The Test of True Religiousness Is Love and Charity for the Whole Human Race – Swami Vivekananda



Love and charity for the whole human race, that is the test of true religiousness.

Where it is dark night for the (sense-bound) world, the self controlled (man) is awake. It is daylight for him. . . . And where the world is awake, the sage sleeps.’ Where is the world awake? In the senses.

It is grand and good to know the laws that govern the stars and planets; it is infinitely grander and better to know the laws that govern the passions, the feelings, the will, of mankind.

When man has been sufficiently buffeted by the world, he awakes to a desire for freedom; and searching for means of escape from the dreary round of earthly existence, he seeks knowledge, learns what he really is, and is free.


Teach yourselves, teach everyone his/her real nature, call upon the sleeping soul and see how it awakes. Power will come, glory will come, goodness will come, purity will come, and everything that is excellent will come, when this sleeping soul is roused to self-conscious activity.  
Swami Vivekananda