Paramahamsa Yogananda Quotes for Inspiration and Love


Paramahamsa Yogananda was a revered Self-realized master adored by millions for bringing the wisdom and practice of yoga from India to the West, when he first came to the USA in 1920. He is the author of the life-changing book Autobiography of a Yogi, which has become a best-selling spiritual classic. To celebrate Yoganandaji’s legacy of 100 years of spreading his dynamic teachings, we share his most treasured and inspiring quotes to further unite East and West.

On life

“O Father, no matter what my tests be, may I bear them joyously by feeling Thy presence always in my heart. Thus all the tragedies and comedies of life will seem naught but dramas of ecstatic entertainment.”

“Life is a struggle for joy all along the way. May I fight to win the battle on the very spot where I am now.”

On love

“Love is the heartbeat of all life… Love is the silent language of souls, and the invisible ink that lovers use to write letters on the pages of their hearts. Love is the silent conversation between two hearts… Love is the light that dissolves all walls between souls, families, and nations. Love is the unfading blossom of pure friendship in the garden of both young and mature souls.”
(From What is Love? by Paramahansa Yogananda)

“O Fountain of Flame, let Thy light be established within me, about me, everywhere.”

Success, wealth, and willpower

“You alone are responsible for yourself. No one else may answer for your deeds when the final reckoning comes. Your work in the world – in the sphere where your karma, your own past activity has placed you – can be performed only by one person – yourself. And your work can be called a “success” only when in some way it serves your fellowman.”
(From The Law of Success by Paramahansa Yogananda)

“To create dynamic will power, determine to do some of the things in life that you thought you could not do. Attempt simple tasks first. As your confidence strengthens and your will becomes more dynamic, you can aim for more difficult accomplishments. Be certain that you have made a good selection, then refuse to submit to failure. Devote your entire will power to mastering one thing at a time; do not scatter your energies, nor leave something half done to begin a new venture.”
(From The Law of Success by Paramahansa Yogananda)

“Heavenly Father, teach me to find freedom in Thee, that I may know nothing on earth belongs to me; all belongs only to Thee. Teach me to know my home is Thine omnipresence.”
(From Metaphysical Meditations by Paramahansa Yogananda)

“All the wealth of this earth,
All the riches of the universe,
Belong to Thee, belong to Thee.
I am Thy child;
The wealth of earth and universe
Belongs to Thee; belongs to Thee,
Oh, belongs to me, belongs to me.”
(From Scientific Healing Affirmations by Paramahansa Yogananda)

The purpose of life

“Your ultimate purpose is to find your way back to God, but you also have a task to perform in the outer world. Will power, combined with initiative, will help you to recognize and fulfill that task.”
(From The Law of Success by Paramahansa Yogananda)

Preventing mental disease

“Cultivate peace, and faith in God. Free the mind from all disturbing thoughts and fill it with love and joy. Realize the superiority of mental healing over physical healing. Banish bad habits, which make life miserable.”
(From Scientific Healing Affirmations by Paramahansa Yogananda)

Silence, seclusion, and peace

“In the solitude of my mind, I yearn to hear Thy voice.”

“Peace flows through my heart, and blows through me like a zephyr.
Peace fills me like a fragrance.
Peace funs through me like rays.
Peace stabs the heart of noise and worries.
Peace burns through my disquietude.
Peace, like a globe on fire, expands and fills my omnipresence.
Peace, like an ocean, rolls on in all space.
Peace, like read blood, vitalizes the veins of my thoughts.
Peace, like a boundless aureole, encircles my body of infinity.
Peace-flames blow through the pores of my flesh, and through all space.
The perfume of peace flows over the gardens of blossoms.
The wine of peace runs perpetually through the winepress of all hearts.
Peace is the breath of stones, stars, and sages.
Peace is the ambrosial wine of Spirit flowing from the cask of silence,
Which I quaff with my countless mouths of atoms.”
(From Metaphysical Meditations by Paramahansa Yogananda)