Paramhansa Yogananda gave us another approach to spiritual growth that wasn’t an absolute teaching but a directional one: Wherever you are right now, try to be better. Wherever you are tomorrow, try to be better than that. The Light of Superconsciousness by Swami Kriyananda.

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The sky seems bright or sad according to our own changing moods, not to its own. True growth comes first by improving our own attitudes. Eastern Thoughts—Western Thoughts by Swami Kriyananda.

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The emotions are our “demons,” for they obstruct our growth in understanding. These demons range themselves in grim determination to combat expansiveness and soul-aspiration of any kind. Out of the Labyrinth by Swami Kriyananda.

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To be a true disciple, we must be open to life, open to truth wherever we find it. In that way, we find many opportunities for growth. In that openness which is true humility, we find that we can learn from the stones, from the clouds, from everything. Lessons in Discipleship by Swami Kriyananda.

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When we try to transform ourselves by self-effort alone, we limit our potential for healing and growth. Affirmation should be lifted from the self-enclosure of the mind into the greater reality of superconsciousness. Affirmations for Self-Healing by Swami Kriyananda.

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Even failures should act as stimulants to your will power, and to your material and spiritual growth. Weed out the causes of failure and with double vigor launch what you wish to accomplish. The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success. The Attributes of Success by Paramhansa Yogananda, 1944.

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