Articles in the Paramhansa Yogananda Category
Time-tested teachings for knowing God that embrace the truths of all great religions
Passive people do not put forth the continued, focused effort necessary for spiritual or material success. The chill of inertia, the failure to make an ongoing effort to progress, is the greatest barrier to success and happiness in life.
Let Thy banner of peace wave always above the strong castle of my soul.
A real intuition can never be wrong. When your intuition is fully developed, you will stand firm in your knowledge and convictions no matter who opposes you.
In every undertaking, the way for the devotee to “hit the mark” of spiritual enlightenment, is to ignore every distraction and center all of your attention on the object of success. Not for the spiritual hero, the hand-wringing lament, “Oh, but think of the difficulties I face!”
The sincere seeker, whatever his natural inclination, will find in “The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita” the essential teaching he needs to follow the path to God. That central teaching, Paramhansa Yogananda explained, unites all paths “even as subsidiary streams unite in a larger river.”
I will light the match of smiles.
Of all the senses, the subtlest and most addicting is that of touch. People who find immoderate delight in touch sensations become an easy prey to sex desires. Those who approach food greedily become enslaved to outwardness through the senses of smell and taste.
Death is no great thing. It happens to every living being and is simply a part of life. What’s wrong is the wish to destroy life.
The devotee who tries to meditate will be hindered, not only by new distractions, but also by strong habits of the body such as restlessness, procrastination, material desires, selfishness, and moods.
Yogananda said inwardly to himself, “Satan! How often has he tried to win me. This time it was with the offer of social prestige!”
Take the bowl of my mind and fill it
With Thine understanding.
I will be calmly active, actively calm.
Humility lies in the heart; it is not a “put-up” job. You must feel that everything you do is accomplished by Him alone, through you. It is the consciousness of his own inferiority which makes a man hide behind a display of pride.
Master said, “I could walk on fire and fill every auditorium with curiosity-seekers, but what good would that do? People need to love God.”
I am the immortal child of God, living for a little while in this mortal body.
In wisdom’s chambers
Thou dost roam
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.
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.
May Thy presence and consciousness fill our hearts. May we realize that Thou art the only Reality.
All my powers are but borrowed powers from Thee.