August 26: Quote of the day from Yogananda
- Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda Yogoda Satsanga Lessons The more you meditate, the more helpful you can be to others, and the more deeply you will be in tune with God. Selfish people remain spiritually hidebound, but the unselfish expand their consciousness. When you find your omnipresence in meditation, you will find God. If He is pleased with you, all nature will work in harmony with you. Learn...
August 20: Quote of the day from Yogananda
By meditation we connect the little joy of the soul with the vast joy of the Spirit. Meditation should not be confused with ordinary concentration. Concentration consists in freeing the attention from distractions and in focusing it on any thought in which one may be interested. Meditation is that special form of concentration in which the attention has been liberated from restlessness and is...
August 16: Quote of the day from Yogananda
The aspiring yogi of the West as well as of the East must discipline himself…. He should refrain from making too much fuss about the body. If he sees he is finding time for everything else but is too busy for God, he should take the whip of discipline to himself. Why be afraid? There is everything to gain. If a man will not himself cry and struggle to attain his own salvation, will anyone...
August 11: Quote of the day from Yogananda
Kriya Yoga is the real “fire rite” oft extolled in the Gita. The yogi casts his human longings into a monotheistic bonfire consecrated to the unparalleled God…. All past and present desires are fuel consumed by love divine. The Ultimate Flame receives the sacrifice of all human madness, and man is pure of dross. His metaphorical bones stripped of all desirous flesh, his karmic...
August 08: Quote of the day from Yogananda
When someone tells me how much he has worked for God, I see the poor quality of his spirit. Those who work for the Lord in the right way never think in terms of how much they are doing for Him. Rather, they think only of how much He is doing for them - giving them a body through which they can render service to others, a mind to think about Him and His wonders, and a heart to love Him as their...
July 25: Quote of the day from Yogananda
Sri Sri Mahavatar Babaji Smriti Divas Mahavatar Babaji has promised to guard and guide all sincere Kriya Yogis in their path toward the Goal…. “Whenever anyone utters with reverence the name of Babaji,” Lahiri Mahasaya said, “that devotee attracts an instant spiritual blessing.” - Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda “Autobiography of a Yogi”
July 24: Quote of the day from Yogananda
God is approachable. Talking of Him and listening to His words in the scriptures, thinking of Him, feeling His presence in meditation, you will see that gradually the Unreal becomes real, and this world which you think is real will be seen as unreal. There is no joy like that realization. - Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda “Man’s Eternal Quest”
July 23: Quote of the day from Yogananda
Whenever your mind wanders in the maze of myriad worldly thoughts, patiently lead it back to remembrance of the indwelling Lord. In time you will find Him ever with you - a God who talks with you in your own language, a God whose face peeps at you from every flower and shrub and blade of grass. Then you shall say: “I am free! I am clothed in the gossamer of Spirit; I fly from earth to...
July 22: Quote of the day from Yogananda
When you meditate, immerse your whole mind in God. And when you are performing a duty, put your whole heart into it. But as soon as you are through with work, place your mind on the Lord. When you learn to practise the presence of God in every moment that you are free to think of Him, then even in the midst of work you will be aware of divine communion. - Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda...
July 21: Quote of the day from Yogananda
Once when I was meditating I heard His voice, whispering: “Thou dost say I am away, but thou didst not come in. That is why thou dost say I am away. I am always in. Come in and thou wilt see Me. I am always here, ready to greet thee.” - Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda “Man’s Eternal Quest”
July 20: Quote of the day from yogananda
If I were to give you the gift that I would like best of all to offer you, it would be the right attitude toward God and Guru; toward life; toward your work; toward the others of your group. But the best gifts cannot be purchased and given. The gifts and graces of the soul must be acquired by patient, daily practice. All will surely be yours in time, for if you do not obtain them in the position...
July 19: Quote of the day from Yogananda
These three instructions, plus meditation, contain the only rule of life that any disciple needs: detachment; realization of God as the Giver; and unruffled patience. As long as we fail in any one of these three, we still have a serious spiritual defect to overcome. - Sri Gyanamata “God Alone: The Life and Letters of a Saint”
July 18: Quote of the day from Yogananda
Paramahansa Yogananda in a memorial tribute to Sister Gyanamata: “I had never seen, never heard Sister criticize anybody; never heard a cross word from her lips. All the disciples whose good fortune it was to know her felt a new inspiration, and they all said: ‘She is indeed a saint.’” - Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda “God Alone: The Life and Letters of a...
July 17: Quote of the day from Yogananda
Live only in the present, not in the future. Do your best today; don’t look for tomorrow. - Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda “Yogoda Satsanga Magazine”
July 16: Quote of the day from Yogananda [Right...
