We have the power to create ourselves

we have the power to create our-selves.
we have the power to create ourselves.

The great monk Swami Vivekananda had explained the secret and power of work in his complete work. In a chapter on work, he had written the following lines.

No one can get anything until he earns it.this is an eternal law. We may sometimes think it is not so,but in the long run we become convinced of it. A man may struggle all his life for riches; he may cheat thousands ,but he finds at last that he does not deserve to become rich, and his life become a trouble and nuisance to him. We may go on accumulating things for our physical enjoyment, but only what we earn is really ours. A fool may buy all the books in the world, and they will be in his library; but he will be able to read only those which he deserves to; and this deserving is produced by work.

Our work determines what we deserve and what we can assimilate. We are responsible for what we are; and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves.

What we are now is the result of our past actions, it certainly follows that whatever we wish to be in future can be produced by our present actions.

You must remember that all work is simply to bring out the power of the mind which is already there, to wake up the soul. The power is inside every man, so is knowing; the different works are like blows to bring them out, to cause these giants to wake up.


  1. good post….the faster people learn that they are responsible for themselves in all aspects of there lives the better off they would be….


  2. i just wonder what is more relevant, *discipline* or *support* … well, you give both.


  3. We are already who we are – we just to believe that in order to unite our soul with our human form.

    We are already whole, we just need to be. Once we accept that who we are in who are – that we have reached that place, the light of our souls will shine through. It’s magnificent when you see this unfold before your very eyes.

    Living in the absolute now and focussing day by day grounds our soul in the present, allowing us to be – not who we were who we are ‘meant’ to be. If we let our past actions dictate us, then we run the risk of hanging on to them which can stick our soul in the past.


  4. Just wanted to say thank you for following my blog, and also, that I greatly agree with this post. Mainly, because it’s from the ground level – which is already where we are not meant to speak from – as the more attractive ideal is that wishes are actions, which of course, they are not.

    Swami Vivekananda is saying the harshest thing here, that: dreams are made of work. Anyways, he says something very straight forward and useful in every day life, and I appreciate this post, thank you!



  5. Great Post! Great Message! Well Said! There is nothing harder to withstand than to talk to someone who blames others for their own faults blindly. many of these people clog up my life right now it seems. I remember a quote by Antoine De Saint-Exupery “perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.”
    Take care!


  6. I endeavour to see and speak right – not easy.

    My opinion.
    “No one can get anything until he earns it” :
    No one can get something (any-) until one is open to it. We are born with an openness that is lacking.

    “We are the result of our past actions” :
    I suppose the actions of are forefathers count for nothing. They – the result of us and before – can be exposed, reset.

    “All work is simply to bring out the power of the mind” :
    I disagree, Following Antoine De Saint-Exupery, Buddha, Taoism, Shamanism, Judeaism, Jesus. Does our mind enlighten or enshrine (fog us up, clog us up) ?
    The work is to de-clog .

    We work to live our dreams or to empower our employer to live his dream.

    William Wordsworth:
    ” My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky:
    So was it when my life began;
    So is it now I am a man;
    So be it when I shall grow old,
    Or let me die!
    The Child is father of the Man;
    I could wish my days to be
    Bound each to each by natural piety.”

    “I have a dream” Martin Luther King

    Ps: mmmm, I seem to be set on old english today.
    Ps: I’m not an American .


    1. “All work is simply to bring out the power of the mind” Like you hopefully mean, Vivekananda was not wrong there but got quoted wrongly 4 the truth of the matter is that the mind is the exact obstacle 2 enlightenment or like you say the defogging &/or declogging of the mind is the work 4 us, what Vivekanda most certainly knew.


  7. We are the sum of our actions, and our actions are the sum of our thoughts. Our thoughts do shape us.

    P.S. – Thanks for stopping by our blog! 🙂


  8. Perfectly written. And I do absolutely agree, we do need to take responsibilities for our own happiness. Best wishes, Katherine


  9. I really enjoyed reading you post! I thoroughly believe every word. That we are the sum total of what we think, which ultimately produces our actions. I remind myself as often as possible that wherever I am in life, at any given moment, I created on yesterday (figuratively speaking) 🙂


  10. Thanks for liking my blogpost today! Come back soon as I will yours! Indeed this post is inspiring, we do have the power! Light and Love, Shona


  11. Well said. I used to think talent or being smart etc was what made or broke you but I now realise that it’s all about hard and also focused work. Putting in the hours. That’s what enables us to soar. Now, I just have to somehow help my kids get that. It would certainly change their lives! xx Rowena


    1. it’s not about hard work but quite the opposite ! it’s about knowing what 2 do & what one likes & wants & the hardest part is knowing when 2 do &/or act or work !


      1. My husband and I talked about that. I used to study everything and worked so hard and then there were those intuitive people who could pick what they were looking for and only studied that and blitzed it.


        1. If we don’t understand something immediately it’s because it’s completely new info. If we understand something immediately it’s because we already knew this info from our previous life’s. It’s karma ! Just like if we don’t understand something immediately it’s because it’s completely new info. If we understand something immediately it’s because we already knew this info from our previous life’s. (copy from older posts on ‘notes from a yogi’ edgarddetroyer.wordpress.com) It’s karma that’s all. Keeping that in mind its easy 2 understand that trying 2 tackle completely new info is hard 4 everybody & most certainly 4 them who disregard their character, mindset & already gained knowledge on the matter. Anyone can learn anything it only takes the will, desire & some perseverance, though above all compatibility with the matter or the will, desire & perseverance won’t bring anything but superficial knowledge. Compatibility depends on previous gained knowledge, indoctrinations & influences, from this & previous life’s. Incompatibility towards certain knowledge can turn into incapability 2 learn that certain knowledge 4 many life’s. It’s the Id, the me we formed that is suitable & compatible with this & not with that or with that & not with this, that depends on the karma that we fed our karma with. Trying 2 turn-around this order of evolution build by our karma through our previous actions & thoughts is impossible ! Self-knowledge is the absolute key as 2 know what 2 do & 2 learn & keep in mind that hardship, frailty & laziness are only the results of one’s karma or incompatibility as of yet only.


  12. Very true. It`s a difficult concept for some people to grasp but very liberating when you really understand it.


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