Paramahansa Yogananda Quotes

Who the Heck is Paramahansa Yogananda?

Paramahansa Yogananda, born as Mukunda Lal Ghosh, was an Indian Hindu monk, yogi and guru who introduced millions to the teachings of meditation.

Yogananda wrote the books 'Autobiography of a Yogi', 'God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita' and 'Man's Eternal Quest' among others.

Born January 05, 1893
Died March 07, 1952

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Best 142 Quotes by Paramahansa Yogananda

“Be afraid of nothing. Hating none, giving love to all, feeling the love of God, seeing His presence in everyone, and having but one desire - for His constant presence in the temple of your consciousness - that is the way to live in this world.”

Paramahansa Yogananda

“Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.”

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“Be honest with yourself.
The world is not honest with you.
When you are honest with yourself
you find the road to inner peace.”

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“Before embarking on important undertakings sit quietly calm your senses and thoughts and meditate deeply. You will then be guided by the great creative power of Spirit.”

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“Every tomorrow is determined by every today.”

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“Everything else can wait but your search for God cannot wait.”

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“Forget the past, for it is gone from your domain!
Forget the future, for it is beyond your reach!
Control the present! Live supremely well now!
This is the way of the wise.”

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“Having lots of money while not having inner peace is like dying of thirst while bathing in the ocean.”

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“If you permit your thoughts to dwell on evil you yourself will become ugly. Look only for the good in everything so you absorb the quality of beauty.”

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“If you retain the joyous aftereffects of meditation throughout the day, or part of the day, you will see that this joy will correctly guide you in everything. Saints are guided by this joy, in the consciousness of which no erroneous actions are possible. Retain the acquired joy of meditation throughout the day.”

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“In creation it appears that God sleeps in the minerals, dreams in the flowers, awakens in the animals, and in man knows that He is awake.”

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“In sleep, you do not know whether you are a man or a woman. Just as a man, impersonating a woman, does not become one, so the soul, impersonating both man and woman, has no sex. The soul is the pure, changeless image of God.”

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“It is not your passing thoughts or brilliant ideas so much as your plain everyday habits that control your life. Live simply. Don’t get caught in the machine of the world — it is too exacting. By the time you get what you are seeking your nerves are gone, the heart is damaged, and the bones are aching. Resolve to develop your spiritual powers more earnestly from now on. Learn the art of right living. If you have joy you have everything, so learn to be glad and contented. Have happiness now.”

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“Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations.”

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“Live each moment completely and the future will take care of itself. Fully enjoy the wonder and beauty of each moment.”

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“Millions of people never analyze themselves. Mentally they are mechanical products of the factory of their environment, preoccupied with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, working and sleeping, and going here and there to be entertained. They don’t know what or why they are seeking, nor why they never realize complete happiness and lasting satisfaction. By evading self-analysis, people go on being robots, conditioned by their environment. True self-analysis is the greatest art of progress.”

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“Persistence guarantees that results are inevitable.”

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“Read a little. Meditate more. Think of God all the time.”

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“Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along.”

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“Retire to the center of your being, which is calmness.”

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“Roam in the world as a lion of self-control; see that the frogs of weakness don’t kick you around.”

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“Self-realization is the knowing in all parts of body, mind, and soul that you are now in possession of the kingdom of God; that you do not have to pray that it come to you; that God’s omnipresence is your omnipresence; and that all that you need to do is improve your knowing.”

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“Since you alone are responsible for your thoughts, only you can change them.”

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“So long as we believe in our heart of hearts that our capacity is limited and we grow anxious and unhappy, we are lacking in faith. One who truly trusts in God has no right to be anxious about anything.”

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“The entire universe is God's cosmic motion picture, and that individuals are merely actors in the divine play who change roles through reincarnation; mankind's deep suffering is rooted in identifying too closely with one's current role, rather than with the movie's director, or God.”

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“The happiness of one's own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must try to include, as necessary to one's happiness, the happiness of others.”

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“The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.”

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“The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”

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“The true basis of religion is not belief, but intuitive experience. Intuition is the soul’s power of knowing God. To know what religion is really all about, one must know God.”

