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Each (the Sannyasi and the householder) is great in his own place. (I. 47)


Growth must proceed from within. (V. 198)

Liberty is the first condition of growth. (VI. 367)


A pleasurable feeling is the nature of the Sattva. (I. 264)


The guru is the bright mask which God wears in order to come to us. (VIII. 117)

It is not possible for everyone to be an Acharya. (V. 268)

It is the knowledge of the spirit of the scriptures alone that constitutes the true religious teacher. (III. 49)

There is no other teacher but your own soul. (V. 410)

Find the teacher, serve him as a child, open your heart to his influence, see in him God manifested. (IV. 28)

Only the knowers of Brahman are the spiritual teachers of mankind. (VI. 464)

The greatness of a teacher consists in the simplicity of his language. (V. 106)

The guru must be a man who has known, has actually realized the Divine truth, has perceived himself as the spirit. (VIII. 115)

One who has known God can alone be a teacher. (IV. 27)

He alone teaches who has something to give. (IV. 177- 78)

The guru is the means of realization. (V. 323)

He is an Acharya through whom the divine power acts. (V. 268)

It is easier to become a Jivanmukta (free in this very life) than to be an Acharya. (V. 268)

Anyone and everyone cannot be an Acharya (teacher of mankind); but many may become Mukta (liberated). (V. 268)

The guru only knows what will lead towards perfection. (V. 258)

Know it for certain that without steady devotion for the guru and unflinching patience and perseverance, nothing is to be achieved. (VII. 447)

Wah Guru Ki Fateh ! Victory unto the guru !! (VI. 421)

The guru has to bear the disciple’s burden of sin. (V. 268)

The power that can transform life in a moment can be found only in the living illuminated souls, those shining lights who appear among us from time to time. (VIII. 116)

The one who has the power of transmitting this current is called a guru. (VI. 141)

The guru is the conveyance in which the spiritual influence is brought to you. (VII. 63)

Nothing, I say, can be done without the chain of discipleship, that is, the power that is transmitted from the guru to the disciple, and from him to his disciple, and so on. (VI. 265)

Without an unbroken chain of discipleship— Guruparampara—nothing can be done. (VI. 265)

The real guru is he who leads you beyond this Maya of endless birth and death—who graciously destroys all the griefs and maladies of the soul. (VI. 471)

Nothing can be done without a guru. (VII. 63)

The father and mother give me this body; but the guru gives me rebirth in the soul. (VIII. 112)

The guru frees my soul. (VIII. 112)

A mere talker cannot be the guru. (VIII. 115)

Gurubhakti is the foundation of all spiritual development. (V. 98)

Mind you, the Gurubhakta will conquer the world—this is the one evidence of history. (V. 99)


The only remedy for bad habits is counter habits. (I. 208)


He who is alone is happy. (VIII. 414)

If I am unhappy, it has been of my own making, and that everything shows that I can be happy if I will. (III. 125)

There is no happiness higher than what a man obtains by this attitude of non-offensiveness, to all creation. (I. 189)

Happiness belongs to him who knows this oneness, who knows he is one with this universe. (I. 374)

The animal has its happiness in the senses, the man in his intellect, and the God in spiritual contemplation.(I. 186)

Happiness is only found in the Spirit. (II. 83)

Happiness is not in this heaven or in that heaven, it is in the soul. (II.184)

Real happiness is not in the senses but above the senses.(V. 283)

The power of suffering is infinitely greater than the power of doing; the power of love is infinitely of greater potency than the power of hatred. (IV. 348)


God will come to everyone, harmony is within the reach of all. (VII. 24)

We want harmony, not one-sided development. (II. 143)

We want today that bright sun of intellectuality joined with the heart of Buddha, the wonderful infinite heart of love and mercy. (II. 140)

What is now wanted is a combination of the greatest heart with the highest intellectuality, of infinite love with infinite knowledge. (II. 143)

What we really want is head and heart combined. (II. 145)

What we want is the harmony of Existence, Knowledge, and Bliss Infinite. (II. 143)

Too much of everything is bad. (VII. 482)


Nothing shall be done in haste. (VI. 281)

No man ought to take a hasty step. (VI. 80)


Love is truth, and hatred is false, because hatred makes for multiplicity. (II. 304)

It is hatred that separates man from man, therefore it is wrong and false. (II. 304)


We must not forget that health is only a means to an end. (I. 139)

Consciously or unconsciously, health can be trans-mitted. (I. 154)


It is the heart that is of most importance. (II. 306)

Learning and wisdom are superfluities, the surface glitter merely, but it is the heart that is the seat of all power. (VI. 425)

It is always the heart that speaks in the man of love. (I. 413)

Within the heart is the ocean of Love. (IV. 496)

It is through the heart, and the heart alone, that inspiration comes. (III. 318)

Through the heart comes inspiration. (III. 225)

Deep as the ocean, broad as the infinite skies, that is the sort of heart we want. (III. 174)

Heart speaks unto heart better than any language of the mouth. (III. 146)

It is nothing until you have the heart to feel. (III. 432)

It is through the heart that the Lord is seen, and not through the intellect. (II. 306)

Through the heart the Lord speaks, and through the intellect you yourself speak. (I. 415)

When there is conflict between the heart and the brain, let the heart be followed. (I. 412)

It is the heart, the heart that conquers, not the brain. (VI. 400)

It is the heart and the brain that do it ever and ever and not the purse. (VI. 302)

It is the culture of the heart, really, and not that of the intellect that will lessen the misery of the world.(I. 414)

