05 January 2014

Swami Vivekananda's Quotes On Equality

Absolute equality, that which means a perfect balance
of all the struggling forces in all the planes,
can never be in this world.
—Swami Vivekananda
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In this article we'll make a collection of Swami Vivekananda's quotes on Equality.
  • A hundred thousand men and women, fired with the zeal of holiness, fortified with eternal faith in the Lord, and nerved to lion's courage by their sympathy for the poor and the fallen and the downtrodden, will go over the length and breadth of the land, preaching the gospel of salvation, the gospel of help, the gospel of social raising-up — the gospel of equality.[Source]
  • Absolute equality, that which means a perfect balance of all the struggling forces in all the planes, can never be in this world. Before you attain that state, the world will have become quite unfit for any kind of life, and no one will be there.[Source]
  • Buddha was the great preacher of equality. Every man and woman has the same right to attain spirituality -- that was his teaching.[Source]
  • Can you become an occidental of occidentals in your spirit of equality, freedom, work, and energy, and at the same time a Hindu to the very backbone in religious culture and instincts? This is to be done and we will do it. You are all born to do it.[Source]
  • Do not pity anyone. Look upon all as your equal, cleanse yourself of the primal sin of inequality. We are all equal and must not think, "I am good and you are bad, and I am trying to reclaim you". Equality is the sign of the free.[Source]
  • Equality in all beings this is the sign of the free.[Source]
  • How can we all be equal here? This impossible kind of equality implies total death. What makes this world what it is? Lost balance.[Source]
  • If it be pleaded that through this difference we would reach the final equality and unity, we answer that the same religion has said over and over again that mud cannot be washed with mud. As if a man can be moral by being immoral![Source]
  • In ancient Greece there was absolutely no difference in the state of man and woman. The idea of perfect equality existed.[Source]
  • In modern times this millennial aspiration takes the form of equality — of liberty, equality, and fraternity. This is also fanaticism. True equality has never been and never can be on earth.[Source]
  • In our books there is the doctrine of universal equality, but in work we make great distinctions.[Source]
  • Inequality is the very basis of creation. At the same time the forces struggling to obtain equality are as much a necessity of creation as those which destroy it.[Source]
  • Modern India admits spiritual equality of all souls — but strictly keeps the social difference.[Source]
  • [Mohammedanism] came as a message for the masses. ... The first message was equality.[Source]
  • So long as this world lasts, differentiation there will and must be, and the millennium of perfect equality will come only when a cycle of creation comes to its end. Before that, equality cannot be.[Source]
  • There cannot be friendship without equality.[Source]
  • They speak of democracy, of the equality of all men, these days. But how will a man know he is equal with all? He must have a strong brain, a clear mind free of nonsensical ideas; he must pierce through the mass of superstitions encrusting his mind to the pure truth that is in his inmost Self. Then he will know that all perfections, all powers are already within himself, that these have not to be given him by others. When he realises this, he becomes free that moment, he achieves equality. He also realises that every one else is equally as perfect as he, and he does not have to exercise any power, physical, mental or moral, over his brother men.[Source]
  • Try to revive society on the old grounds of universal salvation and equality as laid down by the old Masters, such as Shankarâchârya, Râmânuja, and Chaitanya.[Source]
  • We preach neither social equality nor inequality, but that every being has the same rights, and insist upon freedom of thought and action in every way.[Source]
  • We see many persons talking the most wonderfully fine things about charity and about equality and the rights of other people and all that, but it is only in theory. I was so fortunate as to find one who was able to carry theory into practice. He had the most wonderful faculty of carrying everything into practice which he thought was right.[Source]
  • When we know that we are one with God, that we and He are friends, then come equality and freedom.[Source]

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