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Subject: Swami Vivekananda Quotes: 4
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5) Education and Society 

Education is the Manifestation of the PERFECTION already in man

What is education? Is it book-learning? NO. Is it diverse knowledge? Not even
that. The training by which the CURRENT and EXPRESSION of will are brought 
under CONTROL and become FRUITFUL is called education.

To me the very essence of education is CONCENTRATION OF MIND, not the 
collecting of facts. If I had to do my education over again, and had any voice
in the matter, I would develop the Power of CONCENTRATION and DETACHMENT, and
then with a PERFECT instrument I could collect facts at will.

The education which does not help the common mass of people to EQUIP themselves
for the struggle for life, which does not bring out STRENGTH of CHARACTER, a 
SPIRIT of PHILANTHROPY, and the COURAGE of a LION- is it worth the name?

Real education is that which enables one to STAND on his OWN legs.

Education is not the amount of information that is put into your brain and runs
rot there, undigested all your life. We must have LIFE-BUILDING, MAN-MAKING,
CHARACTER-MAKING, assimilation of ideas. If you have ASSIMILATED five ideas
and made them your LIFE and CHARACTER, you have more education than any man who
has got byheart a whole library.

Every one wants to command, and no one wants to obey; and this owing to the 
absence of that wonderful brahmacharya system of yore. First, LEARN TO OBEY.
The command will come by itself. Always first learn to be a servant, and then
you will be fit to be a master.

Give up the awful disease that is creeping into our national blood, that idea 
of ridiculing everything, that loss of SERIOUSNESS. Give that up. Be STRONG and
have this SRADDHA, and everything else is bound to follow.

We want that education by which CHARACTER is formed, STRENGTH of MIND is 
INCREASED, the INTELLECT is EXPANDED, and by which one can STAND on one's 

Truth does not pay homage to any Society, ancient amd modern. Society has to 
pay homage to Truth or die. Societies should be moulded upon truth, and truth
has not to adjust itself to society........That Society is the GREATEST, where
the HIGHEST TRUTHS became PRACTICAL. That is my opinion; and if Society is not
fit for the highest truths, MAKE IT SO; and the sooner, the better. 

I say,LIBERATE, undo the shackles of people as much as you can..... when you 
would be able to sacrifice all desire for happiness for the sake of Society,
then you would be the BUDDHA, then YOU WOULD BE FREE

Three things are necessary to make every Man GREAT, every Nation GREAT :
1) CONVICTION of the powers of GOODNESS
3) HELPING all who are trying TO BE and DO GOOD

If your Ideal is matter, matter shalt thou be. Behold! our ideal is the Spirit.
That alone EXISTS. Nothing else exists, and like Him, we LIVE FOREVER.

Do you not find in History that the first death sign of a nation has been 
UNCHASTITY? When that has entered, the end of the race is in sight.

The majority of sects will be transient, and last only as bubbles, because the
leaders are not usually Men of character. Perfect LOVE, the heart never 
reacting, this is what builds CHARACTER. There is no allegiance possible where
there is no character in the leader, and PERFECT PURITY ensures the most 
lasting allegiance and confidence. Take up an idea, devote yourself to it,
struggle on in PATIENCE, and the Sun will rise for you.

What I say is not `Reform', but `Move on'. Nothing is too bad to reform.
Adaptability is the whole mystery of life- the principle underneath, which 
serves to unfold it. ADJUSTMENT or adaptation is the outcome of the self pitted
against external forces tending to suppress it. He who ADJUSTS himself BEST
lives the longest.  Even if I do not preach this, Society is changing,
It must change.

Nothing else is necessary but these- LOVE, SINCERITY and PATIENCE. What is life
but growth, ie expansion, ie love.  Therefore, all love is life, it is the only
law of life, all selfishness is death, and this is true here or hereafter. It 
is life  to do good, it is death not to do good to others.  Ninety percent of
human brutes you see are dead, are ghosts- for none lives, my boys, but he 

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