Don’t concern yourself with the faults of others. Use the scouring powder of wisdom to keep the rooms of your own mind bright and spotless. By your example, other persons will be inspired to do their own housecleaning. - Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda “Sayings of Paramahansa Yogananda”
July 15: Quote of the day from Yogananda
When you are told you are good, you should not relax but should try to become even better. Your continuous improvement gives happiness to you, to those around you, and to God. - Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda “Sayings of Paramahansa Yogananda”
July 14: Quote of the day from Yogananda
I do not expect anything from others, so their actions cannot be in opposition to wishes of mine. - Sri Sri Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri “Autobiography of a Yogi”
July 13: Quote of the day from Yogananda
Avoid a negative approach to life. Why gaze down the sewers when there is loveliness all around us? One may find some fault in even the greatest masterpieces of art, music, and literature. But isn’t it better to enjoy their charm and glory? Life has a bright side and a dark side, for the world of relativity is composed of light and shadows. If you permit your thoughts to dwell on evil, you...
July 12: Quote of the day from Sri Gyanamata
See nothing, look at nothing but your goal, ever shining before you. The things that happen to us do not matter; what we become through them does. Each day, accept everything as coming to you from God. At night, give everything back into His hands. - Sri Gyanamata “God Alone: The Life and Letters of a Saint”
July 11: Quote of the day from Yogananda
You cannot be free unless you have burned the seeds of past actions in the fire of wisdom and meditation. - Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda “Yogoda Satsanga Magazine”
July 10: Quote of the day from Yogananda
Resolve that you are not going to be affected by troubles; you are not going to be finicky; you are not going to be a victim of habits and moods; you are going to be free as a lark. - Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda “Yogoda Satsanga Magazine”
July 09: Quote of the day from Swami Sri Yukteswar
Swami Sri Yukteswar to Paramahansa Yogananda: “Freedom of will does not consist in doing things according to the dictates of prenatal or postnatal habits or of mental whims, bun in acting according to the suggestions of wisdom and free choice. If you tune in your will with mine [the wisdom-guided will of the guru], you will find freedom.” - Sri Sri Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri, In...
July 08: Quote of the day from Yogananda
When by discrimination and right action man “roasts” all the seeds of evil tendencies stored in the mind, each microscopic brain cell becomes a throne for a brilliant king of wisdom, inspiration, and health, who sings and preaches the glory of God to the intelligent body cells. Men who have attained this state are really free. Such liberated beings are untouched by karma in future...
July 07: Quote of the day from Yogananda
To be able to do whatever one pleases is not the real meaning of freedom of action. You should understand to what degree you are free, and how much you are influenced by bad habits. To be good just because it has become a habit to be good is not freedom, either. To be tempted is not sinfulness, but to be able to resist and overcome temptation is greatness; this is freedom, for you are acting by...
July 06: Quote of the day from Yogananda
The soul is bound to the body by a chain of desires, temptations, troubles, and worries, and it is trying to free itself. If you keep tugging at that chain which is holding you to mortal consciousness, some day an invisible Divine Hand will intervene and snap it apart, and you will be free. - Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda “Man’s Eternal Quest”
July 05: Quote of the Day
You don’t know how fortunate you are to have been born as a human being. In that you are blessed more than any other creature. The animal is not able to meditate and have God-communion. You have your freedom to seek Him and you don’t use it. - Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda “Man’s Eternal Quest”
July 04: Quote of the day
Birthday of Sri Gyanamata The way to freedom is through service to others. The way to happiness is through meditation and being in tune with God…. Break the barriers of your ego; shed selfishness; free yourself from the consciousness of the body; forget yourself; do away with this prison house of incarnations; melt your heart in all, be one with all creation. - Sri Sri Paramahansa...
June 24: Quote of the day from Yogananda
The Infinite Source is an infinite dynamo, continually pouring strength, happiness, and power into the soul. That is why it is so important to rely as much as you can upon the Infinite Source. - Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda Yogoda Satsanga Lessons
June 23: Quote of the day
Absolute, unquestioning faith in God is the greatest method of instantaneous healing. An unceasing effort to arouse that faith is man’s highest and most rewarding duty. - Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda “Scientific Healing Affirmations”
June 21: Quote of the day from Yogananda
We must meditate to attain deep faith. After we have received the first contact of God, we should then seek to develop the contact into a greater and greater consciousness. That is what Jesus asked everyone to do. He wanted them to receive his omnipresent consciousness. And that is what Paramahansaji teaches. He brings us God and all he asks is that we receive. - Sri Sri Rajarsi Janakananda ...
May 26: Quote of the day
As you look upon creation, which appears so solid and real, remember always to think of it as ideas in the mind of God, frozen into physical forms. - Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda Yogoda Satsanga Lessons
May 25: Wisdom of the Day
The greatest thing you can do to cultivate true wisdom is to practise the consciousness of the world as a dream. If failure comes, say: “It is a dream.” Then shut off the thought of failure from your mind. In the midst of negative conditions, practise “opposition” by thinking and acting in a positive, constructive way. - Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda “Man’s...
