Today is the first day
of 2015. I dedicate this
post to two great pioneers of Modern India Shri Ramkrishna Paramhansa and
The synthesis of the two great
forces, the ancient Indian and the modern Western, was brought about
Ramakrishna Paramhansa (1836-1886) and by his disciple, Vivekananda
Ramakrishna believed in the inherent truth and unity of all
Swami Vivekananda advocated a vigorous active life and believed
that the Hindu Vedantic doctrine had a message not only for India, but the
At the same time he urged
Indians to adopt the scientific attitude of the West.
These are some inspiring
quotations of the two great educational, religious and social leaders of
two kinds of people can attain self-knowledge: those who are not
encumbered at all with learning, that is to say, whose minds are not
over-crowded with thoughts borrowed from others; and those who, after
studying all the scriptures and sciences, have come to realise that
they know nothing.
physicians of one class feel the patients and go away, merely
they leave the room they simply ask the patient to take the medicine.
are the poorest class of physicians.
Disease is the tax which the soul pays for the body, as the tenant
pays house-rent for the use of the house.
good sayings are to be found in holy books, but merely reading them
will not make one religious.
as I live, so long do I learn.
The world is indeed a mixture of truth and
Discard the make-believe and take the truth.
and Liberation are of the mind alone.
is in all men, but all men are not in God; that is why we suffer.
who works for others, without any selfish motive, really does good to
is everywhere but He is most manifest in man. So serve man as God.
That is as good as worshipping God.
winds of God's grace are always blowing, it is for us to raise our
awake, stop not until your goal is achieved.
work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. … Character
has to be established through a thousand stumbles.
work has to pass through these stages—ridicule, opposition, and then
Those who think ahead
of their time are sure to be misunderstood.
Women will work out their destinies - much better, too, than men can
ever do for them.
All the mischief to women has come because men undertook to shape the
destiny of women.
one, thoroughly believe that no power in the universe can withhold
from anyone anything they really deserve.
Knowledge can only be got in one way, the way of experience; there is
no other way to know.
brain with high thoughts, highest ideals, place them day and night
before you, and out of that will come great work.
brain and muscles must develop simultaneously.
Iron nerves with an
intelligent brain — and the whole world is at your feet.
truth is eternal. Truth is nobody’s property; no race, no individual
can lay any exclusive claim to it. Truth is the nature of all souls.
none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so.
If not, fold your
hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.
people do their most common actions; these are indeed the things that
will tell you the real character of a great person.
great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man or
woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the
can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.
faith in ourselves had been more extensively taught and practiced, I
am sure a very large portion of the evils and miseries that we have
would have vanished.
Fear is death, fear is sin, fear is hell, fear is unrighteousness, and
fear is wrong life.
All the negative
thoughts and ideas that are in the world have proceeded from this evil
spirit of fear.