Food for thought

The following thought-provoking quotations are from one person. Please try to identify the person without taking the help of Google or any other search engine. Who is (s)he? Please post your answer as a Comment on this post. I will start approving all Comments 24 hours from now.

• Are you unselfish? That is the question. If you are, you will be perfect without reading a single religious book, without going into a single church or temple.

• Astrology and all these mystical things are generally signs of a weak mind; therefore as soon as they are becoming prominent in our minds, we should see a physician, take good food, and rest.

• If a person who lives in God becomes miserable, what is the use of living in God? What is the use of such a God? Throw such a God overboard into the Pacific Ocean. We do not want such a God!

• Knowledge can only be got in one way, the way of experience; there is no other way to know.

• Please everyone without becoming a hypocrite or a coward.

• So long as millions live in hunger and ignorance, I hold every person a traitor who, having been educated at their expense, pays not the least heed to them.

• Soft-brained people, weak-minded, chicken-hearted, cannot find the truth. One has to be free, and as broad as the sky.

• The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the man or woman who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most successful.

• There cannot be friendship without equality.

• To believe blindly is to degenerate the human soul. Be an atheist if you want, but do not believe in anything unquestioningly.

• Watch people do their most common actions; these are indeed the things that will tell you the real character of a great person.

• Why are people so afraid? The answer is that they have made themselves helpless and dependent on others. We are so lazy, we do not want to do anything ourselves. We want a Personal God, a Savior or a Prophet to do everything for us.

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17 thoughts on “Food for thought

  1. Hmmm, let’s see.
    Clue 1: The person is not ridiculing Hindu/Muslims so he’s not any of the saffron clad Hindu Maharaj/topi-clad Muslim-Qazi.
    Clue 2: The person is not asking to make lots of babies, or siting Prophet or bigger cause, so he’s definitely not Sakshi Maharaj/Muhammad#
    Clue 3: That leaves the likes of Sri Sri, Nithya Shanti, etc (don’t know many of them, honestly).
    So, I’ll make a wild-guess.. Is it Sri Sri Ravi Shankar?

      • Thanks so much for sharing this post, Pro. Not just sharing the thoughts of Swami Vivekanand, but sharing them in this manner. This way I looked at the thoughts more subjectively, rationally and openly. And, I found them totally follow-able. I was thinking I don’t know who this is, but if there’s a leader who thinks that way, I would really like to follow him. And now I know whom to follow. 🙂

  2. Found the quotes interesting, I liked this: ” So long as millions live in hunger and ignorance, I hold every person a traitor who, having been educated at their expense, pays not the least heed to them.” I was not able to identify even one author..

  3. Ok.. I googled and got the answer. Hence I didn’t comment before..
    I am surprised at how relevant the quotes are in today’s time..
    My sister reads him everyday, at least one page from his books..
    She has asked me many a times to do it..
    May be it is high time I should listen to her …

  4. I am coming late to this post. But it was the last quote actually that gave me a hint that it could have been Swami Vivekananda. I had come across that quote somewhere earlier. Great collection of his wise words here, Pro. Thanks for sharing.

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