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“The wave is the same as the ocean, though it is not the whole ocean. So each wave of creation is a part of the eternal Ocean of Spirit. The Ocean can exist without the waves, but the waves cannot exist without the Ocean.”

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“There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.”

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“To work with God's happiness bubbling in the soul is to carry a portable paradise within you wherever you go.”

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“We should pattern our life by a triangular guide: calmness and sweetness are the two sides; the base is happiness. Every day, one should remind himself: 'I am a prince of peace, sitting on the throne of poise, directing my kingdom of activity.'

Whether one acts quickly or slowly, in solitude or in the busy marts of men, his center should be peaceful, poised.”

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“You must not let your life run in the ordinary way; do something that nobody else has done, something that will dazzle the world. Show that God's creative principle works in you.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi Quotes

“A man will be beloved if, possessed with great power, he still does not make himself feared.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“Alike in soul though diverse in outer experience, neither West nor East will flourish if some form of disciplinary yoga be not practiced.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“All creative scientists know that the true laboratory is the mind, where behind illusions they uncover the laws of truth.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“Astrology is the study of man’s response to planetary stimuli. The stars have no conscious benevolence or animosity; they merely send forth positive and negative radiations. Of themselves, these do not help or harm humanity, but offer a lawful channel for the outward operation of cause-effect equilibriums which each man has set into motion in the past. A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial rays are in mathematical harmony with his individual karma. His horoscope is a challenging portrait, revealing his unalterable past and its probable future results. But the natal chart can be rightly interpreted only by men of intuitive wisdom: these are few.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“Attachment is blinding; it lends an imaginary halo of attractiveness to the object of desire.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“Be comfortable within your purse. Extravagance will buy you discomfort.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“Continual intellectual study results in vanity and the false satisfaction of an undigested knowledge.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“Dharma aims at the happiness of all creatures.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

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“Do not allow yourself to be thrashed by the provoking whip of a beautiful face.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“Do not do what you want, and then you may do what you like.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“God is simple. Everything else is complex. Do not seek absolute values in the relative world of nature.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“Good and positive suggestions should instruct the sensitive ears of children. Their early ideas long remain sharply etched.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“I look forward optimistically to a healthy, happy world as soon as its children are taught the principles of simple and rational living. We must return to nature and nature’s God.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“If man be solely a body, its loss indeed ends his identity. But if prophets down the millenniums spake with truth, man is essentially a soul, incorporeal and omnipresent.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“If you don’t invite God to be your summer Guest, He won’t come in the winter of your life.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“It is never a question of belief; the only scientific attitude one can take on any subject is whether it is true. The law of gravitation worked as efficiently before Newton as after him. The cosmos would be fairly chaotic if its laws could not operate without the sanction of human belief.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“Kriya Yoga is a simple, psychophysiological method by which human blood is decarbonated and recharged with oxygen. The atoms of this extra oxygen are transmuted into life current to rejuvenate the brain and spinal centres. By stopping the accumulation of venous blood, the yogi is able to lessen or prevent the decay of tissues.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“Look fear in the face and it will cease to trouble you.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“Ordinary love is selfish, darkly rooted in desires and satisfactions. Divine love is without condition, without boundary, without change. The flux of the human heart is gone forever at the transfixing touch of pure love.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“Seeds of past karma cannot germinate if they are roasted in the fires of divine wisdom.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“Some people try to be tall by cutting off the heads of others!”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“Stillness is the altar of spirit.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“Straightforwardness without civility is like a surgeon’s knife, effective but unpleasant. Candor with courtesy is helpful and admirable.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“The body is literally manufactured and sustained by mind.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“The body of the average man is like a fifty-watt lamp, which cannot accommodate the billion watts of power roused by an excessive practice of Kriya. Through gradual and regular increase of the simple and foolproof methods of Kriya, man’s body becomes astrally transformed day by day, and is finally fitted to express the infinite potentials of cosmic energy, which constitutes the first materially active expression of Spirit.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“The deeper the self-realization of a man, the more he influences the whole universe by his subtle spiritual vibrations, and the less he himself is affected by the phenomenal flux.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“The goal of yoga science is to calm the mind, that without distortion it may hear the infallible counsel of the inner voice.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

