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Swami Vivekananda Quotes

Greetings on the occasion of birth anniversary of Swamy Vivekananda

January 8, 2018 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

Today is Swami Vivekananda’s Jayanthi (birth anniversary) as per Hindu calendar. I extend my warm wishes on this auspicious occasion and may we all get inspired by his teachings.

Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda

swami Vivekananda born on 12th January, 1863 and attained Maha samadhi on 4th July 1902. During his life, he has delivered many speeches that inspires one and all. Some information:

Born into an aristocratic Bengali family of Calcutta, Vivekananda was inclined towards spirituality. He was influenced by his guru, Ramakrishna, from whom he learnt that all living beings were an embodiment of the divine self; therefore, service to God could be rendered by service to mankind. After Ramakrishna’s death, Vivekananda toured the Indian subcontinent extensively and acquired first-hand knowledge of the conditions prevailing in British India. He later travelled to the United States, representing India at the 1893 Parliament of the World’s Religions. Vivekananda conducted hundreds of public and private lectures and classes, disseminating tenets of Hindu philosophy in the United States, England and Europe. In India, Vivekananda is regarded as a patriotic saint and his birthday is celebrated there as National Youth Day.

Source: Wikipedia

Swami Vivekananda Janmathithi celebrations Live from Shri. Ramakrishna Math, Hyderabad

May he shower his blessings on us all.

Greetings on the occasion of National Youth Day – birthday of Swami Vivekananda

January 12, 2017 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula


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.
-Swami Vivekananda

Absolutely true. Guru, parents or anyone can only guide a person to the right direction but it’s only responsibility of an individual to grab right knowledge, set right mindset and grab all possible opportunities to grow.

We read several books with an intention to grow our knowledge or learn new things; but what we also need to do is interpret what we are reading.

Starting today, we I’ll resume writing my interpretation of a few quotes of Swami Vivekananda.

Swami Vivekananda is certainly an inspiration to youth and we all have so many things to learn from him. He has rightly said there is no powerful tool to success than hardwork.

In 1984 the Government of India declared the day as the National Youth Day and since 1985 the event is celebrated in India every year.

Quote from Government of India’s communication on declaring Swami Vivekananda’s birthday as National Youth Day:

it was felt that the philosophy of Swamiji and the ideals for which he lived and worked could be a great source of inspiration for the Indian Youth.

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12th January – birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda

January 12, 2016 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

Everything that is excellent will come when this sleeping soul is aroused to self conscious activity

12th January is a birthday of Swami Vivekanda, a person with inspiration, a person who have created path to lead a successful life, a great teacher to youth.

Teachings of Swami Vivekananda shows path to lead a successful and meaningful life.

Beginning of 1984, India has declared Swami Vivekananda’s birthday as National Youth Day [External link]~

What Gandhiji said captures the great importance of spreading Swami Vivekananda’s ideas and ideals among the youth in our country today. He personified the eternal energy of the youth and their restless quest for truth. It is entirely fitting that the Government of India has declared 12th January, the birthday of Swami Vivekananda, as National Youth Day. We must work to rekindle the eternal message of this great patriot and son of India.
– The Prime Minister of India on 12th January, 2013

There was a great response when Swami began his speech at Chicago as “Brothers and Sisters of America”. Below is video of his speech at Chicago.

Read Full text of Swami Vivekananda’s speech at Chicago [PDF]

I personally have learnt several things by reading his literature, watching videos. Some of them are “try again and again until you succeed” and “Be good and do good”.

Though Swmi is not in our midst, I’m sure his teachings will continue to inspire, guide and encourage all of us and let’s make sure we spread the word of his teachings.

I believe everyone should spend at least sometime (specially during school ae) reading Swami Vivekanda’s teachings, quotes and in fact, it should be made as part of school curriculum.

I would also like to thank our brother K Gunyaneshwara Rao, who have introduced me to teachings of Swami.

With sincere tributes to Swami Vivekanda

Be good, do good and see good – Quote of the day 8th November, 2015

November 8, 2015 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

Be good, Do good and See good
-Swami Vivekananda

Absolutely. It’s essential to “be” good when we want anyone to good to us. Even though other person may not be good at us, when we began to “be” good with them, they automatically retrospect themselves and “be” good with us too. If someone is not good to us, doesn’t mean that we should be bad to them. A positive behavior brings in tremendous change in the world.

