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Sign of Life Is Strength and Growth - Sign of Death Is Weakness – Swami Vivekananda

Sign of Life Is Strength and Growth - Sign of Death Is Weakness – Thoughts by Swami Vivekananda

Thou thyself art thy only friend, thou thyself thy only enemy. There is no other enemy but this self of mine, no other friend but myself.  This is the last and greatest lesson.

For every weakening thought you have put into anybody’s head you will have to pay with compound interest. The law of Karma must have its pound of flesh. There is only one sin. That is weakness.

The only saint is that soul that never weakens, faces everything, and determines to die game. Stand up and die game! Do not add one lunacy to another. Do not add your weakness to the evil that is going to come. That is all I have to say to the world. Be strong!

You talk of ghosts and devils. We are the living devils. The sign of life is strength and growth. The sign of death is weakness. Whatever is weak, avoid! It is death. If it is strength, go down into hell and get hold of it!

There is salvation only for the brave. None but the bravest deserves salvation.

All weakness, all bondage is imagination. Speak one word to it, it must vanish. Do not weaken! There is no other way out. Stand up and be strong. No fear. No superstition. Face the truth as it is! If death comes, let it come! We are determined to die game. That is all the religion I know. I have not attained to it, but I am struggling to do it. I may not, but you may. Go on! Where one sees another, one hears another, so long as there are two, there must be fear, and fear is the mother of all [misery]. Where none sees another, where it is all One, there is none to be miserable, none to be unhappy. [There is only] the One without a second. Therefore be not afraid. Awake, arise, and stop not till the goal is reached!

From The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, (Kolkata: Advaita Ashrama, 2016), 1.463-64.