It is the heart which takes one to the highest plane, which intellect can never reach; it goes beyond intellect, and reaches to what is called inspiration. (I. 413)

Always cultivate the heart. (I. 415)

A pure heart sees beyond the intellect. (I. 414)

The pure heart is the best mirror for the reflection of truth, so all these disciplines are for the purification of the heart. (I. 414)

All truth in the universe will manifest in your heart, if you are sufficiently pure. (I. 414)

It is the heart that reaches the Goal. (I. 414)

It is through the heart, and that alone, that the world can be reached. (VIII. 406)

‘Out of the fullness of the heart the mouth speaketh,’ and out of the fullness of the heart the hand works too. (II. 152)

It is culture of the heart that we want. (IV. 222)

He whose book of the heart has been opened needs no other books. (V. 410)

If one has the colour of the heart, he does not want any external colour. (III. 283)

The man of heart can never be a devil. (I. 413)

Men of heart get the ‘butter’, and the ‘butter milk’ is left for the intellectual. (I. 413)

Through Hell to Heaven is always the way. (V. 252)

If there is any road to Heaven it is through Hell. (V. 252)


All search is vain, until we begin to perceive that knowledge is within ourselves, that no one can help us, that we must help ourselves. (I. 258)

If we cannot help ourseles, there is none to help us. (I. 478)

We are our own help. (I. 478)

All the help that has come was from within yourselves.(II. 324)

Help does not come from without; it comes from within ourselves. (II. 356)

There is no help for you outside of yourself; you are the creator of the universe. (III. 26)

If you want to help others, your little self must go. (III. 431)

In helping the world we really help ourselves. (I. 80)

Helping others is only helping ourselves. (I. 75)

It is blasphemy to think that you can help anyone.(I. 441-42)


Our heroes must be spiritual. (III. 315)

Heroes only enjoy the world. (V. 448)

It is the hero alone, not the coward, who has liberation within his easy reach. (VII. 504)

Defeat is the ornament the hero adorns himself with. (VIII. 432)


Excessive hilarity is quite as objectionable as too much of sad seriousness. (III. 69)


The Himalayas stand for that renunciation. (III. 353-54)


The Hindu understands religion and religion alone. (III. 165)

The Hindu man drinks religiously, sleeps religiously, walks religiously, marries religiously, robs religiously. (VIII. 74)

If a Hindu is not spiritual, I do not call him a Hindu. (III. 371)

If any of you do not believe it, if there be a Hindu boy amongst us who is not ready to believe that his religion is pure spirituality, I do not call him a Hindu. (III. 444)

Here we are, the Hindu race, whose vitality, whose life principle, whose very soul, as it were, is in religion. (III. 177)

The Hindu must not give up his religion, but must keep religion within its proper limits and give freedom to society to grow. (V. 22)

The whole religion of the Hindu is centred in realization.(I. 16)

The Hindu religion does not consist in struggles and attempts to believe a certain doctrine or dogma, but in realizing—not in believing, but in being and becoming. (I. 13)

The Hindus have to learn a little bit of materialism from the West and teach them a little bit of spirituality. (VI. 115)

Until the absence of jealousy and obedience to leaders are learnt by the Hindu, there will be no power of organization. (V. 216)

With all their faults the Hindus are head and shoulders above all other nations in morality and spirituality. (VIII. 322)

Hindu thinkers were as bold, and in some cases, much bolder than the moderns. (II. 90)

The race that produced Sita—if it only dreamt of her— has a reverence for woman that is unmatched on the earth. (V. 231)

No religion on earth preaches the dignity of humanity in such a lofty strain as Hinduism, and no religion on earth treads upon the necks of the poor and the low in such a fashion as Hinduism. (V. 15)

Hinduism indicates one duty, only one, for the human soul. It is to seek to realize the permanent amidst the evanescent. (V. 232)

The old Hinduism can only be reformed through Hinduism, and not through the new-fangled reform movements. (VIII. 308)


Whatever is old becomes holy. (II. 159)
So long as holiness is thus supremely venerated, India cannot die. (IV. 160)
Holiness is the greatest power. (VI. 89)


East or West, home is best. (III. 309)


Infinite hope begets infinite aspiration. (III. 445)


The householder is the centre of life and society. (I. 46)

The householder is the basis, the prop, of the whole society. (I. 45)


Humanity travels not from error to truth, but from truth to truth. (IV. 147)

Every human being is a perfect being. (II. 502)

Human nature is very conservative. (II. 316)


Almost every good idea in this world can be carried to a disgusting extreme. (III. 67)

In Shabda or idea, all gross objects have their subtle forms. (VI. 497)


The ideal of man is to see God in everything. (II. 152)

We must have an ideal. (II. 63)

Without the struggle towards the Infinite there can be no ideal. (II. 63)

We must even have the highest ideal. (II. 152)

Our ideal is the Brahmin of spiritual culture and renunciation. (III. 197)

It is a great thing to take up a grand ideal in life and then give up one’s whole life to it. (III. 168)

Every person projects his or her own ideal on the outside world and kneels before it. (III. 90)

The life of the practical is in the ideal. (IV. 286)

It is the ideal that has made us what we are, and will make us what we are going to be. (IV. 285)

The power of the ideal is in the practical. (IV. 286)

Live for an ideal, and that one ideal alone. (V. 251)

That is the one great first step—the real desire for the ideal. (V. 252)

There is only one ideal in morality unselfishness. (IV. 150)

The highest ideal is always selfless. (VI. 143)

The highest ideal is eternal and entire self-abnegation, where there is no ‘I’, but all is ‘Thou’. (I. 84-5)


