45 Swami Vivekananda Quotes from His Raja Yoga Book

Swami Vivekananda’s Raja Yoga book explained his take on Patanjali's yoga aphorisms. Here are 45 quotes from Swamiji’s Raja Yoga book.


    Introductory (Chapter 1)

  1. Uniformity is the rigorous law of nature; what once happened can happen always.
  2. It is better to be an outspoken atheist than a hypocrite.

  3. [Related: Atheist Quotes from Swami Vivekananda]


  4. It is comparatively easy to observe facts in the external world, for many instruments have been invented for the purpose, but in the internal world we have no instrument to help us.
  5. The power of attention, when properly guided, and directed towards the internal world, will analyze the mind, and illumine facts for us.
  6. The powers of the mind are like rays of light dissipated; when they are concentrated, they illumine.
  7. Believe nothing until you find it out for yourself.
  8. Truth requires no prop to make it stand.
  9. If the body is healthy, the mind remains healthy and strong.
  10. The best guide in life is strength.
  11. All the forces that are working in this body have been produced out of food; we see that every day.

  12. The First Steps (Chapter 2)

  13. Mercy shall not be for men alone, but shall go beyond, and embrace the whole world.
  14. We must be the masters, and not the slaves of nature; neither body nor mind must be our master, nor must we forget that the body is mine, and not I the body's.
  15. The body must be kept strong and healthy. It is the best instrument we have.

  16. [Related: Quotes about Strength from Swami Vivekananda]


  17. Freedom is never to be reached by the weak.
  18. Throw away all weakness. Tell your body that it is strong, tell your mind that it is strong, and have unbounded faith and hope in yourself.

  19.  Throw away all weakness. Tell your body that it is strong, tell your mind that it is strong, and have unbounded faith and hope in yourself. - Swami Vivekananda

    Prana (Chapter 3)

  20. The sum total of all forces in the universe, mental or physical, when resolved back to their original state, is called Prana.
  21. When the mind has attained to that state, which is called Samadhi - perfect concentration, super-consciousness - it goes beyond the limits of reason, and comes face to face with facts which no instinct or reason can ever know.
  22. Just as in a rushing stream there may be millions of whirlpools, the water in each of which is different every moment, turning round and round for a few seconds, and then passing out, replaced by a fresh quantity, so the whole universe is one constantly changing mass of matter, in which all forms of existence are so many whirlpools.
  23. Not one is constant, but everything is changing, matter eternally concreting and disintegrating.
  24. Everything is infectious in this world, good or bad. If your body be in a certain state of tension, it will have a tendency to produce the same tension in others.
  25. A very strong man, living with a weak man, will make him a little stronger, whether he knows it or not.

  26. The Psychic Prana (Chapter 4)

  27. When all the motions of the body have become perfectly rhythmical, the body has, as it were, become a gigantic battery of will.
  28. Taking the analogy of electricity, we find that man can send a current only along a wire, but nature requires no wires to send her tremendous currents.

  29. The Control of the Psychic Prana (Chapter 5)

  30. Our minds have become externalized, and have lost sight of the fine motions inside.
  31. With calm thought, calmness comes over the face.

  32. Pratyahara And Dharana (Chapter 6)

  33. There are the external instruments, then the internal organs acting in the body through the brain centers, and there is the mind. When these come together and attach themselves to some external object, then we perceive it.
  34. The goal of each soul is freedom, mastery — freedom from the slavery of matter and thought, mastery of external and internal nature.
  35. Beware how you allow yourselves to be acted upon by others.
  36. Beware how you unknowingly bring another to ruin.
  37. Whosoever, therefore, asks anyone to believe blindly, or drags people behind him by the controlling power of his superior will, does an injury to humanity, though he may not intend it.
  38. Use your own minds, control body and mind yourselves, remember that until you are a diseased person, no extraneous will can work upon you; avoid everyone, however great and good he may be, who asks you to believe blindly.
  39. Beware of everything that takes away your freedom. Know that it is dangerous, and avoid it by all the means in your power.
  40. There was a monkey, restless by his own nature, as all monkeys are. As if that were not enough someone made him drink freely of wine, so that he became still more restless. Then a scorpion stung him. When a man is stung by a scorpion, he jumps about for a whole day; so the poor monkey found his condition worse than ever. To complete his misery a demon entered into him. What language can describe the uncontrollable restlessness of that monkey? The human mind is like that monkey, incessantly active by its own nature; then it becomes drunk with the wine of desire, thus increasing its turbulence. After desire takes possession comes the sting of the scorpion of jealousy at the success of others, and last of all the demon of pride enters the mind, making it think itself of all importance. How hard to control such a mind!
  41. Take one thing up and do it, and see the end of it, and before you have seen the end, do not give it up.

  42. [Related: Swami Vivekananda Quotes for Success]


  43. Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life — think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success, and this is the way great spiritual giants are produced.

  44. Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life — think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success … - Swami Vivekananda

    Dhyana and Samadhi (Chapter 7)

  45. All ethics, all human action and all human thought, hang upon this one idea of unselfishness.
  46. This world is only one drop in an infinite ocean, one link in an infinite chain.
  47. Think of the good Mohammed did to the world, and think of the great evil that has been done through his fanaticism! Think of the millions massacred through his teachings, mothers bereft of their children, children made orphans, whole countries destroyed, millions upon millions of people killed!
  48. Instinct develops into reason, and reason into the transcendental consciousness; therefore, not one of the states contradicts the others. Real inspiration never contradicts reason, but fulfils it.
  49. Experience is the only teacher we have. We may talk and reason all our lives, but we shall not understand a word of truth, until we experience it ourselves.
  50. You cannot hope to make a man a surgeon by simply giving him a few books. You cannot satisfy my curiosity to see a country by showing me a map; I must have actual experience. Maps can only create curiosity in us to get more perfect knowledge. Beyond that, they have no value whatever. Clinging to books only degenerates the human mind. Was there ever a more horrible blasphemy than the statement that all the knowledge of God is confined to this or that book? How dare men call God infinite, and yet try to compress Him within the covers of a little book! Millions of people have been killed because they did not believe what the books said, because they would not see all the knowledge of God within the covers of a book. Of course this killing and murdering has gone by, but the world is still tremendously bound up in a belief in books.
  51. If the mind can first concentrate upon an object, and then is able to continue in that concentration for a length of time, and then, by continued concentration, to dwell only on the internal part of the perception of which the object was the effect, everything comes under the control of such a mind. This meditative state is the highest state of existence.
  52. To him who desires nothing, and does not mix himself up with them, the manifold changes of nature are one panorama of beauty and sublimity.

  53. [Related: Swami Vivekananda Quotes on Beauty]


    Raja Yoga in Brief (Chapter 8)

  54. There is no virtue higher than non-injury.
  55. There is no happiness higher than what a man obtains by this attitude of non-offensiveness, to all creation.

So what do you think about these 45 Swami Vivekananda quotes from his Raja Yoga book.


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