is a most sinful animal. Not until you learn to ignore the question of sex and to meet on a ground of common humanity http://www. 38.

"We should not think that we are men and women. and wealthy. all four. They say. madam." http://www. No sooner are a young man and a young woman left alone than he pays compliments to her.ramakrishnavivekananda. are combined beware!" But severe as the Swami was upon all. it was mere pleasantry and I believed it. But I have travelled since then.htm 6/18 . Boston is the Home worst. 'Oh. all ckle. but in another breath they o er compliments.2/20/2017 Sayings and Utterances will your women really develop. but only that we are human beings. ckle. and perhaps before he takes a wife. Your men bow low and o er a chair. foolish. There the/women / Complete-Works Volumeare 5 / all faddists. only you of the West shut your eyes and call it good. but when all three. nothing more. Until then they are playthings. how beautiful are your eyes!' What right have they to do this? How dare a man venture so far. and how can you women permit it? Such things develop the less noble side of humanity. It is wrong. Bah! If I belonged to the marrying set. All this is the cause of divorce. They do not tend to nobler ideals. The trouble with the nations of the West is that they are young. What mischief can come of one of these qualities. merely bent on following something new and strange. born to cherish and to help one another. and I know it is not right. I was told it was all right. I could nd a woman to love without all that! "When I was in India and saw these things from the outside. he has courted two hundred Boston received the hardest blow: "Of all.

"This is a great It may be that I shall nd it good to get outside of my body Home / Complete-Works / Volume 5 /  — to cast it o like a disused garment. I have always spoken of strength. and of fame! And of these the most insidious is the love of fame! 42." 44. "Where is the spirituality one would expect in a country". of women. When your nation is as old as ours. all superstition should be banished. Your people have much to learn. Americans think too much of money.ramakrishnavivekananda. Let me die a true Sannyâsin as my Master did. you will be wiser. To live and move in God even here. let us love one another. Where are such in this country (America)? Your preachers speak against dreamers." said Swamiji on one occasion in America. I have never spoken of revenge. until the world shall know that it is one with God. all self should go out. 41. The whole world is full of God and not of sin. "that is so boastful of its civilisation?" 40. heedless of money. There is a good deal of di erence between dreaming and the brag of the nineteenth century. he said in America. It is all "here". even in this body. Do we dream of revenging ourselves on this drop of sea-spray? But it is a great thing to a mosquito! 43. Such persons live in India. But I shall not cease to work! I shall inspire men everywhere. "but I would not like to live here.htm 7/18 . http://www. Let us help one another. "Here" and "hereafter" are words to frighten children. They give it preference over anything else. The people of this country would be better o if there were more dreamers.2/20/2017 Sayings and Utterances 39.

One must follow the path for which one is best suited. "But he does not believe in you. and so he is worthy of praise. http://www. book-learning has no right to enter." Hearing this. who incarnated and experienced and taught this wonderful unity which underlies everything. having discovered it alike in Hinduism. at this. but in this age special stress should be laid on Karma-Yoga. 48. He who has seen even a single spirit is greater than many a book-learned Pandit. in Islam. The downfall Homeof/ a religious sect begins Complete-Works from5the / Volume /  day that the worship of the rich enters into it. and the other organs will also run on unbridled. Give the organ of taste a free rein. In the domain of true religion.ramakrishnavivekananda. Bhakti. Swamiji at once replied: "Is there any legal a davit that he should have to do so? He is doing good work. 46. Yoga and Karma — these are the four paths which lead to salvation. Religion is not a thing of imagination but of direct perception. 49. Once Swamiji was praising someone very 51. is owing to my Master. Shri Ramakrishna. 47. Jnâna. and in Christianity. all that the world itself will some day be.htm 8/18 . All that I am.2/20/2017 Sayings and Utterances 45." 50. one sitting near by said to him.

