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Paramahansa Yogananda, Indian Leader ( January 5, 1893 - March 7, 1952 )

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Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.~Paramahansa Yogananda


Smile Sad Eyes

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


Yourself Calm 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


Friendship Heart Friends

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


Success Time Best

All honest work is good work; it is capable of leading to self-development, provided the doer seeks to discover the inherent lessons and makes the most of the potentialities for such growth.~Paramahansa Yogananda


Work Good Growth

The ordinary man considers solids and liquids and the energy manifestations of the material world to be vastly different, but the yogi sees them as various vibrations of the one cosmic light.~Paramahansa Yogananda


Light Man World

Many great works of art, poetry, and music are inspired by astral memories. The desire to do noble, beautiful things here on Earth is also often a carryover of astral experiences between a person's earth lives.~Paramahansa Yogananda


Music Art Memories

Careless indifference and bodily restlessness in meditation cause negative vibrations.~Paramahansa Yogananda


Meditation Negative

Yoga is a method for restraining the natural turbulence of thoughts, which otherwise impartially prevent all men, of all lands, from glimpsing their true nature of Spirit. Yoga cannot know a barrier of East and West any more than does the healing and equitable light of the sun.~Paramahansa Yogananda


Nature Light Sun

The yogi offers his labyrinthine human longings to a monotheistic bonfire dedicated to the unparalleled God. This is indeed the true yogic fire ceremony, in which all past and present desires are fuel consumed by love divine.~Paramahansa Yogananda


Love God Past

Hypnotism is trespass into the territory of another's consciousness. Its temporary phenomena have nothing in common with the miracles performed by men of divine realization.~Paramahansa Yogananda


Men Nothing Miracles

I find my earliest memories covering the anachronistic features of a previous incarnation. Clear recollections came to me of a distant life, a yogi amidst the Himalayan snows. These glimpses of the past, by some dimensionless link, also afforded me a glimpse of the future.~Paramahansa Yogananda


Life Future Memories

As often as you fail, get up and try again. God will never let you down, so long as you don't let Him down, and so long as you make the effort.~Paramahansa Yogananda


God Effort Long

Introspection, or 'sitting in the silence,' is an unscientific way of trying to force apart the mind and senses, tied together by the life force. The contemplative mind, attempting its return to divinity, is constantly dragged back toward the senses by the life currents.~Paramahansa Yogananda


Life Silence Together

There are always two forces warring against each other within us.~Paramahansa Yogananda


Within Two Always

A true yogi may remain dutifully in the world; there, he is like butter on water and not like the easily-diluted milk of unchurned and undisciplined humanity.~Paramahansa Yogananda


Water May World

To allot God a secondary place in life was, to me, inconceivable. Though He is the sole Owner of the cosmos, silently showering us with gifts from life to life, one thing yet remains which He does not own, and which each human heart is empowered to withhold or bestow - man's love.~Paramahansa Yogananda


Life Love God

The ideal of an all-sided education for youth had always been close to my heart. I saw clearly the arid results of ordinary instruction, aimed only at the development of body and intellect.~Paramahansa Yogananda


Education Heart Youth

It is wisest to be impartial. If you have health, but are attached to it, you will always be afraid of losing it. And if you fear that loss, but become ill, you will suffer. Why not remain forever joyful in the Self?~Paramahansa Yogananda


Fear Health Self

The sense of being a separate, egoic self begins with the astral, not with the physical, body. The soul is individualized spirit.~Paramahansa Yogananda


Self Soul Body

Whoever comes to me finds me a mirror to whatever is in his heart. Thus, I try to help him to see qualities in himself that he needs to overcome.~Paramahansa Yogananda


Heart Mirror Me

If one marries out of necessity, he will have to reincarnate to reach the point where he wants to live only for God.~Paramahansa Yogananda


God Live Reach

When the yogi starts to meditate, he must leave behind all sensory thoughts and all longings for possessions by quieting the waves of feeling (chitta), and the mental restlessness that arises therefrom, through the application of techniques that reinstate the controlling power of the untrammeled superconsciousness of the soul.~Paramahansa Yogananda


Power Soul Thoughts

Sri Yukteswar showed no special consideration to those who happened to be powerful or accomplished; neither did he slight others for their poverty or illiteracy. He would listen respectfully to words of truth from a child, and openly ignore a conceited pundit.~Paramahansa Yogananda


Truth Words Child

The Western day is indeed nearing when the inner science of self-control will be found as necessary as the outer conquest of nature. This new Atomic Age will see men's minds sobered and broadened by the now scientifically indisputable truth that matter is in reality a concentrate of energy.~Paramahansa Yogananda


Nature Age Truth

Only the wise know just where predestination ends and free will begins. Meanwhile, you must keep on doing your best, according to your own clearest understanding. you must long for freedom as the drowning man longs for air. Without sincere longing, you will never find God.~Paramahansa Yogananda


Best Freedom God