Extract from Autobiography of a Yogi – Paramhansa Yogananda

Paramahansa Yogananda was an Indian yogi and guru who introduced innumerable westerners to the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga through his book, Autobiography of a Yogi. Here we are going to publish his quotes:

“I have long exercised an honest introspection, the exquisitely painful approach to wisdom. Self−scrutiny, relentless observance of one’s thoughts, is a stark and shattering experience. It pulverizes the stoutest ego. But true self−analysis mathematically operates to produce seers.”

“Man can understand no eternal verity until he has freed himself from pretensions. The human mind, bared to a centuries slime, is teeming with repulsive life of countless world−delusions. Struggles of the battlefields pale into insignificance here, when man first contends with inward enemies! No mortal foes these, to be overcome by the harrowing array of might!
Omnipresent, unresting, pursuing man even in sleep, subtly equipped with a miasmic weapon, these soldiers of ignorant lusts seek to slay us all. Thoughtless is the man who buries his ideals, surrendering to the common fate.
Can he seem other than impotent, wooden, ignominious?”

“To love both the invisible God, Repository of All Virtues, and visible man, apparently possessed of none, is often baffling!
But ingenuity is equal to the maze. Inner research soon exposes a unity in all human minds−the stalwart kinship of selfish motive.
In one sense at least, the brotherhood of man stands revealed. An aghast humility follows this leveling discovery. It ripens into compassion for one’s fellows, blind to the healing potencies of the soul awaiting exploration.”

“Only the shallow man loses responsiveness to the woes of others’ lives, as he sinks into the narrow suffering of his own. The one who practices a scalpel self−dissection will know an expansion of universal pity.  The release is given him from the deafening demands of his ego. The love of God flowers on such soul.  The creature finally turns to his Creator, if for no other reason than to ask in anguish: ‘Why, Lord, why?’ By ignoble whips of pain, man is driven at last into the Infinite Presence, whose beauty alone should lure him.”
“Awake in God, true saints effect changes in this dream−world by means of a will harmoniously be attuned to the Creative Cosmic Dreamer.”
“A true man is he who dwells in righteousness among his fellow men, who buys and sells, yet is never for a single instant forgetful of God! The great Persian teacher Abu Said gave his views on the religious life thus: “To lay aside what you have in your head (selfish desires and ambitions); to freely bestow what you have in your hand;, and never to flinch from the blows of adversity!”

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