Paramahansa Yogananda

1893 - 1952

A Quote by Paramahansa Yogananda on life force, bhagavad gita, pranayama, prana, and yogananda

PRANAYAMA IS DERIVED fron two Sanskrit words - prana (life) and ayama (control). Pranayama is therefore life control and not  "breath control." The broadest meaning of the word prana is force of energy. In this sense, the universe is filled with prana; all creation is a manifestation of force, a play of force. Everything that was, is, or shall be, is nothing but the different modes of expression of the universal force. The universal prana is thus the Para-Prakiti (pure Nature), immanent energy or force which is derived from the infinite Spirit, and which permeates and sustains the universe.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893 - 1952)

Source: God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita, Pages: Volume 1, 497

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A Quote by Paramahansa Yogananda on bhagavad gita, yogananda, dreaming, yogi, dreams, and god

When a man in the process of dreaming becomes conscious that he is dreaming, he is no longer identified with the phenomena; he is not affected exultantly or dolefully. God consciously dreams His cosmic play and is unaffected by it's dualities. A yogi who perceives his real self as separate from his active senses and their objects never becomes attached to anything. He is aware of the dream nature of the universe and watches it without being entangled in its complex but ephemeral nature.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893 - 1952)

Source: God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita, Pages: Volume 1, 393

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A Quote by Paramahansa Yogananda on meditation, service, karma, self realization, bhagavad gita, yogananda, and nirvikalpa

The inactive man does not do his duty to his Creator or to the society that maintains him.  The recluse who devotes his entire life to sincere effort in meditation fulfills part of his duty by trying to find and love God, and thus,spiritualize his own life.  To improve oneself is to help society by the example of virtue and by making at least one of its members good!  

But the yogi (monastic or householder) who does his duty to God, and also to the world through some form of uplifting service, is the most highly evolved type of being.  He becomes a master (asiddha) when by such dutiful action he attains the supreme inactive state (nirvikalpa God-union), which is free from karmic effects of actions and is filled with the bliss of Spirit.  

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893 - 1952)

Source: God Talks with Arjuna: The Bhagavad Gita, Pages: Volume 1, 347

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A Quote by Paramahansa Yogananda on god, spirit, spirituality, and vision

As God talked with Arjuna, so will He talk with you. As He lifted up the spirit and consciousness of Arjuna, so will He uplift you. As he granted Arjuna supreme spiritual vision, so will He confer enlightenment on you.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893 - 1952)

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A Quote by Paramahansa Yogananda on attitude, faults, judgment, and people

Many people excuse their own faults but judge other persons harshly. We should reverse this attitude by excusing others' shortcomings and by harshly examining our own.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893 - 1952)

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A Quote by Paramahansa Yogananda on god, insincerity, life, opportunity, religion, time, and work

If you are posing as religious and are not living the life as stressed by God, you should wake up. It is wrong to be insincere. The best time to begin a religious life is when you are youthful and well. If you have a short time to live, you must work harder at it. And if you have along time to live, you should not waste that precious opportunity.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893 - 1952)

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A Quote by Paramahansa Yogananda on difficulty, duty, force, life, performance, and strength

Faithfulness in the performance of small duties gives us strength to adhere to difficult determinations that life will someday force us to make.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893 - 1952)

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A Quote by Paramahansa Yogananda on good, habits, mind, and zeal

Weaken a bad habit by avoiding everything that occasioned it or stimulated it, without concentrating upon it in your zeal to avoid it. Then divert your mind to some good habit and steadily cultivate it until it becomes a dependable part of you.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893 - 1952)

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A Quote by Paramahansa Yogananda on ignorance and people

People are so skillful in their ignorance!

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893 - 1952)

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