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Therefore, it doesn’t matter whether we scrub floors, or whether we are leaders of great nations; unless we know that we are merely playing a part on the stage of time, we will suffer from the dualities inherent in the consciousness of being identified with these different stations and conditions. Stage actors do not bemoan their particular parts, but enact their roles to the best of their ability, knowing they are temporary portrayals. Do you see? It is only when we take life too seriously that we suffer.

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It is by the grace of the guru that heavenly consciousness unfolds
to the initiated disciple, revealing the light of the omniscient spiritual eye, symbolized by the dove—through this medium one ascends from the body to Spirit through the Holy Ghost, the Christ Consciousness "only begotten Son," and Cosmic Consciousness, or God the Father….

It is the mental attitude of faith and devotion in which one receives
a ceremonial baptism—whether by immersion or the modified symbolic way of sprinkling water on the head—that determines the blessings received; and it is the continuity of right thought and action that assures the lasting benefit. THE INITIATE THEREAFTER SHOULD REGULARLY BAPTIZE THE SELF WITH SPIRIT BY IMMERSION OF THE CONSCIOUSNESS IN THE WISDOM, MAGNETISM, AND SPIRITUAL RADIATION OF THE HOLY GHOST IN MEDITATION.

'The Second Coming of Christ'

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It is because God wants you that I am here with you, calling you to come Home, where my Beloved is, where Krishna and Christ, and Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteswarji, and the other saints are. "Come," the Lord is saying, "they are all rejoicing in Me. No worldly joys - the taste of food, the beauty of flowers, the passing pleasure of earthly love - can compare with the divine joys of My home." There is only one Reality. It is He. Forget everything else.

Advent of Paramahansaji's Birth Commemoration, January 5

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" Man's Eternal Quest "

You are your own enemy and you don't know it. You don't learn to sit quietly. You don't learn to give time to God. And you are impatient and expect to attain heaven all at once. You cannot get it by reading books or by listening to sermons or by doing charitable works. You can get it only by giving your time to Him in deep meditation.

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If we use the mind properly, we can understand how God is beyond mind and intellect; and how His true nature can be felt only through the power of intuition. We must find His consciousness through the superconscious mind - the nucleus of mind and intelligence. His infinite nature is revealed to man through the intuitive superconsciousness. The joy felt in meditation reveals the presence of Eternal Joy spread over all creation. The light seen in meditation is the astral light from which our tangible creation is made. Beholding this light, one feels a unity with all things.

"Yogoda Satsanga Magazine"

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Spiritual development is beyond the intellect. You can open the door of realization only through deep daily meditation.

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You should sit in silence before deciding about any important matter, asking the Father for His blessing. Then behind your power is God's power; behind your mind His mind; behind your will His will.

"The Law of Success"

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Build your inner environment. Practice silence! I remember the wonderful discipline of the Great Ones. When we used to talk and chatter, they would say: "Go back into your inner castle." It was very hard to comprehend then, but now I understand the way of peace that we were shown.

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What you learn in meditation, practice in activity and conversation; let no one dislodge you from that calm state. Hold on to your peace.... Don't spend precious time and energy in idle talk. Eat in silence; work in silence. God loves silence.

"Yogoda Satsanga Lessons"

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Never think that God does not answer your prayers. Every word you have whispered to Him He has written in His heart, and someday He will answer you. If you keep watching for Him and the many ways in which He does respond, you will know that in fact He answers you all the time. If you are very eager, He will answer in greater ways. Only by persistence can He be persuaded to come.

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So long as you have not found God, it is best not to be interested in amusements. Seeking diversion means forgetting Him. First learn to love Him and know Him. Then it won't matter what you do, for He will never leave your thoughts.

"Sayings of Paramahansa Yogananda"

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God is the most lovable Being in the universe. Everything that you want is in Him. To seek anything else is a great mistake. I am not wasting a minute of my time. I have cut out everything that diverts me from Him. Such happiness I could never find anywhere else. I am living in that state of God-consciousness; and where I am, I want you to come. I want to reciprocate the love of those whose love I have received by taking them with me into the love of my Father.