Next, “do” good. Yes, there is no reason we should do harm to anyone. It’s OK, if we can’t help someone but don’t criticise nor do something that causes harm to anyone. Even if we are doing something for ourselves, think twice if our action is safe to the world.

Also, “see” good. life is auspicious. As learned people have said, time is only thing that shall never return once gone. Eyes are gift to human… so use them to “see” good. When there is something wrong, if you can, solve it and if not, move on… but don’t just keep watching and make stories out of it.

Have a meaningful life ahead!

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Bring light to the ignorant – Quote of the day 13th October, 2015

October 12, 2015 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

Bring light to the ignorant, and more light to the educated for the vanities of the education of our times are tremendous.
-Swami Vivekananda

Unfortunate but it’s true; we see more ignorance from the educated than others. Consider a simple instance; buyers who come on two wheelers often just part right infant of the shop; they don’t even think how others would come out of the shop when their vehicle is parked right outside of the shop; they only think “oh it takes me a minute to buy and come back” and they can get to their vehicle quickly but what they don’t realize is that it causes problem to others. Funny part, when they notice something being done by others, they talk about it and not when they are doing.

Another instance is we keep complaining about several things such as roads are not clean or tourism operations are not going in right direction; but what are we doing about them? we should speak up and share ideas to resolve the problem. Saying only problem statement does not enough; that gets solved when at least a sense of encouragement if offered.

Be educated and contribute in right way!

Human mind has unlimited power – Quote of the day 12th October, 2015

October 12, 2015 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

There is no limit to the power of the human mind. The more concentrated it is, the more power is brought to bear on one point.

Unlike physical devices, human mind does not have any limit to store or limit to use. The more we use, the more it improves. Concentrate on what you do and think positive all the time.

This does not mean we know everything or we have ability to do everything. Our mind also reminds us our limitation. There may be a few things that we cannot do or we don’t know; that’s OK. But if we think we cannot do or we do not know for everything, that becomes blocker for our success.

Have a successful day ahead.

If you can’t help, that’s OK but don’t condemn – Quote of the day 11th October, 2015

October 11, 2015 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

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.
– Swami Vivekananda

If there is a situation and someone is in struggle, if you can offer a helping hand, do so unconditionally; if you cannot just wish them good luck and let them go with their plan but don’t intervene and condemn the situation. There is no point in just taking about something when you cannot help. If you have an idea to resolve the problem, do speak out and let them know. Your idea may work greatly for them. Remember butt you have no right or you should not expect them to apply your idea. Your job is just to say the idea; whether take it or not is their choice.

Have an outstanding day.

Ridicule, Opposition and acceptance – Quote of the day 9th October, 2015

October 9, 2015 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

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.
– Swami Vivekananda

It’s a general tendency that when something new comes, first community ridicule it, oppose it but when they start seeing value in it, finally they accept it. Though it takes time, but it does happen when any new work has value in it. This applies to human life too. When you propose something new, obviously first you see ridicule and opposition; it’s not the intention of others to oppose you but wanted to carefully assess both pros and cons. So it’s your responsibility to prove that your idea is strong and stand by what you say;accept if there is constructive feedback to improve your idea. Then acceptance comes for sure.

Have an outstanding day!

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Comfort is not truth… Quote of the day 8th October, 2015

October 8, 2015 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

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

It’s quite usual that we think something what we are doing is right and just stay in what we are doing. Also, we feel very confident when we are within our known places; but that will not give us any growth. To realize and identify areas of improvements within us, we need to go out of our comfort zone.

For instance, if we need real feedback on something we are doing, present it to strangers; we get right feedback.

So let’s go out of our comfort zone and gain success!

“They alone live, who live for others” – Quote of the day 7th October, 2015

October 7, 2015 • Srinivasu Chakravarthula

They alone live, who live for others
– Swami Vivekananda

If there is someone in need and you can help, do step-in and offer your support. Always think from the shoes of other person who you are dealing with. While making a comment or doing an action, think once “How would I feel, if someone says or does this to me?”.

If something that you think makes sense or helpful, do not hesitate to speak-up. At the worse case, they may not agree; that’s OK. But if you hesitate to let them know, perhaps a true solution would be just with you.

In a professional life, we often see people saying “what did this company do to me? why should I work?” instead ask “What have I done to this company and how can I make it better?” Though you work for an employer, feel it as your own company and work hard to its success; your recognition will automatically come one day.

So let’s live for the world. But this does not mean one needs to compromise something for self; sometimes you need to be selfish without harming other person.

Have a joyful day ahead.