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by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

Those who fill their hearts with unkindness can never learn to love God.To grow closer to God, you must be kind and loving to all. Making others happy through kindness of speech and sincerity of right advice is a sign of true greatness.

by Swami Kriyananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development, Wisdom in a Nutshell)

People should look carefully at anything in themselves that they’d rather ignore, things their conscience tells them they ought, or ought not, to do.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Relax and Uplift)

May Thy presence and consciousness fill our hearts. May we realize that Thou art the only Reality.
Father, we do not want to offer a mechanical prayer to Thee, but we demand Thy presence, for Thou art our Father and we are Thy children. Teach us to pray with Thy love and to demand with Thy consciousness.
Make us realize that Thou art not hiding from us but that we are hiding from Thee. Make us realize that Thou art always just behind our hearts, silently listening to our prayers and thoughts.
Bless …

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Relax and Uplift)

All my powers are but borrowed powers from Thee.
No one is greater than Thee, O my Father.
We cease to live and express without Thy wisdom and strength.
Thou art so big; we are so little.
Teach us not to be proud.
Thou art the Guru Preceptor, teaching in the temple of all souls.
I bow to Thee at the feet of everyone.
I will conquer pride by humility, wrath by love, excitement by calmness.
I will feel honored when chastised for doing God’s work.
I will rejoice for any opportunity to give love when hated.
I will realize …

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)
Resurrect Your Mind from Mental Laziness

Remember, if you make up your mind that you are going to control your circumstances, your circumstances will adjust themselves accordingly. Friendly success tendencies are ready to help you, depending on your unflinching efforts.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Practices)
The Priest Who Jumped into a Well

Being ignorant, the bigoted Hindu priest did not like to be questioned as to his beliefs and statements. He especially disliked intelligent disciples because his untested dogmas melted like butter before the flame of their bright minds.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda)

During dark nights of misfortune, I find it even sweeter, now, to offer Thee the flowers of my appreciation for being always there, protecting me.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)
Strategies for Overcoming Fear

A mental indulgence in fear creates a subconscious fear habit. When something upsetting occurs, the subconscious fear habit asserts itself, magnifying the object of one’s fears.

by Swami Kriyananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Practices)
Paramhansa Yogananda Brought a New Style of Chanting

Paramhansa Yogananda brought to the world a whole new style of singing to God. His chants are not like traditional Indian chanting. We are disciples of a new ray, and within that ray a new kind of music has been produced.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Stories of Grace)
The Devotee Who Could Not Find a Hiding Place

The humble wife said, “Suddenly I saw all my thoughts awakened in the dark temple of my mind, and they rebuked me, seeming to say, ‘You can’t eat the bananas alone. We are all watching you.’”

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda)

O mighty, mystic Judge of Life, I asked Thee in my hall of soul-stillness: “What is sin?” Thy whispers of silence, dim at first, grew into bright articulations of thought; I heard and understood Thy meaning. “Sin is a rebel-king.”

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)

The existence of life after death is the greatest mystery guarded by nature. No one is allowed, no matter how great a saint he might have been, to come back after death and tell the masses of people of the life-eternal.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)
How to Transcend Astrological Influences

While it is not unwise to initiate worthwhile undertakings at astrologically auspicious times, anything you do with deep faith in God will blossom under better influences than you could hope to find by consulting the heavens for favorable aspects.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)
The Most Humble God

Ages ago, Saint Bhrigu of India had a desire to find the most humble form God had ever taken. He wandered all over the Himalayan Mountains and other holy places in search of an incarnation of God he could accept as a guru.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda)

Come to my aid, O Divine Friend! Give me the strength now to be ambitious only in my quest for Thee.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Directions and Trends, Paramhansa Yogananda)
Is There Hope for the World?

Occasionally one reads dire pronouncements regarding an imminent “end of the world.” No earthly dissolution is in sight. The earth is currently on an ascending cycle and eventually the world will become a better place.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)
The Love of God and Nations

The mother rejoiced after she heard how her eight sons had been saved from drowning, but with sobs cried out, “Your Excellency, my ninth son, my heart is bursting with grief for you have killed your brother.”

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda)

Bless me, that my sacred, wise thoughts, following this star of knowledge, lead me to the Christ in everything

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)
Keys to Spiritual Progress: A Checklist

Spiritual progress is achieved above all by desiring it intensely. Know that you are growing spiritually when your entire consciousness, no matter what your faults, is turned to God.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Practices)
The Wishing Tree

When standing beneath the almighty wishing tree of your will power, always be careful to wish for good things.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda)

Thy fragrance has quenched at last the perfume-thirst of my soul.

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi (Paramhansa Yogananda)

I shall strictly refuse to hear or read unkind discussions of others.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritualizing Daily Life)
The Airplane Route to Success and Prosperity

By starting from within, you can acquire the experience of many years within a short time. The first step is to increase the receptivity of your intuition.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)
The Story of an Ignorant Devotee

The saint said, “Now that you have found your god, go back home. But if you find a more powerful god than this one, worship him. Always worship the more powerful god.”

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda)

Those whose hearts are breaking with sadness and despair: dry their scalding teardrops with Thy invisible hand.

by Swami Kriyananda (Biography, Paramhansa Yogananda, Swami Kriyananda)
How Paramhansa Yogananda Changed the World

Paramhansa Yogananda came to America’s shores with a message of divine promise and hope. He had been sent by God with the divine mission of guiding mankind out of the fogs of delusion into the clear light of divine understanding.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Development)
Qualities of a Magnetic Personality

To become magnetic to others, you must make yourself attractive from within. Positive behavior, control of speech, and kind words are qualities which clothe the soul in spiritual magnetism.

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Practices)
The Man Who Became a Buffalo

Despite his guru’s request, the disciple would not come out of the room. “How can I get through that narrow door?’ he rumbled. ” My horns are too big and my body is too large.“

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda)
Demand Not to be Enslaved by Ego or Passivity

Oh, my little, vain ego may strut proudly, saying: “Behold my glory! Worship me!” But I will look through its transparent form and behold Thine unimaginable beauty clothed in the subtle form of the whole universe!

by Paramhansa Yogananda (Paramhansa Yogananda, Spiritual Practices)
How to Achieve Glowing Health and Vitality: A 10-Point Guide

Man has the independence and free will to live in the house of life with its three windows open or closed. When man closes the windows of life, he shuts out the three divine rays and finds himself living in the darkness of physical disease, mental disquietude, or abysmal soul-ignorance.