Nothing is done by leading idle lives. (VI. 298)

The real evil is idleness, which is the principal cause of our poverty. (V. 375)


We are all born idolaters, and idolatry is good, because it is in the nature of man. (II. 40)


Even if an imitation is good, it is never genuine. (I. 483)

Imitation is not civilization. (III. 381)

Imitation, cowardly imitation, never makes for progress. (III. 381)


You are immortal only when you are the whole. (III. 417)

What is strong and invigorating is immortal. (IV. 407)

The idea of immortality is inherent in man. (II. 32)

Immortality and bliss are not to be acquired, we possess them already; they have been ours all the time. (II. 350)

By renunciation alone immortality was reached. (IV. 338)

To talk of immortality in constantly changing things is absurd. (II. 81)


No permanent or everlasting good can be done to the world. (I. 111)

Whatever is weak and corrupt is liable to die—what are we to do with it ? (IV. 406-07)

Decadence seizes everything in this life. (I. 247)

Everything that is the result of combination must get dissolved and die. (III. 84)

Everything mutable is a compound. (I. 7)

Everything compound must undergo that change which is called destruction. (I. 7)

All combinations must dissolve. (I. 494)

All the heavens and the world are in the person. (I. 495)

Not one is constant, but everything is changing, matter eternally concreting and disintegrating. (I. 151)

The whole world is going towards death; everything dies. (II. 92)

Everything is evanescent. (II. 71)

Every particle in this body is continually changing. (II. 440)

Everything in nature is constantly changing. (II. 440)

Ours are only sand, and, therefore, the building comes down with a crash in no time. (III. 430)

This world is a delusion of two days. (III. 148)

Everyone has to die, the saint or the sinner, the rich or the poor. (III. 431)

No dream can be eternal; it must end sooner or later. (VI. 68)

There is none who can keep his dream for ever. (VI. 68)

Everything born must die. (II. 177)

The body is subject to the law of growth and decay; what grows must of necessity decay. (IV. 188)

Everything that has a beginning in time must end in time. (III. 124)

This life comes and goes—wealth, fame, enjoyments are only of a few days. (V. 114)

Enjoyment, misery, luxury, wealth, power, and poverty, even life itself, are all evanescent. (II. 71)

Birth, growth, development, decay, death—this is the sequence in all nature. (VI. 41)

Life is not eternal. (VI. 419)

Change is inherent in every form. (VI. 20)

Nothing is to last for ever. (VI. 419)

All prosperity which comes with Mammon is transient, is only for a moment. (VIII. 213)

Everyone, everything is gone, is going, and will go. (VIII. 148)

Nothing in this relative world can be eternal. (VIII. 251)

Nothing external can be eternal. (VIII. 251)

Name and form come and go, but substance remains ever the same. (VIII. 247)

Excepting the infinite spirit, everything else is changing. (IV. 249)

‘Everything is evanescent, everything is changeful’— knowing this, the sage gives up both pleasure and pain and becomes a witness of this panorama (the universe) without attaching himself to anything. (VIII. 344)


If you think yourselves impure, impure you will be. (III. 130)

We cannot see impurity without having it inside ourselves. (II. 327)

Impurity is a mere superimposition under which your real nature has become hidden. (III. 159)

No impure soul can be religious. (IV. 24)


There is only one country in the world which understands religion—it is India. (VIII. 322)

India’s theme is religion. (V. 210)

India’s heart must break, and the flow of spirituality will come out. (V. 210)

It (religion) is the backbone, the bed-rock, the foundation upon which the national edifice has been built. (III. 204)

With us, religion is the only ground along which we can move. (III. 314)

Religion is the one and sole interest of the people of India. (III. 178)

Religion is the peculiarity of the growth of the Indian mind. (III. 203)

To the Indian mind there is nothing higher than religious ideals. (III. 287)

The Indian mind is first religious, then anything else. (III. 289)

Here in India, it is religion that forms the very core of the national heart. (III. 204)

In religion lies the vitality of India. (IV. 324)

For good or for evil, the religious ideal has been flowing into India for thousands of years; for good or for evil,the Indian atmosphere has been filled with ideals of religion for shining scores of centuries; for good or for evil, we have been born and brought up in the very midst of these ideas of religion, till it has entered into our very blood and tingled with every drop in our veins, and has become one with our constitution, become the very vitality of our lives. (III. 178-79)

Religion and religion alone is the life of India, and when that goes India will die, in spite of politics, in spite of social reforms, in spite of Kubera’s wealth poured upon the head of every one of her children. (III. 146)

Each nation has a main current in life; in India it is religion. (IV. 373)

This is the line of life, this is the line of growth, and this is the line of well-being in India—to follow the track of religion. (III. 179)

Here in this blessed land, the foundation, the backbone, the life-centre is religion and religion alone. (III. 148)

This our motherland, has religion and religion alone for its basis, for its backbone, for the bed-rock upon which the whole building of its life has been based. (III. 177)

India is the land of religion. (IV. 322)

Our vigour, our strength, nay, our national life is in our religion. (III. 289)

Here in India, religion is the one and the only occupation of life. (III. 107)

In India, religious life forms the centre, the keynote of the whole music of national life. (III. 220)

Religion is the life of India, religion is the language of this country, the symbol of all its movements. (IV. 462)

Our vitality is concentrated in our religion. (III. 178)

Renunciation, that is the flag, the banner of India, floating over the world, the one undying thought which India sends again and again as a warning to dying races, as a warning to all tyranny, as a warning to wickedness in the world. (III. 344)

