Swami Vivekananda
Sri Ramakrishna
-- Holy Mother Sri Sarada Devi
-- Sri Ramakrishna
Sri Sarada Devi
V E D A N T A (Hindu)
-- Vivekananda
Vedanta is Hindu based, but recognizes all faiths as paths to God. Sri Ramakrisna, Sri Sarada Devi and Sri Vivekananda are the foremost examples of the Vedanta expression. Ramakrisna experienced "samadhi" in whatever faith he embraced. Sarada Devi continued his work
after his death and Vivekananda spread the word to the western world.
(1/12/1863 - 7/4/1902)
(2/18/1836 - 8/16/1886)
(12/22/1853 - 7/21/1920)

"These earthly ties are transitory.
Today they seem to be the be-all
and end-all of life, and tomorrow
they vanish. Your real tie is with
"One should desire of God desirelessness.
For desire alone is at the root of all suffering.
But one may pray for devotion and detachment.
These cannot be classed as desires.
As wind removes the cloud, so the name
of God destroys the cloud of worldliness."
"It is essential that one should work. It is through work alone that one may break asunder the bonds of Karma; only then is one free from desires. One shouldn't be without work even for a single moment. Everything, no doubt, happens by God's will, yet man must work because God expresses His will through man's action. Do not relax your spiritual practices."
"Let me tell you how to love all equally. Do not demand anything of those you love. If you make demands, some will give you more and some less. In that case you will love more those who give you more and less those who give you less. Thus your love will not be the same for all. You will not be able to love all impartially."
"This is the only way to reach the goal, to tell ourselves, and to tell everybody else, that we are divine. And as we go on repeating this, strength comes. He who falters at first will get stronger and stronger, and the voice will increase in volume until the truth takes possession of our hearts, and courses through our veins, and permeates our bodies."
"A tremendous stream is flowing toward the ocean, carrying us all along with it; and though like straws and scraps of paper we may at times float aimlessly about, in the long run we are sure to join the Ocean of Life and Bliss. Delusion will vanish as the light becomes more and more effulgent, load after load of ignorance will vanish, and then will come a time when all else has disappeared and the sun alone shines. Do not look back upon what has been done. Go ahead!"
"If you think that you are bound, you remain bound; you make your own bondage. If you know that you are free, you are free this moment. This is knowledge, knowledge of freedom. Freedom is the goal of all nature. Our supreme duty is to advance toward freedom - physical, mental, and spiritual - and help others to do so."
"Worship of God, worship of the holy ones, concentration and meditation and unselfish work, these are the ways of breaking away from Maya's net; but we must first have the strong desire to get free. The flash of light that will illumine the darkness for us is in us; it is the knowledge that is our nature (there is no "birthright", we were never born). All that we have to do is to drive away the clouds that cover it."
"Be not a traitor in your thoughts. Be sincere.
Act according to your thoughts and you shall surely succeed.
Pray with a sincere and simple heart, and your prayers will be heard.
Whoever wants God intensely, finds Him.
Go and verify it in your own life."
"As one and the same, water is called by different names by different people, some calling it ' water ', some ' Vari ', some ' Aqua ' and some ' Pani ' so the one Sachchidananda, Existence - Intelligence - Bliss Absolute, is invoked by some as God, by some as Allah, by some as Hari and by others as Brahman."
"A truly religious man should think that other religions are also paths leading to truth. We should always maintain an attitude of respect towards other religions. Remain always strong and steadfast in your own faith, but eschew all bigotry and intolerance."
"The Self is not attached to anything. Pleasure, pain, sinfulness, righteousness, etc., can never affect the Self in any way; but they can affect those who identify themselves with the body, as smoke can blacken only the wall but not the space enclosed within it."