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Words are only a mode of mind acting on mind. (VI. 134)

Every word is the power of God. (III. 513)


To work we have the right, the result is in the hands of Lord. (IV. 408)

The law of Karma can never be hoodwinked. (VIII. 88)

He who in good action sees that there is something evil in it, and in the midst of evil sees that there is something good in it somewhere, has known the secret of ork. (I. 83)

Blessed are we that we are ordered out here. (I. 103)

He who does the lower work is not therefore a lower man. (I. 66)

Intense activity is necessary; we must always work.(I. 34)

Activity is the manifestation of inferior strength,calmness, of the superior. (I. 202)

Never will unhappiness or misery come through work done without attachment. (I. 77)

Work is inevitable, it must be so; but we should work to the highest purpose. (I. 99)

Man work with various motives. There cannot be work without motive. (I. 31)

Even the lowest forms of work are not to be despised. (I. 33)

Every one must work in the universe. (I. 98)

He (man) works best who works without any motive. (I. 117)

When you are doing any work, do not think of anything beyond. (I. 71)

To work properly, therefore, you have first to give up the idea of attachment. (I. 88)

The greatest work is done only when there is no selfish motive to prompt it. (I. 66)

The main effect of work done for others is to purify ourselves. (I. 84)

When work will become worship—nay, something higher—then will work be done for its own sake.(I. 66)

All work is simply to bring out the power of the mind which is already there, to wake up the soul. (I. 31)

He works, who has nothing to gain from work. (II. 149)

He works, who has no ulterior motive in view. (II. 149)

He is already in every work, in every thought, in every feeling. (II. 150)

All our actions in this world will determine our future birth. (II. 256)

Our only work is to arouse this knowledge in our fellowbeings.(II. 358)

Our actions are but effects. (II. 15)

We have to work, constantly work with all our power. (II. 1)

The calmer we are, the better for us, and the more the amount of work we can do. (II. 293)

We have bound ourselves by our own actions. (II. 257)

You only get what you deserve. (II. 367)

Real activity, which is the goal of Vedanta, is combined with eternal calmness. (II. 292-93)

Every action and every thought that helps the Jiva to expand, to manifest its real nature, is good. (II. 348)

If we stand still, we die. (III. 195)

Whatever we are now is the result of our acts and thoughts in the past. (III. 45)

The more you work to help others, the more you help yourselves. (III. 134)

Millions of your ancestors are watching, as it were, every action of yours, so be alert. (III. 152)

We must do our duty for duty’s sake, not for the hope of reward. (IV. 191)

You cannot take a man with pitchfork and push him up there; we all have to work up gradually. (IV. 36)

Ours is to work. The results will take care of themselves.(IV. 353)

Work out what you feel and let the world see. (IV. 420)

One falls, and another takes up the work. (V. 17)

We will do great things for the world, and that for the sake of doing good and not for name and fame.(V. 23)

You are all born to do it. (V. 30)

Blessed are we that we are given the privilege of working for Him, not of helping Him. (V. 246)

Every action of man is worship. (V. 291)

That work alone brings unattachment and bliss, wherein we work as masters of our own minds. (V. 241)

Work for a motive brings misery. (V. 241)

No great things were ever done without great labour.(V. 12)

To work without motive, to work unattached, brings the highest bliss and freedom. (V. 249)

Like smoke round the fire, some evil always clings to work. (V. 248)

There is no good work that has not a touch of evil in it. (V. 248)

All work has its ups and downs, its periods of intensity and slackness. (V. 161)

Every work has got to pass through hundreds of difficulties before succeeding. (V. 104)

Work incessantly, but see something behind the work. (VI. 84)

Every great work is done slowly. (VI. 323)

Work will produce more work. (VI. 57)

Every action that helps a being manifest its divine nature more and more is good, every action that retards it is evil. (VI. 319)

Work always brings evil with it. (VIII. 517)

Work, work, work—I care for nothing else. Work, work,work, even unto death ! (VI. 400)

Work, work—live the life; what do doctrines and opinions count? (VI. 403)

Disinterested work is quite as difficult as Tapasya. (VII. 111)

No work succeeds by condemnation. (VII. 221)

External motion we call action; internal motion is human thought. (VII. 421)

No work is petty. (VII. 508)

Work done for the Self gives no bondage. (VII. 63)

Work Purifies the heart and so leads to Vidya (wisdom). (VII. 39)

Work or worship is to bring you back to your own nature. (VII. 54)

Action can never die without producing action.(VIII. 236)

The best work is only done by alternate repose and work. (VIII. 448)

All work should be done without any desire to enjoy the fruits thereof. (VIII. 153)

A work can be judged by its results only. (VIII. 411)

All work is spoilt by dilatoriness. (VIII. 412)

