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Swami Vivekanand: 9 quotes that prove he is relevant, even today

As the Prime Minister prepares for a speech to mark the National Youth Day on Vivekanand’s birthday, we give you some quotes by the visionary that best describe his relevance in today’s era.

more lifestyle Updated: Jan 12, 2016 15:59 IST
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As the Prime Minister prepares for a speech to mark the National Youth Day on Vivekanand’s birthday, we give you some quotes by the visionary that best describe his relevance in today’s era.
As the Prime Minister prepares for a speech to mark the National Youth Day on Vivekanand’s birthday, we give you some quotes by the visionary that best describe his relevance in today’s era.(HT Photo)

Tuesday marks the 153th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda. Vivekananda sculpted the spirit of India from the esoteric and epiphanic traditions of the Vedic ages, the music of nature, the mystical lure of the Himalayas, and the cultural ingenuity of age old civilizations.

As the Prime Minister prepares for a speech to mark the National Youth Day on Vivekanand’s birthday, we give you some quotes by the visionary that best describe his relevance in today’s era.

Read: Vivekananda personifies Indian culture, says Modi

1The Christian is not to become a Hindu or a Buddhist, nor a Hindu or a Buddhist to become a Christian. But each must assimilate the spirit of the others and yet preserve his individuality and grow according to his own law of growth.

Communal harmony is one of the basic requirements of peaceful existence of a country as diverse as India. Yet, we continue to live in an age where communalism is one of the biggest threats. Coexistence and acceptance of various religions is one of the best lessons Vivekananda taught us.

2You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.

Self-belief and confidence are the building blocks of a strong personality. In a country driven by gods, we certainly need to learn keeping people above the deified figures.

3We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.

Masks for our professional and social life do not change the real person that we are.

4Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.

We need not quarrel over each and every difference of opinion in life: Different opinions must co-exist for the sake of a free world.

5Anything that makes you weak physically, intellectually and spiritually, reject as poison.

Be it an abusive relationship or a demeaning atmosphere at work/home, we must take responsibility for what happens around us and change it for good.

6You 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.

Hundreds of lectures and books cannot teach us what we do not believe in. Our own conscience is what really matters.

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

The experience of going through life, meeting different people form our personality.

8 Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.

Judging people is the favourite ‘recreational’ activity these days. But should we form perceptions without knowing what people went through before they reached where they are? Certainly not.

9Arise,awake and do not stop until the goal is reached.

The one and only way to achieve our goals is to work for them, consistently.

(With ANI inputs)

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