Paramahansa Yogananda QUOTES

Life force enters the body through the agency of an interested, joyous attitude - it doesn't respond to a half-dead will! Learn to perform all your duties with a courageous cheerfulness welling up from within you. Then, as you perform your daily activities, you will see that a flood of vitality will move through all your muscles and through your [continue reading...]
The mind is like an elastic band. The more you pull, the more it stretches. The mind-elastic will never break. Every time you feel limitations, close your eyes and say to yourself, 'I am the Infinite,' and you will see what power you have.
Don't look on yourself as a weak mortal. Incredible amounts of energy are hidden in your brain, enough in a gram to run the city of Chicago for two days. And you say you are tired?
You can silence the body easily but it is difficult to silence your thoughts
Meditation means dropping the consciousness of the body. remembering who you are, and then coming back and ruling the body.
Control of the life force helps the ego to switch off the electric energy from the nerve telephones, and thus prevent the invasions of restlessness-creating, attention-enslaving sensations. To control the life force in the five sense telephones is to practice concentration scientifically.
"Lord, Thou hast given us freedom to forget our daily troubles by nightly visits to dreamland. May we escape from mortal sorrows forever by awakening in Thee."
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.
“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.”
Ordinary life is like a pendulum, ceaselessly swinging back and forth. The peaceful person remains calm until he is ready to work; then he swings into action. As soon as he is through, he swings back to the center of calmness. You should always be calm, like the pendulum that is still, but ready to swing into steady action whenever necessary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Understand and feel the superior joys of the inner life, and you will prefer them to the fleeting pleasures of the outer world.
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.
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.
If you have made up your mind to find joy within yourself, sooner or later you will find it. Seek it daily, by continuously deeper [...]
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