Paramahansa Yogananda quotes
The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success
Having lots of money while not having inner peace is like dying of thirst while bathing in the ocean
When you are able to employ your will always for constructive purposes, you become the controller of your destiny
Success is hastened or delayed by one's habits. It is not your passing inspirations or brilliant ideas so much as your everyday mental habits that control your life.
There is no security anywhere in this world; at any time your consciousness may be forced to give up the body by disease or misfortune
Environment is stronger than will power
Paramahansa Yogananda God quotes ⇑
The ocean cannot be received in a cup unless the cup is made as large as the ocean. Likewise, the cup of human concentration and human faculties must be enlarged in order to comprehend God
Restlessness and noise are two of the most troublesome factors in life, and you must conquer them before you can begin to acquire the inner peace that is necessary to know God
God is consciousness. There is essentially nothing in the universe but mind or consciousness.
Such is the paradox of creation, that God exists as the Soul of all men, creating and supporting them, yet does not Himself become entangled with them. And human beings, although saturated with God, are overcome by cosmic delusion and made subject to birth and death
The purpose of life is to be free from suffering and to attain infinite bliss consciousness - and that is God
The kingdom of God is not in the clouds, in some designated point of space; it is right behind the darkness that you perceive with closed eyes
As God is the Essence of our own being, we cannot truly express ourselves until we learn to manifest His presence within us. That is the truth
The power of God is within you, so when your mind tells you a thing can't be done, say to that thought, "Get out! It can be done". And it will be, if you make up your mind
Meditation is the effort to realize and express that pure consciousness which is the reflection, or image, of God within you
God has not to be earned. He has only to be sought. Meditation is the only way. Beliefs, reading books - these cannot give you realization... Meditation brings proof of the existence of God
One who looks from the cinema booth through the beam sees the villain and the hero both as pictures. When one is united with God, then and then only he sees no difference between good and evil.
Everything is the vibration of God's consciousness condensed into electromagnetic images
To the unenlightened, the drama (of life) often seems chaotic and unjust. But God purposely did not automatically make all people poor or all people millionaires, because if everyone were alike this drama could not go on
To perceive God and be united with his omnipresence is to own the whole cosmos with its myriad entertainments and ever new immortality
There is nothing greater than love- God's quality of attraction and unity that is manifested in the soul of every being.
God is the Eternal Consciousness, unchanging and indivisible, in which the illusions of time (change) and space (division) present an infinite variety of forms interacting in a progressive mode of past, present, and future
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.
While meditating, don't concentrate on the results of meditation. Meditate, rather, to please God. If you seek results, you will be disappointed if they don't come
Giving love to all, feeling the love of God, seeing His presence in everyone.. that is the way to live in this world.
Paramahansa Yogananda Short quotes ⇑
Seclusion is the price of greatness.
The greater the will, the greater the flow of energy.
Don't keep feeding your bad habits with fresh actions that strengthen them
Concentration is a state of complete one-pointedness and stillness of consciousness
Most people develop mental efficiency as a by-product of their efforts for material success.
Be calmly active and actively calm.
Speak the truth with kindness and understanding, and respect truth wherever you perceive it.
Don't go on doing things in a state of indifference... for indifference is the worst of all moods.
There are always two forces warring against each other within us.
Paramahansa Yogananda Life quotes ⇑
Your trials did not come to punish you, but to awaken you - to make you realize that you are a part of Spirit and that just behind the sparks of your life is the flame of Infinity.
When you came into this world you cried, whereas everyone else rejoiced. During your lifetime, work and serve in such a way that when it is time for you to leave this world, you will smile at parting while the world cries for you
Those who are unconquered in spirit are the real successes in life. If you can so train or condition your mind that you are content regardless of what you have or do not have, and if you can stand the challenge of all your trials and remain calm-that is true happiness.
This should be your new attitude toward life: no matter what your experiences are, you are going to enjoy them, in the same way, that you enjoy viewing the pleasant or painful experiences of another person in a motion picture.
The greatest sin is ignorance — not knowing what life is all about. And the greatest virtue is wisdom — to know the meaning and purpose of life and its Creator... that we are one with Him, is wisdom
Most people live on the surface of life. But it is by deep-sea diving in the ocean of thought that you receive the pearls of knowledge
concentration means to gather in your attention, focusing it to one point; condensation means to use that concentrated attention to do something quickly that ordinarily would take a long time.
Do not try to do too many things at a time; perform the most important duties of life first, with heartfelt enthusiasm and closest attention.
As you march along this path, every moment of your life is precious. You are here in this world for only a little while; everything is temporary
The things you need in life are those that will help you to fulfill your dominant purpose. Things you may want but not need may lead you aside from that purpose. It is only by making everything serve your main objective that success is attained.
Through every trial, we grow. All suffering we experience has a meaning. Though it seems very cruel, it is like the fire that smelts the iron ore: the steel that emerges from that furnace is beautifully strong, useful for many purposes
The greatest romance is with the infinite. You have no idea how beautiful life can be. When you suddenly find God everywhere, when He comes and talks to you and guides you, the romance of divine love has begun.
In the spiritual life, one becomes just like a little child, without resentment, without attachment, full of life and joy.
Untrained warriors are soon killed on the battlefield; so also persons untrained in the art of preserving their inner peace are quickly riddled by the bullets of worry and restlessness in active life.
A good rule in life is to tell yourself simply, 'What comes of itself, let it come.'
The yogi teaches and serves others in the highest way—by his inspiring life; example ever speaks louder than words. Reform yourself and you will reform thousands.
If in a dream you strike your dream head on a dream wall, you will have a dream skull fracture. Wake up and you are healed of your dream injury.
Paramahansa Yogananda Happiness quotes ⇑
Happiness lies in making others happy, in forsaking self-interest to bring joy to others.
We do not always see the things that are nearest to us. We pass by riches that lie close at hand and chase after rainbows
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
Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become
The initial state of happiness accompanying sensuality is always followed by unhappiness, owing to the impairment of physical vitality, mental self-control, and spiritual peace
The happiness of one's own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must try to include, as necessary to one's own happiness, the happiness of others.