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“The more deeply we perceive, the more striking becomes the evidence that a uniform plan links every form in manifold nature.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“The one who pursues a goal of evenmindedness is neither jubilant with gain nor depressed by loss.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“The poet is intimate with truth, while the scientist approaches awkwardly.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“The power of unfulfilled desires is the root of all man's slavery.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“The rejuvenating effects of sleep are due to man’s temporary unawareness of body and breathing. The sleeping man becomes a yogi; each night he unconsciously performs the yogic rite of releasing himself from bodily identification, and of merging the life force with healing currents in the main brain region and in the six subdynamos of his spinal centres. Unknowingly, the sleeper is thus recharged by the cosmic energy that sustains all life.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“The science of today is a light matter. Those amazing truths that our descendants will discover are even now all around us, staring us in the eyes, so to speak; and yet we do not see them. But it is not enough to say that we do not see them; we do not wish to see them — for as soon as an unexpected and unfamiliar fact appears, we try to fit it into the framework of the commonplaces of accepted knowledge, and are indignant that anyone should dare to experiment further.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“The true stature of a great work may not at first be recognized by those of a more conventional cast of mind.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“The weakling who has refused the conflict, acquiring nothing, has had nothing to renounce. He alone who has striven and won can enrich the world by bestowing the fruits of his victorious experience.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“There are disciples who seek a guru made in their own image.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“To lay aside what you have in your head (selfish desires and ambitions); to freely bestow what you have in your hand; and never to flinch from the blows of adversity!”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“Who am I? The great inquiry indeed.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“Wisdom is not assimilated with the eyes, but with the atoms.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“Worldly people do not like the candor which shatters their delusions.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“Yoga has been superficially misunderstood by certain Western writers, but its critics have never been its practitioners.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“Yoga is, as I can readily believe, the perfect and appropriate method of fusing body and mind together so that they form a unity which is scarcely to be questioned. This unity creates a psychological disposition which makes possible intuitions that transcend consciousness.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“You do not have to struggle to reach God, but you do have to struggle to tear away the self-created veil that hides him from you”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“You have come to Earth to entertain and to be entertained.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“You may control a mad elephant;
You may shut the mouth of the bear and the tiger;
Ride the lion and play with the cobra;
By alchemy you may learn your livelihood;
You may wander through the universe incognito;
Make vassals of the gods; be ever youthful;
You may walk in water and live in fire;
But control of the mind is better and more difficult.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

“Your spine is your body battery. Keep it charged.”

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Autobiography of a Yogi

Conversations with Yogananda Quotes

“Television has a satanic influence.”

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“You must methodize your life. God created routine. The sun shines until dusk and the stars shine until dawn.”

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God Talks with Arjuna Quotes

“If devotees do not progress, it is because they discard their weapons of self-control.”

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God Talks with Arjuna

“When life force is shut off from the sensory organs, material sensations cannot reach the brain to snatch away the meditator’s attention from God.”

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God Talks with Arjuna

“Yoga meditation is the process of cultivating and stabilizing the awareness of one’s real nature, through definite spiritual and psychophysical methods and laws by which the narrow ego, the flawed hereditary human consciousness, is displaced by the consciousness of the soul.”

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How to Be Happy All the Time Quotes

“If you want to be sad, no one in the world can make you happy. But if you make up your mind to be happy, no one and nothing on earth can take that happiness from you. If you have given up hope of ever being happy, cheer up.”

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“Make up your mind that you will be happy whether you are rich or poor, healthy or unhealthy, happily married or unhappily married, young or old, smiling or crying. Don't wait for yourself, your family, or your surroundings to change before you can be happy within yourself. Make up your mind to be happy within yourself, right now, whatever you are, or wherever you are.”

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“Persons of strong character are usually the happiest. They do not blame others for troubles that can be traced to their own actions and lack of understanding. They know that no one has the power to add to their happiness or detract from it, unless they themselves allow the adverse thoughts or wicked actions of others to affect them.”

