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.
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.
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
Bear in mind, my children, that only cowards
and those who are weak commit sins and tell lies. The brave
are always moral. Try to be moral, try to be brave, try to
The earth is enjoyed by heroes—this is the
unfailing truth. Be a hero. Always say, “I have no fear."
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.
A few heart-whole, sincere, and energetic
men and women can do more in a year than a mob in a century.
This life is a hard fact; work your way
through it boldly, though it may be adamantine; no matter,
the soul is stronger
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.
Knowledge can only be got in one way, the
way of experience; there is no other way to know.
No need of looking behind, FORWARD! We want
infinite energy, infinite zeal, infinite courage, and infinite
patience, then only will great things be achieved.
Go on bravely. Do not expect success in
a day or a year. Always hold on the highest. Be steady. Avoid
jealousy and selfishness. Always hold on to the highest. Be
steady. Avoid jealousy and selfishness. Be obedient and eternally
faithful to the cause of truth, humanity, and your country,
and you will move the world. Remember it is the person, the
life, which is the secret of power, nothing else
The great thing is to have faith in oneself,
even before faith in God; but the difficulty seems to be that
we are loosing faith in ourselves day by day. That is my objection.
It is always for greater joy that you give
up the lesser. This is practical religion—the attainment of
freedom, renunciation. Renounce the lower so that you may
get the higher. Renounce! Renounce! Sacrifice! Give up! Not
for zero. Not for nothing, but to get the higher.
BY the study of different RELIGIONS we find
that in essence they are one
You cannot believe in God until you believe
The world is the great gymnasium where we
come to make ourselves strong.
Where can we go to find God if we cannot
see Him in our own hearts and in every living being.
To devote your life to the good of all and
to the happiness of all is religion. Whatever you do for your
own sake is not religion
MY nature is love Him. And therefore I love.
I do not pray for any-thing. I do not ask for anything. Let
Him place me wherever He likes. I must love Him for love’s
sake. I can not trade in love.
Truth can be stated in a thousand different
ways, yet each one can be true.
Religion is the manifestation of the Divinity
already in man
In one word, this ideal is that you are
The Vedanta recognizes no sin it only recognizes
error. And the greatest error, says the Vedanta is to say
that you are weak, that you are a sinner, a miserable creature,
and that you have no power and you cannot do this and that.
GOD of truth, be Thou alone my guide…
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
If you think about disaster, you will get
it. Brood about death and you hasten your demise. Think positively
and masterfully, with confidence and faith, and life becomes
more secure, more fraught with action, richer in achievement
“Comfort” is no test of truth; on the contrary,
truth is often far from being “comfortable.” “Face the brutes.”
That is a lesson for all life—face the terrible, face it boldly.
Like the monkeys, the hardships of life fall back when we
cease to flee before them.
All knowledge that the world has ever received
comes from the mind; the infinite library of the universe
is in our own mind.
All that is real in me is God; all that
is real in God is I. The gulf between God and me is thus bridged.
Thus by knowing God, we find that the kingdom of heaven is
All who have actually attained any real
religious experience never wrangle over the form in which
the different religions are expressed. They know that the
soul of all religions is the same and so they have no quarrel
with anybody just because he or she does not speak in the
Are you unselfish? That is the question.
If you are, you will be perfect without reading a single religious
book, without going into a single church or temple.
Be perfectly resigned, perfectly unconcerned;
then alone can you do any true work. No eyes can see the real
forces; we can only see the results. Put out self, forget
it; just let God work, it is His business.
GOD is to be worshiped as the one beloved,
dearer than everything in this and next life.
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.
The moment I have realized God sitting in
the temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence
before every human being and see God in him - that moment
I am free from bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and
I am free.
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
Fill the brain with high thoughts, highest
ideals, place them day and night before you, and out of that
will come great work.
First get rid of the delusion “I am the
body,” then only will we want real knowledge.
God is self-evident, impersonal, omniscient,
the Knower and the Master of nature, the Lord of all. He is
behind all worship and it is being done according to Him,
whether we know it or not.
Have faith in Guru, in his teachings, and
in the surety that you can get free. Think day and night that
this universe is zero, only God is. Have intense desire to
Let each one of us pray day and night for
the downtrodden millions, who are held fast by poverty, priestcraft,
and tyranny. Pray day and night for them. I care more to preach
religion to them than to the high and the rich. I am no metaphysician,
no philosopher, nay, no saint. But I am poor and I love the
Let us not depend upon the world for pleasure
Let us worship the spirit in spirit, standing
on spirit. Let the foundation be spirit, the middle spirit,
the culmination spirit.
