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Paramhansa Yogananda

“Lord,” I prayed, “May Thy love shine forever on the sanctuary of my devotion, and may I be able to awaken Thy love in all hearts.”

— Paramhansa Yogananda, from the book
Autobiography of a Yogi

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The Way To Inner Freedom

Paramhansa Yogananda

My guru, Sri Yukteswar, liked a chant that I have translated, two lines from which go, "Pranayama be thy religion. Pranayama will give thee salvation."
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How Do We Really Heal?

Paramhansa Yogananda

Perfect health is given by God. Disease is man-made. The baby who is born blind, or who is born a moron, brings such a condition from a past form of existence. Diseases acquired from the past or created through transgressions of the laws in this life are the results of human error. God wants His children to enjoy health and happiness, but they create disease and sorrow by breaking His laws.
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Wake Up and Accept the Gift of Life

Paramhansa Yogananda

Take this Christmas celebration seriously and through deep and sustained meditation invite the Christ to manifest himself to you. Jesus himself said that to all those who received him, he would give the power to become the sons of God.
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Spiritualizing the Newpapapers

Paramhansa Yogananda

"Blessed are those who do not indulge in sensational news."
Millions start the day with the gruesome sight of murder headlines in the morning newspapers. The sleep-refreshed young mentality starts the day's race for success with the dark cloud of wrong thoughts hanging over his mind. The law of "All's well that starts well" is trampled upon.
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Sacred Selfishness

Paramhansa Yogananda

The Law of Service to others is secondary to, and born out of, the law of self-interest and self-preservation. The real reason behind the scriptural injunction to "Serve thy fellowmen" and  "Love thy neighbor as thyself" is the law of service, by which devotees expand the limits of their own selves.
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More Conversations with Yogananda

Paramhansa Yogananda

"I used to laugh a lot when I was a boy, because of my inner joy in God," the Master told us. "The saints I met, most of whom were outwardly grave, welcomed my laughter as coming from God. "Badhuri Mahasaya (the 'levitating saint,' as I've described him in my Autobiography) enjoyed my laughter for the same reason. It upset a few of his disciples, however, to see me laugh in the presence of their ever-serious Master.
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Conversations with Yogananda

Paramhansa Yogananda

Some of the monks at Mount Washington once sent a petition to the Master, requesting a change in their diet. They asked that their food be more "scientific." They submitted their demand, unfortunately, in a spirit of self-righteousness.
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