When one marriage partner tries to control the other, it shows a lack of real love. But when they express their love in continual thoughtfulness for the true happiness of the other, it becomes divine love
The nature of all material things is impermanent, and that it is thus foolishness to expect permanent happiness by clinging to material forms and objects.
You do not have to leave earth's shores to put on wings; you must learn rather to be happy here and now, under all conditions
You must learn to be happy here and now, under all conditions.
Everything in the outer world that had promised great happiness has deceived me, but one thing has never deceived me — my inner peace
Why become helplessly involved in an endless panorama of events in order to discover that nothing in this world can ever make you happy?
Peace emanates from the soul and is the sacred inner environment in which true happiness unfolds
The sense pleasures yield fleeting happiness but shut off the manifestation of the subtle, more pure and lasting enjoyments
A genuine smile distributes the cosmic current, prana, to every body cell. The happy man is less subject to disease, for happiness actually attracts into the body a greater supply of the universal life energy.
Don't expect to attain unalloyed peace and happiness from earthly life. This should be your attitude: no matter what your experiences are, enjoy them in an objective way, as you would a movie.
It is hard to give up the known sense pleasures of the present for unknown pleasures that may arrive in the future. This is the reason why millions of people would rather eat, drink, and try to be merry today than take the trouble to meditate and make an investment for a future of lasting happiness
The happiness that comes by fits and starts is only tantalizing; pleasures that become monotonous are tiresome; joy that comes momentarily and then flits away, sinking you in a state of deepening indifference, by contrast, is torturing.
Success is not rightly measured by the worldly standards of wealth, prestige, and power. None of these bestow happiness unless they are rightly used. To use them rightly one must possess wisdom and love for God and man.
Paramahansa Yogananda Love quotes ⇑
True love cannot be bought. To receive love, one must give it freely, without any condition
Those who do not discriminate between true love and sense attraction are disillusioned again and again
When two people feel an unconditional attraction for each other and are ready to sacrifice for one another, they are truly in love. Then only are they ready for an intimate relationship in marriage
When somebody gives you pleasure you tend to think you love that person. But in reality it is yourself you love—your ego has been pleased by the other person's attention; that is all.
Analyze yourself. All emotions are reflected in the body and mind. Envy and fear cause the face to pale, love makes it glow.
Sarcasm draws out the rebellious spirit and anger in the wrongdoer. Loving suggestions bring out the repentance in him
Don't yearn for human love; it will vanish. Behind human love is the spiritual love of God. Seek that.
The satisfaction of love is not in the feeling itself, but in the joy that feeling brings.
I am here to tell you that the very joy you are seeking in sex, money, wine, love, fame—that joy is within yourself. You don't have to go elsewhere
All good human experiences — marriage, love, success, study, meditation, exercise, self-discipline — are necessary steps in the growth of the fruit of Self-realization.
By continuously giving love to those who are unkind, peace to those who are harassed by worries, sweetness to those who are bitter, joy to those who are laden with miseries; and by constantly setting a better example for those who follow the path of error, you destroy moods by keeping the mind creatively busy
Just as oil is present in every part of the olive, so love permeates every part of creation.
Paramahansa Yogananda Change quotes ⇑
To love those that love you is easy. To love those that do not love you is not so simple. If you want to change anyone, set a better example. Show more kindness, more understanding, more love
One must never give up hope of becoming better. A person is old only when he refuses to make the effort to change
Let your example be the way to change others' lives. Reform yourself and you will reform thousands.
What you are seeing now will be gone one day. Change is good if you don't let it hurt you. When it does hurt, the rebellion you feel is meant to show you that you should not have any desires.
Refuse to be bound by karma; it is an old superstition of the ignorant to believe you cannot change your destiny.
'I can, I must, and I will' - that is the way to change yourself and achieve absolute victory.
Since you alone are responsible for what goes on in your mind, only you can change your thoughts.
The nature of habit can be understood by this analogy: Clay can be molded into a vase, and while the clay is still soft it is easy to change the form of that vase again and again. But once it is fired in an oven, its shape becomes firmly set
Habits are simply thoughts grooved deeply into the brain. The needle of the mind plays those records of habits again and again. Even the chemistry of the body responds, as with addiction. Applying mind and will can change those patterns
Comfort comes from the mind. Change your mental attitude and you will not feel discomfort.
Reincarnation means merely a change of mortal dress. But your real self will never change. You must concentrate on your real self, not on the body, which is nothing but a garment.
Don't depend on death to liberate you from your imperfections. You are exactly the same after death as you were before. Nothing changes; you only give up the body. If you are a thief or a liar or a cheater before death, you don't become an angel merely by dying
The greatest dread of ordinary man is death, with its rude imposition interrupting fortuitous plans and fondest attachments with an unknown and unwelcome change
If you feel that your character is not what you think it should be, remember that it was molded by none other than yourself
Paramahansa Yogananda Death quotes ⇑
It is better to die struggling than to abandon your efforts while there is still a possibility of accomplishing something more; for even when death comes, your struggles must soon be renewed in another life
Love outlasts death and the ravages of time. All those that I have loved before, in this or other lifetimes, I love the same now
Material things cannot be owned by anybody, for at death they must be left behind & given to others. We are only allowed the use of things. It shows a lack of wisdom to be 'possessed' by material things.
To be an emperor of the whole earth is not the highest goal man can aim for, because he has to leave it all at death; but to possess cosmic consciousness, oneness with God
The wise look upon childhood, youth, old age, life, and death as passing dramas; hence everything entertains them.
