“It is never a question of belief; the only scientific attitude one can take on any subject is whether it is true. The law of gravitation worked as efficiently before Newton as after him. The cosmos would be fairly chaotic if its laws could not operate without the sanction of human belief.”
“Mind is the wielder of muscles. The force of a hammer blow depends on the energy applied; the power expressed by a man’s bodily instrument depends on his aggressive will and courage. The body is literally manufactured and sustained by mind. Through pressure of instincts from past lives, strengths or weaknesses percolate gradually into human consciousness. They express as habits, which in turn ossify into a desirable or an undesirable body. Outward frailty has mental origin; in a vicious circle, the habit-bound body thwarts the mind. If the master allows himself to be commanded by a servant, the latter becomes autocratic; the mind is similarly enslaved by submitting to bodily dictation.”
“The happiness of one’s own heart alone cannot satisfy the soul; one must try to include, as necessary to one’s happiness, the happiness of others.”
“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.”
“The more deeply we perceive, the more striking becomes the evidence that a uniform plan links every form in manifold nature.”
(It seems pretty obvious that the boy who became Paramahansa Yogananda had a wonderful lifepath laid out for him. The gurus who guided him seemed to have been pre-selected for the task. And he delivered!
I recall reading his ‘Autobiography of a Yogi’ some years ago. What impressed me was his account of being asked, when on board the ship taking him to the USA, to address the passengers about his background and his intended role in the USA. He had no knowledge of English; yet he was able to speak to his audience. How could that be, I wondered.
I have since learned that anything can happen in this world, when the necessary confluence of relevant influences occurs. Who or what is the driver in such events? Who knows! It is enough that such things can happen, for the greater good.)