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Just as the purpose of eating is to satisfy hunger, not greed, so the sex instinct is designed for the propagation of the species according to natural law, never for the kindling of insatiable longings.

Destroy wrong desires now; otherwise they will follow you after the astral body is torn from its physical casting. Even when the flesh is weak, the mind should be constantly resistant. If temptation assails you with cruel force, overcome it by impersonal analysis and indomitable will. Every natural passion can be mastered.

Conserve your powers. Be like the capacious ocean, absorbing within all the tributary rivers of the senses. Small yearnings are openings in the impervious of your inner peace, permitting healing waters to be wasted in the desert soil of materialism. The forceful activating impulse of wrong desire is the greatest enemy to the happiness of man. Roam in the world as a lion of self-control; see that the frogs of weakness don't kick you around.

- from " Autobiography of a Yogi " p. 128


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All creatures, from the highest to the lowest in the link of creation, are found eager to realize three things: Existence, Consciousness and Bliss.

- from "The Holy Science"


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Beings with un-redeemed earthly karma are not permitted after astral death to go to the high causal sphere of cosmic ideas , but must shuttle to and fro from the physical and astral worlds.


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Occasionally an outsider, fevered over some imaginary grievance, would berate Sri Yukteswar. My imperturbable guru would listen politely, analyzing himself to see if any shred of truth lay within the denunciation. These scenes would bring to my mind one of Master’s inimitable observations: “Some people try to be tall by cutting off the heads of others!”

The unfailing composure of a saint is impressive beyond any sermon. “He that is slow to anger is better than the mighty; and he that ruleth his spirit than he that taketh a city.”

I often reflected that my majestic master could easily have been an emperor or world-shaking warrior had his mind been centered on fame or worldly achievement. He had chosen instead to storm those inner citadels of wrath and egotism whose fall is the height of a man.

" Autobiography of a Yogi "


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Do not confuse understanding with a larger vocabulary. Sacred writings are beneficial in stimulating desire for inward realization, if one stanza at a time is slowly assimilated. Otherwise, continual intellectual study may result in vanity, false satisfaction, and undigested knowledge.


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Remember that finding God will mean the funeral of all sorrows.


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The rishis wrote in one sentence profundities that commentating scholars busy themselves over for generations. Endless literary controversy is for sluggard minds. What more quickly liberating thought than "God is" - nay, "God"?


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"Outward longings drive us from the Eden within; they offer false pleasures which only impersonate soul-happiness. The lost paradise is quickly regained through divine meditation. As God is anticipatory Ever-Newness, we never tire of Him. Can we be surfeited with bliss, delightfully varied throughout eternity ?"
( Yogananda ) "I understand now, sir, why saints call the Lord unfathomable. Even everlasting life could not suffice to apraise Him."
"That is true; but He is also near and dear. After the mind has been cleared by Kriya Yoga of sensory obstacles, meditation furnishes a twofold proof of God. Ever-new joy is evidence of His existence, convincing to our very atoms. Also in meditation one finds His instant guidance, His adequate response to every difficulty."

~ From "Autobiography of a Yogi " by Yogananda page 148


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How quickly we weary of earthly pleasures! Desire for material things is endless; man is never satisfied completely , and pursues one goal after another. The "something else" he seeks is the Lord, who alone can grant lasting joy.


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Ever-new Joy is God. He is inexhaustible; as you continue your meditations during the years, He will beguile you with an infinite ingenuity. Devotees like yourself who have found the way to God never dream of exchanging Him for any other happiness; He is seductive beyond thought of competition.


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Ever-new Joy is God. He is inexhaustible; as you continue your meditations during the years, He will beguile you with an infinite ingenuity. Devotees like yourself who have found the way to God never dream of exchanging Him for any other happiness; He is seductive beyond thought of competition.


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The deeper the realization of a man, the more he influences the whole universe by his subtle spiritual vibrations, and the less he himself is affected by the phenomenal flux.


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All parts of creation are linked together and interchange their influences. The balanced rhythm of the universe is rooted in reciprocity. Man in his human aspect , has to combat two sets of forces-first , the tumults within his being, caused by the admixture of earth, water, fire, air, and ethereal elements ; second , the outer disintegrating powers of nature. So long as man struggles with his mortality, he is affected by the myriad mutations of heaven and earth.

~ From " Autobiography of a Yogi" page 163


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Man is a soul, and has a body. When he properly places his sense of identity, he leaves behind all compulsive patterns. So long as he remains confused in his ordinary state of spiritual amnesia, he will know the subtle fetters of environmental law.


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Do not confuse understanding with a larger vocabulary. Sacred writings are beneficial in stimulating desire for inward realization, if one stanza at a time is slowly assimilated. Otherwise, continual intellectual study may result in vanity, false satisfaction, and undigested knowledge.

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"Divine love is without condition, without boundary, without change. The flux of the human heart is gone forever at the transfixing touch of pure love


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‎"Attachment is blinding; it lends an imaginary halo of attractiveness to the object of desire." Swami Sri Yukteswar, from the Autobiography of a Yogi


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So long as you breathe the free air of earth, you are under obligation to render grateful service. He alone who has fully mastered the breathless state is freed from cosmic imperatives.

from Autobiography of a Yogi


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Saintliness is not dumbness! Divine perceptions are not incapacitating! The active expression of virtue gives rise to the keenest intelligence.

from Autobiography of a Yogi


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“The Lord responds to all and works for all.... He fulfills any sincere desire of the devotee. Seldom do men realize how often God heeds their prayers. “He is not partial to a few, but listens to everyone who approaches Him trustingly. His children should ever have implicit faith in the loving-kindness of their Omnipresent Father.

Sri Yukteswar, from Autobiography of a Yogi , Chapter 15


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Forget the past. The vanished lives of all men are dark with many shames. Human conduct is ever unreliable until anchored in the Divine. Everything in future will improve if you are making a spiritual effort now.”

From "Autobiography of a Yogi"


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It is said that Swami Maharaj used to say the following to disciples at initiation:

Hear this! You should never think that you will be liberated by this touch or that a carriage will be ready to just take you up to heaven! YOU SHOULD NEVER ALLOW YOURSELF TO GET THIS BLIND FAITH WAY OF THINKING TOWARDS ACHIEVING TO KAIVALYA!!! The initiating touch of the Guru just helps to encourage to realization. You yourself have to practice with greatest sincerity to achieve the Divine Goal and this will be through your own self efforts

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