Swami Vivekananda Quotes on Education

Swami Vivekananda always believed education of the masses was the key to uplifting mankind. Here are more thoughts and Swami Vivekananda quotes on education.


Defining Education

What is education? Is it book-learning? No. Is it diverse knowledge? Not even that. The training by which the current and expression of will are brought under control and become fruitful is called education. - Our Present Social Problems, Translations: Prose, Volume 4


Education is not filling the mind with a lot of facts. Perfecting the instrument and getting complete mastery of my own mind [is the ideal of education]. - Breathing, Lectures, Volume 1


Swami Vivekananda quote: Education is not filling the mind with a lot of facts. Perfecting the instrument and getting complete mastery of my own mind

Education is not the amount of information that is put into your brain and runs riot there, undigested, all your life. We must have life-building, man-making, character-making assimilation of ideas. - The Future of India, Lectures from Colombo to Almora, Volume 3


To me the very essence of education is concentration of mind, not the collecting of facts. If I had to do my education over again, and had any voice in the matter, I would not study facts at all. I would develop the power of concentration and detachment, and then with a perfect instrument I could collect facts at will. Side by side, in the child, should be developed the power of concentration and detachment. - Concentration and Breathing, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 6


You consider a man as educated if only he can pass some examinations and deliver good lectures. The education which does not help the common mass of people to equip themselves for the struggle for life, which does not bring out strength of character, a spirit of philanthropy, and the courage of a lion - is it worth the name? Real education is that which enables one to stand on one's own legs. The education that you are receiving now in schools and colleges is only making you a race of dyspeptics. You are working like machines merely, and living a jellyfish existence. - VII, Conversations and Dialogues, Volume 7


Importance of Education

How can there be any progress of the country without the spread of education, the dawning of knowledge? - VIII, Conversations and Dialogues, Volume 6


Ignorance is the mother of all the evil and all the misery we see. Let men have light, let them be pure and spiritually strong and educated, then alone will misery cease in the world, not before. - The Secret of Work, Karma Yoga, Volume 1


Swami Vivekananda quote: Ignorance is the mother of all the evil and all the misery we see.

Education and Religion

I look upon religion as the innermost core of education. - On Indian Women - Their Past, Present And Future, Interviews, Volume 5


The very reason of nature's existence is for the education of the soul; it has no other meaning; it is there because the soul must have knowledge, and through knowledge free itself. - The Secret of Work, Karma Yoga, Volume 1


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Education is the manifestation of the perfection already in man. - What We Believe In, Writings: Prose, Volume 4


It is not at all necessary to be educated or learned to get to God. - Steps To Realization, Lectures, Volume 1


If education is identical with information, the libraries are the greatest sages in the world, and encyclopedias are the Rishis. - The Future of India, Lectures from Colombo to Almora, Volume 3


Education of Youth

A son should be lovingly reared up to his fourth year; he should be educated till he is sixteen. When he is twenty years of age he should be employed in some work; he should then be treated affectionately by his father as his equal. Exactly in the same manner the daughter should be brought up, and should be educated with the greatest care. And when she marries, the father ought to give her jewels and wealth. - Each Is Great in His Own Place, Karma Yoga, Volume 1


If the poor boy cannot come to education, education must go to him. - Our Duty to the Masses, Writings: Prose, Volume 4


Swami Vivekananda quote: If the poor boy cannot come to education, education must go to him.

Education of Women

Q:"Are you then entirely satisfied with the position of women amongst us, Swamiji?"
A: "By no means," said the Swami, "but our right of interference is limited entirely to giving education. Women must be put in a position to solve their own problems in their own way. No one can or ought to do this for them. And our Indian women are as capable of doing it as any in the world." - On Indian Women - Their Past, Present And Future, Interviews, Volume 5


Educate your women first and leave them to themselves; then they will tell you what reforms are necessary for them. In matters concerning them, who are you? - Notes Taken Down In Madras, 1892-93, Notes of Class Talks and Lectures, Volume 6


More Swami Vivekananda Quotes on Education

The ears are the best educators. The best principles in our lives were those which we heard from our mothers through our ears. Books came much later. Book - learning is nothing. Through the ears we get the best formative principles. - My Life and Mission, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 8


Education is coming, and compulsory education will follow. The immense power of our people for work must be utilized. India's potentialities are great and will be called forth. - India and England, Interviews, Volume 5


Men must have education. They speak of democracy, of the equality of all men, these days. But how will a man know he is equal with all? He must have a strong brain, a clear mind free of nonsensical ideas; he must pierce through the mass of superstitions encrusting his mind to the pure truth that is in his inmost Self. Then he will know that all perfections, all powers are already within himself, that these have not to be given him by others. When he realizes this, he becomes free that moment, he achieves equality. He also realizes that everyone else is equally as perfect as he, and he does not have to exercise any power, physical, mental or moral, over his brother men. He abandons the idea that there was ever any man who was lower than himself. Then he can talk of equality; not until then. - Buddha's Message To The World, Lectures and Discourses, Volume 8


It is very hard to show men new things, to give them great ideas. It is harder still to knock off old superstitions, very hard; they do not die easily. With all his education, even the learned man becomes frightened in the dark - the nursery tales come into his mind, and he sees ghosts. - Is Vedanta The Future Religion? Lectures and Discourses, Volume 8


The secret of life is not enjoyment, but education through experience. - XCII-, Epistles - First Series, Volume 5


Swami Vivekananda quote: The secret of life is not enjoyment, but education through experience.

The course of nature will not stop for such as you and me; it is, as already pointed out, only a blessed privilege to you and to me that we are allowed, in the way of helping others, to educate ourselves. - Non-Attachment is Complete Self-Abnegation, Karma Yoga, Volume 1



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