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Swami Vivekananda Selected Sayings and Utterances
« on: March 13, 2010, 02:02:18 PM »
Volume 5, Sayings and Utterances

1. Man is born to conquer nature and not to follow it.

2. When you think you are a body, you are apart from the universe; when you think; you are a soul, you are a spark from the great Eternal Fire; when you think you are the Âtman (Self), you are All.

4. Strength is in goodness, in purity.

6. You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.

15. To believe that mind is all, that thought is all is only a higher materialism.

18. As soon as you make a sect, you protest against universal brotherhood. Those who really feel universal brotherhood do not talk much, but their very actions speak aloud.

28. Have charity towards all beings. Pity those who are in distress. Love all creatures. Do not be jealous of anyone. Look not to the faults of others.

31. There is really but one Self in the universe, all else is but Its manifestations.

36. Of all the scriptures of the world it is the Vedas alone that declare that even the study of the Vedas is secondary. The real study is "that by which we realise the Unchangeable". And that is neither reading, for believing, nor reasoning, but superconscious perception, or Samâdhi.

41. Let me die a true Sannyâsin as my Master did, heedless of money, of women, and of fame! And of these the most insidious is the love of fame!

43. "This is a great land," said Swamiji on one occasion in America, "but I would not like to live here. Americans think too much of money. They give it preference over anything else. Your people have much to learn. When your nation is as old as ours, you will be wiser."

59. Spirituality can never be attained until materiality is gone.

67. Never loved a husband the wife for the wife's sake or the wife the husband for the husband's sake. It is God in the wife the husband loves, and God in the husband the wife loves. It is God in every one that draws us to the one we love, God in everything and in everybody that makes us love. God is the only love.

69. In everyone is God, the Atman; all else is but dream, an illusion.



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Re: Swami Vivekananda Selected Sayings and Utterances
« Reply #1 on: October 22, 2010, 11:54:54 AM »

Dear prasanth,

About the mind and the illusions it creates, Muruganar says in

[Tr. David Godman]

1602:  In a Heart in which the mind is dead, the lustrous Padam
excels the transcendent, non dual mouna.

2979:  Though one may run and run to the ends of the earth seeking
it, Padam, one's true Self, never comes within the grasp of the ego

2735:  Padam destroys the perversity of samsara that gives rise
to the discord in which remembering is birth and forgetting is death.

887:  Effulgent Padam kills and annihilates the mind-illusion that
causes bewilderment by making reflection appear to be real.

1163:  The deception of the mind that roams around without any
restraints is extremely wicked.  Expel the conceptualizing tendencies
of the mind through Self abidance.

1143:  Those who, instead of recognizing the Self, try to know it with their minds will get choked and perplexed.

1475:   Unless you clearly know your real nature by remaining
firmly established in Self abidance, you will get enmeshed in creation and become bewildered.

170:  Reach the Self, the land of consciousness, the Reality, which is your own country.  Shun the residence in a foreign land [mind].

702:  The intrinsic purity of your own Self nature was corrupted
on account of your worthless mind.

1531:  It is the mind that deceives you and imprisons you within
the body, deluding you and tormenting you.

There are many many such gems in Padamalai.

Arunachala Siva.