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“Unkind words are ruthless murderers of lifelong friendships and the harmony of homes. Banish unkind words from your lips forever, and make your home life safe from trouble. Sincere, sweet words are nectar to thirsty souls. They are in demand everywhere. Sweet words create happiness in friends, enemies, churches, business offices, and everywhere. People feel happy when a crabby person leaves the room, and they are glad when a sweet-voiced, sincere friend appears.”

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Man's Eternal Quest Quotes

“Communion with God is the only thing to live for. You will have to come to that understanding eventually, often after much suffering. Why not learn now? He is ready to welcome you. You can’t fail to reach God ultimately. It is foolish to ask, 'Will I be able to get into the kingdom of heaven?' There is no other place you can stay, for that is your real home. You don’t have to earn it. You are already God’s child, made in His image. You have only to tear away the mask of the human being and realize your divine birthright.”

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Man's Eternal Quest

“God gave freedom to man, and man has misused that freedom; this is the cause of all suffering.”

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Man's Eternal Quest

“In the seclusion of concentrated thought lies hidden the factory of all accomplishment. Remember that. In this factory continuously weave your will pattern for attaining success over opposing difficulties. Exercise your will continuously. During the day and at night you have many opportunities to work in this factory, if you do not waste your time. At night I withdraw from the world’s demands and am by myself, an absolute stranger to the world; it is a blank. Alone with my will power, I turn my thoughts in the desired direction until I have determined in my mind exactly what I wish to do and how to do it. Then I harness my will to the right activities and it creates success. In this way I have effectively used my will power many times. But it won’t work unless the application of will power is continuous.”

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Man's Eternal Quest

“Life is very tricky and we must deal with it as it is. If we do not first master it ourselves we cannot help anyone else.”

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Man's Eternal Quest

“Surcharge your will power through concentration. The way to become receptive is to sit quietly and concentrate your thoughts on a worthy wish until your mind and thought become completely dissolved in that idea. Then will power becomes divine — omniscient and omnipotent — and can be successfully applied toward realizing your goal.”

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Man's Eternal Quest

“The greatest factor in achieving spiritual success is willingness. Jesus said 'The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few.' People of the world seek the gifts of God, but he who is wise seeks the Giver Himself.”

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Man's Eternal Quest

“The greatest of all enemies of man is himself.”

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Man's Eternal Quest

“The Hindus have a saying: 'The child is busy with play, the youth is busy with sex, and the adult is busy with worries.' How few are busy with God!”

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Man's Eternal Quest

“The initiative to undertake your most important duty in life is often buried beneath the accumulated debris of human habits.”

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Man's Eternal Quest

“The secret of effective prayer is to change your status from beggar to child of God; when you appeal to Him from that consciousness, your prayer will have both power and wisdom.”

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Man's Eternal Quest

“To develop will by yourself is extremely difficult. You require an example before you. If you would be an artist, surround yourself with good paintings and artists. If you would be a divine man, surround yourself with spiritual company.”

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Man's Eternal Quest

Spiritual Relationships Quotes

“Hatred travels through the ether. If someone is broadcasting hatred, and you are tuned to that hatred, you will get it; but if you are tuned to love, no matter how many hateful vibrations are sent, you will not get them. You must cultivate love in your heart, for love is the magnet that draws souls to you and it is the dagger that destroys hatred.”

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Spiritual Relationships

“It is not easy to criticize others accurately and kindly until you know that you can first criticize yourself perfectly. When you can clearly picture the faults of others and look at those faults with a sympathetic attitude, as if they were your own, then you are correct in your criticism.”

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Spiritual Relationships

“Judge ye not others; judge yourself. If you love to talk loudly about the faults of others, then satisfy that lust by loudly talking about your own secret faults, and see how you like it even for a minute. If you cannot stand one minute's publicity about your own faults, then you must not rejoice in exposing others.”

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“Practice loving those who do not love you. Feel for those who do not feel for you. Be generous to those who are generous only to themselves. If you heap hatred on your enemy, neither he nor you are able to perceive the inherent beauty of your soul.”

