Paramahansa Yogananda Quotes on Life, Success & Spirituality

Paramahansa Yogananda was a yogi and spiritual leader. Often called the “Father of Yoga in the West,” he introduced ‘Kriya Yoga’ and meditation to millions of people and started the organization Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) and Yogoda Satsanga Society (YSS) of India. These foundations aimed to build cultural bonds and spiritual understanding between East and West.

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Paramahansa Yogananda is the author of “Autobiography of a Yogi”, a spiritual book for the modern world and the subject of a well-known documentary Awake: The Life of Yogananda. 

Interesting tidbit: This book was the only one on Steve Job’s iPad that he read every year and gave away hundreds of copies to friends, family and colleagues.

I have been reading the book and here are a few Paramahansa Yogananda quotes about yoga, spirituality, life and success, that I found inspiring.

One of my favorite quotes by Paramahansa Yogananda

“Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself.”

My favorite Paramahansa Quote - “Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself.”

Paramahansa Yogananda Quotes on Happiness

“Having lots of money while not having inner peace is like dying of thirst while bathing in the ocean.”

“Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.”

“The happiness of one’s own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must try to include, as necessary to one’s own happiness, the happiness of others.”

Here is what said about his love of Travel

“My keen love of travel was seldom hindered by Father. He permitted me, even as a mere boy, to visit many cities and pilgrimage spots.” — Paramahansa Yogananda

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Paramahansa Yogananda Quotes on Art and Creativity

“Many great works of art, poetry, and music are inspired by astral memories. The desire to do noble, beautiful things here on Earth is also often a carryover of astral experiences between a person’s earth lives.”

“Everything, at first, is an idea, a special creation.”

“You have come to earth to entertain and to be entertained.”

Paramahansa Yogananda Quotes

“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.”

“Before embarking on important undertakings sit quietly calm your senses and thoughts and meditate deeply. You will then be guided by the great creative power of Spirit.”

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Paramahansa Yogananda Quotes on Sucess & Life

“The season of failure is the best time for sowing the seeds of success.”

“When the mind is calm, how quickly, how smoothly, how beautifully you will perceive everything.” 

“Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself.”

“Be as simple as you can be; you will be astonished to see how uncomplicated and happy your life can become.”

“Kindness is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations.”

“Having lots of money while not having inner peace is like dying of thirst while bathing in the ocean.”

“There is a magnet in your heart that will attract true friends. That magnet is unselfishness, thinking of others first; when you learn to live for others, they will live for you.”

“Making others happy, through kindness of speech and sincerity of right advice, is a sign of true greatness. To hurt another soul by sarcastic words, looks, or suggestions, is despicable.”

Paramahansa Quotes on Spiritualty

Paramahansa Yogananda sums up spirituality beautifully in this one quote: “Read a little. Meditate more. Think of God all the time.” Simple, yet so powerful!

“You do not have to struggle to reach God, but you do have to struggle to tear away the self-created veil that hides him from you”

“If you don’t invite God to be your summer Guest, He won’t come in the winter of your life.” Paramahansa Yogananda Quotes

“If you don’t invite God to be your summer Guest, He won’t come in the winter of your life.”

“The Creator, in taking infinite pains to shroud with mystery His presence in every atom of creation, could have had but one motive – a sensitive desire that men seek Him only through free will.”

“Self-realization is the knowing in all parts of body, mind, and soul that you are now in possession of the kingdom of God; that you do not have to pray that it come to you; that God’s omnipresence is your omnipresence; and that all that you need to do is improve your knowing.”

“The wave is the same as the ocean, though it is not the whole ocean. So each wave of creation is a part of the eternal Ocean of Spirit. The Ocean can exist without the waves, but the waves cannot exist without the Ocean.”

“The entire universe is God’s cosmic motion picture, and that individuals are merely actors in the divine play who change roles through reincarnation; mankind’s deep suffering is rooted in identifying too closely with one’s current role, rather than with the movie’s director, or God.”

Spirtual Quotes by Yogananda

“Retire to the center of your being, which is calmness.”

“This life is not man’s own show; if he becomes personally and emotionally involved in the very complicated cosmic drama, he reaps inevitable suffering for having distorted the divine ‘plot.’

“The true basis of religion is not belief, but intuitive experience. Intuition is the soul’s power of knowing God. To know what religion is really all about, one must know God.”

One last Paramahansa quote about Self-realization:

“The deeper the Self-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.”

“ …you realize that all along there was something tremendous within you, and you did not know it. — Paramahansa Yogananda

Hope you find the goodness & God within you,

Email me if you would like a FREE PDF of all these Inspiring Quotes so you can keep them handy for inspiration. You can save the images to your phone  The photos for the images are from our trip to Turks and Caicos. See a virtual story here.

I hope you enjoyed these inspiring Paramahansa Yogananda Quotes. Do you have a favorite quote by Paramahansa Yogananda that inspires you? Make sure to share it in the comments section.

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