Gospel of Strength by Swami Vivekanada - Part 2

Stop becoming weak , be strong:

The infinite strength of world is yours. Drive out the superstition that has covered your minds. Let us be brave.

By degrees the heart has to be strengthened. If one man is made, it equals the result of a thousand lectures.

Whatever you think, that you will be. If you think yourselves weak, weak and you will be; if you think yourselves strong, strong you will be; if you think yourselves impure, impure you will be; if you think yourselves pure, pure you will be. This teaches us not to think ourselves as weak, but as strong, omnipotent and omniscient.

Know that every thought and word that weakens you in the world is the only evil that exists. Whatever makes man weak and fear is the only evil that should be shunned.

The greatest sin is to think yourself weak.

I beg you to understand this one fact – no good comes out of the man who day and night thinks he is nobody. If a man day and night thinks he is miserable low and nothing, nothing he becomes… That is the great fact which ought to remember.

Being reminded of weakness does not help much; give strength and strength does not come by thinking of weakness all the time. The remedy for weakness is not brooding over weakness, but thinking of strength.

If you tell a man,” You are low, you are vile,” in season and out of season, then he is bound to believe in course of time that he is really such. This is called hypnotism.

To call another a sinner is the worst thing you can do.

Everybody is hypnotized already. The work of attaining freedom, of realizing one’s real nature consists in de-hypnotization.

Come up, O lions , and shake off the delusion that you are sheep; you are souls immortal, spirits free , blest , you are not bodies; matter is you servant , nit you the servant of matter.

“Children of immortal bliss” – what a sweet, what a hopeful name! Allow me to call you brethren, by that sweet name – heirs of immortal bliss.. You are the children of God, the sharers of immortal bliss, holy and perfect beings. You divinities on earth- sinners~ It is a sin to call a man so; it is a standing libel on human nature.

Arise, Awake! Awake from this hypnotism of weakness. None is really weak; the soul is infinite, omnipotent and omniscient. Stand up, assert yourself, proclaim the God within you, do not deny him! Too much of inactivity, too much of weakness, too much of hypnotism has been and is upon our race.. De-hypnotize yourselves. The way to do that is found in your own sacred books. Teach yourselves, teach everyone his real nature, call upon the sleeping soul and see how it awakens. 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.

The more I live, the more I become convinced everyday that every human being is divine. In no man or woman, however vile, does that divinity die.

Studying the external alone, man begins to feel himself to be nothing. These vast powers of nature, these tremendous changes occurring – whole communities wiped off the face of the earth in a twinkling of time, one volcanic eruption shattering to pieces whole continents – perceiving and studying these things, man begins to feel himself weak. Therefore it is not the study of nature that makes one strong. But there is the internal nature of man – a million times more powerful that any volcanic eruption or any law of nature – which conquers nature, triumphs over all its laws. And that alone teaches man what he is.

One stumbles more than another, and him who stumbles more we call bad, him who stumbles less we call good.. The difference is not one of kind, but of degree.

In spite of the greatness of the Upanishads, in spite of our boasted ancestry of sages, compared to many other races, I must tell you that we are weak, very weak. First of all is our physical weakness. That physical weakness is the cause of at least one-third of our miseries.

Do you know how much energy, how much powers, how many forces are still lurking behind the frame of yours? What scientist has known all that is in man? Millions of years have passed since man first came here and yet but one infinitesimal part of his powers has been manifested. Therefore you must not say that you are weak. How do you know what possibilities lie behind that degradation on the surface? You know but little of that which is within you. For behind you is the ocean of infinite power and blessedness.

Say not man is a sinner. Tell him that he is a God.

Silly fools tell you that you are sinners, and you sit down in a corner and weep. It is foolishness, wickedness, down-right rascality to say that you are sinners! You are all God.

The greatest error, says the Vedanta is to say that you are weak, that you are a sinner, a miserable creature, and that you have no power and you cannot do this and that. Every time you think in that way, you as it were, rivet one more link in the chain that binds you down, you add one more layer of hypnotism into tour own soul. Therefore, who so ever thinks he is weak is wrong, who so ever thinks he is impure is wrong and throwing a bad thought into the world.