Religion, in India, means realization and nothing short of that. (III. 377)

All history of Indian life is the struggle for the realization of the ideal of the Vedanta through good or bad fortune. (V. 217)
We have no quarrel with any religion in the world, whether it teaches men to worship Christ, Buddha, or Mohammed or any other prophet. (III. 132)

National union in India must be a gathering up of its scattered spiritual forces. (III. 371)

In India religion was never shackled. (IV. 346)

The search after the universal is the one search of Indian philosophy and religion. (III. 81)

Religion in India must be made as free and as easy of access as is God’s air. (III. 383)

Religion in India culminates in freedom. (VIII. 221)

We all hold in India that the soul is by its nature pure and perfect, infinite in power and blessed. (III. 375)

All the orthodox systems of Indian philosophy have one goal in view, the liberation of the soul through perfection. (I. 122)

India is the only place where, with all its faults, the soul finds its freedom, its God. (VI. 359)

The gift of India is the gift of religion and philosophy, and wisdom and spirituality. (III. 273)

Renunciation and spirituality are the two great ideas of India. (II. 372)

This nation still lives; the raison d’être is it still holds to God, to the treasure-house of religion and spirituality. (III. 148)

Here in India the first and the foremost duty of our lives is to be spiritual first, and then, if there is time, let others things come. (III. 371)

India’s contribution to the sum total of human knowledge has been spirituality, philosophy. (III. 171)

Whether you believe in spirituality or not, for the sake of the national life, you have to get a hold on spirituality and keep to it. (III. 153)

Modern India belongs to the spiritual part of the Vedas. (III. 536)

India’s gift to the world is the light spiritual. (III. 109)

A nation in India must be a union of those whose hearts beat to the same spiritual tune. (III. 371)

India is still living; who says she is dead? (III. 165)

India dies not. (III. 444)

The Indian nation cannot be killed. (IV. 160)

Political greatness or military power is never the mission of our race; it never was, and, mark my words, it never will be. (III. 108)

India is India. (V. 210)

To Europeanize India is therefore an impossible and foolish task. (V. 198)

India can never be Europe until she dies. (IV. 347)

In the midst of all our misery, our poverty, and degeneration, the heart beats as warm as of yore, when the ‘wealth of Ind’ was the proverb of nations and India was the land of the ‘Aryan’. (V. 122)

Thou blessed land of the Aryas, thou wast never degraded. (IV. 314)

We have to give back to the nation its lost individuality and raise the masses. (VI. 255)

The only hope of India is from the masses. (V. 106)

India must rise, the masses and the poor are to be made happy. (V. 35)

No amount of politics would be of any avail until the masses in India are once more well-educated, wellfed, and well cared for. (V. 222-23)

The one thing that is at the root of all evils in India is the condition of the poor. (IV. 362)

Nowhere has activity been more pronounced than in this blessed land of ours. (III. 137-38)

If we want to regenerate India, we must work for them (masses). (V. 223)

What our country now wants are muscles of iron and nerves of steel, gigantic wills which nothing can resist, which can penetrate into the mysteries and the secrets of the universe, and will accomplish their purpose in any fashion even if it meant going down to the bottom of the ocean and meeting death face to face. (III. 190)

She is awakening, this motherland of ours, from her deep long sleep. (III. 146)

The present want of India is the Kshatriya force. (V. 316)

India sets the example of real strength, that is meek-ness. (V. 190)

What India wants is a new electric fire to stir up a fresh vigour in the national veins. (V. 57)

India’s potentialities are great and will be called forth. (V. 199)

On our work depends the coming of the India of the future. (III. 154)

None can resist her any more; never is she going to sleep any more; no outward powers can hold her back any more; for the infinite giant is rising to her feet. (III. 146)

India must conquer the world, and nothing less than that is my ideal. (III. 316)

We, of all nations of the world, have never been a conquering race, and that blessing is on our head, and therefore we live. (III. 106)

We have yet something to teach to the world. (III. 148)

I see in my mind’s eye the future perfect India rising out of this chaos and strife, glorious and invincible, with Vedanta brain and Islam body. (VI. 416)

This idea of oneness is the great lesson India has to give. (III. 160)

We are destined by the Lord to do great things in India. (V. 13)

Here alone is the best ideal for mankind. (III. 138)

The Indian nation never stood for imperial glory. Wealth and power, then, were not the ideals of the race. (VIII. 74)

India is still the first and foremost of all the nations of the world. (III. 147)

The talk of the brotherhood of man becomes in India the brotherhood of universal life, of animals, and of all life down to the little ants—all these are our bodies. (III. 126)

You are the descendants of the Devas. (IV. 352)

If we are to live at all, we must be a scientific nation. (VI. 113)

The ideal woman in India is the mother, the mother first, and the mother last. (VIII. 57)

In India, father and mother are living gods to their children. (II. 158)

The Indian people are intensely socialistic. (III. 516)

They are ... tremendously individualistic. (III. 516)

The one great lesson, therefore, that the world wants most, that the world has yet to learn from India, is the idea not only of toleration, but of sympathy. (III. 114)

Priestcraft is the bane of India. (IV. 327)

There is no polytheism in India. (I. 15)

The characteristic of my nation is this transcenden-talism, this struggle to go beyond, this daring to tear the veil off the face of nature and have at any risk, at any price, a glimpse of the beyond. (III. 149)

The one characteristic of Indian thought is its silence, its calmness. (III. 274)

Gratitude and hospitality are the peculiar characteristics of Indian humanity. (V. 122)

