Teachings of Swami Vivekananda
The mind cannot be easily conquered. Minds that rise into waves at the approach of every little thing, at the slightest provocation or danger, in what a state they must be! What to talk of greatness’ or spirituality, when these changes come over the mind? This unstable condition of the mind must be changed. We must ask ourselves how far we can be acted upon by the external world, and how far we can stand on our feet in spite of all the forces outside us. When we have succeeded in preventing all the forces in the world form throwing us off our balance, then alone we have attained to freedom, and not before.
If one read this one shloka ‘yield not to unmanliness’ o son of pritha ! ill doth it become thee. Cast of this means faintheartedness and arise, o scorcher of thy enemies! , – He gets all the merits of reading the entire Gita; for in his one shloka lies imbedded the whole message of Gita.
All begin great or small , are equally manifestations of god ; the difference is only in manifestation. The miseries of the world cannot be cured by physical help only. Until mans nature changes , these physical needs will arise , and miseries will always be felt , and no amount of physical help will cure them completely. The only solution of this problem is to make man kind pure. Ignorance is the mother of all the evil and all the misery we see. Let men have light , let them be pure and spiritually strong and educated, then alone will misery cease in the world not before.
The householders the centre of life and society . it is a worship for him to acquire and spend wealth nobly , for the householders who struggles to become rich by good means and for good purpose is doing practically . thus same things for the attainment of salvation as the anchorite does in his cell when he is praying , for in them we se only the different aspect of the same virtue of self – surrender and self sacrifice prompted by the feelings of devotions to god and all that he his.
Man is to become divine by realizing the divine. Idols, or temples or churches or books are only the supports , the helps , of his spiritual childhood but on an on he must progress
Our method is very easily described. It simply consists in reasserting the national life….. the secret lies there. The national ideals of India are renunciations and services intensify her in those channels, and the rest will take care of itself. The burner of the spiritual cannot be raised to high in this country. In it alone are salvations.
The idol man is he who in the midst of the greatest silence and solitude finds the intersect activity and the midst of the intense activity finds the silence and solitude of the desert he has learned the secret of restraint, he has controlled himself. He goes thought the streets of a big city with all its traffic , and his mind is as if he were in cave , where not a sound could reach him ; and he is intensely working all the time that is the idol of karma yoga and, if you have attained to that you have really learned the secret of work.
You may invent and image to thought which to worship god, but a better image already exits, the living man. You may build a temple in which to worship god and that may be good but a better one , a much higher one already exist the human body .
Inactivity should be avoided by all means resistance. Resist all evils, mental and physical; and when you have success in resisting, then will calmness come. It is very easy to say , ‘ hate nobody , resist not evil ‘ . But we know what that kind generally means in practice when the eyes of society are turned towards us we may make show off
Non-resistance …….this is hypocrisy and will serve no purpose.
May I be born again and again, and suffer thousand of miseries so that I may worship the only god that exits, the only god I believe, 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.
This is the one question I put to every man, woman child, when they are in physical, mental or spiritual training: are you strong? Do you feel strength? – For I know it is truth along that gives strength. I know that truth alone gives life, and nothing but going towards reality will make us strong, and none will reach truth until he is strong.
All the strength and succor you want is within yourselves. Therefore, make your own future. ‘let the dead past bury its dead.’ the infinite future is before you, and you must always remember that each word, thought and deed, lays up a store for you and that as the bad thoughts and bad works are ready to spring upon you like tiger, so also there is the inspiring hope that the good thoughts, and good deeds, are ready with the power of a hundred thousand angels to defend you always and for ever.
Take up 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. Thos is the way to success, and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced.
It is thought which the propelling force in us is. Fill the mind with highest thoughts, her them day after day, think them month after month. Never mind failures; they are quite natural, they are the beauty of life, these failures.
This is the one prayer, to remember our true nature, the god who is always within us, thinking of it always as infinite, almighty, ever-good, ever-beneficent, selfless, bereft of all limitations. And because that nature is selfless, it is strong and fearless; for only to desire for himself, whom does he fear and what can frighten him? What fear has death for him? What fear has evil for him?