Stand up, then, and be free.

Know that every thought and word that weakens you in this world is the only evil that exists. Whatever makes men [or women] weak, makes men [or women] fear, is the only evil that should be shunned. What can frighten you? If the suns come down and the moons crumble into dust, and systems after systems are hurled into annihilation, what is that to you?

Stand as a rock; you are indestructible. You are the Self, the God of the universe. Say: “I am Existence Absolute, Bliss Absolute, Knowledge Absolute. I am He.” And like a lion breaking its cage, break your chain, and be free for ever.

What frightens you? What holds you down? Only ignorance and delusion; nothing else can bind you. You are the Pure One, the Ever Blessed.

Swami Vivekananda

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