Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. (Shri Paramhansa Yogananda [1893 – 1952] was a Self-Realized yogi and mystic. He is considered as one of the most influential spiritual masters of modern times.)

  • Calmness is more dynamic and more powerful than peace.
  • Calmness gives you enough power to overcome all the obstacles in your life.
  • Even in human affairs, the person who can remain calm under all circumstances is invincible.
  • An unruffled calmness can be gained by deep and deeper meditation.
  • You must meditate more and more deeply until you have ecstatic communion with God and forget the limitations of the body. 
  • During meditation you must realize that you are far above all bodily changes – formless, omnipresent, and omniscient.
  • Someday, you will know yourself to be subject no longer to the tides of Destiny.
  • Your strength will come from within; you will not depend on outer incentives of any kind for motivation.
  • Be even-minded. Walk with courage. Go forward from day to day with calm, inner faith.
  • Eventually, you will pass beyond every shadow of bad karma, beyond all tests and difficulties and will behold at last the dawn of divine fulfillment. 
  • In that highest of all states of consciousness will come freedom from every last, trailing vapor of misfortune. 
  • Therefore, it is important that you always remain inwardly calm and non-attached. 
  • Attachment to pleasure or aversion to pain, both destroy the equilibrium of the inner nature.
  • The excitation of pleasures should be avoided as avidly as one seeks to avoid the unpleasantness of pain.
  • Only when feeling is neutralized toward both opposites does one rise above all suffering.
  • My master (Sri Yukteshwar) often repeated “The body is a treacherous friend. Give it its due and no more”.
  • Pain and pleasure are transitory; endure all dualities with calmness, while trying at the same time to remove their hold.
  • It is very difficult, indeed, to hurt an ever-smiling wise man.
  • So remain ever calm within. Be even-minded. When working, be calmly active.
  • Be calmly active and actively calm. That is the way of the yogi. 
  • The yogi who perceives the same Spirit pervading all creation cannot entertain hatred for any creature. 
  • Instead, he is friendly and compassionate to all. He recognizes God even in the guise of an enemy.
  • Finding the joy of the Divine, he is ever contented under all conditions of existence. 
  • He attends to his meager bodily necessities, but is wholly detached from any sense of “my body” or “my possessions”.
  • He considers himself to be serving God in his own body and in the bodies of all who cross his path.
  • Whether a Yogi meets gain or loss in the course of performing dutiful actions, he remains even-minded. 
  • Both success and failure are bound to come at various times in response to the inherent duality in the structure of the body, mind and the world.
  • The yogi who constantly reminds himself of his soul has little temptation to identify himself with worldly delusions. 
  • So long as man concentrates wholly on the changing waves of the alternates of this world of relativity.. so long will he forget to re-identify himself with the underlying changeless sea of all-protecting Spirit. 
  • Only in Self-Realization does he get away from the superficial flux and attain the changeless state.
  • This changeless state (neutralization of restless thoughts) is attained by the continuous practice of meditation.
  • … and by keeping the attention fixed at the point between the eyebrows. 
  • In this state of constant calmness, man witnesses the thoughts and emotions and their workings without being disturbed at all. 
  • … reflecting in his consciousness only the unchangeable image of the Spirit.
  • If you can accomplish this even-minded calmness, nothing can ever hurt you.
  • The lives of all great masters show that they have achieved this blessed state.
  • Possessing the even-minded blessedness of Spirit, a yogi is unruffled by material sufferings and pleasures.

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