You have cried to all the gods in the world. Has misery ceased? The masses in India cry to sixty million gods, and still die like dogs. Where are these gods? ... The gods come to help you when you have succeeded. So what is the use? Die game. ... This bending the knee to superstitions, this selling yourself to your own mind does not befit you, my soul. You are infinite, deathless, birthless.
- Swami Vivekananda
(Delivered In San Francisco, on May 28, 1900)The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda/Volume 1/Lectures And Discourses/The Gita II