55. thus imprisoned and trying to unite withHome her Lord. which is in the body. or Shri Rama.htm 9/18 . By realisation of non-duality this ignorance is dispelled. For instance. and Kumbhakarna. the supreme wisdom that destroys all illusions. in the long run. swallows up all the contemporary movements.2/20/2017 Sayings and Utterances 52. and each man's or woman's body was the Lanka (Ceylon). from joining Paramatman. 54. or Lanka. which is Brahma-Jnâna. Rajas means lust and passions. http://www. Vibhishana represented Sattva Guna. When Swamiji was at Ramnad. Tamas. avarice. and Tamas darkness. Each one of them tries to rear itself above the rest. If you want to do anything evil. Râvana. Sattva Guna means goodness. There is no sin nor virtue: there is only ignorance. malice. Sita. or 53. Rajas. and Rakshasas represented certain traits of character. and its concomitants. The Jivatman which was enclosed in the body. By the grace of the Guru. do it before the eyes of your superiors.ramakrishnavivekananda. Volume 5 /  the Guru or divine teacher. a disciple becomes a Pandit (scholar) even without reading books. Religious movements come in groups. 56. and this. he said in the course of a conversation that Shri Râma was the Paramâtman and that Sitâ was the Jivâtman. who shows her the Lord's ring. stupor. But as a rule only one of them really grows in strength. or captured in the island of Lankâ. These Gunas keep back Sita. But the Râkshasas would not allow it. receives a visit/from / Complete-Works Hanumân. or Jivatman. always desired to be in a nity with the Paramatman.

and integrity take their place. the great institutions of every nation are the conditions of its very existence and cannot be transformed by the mould of any other race. / Volume 5 /  http://www. and unwritten but mightier laws of love. sympathy. Until higher institutions have been evolved. the nation and its institutions are bound to rise. Growth is always gradual. the Jivatman nds itself one with the Paramatman. Happy is the nation which can rise to the necessity of but few law books. society will arrange itself accordingly. Again. in other words. Good men rise beyond all laws. or. The individuals being raised. any attempt to break the old ones will be disastrous. and a true Hindu is a true Christian.ramakrishnavivekananda. A true Christian is a true Hindu. 58. but he is the real benefactor of humanity who helps the individual to overcome his imperfections under whatever institutions he may live. and needs no longer to bother its head about this or that institution. there is no other way. It is very easy to point out the defects of institutions. All healthy social changes are the manifestations of the spiritual forces working within. Each individual has to work out his own salvation. and will help their fellows to rise under Home / Complete-Works whatever conditions they live.htm 10/18 . and so also with nations. Bad customs and laws are ignored by the virtuous. and if these are strong and well adjusted. all being more or less imperfect.2/20/2017 Sayings and Utterances and thus Sita nds the way to be at one with Shri Rama.

our sentiment like love. and the realisation by each man of the divinity within. afraid of missing a steamer. The rst discourse in the Gita can be taken allegorically. We are for ever trying to make our weakness look like strength. Say to your soul in regard to vanities. The animals do that. 59. It is God in the wife http://www. it is merely blind emotion. and just as readily as any human mother ever did. 63. "you live in time. They are creatures of emotion entirely." 5 /  67. Emotion belongs to the animals. "This does not beHome t thee. "Swami. It is no sign of real love to do that. depends on the strength of the individual. "No. weakness. our cowardice like courage. you have no idea of time". therefore. We are always letting sentiment usurp the place of duty and atter ourselves that we are acting in response to true love. 60. Spirituality can never be attained until materiality is gone. It is not sacri ce of a high order to die for one's young.htm 11/18 . we live in eternity!" 62.ramakrishnavivekananda. and so on. 65. remarked an impatient American devotee. We must get beyond emotionalism if we want the power to renounce.. 61." retorted Swamiji calmly. etc. Never loved a husband the wife for the wife's sake or the wife the husband for the husband's sake.2/20/2017 Sayings and Utterances The salvation of India. 64. This does not be / tVolume / Complete-Works thee.

