Swami Vivekananda adalah seorang Biksu Hindu dari India. Berikut ini adalah beberapa ajaran dan kutipannya tentang kehidupan, pendidikan, pemuda, kesuksesan, kepercayaan diri, dan pemikiran-pemikiran positif akan membuat teman-teman termotivasi dan terinspirasi.

“Perfection does not come from belief or faith. Talk does not count for anything. Parrots can do that. Perfection comes through selfless work.”

“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.”

“Everything is easy when you are busy. But nothing is easy when you are lazy.”

“Experience is the only teacher we have. We may talk and reason all our lives, but we shall not understand a word of truth.”

“You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.”

“Take risks in your life, if you win, you can lead! If you lose, you can guide.”

“Do not figure out big plans at first, but, begin slowly, feel your ground and proceed up and up.”

“Take up one idea. Make that idea your life; dream of it; think of it; live on that idea. Let the brain, the body, 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, and this is the way great spiritual giants are born.”

“Fear is death, fear is sin, fear is hell, fear is unrighteousness, and fear is wrong life. All the negative thoughts and ideas that are in the world proceeded from this evil spirit of fear.”

“In a conflict between the heart and the brain, follow your heart.”

“Never say No, never say ‘I cannot’, for you are infinite. All the power is within you. You can do anything.”

“Strength is life, weakness is death.”

“Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.”

“Do not lower your goals to the level of your abilities. Instead, raise your abilities to the height of your goals.”

“If you think yourselves strong, strong you will be.”

“In a day when you don’t come across any problems – you can be sure that you are travelling in a wrong path.”

“Each work has to pass through these stages – ridicule, opposition, and then acceptance. Those who think ahead if their time are sure to be misunderstood.”

“Everything can be sacrificed for truth, but truth cannot be sacrificed for anything.”

“Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. Character has to be established through a thousand stumbles.”

“All power is within you; you can do anything and everything. Believe in that, do not believe that you are weak, do not believe that you are half-crazy lunatics. You can do anything and everything, without even the guidance of any one. Stand up, and express the divinity within you.”

“You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.”

“Meditation can turn fools in to sages but unfortunately fools never mediate.”

“The best thermometer to the progress of a nation is its treatment of its women.”

“The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves.”

“So long as millions live in hunger and ignorance. I hold every person a traitor who, have been educated at their expense, pays not the least heed to them.”

“Anything that makes weak – physically, intectually and spiritually, reject it as poison.”

“When a man is perfect, he sees perfection in others. When he sees imperfection, it is his own mind projecting itself.”

“That man has reached immortality who is disturbed by nothing material.”

“We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live, they travel far.”

“You should work like a master and not as a slave; work incessantly, but do not do a slave’s work.”

“Strength is life, weakness is death. Expansion is life, contraction is death. Love is life, hatred is death.”

“Feel nothing, know nothing, do nothing, have nothing, give up all to God, and say utterly, “Thy will be done.” We only dream this bondage. Wake up and let it go.”

“Who makes us ignorant? We ourselves. We put our hands over our eyes and weep that it is dark.”

“Ask nothing; want nothing in return. Give what you have to give; it will come back to you, but do not think of that now.”

“Relationships are more important than life, but it is important for those relationships to have life in them.”

“You are the creator of your own destiny.”

“The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help you are freed.”

“Talk to yourself once in a day.. Otherwise you may miss meeting an excellent person in this world.”

“As long as we require someone else to make us happy, we are slaves.”

“Do one thing at a time, and while doing it put your whole soul into it to the exclusion of all else.”

“The infinite library of the universe is in your mind.”

“Whatever you think that you will be. If you think yourself weak, weak you will be; if you think yourself strong, you will be.”

“Believe in yourself and the world will be at your feet.”

“Throw away all weakness. Tell your body that it is strong. Tell your mind that it is strong and have unbound faith and hope in yourself.”

“When an idea exclusively occupies the mind, it is transformed into an actual physical or mental state.”

“The mistake is that we want to tie the whole world down to our own plane of thought and to make out mind the measure of the whole universe.”

“The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them.”

“We reap what we sow. We are the makers of our own fate. The wind is blowing; those vessels whose sail are unfurled catch it, and go forward on their way, but those which have their sails furled do not catch the wind. Is that the fault of the wind?….. We make our own destiny.”

“Fill the brain with high thoughts, highest ideals, place them day and night before you, and out of that will come great work.”

