Friday, January 3, 2014


[ Shri Surendra Nath Das Gupta ]: One day, with some of my young friends belonging to different colleges, I went to the Belur Math to see Swamji ( Swami Vivekananda ). We sat round him; talks on various subjects were going on. No sooner was any question put to him than he gave the most conclusive answer to it. Suddenly he exclaimed, pointing to us, “You are all studying different schools of European Philosophy and metaphysics and learning new facts about nationalities and countries; can you tell me what is the grandest of all the truths in life?”

We began to think, but could not make out what he wanted us to say. As none put forth any reply, he exclaimed in his inspiring language:

“LOOK HERE - WE SHALL ALL DIE!” Bear this in mind always, and then the spirit within will wake up. Then only, meanness will vanish from you, practicality in work will come, you will get new vigor in mind and body, and those who come in contact with you will also feel that they really got something uplifting from you."

- Swami Vivekananda
Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Volume 5, Page 329

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