I seek satisfaction in the life of the senses? If I cannot get nectar. as "social http://www. all else is but dream. There is no such thing. If I do not nd bliss in the life of the Spirit. It is God in every one that draws us to the one we love.ramakrishnavivekananda. is when I call you man. Home / Complete-Works / Volume 5 / Religion is the realising of God. the Atman. and God in the husband the wife loves. "Pure water! Pure water!" And no storms or tempests make it falter on wing or descend to drink from the earth. if only you knew yourselves! You are souls. shall I fall back upon ditch water? The bird called Châtaka drinks from the clouds only. humanity. shall. ever calling as it soars. 68. it. 74. Any sect that may help you to realise God is welcome. an illusion. God is the only love. 69.2/20/2017 Sayings and Utterances the husband loves. 71. Man is a compound of animality. and divinity. But the religious man must be charitable. ultimately. 73. 72. you are Gods. The term "social progress" has as much meaning as "hot ice" or "dark light". If ever I feel like blaspheming. God in everything and in everybody that makes us love. An atheist can be charitable but not religious. Everyone makes shipwreck on the rock of would-be Guruism. 70. Oh. except those souls that were born to be Gurus.htm 12/18 . In everyone is God.

the elements of their faith. "I care not for this form of worship. I do not believe in occult societies. Strange things are natural phenomena." 79. Give me the philosophical. Then they are not occult to There comes the rational man. Give me work to do for my fellow men. it is not. "No". in religion. 77. but we are bettered. I know them to be matters of science. Truth 5 / must prevail in the end. "I care not for the worship of the philosopher. very softly. "I do not believe in the occult. in answer to a question in New York. 78. Things are not bettered. and the worker. who says. If a thing be unreal. They do no good. Truth will never ally itself with falsehood. that is all I seek. the mystical. As for the mystical and the emotional. I stand for truth. All these men have. Let me help my fellow men. we have their respective modes of devotion. the emotional.ramakrishnavivekananda. said the Swami. For each of these we must provide suitable forms of worship. http://www. 80. Home Even if all the / Complete-Works world should be against/ Volume me. He says." So for him is provided work as the path of worship. by making changes in them. the rational — that I can appreciate. There are four general types of men — the rational. There comes the worker. and can never do good.htm 13/18 . What is unreal does not exist." So for the rational man is the rational philosophic worship.2/20/2017 Sayings and Utterances progress"! 76.

who has controlled his passion. and who thirsts for peace. "I do not come". 84. but if one is a slave to his passions and desires. I want to teach you to live the truth. Strength and manliness are virtue. "to convert you to a new belief. I want you to keep your own belief. Wherever you see the most humanitarian ideas fall into the hands of the multitude. Knowledge of oneness is virtue.2/20/2017 Sayings and Utterances 81. It is that form which serves as the index for the intellectual and social condition of a community. http://www. hating others is sin. injuring others is sin. I want to make the Methodist a better Methodist. wearing the crown of sorrow on its head. weakness and cowardice are sin. Doing good to others is virtue (Dharma). 85. Faith in God and in one's own Self is virtue. He who welcomes it must also welcome sorrow. dependence Home / Complete-Works / Volumeis 5sin. who has renounced everything. /  Loving others is virtue. he is great. to reveal the light within your own doubt is sin. the Presbyterian a better Presbyterian. One may gain political and social independence.htm 14/18 .ramakrishnavivekananda. 82. the Unitarian a better Unitarian. who turns his back upon the world. Happiness presents itself before man. It is learning and intellect that help to keep things safe." 83. Independence is virtue. said Swamiji on one occasion in America. the rst result you notice is degradation. He is free. It is the cultured among a community that are the real custodians of religion and philosophy in their purest form. one cannot feel the pure joy of real freedom.

