Quotes Of Swami – I

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Quotes – I


Almost every good idea in this world can be carried to a disgusting extreme. (III. 67)

In Shabda or idea, all gross objects have their subtle forms. (VI. 497)


The ideal of man is to see God in everything. (II. 152)

We must have an ideal. (II. 63)

Without the struggle towards the Infinite there can be no ideal. (II. 63)

We must even have the highest ideal. (II. 152)

Our ideal is the Brahmin of spiritual culture and renunciation. (III. 197)

It is a great thing to take up a grand ideal in life and then give up one’s whole life to it. (III. 168)

Every person projects his or her own ideal on the outside world and kneels before it. (III. 90)

The life of the practical is in the ideal. (IV. 286)

It is the ideal that has made us what we are, and will make us what we are going to be. (IV. 285)

The power of the ideal is in the practical. (IV. 286)

Live for an ideal, and that one ideal alone. (V. 251)

That is the one great first step—the real desire for the ideal. (V. 252)

There is only one ideal in morality unselfishness. (IV. 150)

The highest ideal is always selfless. (VI. 143)

The highest ideal is eternal and entire self-abnegation, where there is no ‘I’, but all is ‘Thou’. (I. 84-5)


Nothing is done by leading idle lives. (VI. 298)

The real evil is idleness, which is the principal cause of our poverty. (V. 375)


We are all born idolaters, and idolatry is good, because it is in the nature of man. (II. 40)


Even if an imitation is good, it is never genuine. (I. 483)

Imitation is not civilization. (III. 381)

Imitation, cowardly imitation, never makes for progress. (III. 381)


You are immortal only when you are the whole. (III. 417)

What is strong and invigorating is immortal. (IV. 407)

The idea of immortality is inherent in man. (II. 32)

Immortality and bliss are not to be acquired, we possess them already; they have been ours all the time. (II. 350)

By renunciation alone immortality was reached. (IV. 338)

To talk of immortality in constantly changing things is absurd. (II. 81)


No permanent or everlasting good can be done to the world. (I. 111)

Whatever is weak and corrupt is liable to die—what are we to do with it ? (IV. 406-07)

Decadence seizes everything in this life. (I. 247)

Everything that is the result of combination must get dissolved and die. (III. 84)

Everything mutable is a compound. (I. 7)

Everything compound must undergo that change which is called destruction. (I. 7)

All combinations must dissolve. (I. 494)

All the heavens and the world are in the person. (I. 495)

Not one is constant, but everything is changing, matter eternally concreting and disintegrating. (I. 151)

The whole world is going towards death; everything dies. (II. 92)

Everything is evanescent. (II. 71)

Every particle in this body is continually changing. (II. 440)

Everything in nature is constantly changing. (II. 440)

Ours are only sand, and, therefore, the building comes down with a crash in no time. (III. 430)

This world is a delusion of two days. (III. 148)

Everyone has to die, the saint or the sinner, the rich or the poor. (III. 431)

No dream can be eternal; it must end sooner or later. (VI. 68)

There is none who can keep his dream for ever. (VI. 68)

Everything born must die. (II. 177)

The body is subject to the law of growth and decay; what grows must of necessity decay. (IV. 188)

Everything that has a beginning in time must end in time. (III. 124)

This life comes and goes—wealth, fame, enjoyments are only of a few days. (V. 114)

Enjoyment, misery, luxury, wealth, power, and poverty, even life itself, are all evanescent. (II. 71)

Birth, growth, development, decay, death—this is the sequence in all nature. (VI. 41)

Life is not eternal. (VI. 419)

Change is inherent in every form. (VI. 20)

Nothing is to last for ever. (VI. 419)

All prosperity which comes with Mammon is transient, is only for a moment. (VIII. 213)

Everyone, everything is gone, is going, and will go. (VIII. 148)

Nothing in this relative world can be eternal. (VIII. 251)

Nothing external can be eternal. (VIII. 251)

Name and form come and go, but substance remains ever the same. (VIII. 247)

Excepting the infinite spirit, everything else is changing. (IV. 249)

‘Everything is evanescent, everything is changeful’— knowing this, the sage gives up both pleasure and pain and becomes a witness of this panorama (the universe) without attaching himself to anything. (VIII. 344)


If you think yourselves impure, impure you will be. (III. 130)