Today you are; tomorrow you are not... One by one we slip away. Others will come and we shall go
Death is an ecstasy, for it removes the burden of the body and frees the soul of all pain springing from body identification. It is the cessation of pain and sorrow
To face death itself should not daunt you. Fear of death is ridiculous, because as long as you are not dead you are alive, and when you are dead there is nothing more to worry about
Birth and death are doors through which you pass from one dream to another. All you are doing is going back and forth between this gross dream world and the finer astral dream world; between these two chambers of dream nightmares and dream pleasures
We have passed through death & rebirth so many times, why be afraid of death? It comes to free us. You shouldn't wish for death, but be comforted in the realization that it is our escape from so many troubles; it is a pension after hard work of life
Pain is a prod to remembrance. The way of escape is through wisdom. The tragedy of death is unreal; those who shudder at it are like an ignorant actor who dies of fright on the stage when nothing more has been fired at him than a blank cartridge
We fear death because of pain, and because of the thought that we may become obliterated. This idea is erroneous
The dance of life and death, prosperity and failure, have no reality except as dreams of God
Paramahansa Yogananda Desire quotes ⇑
As soon as you cater to someone's physical desires and bad habits, you are not loving that soul anymore. You are just pleasing that person to avoid ill will
In all your seeking among different things, directly or indirectly, you are in reality seeking happiness through the fulfillment of your desires
Surrendering to the demands of the senses does not satisfy them, but rather creates insatiable desires for further sense experiences.
Fulfilled desire is "pleasure" and contradicted desire is "pain" or "sorrow". They are inseparable
Modern life is becoming very unsatisfactory. It does not give you happiness. There are too many things, too many desires. More nice cars and dresses and entertainments—and more worries
Whatever has its origin in desire is a disturbing element, for desires are like stones pelted into the calm lake of consciousness.
I enjoy everything, but I have no desire for anything, so there is never any pain or disappointment from unfulfillment. Whatever I do, wherever I go, I enjoy myself.
For your own happiness, you must strive to live free of worldly desires. If there is anything you can't do without, you still have a terrible lesson to learn.
Do not be enslaved by the senses. They are not meant to bind you with material desires, but to serve you with perceptions of good, which reflect God.
Desires are formed according to one's environment; they are created by, and therefore limited by, your sense perceptions
Human desires are not perfect, hence their fulfillment does not lead to perfect happiness.
Material objects and the satisfaction of material desires are temporal; therefore all happiness deriving from them is temporal.
Do not seek fulfillment through material mediums, or through desires born of such contact.
Paramahansa Yogananda Wisdom quotes ⇑
People swallow the bitter pill of evil because it is sugarcoated with immediate pleasure.
He who is wise does his best to overcome difficulties, but he smiles, first, last, and all the time. There is no better panacea for sorrow, no better revivifying tonic, than smiles.
Suffering is a good teacher to those who are quick and willing to learn from it. But it becomes a tyrant to those who resist and resent.
Meditation is "active calmness." Passive calmness, as in sleep or idle daydreaming, is essentially different from active calmness—the positive state of peace found in scientific meditation.
Never concentrate on your faults. By doing so you identify yourself with them. You are the one who puts the veil of delusion in front of your wisdom's eyes. Whatsoever you think, that is what you are.
It is not necessary to go through every kind of human experience in order to attain the ultimate wisdom. You should be able to learn by studying the lives of others.
Your experiences bring wisdom according to the measure of the cup of your receptivity
Of all qualities the purest is wisdom. Its unpollutable flame of light is the only effective adversary of darkness, ignorance
Knowledge of the scriptures is beneficial only when it stimulates a desire for practical realization; otherwise, theoretical knowledge gives one false conviction of wisdom
When suffering comes it is more difficult to detach your consciousness from identification with the body; so be wise and make the effort now, while you have strength and health
Live without being attached. Wherever you are, carry within your bosom a portable heaven of joy. Remember that you are here in this world to be entertained.
These loads (of past) are too heavy for the mind to carry, so we must restrict the amount of the load. The past is gone. Why continue to carry it in the mind?
The wisdom-manifesting yogi fills his mind with scriptural studies and spiritual meditative perceptions that contribute to soul-realization.
It is not a pumping-in from the outside that gives wisdom; it is the power and extent of your inner receptivity that determines how much you can attain of true knowledge, and how rapidly
The greatest thing you can do to cultivate true wisdom is to practice the consciousness of the world as a dream
Paramahansa Yogananda Freedom quotes ⇑
No one keeps you deluded but yourself, and no one but yourself can free you. You have no enemy greater than yourself, and no greater friend.
God is not your judge; you are your own judge. If you act wrongly, you are going to punish yourself. If you act rightly, you will free yourself.
To be able to do whatever one pleases is not the real meaning of freedom of actions.
Even if you were to flee to the jungle, your old habits would be with you still. You can't run away from them, so you may as well strive to overcome them. Clear out the jungle of your wrong habits. Then you will be free
Your mind is like a bird that has been locked in a cage for many years. It fears liberty. Yet, freedom is its birthright.
Strengthen your mind and refuse to carry the burden of mental and moral weakness acquired in past years; burn them in the fires of your present divine resolutions and right activities. With this constructive attitude, you will attain freedom.
It is not the technique of meditation alone that will bring you freedom; your character must be strong and pure. Your whole life and behavior must be in harmony with the laws of truth.
Evolution and reincarnation are methods of propelling all creation toward final freedom in Spirit, held no longer under the natural law of death.
we would not be human if we did not miss loved ones; but in feeling lonesome for them we don't want selfish attachment to be the cause of keeping them earthbound. Extreme sorrow prevents a departed soul from going ahead toward greater peace and freedom
True freedom consists in performing all actions - eating, reading, working, and so forth - in accordance with right judgment and choice of will, not in being compelled by habits
You are in a cocoon of your own bad habits, and you must be freed to spread its wings of beautiful divine qualities.
The man form is higher than the angel form; of all forms it is the highest. Man is the highest being in creation, because he aspires to freedom.
Paramahansa Yogananda Mind quotes ⇑
Attachment to pleasure or aversion to pain both destroy the equilibrium of the inner nature
The mind is the power that is creating this body and if the mind is weak, the body becomes weak. Don't grieve or worry about anything
Whenever you want to know something, don't start with data— retire within and concentrate. Seek guidance from within. When the mind is receptive, then bring the data;
To be worthwhile, books should cause you to think. If they do that, you will find that your mind is developing.