The Indian ideal is not to go to heaven. (VI. 57)

I discard the idea that India was ever passive. (III. 137)

Here in India, everybody wants to become a leader, and there is nobody to obey. (V. 216)

To do something conjointly is not in our very national character. (VI. 323)


That is the real individuality, when there is no more division, and no more parts. (II. 419)


That man is not humble or loving who is jealous.(VI. 145)

Jealousy is the root of all evil, and a most difficult thing to conquer. (IV. 6)

Jealousy is the bane of our race. (V. 99)

Jealousy is the bane of our national character. (IV. 359-60)

We cannot give up jealousy and rally together. That is our national sin ! (VI. 256)

Jealousy is the central vice of every enslaved race. (V. 56)

Jealousy is a terrible, horrible sin; it enters a man so mysteriously. (VI. 145)


He is Jivanmukta who can live in this world without being attached. (III. 10

It is all ‘here’. To live and move in god—even here, even in this body ! (VIII. 219)


We must not judge of higher things from a low standpoint.(III. 3)

Each man is to be judged by his own idea each race by its own standard and ideal, each custom of each country by its own reasoning and conditions. (V. 241)


This Kali is Brahman in manifestation. (VII. 229)


Kama (lust) is blind and leads to hell. (VI. 116)


The renunciation of Kama-kanchana is the most important. (V. 261)


There is no philosophy in the world that is not indebted to Kapila. (II. 445)

Wherever there is any attempt at psychology or philosophy, the great father of it is this man,Kapila. (II. 455)

Wherever there is any philosophy or rational thought, it owes something or other to Kapila. (II. 455)


Pleasure is not the goal of man, but knowledge. (I. 27)

Knowledge is the goal of all life. (IV. 210)

We are all of us struggling towards knowledge. (I. 204)

The real life of man consists of knowledge. (I. 52)

He who can become mad with an idea, he alone sees light. (I. 177)

All our knowledge is based upon experience. (I. 125)

Instinct, reason, and inspiration are the three instruments of knowledge. (II. 389)

Generalization is the essence of knowledge. (IV. 380)

Books are infinite in number, and time is short;therefore the secret of knowledge is to take what is essential. (I. 236)

Perception is our only real knowledge or religion. (VII. 59)

It is practice first, and knowledge afterwards. (II. 317)

All knowledge depends upon calmness of mind. (VII. 72)

‘No knowledge is possible without a teacher.’ (IV. 431)

No one can teach anybody. (V. 366)

The gift of knowledge is the highest gift in the world. (VII. 256)

The first end of life is knowledge; the second end of life is happiness. (VI. 83)

Knowledge and happiness lead to freedom. (VI. 83)

No action can give you freedom; only knowledge can make you free, Knowledge is irresistible; the mind cannot take it or reject it. (VII. 54)

Knowledge itself is a manufactured something, a combination;it is not reality. (I. 213)

Knowledge itself is the highest reward of knowledge.(I. 130)

Knowledge alone can make us perfect. (VII. 38)

Knowledge is power. (I. 144)

The only value of knowledge is in the strengthening, the disciplining, of the mind. (VI. 64)

Is there a greater strength than that of knowledge?(VI. 325)

Knowledge is objectification. (II. 134)

Knowledge is a limitation, knowledge is objectifying.(II. 82)

Knowledge is, as it were, a lower step, a degeneration.(II. 82)

All knowledge must stand on perception of certain facts,and upon that we have to build our reasoning.(II. 162)

All human knowledge proceeds out of experience; we cannot know anything except by experience. (II. 226)

All knowledge is by reaction. (II. 458)

All knowledge and all power are within and not without. (I. 422)

Nobody ever created knowledge; man brings it from within. (II. 339)

There is no knowledge in nature; all knowledge comes from the human soul. (I. 422)

All knowledge is within us. (I. 412)

All knowledge is within (the) mind. (I. 509)

Knowledge is God. (VIII. 137)

All this knowledge is God himself. (VIII. 137)

Just as creation is infinite and eternal, without beginning and without end, so is the knowledge of God without beginning and without end. (III. 119)

Higher knowledge is thus clearly shown to be the knowledge of the Brahman. (III. 85)

In real knowledge there is no touch of work. (VII. 212)

Knowledge means finding this unity. (III. 5)

Knowledge is nothing but finding unity in the midst of diversity. (III. 397)

Illumination born of discriminative reflection is the ultimate aim of Upanishadic knowledge. (VI. 507)

All knowledge is Veda, infinite as God is infinite. (VIII. 136)

All human knowledge is but a part of religion. (VII. 103)

Knowledge realizes one. (IV. 233)

Knowing does not mean simply intellectual assent, it means realization. (II. 410)

There is nothing higher than this knowledge of the Atman; all else is Maya, mere jugglery. (VI. 519)

Knowledge does not come by sacrifice, but by seeking,worshipping, knowing the Atman. (VII. 42)

The goal of all is the knowledge of the Self, the realization of this Self. (VI. 457)

There is no other way to the knowledge of the Self but through Sannyasa. (VI. 506-07)

All other kinds of knowledge are but non-knowledge in comparison with Self-knowledge. (IV. 404)

When we know that we are the Self, then we are free. (VI. 84)

Spiritual knowledge is the only thing that can destroy our miseries for ever. (I. 52)

Spiritual knowledge can only be given in silence like the dew that falls unseen and unheard, yet bringing into bloom masses of roses. (III. 222)

Of what use is knowledge if it does not show us the way to the Highest? (IV. 281)

