08 January 2014

Swami Vivekananda's Quotes On The World

The world is just a playground,
and we are here having good fun, having a game;
and God is with us playing all the while,
and we are with Him playing.
—Swami Vivekananda
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In this article we'll make a collection of Swami Vivekananda's quotes on the world.
  • All the misery in the world is in the senses.[Source]
  • All the world is my country, the whole universe is mine, because I have clothed myself with it as my body.[Source]
  • In our miseries and struggles the world seems to us a very dreadful place. But just as when we watch two puppies playing and biting we do not concern ourselves at all, realising that it is only fun and that even a sharp nip now and then will do no actual harm, so all our struggles are but play in God's eyes. This world is all for play and only amuses God; nothing in it can make God angry.[Source]
  • In this world everything depends upon one's words.[Source]
  • Jagat (world) means that which is moving.[Source]
  • No two people see the same world.[Source]
  • One-sidedness is the bane of the world.[Source]
  • Praise and censure have no value in this world of ours. They only rock a man as if in a swing. Praise I have had enough of; showers of censure I have also had to bear; but what avails thinking of them![Source]
  • Shankara does not take this line of argument. He says: This world is and is not—manifold yet one.[Source]
  • The progress of the world means more enjoyment and more misery too.[Source]
  • The whole world is full of God and not of sin.[Source]
  • The whole world is full of the Lord. Open your eyes and see Him.[Source]
  • The world for me, not I for the world.[Source]
  • The world has no absolute reality which only belongs to Brahman, which is beyond the reach of mind and speech.[Source]
  • The world is a form of our thoughts.[Source]
  • The world is just a playground, and we are here having good fun, having a game; and God is with us playing all the while, and we are with Him playing.[Source]
  • The world is neither good nor bad; the world is the world. The fire is the fire. If you burn your finger in it, you are a fool. If you [cook your meal and with it satisfy your hunger,] you are a wise man. That is all the difference.[Source]
  • The world vanishes in a moment and is gone.[Source]
  • There is no world. It is God Himself. In delusion we call it world.[Source]
  • 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 pulverised at our feet.[Source]
  • This is the world my brother — this illusion of Mâyâ — the Lord alone is true.[Source]
  • 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.[Source]
  • This world is neither good nor evil; each man manufactures a world for himself. If a blind man begins to think of the world, it is either as soft or hard, or as cold or hot.[Source]
  • This world does not exist outside. It is all a mental projection.[Source]
  • This world is created for our enjoyment is the most wicked idea that holds us down. This world is not for our sake. Millions pass out of it every year; the world does not feel it; millions of others are supplied in their place. Just as much as the world is for us, so we also are for the world.[Source]
  • This world is merciless. This world is our friend when we are its slaves and no more.[Source]
  • This world is not for cowards.[Source]
  • This world is nothing. Beyond this world is something which is very real.[Source]
  • This world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.[Source]
  • This world is too full of blustering talk. We want a little more earnest work, and less talk.[Source]
  • 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. Blessed are those who struggle to go beyond.[Source]
  • This world will be world ever and always. What we are, so we see it.[Source]
  • Understand what this world is, so that it may not hurt you.[Source]
  • We always forget that this world is a means to an end, and not an end itself. If this were the end we should be immortal here in our physical body; we should never die.[Source]
  • We go through the world like a man pursued by a policeman and see the barest glimpses of the beauty of it.[Source]
  • We see the world as we are. Suppose there is a baby in a room with a bag of gold on the table and a thief comes and steals the gold. Would the baby know it was stolen? That which we have inside, we see outside. The baby has no thief inside and sees no thief outside.[Source]
  • Woe unto the world when everyone is of the same religious opinion and takes to the same path.[Source]
  • Worlds must come into the soul. Worlds must disappear in the soul like drops in the ocean. And this world to become the goal of the soul![Source]

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