Retain evenness of mind under all circumstances. In every situation be calmly active and actively calm.
In meditation, try to go beyond thinking. As long as thoughts enter the mind, you are functioning on the conscious level.
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.
I am infinite. I am spaceless, I am tireless; I am beyond body, thought, and utterance; beyond all matter and mind. I am endless bliss.
Never allow your mind to entertain thoughts of illness or limitation; you will see your body change for the better.
The mind is the creator of everything. When you know the nature of the mind, you have control of everything, for all is mind.
You can conquer your moods, no matter how terrible they seem. Make up your mind that you are not going to be moody anymore; and if a mood comes in spite of your resolve, analyze the cause that brought it on, and do something constructive about it.
Paramahansa Yogananda Friendship quotes ⇑
Friendship is the touchstone by which we may know the purity of any relationship, human or divine. It has the sweetness of all forms of love without their contamination.
Marriage between man and woman is for the purpose of each partner helping to uplift the other in a commitment of divine friendship, love, and loyalty that will move both souls closer to their true nature
No matter how unpleasant it is to tell a friend that he is wrong, you must say it with love in your heart and stand firm on it
The relationship that exists between friends is the grandest of human loves. Friendly love is pure, because it is without compulsion
True friendship consists in being mutually useful in offering one's friend good cheer in distress, sympathy in sorrow, advice in trouble, and material help in times of real need.
One who has given his friendship to another gladly foregoes selfish pleasures or self-interest for the sake of his friend's happiness, without consciousness of loss or sacrifice, and without counting the cost.
We always enjoy the company of those who flatter us, but this weakens us. We should prefer the company of those who tell us the truth and help us to be better.
Don't pray for home or for money or for love or for friendship. Don't pray for anything of this world. Enjoy only what the Lord gives to you. All else leads to delusion.
Do not keep company with people unless you are prepared to give them your full attention
One must practice celibacy and absolutely forget sex if one wants to know divine love through friendship; then friendship nurtures the cultivation of divine love.
Two persons who unite their lives to help each other toward divine realization are founding their marriage on the right basis: unconditional friendship
Paramahansa Yogananda Soul quotes ⇑
When a man and wife are united as true soul mates they will be one flesh, they will act in harmony and unison in body, mind, and soul
Meditation is the greatest way of resurrecting your soul from the bondage of the body. Meditate! Meditate at the feet of the Infinite.
I am the soul, a reflection of ever-youthful Spirit. I am vibrant with youth, with ambition, with power to succeed
your face must be a beacon light for others to follow; your face must be a lighthouse to show shipwrecked souls the way to the harbor of safety
What is meditation? Becoming one with the soul. It means banishing the consciousness of being related to the body and to human limitations and trying to remember that one is a soul.
Man's highest faculty is not reason but intuition: apprehension of knowledge derived immediately and spontaneously from the soul, not from the fallible agency of the senses or of reason.
Joy, by its very nature - being the blissful consciousness of Spirit in man's soul - lives closest to the mind, and is born in it when the mind is inwardly tuned
The soul, identified with the body, loses its consciousness of omnipresence and becomes identified with the trials and misfortunes of a small ego
When your mind is fully withdrawn in superconsciousness, it becomes centered in the bliss of the spine. You are then in your ideational, or causal, body. That is the level of the soul
The soul loves to meditate, for in contact with the Spirit lies its greatest joy. If, then, you experience mental resistance during meditation, remember that reluctance to meditate comes from the ego
Paramahansa Yogananda Failure quotes ⇑
There is no greater power with which to overcome failure than a real smile.
Success or failure is the just result of what you have done in the past, plus what you do now... You should transfer your attention from failure to success, from worry to calmness
You should learn to think of one thing at a time with all the power of your mind. Your whole attention should be there. Doing things in a lackadaisical way leads to failure and misery.
There is no greater power with which to overcome failure than a real smile. There is no more beautiful ornament one can wear than a genuine smile of peace and wisdom glowing on the face.
Only when one pleasure after another fails him does man finally begin to wonder if, after all, happiness is possible through the senses. This thought has a liberating effect
The man comes here [on Earth] for the sole purpose of learning to break the cords that bind his soul. Disease, failure, negation, greed, jealousy — break these bonds now. You are in a cocoon of your own bad habits, and you must be freed to spread its wings of beautiful divine qualities
I often think that the most sinful action in life is to admit failure, for in doing so, you deny the supreme power of your soul, God's image within you. Never give up.
In the spiritual path, no wholehearted devotee is ever unsuccessful. His labors are never in vain.
Paramahansa Yogananda Inspirational quotes ⇑
It doesn't matter if a cave has been in darkness for 10,000 years or half an hour, once you light a match it is illuminated.
Be always with people who inspire you; surround yourself with people who lift you up
Every tomorrow is determined by every today.
Realize that enough hidden strength lies within you to overcome all obstacles and temptations. Bring forth that indomitable power and energy.
Develop your will power and positive thinking, and you will find your body, mind, and soul working to mold everything in your life according to your will.
Paramahansa Yogananda Heart quotes ⇑
By the practice of meditation, you will find that you are carrying within your heart a portable paradise.
Love cannot be had for the asking; it comes only as a gift from the heart of another
To those who are not kind, show kindness. To those who are mean, show bigness of heart.
Sexual gratification alone does not satisfy the heart; without real love, the heart will remain hollow.
Your face is a reflector— your heart is the foundation upon which the reflection is based
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
Have only love in your heart for others. The more you see the good in them, the more you will establish good in yourself.
Remember that every time you worry, you put on a mental brake; and in struggling against that resistance, you place strain on your heart and mind.
Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts
Paramahansa Yogananda Marriage quotes ⇑
Any so-called soul mates who have not yet extinguished their sexual appetites are not truly united as soul mates
Marriage means unity on the physical, mental, and spiritual planes.