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Spiritual Relationships

“The sun shines equally on diamond and charcoal, but one has developed qualities that enable it to reflect the sunlight brilliantly, while the other absorbs all the sunlight. Emulate the diamond in your dealings with people. Brightly reflect the light of God's love.”

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Spiritual Relationships

“Whenever you talk against another person for the love of gossip or through force of habit, remember, you will be judged by your Heavenly Father in the same way. Whatever you give out, the same will you attract. If you peddle the weaknesses of others, the Divine Law will mysteriously bring about the publicity of your own inner faults.”

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The Law of Success Quotes

“Devote your entire will power to mastering one thing at a time; do not scatter your energies, nor leave something half done to begin a new venture.”

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The Law of Success

“Even when you do not know where the next dollar is coming from, you should refuse to be apprehensive. When you do your part and rely on God to do His, you will find that mysterious forces come to your aid and that your constructive wishes soon materialize. This confidence and consciousness of abundance are attained through meditation.”

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The Law of Success

“I have now mentioned several important attributes of success — positive thoughts, dynamic will, self-analysis, initiative, and self-control. Many popular books stress one or more of these, but fail to give credit to the Divine Power behind them. Attunement with the Divine Will is the most important factor in attracting success.”

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The Law of Success

“Many people excuse their own faults but judge other persons harshly. We should reverse this attitude by excusing others’ shortcomings and by harshly examining our own.”

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The Law of Success

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“Opportunities in life come by creation, not by chance. You yourself, either now or in the past (including the past of former lives), have created all opportunities that arise in your path. Since you have earned them, use them to the best advantage.”

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The Law of Success

“Through difficult daily lessons you will sometime see clearly that bad habits nourish the tree of unending material desires, while good habits nourish the tree of spiritual aspirations.”

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The Law of Success

“When the consciousness is kept on God, you will have no fears; every obstacle will then be overcome by courage and faith.”

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The Law of Success

“When wealth is lost, you have lost a little; when health is lost, you have lost something of more consequence; but when peace of mind is lost, you have lost the highest treasure.”

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The Law of Success

“When you are able to employ your will always for constructive purposes, you become the controller of your destiny.”

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The Law of Success

“You possess the power of thought and the power of will. Utilize to the uttermost these divine gifts!”

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The Law of Success

“You should transfer your attention from failure to success, from worry to calmness, from mental wanderings to concentration, from restlessness to peace, and from peace to the divine bliss within. When you attain this state of self-realization the purpose of your life will have been gloriously fulfilled.”

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The Yoga of Jesus Quotes

“A dreaming person does not know that a nightmare is unreal until he wakes up.”

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The Yoga of Jesus

“All creation is nothing but Spirit, seemingly and temporarily diversified by Spirit’s creative vibratory activity.”

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The Yoga of Jesus

“At night human beings have a glimpse of their real Self, the soul; each morning upon awakening the majority again take up their mistaken identity as a mortal man or woman.”

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The Yoga of Jesus

“By self-mastery in meditation, the attention is focused steadily on the center of divine perception at the point between the eyebrows, the searchlights of life force and consciousness are reversed. Withdrawing from the senses, they reveal the light of the spiritual eye. Through this eye of omnipresence the devotee enters into the realms of divine consciousness.”

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The Yoga of Jesus

“Essential sons of God, clear reflections of the Father untarnished by delusion, have become sons of man by identification with the flesh and forgetfulness of their origin in Spirit. Deluded man is just a beggar on the street of time. But as Jesus received and reflected through his purified consciousness the divine sonship of Christ Consciousness, so also every man, by yoga meditation, can clarify his mind and become a diamondlike mentality who will receive and reflect the light of God.”

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The Yoga of Jesus

“God can live without man’s love; but as the wave cannot live without the ocean, so it is not possible for man to exist without the love of God.”

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The Yoga of Jesus

“He who concentrates on one isolated wave of life will suffer, because that wave is unstable and will not last.”

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The Yoga of Jesus

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“Man’s body, unique among all creatures, possesses spiritual cerebrospinal centers of divine consciousness in which the descended Spirit is templed. These are known to the yogis, and to Saint John—who described them in Revelation as the seven seals, and as seven stars and seven churches, with their seven angels and seven golden candlesticks.”

