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Bear in mind, my children, that only cowards and those who are weak commit sin and tell lies. The brave are always moral. Try to be moral, try to be brave, try to be sympathising.{Always Speak Truth and never lie}As I look back upon the history of my country, I do not find in the whole world another country which has done quite so much for the improvement of the human mind. Therefore I have no words of condemnation for my nation. I tell them, "You have done well; only try to do better."{Never lose hope and always give your best}Out of the past is built the future. Look back, therefore, as far as you can, drink deep of the eternal fountains that are behind, and after that, look forward, march forward and make India brighter, greater, much higher than she ever was. Our ancestors were great. We must first recall that. We must learn the elements of our being, the blood that courses in our veins; we must have faith in that blood and what it did in the past; and out of that faith and consciousness of past greatness, we must build an India yet greater than what she has been.{Learning from the past achievements and mistakes is an important aspect of achieving greatness }All the wealth in the world cannot help one little Indian village if the people are not taught to help themselves.{ Our work should be mainly educational, both moral and intellectual.}"Wake up, stop not until the goal is reached", say the Vedas. Up, up, the long night is passing, the day is approaching, the wave has risen, nothing will be able to resist its tidal fury. The spirit, my boys, the spirit; the love, my children, the love; the faith, the belief; and fear not! The greatest sin is fear.Do not be afraid of a small beginning, great things come afterwards. Be courageous. Do not try to lead your brethren, but serve them. The brutal mania for leading has sunk many a great ship in the waters of life. Take care especially of that, i.e. be unselfish even unto death, and work.{Never to be afraid to begin anything and always being unselfish}Have faith that you are all, my brave lads, born to do great things! Let not the barks of puppies frighten you -- no, not even the thunderbolts of heaven -- but stand up and work!{Have faith in yourself and what you do }I do not believe in a God or religion which cannot wipe the widow's tears or bring a piece of bread to the orphan's mouth. However sublime be the theories, however well - spun may be the philosophy -- i do not call it religion so long as it is confined to books and dogmas. The eye is in the forehead and not in the back. Move onward and carry into practice that which you are very proud to call your religion, and God bless you!
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“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

Swami Vivekananda (known in his pre-monastic life as Narendra Nath Datta) was born to Vishwanath Datta and Bhuvaneshwari Devi, in Kolkata on 12th January, 1863. During his education in the Calcutta University, he acquired vast knowledge of various subjects, especially Western philosophy and history. Since his childhood, he was inclined towards spirituality. His Guru, Ramakrisna Deva had great influence in his early life. His Guru taught him that all living beings were an embodiment of the divine self; therefore, service to God could be rendered by service to mankind.

Swami Vivekananda, known for his spiritual genius, is an inspiring personality who is widely known for introducing Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga to the Western world. He is also famous as the founder of Ramakrishna Mission: a unique organization, in which monks and lay people would jointly undertake propagation of Practical Vedanta. It is also involved various forms of social service, such as running hospitals, schools, colleges etc, conducting massive relief and rehabilitation work for victims of earthquakes, cyclones and other calamities. By interpreting Hindu sculptures and Hindu way of life to the Western people and thus helped in building bridges between the East and the West.  He was India’s first great cultural ambassador to the West. He was a major force in the revival of Hinduism in India. 

Throughout his life, he has inspired people to work for the betterment and development of mankind. He believed the best way to serve God is to serve his creation –Man. Swami ji strongly believed that education should aim to build one’s character, increase the strength of mind, expand intellect so that one can be self-dependent. He encouraged having faith in oneself and to be confident enough to lead a life of morals and spiritual values. According to him, the three essentials to success are purity, patience, perseverance and love. In his own words, he believed – ‘Religion is the manifestation of the Divinity already in man.’  He told his followers that the gist of all religions and worship is to be to be pure and to do good to others. He inspired people, through his own example to serve mankind with utmost love, respect and humility.

In the course of a short life of thirty-nine years (1863-1902), he wakened India to a new national consciousness. He said: “This life is short, the vanities of the world are transient, but they alone live who live for others, the rest are more dead than alive.”

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