04 April 2014

Swami Vivekananda's Quotes On Obedience

Learn obedience first.
—Swami Vivekananda
Image source: Wikimedia Commons 
In this page you'll find Swami Vivekananda's quotes on obedience.
  • Above all "obedience" and "esprit de corps". The work cannot succeed unless there is perfect obedience to the authority of the Order and sacrifice of individual views for the sake of the Order. Trinair gunatvam âpannair badhyante mattadantinah — "Blades of grass woven into a rope can restrain even mad elephants". (The French Phrase esprit de corps means "the spirit of loyalty". — Ed.)[Source]
  • Be pure, have faith, be obedient.[Source]
  • Cultivate the virtue of obedience, but you must not sacrifice your own faith. No centralization is possible unless there is obedience to superiors. No great work can be done without this centralization of individual forces.[Source]
  • I disagree with the idea that freedom is obedience to the laws of nature. I do not understand what it means. According to the history of human progress, it is disobedience to nature that has constituted that progress.[Source]
  • I have said elsewhere that every nation has a national purpose of its own. Either in obedience to the Law of nature, or by virtue of the superior genius of the great ones, the social manners and customs of every nation are being moulded into shape, so as to bring that purpose to fruition. In the life of every nation, besides that purpose and those manners and customs that are essentially necessary to effect that purpose, all others are superfluous. It does not matter much whether those superfluous customs and manners grow or disappear; but a nation is sure to die when the main purpose of its life is hurt.[Source]
  • In India the one thing we lack is the power of combination, organisation, the first secret of which is obedience.[Source]
  • Is this harmony with nature, this obedience to law, in accord with the true nature and destiny of man? What mineral ever quarrelled with and disputed any law? What tree or plant ever defied any law? This table is in harmony with nature, with law; but a table it remains always, it does not become any better. Man begins to struggle and fight against nature. He makes many mistakes, he suffers. But eventually he conquers nature and realises his freedom. When he is free, nature becomes his slave.[Source]
  • It is absolutely necessary for you, instead of frittering away your energy and often talking of idle nonsense, to learn from the Englishman the idea of prompt obedience to leaders, the absence of jealousy, the indomitable perseverance and the undying faith in himself. As soon as he selects a leader for a work, the Englishman sticks to him through thick and thin and obeys him. Here in India, everybody wants to become a leader, and there is nobody to obey. Everyone should learn to obey before he can command. There is no end to our jealousies; and the more important the Hindu, the more jealous he is. Until this absence of jealousy and obedience to leaders are learnt by the Hindu, there will be no power of organization.[Source]
  • Learn obedience first. Among these Western nations, with such a high spirit of independence, the spirit of obedience is equally strong. We are all of us self-important — which never produces any work. Great enterprise, boundless courage, tremendous energy, and, above all, perfect obedience — these are the only traits that lead to individual and national regeneration. These traits are altogether lacking in us.[Source]
  • Now what you want is organisation — that requires strict obedience and division of labour.[Source]
  • Obedience is the first duty.[Source]
  • Obedience, readiness, and love for the cause — if you have these three, nothing can hold you back.[Source]
  • Obedience to the Guru without questioning, and strict observance of Brahmacharya -- this is the secret of success.[Source]
  • Remember that perfect purity, disinterestedness, and obedience to the Guru are the secret of all success. . . .[Source]
  • Shankara further affirms that obedience to ceremonial is not knowledge. Knowledge of God is independent of moral duties, or sacrifice or ceremonial, or what we think or do not think, just as the stump is not affected when one man takes it for a ghost and another sees it as it is.[Source]
  • The first requisite for organisation is obedience. I do a little bit of work when I feel so disposed, and then let it go to the dogs — this kind of work is of no avail. We must have plodding industry and perseverance.[Source]
  • The first thing needed is obedience. You must be ready to plunge into fire — then will work be done.[Source]
  • The ideas of reverence and obedience are necessary for the formation of character; but when character is formed, when the lover has tasted the calm, peaceful love and tasted also a little of its intense madness, then he need talk no more of ethics and discipline.[Source]
  • There is but one attractive power, and that is God; and it is in obedience to that attractive power that the sun and the moon and everything else move.[Source]
  • This life is a tremendous assertion of freedom; and this obedience to law, carried far enough, would make us simply matter—either in society, or in politics, or in religion.[Source]
  • We want organisation. Organisation is power, and the secret of this is obedience.[Source]
  • What you need is only obedience. ...[Source]
  • You know of course the steadiness of the English; they are the least jealous of each other of all nations, and that is why they dominate the world. They have solved the secret of obedience without slavish cringing — great freedom with great law-abidingness.[Source]
  • You must feel for the millions of beings around you, and yet you must be strong and inflexible and you must also possess Obedience; though it may seem a little paradoxical — you must possess these apparently conflicting virtues. If your superior order you to throw yourself into a river and catch a crocodile, you must first obey and then reason with him. Even if the order be wrong, first obey and then contradict it.[Source]

    Do you like this article? Is this article easy to understand? Please post your feedback in the comment box below. Your feedback will help us to improve this website.

    This page was last updated on: 4 April 2014, 12:53 am IST (UTC+5:30 hours)
    Number of revisions in this page: 1

    No comments:

    Post a Comment

    Comment policy