Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Meander with me . . .

Today is the birthday of Swami Vivekananda (January 12, 1863–July 4, 1902), born Narendranath Dutta, the chief disciple of the 19th century mystic Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa and the founder of Ramakrishna Mission. He is considered to be a major force in the revival of Hinduism in modern India and a key figure in the introduction of Vedanta and Yoga in Europe and America.

"Say, This misery that I am suffering is of my own doing, and that very thing proves that it will have to be undone by me alone. That which I created, I can demolish; that which is created by someone else, I shall never be able to destroy. Therefore, stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders, and know that you are the creators of your own destiny. All the strength and succour you want is within ourselves." - Swami Vivekananda

"This life is short, the vanities of the world are transient, but they alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive." - Swami Vivekananda

"The powers of the mind are like the rays of the sun when they are concentrated they illumine." - Swami Vivekananda

"The whole life is a succession of dreams. My ambition is to be a conscious dreamer, that is all." - Swami Vivekananda

"All knowledge that the world has ever received comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe is in our own mind." - Swami Vivekananda

"The whole universe is one. There is only one Self in the universe, only One Existence." - Swami Vivekananda

"Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true." - Swami Vivekananda

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