Friendship is vital in a marital relationship. Sex alone will not bring a couple closer together; in fact, it will all too soon throw them apart if the higher instinct of true love and friendship is not predominant
When sex is made the most important part of a marriage, the couple lose interest in one another when the initial blush of sensual gratification pales
One should get married only when one finds soul unity with a proper mate. And the two thus united in holy vows should remain together, steadfastly loyal to one another.
Marriage should be honored by husband and wife as an opportunity for nurturing growth and understanding through mutual exchange of their finest qualities
Spiritual marriage consisted in the feminine force or feeling uniting with the masculine force or reason and thus becoming whole in oneness with God
A woman is motivated primarily by feeling, and man by reason; marriage is meant to balance these qualities
Success in marriage is very difficult if partners expect too much from their spouses. When each demands fulfillment from the other & that demand is not met, they become enemies. A lasting and fulfilling marriage is in most cases impossible without spirituality
Paramahansa Yogananda Spirituality quotes ⇑
It is spiritual poverty, not material lack, that lies at the core of all human suffering.
Everyone in the world is on the spiritual path
Be in the world and do your part, but do not be caught up and bound by its delusions, or you will be enslaved.
We must be really convinced in our hearts that God-happiness is preferable to sense pleasures.
The path to God is like a razor's edge. But discouragement is never justified, because we don't have to acquire or win anything; we have only to realize that God is already within us.
All earnest students should keep a record, or at least a mental diary, of their changing tendencies, marking out their progress in the development of any good qualities which they may lack and which they are trying to cultivate
Reincarnation is the law of spiritual evolution. It gives everything a chance to work out its karma
Think of divine abundance as a mighty, refreshing rain. Whatever receptacle you have at hand will receive it. If you hold up a tin cup, you will receive only that quantity. If you hold up a bowl, that will be filled
Paramahansa Yogananda Time quotes ⇑
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! It will whitewash the dark past, and compel the future to be bright! This is the way of the wise
The trouble is that instead of living only in the present, we try to live in the past and in the future at the same time.
Never kill time. It is too valuable to waste on useless things
Worry can convince you that it is impossible to do what you want to do. Worrying wastes time and energy. Use your mind instead to try to make some positive effort
Don't feel badly if you find yourself too restless to meditate deeply. Calmness will come in time, if you practice regularly. Just never accept the thought that meditation is not for you. Remember, calmness is your eternal, true nature.
To meditate a short time with depth is better than to meditate for long hours with the mind running wild.
Paramahansa Yogananda Funny quotes ⇑
People who want to marry should first have to learn to control their emotions. Two people placed together in the arena of marriage without this training battle worse than opponents in a World War! Wars, at least, come to an end after a time
You can be happier than a millionaire— in fact, if you knew the troubles of millionaires, you wouldn't want to be one.
Paramahansa Yogananda Courage quotes ⇑
Try again, no matter how many times you have failed. Always try once more
The coward lives over and over again a mental picture of pain and death. The valiant experience only the final death, quickly and without pain
People are running, but there is no place in the world to which they can flee to escape themselves. Ultimately, each one must face himself.
Meet everybody and every circumstance on the battlefield of life with the courage of a hero and the smile of a conqueror.
All the divine emotions—love, compassion, courage, self-sacrifice, humility— would be meaningless without joy. Joy means exhilaration, an expression of the ultimate Bliss
Paramahansa Yogananda Evil quotes ⇑
Noncooperation with evil is the best way— without making a pretentious display of your own goodness.
Do no evil, do not let evil be done through others by your command, and do not tolerate evil by silence
Moods get their grip on your consciousness when you are in a negative or passive state of mind. The time when your mind is vacant is just the time it can become moody; and when you are moody, the devil comes and wields his influence on you
From the very beginning evil existed to delude man and influence his free choice. How easy it is for the majority of people to be tempted materially, to languish spiritually and do the very things that will hurt themselves
There can be no images of light without contrasting shadows. Unless evil had been created, man would not know the opposite, good.
Paramahansa Yogananda Beauty quotes ⇑
Is a diamond less valuable because it is covered with mud? God sees the changeless beauty of our souls. He knows we are not our mistakes
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
Fully enjoy the wonder and beauty of each instant. Practice the presence of peace.
Subtle astral colors.. are hidden in everything around you. Could you but see, you would be amazed at their beauty.
Paramahansa Yogananda Kindness quotes ⇑
Go out of your way to make others happy. Reach out to help others every day, in whatever way you can.
Whatever you do, you must do cheerfully for the service of all, and be very ambitious in well-doing.
Be kind to others, so that you may learn the secret art of being kind to yourself.
Making others happy through kindness of speech and sincerely given right advice is a sign of true greatness.
I could not think of being unkind, even to a mortal enemy. It would hurt me. I see so much unkindness in the world, and there is no excuse for me to add to it
Paramahansa Yogananda Meditation quotes ⇑
The joy that comes with Kriya yoga is greater than the joys of all pleasurable physical sensations put together. From that joy experienced in meditation, I receive the rest of a thousand sleeps
Joy that rhythmically changes all the time and yet in itself remains unchangeable, like an actor who entertains with different roles and poses, is what all of us are seeking. Such joy can be found only through regular, deep meditation
Divine Mother, lift the veil of darkness which hangs before me whenever I sit with closed eyes to meditate on Thee.
If you read one hour, then write two hours, think three hours, and meditate all the time.
Careless indifference and bodily restlessness in meditation cause negative vibrations
Paramahansa Yogananda Habit quotes ⇑
If you want to be spiritual, seek good company and don't mix with those whose bad habits may wrongly influence you
Repetition leads to the formation of nearly unshakable bad habits.
Your thoughts are molding your actions, and your mental convictions from the repetition of those actions is the fire that hardens the thoughts into unyielding habit patterns
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
Be careful what you choose to do consciously, for unless your will is very strong, that is what you may have to do repeatedly and compulsively through the habit-influencing power of the subconscious mind.
Paramahansa Yogananda Truth quotes ⇑
Theoretical knowledge of scriptures often produces a conviction that one knows the truth when he actually does not know it.