We cannot see impurity without having it inside ourselves. (II. 327)

Impurity is a mere superimposition under which your real nature has become hidden. (III. 159)

No impure soul can be religious. (IV. 24)


There is only one country in the world which understands religion—it is India. (VIII. 322)

India’s theme is religion. (V. 210)

India’s heart must break, and the flow of spirituality will come out. (V. 210)

It (religion) is the backbone, the bed-rock, the foundation upon which the national edifice has been built. (III. 204)

With us, religion is the only ground along which we can move. (III. 314)

Religion is the one and sole interest of the people of India. (III. 178)

Religion is the peculiarity of the growth of the Indian mind. (III. 203)

To the Indian mind there is nothing higher than religious ideals. (III. 287)

The Indian mind is first religious, then anything else. (III. 289)

Here in India, it is religion that forms the very core of the national heart. (III. 204)

In religion lies the vitality of India. (IV. 324)

For good or for evil, the religious ideal has been flowing into India for thousands of years; for good or for evil,the Indian atmosphere has been filled with ideals of religion for shining scores of centuries; for good or for evil, we have been born and brought up in the very midst of these ideas of religion, till it has entered into our very blood and tingled with every drop in our veins, and has become one with our constitution, become the very vitality of our lives. (III. 178-79)

Religion and religion alone is the life of India, and when that goes India will die, in spite of politics, in spite of social reforms, in spite of Kubera’s wealth poured upon the head of every one of her children. (III. 146)

Each nation has a main current in life; in India it is religion. (IV. 373)

This is the line of life, this is the line of growth, and this is the line of well-being in India—to follow the track of religion. (III. 179)

Here in this blessed land, the foundation, the backbone, the life-centre is religion and religion alone. (III. 148)

This our motherland, has religion and religion alone for its basis, for its backbone, for the bed-rock upon which the whole building of its life has been based. (III. 177)

India is the land of religion. (IV. 322)

Our vigour, our strength, nay, our national life is in our religion. (III. 289)

Here in India, religion is the one and the only occupation of life. (III. 107)

In India, religious life forms the centre, the keynote of the whole music of national life. (III. 220)

Religion is the life of India, religion is the language of this country, the symbol of all its movements. (IV. 462)

Our vitality is concentrated in our religion. (III. 178)

Renunciation, that is the flag, the banner of India, floating over the world, the one undying thought which India sends again and again as a warning to dying races, as a warning to all tyranny, as a warning to wickedness in the world. (III. 344)

Religion, in India, means realization and nothing short of that. (III. 377)

All history of Indian life is the struggle for the realization of the ideal of the Vedanta through good or bad fortune. (V. 217)
We have no quarrel with any religion in the world, whether it teaches men to worship Christ, Buddha, or Mohammed or any other prophet. (III. 132)

National union in India must be a gathering up of its scattered spiritual forces. (III. 371)

In India religion was never shackled. (IV. 346)

The search after the universal is the one search of Indian philosophy and religion. (III. 81)

Religion in India must be made as free and as easy of access as is God’s air. (III. 383)

Religion in India culminates in freedom. (VIII. 221)

We all hold in India that the soul is by its nature pure and perfect, infinite in power and blessed. (III. 375)

All the orthodox systems of Indian philosophy have one goal in view, the liberation of the soul through perfection. (I. 122)

India is the only place where, with all its faults, the soul finds its freedom, its God. (VI. 359)

The gift of India is the gift of religion and philosophy, and wisdom and spirituality. (III. 273)

Renunciation and spirituality are the two great ideas of India. (II. 372)

This nation still lives; the raison d’être is it still holds to God, to the treasure-house of religion and spirituality. (III. 148)

Here in India the first and the foremost duty of our lives is to be spiritual first, and then, if there is time, let others things come. (III. 371)

India’s contribution to the sum total of human knowledge has been spirituality, philosophy. (III. 171)

Whether you believe in spirituality or not, for the sake of the national life, you have to get a hold on spirituality and keep to it. (III. 153)

Modern India belongs to the spiritual part of the Vedas. (III. 536)

India’s gift to the world is the light spiritual. (III. 109)

A nation in India must be a union of those whose hearts beat to the same spiritual tune. (III. 371)

India is still living; who says she is dead? (III. 165)

India dies not. (III. 444)

The Indian nation cannot be killed. (IV. 160)

