28 Ego Quotes from Swami Vivekananda

Here are 28 ego quotes from Swami Vivekananda.

What is Ego

The "ego" like its correlative "non-ego", is the product of the body, mind etc. The only proof of the existence of the real Self is realization. - IV Selections from the Math Diary, Questions and Answers, V5

The impressions of external objects are carried to the organs, and when the mind is attached to them, it takes the impressions and gives them, as it were, a coloring, which is called egoism, "I". - Soul, Nature and God, Practical Vedanta and other lectures, V2

The faculty of egoism, the faculty of intellect, the faculty of cogitation, the organs, the instruments, the body, all of them obey His commands. It is He who is manifesting all of these. This is the Atman of man. - Soul, Nature and God, Practical Vedanta and other lectures, V2

Causes of Ego

Ignorance is the cause of egoism, attachment, aversion, and clinging to life. - Concentration: Its Practice, Patanjali's Yoga Aphorisms, V1

There is no good in store so long as malice and jealousy and egotism will prevail. - LXIII Shashi, Epistles - Second Series, V6

Swami Vivekananda ego quotes - There is no good in store so long as malice and jealousy and egotism will prevail.

Giving Up Ego Quotes

Egotism, pride, etc. must be given up. - Narada-Bhakti-Sutras, Notes of Class Talks and Lectures, V6

Throw overboard all idea of jealousy and egotism, once for all. Come on to the practical field with tremendous energy; to work, in the fullness of strength! - IL Swami Ramakrishnananda*, Epistles - Second Series, V6

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Give up all self, all egotisms get out of anger, lust, give all to God. "I am not, but Thou art; the old man is all gone, only Thou remainest." "I am Thou." Blame none; if evil comes, know the Lord is playing with you and be exceeding glad. - Monday, June 24, Inspired Talks, V7

Give up the world - this nonsense of the senses. There is only one real desire: to know what is true, to be spiritual. No more materialism, no more this egoism, I must become spiritual. - Discipleship, Lectures and Discourses, V8

Until we give up the world manufactured by the ego, never can we enter the kingdom of heaven. None ever did, none ever will. To give up the world is to forget the ego, to know it not at all — living in the body, but not of it. This rascal ego must be obliterated. - Wednesday June 26, Inspired Talks, V7

Those who work without any consciousness of their lower ego are not affected with evil, for they work for the good of the world. To work without motive, to work unattached, brings the highest bliss and freedom. - Work without Motive, Notes from Lectures and Discourses, V5

Swami Vivekananda ego quotes: freedom and bliss without ego

Take up anything that you see or feel, a book for instance; first concentrate the mind on it, then on the knowledge that is in the form of a book, and then on the Ego that sees the book, and so on. By that practice all the organs will be conquered. - Powers, Patanjali's Yoga Aphorisms, V1

Don't allow egoism to enter your minds, and let love never depart from your hearts. What destruction can touch you? Fear not. - CXLVIII Rakhal, Epistles - Fourth Series, V8

You are all of infinite strength - how long does it take you to keep off petty jealousy or egoistic ideas! The moment such propensity comes, resign yourselves to the Lord! Just make over your body and mind to His work, and all troubles will be at an end for ever. - LXXIII Brother Disciples, Epistles - Second Series, V6

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I bless you that from this day all your egoism of caste, color, high birth, religious merit and demerit, and all, may vanish forever! - VI, Conversations and Dialogues, V7

Go where people hate you, let them thrash the ego out of you, and you will get nearer to the Lord. - Wednesday June 26, Inspired Talks, V7

Truth will never come into our minds so long as there will remain the faintest shadow of Ahamkara (egotism). - Who is A Real Guru?, Notes from Lectures and Discourses, V5

What of these dualistic theories of twenty gods, thirty gods? It does not matter. They all had the one truth, that this false individuality must go. . . . So this ego - the less there is of it, the nearer I am to that which I really am: the universal body. The less I think of my own individual mind, the nearer I am to that universal mind. The less I think of my own soul, the nearer I am to the universal soul. - The Goal, Practical Vedanta and other lectures, V2

More Ego Quotes from Swami Vivekananda

So long as you identify yourself with the body and have the ego - consciousness, all these will remain. But when you are bereft of the body - consciousness and devoted to the Atman and live in the Atman, then with respect to you none of these will remain, and such questions as whether there is any creation or birth or death will have no room. - XX, Conversations and Dialogues

That part of mind-work which is unaccompanied with the feeling of egoism is unconscious work, and that part which is accompanied with the feeling of egoism is conscious work. In the lower animals this unconscious work is called instinct. In higher animals, and in the highest of all animals, man, what is called conscious work prevails. - Dhyana and Samadhi, Raja Yoga, V1

The feeling of egoism is only on the middle plane. When the mind is above or below that line, there is no feeling of "I", and yet the mind works. When the mind goes beyond this line of self-consciousness, it is called Samadhi or superconsciousness. - Dhyana and Samadhi, Raja Yoga, V1

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We see, then, that this human being is composed first of this external covering, the body; secondly, the finer body, consisting of mind, intellect, and egoism. Behind them is the real Self of man. We have seen that all the qualities and powers of the gross body are borrowed from the mind, and the mind, the finer body, borrows its powers and luminosity from the soul, standing behind. - The Cosmos: The Microcosm, Jana Yoga, V2

There is the mind itself. It is like a smooth lake which when struck, say by a stone, vibrates. The vibrations gather together and react on the stone, and all through the lake they will spread and be felt. The mind is like the lake; it is constantly being set in vibrations, which leave an impression on the mind; and the idea of the Ego, or personal self, the "I", is the result of these impressions. This "I" therefore is only the very rapid transmission of force and is in itself no reality. - Introduction to Jnana Yoga, Lectures and Discourses, V6

As long as the idea of "I" remains, it is true. And the instant the realization of "I" as the Atman comes, this world of relative existence becomes false. What people speak of as sin is the result of weakness - is but another form of the egoistic idea, "I am the body". When the mind gets steadfast in the truth, "I am the Self", then you go beyond merit and demerit, virtue and vice. - V, Conversations and Dialogues, V6

When I see an object there is no will; when its sensations are carried to the brain, there comes the reaction, which says "Do this", or "Do not do this", and this state of the ego-substance is what is called will. - A study of the Sankhya philosophy, Practical Vedanta and other lectures, V2

We become forgetful of the ego when we think of the body as dedicated to the service of others - the body with which most complacently we identify the ego. And in the long run comes the consciousness of disembodiness. The more intently you think of the well - being of others, the more oblivious of self you become. In this way, as gradually your heart gets purified by work, you will come to feel the truth that your own Self is pervading all beings and all things. - I, Conversations and Dialogues, V7

If the painter, losing the consciousness of his ego, becomes completely immersed in his painting, he will be able to produce masterpieces. - Work without Motive, Notes from Lectures and Discourses, V5

Swami Vivekananda ego quotes about losing ego

Man only remains hypnotized with the false idea of an ego. When this ghost is off from us, all dreams vanish, and then it is found that the one Self only exists from the highest Being to a blade of grass. - V Conversations and Dialogues, V6

That is all! Twenty-eight ego quotes from Swami Vivekananda!


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