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A collection of thoughts and quotes by Paramahansa Yogananda on yoga, meditation, soul, mind, body, beauty, spirituality, life, and inspiration.

77 Motivational Quotes By Paramahansa Yogananda For Healthy Body And Soul

Famous As: Guru
Born On: January 5, 1893
Died On: March 7, 1952
Born In: Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India
Founder / Co Founder: Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF), Yogoda Satsanga Society of India (YSS),
Died At Age: 59
Mukunda Lal Ghosh, who later came to be known as Paramahansa Yogananda, was an Indian yogi and spiritual guru. He became one of the most influential voices in spirituality, meditation and Kriya Yoga in the world during his lifetime. Yogananda studied at Srerampore College and it was during his time at the college that he became a regular visitor to the 'Yukteshwar Ashram.' He became a monastic Swami. After relocating to the United States in 1920, he became far more influential and well-known, particularly after establishing the ‘Self Realization Fellowship.' During his time in the United States, he also became acquainted with some of the most important public figures of the time and that helped in further spreading his spiritual message. Yogananda’s most important work as a yogi is the book ‘Autobiography of a Yogi,' in which he laid down his own ideas on meditation and yoga. The book made meditation and yoga hugely popular in the Western world and started a sort of revolution that has endured to this day. His thoughts still bring solace to disturbed minds and crippled hearts. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Persistence guarantees that results are inevitable.

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

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

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

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Stillness is the altar of spirit.

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

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

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

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Every tomorrow is determined by every today.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The body is literally manufactured and sustained by mind.

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The human mind is a spark of the almighty consciousness of God. I could show you that whatever your powerful mind believes very intensely would instantly come to pass.

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You go often into the silence, but have you developed anubhava?” He was reminding me to love God more than meditation. “Do not mistake the technique for the Goal.

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The power of unfulfilled desires is the root of all man’s slavery.

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

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

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

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TO EVERY THING there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.

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He fitted the Vedic definition of a man of God: “Softer than the flower, where kindness is concerned; stronger than the thunder, where principles are at stake.

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

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Dharma (cosmic law) aims at the happiness of all creatures.

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

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The master never counseled slavish belief. ‘Words are only shells,’ he said. ‘Win conviction of God’s presence through your own joyous contact in meditation.

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After deep prayer and meditation the devotee is in touch with his divine consciousness; there is no greater power than that inward protection." —Paramhansa Yogananda

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

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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.

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Heavenly Father, my body cells are made of light, my fleshly cells are made of Thee. They are Spirit, for Thou art Spirit; they are immortal, for Thou art Life.

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He laughed. “I mean a pension of fathomless peace — a reward for many years of deep meditation. I never crave money now. My few material needs are amply provided for.

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

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Moral: Look fear in the face and it will cease to trouble you.

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Discerning placement of a comma does not atone for a spiritual coma.

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Structure of creation. Nature herself is maya; natural science must perforce

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

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

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I am the Cosmic Ocean of sound and the little wave of the body vibration in it.

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

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

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

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

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Forget you were born a Hindu, and don’t be an American. Take the best of them both,

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

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

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

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

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

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Just imagine!” I ejaculated.

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Anyone who practices a scientific technique for divine realization is a yogi. He may be either married or unmarried, either a man of worldly responsibilities or one of formal religious ties.

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

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The trivial preoccupations of daily life are not enough for man; wisdom too is a native hunger.

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

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The ancient rishi Patanjali defines “yoga” as “control of the fluctuations of the mind-stuff.

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

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It is I who have watched over thee, life after life, in the tenderness of many mothers! See in My gaze the two black eyes, the lost beautiful eyes, thou seekest!

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

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The balanced rhythm of the universe is rooted in reciprocity,

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

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