Saturday, August 16, 2014


There are many things to be done, but means are wanting in this country. We have brains, but no hands. We have the doctrine of Vedanta, but we have not the power to reduce it into practice. In our books there is the doctrine of universal equality, but in work we make great distinctions. It was in India that unselfish and and disinterested work of the most exalted type was preached; but in practice we are awfully cruel, awfully heartless - unable to think of anything besides our own mass-of-flesh bodies....I too believe that India will awake again if anyone could love with all his heart the people of the country - bereft of the grace of affluence, of blasted fortune, their discretion totally lost, downtrodden, ever - starved, quarrelsome, and envious. Then only will India awake, when hundreds of large-hearted men and women, giving up all desires of enjoying the luxuries of life, will long and exert themselves to their utmost for the well - being of the millions of their countrymen who are gradually sinking lower and lower in the vortex of destitution and ignorance.

- Swami Vivekananda
[ Vivekananda His Call To The Nation - Page 97 ]

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