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Humbleness is the manifestation of an understanding heart, and sets an example of greatness for others to follow.

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Good judgment is a natural expression of wisdom; but it is directly dependent on harmony within, which is poise of mind. When the mind lacks harmony, it has no peace; and without peace it lacks both judgment and wisdom. Life is full of bumps and knocks. In the hours of trial, which demand your keenest judgment, if you preserve your mental equilibrium you will attain victory. Inner harmony is your greater supporter in bearing the burden of life.

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If your work in life is humble, do not apologize for it. Be proud because you are fulfilling the duty given you by the Father. He needs you in your particular place; all people cannot play the same role. So long as you work to please God all cosmic forces will harmoniously assist you.

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How to Recognize Souls You Have Known Before

True friendship may be developed between woman and woman, man and man, or man and woman. The important consideration is that it be based upon soul qualities, not worldly qualities or attractions of the flesh. This can come only when you free yourself from the consciousness that you are a man or a woman.

If you are seeking such friends, pray to God: "Lord, lead me to those who are friends of the past, that I may continue with them the friendship that was interrupted through separation by death. Send such friends to me, because I want to help them with my thought of Thee.".....

On one occasion, while I was travelling on a train, my attention was drawn to a man who was drinking and playing cards. There came a strange feeling that I must talk with him, that I had known him before. I sat nearby for a little while, and I felt the call of his heart. As I got up and passed down the aisle, he looked at me and said, "Can I talk with you?" We sat in a small empty compartment and talked for an hour. Then I told him, "God's blessing falls upon you." He cried and said, "Never will I follow evil ways again." Several years later we met in Kansas City. He stood to introduce me before my lecture, and right before the whole audience he shed tears and said: "The greatest blessing of my life was one hour spent in talking to Swami Yogananda on the train." -Paramahansa Yogananda (DR, 277-278)

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The greatest man is he who considers himself to be the least, as Jesus taught. A real leader is one who first learned obedience to others, who feels himself to be the servant of all, and who never puts himself on a pedestal. Those who want flattery don't deserve our admiration, but he who serves us has a right to our love. Isn't God the servant of His children, and does He ask for praise? No, He is too great to be moved by it.

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He is the nearest of the near, the dearest of the dear. Love Him as a miser loves money, as an ardent man loves his sweetheart, as a drowning person loves breath. When you yearn for God with intensity, He will come to you.

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The spiritual man, ever watchful for freedom, safeguards it by meditation. When the will is free, it vibrates in harmony with the Infinite. Man’s will is then God’s will.
Blind renunciation of material objects does not insure freedom; it is by enjoying the bliss of Spirit in meditation and by comparing it with the lesser joy of the senses that the devotee becomes eager to follow the spiritual path

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The love of God cannot be described. But it can be felt as the heart is purified and made constant. As the mind and the feeling are directed inward, you begin to feel His joy. The pleasures of the senses do not last; but the joy of God is everlasting. It is incomparable!

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God understands you when everyone else misunderstands you. He is the Lover who cherishes you always, no matter what your mistakes. Others give you their affection for a while and then forsake you, but He abandons you never. In countless ways God is daily seeking your love. He does not punish you if you refuse Him, but you punish yourself. You find that "all things betray thee, who betrayest Me."

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When the Lord commanded: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image" (Exodus 20:3-4, Bible), He meant that we should not exalt the objects of creation above the Creator. Our love for Nature, family, friends, duties, and possessions should not occupy the supreme throne in our hearts. That is where God belongs.

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All my questions have been answered, not through man but through God. He is, He is. It is His spirit that talks to you through me. It is His love that I speak of. Thrill after thrill! Like gentle zephyrs His love comes over the soul. Day and night, week after week, year after year, it goes on increasing - you don't know where the end is. And that is what you are seeking, every one of you. You think you want human love and prosperity, but behind these it is your Father who is calling you. If you realize He is greater than all His gifts, you will find Him.

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The Lord wants us to escape this delusive world. He cries for us, for He knows how hard it is for us to gain His deliverance. But you have only to remember that you are His child. Don't pity yourself. You are loved just as much by God as are Krishna and Jesus. You must seek His love, for it encompasses eternal freedom, endless joy, and immortality.

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You are not determined enough. As the miser loves money, as the lover loves the beloved, so should you love God, then you will find Him, without fail.

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Renunciation is not an end, it is the means to an end. The real renunciant is he who lives for God first, regardless of his outer mode of existence. To love God and conduct your life to please Him - that is what matters. When you will do that, you will know the Lord.

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The saints stress non-attachment so that one strong point of material attachment may not prevent our attaining the entire kingdom of God. Renunciation does not mean giving up everything; it means giving up small pleasures for eternal bliss.

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Even the greatest masters listen humbly to their gurus, because it is the way of righteousness.

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Without God-realization you have little freedom. Your life is ruled by impulse, whims, moods, habits, and environment. By following the advice of a true guru, and by accepting his discipline, you will gradually emerge from sense slavery.

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Obedience to the guru is necessary for attunement with his wisdom. It is not slavery to follow the wish of a God-realized guru, because his wish gives independence and freedom. A true guru is the servant of God, carrying out His plan for your liberation. Realize this, and you will always obey, until you find perfect freedom in Spirit.

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It is easy for me to plant the seed of love for the Divine in those who are in tune with me. Those who obey my wishes are in reality not obeying me but the Father in me. God doesn't talk to man direct, but uses the channel of the guru and his teachings.

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People are running, running, but there is no place in the world to which they can flee to escape themselves. Ultimately, each one must face himself.

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Sometimes students say to me: "Such-and-such person is making better spiritual progress than I am. Why?" I reply: "He knows how to listen." All men would be able to transform their lives by hearing with deep attention the simple counsel given in the ethical code of all religions. It is the stony core of egotism in the hearts of most men that prevents their listening carefully to the wisdom of the ages.

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If we allow our will to be led by the wisdom of a master, whose will is in tune with God's, the master then seeks to guide our will in such a way that we travel swiftly on the road back to divinity. The chief difference between a worldly man and a saint is that the wise man has attuned his will to the Divine Will.

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I never miss you all when I am away, because inwardly you are always with me now, and will be forevermore. Whether we are living here or pass through the portals of death, we shall always be together in 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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You cannot attract true friends without removing from your own character the stains of selfishness and other unlovely qualities. The greatest art of making friends is to behave divinely yourself—to be spiritual, to be pure, to be unselfish— and to start friendship where the foundation of friendship has already been laid in a past life.

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Life is a series of tests which, if squarely faced,
give us greater mental strength and peace of mind.
Learn to rely more on your Heavenly Father for guidance
and understanding.
Fill your empty moments with love for Him,
and you will know that you are not alone.

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