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Motivational Thoughts from Swami Vivekananda

Anything (reference to fear of God, superstition) that makes you weak, physically, intellectually, spiritually, reject it as poison. It cannot be true. For Truth is strengthening. Truth is purity.

If we are serious in our effort to build a strong and integrated India, it is incumbent upon us to ensure that the younger generation understands and appreciates, not only its religious traditions, but also that of the other religions in the country.

Give up all that hateful malice, that doglike bickering and barking at one another and take your stand on good purpose, right means, righteous courage, and be brave.

I admire the British perseverance and the American spirit of equality. I want you to make a European society, with India’s religion.

Be an occidental in your spirit of equality, freedom, work ethics, and energy. But if you give up Indian spirituality, leaving it aside to go after the civilization of the West, the result will be that in three generations you will be an extinct race. Because the backbone of the nation will be broken!

The best way to serve and seek God is to serve the needy, feed the hungry, help the fallen and friendless, irrespective of caste or creed.

Swami Vivekananda