Supreme knowledge (can be learnt) even from the man of low birth. (IV. 338)

The gross melts into the fine, physics into metaphysics,in every department of knowledge. (III. 3)

All knowledge is in the soul. (I. 514)

The soul does not know, It is knowledge itself. (I. 249)

Whatever we know we have to know in and through Him.(II. 133)

Knowledge was not in matter, it was in man all the time. (II. 339)

Within man is all knowledge. (V. 366)

It is only discovered—what was covered is uncovered.(VIII. 136)

Knowledge exists, man only discovers it. (VII. 79)

Knowledge can never be created, it can only be discovered; and every man who makes a great discovery is inspired. (VII. 39)

Infinite knowledge abides within everyone in the fullest measure. (VIII. 137)

Past, present, and future knowledge, all exist in all of us.(VIII. 136)

In knowledge is worship. (II. 335)

To separate ourselves utterly from matter and all belief in its reality is true Jnana. (VIII. 5)

No one who sells his knowledge is an Apta. (I. 205)

The Jnani has to be free from all forms. (VIII. 11)

The Jnani is a tremendous rationalist; he denies everything. (VIII. 11)

All over the world, it is the wise man who enjoys the happiness of the world. (III. 20)

All wise men think alike. (VIII. 160)

The Jnani takes nothing for granted. (VIII. 11)

Jnana-yoga is the surest way of arriving at facts. (VI. 42)


Language must be made like pure steel—turn and twist it any way you like, it is again the same—it cleaves a rock in twain at one stroke, without its edge being turned. (VI. 187-88)

Language is the vehicle of ideas. (VI. 188)

(Now) Human language is the attempt to express the truth that is within. (II. 73)


Law is uniform. (I. 197)

Law is death. (III. 516)

Interdependence is the law of the whole universe.(II. 132)

All love is life, it is the only law of life; all selfishness is death, and this is true here or hereafter. (IV. 367)

Too many laws are a sure sign of death. (V. 287)

All things in nature work according to law. (VI. 92)

A law is that which cannot be broken. (VI. 100)

All nature is bound by law, the law of its own action;and this law can never be broken. (VI. 99)

Law exists so long as we are ignorant. (VI. 84)

Evil actions leave none scot-free; Mother never spares anybody. (VIII. 499)

Yesterday, competition was the law. Today, co-operation is the law. Tomorrow there is no law. (VIII. 223)

The eternal law is self-sacrifice, not self-assertion. (VIII. 23)

The law of Karma is the law of causation. (VI. 92)


It is a very difficult task to take on the role of a leader. (VI. 284)

The leaders of our societies have never been either generals or kings, but Rishis. (III. 175)

There is no allegiance possible where there is no character in the leader, and perfect purity ensures the most lasting allegiance and confidence.There must not be a hade of jealousy or selfishness,then you are a leader. (VI. 284)

First, by birth, and secondly, unselfish—that’s a leader. (VI. 284)

A leader must be impersonal. (VIII. 429)

Not everyone is born to lead. (VIII. 428)

The best leader, however, is one who ‘leads like the baby’. (VIII. 428)


We have to learn from others. (III. 381)

We have indeed many things to learn from others. (III. 381)

He who adjusts himself best lives the longest. (VI. 110)

It is learning and intellect that keep things sure. (I. 349)

If a man reads but one word of love, he indeed becomes learned. (IV. 20)


There is no liberation in getting powers. (I. 211)

Liberation means entire freedom—freedom from the bondage of good, as well as from the bondage of evil. (I. 55)

Liberation consists in knowing our unity with the wonderful Impersonality. (III. 129)

What avails it all to have only one’s own liberations ! (VI. 502)

Liberation is only for him who gives up everything for others. (VI. 395)

Liberty of both soul and body is to be striven for. (VI. 86)

Liberty, Mukti, is all my religion, and everything that tries to curb it, I will avoid by fight or flight. (V. 72)


The first manifest effect of life is expansion. (III. 272)

The sign of life is expansion. (III. 316)

Expansion is the sign of life, and we must spread over the world with our spiritual ideals. (IV. 486)

The sign of life is strength and growth. (I. 479)

Life is a series of fights and disillusionments. (V. 150)

The great benefit in this life is struggle. (V. 252)

Struggle is the sign of life. (VII. 219)

The (life) is a battlefield, fight your way out. (VIII. 227)

It is the variety that is the source of life, the sign of life. (IV. 127)

It is impossible that all difference can cease; it must exist;without variation life must cease. (III. 115)

Variety is the very soul of life. (III. 131)

The highest use of life is to hold it at the service of all beings. (III. 84)

Our whole life is a contradiction, a mixture of existence and non-existence. (II. 91)

A perfect life is a contradiction in terms. (I. 84)

The present life is of five minutes. (III. 148)

Life is but a dream of death. (VI. 93)

No more is there life, therefore no more is there death. (III. 128)

Life is too short to be spent in talking about frauds and cranks. (V. 65)

Immortal1ife is a contradiction in terms, for life, being a compound, cannot be immortal. (VI. 45)

Whoever gives up this life for His sake, finds the life immortal. (IV. 149)

When you give life, you will have life. (III. 273)

None can live in the world without resistance, without destruction, without desire. (V. 125)

The secret of life is to give and take. (III. 317)

It is the life that is the highest and the only way to stir the hearts of people; it carries the personal magnetism. (V. 65)

Life is a product, a compound, and as such must resolve itself into its elements. (VII. 38)

Motion is life. (VII. 422)

Adaptibility is the whole mystery of life. (VI. 110)

