Paramahansa Yogananda (born Mukunda Lal Ghosh) was an Indian Hindu monk, yogi, and guru who, through his organization Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) / Yogoda Satsanga Society (YSS) of India, introduced millions to the teachings of meditation and Kriya Yoga. He spent the last 32 years of his life in America.

His long-standing impact on the American yoga movement, particularly in Los Angeles’ yoga culture, has led to his being dubbed the “Father of Yoga in the West” by yoga specialists.

Yogananda was the first significant Indian teacher to live in the United States, as well as the first famous Indian to be welcomed into the White House.

His book, Autobiography of a Yogi, was released in 1946 to critical and financial success; it has sold over four million copies since then, and HarperSan Francisco named it one of the “100 best spiritual books of the 20th century.”

We have made a list of the top quotes from Paramahansa Yogananda for you.


Best Paramahansa Yogananda Quotes

1. “Persistence guarantees that results are inevitable.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

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2. “Nothing is impossible unless you think it is.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

3. “Do your best and then relax. Let things go on in a natural way, rather than force them.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

4. “Do your best and then relax.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

5. “Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

6. “Change yourself and you have done your part in changing the world.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

7. “In that power of self-control lies the seed of eternal freedom.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

8. “Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

9. “Be kind to others, so that you may learn the secret art of being kind to yourself.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

10. “Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

11. “Environment is stronger than will power.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

12. “What are you afraid of? You are an immortal being. You are neither a man nor a woman, as you may think, but a soul – joyous, eternal.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

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13. “Stillness is the altar of spirit.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

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14. “Remain calm, serene, always in command of yourself. You will then find out how easy it is to get along.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

15. “If you want to be sad, no one in the world can make you happy. But if you make up your mind to be happy, no one and nothing on earth can take that happiness from you.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

16. “Loyalty is the first law of God.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

17. “Do not take life’s experiences too seriously. For in reality they are nothing but dream experiences. Play your part in life, but never forget that it is only a role.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

18. “You must not let your life run in the ordinary way; do something that nobody else has done, something that will dazzle the world. Show that God’s creative principle works in you.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

19. “Happiness lies in making others happy, in forsaking self-interest to bring joy to others.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

20. “When we serve others, we serve ourselves. Do not think, I will help others – think rather, I will help my own, my world, because I cannot otherwise be happy.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

21. “Some people try to be tall by cutting off the heads of others.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

22. “Learn to be calm and you will always be happy.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

23. “Humans become angels on earth, not in heaven.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

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24. “A smooth life is not a victorious life.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

25. “Realize that enough hidden strength lies within you to overcome all obstacles and temptations. Bring forth that indomitable power and energy.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

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26. “To commune daily with God in deep meditation, and to carry His love and guidance with you into all your dutiful activities, is the way that leads to permanent peace and happiness.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

27. “It doesn’t matter if a cave has been in darkness for 10,000 years or half an hour, once you light a match it is illuminated.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

28. “It is spiritual poverty, not material lack, that lies at the core of all human suffering.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

29. “Be honest with yourself. The world is not honest with you. The world loves hypocrisy. When you are honest with yourself you find the road to inner peace.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

30. “Since you alone are responsible for your thoughts, only you can change them.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

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31. “Truth is not afraid of questions.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

32. “By the practice of meditation, you will find that you are carrying within your heart a portable paradise.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

33. “A good rule in life is to tell yourself simply, ’What comes of itself, let it come.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

34. “If you are in a dark room, don’t beat at the darkness with a stick, but rather try to turn on the light.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

35. “As I radiate love and goodwill to others, I will open the channel for God’s love to come to me.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

36. “Freedom means the power to act by soul guidance, not by the compulsions of desires and habits. Obeying the ego leads to bondage; obeying the soul brings liberation.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

37. “Self-realization is, in fact, the only religion. For it is the true purpose of religion, no matter how people define their beliefs.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

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38. “Read a little. Meditate more. Think of God all the time.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

39. “Love is the Song of the Soul singing to God.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

40. “Seek spiritual riches within. What you are is much greater than anyone or anything else you have ever yearned for.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

41. “Untrained warriors are soon killed on the battlefield; so also persons untrained in the art of preserving their inner peace are quickly riddled by the bullets of worry and restlessness in active life.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

42. “Having lots of money while not having inner peace is like dying of thirst while bathing in the ocean.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

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43. “Know that this universe is nothing but a dream bluff of nature to test your consciousness of immortality.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

44. “Each minute of life should be a divine quest.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

45. “Retire to the center of your being, which is calmness.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

46. “Come into the silence of solitude, and the vibration there will talk to you through the voice of God.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

47. “Your success in life does not altogether depend on ability and training; it also depends on your determination to grasp opportunities that are presented to you.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

48. “Weaken a bad habit by avoiding everything that occasioned it or stimulated it, without concentrating upon it in your zeal to avoid it. Then divert your mind to some good habit and steadily cultivate it until it becomes a dependable part of you.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

49. “Work for god, love god alone, and be wise with god. When an ordinary man puts the necessary time and enthusiasm into meditation and prayer, he becomes a divine man.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).

50. “Intuition is the discriminative faculty that enables you to decide which of two lines of reasoning is right. Perfect intuition makes you a master of all.” ~ (Paramahansa Yogananda).


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