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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......

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

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

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

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

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

Paramahansa Yogananda
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.

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.

Paramahansa Yogananda
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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Paramahansa Yogananda
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.

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.

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

If you 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.

Paramahansa Yogananda
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...

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...

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

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

Paramahansa Yogananda
Persistence guarantees that results are inevitable.

Persistence guarantees that results are inevitable.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paramahansa Yogananda
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
Stillness is the altar of spirit.

Stillness is the altar of spirit.

Paramahansa Yogananda
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.

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.

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

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

Paramahansa Yogananda
Every tomorrow is determined by every today.

Every tomorrow is determined by every today.

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

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

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

The 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.

Paramahansa Yogananda
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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

The 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.

Paramahansa Yogananda
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.

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.

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

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

Paramahansa Yogananda
The body is literally manufactured and sustained by mind.

The body is literally manufactured and sustained by mind.

Paramahansa Yogananda
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
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.

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.

Paramahansa Yogananda
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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paramahansa Yogananda
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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Paramahansa Yogananda
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.

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.

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

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

Paramahansa Yogananda
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
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
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.

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.

Paramahansa Yogananda
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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paramahansa Yogananda
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
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!

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!

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

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

Paramahansa Yogananda
The balanced rhythm of the universe is rooted in reciprocity,

The balanced rhythm of the universe is rooted in reciprocity,

Paramahansa Yogananda
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
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
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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paramahansa Yogananda
Just imagine!” I ejaculated.

Just imagine!” I ejaculated.

Paramahansa Yogananda
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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paramahansa Yogananda
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!

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!

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

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

Paramahansa Yogananda
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