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The Yoga of Jesus

“The creative vibration vitalizes the individual life force in the body, which conduces to health and well-being, and can be consciously directed as healing power to those in need of divine aid.”

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The Yoga of Jesus

“The spiritual man is trying to free himself from the materiality that is the cause of his prodigal wandering in the maze of incarnations, but the ordinary man does not want more than a betterment of his earthly existence.”

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The Yoga of Jesus

“The truths taught by Jesus went far beyond blind belief, which waxes and wanes under the influence of the paradoxical pronouncements of priest and cynic. Belief is an initial stage of spiritual progress necessary to receive the concept of God. But that concept has to be transposed into conviction, into experience. Belief is the precursor of conviction; one has to believe a thing in order to investigate equitably about it. But if one is satisfied only with belief, it becomes dogma —narrow-mindedness, a preclusion of truth and spiritual progress. What is necessary is to grow, in the soil of belief, the harvest of direct experience and contact of God. That indisputable realization, not mere belief, is what saves people.”

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The Yoga of Jesus

“We are all made in the image of God, beings of immortal consciousness cloaked in diaphanous heavenly light — a heritage buried beneath the cloddish flesh. That heritage we can only acknowledge by meditation. There is no other way — not by reading books, not by philosophical study, but by devotion and continuous prayer and scientific meditation that uplifts the consciousness to God.”

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The Yoga of Jesus

“When one can perceive that he is not the mortal body but a spark of the Infinite Spirit cloaked in a concentration of life energy, then he will be able to see the kingdom of God.”

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The Yoga of Jesus

Where There is Light Quotes

“Making others happy, through kindness of speech and sincerity of right advice, is a sign of true greatness. To hurt another soul by sarcastic words, looks, or suggestions, is despicable.”

Paramahansa Yogananda
Where There is Light

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“To fly away from problems may seem the easiest solution. But you gain strength only when you wrestle with a strong opponent. One who doesn’t have difficulties is one who doesn’t grow.”

Paramahansa Yogananda
Where There is Light

“When you say to me that you can’t do this or that, I don’t believe it. Whatever you make up your mind to do, you can do. God is the sum total of everything, and His image is within you. He can do anything, and so can you, if you learn to identify yourself with His inexhaustible nature.”

Paramahansa Yogananda
Where There is Light

“Who can stop you from thinking you are a god? No one. You are your only obstruction.”

Paramahansa Yogananda
Where There is Light

Whispers from Eternity Quotes

“As we watch, therefore, the tragic mistakes and misfortunes in people’s lives – including our own – we should shed only tears of joy at the privilege of being able to offer help, even to ourselves. We should approach tragedy, whether in others’ or in our own lives, with an attitude of dynamic inner joy. The way to emerge from suffering is to raise to a higher level our own, or other people’s, consciousness. For ourselves, consciousness can be raised by right attitudes. In souls made in the image of God there is no room for disturbing emotions such as grief. The fundamental cure for all human ills is everywhere one and the same: to raise one’s consciousness.”

Paramahansa Yogananda
Whispers from Eternity

“Just as a wet match, when struck, does not produce fire, so a mind saturated with restlessness cannot produce the fire of concentration even when one makes great efforts to strike the cosmic spark.”

Paramahansa Yogananda
Whispers from Eternity

“Only when the slumbering ego perceives itself, not as a body, but as a free soul, a son of God residing in and working through the body, can it rightfully and lawfully demand its own divine rights.”

Paramahansa Yogananda
Whispers from Eternity

“Remember, people suffer only because they think things ought to be different from what they are.”

Paramahansa Yogananda
Whispers from Eternity

“The fundamental cure for all human ills is everywhere one and the same: to raise one’s consciousness.”

Paramahansa Yogananda
Whispers from Eternity

“To repeat a prayer-demand over and over again, whether mentally or out loud, with ever-deeper attention and devotion, spiritualizes the prayer; it changes conscious, concentrated repetition into superconscious experience.”

Paramahansa Yogananda
Whispers from Eternity