We have to go beyond the body, and beyond thought too, says the Advaita. And we have also seen that, according to Advaita, this freedom is not to be attained, it is already ours. We only forget it and deny it. Perfection is not to be attained, it is already within us. Immortality and bliss are not to be acquired, we possess them already; they have been ours all the time. If you dare declare that you are free, free you are this moment. If you say you are bound, bound you will remain. This is what Advaita boldly declares.
(p.350, V.2, Complete Works of swami Vivekananda, Swamiji’s lecture on “Practical Vedanta – IV at London on 18th November 1896)
Please everybody without becoming a hypocrite and without being a coward. Hold on to your own ideas with strength and purity, and whatever obstructions may now be in your way, the world is bound to listen to you in the long run. . . .
(p.97, V.5, Complete Works of Swami Vivekananda, Swamiji’s letter to Alasinga dt 18th November 1895)