15 Laws of Life
From Swami Vivekananda
What You Need to Keep in Mind
1. LOVE IS THE LAW OF LIFE: 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 law of life, just as you breathe to live.
2. IT'S YOUR OUTLOOK THAT MATTERS: It is our own mental attitude,
which makes the world what it is for us. Our thoughts make things
beautiful, our thoughts make things ugly. The whole world is in our
own minds. Learn to see things in the proper light.
3. LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL: First, believe in this world - that there is
meaning behind everything. Everything in the world is good, is holy
and beautiful. If you see something evil, think that you do not
understand it in the right light. Throw the burden on yourselves!
4. IT'S THE WAY YOU FEEL: Feel like Christ and you will be a Christ;
feel like Buddha and you will be a Buddha. It is feeling that is the
life, the strength, the vitality, without which no amount of
intellectual activity can reach God.
5. SET YOURSELF FREE: The moment I have realised God sitting in the
temple of every human body, the moment I stand in reverence before
every human being and see God in him - that moment I am free from
bondage, everything that binds vanishes, and I am free.
6. DON'T PLAY THE BLAME GAME: Condemn none: if you can stretch out a
helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your
brothers, and let them go their own way.
7. HELP OTHERS: If money helps a man to do good to others, it is of
some value; but if not, it is simply a mass of evil, and the sooner
it is got rid of, the better.
8. UPHOLD YOUR IDEALS: Our duty is to encourage every one in his
struggle to live up to his own highest idea, and strive at the same
time to make the ideal as near as possible to the Truth.
9. LISTEN TO YOUR SOUL: You have to grow from the inside out. None
can teach you, none can make you spiritual. There is no other teacher
but your own soul.
10. BE YOURSELF: The greatest religion is to be true to your own
nature. Have faith in yourselves!
11. NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE: Never think there is anything impossible
for the soul. It is the greatest heresy to think so. If there is sin,
this is the only sin - to say that you are weak, or others are weak.
12. YOU HAVE THE POWER: All the powers in the universe are already
ours. It is we who have put our hands before our eyes and cry that it
13. LEARN EVERYDAY: The goal of mankind is knowledge... now this
knowledge is inherent in man. No knowledge comes from outside: it is
all inside. What we say a man 'knows', should, in strict
psychological language, be what he 'discovers' or 'unveils'; what
man 'learns' is really what he discovers by taking the cover off his
own soul, which is a mine of infinite knowledge.
14. BE TRUTHFUL: Everything can be sacrificed for truth, but truth
cannot be sacrificed for anything.
15. THINK DIFFERENT: All differences in this world are of degree, and
not of kind, because oneness is the secret of everything.