This show has a purpose: that you learn how to play the various parts of the life movie without identifying your Self with your role
Don't expect perfection or permanent happiness here; you will not find it. This world will always be full of troubles.
Truth cannot be received just by listening to lectures; it comes by following the law of spiritual ardor and of spiritual labor on the part of the devotee
All Paramahansa Yogananda quotes ⇑
Truths are not truths to you unless you realize them within yourself. Without realization, they are just ideas.
A good company is one of the best medicines.
Every experience is a good teacher if you learn from it, but it is a tyrant if you abuse that opportunity with resentment and nonunderstanding.
Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations
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.
True religion are those immutable principles that protect man permanently from the threefold suffering of disease, unhappiness, and ignorance
Spiritual perception, spiritual consciousness, lies not in vague theological ideas, but in the acquisition of Self-realization
Forgiveness is holiness, by forgiveness the universe is held together. Forgiveness is the might of might; forgiveness is sacrifice
We are what we think we are. The habitual inclination of our thoughts determines our talents and abilities, and our personality
Instead of hurrying in a state of emotional excitement to get someplace, and then not enjoying it once you arrive because you are restless, try to be more calm
There is no excuse for being restless within. If you are always calm, you will also be more efficient
[Faith] If you plant a seed and dig it up daily to see if it is growing, it will never take root. Take proper care of it, but don't be curious
Worry may be compared to an insect that eats away at the inside of a flower. When the petals close in, both the flower and the insect die
Smiling away your troubles requires a clear conscience that harbors no insincerity.
Forget the past. The vanished lives of all men are dark with many shames. Human conduct is ever unreliable until man is anchored in the divine. Everything in future will improve if you are making a spiritual effort now
To create dynamic will power, determine to do some of the things in life that you thought you could not do. Attempt simple tasks first. As your confidence strengthens and your will becomes more dynamic, you can aim for more difficult accomplishments
All successful men and women devote much time to deep concentration. They are able to dive deeply within their minds and to find the pearls of right solutions for the problems that confront them.
Before embarking on important undertakings sit quietly, calm your senses and thoughts and meditate deeply. You will then be guided by the creative power of Spirit
Concentration consists in focusing one hundred percent attention upon one thing at a time. All efficient people possess some power of concentration as a byproduct of the vocation or avocation they follow.
When you forgive, you are in spiritual consciousness. Forgiving means giving your enemy a chance to gain a better understanding. If you become vengeful or angry, you only make more enemies
He is your best friend who humbly suggests to you how you may improve and benefit yourself. If we always live in the company of flatterers, it is bad for us-for our spiritual growth.
I am changeless, I am the Infinite. I am not a little mortal being with bones to break, a body that will perish. I am the deathless, changeless Infinite.
When in service you forget the little self, you will feel the big Self of Spirit
Your entire motive must be service. The main purpose of any business should be service; it should not be merely moneymaking
All material work is service to your fellow being, if done in the right spirit, and is therefore worthwhile
A devotee who is master of his senses is ready for emancipation. He who succumbs to temptations will remain entangled in sense objects
In the name and guise of fulfilling one's needs, ego lures man to continuous seeking of self-satisfaction, resulting in suffering and vexation
Ignorance is the supreme disease. When one banishes ignorance he has also banished the causes of all physical, mental, and spiritual disease.
It is important to avoid identification with pain or anger or any kind of mental or physical suffering that comes
The best way to dissociate yourself from your difficulty is to be mentally detached, as if you were merely a spectator, while at the same time seeking a remedy
Stage actors do not bemoan their particular parts, but enact their roles to the best of their ability, knowing they are temporary portrayals. Do you see? It is only when we take life too seriously that we suffer.
Awake! Arise from dreams of littleness to the realization of the vastness within you.
Divorce for flimsy reasons is adulterous behavior as it focuses primarily on sexual gratification as an end in itself.
Material objects that give pleasure remain outside the mind. They, and the gratification they give, gain entry into the mind only through imagination.
You do not want a transitory joy that leaves sorrow in its trail when it vanishes. You crave joy that is not merely tantalizing, disappearing like the sudden flicker of gossamer wings beneath a flash of lightning. You should look for the joy that will shine forever steadily, like the ever luminous radium
Do not selfishly seek anything from others; if you have no expectations, then what can people take from you?
Man should concentrate on brotherhood. Each one should live for all, loving everyone else as his own.
Just as a wavy mirror cannot properly reflect the objects in front of it, so a mind whose calmness is distorted by the thoughts of success or failure is unable to reflect the unchangeable Spirit
Cheerfulness is very important to health. It is the best antiseptic that you can have — plus the thought that you are all right.
Man is like a puppet. The strings of his habits, emotions, passions, and senses make him dance to their bidding. They bind his soul.
As soon as you allow a mood to enwrap your mind, your will becomes paralyzed. Moods befog the brain, and hence impair judgment
When you leave your work for the day, forget it; do not pick it up mentally and carry it home with you
There is always a way out of your trouble; and if you take the time to think clearly, to think how to get rid of the cause of your anxiety instead of just worrying about it, you become a master
Merely ignoring problems won't solve them, but neither will worrying about them. Meditate until you become calm; then put your mind on your problem
Worry consumes all our inner vitality without our conscious knowledge. By the time we wake up to what is happening, the damage, which may have a far-reaching effect on the nervous system, is already done
Whenever you are attached to something, that possessiveness deepens your delusion. You will be rudely awakened one day to find that nothing belongs to you.
Meditate more and more deeply, until calmness and joy become second nature to you.
Harmony with nature will bring you a happiness known to few city dwellers. In the company of other truth seekers, it will be easier for you to meditate and think of God
He who is persistent will realize God. So try your best to make meditation a regular experience in your life.
If you possess happiness you possess everything: to be happy is to be in tune with God.
Most of the world is like a mental hospital. Some persons are sick with jealousy, others with anger, hatred, passion. They are victims of their habits and emotions. But you can make your home a place of peace.