Live for an ideal, and that one ideal alone.
Let it be so great, so strong, that there may be nothing else
left in the mind; no place for anything else, no time for
Arise! Awake! And stop not till the goal
Bold words and bolder deeds are what we
want. Awake, awake, great ones! The world is burning with
misery. Can you sleep? Let us call and call till the sleeping
God awake, till the God within answer the call. What more
is in life? What greater work?
First, believe in the world—that there is
meaning behind everything.
Tell the truth boldly, whether it hurts
or not. Never pander to weakness. If truth is too much for
intelligent people and sweeps them away, let them go; the
sooner the better.
Why are people so afraid? The answer is
that they have made themselves helpless and dependent on others.
We are so lazy, we do not want to do anything ourselves. We
want a Personal God, a Savior or a Prophet to do everything
There is one thing to be remembered: that
the assertion—I am God—cannot be made with regard to the sense-world.
Every action that helps us manifest our
divine nature more and more is good; every action that retards
it is evil.
Are great things ever done smoothly? Time,
patience, and indomitable will must show.
Love is always mutual and reflective. You
may hate me, and if I want to love you, you repulse me. But
if I persist, in a month or a year you are bound to love me.
It is a well-known psychological phenomenon.
May I be born again and again, and suffer
thousands of miseries so that I may worship the only God that
exists, the only God I believe in, the sum total of all souls--and,
above all, my God the wicked, my God the miserable, my God
the poor of all races, of all species, is the special object
of my worship.
Look here—we shall die! Bear this in mind
always, and then the spirit within will wake up. Then meanness
will vanish from you, practicality in work will come, you
will get new vigor in mind and body, and those who come in
contact with you will also feel that they have really got
something uplifting from you.
My child, what I want is muscles of iron
and nerves of steel, inside which dwells a mind of the same
material as that of which the thunderbolt is made.
Is there any sex-distinction in the Atman
(Self)? Out with the differentiation between man and woman—all
is Atman! Give up the identification with the body, and stand
Pray all the time, read all the scriptures
in the world, and worship all the gods there are ...but unless
you realize the Truth, there is no freedom.
Have you got the will to surmount mountain-high
obstructions? If the whole world stands against you sword
in hand, would you still dare to do what you think is right?
Renunciation is the very basis of our true
life. Every moment of goodness and real life that we enjoy
is when we do not think of ourselves.
Self-realization is to be attained by renunciation,
by meditation—renunciation of all the senses, cutting the
knots, the chains that bind us down to matter.
If superstition enters, the brain is gone.
Say "So'ham, So'ham" whatever comes. Tell
yourself this even in eating, walking, suffering. Tell the
mind this incessantly—that what we see never existed, that
there is only "I". Flash--the dream will break! Think day
and night, this universe is zero, only God is. Have intense
desire to get free.
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
Each work has to pass through these stages—ridicule,
opposition, and then acceptance. Those who think ahead of
their time are sure to be misunderstood.
Despondency is not religion, whatever else
it may be.
Come out into the broad light of day, come
out from the little narrow paths, for how can the infinite
soul rest content to live and die in small ruts?
Change is always subjective. To talk of
evil and misery is nonsense, because they do not exist outside.
If I am immune from all anger, I never feel angry. If am immune
from all hatred, I never feel hatred.
Do you think these sannyasi children of
Sri Ramakrishna are born to simply to sit under trees lighting
dhuni-fires? Whenever any of them will take up some work,
people will be astonished to see their energy. Learn from
them how to work.
Desire, want, is the father of all misery.
Desires are bound by the laws of success and failure. Desires
must bring misery. The great secret of true success, of true
happiness, is this: the person who asks for no return, the
perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.
Desire, ignorance, and inequality—this is
the trinity of bondage.
Be strong! Don’t talk of ghosts and devils.
We are the living devils. The sign of life is strength and
growth. The sign of death is weakness. Whatever is weak, avoid!
It is death. If it is strength, go down into hell and get
hold of it! There is salvation only for the brave.
However we may receive blows, and however
knocked about we may be, the Soul is there and is never injured.
We are that Infinite.
A tremendous stream is flowing toward the
ocean, carrying us all along with it; and though like straws
and scraps of paper we may at times float aimlessly about,
in the long run we are sure to join the Ocean of Life and
The less passion there is, the better we
work. The calmer we are the better for us and the more the
amount of work we can do. When we let loose our feelings,
we waste so much energy, shatter our nerves, disturb our minds,
and accomplish very little work.
