Today, 12th January 2012 is Birthday of Swami Vivekanada. This day is celebrated as National Youth Day (Yuva Divas) in India.
Swami Vivekananda (12 January 1863 – 4 July 1902), born as Narendranath Dutta was the chief disciple of the 19th century saint Ramakrishna Paramahansa and the founder of the Ramakrishna Math and the Ramakrishna Mission. He is considered a key figure in the introduction of Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the “Western” World, mainly in America and Europe and is also credited with raising interfaith awareness, bringing Hinduism to the status of a major world religion during the end of the 19th century C.E. Vivekananda is considered to be a major force in the revival of Hinduism in modern India.
He is perhaps best known for his inspiring speech which began: “Sisters and Brothers of America,”through which he introduced Hinduism at the Parliament of the World’s Religions at Chicago in 1893.
Please find below famous quotes, quotations, sayings and thoughts of Swami Vivekananda :
All differences in this world are of degree, and not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.
All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.
GOD is to be worshipped as the one beloved, dearer than everything in this and next life.
Never think there is anything impossible for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin, this is the only sin; to say that you are weak, or others are weak.
The more we come out and do good to others, the more our hearts will be purified, and God will be in them.
The will is not free – it is a phenomenon bound by cause and effect – but there is something behind the will which is free.
The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.
We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.
Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on 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.