Swami Vivekananda Quotes and Short Knowledgeable Stories

Swami Vivekananda Quotes and Short Knowledgeable Stories

Swami Vivekananda, known in his pre-monastic life as Narendra Nath Dutt, was born on 12th January 1863 in Kolkata to a thriving family. His father, Vishwanath Dutt, was a successful lawyer with an interest in many subjects, and his mother, Bhuvaneshwari Devi, was endowed with deep devotion, strong character, and other qualities. An indefatigable boy, Narendra excelled in music, gymnastics, and studies. By the time he graduated from the University of Calcutta, he had acquired a vast knowledge of various subjects, especially Western philosophy, and history. Born with a yogic nature, he also practiced meditation from his boyhood and was associated with the Brahman movement for some time.

We have many things about him to tell but won't be able to mention in a few lines, hence sharing his few valuable thoughts with you.

25 Most Famous Swami Vivekananda Quotes to Help Your Inner Wisdom and Success

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01. In a Conflict between the heart and the brain,
      Follow your heart.

02. Everything is easy when you
      are busy. But nothing is easy
      when you are lazy.

03. If I love my self despite
      my infinite faults
      how can I hate anyone at
      the glimpse of a few faults.

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

5. Take risks in your life,
    If you win you may lead,
    If you lose, you may guide.

6. If you go on practicing meditation for days,
    and months, and years, until it has become a habit,
    until it will come in spite of yourself, anger, and hatred
    will be controlled and checked.

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

8. Anything that makes you weak Physically,
    Intellectually and Spiritually, Reject as Poison.

9. Who is helping you, don't forget them.
    Who is loving you, don't hate them?
    Who is believing you, don't cheat them?

10. Comfort is no test of truth.
      Truth is often far from being comfortable.

11. A good character is created
     only after thousand of stumbling blocks.

12. Conquer yourself
      and the whole universe is yours.

13. Arise! Awake!
     and stop not until
     the goal is reached.

14. Let men have light, let them be pure and spiritually
      strong and deducted, then alone will misery cease
      in the world, not before.

15. Talk to yourself
      at least once a Day...
      otherwise, you may miss
      a meeting with an
      EXCELLENT person
      in the World.

16. The greatest sin to
      think yourself weak.

17. 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 the idea, and just leave every other idea alone.
      This is the way to success.

18. That man has reached
      immortality who is disturbed
      by nothing material.

19. 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.

20. All the powers in the
      universe is already ours.
      It is we who have put our
      hands before our eyes
      and cry that it is Dark.

21. When you
      challenge people,
      you will lose one day.
      When you
      challenge yourself,
      you will win every day.

22. Perfection does not come
      from belief or faith. Talk does
      not count for anything. Parrots 
      can do that. Perfection comes
      through selfless work.

23. There must not be a shade of
      jealousy or selfishness,
      then you are a leader!

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

25. Learn everything that is good from others,
      but bring it in, and in your own way adsorb it;
      do not become others.

Short Knowledgeable Stories

1. Story

Swami Vivekananda, a famous Saint from India, was lovingly called Biley in his childhood years. One of the games Biley and his friends enjoyed was a competition to see who mediates the longest. All the children would sit with their eyes closed and each one would think of his favorite deity.
One day, when they were playing this game, one of them heard a soft sound. As he opened his eyes, he saw a big snake slithering towards them. The boy started shouting, "Cobra! Cobra!" On hearing that, all of them except Biley got up and ran away. Even as they ran, they shouted warnings, "Biley, come away! Hurry up; there is a big cobra approaching. It will bite you, Run! Run!" But Biley did not hear their shouts. He was sitting with his eyes closed, thinking only of God. He was enjoying Bliss, completely unaware of the commotion around him.

And what do you think the cobra did? The cobra reared up, spread its hood, and watched Biley for some time. Then slowly it bowed to Biley and slithered away without touching or disturbing him. The story about the cobra leaving Biley alone spread rapidly, with Biley's friends narrating it excitedly to his parents as well as his neighbors. They were awed by the divine protection Biley had acquired through his intense concentration and love for God.

