Swami Vivekananda on Youth and Yoga

“Stand up, be bold, be strong. Take
the whole responsibility on your
own shoulders, and know that you
are the creator of your own
“Be an atheist if you want, but
do not believe in anything
“The old religion said that he was
an atheist who does not believe in
God. The new religion says that he
is an atheist who does not believe in
“When one works with concentration,
losing all consciousness of oneself the
work that is done will be infinitely
better. Every one may have
experienced in his own life”
“Education is the manifestation of
perfection already in man.”
“We must have life-building,
character-making assimilation of
ideas. If you have assimilated five
ideas and made them your life and
character, you have more education
than any man who has got by heart a
whole library”
“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.”
“You will understand the Gita better
with your biceps, your muscles, a
little stronger.”
“We are what out thoughts have
made us; so take care about what you
think. Words are secondary.
Thoughts live; they travel far.”
“Do you feel for others? If you do,
you are growing in Oneness. If you
do not feel for others, you may be the
most intellectual giant ever born, but
you will be nothing.”
“There never was a person who
found happiness in enjoyment of the
senses. Happiness is only found in
the Spirit.”
“Unselfishness is God”
Integrated Personality
“To become harmoniously balanced
in all these four directions is my ideal
of religion. And this is attained by
what we, in India, call Yoga —
Suitable Path for Each One
• Karma Yoga – Path of Action
• Bhakti Yoga – Path of Devotion
• Raja Yoga – Path of Meditation
• Jnana Yoga – Path of Knowledge
“To the worker, it is union between
men and the whole of humanity;
To the mystic, between his lower and
Higher Self;
To the lover, union between himself
and the Personal God;
To the philosopher; it is the union of
all existence.
This is what is meant by Yoga.”
“Which one suits you?”
“The manner in which a man realises his
own divinity through works and duty.”
“First it is feeling, then it becomes
willing, and out of that willing comes the
tremendous force for work that will go
through every vein and nerve and
muscle, until the your body is changed
into an instrument of the unselfish Yoga
of work”
“The realization of the divinity through
devotion to, and love of, a Personal God.”
"Bhakti is intense love to God. When a
man gets it, he loves all, hates none; he
becomes satisfied for ever. This Love
cannot be reduced to any earthly benefit,
because so long as worldly desires last,
that kind of Love does not come.”
“The realisation of the divinity through
the control of mind.”
“Each one of the steps to attain Samadhi
has been reasoned out, properly adjusted,
scientifically organised, and, when
faithfully practised, will surely lead us to
the desired end. Then will all sorrows
cease, all miseries vanish; the seeds for
actions will be burnt, and the soul will be
free for ever.”
“The realization of a man's own divinity
through knowledge.”
“Whoever sees in every being that same
Atman, and whoever sees everything in
that Atman, he never goes far from that
Atman. When all life and the whole
universe are seen in this Atman, then
alone man has attained the secret. There
is no more delusion for him. Where is any
more misery for him who sees this
Oneness in the universe?”
“Spirituality must conquer the West.
Slowly they are finding out that what
they want is spirituality to preserve
them as nations. They are waiting for
it, they are eager for it.
“Where are the men ready to go out
to every country in the world with
the messages of the great sages of
India? Where are the men who are
ready to sacrifice everything, so that
this message shall reach every corner
of the world?...
…Such heroic spurs are wanted to
help the spread of truth. Such heroic
workers are wanted to go abroad and
help to disseminate the great truths
of the Vedanta.”
“My faith is in the younger
generation, the modern generation.
Out of them will come my workers.
They work out the whole problem,
like lions.”
“A few whole-hearted, sincere, and
energetic men and women can do
more in a year than a mob in a
“If you think that the
infinite power, infinite knowledge, and
indomitable energy lie within you,
and if you can bring out that power,
you also can be like me.”
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