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To all who have been an inspiration to us, who live in the moment and live the

life on their terms, who are committed liv ing their lives on purpose and who

strive to make a positive difference to the people and this planet.


The quotes of Swami Vivekananda that appear on the facing pages of the booklet

are drawn from The Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda and the number below

the quote indicates the vol no and page no. The quotes from other authors have

been gathered from several sources of books and websites over the years and of

particular help were: Call to the Nation, Living at the Source,,

Our sincere thanks to the authors and original sources and where we are not able

to identify the source or have done it inappropriately, our apologies.

©2019 Ferryman Learning Resources

Note from the Ideator

Swami Vivekananda has been an eternal source

of inspiration for the people of all ages, races,

beliefs and belongings. His utterings are so very

power-packed that they have the potential to

energize a fatigued mind, shake off a lethargic

physique to rise in action and awaken a desolate

soul seeking salvation.

A small booklet titled ‘Thoughts of Power ’

containing a compilation of his quotes that was

gifted to me during my student-years by Swami

Harshanandaji of RIMSE, Mysore, has been my

cherished possession for over three decades

now and it has been the go-to companion for me

at times of despair when I needed confidence,

courage and inspiration the most.

It is in all earnestness to pass on the inspiration I

have been bestowed upon by the immortal

words of this eternal guru that I bring out this

small booklet to you.


Bharath Gopalan

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Hold the idea, ―I am not the mind, I see that I

am thinking, I am watching my mind act,‖ and

each day the identification of yourself with the

thought and feeling will grow less, until at last

you can entirely separate yourself from the mind

and actually know it to be apart yourself.

When this is done, the mind is your servant to

control as you will.

When the mind is conquered, he has reached

the highest stage. (8:48)

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Take up one idea. Make that one idea your

life; think of it; dream of it; live on that idea.

Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of

your body be full of that idea, and just leave

every other idea alone. This is the way to

success, and this is the way great spiritual

giants are produced. (1:177)

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Stand up, be bold, be strong. Take the whole

responsibility on your own shoulders, and know

that you are the creator of your own destiny. All

the strength and succor you want is within

yourselves. Therefore, make your own future.

Whatever you think that you will be. If you

think yourself weak, weak you will be; if you

think yourself strong, strong you will be.

Be strong, my young friends; that is my

advice to you. You will be nearer to Heaven

through football than through the study of

the Gita. These are bold words; but I have

to say them, for I love you.

This is the great fact:

Strength is life; weakness is death;

Strengths is felicity, life eternal, immortal;

weakness is constant strain and misery,

weakness is death.

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We are responsible for what we are, and

whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the

power to make ourselves.

If what we are now have been the result of

our past actions, it certainly follows that

whatever we wish to be in future can be

produced by our present actions. (1:31)

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The bottom of a lake we cannot see, because

its surface is covered with ripples. It is only

possible to catch a glimpse of the bottom,

when the ripples have subsided, and the

water is calm. If the water is muddy or is

agitated all the time, the bottom will not be

seen. If it is clear, and there are no waves,

we shall see the bottom. The bottom of the

lake is our own true Self. (1:202)

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Knowledge is inherent in man; no knowledge

comes from outside; it is all inside…

We say Newton discovered gravitation; was

it sitting in anywhere in a corner waiting for

him? It was in his own mind; the time came

and he found it out.

All the knowledge the world has ever received

comes from the mind; the infinite library of the

universe is in your own mind. The external

world is simply the suggestion, the occasion,

which sets you to study your own mind.


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The monkeys of Varanasi are huge brutes and

are sometimes surly. They now took it into their

heads not to allow me to pass through their

street, so they howled and shrieked and clutched

at my feet as I passed. As they pressed closer, I

began to run, but the faster I ran, the faster

came the monkeys and they began to bite at me.

It seemed impossible to escape, but just then I

met a stranger who called out to me, "Face the

brutes." I turned and faced the monkeys, and

they fell back and finally fled.

That is a lesson for all life — face the terrible,

face it boldly. Like the monkeys, the hardships

of life fall back when we cease to flee before

them. If we are ever to gain freedom, it must be

by conquering nature, never by running away.

Cowards never win victories. We have to fight

fear and troubles and ignorance if we expect

them to flee before us.

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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.

So help whenever you can, but mind what your

motive is. If it is selfish, it will neither benefit

those you help, nor yourself. If it is unselfish, it

will bring blessings upon them to whom it is

given, and infinite blessings upon you, sure as

you are living.