Moral: If we develop a love for God as intense as Swami Vivekanand's and are so focused on God that nothing distracts us from our devotion to Him; then surely God will look after us and protect us in any situation. Regular chanting (repeating God's name) is a sure way to develop such concentration and devotion.

2. Story

Swami Vivekanand was traveling on a train. He was wearing a wrist gifted to him by a Raja.
There were some girls making fun of Vivekananda by the way he looks and his clothes. They decided to play a prank.
They said to swami to give the watch to them or else they will complain to the cops that Vivekananda was physically harassing them.
Swami acted as a deaf and made a sign to the girls to write what they want to say.
Girls wrote and gave the paper to Vivekananda.
The Vivekananda spoke,
"Call the cops, I have a complaint to make."
This was Vivekananda, with, and present in every moment.   

3. Story

As a boy, Vivekananda was called Narendra.
Once in school, a teacher doubted Narendra for mischief he didn't do.
When Naren denied it, the teacher became furious and gave him punishment. But still, Naren denied the mischief.
After some time, the teacher realized that what he did was wrong and the error was someone else's. He went to Naren and apologized. Then after everything was played with respect and regard.

Naren came home and narrated the incident to his mother.
His mother said, "it doesn't matter if you got punished, but always do what is right and what is true. No matter what."

He followed this lesson throughout his life
Stick to your guns. dead or alive.

4. Story

When in America, swami saw some young boys shooting but they had not scored one.

Swami went and asked if he could try.
Boys thought of this shabby-clothed monk and gave him the gun.
Swami shooted 12 rounds and all of them were on target.
The boys were astonished and asked about the secret.
Swami profoundly said, "Focus"
"Whatever you do always put your everything in it. Focus only on your aim. This is the secret to success."

Lesson for life.

5. Story

One time after visiting a temple, Swami Vivekananda was crossing a place which had a tank on one side and a wall on the other.

there was a group of monkeys not allowing swami to cross.
They started to snatch him and tried to get hold of his belongings.
Swami after some trying started to run. But as Vivekananda ran, the monkeys got even bolder.
After failing to escape, Vivekananda heard a monk shouting, " Face the Brutes!"
Words had a magical impact on Vivekananda, he turned back, stood his ground, and faced the monkeys.
As he did that, the monkeys their ways and ran away.
Vivekananda thanked the monk with traditional 'namaste'. The monk started walking his way and swami his.

Like those monkeys, there will be mischiefs, negative thoughts, trouble, and difficult situations coming your way. Never run. Turn back and "Face the brutes". they will disappear.

6. Story

Once Swami Vivekananda was traveling. He was wearing this typical orange monk robe.
Someone asked him, "why don't you wear some good clothes?"

Swami replied, " For you, it is the clothes that make the gentleman, but for me, It is the character that makes one."

7. Story

Once Naren was playing in his house. There was a Champa tree beside the house.

Naren loved to climb the tree.
There was an old man who used to collect the Champa flowers.
To avoid wastage of flowers, the Old man said to Naren,

"Don't climb on the tree. There is a Brahmadaitya (ghost/devil) on the tree. He broke the neck of the one who climbs."

Naren came down and went home thinking.
He kept thinking for some time.

That very day, the Old man saw Naren again on the tree.
An old man angrily asked,
"Why do you climb again? Brahmadaitya will break your neck."

Naren laughed and said,
" He should have done that way before. No one hurt me since I have started climbing this tree. There is no one on this tree, baba.
Someone fooled you."

Never trust everything you hear and see.
Trust your conscience and go ahead.

8. Story

Before going to America, swami went to meet his guru's wife- Sharadadevi.

He considered her like his mother and sought blessing from her for his journey to America.
Sharadadevi asked him to give him the knife.
Swami gave one.
Sharadadevi smiled and said, " you are going to be successful in your voyage, my son. When I asked you to hand over the knife, you kept the handle to my side and the edge to yours.
This shows your compassion and cares for others. You're someone who helps others by suffering yourself."

How simple, but equally deep.

Moral: To have compassion and being able to take good care of others is a remarkable Quality.. It is the law of Nature that the more selfless you are the more you will receive.


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