May 02: Wisdom of the Day
Make the effort to please God first. It is impossible to please all. I try never to displease anybody. I do my best and that is all I can do. My first aim is to please God. I use my hands to pray in adoration before Him, my feet to seek Him everywhere, my mind to think of Him as always present. Every throne of thought must be occupied by God-God as peace, God as love, God as kindness, God as...
May 01: Quote of the day from Yogananda
The only way to attain salvation is to have complete loyalty to God. This dream of life will be taken away from you one day; the only thing that is real is the love of God. Nothing else; all are false dreams. Get away from them. Every minute I see how necessary that is. He has tied me to the YSS/SRF work, and so I tell Him: “I shall work for You alone.” Then I feel within His supreme...
April 30: Quote of the Day from Yogananda
Daily I will seek happiness more and more within my mind, and less and less through material pleasures. - Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda “Scientific Healing Affirmations”
April 29: Wisdom from Yogananda
Real happiness comes only when your will is guided by soul discrimination to choose good instead of evil, anytime, anywhere, because you truly want good for its own sake. Then you will be really free. - Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda Yogoda Satsanga Lessons
April 26: Wisdom of the day from Yogananda
A strong determination to be happy will help you. Do not wait for circumstances to change, thinking falsely that in them lies the trouble. Do not make unhappiness a chronic habit, thereby affecting yourself and your associates. It is blessedness for yourself and others if you are happy. If you possess happiness you possess everything; to be happy is to be in tune with God. That power to be happy...
April 25: Wisdom of the day from Yogananda
You have the power to hurt yourself or to benefit yourself…. If you do not choose to be happy no one can make you happy. Do not blame God for that! And if you choose to be happy, no one can make you unhappy…. it is we who make of life what it is. - Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda Yogoda Satsanga Lessons
April 24: Quote of the day from Yogananda
A The laughter of the infinite God must vibrate through your smile. Let the breeze of His love spread your smiles in the hearts of men. Their fire will be contagious. - Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda Yogoda Satsanga Lessons
April 23: Daily Wisdom from Yogananda
Happiness depends to some extent upon external conditions, but chiefly upon mental attitudes. In order to be happy one should have good health, a well-balanced mind, a prosperous life, the right work, a thankful heart, and above all, wisdom or knowledge of God. - Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda “The Law of Success”
The fault or deficiency in the medicine, and its inability to cure, are illogically transferred to the disease. The medicine is uncurative–so doctors call the disease incurable! But the power of the Infinite is unlimited and can heal all disease. - Paramahansa Yogananda
No disease is incurable. Some diseases are beyond the reach of medicines, which are by their nature limited. When a disease is persistent and long-continued, and medical aid and other ordinary methods fail to cure it, it is then called chronic or incurable. - Paramahansa Yogananda
April 22: Daily Wisdom from Yogananda
Remember that when you are unhappy it is generally because you do not visualise strongly enough the great things that you definitely want to accomplish in life, nor do you employ steadfastly enough your will power, your creative ability, and your patience until your dreams are materialized. - Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda Yogoda Satsanga Lessons
April 19: Wisdom of the day
One answer will cover all your questions: Turn to God and fill your consciousness with the realization of His perfection. Let your weakness be dissolved in the worshipful thought of His strength. It is not necessary to explain things to God, for He knoweth your need before you speak, and is more ready to give than you are to ask. When you meditate, turn away from everything except the one...
Loyalty to a spiritual custom–without sincerity and conviction–is hypocrisy. Loyalty to the spirit of a custom even without clinging to the form —is wisdom. Loyalty both to the form and the spirit is the greatest wisdom. But loyalty neither to spiritual custom, principle or teacher, is spiritual degeneration - Yogananda
Praise does not make you better, nor blame worse than what you are. Then why heed these two? Don’t pay attention when they praise you, but survey yourself carefully when they blame you. If you are in fault, free yourself from error quickly, but if you are not guilty–laugh and forget it. Truth will speak for you. Spiritual action talks louder than the utterance of many sacred words3 - Yogananda
April 18: Wisdom of the day from Yogananda
The best course is to pray: “Lord, make me happy with awareness of Thee. Give me freedom from all earthly desires, and above all give me Thy joy that outlasts all the happy and sad experiences of life.” - Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda “Man’s Eternal Quest”
When we serve others, we serve ourselves. Do not think, ‘I will help others’ - think rather, ‘I will help my own, my world, because I cannot otherwise be happy - Yogananda
A good habit is your greatest friend–a bad habit, your mortal enemy. Be careful about the repetition of an action. It will become a habit before you realize it. Habit is second nature. But it can be changed by persistent good action. Yogananda
April 17: Wisdom of the day from Yogananda
If you can just once “break bread” with the Lord, break His silence, He will talk often with you. But in the beginning it is very difficult; it is not easy to become acquainted with God, because He wants to be sure that you really desire to know Him. He gives tests to see if the devotee wants Him or something else. He will not talk with you until you have convinced Him that no other...