SReligion has no business to formulate social
laws and insist on the difference between beings, because
its aim and end is to obliterate all such fictions and monstrosities.
Put God behind everything—people, animals,
food, work. Make this a habit.
Learn to feel yourself in other bodies,
to know that we are all one. Throw all other nonsense to the
winds. Spit out your actions, good or bad, and never think
of them again. What is done is done. Throw off superstition.
Have no weakness even in the face of death. Do not repent,
do not brood over past deeds. Be âzâd"free")
Stick to God! Who cares what comes to the
body or to anything else! Through the terrors of evil, say--my
God, my love! Through the pangs of death, say--my God, my
love! Through all the evils under the sun, say--my God, my
love! Thou art here, I see Thee. Thou art with me, I feel
Thee. I am Thine, take me. I am not of the world’s but Thine,
leave not then me.
Stick to God! Who cares what comes to the
body or to anything else! Through the terrors of evil, say—my
God, my love! Through the pangs of death, say—my God, my love!
Through all the evils under the sun, say my God, my love!
TO worship God even for the sake of salvation
or any other reward is equally degenerate. Love knows no reward.
Give your love unto to God, but do not ask anything in return
even from Him through pray.
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.
The less the thought of the body, the better
it is for us. For it is the body that drags us down. It is
attachment, identification, which makes us miserable.
The Kingdom of Heaven is within us. He is
there. He is the soul of our souls. See Him in your own soul.
That is practical religion. That is freedom
The moment you fear, you are nobody. It
is fear that is the great cause of misery in the world. It
is fear that is the greatest of all superstitions. It is the
fear that is the cause of our woes, and it is fearlessness
that brings heaven in a moment.
The weak, the fearful, the ignorant will
never reach the Atman. You cannot undo what you have done;
the effect must come. Face it, but be careful never to do
the same thing again. Give up the burden of all deeds to God.
Give all, both good and bad. God helps those who do not help
The nature of the brutes is to remain where
they are, of human beings to seek good and avoid evil, and
of God to neither seek nor avoid but just to be blissful eternally.
Let us be like God.
The whole universe is one. There is only
one Self in the universe, only One Existence.
There is hope for all. None can die; none
can be degraded forever. Life is but a playground, however
gross the play may be. However we may receive blows, and however
knocked about we may be, the Atman is there and is never injured.
We are that Infinite.
Our duty is to encourage everyone 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
The essential thing in religion is making
the heart pure; the Kingdom of Heaven is within us, but only
the pure in heart can see the King. While we think of the
world, it is only the world for us; but let us come to it
with the feeling that the world is God, and we shall have
I fervently wish no misery ever came near
anyone; yet it is that alone that gives us an insight into
the depths of our lives, does it not? In our moments of anguish,
gates barred forever seem to open and let in many a flood
There is no help for you outside of yourself;
you are the creator of the universe. Like the silkworm you
have built a cocoon around yourself…. Burst your own cocoon
and come out aw the beautiful butterfly, as the free soul.
Then alone you will see Truth.
To succeed you must have tremendous perseverance,
tremendous will. “I will drink the ocean,” says the persevering
soul, “at my will mountains will crumble.” Have that sort
of energy, that sort of will, work hard, and you will reach
This world is nothing. It is at best only
a hideous caricature, a shadow of the Reality. We must go
to the Reality. Renunciation will take us to It.
“I do not want to get material life. I do
not want sense-life but something higher.” That is renunciation.
Then, by the power of meditation, undo the mischief that has
It is our own mental attitude which makes
the world what it is for us. Our thought make things beautiful,
our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our own
minds. Learn to see things in the proper light. First, believe
in this world, that there is meaning behind everything. Everything
in the world is good, is holy and beautiful. If you see something
evil, think that you do not understand it in the right light.
Throw the burden on yourselves!
The important thing is: how much less you
think of the body, of yourself as matter—as dead, dull, insentient
matter; how much more you think of yourself as shining immortal
Hold to the idea, “I am not the mind, I
see that I am thinking, I am watching my mind act,” and each
day the identification of yourself with thoughts and feelings
will grow less, until at last you can entirely separate yourself
from the mind and actually know it to be apart from yourself.
Bless people when they revile you. Think
how much good they are doing by helping to stamp out the false
ego. Hold fast to the real Self. Think only pure thoughts,
and you will accomplish more than a regiment of mere preachers.
Out of purity and silence comes the word of power.