Paramahansa Yogananda Quotes

Who 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 – Page 1 of 5

“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.”

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

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

“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.”

“Every tomorrow is determined by every today.”

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

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

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

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

“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.”

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

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

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

“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.”

“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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