Slow, persistent and silent work does everything.(VIII. 382)

Great work requires great and persistent effort for a long time. (VIII. 383)

‘Every deed returns to the doer’. (VIII. 16)

That which is limited is material. (I. 341)

First, believe in this world—that there is meaning behind everything. (I. 441)

We are responsible for what we are. (I. 31)

The law of Karma means the law of causation, of inevitable cause and sequence. (I. 94)

Karma is the eternal assertion of human freedom.(V. 213)

Whatever helps the manifestation of Brahman is good work. (VII. 221)

Each one of us is in the hands of Karma; it works itself out. (V. 144)

It is Karma that brings us together, and Karma separates.(VIII. 478)

Karma-yoga means even at the point of death to help any one, without asking questions. (I. 62)

Now is wanted—as said in the Gita by the Lord—intense Karma-yoga, with unbounded courage and indomitable strength in the heart. (VII. 185)

The watchword of the Karma-yogi is ‘not I, but Thou’. (VIII. 153)


The whole world is full of the Lord. (II. 146)

All the world is my country, the whole universe is mine, because I have clothed myself with it as my body. (II. 283)

This world is nothing. Beyond this world is something which is very real. (II. 144)

The world vanishes in a moment and is gone. (II. 71)

We see the world as we are. (II. 87)

This world is too full of blustering talk. We want a little more earnest work, and less talk. (II. 380)

Understand what this world is, so that it may not hurt you. (II. 312)

Everything is bound by Karma. (I. 450)

Woe unto the world when everyone is of the same religious opinion and takes to the same path.(III. 131)

The world is just a playground, and we are here having good fun, having a game. (III. 94)

We must die, that is certain; let us die then for a good cause. (III. 446)

This world is a means to an end, and not an end itself. (IV. 8)

This world is neither good nor evil. (IV. 207)

Worlds must disappear in the soul like drops in the ocean.(IV. 240)

The whole world is full of God and not of sin. (V. 413)

This is the school of misery, which is also the school for great souls and prophets for the cultivation of sympathy, of patience, and, above all, of an indomitable iron will which quakes not even if the universe be pulverized at our feet. (V. 15-16)

This earth is higher than all heavens; this is the greatest school in the universe. (V. 94)

This very world is seen by the five senses as matter, by the very wicked as hell, by the good as heaven, and by the perfect as God. (V. 272)

Praise and censure have no value in this world of ours. (V. 330)

This world does not exist outside. It is all a mental projection. (VI. 487)

This world is and is not—manifold yet one. (VI. 226)

Jagat (world) means that which is moving. (VI. 110)

This world will be world ever and always. What we are,so we see it. (VI. 371)

The progress of the world means more enjoyment and more misery too. (VI. 380)

There is no world. It is God Himself. In delusion we call it world. (VI. 371)

The world is a form of our thoughts. (VI. 115)

This world is not for cowards. (VI. 83)

This world is neither true nor untrue, it is the shadow of truth. (VII. 11; VIII. 30)

In this world everything depends upon one’s words. (VII. 445)

The world has no absolute reality which only belongs to Brahman, which is beyond the reach of mind and speech. (VII. 228-29)

It is not creation, but manifestation. (VII. 424)

No two people see the same world. (VII. 74)

The world for me, not I for the world. (VII. 13)

This is the world my brother—this illusion of Maya—the Lord alone is true. (VII. 500)

This world is our friend when we are its slaves and no more. (VIII. 366)

This world will always be a mixture of good and evil, of happiness and misery; this wheel will ever go up and come down; dissolution and resolution is the inevitable law. (VIII. 341)

The whole world is full of God and not of sin. (VIII. 219)

The universe is a cobweb; minds are spiders. (VIII. 225)

This world is not for our sake. (I. 88)

The whole world is for man. (I. 491)

This world will always continue to be mixture of good and evil. (I. 80)

The universe is a fact; and if a fact, it is a huge composite of good and evil. (VI. 147)

The whole universe is a play of differentiation and oneness; the whole universe is a play of the finite in the Infinite. (I. 433)

The whole universe is composed of subtle vibrations.(I. 151)

God is true. The universe is a dream. (I. 501)

The whole universe is a play of unity in variety, and of variety in unity. (I. 433)

All that we see in the universe has for its basis this one struggle towards freedom. (I. 108)

When the whole universe sleeps, He sleeps not. (I. 80)

This whole universe is only one speck of the Infinite being. (I. 96)

The world is neither good nor bad; the world is the world. (I. 515)

This world is neither good nor evil. (I. 75)

This world is like a dog’s curly tail. (I. 79)

That this world is created for our enjoyment is the most wicked idea that holds us down. (I. 88)

This world is only one drop in an infinite ocean, one link in an infinite chain. (I. 182)

