Swami Vivekananda was born on 12 January 1863 in an aristocratic Bengali family in Kolkata (Calcutta). He was known as Narendranath Datta in his earlier days of his life. He went on to become the chief disciple of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa, the Indian mystic. He introduced the western world to the Indian philosophies of Vedanta and Yoga. Swami Vivekanand revived Hinduism in India and also founded the Ramakrishna Mission and Ramakrishna math. He is always been remembered as the greatest spiritual leader. On his birth anniversary, let’s remember some of his thoughtful sayings.

You have to grow from the inside out. None can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher but your own soul.

Arise, awake and do not stop until the goal is reached.

We are what our thoughts have made us; so take care of what you think. Words are secondary. Thoughts live; they travel far.

You cannot believe in God until you believe in yourself.

All the powers in the universe are already ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it is dark.

The world is the great gymnasium where we come to make ourselves strong.

Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way.

Truth can be stated in a thousand different ways, yet each one can be true.

All differences in this world are of degree, and not of a kind because oneness is the secret of everything.

Where can we go to find God if we cannot see Him in our own hearts and in every living being.