Autobiography of a Yogi Paramahansa Yogananda This book has become a classic in its field, revealing the scientific foundation underlying the great religious paths of both East and West. It has been used as a text at over 100 colleges and universities.
"Religion is universal and it is one. We cannot possibly universalize particular customs and conventions; but the common element in religion can be universalized."
"Vast worlds lie within the hollows of each atom, multifarious as the motes in a sunbeam." 'Yoga Vasishtha' (ancient Indian treatise)
"Every individual in the world has an inalienable right to his free will." Sri Yukteswar, Indian spiritual teacher
"No effort is complete without prayer, without a definite recognition that the best human endeavor is of no effect if it has not God's blessing behind it. Prayer is a call to humility. It is a call to self-purification, to inward search." Mahatma Gandhi
"I believe like every Hindu in God and His oneness." Mahatma Gandhi,
"To find the Divine One, the only indispensable is Love." Mirabai, medieval Rajputani princess
"God is Love; His plan for creation can be rooted only in love....Every saint who has penetrated to the core of Reality has testified that a divine universal plan exists and that it is beautiful and full of joy."
"The deeper the Self-realization of a man, the more he influences the whole universe by his subtle spiritual vibrations."
"God created each man as a soul, dowered with individuality, hence essential to the universal structure….His freedom is final and immediate, if he so wills; it depends not on outer but inner victories."
"All parts of creation are linked together and interchange their influences. The balanced rhythm of the universe is rooted in reciprocity." Sri Yukteswar, Indian spiritual teacher
"God…is eternal, ever-new Joy!"
"When everything is known as the Self, not even an atom is seen as other than the Self." Shankara
"The time-tested scriptures of the world are one in essence."
"The Spirit of God, I realized, is exhaustless Bliss; His body is countless tissues of light."
"In the lesson of His own life, Jesus gave humanity the magnificent purpose and the single objective toward which we all ought to aspire. I believe that He belongs not solely to Christianity, but to the entire world, to all lands and races." Mahatma Gandhi
"God, the Sole Life, is Absolute Unity."
"Divine love is without condition, without boundary, without change."
"If prophets down the millenniums spake with truth, man is essentially a soul, incorporeal and omnipresent."
"The more deeply we perceive, the more striking becomes the evidence that a uniform plan links every form in manifold nature." J. C. Bose, Indian physicist and botanist
"All creative scientists know that the true laboratory is the mind, where behind illusions they uncover the laws of truth." J. C. Bose, Indian physicist and botanist
"The human mind is a spark of the almighty consciousness of God." Sri Yukteswar, Paramahansa Yogananda's spiritual teacher
"As all things can be reflected in water, so the whole universe is mirrored in the lake of the Cosmic Mind." Mahasaya, Indian spiritual teacher
"I see humanity now as one vast plant, needing for its highest fulfillments only love." Luther Burbank, American botanist
"He who has surrounded us with this ever-evolving mystery of creation has implanted in us the desire to question and understand." J. C. Bose, Indian physicist and botanist
"The broad sympathies and discerning insight needed for the healing of earthly woes cannot flow from a mere intellectual consideration of human diversities, but from knowledge of men's deepest unity – kinship with God."