Life to everyone must be a compromise. (VI. 372)

All the possibilities of life are in the germ. (II. 228)

He alone lives whose life is in the whole universe. (II. 80)

One touch, one glance, can change a whole life. (IV. 179)

Living is always slavery. (IV. 232)

Life is full of ills, the world is full of evils. (II. 144)

Life can only convey life. (II. 23)

Life has its shadow, death. (II. 177)

Life is another name for death, and death for life. (II. 234)

You come into life to accumulate. (II. 5)

This one life is the universal life, heavens and all those places are here. (II. 325)

Life is sweet, because it thinks of the Beloved. (III. 80)

All life is evil. (III. 214)

Life is and must be accompanied by evil. (VII. 12)

It is a change of the soul itself for the better that alone will cure the evils of life. (III. 182)

The one great lesson I was taught is that life is misery,nothing but misery. (V. 143-44)

The life of every man is, in a manner, the life of the past.(IV. 139)

The first thing necessary is a quiet and peaceable life. (V. 250)

We are lamps, and our burning is what we call ‘Life’. (VII. 38)

This life is a hard fact. (II. 182)

This life is a great chance. (VI. 262)

Life on the plane of the Spirit is the only life, life on any other plane is mere death. (V. 267)

Wherever there is life, the storehouse of infinite energy is behind it. (I. 156)

The secret of life is not enjoyment, but education through experience. (V. 150)

Life is but a playground, however gross the play may be. (II. 402)

The whole of this life can be only described as a gymnasium. (V. 267)

This world is just a gymnasium in which we play; our life is an eternal holiday. (VII. 49)

It is a land of dreams; it does not matter whether one enjoys or weeps; they are but dreams, and as such,must break sooner or later. (VIII. 504)

Our whole life is continuous suffering. (VIII. 99)

Life is but a dream. (VIII. 504)

The perfect life would be a wonderful harmony between doing and suffering. (VIII. 265)

Our difficulty in life is that we are guided by the present and not by the future. (VIII. 414)

Life can only spring from life, thought from thought,matter from matter. (VIII. 235)

This life is our teacher, and dying only makes room to begin over again. (VIII. 18-19)

The object of life is to learn the laws of spiritual progress. (IV. 190)

Life in this world is an attempt to see God. (VIII. 227)

The whole life is a succession of dreams. (V. 100)

It is the same light coming through glasses of different colours. (I. 18)

Take the hands away and there is light; the light exists always for us, the self-effulgent nature of the human soul. (II. 356)

Light comes gently, slowly, but surely it comes. (II. 403)

The vibration of light is everywhere. (II. 42)

Light must come. (IV. 127)


The limited is a mere fiction. (II. 305)

All friendship, all love, is only limitation. (V. 72)

Ceremonies, books, and forms—all these are links in the chain. (I. 439)


The Lord Himself works incessantly and is ever without attachment. (I. 60)

Whatever comes to you is but the Lord, the Eternal, the Blessed One. (II. 326)

The Lord alone is true. (IV. 60)

The Lord is the only One who never changes. (IV. 129)

The Lord is the wealth of those who have nothing.(IV. 294)

Is not the Lord infinitely greater than all human help? (V. 57)

The Lord is great. I know He will help me. (V. 16)

It is the Lord who protects His children in the depths of the sea. (V. 51)

Glory unto the Lord, we will succeed. (V. 17)

Glory unto the Lord—march on, the Lord is our General. (V. 17)

Is the Lord to be hoodwinked by idle talk? (VI. 253)

The Lord provides everything. (VI. 284)

The goldness of gold, the silverness of silver, the manhood of man, the womanhood of woman, the reality of everything is the Lord. (VI. 378)

The will of Vishweshwara, the Lord of the universe, will prevail—whatever that may be. (VIII. 283-84)

Seek the Lord and getting Him we get all. (VIII. 27)

The Lord is all blissfulness. (VIII. 134)

Only the Lord is unchangeable and He is Love.(VIII. 400)

He, the Lord of the universe, is in every one. (VIII. 135)


He who is always afraid of loss always loses. (VIII. 433)


Love is the easiest and smoothest way towards the selfsurrender or subjection of the will, and hatred, the opposite. (VI. 378-79)

Love is beyond time and space, it is absolute. (VII. 11)

Love itself is the eternal, endless sacrifice. (VI. 76)

Love is its own end. (VI. 71)

Love can never be the means: it must be the perfect end.(VI. 71)

Love is always of the ideal. (VIII. 222)

Love is struggle of a human Soul to find its complement its stable equilibrium its infinite rest. (V. 426)

Love is, therefore, the only law of life. (VI. 320)

Love is always the highest ideal. (II. 49)

The perfect love is very rare in human relation. (VI. 144)

This (love) is the one motive power in the universe. (II. 51)

Love is the only form in which love is loved. (VIII. 154)

Love knows no bargaining. (III. 87)

The only medium through which spiritual force can be transmitted is love. (III. 51)

There is only one element in life which is worth having at any cost, and it is love. (V. 144)

All hatred is ‘Killing the self by the self’; therefore, love is the law of life. (VIII. 35)

Love is the easiest of all, it waits for no logic, it is natural. (VII. 10)

There are no ‘rights’, all is love. (VIII. 23)

Love opens the most impossible gates; love is the gate to all the secrets of the universe. (III. 225)

Love alone is the fittest thing to survive and not hatred. (III. 188)

Love was the most visible of all visible things. (III. 392)

Whether we do good or evil, the propeller is love. (III. 365)