by reasoning. When. so the means will no doubt appear more or less defective.ii. in the plane of the Vedas and become combined and inseparable. as it were. The di erent scriptures only show the means of attaining virtue. "The knot of the heart is rent asunder. But as we are to attain the highest virtue through the means laid dozen in Home our respective / Complete-Works scriptures. 86. When in ancient times this knowledge (Jnâna) and this feeling (Bhâva) thus blossomed forth simultaneously in the heart of the Rishi. Truth is comprehended by the Every religious sect is generally at variance as to its idea of what is virtue and what is vice. as says the Upanishad. and sel ess benevolence.48) says. instead of aiming at realising the end. that the two parallel lines of Bhava and Jnana have at last met. Every means is helpful more or less. and the Gita (XVIII. Thus the head and the heart become illumined at the same moment. and then the Vedas and other scriptures were composed. "Every undertaking is attended with defects as re with smoke". then the Highest Truth became poetic. manliness.ramakrishnavivekananda. freedom. in study ing them. 87. and all doubts cease" (Mundaka Upanishad. the fountainhead of feeling. and ghts with others over the means of attaining virtue and eschewing vice. / Volume we should try 5 / to follow them. they should be tempered with reason and http://www. II. then it is realised in the heart. The scriptures of di erent religions point out di erent means to attain the ideals of universal love.8). and then only. our best Moreover.2/20/2017 Sayings and Utterances seeing diversity is sin.htm 15/18 . It is for this reason that one nds.

not to speak of possessing yoga. in the dreaded night of death — then weak humanity has no need of such Shastras. in the self-reproach of the downtrodden. and such Shastras will be no Shastras at all! 89. and nally. and cannot show the way of lighting the lamp of hope in the hearts of men of the workaday world — in the midst of their daily toil. they cannot even have a little Bhoga! Su ering all sorts of indignities they can with the utmost di culty only meet the barest needs of the body — and even that everyone cannot do! ItHome / Complete-Works is strange / Volume that such a state 5 /  does not of a airs disturb our sleep and rouse us to our immediate duties. 88. Thus. But alas. If the Shastras cannot help all men in all conditions at all times. of what use. and poverty. they ght over the words only. in the darkness of defeat. as we progress. the riddle of virtue and vice will be solved by itself. Setting aside the real meaning and purpose of the Shastras. in the despondency of the penitent. and so on. Through Bhoga (enjoyment) Yoga will come in time. misery. How many in our country truly understand the Shastras nowadays? They have only learnt such words as Brahman. in the terror of the battle eld. http://www.2/20/2017 Sayings and Utterances discrimination. such is the lot of my countrymen that. are such Shastras? If the Shastras show the way to the Sannyasins only and not to the householders. then what need has a householder for such one-sided Shastras? If the Shastras can only help men when they give up all work and retire into the forests. Prakriti. then. and confuse their heads with them.htm 16/18 . Maya. in the joy of victory. anger and pleasure. in lust.ramakrishnavivekananda.

In Rajputana you can still nd much pure Hindu architecture. it will drip drops of royal love and its sorrow. 92. as in matters of religion." 94. "It takes really six months to study a square inch of its interior works of beauty. what proof is there that you can attain it in the life or lives to come? 93. 91. If you look at a Dharmashala. India is the primal Guru of the whole world. it will be proved that. When the real history of India will be unearthed. as it were.htm 17/18 .2/20/2017 Sayings and Utterances 90. so long our hope of gaining rights and privileges is like the day- dream of Alnascar. and that in time such a family in many cases becomes extinct." Further he observed. 95. Speaking of architecture he said: "People say Calcutta is a city of palaces. If you cannot attain salvation in this life. all the best and the most creative faculties of his whole heredity are drawn towards the making up of his personality and squeezed dry. Agitate ever so much for your rights and privileges. but the houses look much like so many boxes Home / Complete-Works / Volume 5 /  placed one upon the other! They convey no idea whatever. so in ne arts. but remember that so long as we do not truly elevate ourselves by rousing intensely the feeling of self-respect in the nation. It is for this reason that we nd that all those who are subsequently born in such a family are either idiots or men of very ordinary you will feel as if it calls you with http://www. When a genius of a man with some special great power is born.ramakrishnavivekananda. While visiting the Taj at Agra he remarked: "If you squeeze a bit of this marble.

If you look at a temple. you will at once be able to comprehend the special meanings of its di erent portions." Home / Complete-Works / Volume 5 / If you look about a rural cottage. This sort of expressive architecture I have seen nowhere else except in Italy. you are sure to nd a Divine Presence in and about it. and that the whole structure bears evidence to the predominant nature and ideal of the owner thereof.ramakrishnavivekananda.htm 18/18 .2/20/2017 Sayings and Utterances open arms to take shelter within and partake of its unquali ed hospitableness.

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