Swami Vivekananda Quotes on Desires
- Desire, want, is the father of all misery.
Desires are bound by the laws of success and failure. Desires must bring
misery. The great secret of true success, of true happiness, is this: the
person who asks for no return, the perfectly unselfish person, is the most
- So long as there is desire or want, it is a sure
sign that there is imperfection. A perfect, free being cannot
have any desire.
- Give up all desire for enjoyment in earth or
heaven. Control the organs of the senses and control the mind. Bear every
misery without even knowing that you are miserable. Think of nothing but spiritual freedom.
- Have faith in Guru, in his teachings, and in the
surety that you can get free. Think day and night that this universe is
zero, only God is. Have intense desire to get free.
- The meditative state is the highest state of
existence. So long as there is desire, no real happiness can come. It is
only the contemplative, witness-like study of objects that brings to us
real enjoyment and happiness.
- The more you think of yourself as shining
immortal spirit, the more eager you will be to be absolutely free of
matter, body, and senses. This is the intense desire to
- We get caught. How? Not by what we give but by
what we expect. We get misery in return for our love; not from the fact
that we love, but from the fact that we want love in return. There is no
misery where there is no want. Desire, want, is the father of all misery.
Desires are bound by the laws of success and failure. Desires must bring misery.
- To the person who desires nothing and does not get entangled in desires, the manifold changes of nature are one panorama of beauty and sublimity.
Swami vivekananda – Jnana yoga.pdf
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