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

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

— 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: “Never neglect what you can do for yourself in the form of another.”

Never neglect what you can do for yourself in the form of another.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “In your heart must well that sympathy which soothes away all pains from the hearts of others.”

In your heart must well that sympathy which soothes away all pains from the hearts of others.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “The soul must stretch over the cosmogonic abysses, while the body performs its daily duties.”

The soul must stretch over the cosmogonic abysses, while the body performs its daily duties.

— 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


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

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

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “Another qualification of success is that we not only bring harmonious and beneficial results to ourselves, but also share those benefits with others.”

Another qualification of success is that we not only bring harmonious and beneficial results to ourselves, but also share those benefits with others.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “Do not do what you want, and then you may do what you like.”

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

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “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.”

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.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “Seek truth in meditation, not in moldy books. Look in the sky to find the moon, not in the pond.” – Persian proverb.”

Seek truth in meditation, not in moldy books. Look in the sky to find the moon, not in the pond.” – Persian proverb.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “Nothing may truly be said to be a “miracle” except in the profound sense that everything is a miracle. That each of us is encased in an intricately organized body, and is set upon an earth whirling through space among the stars – is anything more commonplace? or more miraculous? Great.”

Nothing may truly be said to be a “miracle” except in the profound sense that everything is a miracle. That each of us is encased in an intricately organized body, and is set upon an earth whirling through space among the stars – is anything more commonplace? or more miraculous? Great.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “The goal of yoga science is to calm the mind, that without distortion it may hear the infallible counsel of the Inner Voice.”

The goal of yoga science is to calm the mind, that without distortion it may hear the infallible counsel of the Inner Voice.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “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.”

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.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “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.”

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.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “The ancient rishis discovered these laws of sound alliance between nature and man. Because nature is an objectification of Aum, the Primal Sound or Vibratory Word, man can obtain control over all natural manifestations through the use of certain mantras or chants.”

The ancient rishis discovered these laws of sound alliance between nature and man. Because nature is an objectification of Aum, the Primal Sound or Vibratory Word, man can obtain control over all natural manifestations through the use of certain mantras or chants.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


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

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

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “Why the ancient rishis selected the cow for apotheosis is obvious to me. The cow in India was the best comparison; she was the giver of plenty. Not only did she give milk, but she also made agriculture possible. The cow is a poem of pity; one reads pity in the gentle animal. She is the second mother to millions of mankind. Protection of the cow means protection of the whole dumb creation of God.”

Why the ancient rishis selected the cow for apotheosis is obvious to me. The cow in India was the best comparison; she was the giver of plenty. Not only did she give milk, but she also made agriculture possible. The cow is a poem of pity; one reads pity in the gentle animal. She is the second mother to millions of mankind. Protection of the cow means protection of the whole dumb creation of God.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “If one busies himself with an outer display of scriptural wealth, what time is left for silent inward diving after the priceless pearls?” Sri.”

If one busies himself with an outer display of scriptural wealth, what time is left for silent inward diving after the priceless pearls?” Sri.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


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

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

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “The poet is intimate with truth, while the scientist approaches awkwardly.”

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

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “Wrath springs only from thwarted desires. I do not expect anything from others, so their actions cannot be in opposition to wishes of mine. I would not use you for my own ends; I am happy only in your own true happiness.”

Wrath springs only from thwarted desires. I do not expect anything from others, so their actions cannot be in opposition to wishes of mine. I would not use you for my own ends; I am happy only in your own true happiness.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “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.”

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.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


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

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

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “There are disciples who seek a guru made in their own image.”

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

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “When He withdraws His will, all earth atoms will be transformed into energy. Atomic energy will return to its source: consciousness. The earth idea will disappear from objectivity.”

When He withdraws His will, all earth atoms will be transformed into energy. Atomic energy will return to its source: consciousness. The earth idea will disappear from objectivity.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “The life and teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda are described in his Autobiography of a Yogi. An award-winning documentary film about his life and work, Awake: The Life of Yogananda, was released in October 2014.”

The life and teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda are described in his Autobiography of a Yogi. An award-winning documentary film about his life and work, Awake: The Life of Yogananda, was released in October 2014.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “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.”

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


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “A master bestows the divine experience of cosmic consciousness when his disciple, by meditation, has strengthened his mind to a degree where the vast vistas would not overwhelm him. Mere intellectual willingness or open-mindedness is not enough. Only adequate enlargement of consciousness by yoga practice and devotional bhakti can prepare one to absorb the liberating shock of omnipresence.”

A master bestows the divine experience of cosmic consciousness when his disciple, by meditation, has strengthened his mind to a degree where the vast vistas would not overwhelm him. Mere intellectual willingness or open-mindedness is not enough. Only adequate enlargement of consciousness by yoga practice and devotional bhakti can prepare one to absorb the liberating shock of omnipresence.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “Turning a corner, I ran into an old acquaintance – one of those long-winded fellows whose conversational powers ignore time and embrace eternity.”

Turning a corner, I ran into an old acquaintance – one of those long-winded fellows whose conversational powers ignore time and embrace eternity.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


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

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

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “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. After that you should utilize all necessary material means to achieve your goal.”

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. After that you should utilize all necessary material means to achieve your goal.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


Paramahansa Yogananda Quote: “The Lord wants us to escape this delusive world. He cries for us, for He knows how hard it is for us to gain His deliverance. But you have only to remember that you are His child. Don’t pity yourself. You are loved just as much by God as are Krishna and Jesus. You must seek His love, for it encompasses eternal freedom, endless joy, and immortality.”

The Lord wants us to escape this delusive world. He cries for us, for He knows how hard it is for us to gain His deliverance. But you have only to remember that you are His child. Don’t pity yourself. You are loved just as much by God as are Krishna and Jesus. You must seek His love, for it encompasses eternal freedom, endless joy, and immortality.

— Paramahansa Yogananda


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

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

— Paramahansa Yogananda

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