Timeless life lessons from Swami Vivekananda

Embrace the wisdom of Swami Vivekananda on his 154th birth anniversary.

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Altruism

If you really want the good of others, the whole universe may stand against you but cannot hurt you. It must crumble before power of the Lord Himself in you if you are sincere and really unselfish.

Change

Change is always subjective. All through evolution you find that the conquest of Nature comes by change in the subject. Apply this to religion and morality, and you will find that the conquest of evil comes by the change in the subjective alone. That is how the Advaitic system gets its whole force, on the subjective side of man.

Existence

We can never lose what is really ours. Who can lose his being? Who can lose his very existence? If I am good, it is the existence first, and then that becomes coloured with the quality of goodness. If I am evil, it is the existence first, and that becomes coloured with the quality of badness. That existence is first, last, and always; it is never lost but ever present.

How to be free

The moment I realised God was sitting in the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before every human being and see God in him—that moment I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.

Liberty

Do they deserve liberty who are not ready to give it to others? Let us calmly go to work, instead of dissipating our energy in unnecessary fretting and fuming.

Perseverance

To succeed you must have tremendous perseverance, tremendous will. “I will drink the ocean,” says the persevering soul, “at my will mountains will crumble.” Have that sort of energy, that sort of will, work hard, and you will reach the goal.

Soul

You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul. The spirit is the cause of all our thoughts and body-action, and everything, but it is untouched by good or evil, pleasure or pain, heat or cold, and all the dualism of nature, although it lends its light to everything.

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