All earthly love proceeds from the body. (V. 138)

Where love is not returned for love, cold indifference is the natural result. (III. 86)

Mother represents colourless love that knows no barter,love that never dies. (VI. 149)

Every act of love brings happiness. (I. 57)

Real love makes us unattached. (I. 58)

Unattached love will not hurt you. (I. 442)

Love matter and you become matter. (I. 499)

If you love, that love will come back to you, completing the circle. (I. 196)

Prema is love, it leads to heaven. (VI. 116)

The last and highest manifestation of Prana is love. (VI. 129)

We only love that which understands love, that which draws our love. (VI. 51)

Pure love has no motive. (VI. 90)

Kindness and love can buy you the whole world.(VI. 404)

None lives, my boys, but he who loves. (IV. 367)

We must love all. (IV. 221)

Love, Love—that’s the one thing, the sole treasure. (IV. 494)

The real help is feeling, love. (II. 307)

Salvation is in work and love. (VIII. 240)

The way of all ways to realization is love. (VIII. 258)

In the highest love, union is only of the spirit. (VIII. 221)

Love immense and infinite, broad as the sky and deep as the ocean—this is the one great gain in life. Blessed is he who gets it. (V. 144)

Good results can be produced only through love, through sympathy. (III. 198)

The love of the whole includes the love of the parts.(III. 92)

None but men of great renunciation, none but mighty giants among men, have a right to that Love Divine. (V. 345)

When love comes method dies. (V. 426)

Every step that has been really gained in the world has been gained by love. (VII. 28)

Love cannot be without a subject and an object.(VIII. 153)

Merely to love is the sole request that true love has to ask. (VIII. 201)

Love shall win the victory. (V. 51)

Love makes no distinction between man and man. (V. 78)

Love makes the whole universe as one’s own home. (V. 78)

Matter changed into spirit by the force of love. (VIII. 429)

Love never fails. (V. 51)

Love never dies. (VIII. 386)

The only worship is love. (VIII. 331)

Love comes and penetrates through the forms and sees beyond. (VI. 143)

Love conquers in the long run. (VI. 284)

It is love that gives you the supernatural powers, love that gives you Bhakti, love that gives illumination,and love, again, that leads to emancipation. (VI. 401)

Love banishes all fear. (VIII. 154)

Love knows no fear. (VI. 71)

Love questions not. (VI. 70)

Love loves for the sake of love itself. (VIII. 154)

Therefore love for love’s sake, because it is the only law of life, just as you breathe to live. (VI. 320)

Love itself is the highest recompense of love. (II. 393)

Love is always the giver and never the taker. (II. 48)

Love knows no reward. (III. 88)

Love is always for love’s sake. (III. 88)

My nature is to love Him, and therefore I love. (I. 12)

To love because it is the nature of love to love is undeniably the highest and the most unselfish manifestation of love that may be seen in the world. (III. 86)

The first sign of love is when love asks nothing, (when it) gives everything. (VI. 70)

Love never asks, never begs. (VIII. 154)

Begging is not the language of love. (III. 88)

There is not true love possible in the slave. (I. 57)

Beggar’s love is no love at all. (VI. 70)

The first test of love is that it knows no bargaining. (II. 48)

The reward of love is love. (II. 53)

Ordinarily human love is seen to flourish only in places where it is returned. (III. 86)

Prema cannot come while there is lust. (V. 346)

Lust is the death of love. (V. 426)

There can be no love so long as there is lust—even a speck of it, as it were, in the heart. (V. 345)

With love, there is no painful reaction. (I. 58)

There is no act of love which does not bring peace and blessedness as its reaction. (I. 57-58)

Love only brings a reaction of bliss. (I. 58)

Love is always a manifestation of bliss. (VIII. 276)

It requires no proofs to demonstrate the existence of the beloved to the lover. (III. 91-92)

To the lover the beloved is the most beautiful being that ever existed. (II. 49)

Love is simply an expression of this infinite unity. (VIII. 238)

Love binds, love makes for that oneness. (II. 304)

The Infinite One comes within my fist under the bondage of love. (VI. 259)

All this is the manifestation of that One Love more or less expressed. (II. 304)

If one would expand, he must love, and when he ceases to love he dies. (II. 500)

The highest expression of love is unification. (VII. 30)

It is indeed very difficult to have an equal love for all,but without it there is no Mukti. (VI. 357)

With the love of God will come, as its effect, the love of every one in the long run. (VIII. 258)

‘As oil poured from one vessel to another falls in an unbroken line, so, when the mind in an unbroken stream thinks of the Lord, we have what is called Para-Bhakti or supreme love.’ (III. 85)

Love must get to its right destination, it must go unto Him, who is really the infinite ocean of love. (III. 97)

Our love must, therefore, be given to the Highest One who never dies and never changes, to Him in the ocean of whose love there is neither ebb nor flow. (III. 97)

Wherever there is love, it is He. (II. 393)

Love is existence, God Himself; and all this is the manifestation of that One Love, more or less expressed. (II. 304)

The Love of God is the only love that is higher than a mother’s love; all others are lower. (I. 68)

Nothing must stand between me and God except love. (VI. 76)

Gopi-Lila (his disport with the cowherd maids) is the acme of the religion of love in which individuality vanishes and there is communion. (VI. 110)

When a person loves the Lord, the whole universe becomes dear to him, because it is all His. (III. 81)

Men who cannot love God are no good, whatever work they do. (I. 513)

Highest love for God can never be achieved without renunciation. (VI. 505)


Machines never made mankind happy and never will make. (IV. 155)

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