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Swami Vivekananda’s

Message
Who am I?
• Am I the body?
• Am I the physiological system?
• Am I the mind?
• Am I the intellect?

• Who am I?
• I am the master of all these.
Man vs. Matter
• Man makes money. Money does not
make man.
• I am higher than any object or situation.

• If I really want to be happy and peaceful


under any situation, nothing can stop
me.
Free !!!
• I am inherently free.
• Unless I decide to get bound, nothing
can bind me.
• Unless I let the situation overwhelm me,
I am bigger than any situation.
• I always have the freedom and the right
to be happy in any situation.
• As long as I keep trying, I have not
failed.
You are Divine
Let eyes grow dim and heart grow faint,
And friendship fail and love betray,
Let Fate its hundred horrors send,
And clotted darkness block the way.

All nature wear one angry frown,


To crush you out — still know, my soul,
You are Divine. March on and on,
Nor right nor left but to the goal.
What is the Goal?
Each soul is potentially divine. The goal
is to manifest this divinity within, by
controlling nature, external and internal.
Do this either by work, or worship, or
psychic control, or philosophy - by one,
or more, or all of these - and be free.
This is the whole of religion. Doctrines,
or dogmas, or rituals, or books, or
temples, or forms, are but secondary
details.
Be Good, Do Good.
• Motto of Ramakrishna Math and
Mission
– aatmano mokshaartam jagat hitaaya ca
• For self-liberation and welfare of the
world
• “Be Good. Do Good.”
Be Good
• Believe in being good.
• Strength is life. Weakness is death.
• Peace of mind is more important than
being wealthy and famous.
• Be a master of your senses and mind.
• Identify your self with the spirit.
Struggle
• Struggle is the sign of life.
• Everything is conscious which rebels
against nature: there, consciousness is
manifested. Just try to kill a little ant,
even it will once resist to save its life.
Where there is struggle, where there is
rebellion, there is the sign of life, there
consciousness is manifested.
Do Good
• Serve without any selfish motive.
• Never expect any material return.
• Your own inner development is the
benefit.
• Work is worship.
• Serving the underprivileged is the way to
please God.
• Not out of pity, but out of gratitude.
Real Worship
This is the gist of all worship — to be pure
and to do good to others. He who sees Shiva
in the poor, in the weak, and in the diseased,
really worships Shiva; and if he sees Shiva
only in the image, his worship is but
preliminary. He who has served and helped
one poor man seeing Shiva in him, without
thinking of his caste, or creed, or race, or
anything, with him Shiva is more pleased than
with the man who sees Him only in temples.
Be a King
• Give, give, give.
• Don’t be a beggar. Be a king.
• Expectation is slavery.
• Selfishness is sin.
• Expansion is life. Contraction is death.
Love is life, and hatred is death.
• Have no place for jealousy. Celebrate
and appreciate success of others.
Arise !! Awake !!!
Let every man and woman and child,
without respect of caste or birth,
weakness or strength, hear and learn
that behind the strong and the weak,
behind the high and the low, behind
every one, there is that Infinite Soul,
assuring the infinite possibility and the
infinite capacity of all to become great
and good.
Arise !! Awake !!!
Let us proclaim to every soul:
uttishthata jagrata prapyavaran nibodhata
Arise, awake, and stop not till the goal
is reached. Arise, awake! Awake from
this hypnotism of weakness. None is
really weak; the soul is infinite,
omnipotent, and omniscient. Stand up,
assert yourself, proclaim the God within
you, do not deny Him!
Arise !! Awake !!!
Teach yourselves, teach every one his
real nature, call upon the sleeping soul
and see how it awakes. Power will
come, glory will come, goodness will
come, purity will come, and everything
that is excellent will come when this
sleeping soul is roused to self-
conscious activity.