On Swami Vivekananda 159th birth anniversary, let’s see his famous quotes, teachings, books and more

12 Jan, 2023

Swami Vivekananda Birthday: Born on 12th January 1863 in Kolkata, Swami Vivekananda was a Hindu spiritual leader and philosopher. On 12 January 2022 we will celebrate his 159th birth anniversary. He relentlessly worked was to put humanity and youth to their best use. To commemorate his birth anniversary National Youth Day, also called Yuva Diwas is celebrated all across the country.  

His inspirational speeches and words of wisdom are enshrined in our memories. He glorified India’s image in various countries and made us proud. 

Swami Vivekananda Teachings


  • During British Era, he focussed on the objective of forming ideas and voicing opinions of youth have so that they could face Britishers and gain independence from clutches of British imperialism. 

  • He wanted to achieve peace and growth for India through knowledge, spiritualism and education. 

  • He believed that if you have an idea or dream in life then you need to feel that idea every day and work on it relentlessly.

  • He guided the youth to stay focused and always strive for excellence.

  • Vivekananda’s speeches were full of immaculate ideas about building a better future for India.


Swami Vivekananda Famous Books

  • Karma Yoga: lectures by Swami Vivekananda which he delivered in his rented room in New York City from December 1895 to January 1896. 

  •  Raja Yoga: Swami Vivekananda’s interpretation of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras.

  • Jnana Yoga: This book contains lectures by Swami Vivekananda as transcribed by Joseph Josiah Goodwin. These lectures were delivered mainly in London and New York.

  • Bhakti Yoga: This book is about spiritual practice within Hinduism focused on the cultivation of love and devotion to God. 

  • Lectures from Colombo to Almora: book based on lectures delivered by Swami Vivekananda after his return from the west in 1897

  • My Master: this book is about the Master or the Guru of Swami Vivekananda – Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. It is on two lectures delivered by Swami Vivekananda in America and England in 1901.

  •  Swami Vivekananda on Himself: ‘Swami Vivekananda on Himself’ is a biography of Swami Vivekananda, in first-person narrative.

Quotes of Swami Vivekananda

  • “We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care about what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far”

  • “Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life - think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success”.

  • “You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself”.

  • “Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.”

  • “Our duty is to encourage everyone in his struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.”.

  • “The Vedanta recognizes no sin it only recognizes error. And the greatest error, says the Vedanta is to say that you are weak, that you are a sinner, a miserable creature, and that you have no power and you cannot do this and that.”

  • “May He who is the Brahman of the Hindus, the Ahura-Mazda of the Zoroastrians, the Buddha of the Buddhists, the Jehovah of the Jews, the Father in Heaven of the Christians give strength to you to carry out your noble idea.”

  • “Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.”

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