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Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “Coercion or compulsion never brings about growth. It is freedom that accelerates evolution.”

Coercion or compulsion never brings about growth. It is freedom that accelerates evolution.

— Paramahansa Yogananda



Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “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.”

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.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “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.”

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.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “The time will come when mankind will begin to get away from the consciousness of needing so many material things. More security and peace will be found in the simple life.”

The time will come when mankind will begin to get away from the consciousness of needing so many material things. More security and peace will be found in the simple life.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “Divisions are imaginary lines drawn by small minds.”

Divisions are imaginary lines drawn by small minds.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “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 spirit.”

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 spirit.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “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.”

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.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “The kingdom of God is just behind the darkness of closed eyes, and the first gate that opens to it is your peace.”

The kingdom of God is just behind the darkness of closed eyes, and the first gate that opens to it is your peace.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “One cannot tell when he is going to be healed, so do not try to set an exact time limit. Faith, not time, will determine when the cure will be effected.”

One cannot tell when he is going to be healed, so do not try to set an exact time limit. Faith, not time, will determine when the cure will be effected.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “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 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



Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “Whatever I do, I do with the greatest love that I have in me. Try this, and you will see that you do not become fatigued at all. Love is one of the greatest stimulants to the will. Under the influence of love the will can do almost anything.”

Whatever I do, I do with the greatest love that I have in me. Try this, and you will see that you do not become fatigued at all. Love is one of the greatest stimulants to the will. Under the influence of love the will can do almost anything.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “The so-called miraculous powers of a great master are a natural accompaniment to his exact understanding of subtle laws that operate in the inner cosmos of consciousness.”

The so-called miraculous powers of a great master are a natural accompaniment to his exact understanding of subtle laws that operate in the inner cosmos of consciousness.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “Keep puffing on the bubble until it breaks its confining walls and becomes the sea of joy.”

Keep puffing on the bubble until it breaks its confining walls and becomes the sea of joy.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “Most people consider the course of events as natural and inevitable. They little know what radical changes are possible through prayer.”

Most people consider the course of events as natural and inevitable. They little know what radical changes are possible through prayer.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “It is foolish to be afraid of death. Just think. No more repaired tires on the body vehicle, no more patchwork living.”

It is foolish to be afraid of death. Just think. No more repaired tires on the body vehicle, no more patchwork living.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “Medicine has its limitations, Life Force has none.”

Medicine has its limitations, Life Force has none.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “It is better to meditate a little bit with depth than to mediate long with the mind running here and there. If you do not make an effort to control the mind it will go on doing as it pleases, no matter how long you sit to meditate.”

It is better to meditate a little bit with depth than to mediate long with the mind running here and there. If you do not make an effort to control the mind it will go on doing as it pleases, no matter how long you sit to meditate.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “No one appears on our stage unless the director has placed them there for our benefit.”

No one appears on our stage unless the director has placed them there for our benefit.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “An artist doesn’t really create anything – he just rearranges what is already there.”

An artist doesn’t really create anything – he just rearranges what is already there.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “Those in the West who have adopted Christ as their own should remember that he was an Oriental. Love and sympathy for Jesus should be expanded into love and sympathy for all Orientals, and for all the world.”

Those in the West who have adopted Christ as their own should remember that he was an Oriental. Love and sympathy for Jesus should be expanded into love and sympathy for all Orientals, and for all the world.

— Paramahansa Yogananda



Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “You don’t know what is going to come to you in this world; you have to go on living and worrying. Those who die are pitying us; they are blessing us. Why should you grieve for them?”

You don’t know what is going to come to you in this world; you have to go on living and worrying. Those who die are pitying us; they are blessing us. Why should you grieve for them?

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “Great healers, people of divine realization, do not cure by chance but by exact knowledge.”

Great healers, people of divine realization, do not cure by chance but by exact knowledge.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “We should bathe our spirits in the deep, pure feeling that stirs within us when we gaze on the glories of His creation. This is the way to know God as beauty.”

We should bathe our spirits in the deep, pure feeling that stirs within us when we gaze on the glories of His creation. This is the way to know God as beauty.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “Subtle astral colors... are hidden in everything around you. Could you but see, you would be amazed at their beauty.”

Subtle astral colors... are hidden in everything around you. Could you but see, you would be amazed at their beauty.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “The Spirit could not create matter as anything different from Itself, for it had only Itself as the tissue or material with which to build the cosmos.”

