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Swami Vivekananda (12/01/1863 - 04/07/1902) was one of the most influential spiritual leaders of Vedanta Philosophy. He played a major role in spiritual enlightenment of Indian masses and spread Vedanta philosophy in the West. He was the chief discipline of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, and established Ramakrishna Mission and Ramakrishna Math.
Take a few moments to read some great sayings of Swami Vivekananda.
1. Take up one idea. Make that one idea of 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.
2. Man is like an infinite spring, coiled up in a small box, and that spring is trying to unfold itself; and all the social phenomena that we see are the result of this trying to unfold.
3. 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.
4. Women must be put in a position to solve their own problems in their own way. No one can or ought to do this for them. And our Indian women are as capable of doing it as any in the world.
5. No one was ever really taught by another; each of us has to teach himself. The external teacher offers only the suggestion which rouses the internal teacher to work to understand things.
6. Education is not the amount of information that is put into your brain and runs riot there, undigested, all your life. We must have life-building, man-making character-making, assimilation of ideas.