Paramahansa Yogananda

Friendship is God's love shining through the eyes of your loved ones, calling you home to drink His nectar of eternal unity. Friendship is God's trumpet's call, bidding the soul destroy the partitions of ego consciousness that separate it from all other souls and from Him. True friendship unites two souls so completely that they reflect the unity of Spirit and its divine qualities.  

Paramahansa Yogananda

“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

To be calmly active and actively calm—a Prince of Peace sitting on the throne of poise, directing the kingdom of activity—is to be spiritually healthy. Too much activity makes one an automaton and too much calmness makes one lazy and impractical.

Paramahansa Yogananda

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.

Paramahansa Yogananda

In order to go safely through this jungle of life you must equip yourself with the proper weapons.… The wise man who is armed against all forms of warfare—against disease, against destiny and karma, against all evil thoughts and habits—becomes the victor in this adventure.

Paramahansa Yogananda

Practice even-minded calmness all the time. Become a king, an absolute monarch, of your own mental realm of calmness... Let nothing disturb your peaceable kingdom of calmness... this even-mindedness, when maintained by regular, deep meditation, removes the boredom, disappointment, and sorrow from everyday life, making it instead a very interesting and enjoyable experience of the soul.

Paramahansa Yogananda

All physical pleasures arise on the surface of the body and are experienced by the mind through the nervous system. You love the outer pleasures of the senses because you happened to be captured by them first, and then you remained their prisoner. Even as some people get used to jail, so we mortals like the outward pleasures, which shut off the joys from within

Paramahansa Yogananda

Outer environment and the company you keep are of paramount importance. The specific outer environment of early life is especially important in stimulating or stifling the inner instinctive environment of a child.

Paramahansa Yogananda

Understand and feel the superior joys of the inner life, and you will prefer them to the fleeting pleasures of the outer world.

Paramahansa Yogananda

To remain in ignorance of your divine nature and to be overpowered by bad habits is to make an enemy of your own self. The best way to be successful in this adventure of life is to be your own friend.

Paramahansa Yogananda

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.

Paramahansa Yogananda
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