26 February 2014

Swami Vivekananda's Quotes On Importance Of Religion In India

Above all, India is the land of religion.
—Swami Vivekananda
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In this website we have written two different articles— Swami Vivekananda's quotes on India and Swami Vivekananda's quotes on religion (listed at the bottom of the page as related articles).

Swami Vivekananda called "religion" the "vitality" of the country and "sole interest" of the people of the nation. In this articles we'll make a collection of Swami Vivekananda's quotations on Swami Vivekananda's quotes on importance of religion in India. This article will also contain Swami Vivekananda's quotes on India's contribution to world-religion.
  • Above all, India is the land of religion.[Source]
  • Each nation has a main current in life; in India it is religion. Make it strong and the waters on either side must move along with it.[Source]
  • Each nation has its own peculiar method of work. Some work through politics, some through social reforms, some through other lines. With us, religion is the only ground along which we can move.[Source]
  • Each nation has a theme: everything else is secondary. India's theme is religion.[Source]
  • For good or for evil, the religious ideal has been flowing into India for thousands of years; for good or for evil, the Indian atmosphere has been filled with ideals of religion for shining scores of centuries; for good or for evil, we have been born and brought up in the very midst of these ideas of religion, till it has entered into our very blood and tingled with every drop in our veins, and has become one with our constitution, become the very vitality of our lives. Can you give such religion up without the rousing of the same energy in reaction, without filling the channel which that mighty river has cut out for itself in the course of thousands of years?[Source]
  • Here in India, it is religion that forms the very core of the national heart. It is the backbone, the bed-rock, the foundation upon which the national edifice has been built. Politics, power, and even intellect form a secondary consideration here. Religion, therefore, is the one consideration in India.[Source]
  • Here in this blessed land, the foundation, the backbone, the life-centre is religion and religion alone.[Source]
  • I have come to this conclusion that there is only one country in the world which understands religion — it is India.[Source]
  • In India, religious life forms the centre, the keynote of the whole music of national life.[Source]
  • It is clear to us that, for good or for evil, our vitality is concentrated in our religion. You cannot change it. You cannot destroy it and put in its place another.[Source]
  • Religion and religion alone is the life of India, and when that goes India will die, in spite of politics, in spite of social reforms, in spite of Kubera's wealth poured upon the head of every one of her children.[Source]
  • Religion for a long time has come to be static in India. What we want is to make it dynamic. I want it to be brought into the life of everybody.[Source]
  • Religion in India culminates in freedom.[Source]
  • Religion, in India, means realisation and nothing short of that.[Source]
  • Religion in India must be made as free and as easy of access as is God's air.[Source]
  • Religion is the life of India, religion is the language of this country, the symbol of all its movements.[Source]
  • Religion is the one and sole interest of the people of India.[Source]
  • Religion is the peculiarity of the growth of the Indian mind.[Source]
  • The Indian mind is first religious, then anything else. So this is to be strengthened.[Source]
  • This is the line of life, this is the line of growth, and this is the line of well-being in India — to follow the track of religion.[Source]
  • To the Indian mind there is nothing higher than religious ideals, that this is the keynote of Indian life.[Source]
  • To the other nations of the world, religion is one among the many occupations of life. There is politics, there are the enjoyments of social life, there is all that wealth can buy or power can bring, there is all that the senses can enjoy; and among all these various occupations of life and all this searching after something which can give yet a little more whetting to the cloyed senses — among all these, there is perhaps a little bit of religion. But here, in India, religion is the one and the only occupation of life.[Source]
  • We have seen that our vigour, our strength, nay, our national life is in our religion.[Source]

See also

  1. Swami Vivekananda's quotes on religion
  2. Swami Vivekananda's quotes on What religion is not
  3. Swami Vivekananda's quotes on India

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