“By the study of different religions we find that it in essence they are one.”

“Have faith in yourself – All power is in you. Even the poison of a snake is powerless, if you can firmly deny it.”

“If money help a man to do good to others, it is of some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil, and the sooner it is got rid of, the better.”

“Have faith in yourselves, great convictions are the mother of great deeds.”

“We, we and none else, are responsible for what we suffer. We are the effects, and we are the causes.”

“The will is not free – it is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect – but there is something behind the will that is free.”

“Everyone goes with the flow… but the one who goes against the flow becomes something remarkable in life…”

“If superstitions enter, the brain is gone.”

“The fire that warms us can also consume us; it is not the fault of the fire.”

“Don’t look back-forward, infinite energy, infinite enthusiasm, infinite daring, and infinite patience – then alone can great deeds be accomplished.”

“Stand upon the self, only then can we truly love the world. Take a very high stand; knowing our universal nature, we must look with perfect calmness upon all the panorama of the world.”

“He who struggles is better than he who never attempts.”

“Do not hate anybody, because that hatred which comes out from you must, in the long run, come back to you, if you love, that love will come back to you, completing the circle.”

“The power of concentration is the only key to the treasure-house of knowledge.”

“Even the greatest fool can accomplish a task if it were after his or her heart. But the intelligent ones are those who can convert every work into one that suits their taste.”

“Both attachment and detachment perfectly developed make a man great and happy.”

“Doing good to others is the one great universal religion.”

“If you want to have life, you have to die every moment for it. Life and death are only different expressions of the same thing looked at from different standpoints; they are the falling and the rising of the same wave, and the two form one whole.”

“The greatest religion is to be true to your own nature. Have faith in yourselves.”

“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.”

“Stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole responsibility on your own shoulders and know that you are the creator of your own destiny.”

“He who always thinks himself as weak will never become strong, but he who knows himself to be a lion, rushes out from the worlds meshes, as a lion from its cage.”

“Do not wait for anybody or anything. Do whatever you can. Build your hope on none.”

“3 golden rules! Who is helping you, don’t forget them. Who is loving you, don’t hate them. Who is trusting you, don’t cheat them.”

“The calmer we are and the less disturbed our nerves, the more shall we love and the better will our work.”

“Work on with the intrepidity of a lion but at the same time with the tenderness of a flower.”

“Be a hero. Always say, “I have no fear. Tell this to everyone? “Have no fear.”

“If the mind is intensely eager, everything can be accomplished – mountains can be crumbled into atoms.”

“Never think there is anything impossible for the soul.”

“The man who becomes angry never does a great amount of work, and the man whom nothing can make angry accomplishes so much.”

“It is our mental attitude which makes the world what it is for us. Our thoughts make things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own minds.”

“Blame neither man, nor God, nor anyone in the world. When you find yourselves suffering, blame yourselves, and try to do better.”

“The greatest sin is to thing that you are weak.”

“The present is determined by our past actions, and the future by the present.”

“This I have seen in life? Those who are overcautious about themselves fall into dangers at every step; those who are afraid of losing honor and respect, get only disgrace; and those who are always afraid of loss, always lose.”

“You must keep a strict eye on your health; let everything else be subordinated to that.”

“Only those who want nothing are masters of Nature.”

“It’s the coward who says, ‘This is fate’… It’s the strong who stands up and says ‘I will make my fate.'”

“Always keep the mind cheerful. Everyone will die once. Cowards suffer the pangs of death again and again, solely due to the fear in their own minds.”

“A few heart-whole, sincere, and energetic men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century.”

“Alcohol is not the answer to all the questions.”

“Whenever we attain a higher vision, the lower vision disappears of itself.”

“Neither seek nor avoid, take what comes.”

“The will is stronger than anything else. Everything must go down before the will, for it comes from God. A pure and strong will is omnipotent.”

“The caste system had grown by the practice of the son always following the business of the father.”

“When death is so certain, it is better to die for a good cause.”

“Man makes the mistake of separating himself from God and identifying himself with the body.”

“Tell the truth boldly, whether it hurts or not. Never pander to weakness. If truth is too much for the intelligent people and sweeps them away, let them go; the sooner the better.”

“Law is death. The more of the law in a country, the worse for the country.”

“This craving for health, wealth, long life, and the like – the so – called good, is nothing but an illusion.”

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