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1863-1902, India


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[1 of 8] Vivekananda (1863-1902, India): primary subject "Teaching": detail "‘Lectures and Discourses: My Master’"
Few understand the power of thought. If a man goes into a cave, shuts himself in, and thinks one really great thought and dies, that thought will penetrate the walls of that cave, vibrate through space, and at last permeate the whole human race. Such is the power of thought; be in no hurry therefore to give your thoughts to others. First have something to give.  He alone teaches who has something to give, for teaching is not talking, teaching is not imparting doctrines, it is communicating.   Spirituality can be communicated just as really as I can give you a flower. This is true in the most literal sense.

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[2 of 8] Vivekananda (1863-1902, India): primary subject "Teaching": detail "From ‘The Spirit and Influence of Vedanta’"
India, Iran, Tibet, BuddhismEach man should be treated not as what he manifests, but as what he stands for. Each human being stands for the divine, and, therefore, every teacher should be helpful, not by condemning man, but by helping him to call forth the divinity that is within him.

[3 of 8] Vivekananda (1863-1902, India): primary subject "Teaching": detail "From ‘The Gita III’"
India, Iran, Tibet, BuddhismEven if you have knowledge, do not disturb the childlike faith of the ignorant. On the other hand, go down to their level and gradually bring them up. That is a very powerful idea, and it has become the ideal in India. That is why you can see a great philosopher going into a temple and worshipping images. It is not hypocrisy.

[4 of 8] Vivekananda (1863-1902, India): primary subject "Teaching": detail "From ‘The Ideal of a Universal Religion’"
India, Iran, Tibet, BuddhismThe child teaches himself. Your duty is to afford opportunities and to remove the obstacles. A plant grows. Do you make the plant grow? Your duty is to put a hedge round it and see that no animal eats up the plant, and there your duty ends. The plant grows of itself. So it is in regard to the spiritual growth of every man. None can teach you; none can make a spiritual man of you. You have to teach yourself; your growth must come from inside.
 What can an external teacher do? He can remove the obstructions a little, and there his duty ends. Therefore help, if you can; but do not destroy. Give up all ideas that you can make men spiritual. It is impossible. There is no other teacher to you than your own soul.

[5 of 8] Vivekananda (1863-1902, India): primary subject "Teaching": detail "‘Lectures and Discourses: My Master’"
India, Iran, Tibet, BuddhismAll teaching implies giving and taking, the teacher gives and the taught receives, but one must have something to give, and the other must be open to receive.

[6 of 8] Vivekananda (1863-1902, India): primary subject "Teaching": detail "‘Conversations and Dialogues’ ix"
India, Iran, Tibet, Buddhism“Another thing that we want is the abolition of that system which aims at educating children in the same manner as that of the man who battered his ass, being advised that it could thereby be turned into a horse.”
 “What do you mean by that?”
 “You see, no one can teach anybody. The teacher spoils everything by thinking that he is teaching. Within man is all knowledge—even in a child it is so—and it requires only an awakening, and that much is the work of a teacher.”

[7 of 8] Vivekananda (1863-1902, India): primary subject "Humans, as servants of others, God": detail "‘Vedantism’"
India, Iran, Tibet, BuddhismEveryone wants to command, and no one wants to obey. So first, learn to obey. The command will come by itself. Always learn to be a servant, and then you will be fit to be a master.

[8 of 8] Vivekananda (1863-1902, India): primary subject "Helping others": detail "‘Vedanta in its Application to Indian Life’"
India, Iran, Tibet, BuddhismYou cannot help anyone, you can only serve. … Give up the idea that by ruling over others you can do any good to them. But you can do just as much as you can in the case of the plant; you can supply the growing seed with the materials for the making up of its body, bringing to it the earth, the water, the air, that it wants. It will take all that it wants by its own nature, it will assimilate and grow by its own nature.