It is much more difficult to live in the world and worship God than to give it up and live a free and easy life. (I. 42)

This world is a play. You are His playmates. Go on and work, without any sorrow, without any misery.(I. 441)

Everything in the world is good, is holy and beautiful.(I. 441)

Beyond this world is something which is very real. (II. 144-45)

The whole world is one. (III. 129)

Worldly people love life. (III. 446)

The whole universe is in fact the result of this struggle for freedom. (I. 108)

The whole universe, therefore, is a unit, from whatever standpoint you view it. (II. 32)

The universe is one, whatever point you touch. (I. 507)

The whole universe is one person; let go the little things. (II. 323)

The whole of this universe is one Unity, one Existence,physically, mentally, morally and spiritually. (II. 249)
The whole universe is all one in the Self which is called Brahman. (II. 461)

The whole universe is one existence. (VIII. 138)

This whole universe is that one Unit Existence; name and form have created all these various differences.(II. 275)

The whole universe is really one. (I. 420)

Throughout the universe is a unity (at bottom). (I. 507)

The whole universe is a vast play. (II. 470)

This universe itself is the Absolute, the unchangeable,the noumenon. (II. 338)

The universe is ever hurrying on to return to that state of equilibrium again. (II. 273)

The universe is our body. (VIII. 27)

Name and form constitute the universe. (VIII. 277)

The whole universe is imagination, but one set of imaginations will cure another set. (V. 266)

The universe is really homogeneous. (VI. 125)

The universe is all built on the same plane. (VI. 41)

There is both change and changeless in this universe.(II. 274)

This universe is a constant prayer. (VIII. 102)

The universe is—objectified God. (V. 409)

Everything must be sacrificed, if necessary, for that one sentiment, universality. (VI. 285)

Every phenomenon that we can see, feel, or think of, is finite, limited by our knowledge, and the personal God as we conceive of Him is in fact a phenomenon.(II. 338)

This earth is called the Karma-Bhumi; the sphere of Karma. (II. 270)

This earth, therefore, is the Karma-Bhumi; it is this earth from which we attain to liberation. (III. 127)

Everything moves in a circle; a straight line, infinitely produced, becomes a circle. (II. 231)

Everything must complete the circle, and come back to its source. (II. 231)

Going back to the finer form is all that is meant by destruction. (II. 443)

Everything is in a state of flux. (I. 412)


The highest worship is that of the man who loves God for God’s sake. (I. 440)

Worship is feeling the holiness of God. (II. 478)

External worship is only a symbol of internal worship; but internal worship and purity are the real things. (III. 141)

Worship is constant remembering as may be seen from the essential texts of scriptures. (III. 35)

This is the gist of all worship—to be pure and to do good to others. (III. 141)

The first of all worship is the worship of the Virat—of those all around us. (III. 301)

Worship is valid and leads to the goal if the heart is pure and the heart is sincere. (III. 261-62)

Everything is useless except the worship of the Lord and the Lord alone. (III. 354)

You must see that every worship is given unto Him whatever may be the name or the form. (III. 115)

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.(III. 142)

We must worship the beautiful for beauty’s sake, not for the hope of reward. (IV. 191)

Never, really, was there ever worship of anything but the spirit by man. (VI. 60)

This indeed is worship,—worship of the Lord in the human tabernacle, ‘nedam yadidam upasate—not this that people worship’. (VI. 401)

Worship is everywhere, in every soul. (VI. 50)

Everyone worships God. Whatever be the name, they are all worshipping God. (VI. 50)

Every worship consists of prayer in the highest form. (VI. 110)

Let the Vedas, the Koran, the Puranas, and all scriptural lumber rest now for some time—let there be worship of the visible God of Love and Compassion in the country. (VI. 410)

Ceremonials are the lowest form; next God external, and after that God internal. (VII. 60)

Repeating the Om continually is the only true worship. (VII. 62)


Non-attachment is the basis of all the Yogas. (I. 101)

Freedom of the soul is the goal of all Yogas. (I. 55)

Yoga changes the body. (I. 224)

Yoga is the science which teaches us how to get these perceptions. (I. 127)

The aphorisms of Patanjali are the highest authority on Raja-yoga, and form its text book. (I. 122)

Yoga can only be safely learnt by direct contact with a teacher. (I. 123)

The whole theory of Yoga is to go beyond the mind. (VI. 128)

Yoga means ‘yoke’, ‘to join’, that is, to join the soul of man with the supreme Soul or God. (VIII. 36)

The end and aim of Yoga is to realize God. (VI. 124)


A Yogi must avoid the two extremes of luxury and austerity. (I. 136)

To the Yogi everything is bliss. (I. 264-65)

The strong, the well-knit, the young, the healthy, the daring alone are fit to be Yogis. (I. 264)

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