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"I am going to the hills to be alone with God," a student informed Paramahansa Yogananda. "You will not advance spiritually in that way," Paramahansaji replied. "Your mind is not yet ready to concentrate deeply on Spirit. Your thoughts will dwell mostly on memories of people and worldly pastimes, even though you remain in a cave. Cheerful performance of your earthly duties, coupled with daily meditation, is the better path."

"Sayings of Paramahansa Yogananda"

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Keep a diary of your spiritual life. I used to make a record of how long I had meditated daily and how deep I had gone. Seek solitude as much as possible. Do not spend your leisure time with other people for merely social purposes. God's love is hard to find in company.

"Man's Eternal Quest"

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Practice your smile of mental youthfulness all the time. See how many hours at a time you can keep your balance in spite of your trials. When you can remain cheerfully evenminded always, you will find every cell of your body alive with great joy.

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God has proven that when He is with me all the "necessities of life" become unnecessary. In that consciousness you become more healthy than the average person, more joyous, more bountiful in every way. Don't seek little things; they will divert you from God. Start your experiment now: make life simple and be a king.

"Man's Eternal Quest"

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None of you shall miss finding God who will seek Him earnestly, in spite of troubles and no matter whether I am here or away. I am your mountain of protection now, guarding you from all storms. When the mountain will be removed, there will be storms, but you must be strong enough to stand against them. Guru will be with you if you practice kriya. Keep in tune that I may take you to Him who is my own Father and your Father.

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Love is the most powerful force that you can have. Love is dynamite. Humbleness is dynamite. Concentration is dynamite. These will destroy all obstacles and barriers to success. Meditation throws your concentration and the shells of your devotion against the walls of your indifference until you break through and contact that blissful Power within.

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You must love people. Sometimes it is hard, I know. I have loved my enemies, and I know that I shall never be an enemy to anyone. By a thought I could destroy them, but I have never done it, and I shall never do it. Jesus had that power. He could have used it when his enemies taunted him to save himself from the cross; he had said, "Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and He shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?" He conquered by love. If the ordinary man is slapped, the great desire is to slap back. Therefore, God does not give His divine power to those who are spiritually weak, because they would misuse it. The desire and the strength to forgive come from attunement with God.

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It is because God wants you that I am here with you, calling you to come Home, where my Beloved is, where Krishna and Christ, and Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteswarji, and the other saints are. "Come," the Lord is saying, "they are all rejoicing in Me. No worldly joys - the taste of food, the beauty of flowers, the passing pleasure of earthly love - can compare with the divine joys of My home." There is only one Reality. It is He. Forget everything else.

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I am an optimist where people are concerned, because I
love them. When you love everyone, you see God in all. If you
know that everybody is an expression of God, then to be angry
or unkind with anyone is to be angry or unkind with God.
When you are angry or mean or uncompassionate, you put a
blind between your soul and the souls of others.

'The Divine Romance'

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Shall you be better able to fight [bad habits] tomorrow than today? Why add today's mistakes to yesterday's? You have to turn to God sometime, so isn't it better to do it now? Just give yourself to Him and say: "Lord, naughty or good, I am Your child. You must take care of me." If you keep on trying, you will improve. "A saint is a sinner who never gave up."

"Sayings of Paramahansa Yogananda"

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The greatest love you can experience is in communion with
God in meditation. The love between the soul and Spirit is the
perfect love, the love you are all seeking. When you meditate,
love grows. Millions of thrills pass through your heart…there
will come into your life such love as you never dreamed possible.

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The Soul is bound to the body by a chain of desires, temptations, and troubles, and worries, and it is trying to free itself. If you keep tugging at that chain which is holding you to mortal consciousness, someday an invisible Divine Hand will intervene and snap it apart, and you will be free.

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Temptation is a sugarcoated poison; it tastes delicious; but death is certain. The happiness that people look for in this world does not endure. Divine Joy is eternal. Yearn for that which is lasting, and be hardhearted about rejecting the impermanent pleasures of this life. You have to be that way. Don't let this world rule you. Never forget that the Lord is the only reality.... Your true happiness lies in your experience of Him.

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Though you must remain in the world, be not of the world. Real yogis can talk and mingle with people, but all the while their minds are rapt in God.

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