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Swami Vivekananda Biography

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Swami Vivekananda real name was Narendranath Dutta. He was born on January12, 1863 in Calcutta. Narendranath obtain the name of Swami Vivekananda when he became a monk. Swami Vivekananda was one of the most powerful religious leaders of Vedanta philosophy. He was the chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahansa and was the founder of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission.

Swami Vivekananda's moving character was well known both in India and in America during the last decade of the nineteenth century and the first decade of the twentieth. The nameless monk of India suddenly leapt into fame at the Parliament of Religions held in Chicago in 1893, at which he represented Hinduism. His vast familiarity of Eastern and Western culture as well as his deep holy insight, fervid fluency, bright conversation, broad human kindness, colorful behavior, and good-looking figure made an irresistible appeal to the many types of Americans who came in contact with him. People who saw or heard Vivekananda even once still cherish his recollection after a slide of more than half a century.
Swami Vivekananda Quotes
“ 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, that is way great spiritual giants are produced.”

“ We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves. If what we are now has been the result of our own past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in future can be produced by our present actions; so we have to know how to act.”

“ 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.”

“ 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 goal of mankind is knowledge... Now this knowledge is inherent in man. No knowledge comes from outside: it is all inside. What we say a man 'knows', should, in strict psychological language, be what he 'discovers' or 'unveils'; what man 'learns' is really what he discovers by taking the cover off his own soul, which is a mine of infinite knowledge.”

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

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

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

“ The first sign of your becoming religious is that you are becoming cheerful”

“ The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.”

“ YOU know, I may have to be born again, you see, I have fallen in love with mankind.”

“ Our duty is to encourage every one in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.”

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

" GOD is to be worshipped as the one beloved, dearer than everything in this and next life".

" 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."

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