The sun shines equally on diamond and charcoal, but the former has developed qualities that enable it to reflect the sunlight brilliantly, while the latter is unable to reflect the sunlight. Emulate the diamond in your dealings with people
Come into the silence of solitude, and the vibration there will talk to you through the voice of God.
When you learn to get along with yourself, you will know how to get along with everybody
Be honest with yourself. The world is not honest with you. The world loves hypocrisy. When you are honest with yourself you find the road to inner peace.
Never count your faults. Just see that your love for God is deeply sincere. For God doesn't mind your imperfections: He minds your indifference.
If circumstances are bad and you have to bear them, do not make them a part of yourself.
Why forgive one who wrongs you? Because if you angrily strike back you misrepresent your own divine soul nature-you are no better than your offender. But if you manifest spiritual strength you are blessed, and the power of your righteous behavior will also help the other person to overcome his misunderstanding.
Today I forgive all those who have ever offended me. I give my love to all thirsty hearts, both to those who love me and to those who do not love me.
Yoga is the path of spiritual action, the infallible means by which a concept is transmuted into realization. For those who embrace this "real religion," there is no waste of any holy effort
Just behind the words of your speech, just behind your thoughts, just behind the love of your heart, just behind your will, just behind your sense of I-ness, is the great spirit of God.
For those who think him (God) far away, He is far away; but for those who think Him near, He is ever near
The only experience that is real, the only experience that brings happiness, is awareness of the presence of God.
Without shadows as well as light there could be no picture. Evil is the shadow that converts the one beam of God's light into pictures or forms. Therefore, evil is the shadow of God that makes this play possible
Analyzing good and evil, one should try to rise above both, realizing that sin and virtue cannot affect the nondual changeless soul that is made in the image of God
Calmness, concentration, and condensation of experiences by intuitional perception will make you master of all knowledge
Do everything with full attention, never in a haphazard way.
Spend less, and have more, by doing away with luxurious habits. From your earnings put aside as much as possible, so that you can live partially on the interest from your savings, without having to dip into the capital.
Man is the epitome of the whole creation. The material universe is the vast body of God, the cosmic electrical energy is the astral form of God, and the soul or life in everything is the essence of God. Everything has life; even a stone can feel pain
Calmness is the living breath of God's immortality in you.
Guru serves as a guide in the dark forest of life. If you follow him, he will lead you out of the darkness. If you try to find the way alone, you may needlessly lose yourself in the forest for many incarnations.
No birth, no death, no caste have I; father, mother, have I none. Blessed Spirit, I am He. I am the Infinite Happiness.
I think, but I am not the thought. I feel, but I am not the feeling. I will, but I am not the will.
I am the Infinite that has become the body. The body as a manifestation of spirit is the ever-perfect, ever-youthful Spirit.
I do everything with the greatest pleasure and in spirit of service.
Just as night inevitably follows day as the earth revolves on its axis, so pleasure and pain revolve on the axis of desire—the one ever alternating with the other.
True prayer is an expression of the soul, an urge from the soul. It is a hunger for God that arises from within, expressing itself to Him ardently, silently
Never think that God does not answer your prayers. Every word you have whispered to Him He has written in His heart, and someday He will answer you.
Lead me from the delusion of human attachment into the realization of thy love eternal, which plays hide-and-seek with me in all forms of human love.
Beloved Divine Mother, hide no more. Destroy the wall of my ignorance, and appear unto me in all Thy splendor.
May Thy love burn forever on the altar of my heart, and may I be able to kindle love for Thee on all heart altars.
By the law of cause and effect, action and reaction, we make of ourselves what we presently are and what we will be
The small waves and the big waves all arise from the same ocean. So, when we stand aside spiritually and view every person and every religion impersonally, we shall see that everything is made of God
The saints stress nonattachment so that one strong point of material attachment may not prevent our attaining the entire kingdom of God.
Renunciation doesn't mean giving up everything; it means giving up small pleasures for eternal bliss.
Some people die still yearning for perfect human love; others die dreaming of attaining perfect happiness through wealth and fame. But they are all deceived, for to own this whole earth and be adored by all its people is meager gain compared to our loss when we behave as prodigal mortals
It is an insult to your Self to be born, live, and die without knowing the answer to the mystery of why you were sent here as a human being in the first place. To forget God is to miss the whole point of existence
We are in a dream state. The only way to wake up is to refuse to recognize anything as reality except God
A yogi who has risen above delusion and attained Self-realization, and who having tasted divine bliss is eager to share it with true seekers, finds supreme joy in selflessly helping others to liberatio
To have any spiritual experience, the body must be still, the mind must be still, and the feelings must be still.
When you sit in the silence of deep meditation, joy bubbles up from within, roused by no outer stimulus
The joy of meditation is overwhelming. Those who have not gone into the silence of true meditation do not know what real joy is.
The pleasures of the senses do not last; but the joy of God is everlasting. It is incomparable
It is because of Maya, the net of cosmic delusion which is thrown over us, that we entangle ourselves in mundane interests and forget the Lord.
You think you want human love and prosperity, but behind these, it is your father(God) who is calling you. If you realize He is greater than all his gifts, you will find him
Thoughts are universally and not individually rooted; a truth cannot be created, but only perceived
The goal of yoga science is to calm the mind, that without distortion it may hear the infallible counsel of the Inner Voice
Theoretical knowledge cannot give you a realization about God. So don't waste your time on too much theory. Those who do so becomes lost in the jungle of reason and never get beyond mere theories
You should start by increasing the receptivity of your intuition. In you lies the infinite seat of all knowledge.
Do not accept blindly everything that you read; it should meet the tests of your mind.
People who marry and divorce time and again never give the seeds of divine love a chance to grow on the soil of faithful commitment
He who realizes that happiness is the highest goal, and who seeks happiness in God, follows the path of wisdom
The way to true happiness is to do your best in the role in which God has placed you, without creating further desires. Then you can be a king within, no matter what your outer conditions.
Your joy will stand unshaken amidst the crash of breaking earthly pleasures. You will enjoy everything with the Joy that is God.
