Yukteswar, fully Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri, born Priyanath Karar

Yukteswar, fully Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri, born Priyanath Karar
1855
1936

Yogi Master of Modern India, Author, Educator, Astronomer, Vedic Astrologer, Disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya of Varanasi, considered by Yogananda as Jnanavatar or "Incarnation of Wisdom"

Author Quotes

Attachment is blinding; it lends an imaginary halo of attractiveness to the object of desire.

Humanity - so variegated in its own eyes! — is seen by a master to be divided into only two classes: ignorant men who are not seeking God, and wise men who are.

Quotations there have been, in superabundance. But what original commentary can you supply, from the uniqueness of your particular life? What holy text have you absorbed and made your own? In what ways have these timeless truths renovated your nature? Are you content to be a hollow victrola, mechanically repeating the words of other men?

The Virture of Love the Heart’s natural love is the principal requisite to attain a holy life. When this love, the heavenly gift of Nature, appears in the heart, it removes all causes of excitation from the system and cools it down to a perfectly normal state; and, invigorating the vital powers, expels all foreign matters- the germs of diseases-by natural ways (perspiration and so forth). It thereby makes man perfectly healthy in body and mind, And enables him to understand properly the guidance of Nature.

But man does not easily return to simplicity. It is seldom ‘God’ for an intellectualist, but rather learned pomposities. His ego is pleased, that he can grasp such erudition.

I heard my mother remark occasionally: 'A man who accepts a job under anyone is a slave.' That impression became so indelibly fixed that even after my marriage I refused all positions. I met expenses by investing my family endowment in land. Moral: Good and positive suggestions should instruct the sensitive ears of children. Their early ideas long remain sharply etched.

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

The world illusion, maya, is individually called avidya, literally, not-knowledge, ignorance, delusion. Maya or avidya can never be destroyed through intellectual conviction or analysis, but solely through attaining the interior state of nirbikalpa Samadhi.

By ahimsa Patanjali meant removal of the desire to kill. This world is inconveniently arranged for a literal practice of ahimsa. Man may be compelled to exterminate harmful creatures. He is not under a similar compulsion to feel anger or animosity.

If man's sleep be deep and dreamless, for several hours he is able to transfer his consciousness, or sense of I-ness, to the causal body; such sleep is revivifying.

Sacred writings are beneficial in stimulating desire for inward realization, if one stanza at a time is slowly assimilated. Continual intellectual study results in vanity and the false satisfaction of an undigested knowledge.

There is a deeper astrology, not dependent on the testimony of calendars and clocks. Each man is a part of the Creator, or Cosmic Man; he has a heavenly body as well as one of earth. The human eye sees the physical form, but the inward eye penetrates more profoundly, even to the universal pattern of which each man is an integral and individual part.

Destroy wrong desires now; otherwise they will remain with you after the astral body has been separated from its physical casing... Every natural passion can be mastered.

If you don't like my words, you are at liberty to leave at any time. I want nothing from you but your own improvement. Stay only if you feel benefited. [to young Yogananda]

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

To keep company with the guru is not only to be in physical presence (as this is sometimes impossible), but mainly means to keep him in our hearts and to be one with him in principle and to attune ourselves with him.

Do not allow yourself to be thrashed by the provoking whip of a beautiful face. How can sense slaves enjoy the world? Its subtle flavors escape them while they grovel in primal mud. All nice discriminations are lost to the man of elemental lusts.

In shallow men the fish of little thoughts cause much commotion. In oceanic minds the whales of inspiration make hardly a ruffle.

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.

What a person imagines he hears, and what the speaker has really implied, may be poles apart.

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.

It has been clearly demonstrated in the foregoing pages that Love is God, not merely as the noblest sentiment of a poet but as an aphorism containing an eternal truth.

Some people try to be tall by cutting off the heads of others!

When this love becomes developed in man it makes him able to understand the real position of his own Self as well as of others surrounding him.

Everything in future will improve if you are making a spiritual effort now.

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Yukteswar, fully Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri, born Priyanath Karar
Birth Date
1855
Death Date
1936
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Yogi Master of Modern India, Author, Educator, Astronomer, Vedic Astrologer, Disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya of Varanasi, considered by Yogananda as Jnanavatar or "Incarnation of Wisdom"