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If you think you are bound, you remain

bound; you make your own bondage. If you

know that you are free, you are free this

moment. This is the knowledge, knowledge

of freedom. Freedom is the goal of all

nature. (2:462)

We are free if we would only believe it, only

have faith enough. You are the soul, free

and eternal, ever free, ever blessed. Have

faith enough and you will be free in a

moment. (6:93)

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If there is one word that you find coming out

like a bomb from the Upanishads, bursting like

a bombshell upon masses of ignorance, it is the

word ―fearlessness‖. And the only religion that

ought to be taught is the religion of fearlessness.

Either in this world or in the world of religion,

it is true that fear is the sure cause of

degradation and sin. It is the fear that brings

misery, fear that brings death, fear that breeds

evil. (3:160)

Be not afraid of anything. You will do

marvelous work. It is fearlessness that brings

heaven even in a moment

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It is the cheerful mind that is persevering. It is

the strong mind that hews its way through a

thousand difficulties.

It is our own mental attitude which makes the

world what it is for us. Our thought make

things beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly.

The whole world is in our own minds. Learn to

see things in the proper light

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In the world take always the position of the

giver. Give everything and look for no return.

Give love, give help, give service, give any little

thing you can, but keep out barter. Make no

conditions and none will be imposed on you. Let

us give out of our own bounty, just as God gives

to us

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The ideal of faith in ourselves is of the greatest

help to us. If faith in ourselves had been more

extensively taught and practiced, I am sure a

very large portion of the evils and miseries that

we have would have vanished.

He is an atheist who does not believe in himself.

The old religions said that he was an atheist

who did not believe in God. The new religion

says that he is an atheist who does not believe in


If you have faith in all the three hundred and

thirty millions of your mythological gods, and in

all the gods which foreigners have now and again

introduced into your midst, and still have no

faith in yourself, there is no salvation for you.

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There is a pretty Indian fable to the effect that if

it rains when the star Svâti is in the ascendant,

and a drop of rain falls into an oyster, that drop

becomes a pearl. The oysters know this, so they

come to the surface when that star shines, and

wait to catch the precious raindrop. When a

drop falls into them, quickly the oysters close

their shells and dive down to the bottom of the

sea, there to patiently develop the drop into the


We should be like that. First hear, then

understand, and then, leaving all distractions,

shut your minds to outside influences, and devote

yourselves to developing the truth within you....

Take one thing up and do it, and see the end of

it, and before you have seen the end, do not give

it up. He who can become mad with an idea, he

alone sees light.

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To succeed, you must have a tremendous

perseverance, tremendous will. ‗I will drink the

ocean‘, says the persevering soul, ‗at my will,

mountains will crumble up.‘ Have that sort of

energy, that sort of will; work hard and you

will reach the goal. (1:178)

Never think there is impossible for the soul. It

is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is any

sin, this is the only sin- to say that you are

weak, or others are weak (2:308)

Never say, ‗no‘; never say, ‗I cannot‘, for you

are infinite. Even time and space are as

nothing compared with your nature. You can

do anything and everything, you are almighty.


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Never mind failures; they are

quite natural, they are the beauty

of life – these failures. What

would life be without them? It

would not be worth having if it

were not for struggles. Where

would be the poetry of life? Never

mind the struggles, the mistakes.

I have never heard a cow tell a

lie, but it is only a cow- never a

man. So never mind these

failures, these little backslidings;

hold the ideal a thousand times;

and if you fail a thousand times,

make the attempt once more.

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All love is expansion, all selfishness is

contraction. Love is therefore the only law of life.

He who loves lives, he who is selfish is dying.

Therefore love for love's sake, because it is the

only law of life, just as you breathe to live.

With love, there is no painful reaction; love only

brings a reaction of bliss; if it does not, it is not

love; it is mistaking something else for love.

When you have succeeded in loving your

husband, your wife, your children, the whole

world, the universe, in such a manner that there

is no pain or jealousy, no selfish feeling, then you

are in a fit state to unattached.

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Do you know how much energy, how many

powers, how many forces, are still lurking

behind that frame of yours? What scientist

has known all that is in man? Millions of

years have passed since man came here,

and yet but one infinitesimal part of his

powers has been manifested. Therefore, you

must not say that you are weak. How do

you know what possibilities lie behind that

degradation on the surface? You know but

little of that which is within you. For

behind you is the ocean of infinite power

and blessedness.

Realize your true nature. That is all there

is to do. Know yourself as you are - infinite

Spirit. That is practical religion.

Everything else is impractical, for

everything else will perish.

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Ferryman is in 1% business

For Ferryman believes that it is that

1% inspiration of the larger purpose

that provides meaning to the 99%

perspiration and it is that 1% ideation

that triggers the 99% execution.

Ferryman helps in:

Designing Your Communication

Discovering your Personal

Leadership Philosophy

Documenting your Journey to

Breakthrough Goals

Journaling for personal growth


Ph: 91 9941832065


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