God created this cosmic-dream play to entertain Himself and His children. He never meant for it to hurt His offspring. They injure themselves by not properly playing their parts
Emotional moviegoers are too intent on beholding motion pictures to notice overhead the picture-causing beam. Similarly, worldly men are too deeply engrossed in God's dream pictures of life to perceive His taintless omnipresent Beam that is the sole Creator, the only Doer.
God, the perfect ever-new unending Bliss, is the greatest temptation to the soul of man. He tests His children first with inferior temptations of the senses; when the man has rejected those in a proper spirit of wisdom, the superior divine treasures are revealed to him.
The secret of the cosmic game is that God hides his surprise, his bliss, behind the temptations of the world.
When one becomes momentarily identified with a tragic picture, he feels miserable; but when he realizes that it is only a part of an entertaining variety show, he feels happy.
God wants man to behold the changing pictures of personal and worldly life as a sort of variety entertainment
You are God's child immortal, come on earth to entertain others and to be entertained.
Have no fear. If you live in fear, your health will go. Rise above disease and troubles
Life is too precious to squander. God-consciousness has to be cultivated.
By his mere presence one who has reformed himself is able to reform thousands, though he may not utter a single world. Like a rose, he diffuses his fragrance to all.
The secret of true religion lies in the cave of stillness, in the cave of wisdom, in the cave of the spiritual eye.
Through the suffering that comes to us, the Lord wants us to see that the world is not perfect. In this way, he helps us to break our attachment to it
To be spiritual is to be broad, to understand and forgive, and to be a friend to all.
Whatever you give out, you will attract in kind. What you are will show in your countenance and actions, and others will feel the underlying vibration and respond accordingly
When you are anchored in that great Spirit you are enjoying everything, but without attachment.
Being infinite, God cannot be limited to any form, human or stone; yet He is manifest in all forms.
When you look back at the booth, you see only the beam of light that is projecting the pictures on the screen. That this creation is naught but a motion picture, created out of God's light, seems incredible; but it is true.
You have to awaken in order to perceive that God is everywhere and to realize that you have been dreaming. All of you are sitting here in this dream, and you are part of the dream
If you try to name Spirit, immediately you limit it. Spirit is not knowable by the limitation of understanding, but that does not mean that Spirit is entirely unknowable, because Spirit can be felt
Learn to see God in all persons, of whatever race or creed. You will know what divine love is when you begin to see your oneness with every human being, not before.
Just as the form of a huge banyan tree lies hidden in a tiny seed, awaiting favorable conditions for germination... so the past-life tendencies carried in the subtle body become manifested through the medium of a new incarnation.
Most of the people living on earth today were not here a hundred years ago. Others were here before us. And we who are now walking the streets of the world will not be here a hundred years hence
I have no consciousness of possession. I can leave everything in a moment if God calls, for I am not bound to anything. And yet all things are mine.
Proof of the existence of God is not to be found in books, nor in the words of others. It is in yourself.
Eat nuts, cheese, eggs, and vegetable proteins in preference to meat. Fruits are the most spiritually beneficial of all foods.
Your greatest enemies are your bad habits. They will follow you from one incarnation to another until you overcome them. In order to free yourself from fate, you must cure yourself of bad habits
Without will, you may know what is right through discrimination and yet not act on it. It is acting on knowledge that gets you to your goal
Darkness is the absence of light. Delusion is darkness, Reality is light.
A person who keeps the worry of a problem in his consciousness becomes moody. Avoid that. When a problem comes up, instead of dwelling on it, think of every possible avenue of action to rid yourself of it
Moods are your greatest enemy. Don't indulge in them; destroy them, for they are a formidable stumbling block in the path of your progress.
If you can apply the same zest for God that the miser feels toward his money, that the lover feels for his beloved, with which the drowning man gasps for air—when you concentrate those strong cravings upon God, then you will know Him
Only the wise know just where predestination ends and free will begins. Meanwhile, you must keep on doing your best, according to your own clearest understanding. you must long for freedom as the drowning man longs for air
As often as you fail, get up and try again. God will never let you down, so long as you don't let Him down, and so long as you make the effort.
The ordinary man considers solids and liquids and the energy manifestations of the material world to be vastly different, but the yogi sees them as various vibrations of the one cosmic light
Yoga is a method for restraining the natural turbulence of thoughts, which otherwise impartially prevent all men, of all lands, from glimpsing their true nature of Spirit. Yoga cannot know a barrier of East/ West any more than does the light of sun
It is wisest to be impartial. If you have health, but are attached to it, you will always be afraid of losing it. And if you fear that loss, but become ill, you will suffer. Why not remain forever joyful in the Self?
A true yogi may remain dutifully in the world; there, he is like butter on water and not like the easily-diluted milk of unchurned and undisciplined humanity
When the mind is calm, how quickly, how smoothly, how beautifully you will perceive everything
The devotee who makes the supreme effort is the one who finds God. Not the one who keeps seeking excuses
When a person is really sleepy, can't he fall asleep anywhere? So is it with the person who loves God. He can meditate even in a train station or in the market place
Affirm divine calmness and peace, and send out only thoughts of love and goodwill if you want to live in peace and harmony. Never get angry, for anger poisons your system.
Consider no one a stranger. Learn to feel that everybody is akin to you.
He who finds joy within himself discovers that his body is charged with electric current, life energy, not from food but from God.
Faithfulness in the performance of small duties gives us the strength to adhere to difficult determinations that life will someday force us to make.
Peace is the enjoyment of life, activity is the expression of life. A balance between the activity of the West and the calmness of the East is needed.
Release for constructive purposes the power you already have, and more will come. Move on your path with unflinching determination, using all the attributes of success. Tune yourself with the creative power of the spirit.
Stillness is the altar of spirit.
The entire universe is God's cosmic motion picture, and that individuals are merely actors in the divine play who change roles through reincarnation;
The Spirit of God, I realized, is exhaustless Bliss; His body is countless tissues of light.
Truth is One: If Jesus, Krishna, Buddha, and other true emissaries of God came together, they would not quarrel but would drink from the same cup of God-communion.