Thursday, October 28, 2004

Vivekananda's words of wisdom

Swami Vivekananda was probably one of the most charismatic, influential and wise Indians ever. His words can leave a lasting impression on any mind - weak or strong. Here are two of his quotes that hit me hard....

"If you take the character of any man, it really is but the aggregate of tendencies, the sum total of the bent of his mind; you will find that misery and happiness are equal factors in the formation of the character. In studying the great characters the world has produced, I dare say, in vast majority of cases, it would be found that it was misery that taught more than happiness, it was poverty that taught more than wealth, it was blows that brought out the inner fire more than praise." (Rings a bell? Reminds one of Viktor Frankl...)

The second: "To work without motive, to work unattached, brings the highest bliss and freedom". (Rings a bell again? Reminds one of the greatest of epics - Baghavad Gita...)

Sigh....There are so many more such pearls of wisdom that I want to Blog...I want a day to last 48 hours and use 24 of them for identifying and recording such amazing things! listening?