The Spirit could not create matter as anything different from Itself, for it had only Itself as the tissue or material with which to build the cosmos.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “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 noting more to worry about!”

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 noting more to worry about!

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “Little stones that are pelted into the lake of consciousness should not throw the whole lake into commotion.”

Little stones that are pelted into the lake of consciousness should not throw the whole lake into commotion.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “As you find your soul-reservoir of peace, less and less controversy will be able to afflict your life.”

As you find your soul-reservoir of peace, less and less controversy will be able to afflict your life.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “The rains of Life’s Blessings cannot gather on mountaintops of pride, but flow easily into valleys of humbleness.”

The rains of Life’s Blessings cannot gather on mountaintops of pride, but flow easily into valleys of humbleness.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “You have come to earth to entertain and to be entertained.”

You have come to earth to entertain and to be entertained.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “Self-realization may be and sometimes is attained even by people who are struggling with sick and otherwise imperfect bodies; but it cannot be attained unless one can concentrate and meditate uninterruptedly upon God.”

Self-realization may be and sometimes is attained even by people who are struggling with sick and otherwise imperfect bodies; but it cannot be attained unless one can concentrate and meditate uninterruptedly upon God.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “You naturally love those who are dear to you, and you must learn to give that kind of love to the whole world.”

You naturally love those who are dear to you, and you must learn to give that kind of love to the whole world.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “Always remember, nothing can touch you if you inwardly love God.”

Always remember, nothing can touch you if you inwardly love God.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “When you learn to get along with yourself, you will know how to get along with everybody.”

When you learn to get along with yourself, you will know how to get along with everybody.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “Just as oil is present in every part of the olive, so love permeates every part of creation.”

Just as oil is present in every part of the olive, so love permeates every part of creation.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “God-realization is attained only by great effort on the part of the yogi and by divine grace.”

God-realization is attained only by great effort on the part of the yogi and by divine grace.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “Do not think of yourself as the body, but as the joyous consciousness and immortal life behind it.”

Do not think of yourself as the body, but as the joyous consciousness and immortal life behind it.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “The more you meditate, the more helpful you can be to others, and the more deeply you will be in tune with God.”

The more you meditate, the more helpful you can be to others, and the more deeply you will be in tune with God.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “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.”

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.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “How you all will change the work after I am gone. If I came back a hundred years from now, I just wonder if I would even recognize it.”

How you all will change the work after I am gone. If I came back a hundred years from now, I just wonder if I would even recognize it.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “The soul’s first adventure is the fight between two ideas: the wish to return to earth in a human form, and the desire to feel the freedom of having no form.”

The soul’s first adventure is the fight between two ideas: the wish to return to earth in a human form, and the desire to feel the freedom of having no form.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “Be inwardly ever newly joyous, like the ever-fresh laughing waters of a gurgling brook.”

Be inwardly ever newly joyous, like the ever-fresh laughing waters of a gurgling brook.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “Faithfulness in the performance of small duties gives us strength to adhere to difficult determinations that life will someday force us to make.”

Faithfulness in the performance of small duties gives us strength to adhere to difficult determinations that life will someday force us to make.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “Through Self-realization man becomes aware of true values as to his place in the divine plan and his relation to the past, present, and future of mankind.”

Through Self-realization man becomes aware of true values as to his place in the divine plan and his relation to the past, present, and future of mankind.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “There are always two forces warring against each other within us.”

There are always two forces warring against each other within us.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “Truths are more than imagination; they are real. Yet their origin is a thought in the mind of God.”

Truths are more than imagination; they are real. Yet their origin is a thought in the mind of God.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “It is blessedness for yourself and others if you are happy.”

It is blessedness for yourself and others if you are happy.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “Consider no one a stranger. Learn to feel that everybody is akin to you.”

Consider no one a stranger. Learn to feel that everybody is akin to you.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “I come not to entertain you with worldly festivities but to arouse your sleeping memory of immortality.”

I come not to entertain you with worldly festivities but to arouse your sleeping memory of immortality.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “Those who are socially inclined will find a new power to help humanity through the lessons of books written by noble and gifted people.”

Those who are socially inclined will find a new power to help humanity through the lessons of books written by noble and gifted people.

— Paramahansa Yogananda

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