Political greatness or military power is never the mission of our race; it never was, and, mark my words, it never will be. (III. 108)

India is India. (V. 210)

To Europeanize India is therefore an impossible and foolish task. (V. 198)

India can never be Europe until she dies. (IV. 347)

In the midst of all our misery, our poverty, and degeneration, the heart beats as warm as of yore, when the ‘wealth of Ind’ was the proverb of nations and India was the land of the ‘Aryan’. (V. 122)

Thou blessed land of the Aryas, thou wast never degraded. (IV. 314)

We have to give Backto the nation its lost individuality and raise the masses. (VI. 255)

The only hope of India is from the masses. (V. 106)

India must rise, the masses and the poor are to be made happy. (V. 35)

No amount of politics would be of any avail until the masses in India are once more well-educated, wellfed, and well cared for. (V. 222-23)

The one thing that is at the root of all evils in India is the condition of the poor. (IV. 362)

Nowhere has activity been more pronounced than in this blessed land of ours. (III. 137-38)

If we want to regenerate India, we must work for them (masses). (V. 223)

What our country now wants are muscles of iron and nerves of steel, gigantic wills which nothing can resist, which can penetrate into the mysteries and the secrets of the universe, and will accomplish their purpose in any fashion even if it meant going down to the bottom of the ocean and meeting death face to face. (III. 190)

She is awakening, this motherland of ours, from her deep long sleep. (III. 146)

The present want of India is the Kshatriya force. (V. 316)

India sets the example of real strength, that is meek-ness. (V. 190)

What India wants is a new electric fire to stir up a fresh vigour in the national veins. (V. 57)

India’s potentialities are great and will be called forth. (V. 199)

On our work depends the coming of the India of the future. (III. 154)

None can resist her any more; never is she going to sleep any more; no outward powers can hold her Backany more; for the infinite giant is rising to her feet. (III. 146)

India must conquer the world, and nothing less than that is my ideal. (III. 316)

We, of all nations of the world, have never been a conquering race, and that blessing is on our head, and therefore we live. (III. 106)

We have yet something to teach to the world. (III. 148)

I see in my mind’s eye the future perfect India rising out of this chaos and strife, glorious and invincible, with Vedanta brain and Islam body. (VI. 416)

This idea of oneness is the great lesson India has to give. (III. 160)

We are destined by the Lord to do great things in India. (V. 13)

Here alone is the best ideal for mankind. (III. 138)

The Indian nation never stood for imperial glory. Wealth and power, then, were not the ideals of the race. (VIII. 74)

India is still the first and foremost of all the nations of the world. (III. 147)

The talk of the brotherhood of man becomes in India the brotherhood of universal life, of animals, and of all life down to the little ants—all these are our bodies. (III. 126)

You are the descendants of the Devas. (IV. 352)

If we are to live at all, we must be a scientific nation. (VI. 113)

The ideal woman in India is the mother, the mother first, and the mother last. (VIII. 57)

In India, father and mother are living gods to their children. (II. 158)

The Indian people are intensely socialistic. (III. 516)

They are … tremendously individualistic. (III. 516)

The one great lesson, therefore, that the world wants most, that the world has yet to learn from India, is the idea not only of toleration, but of sympathy. (III. 114)

Priestcraft is the bane of India. (IV. 327)

There is no polytheism in India. (I. 15)

The characteristic of my nation is this transcenden-talism, this struggle to go beyond, this daring to tear the veil off the face of nature and have at any risk, at any price, a glimpse of the beyond. (III. 149)

The one characteristic of Indian thought is its silence, its calmness. (III. 274)

Gratitude and hospitality are the peculiar characteristics of Indian humanity. (V. 122)

The Indian ideal is not to go to heaven. (VI. 57)

I discard the idea that India was ever passive. (III. 137)

Here in India, everybody wants to become a leader, and there is nobody to obey. (V. 216)

To do something conjointly is not in our very national character. (VI. 323)


That is the real individuality, when there is no more division, and no more parts. (II. 419)

The real individuality is that which never changes and will never change; and that is the God within us.


Greatest of the countries of Europe, land of religion and of art; alike of imperial organization and of Mazzini ; – mother of ideas, of culture, and of freedom !
(Notes of some wanderings with the Swami Vivekananda by Sister Nivedita)

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