Waking up to Wisdom
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True and Native State of Being

--by Paramhansa Yogananda (Jan 08, 2007)

Simplicity is not grinding poverty: It is not the polar opposite of wealth. To live simply is to pursue a quiet path of moderation. In a life of balance between opposite extremes lies inner happiness.

True lovers, at peace with themselves and with the world around them, accepting happily whatever comes their way, are justified in pitying the very lot of kings.

Happiness is mankind's true and native state of being. Few people find it, for most of them live at their periphery; they extend themselves as far as possible from their center within. The richer and more powerful they become, the emptier they feel inwardly.


People everywhere, in their quest for happiness outside themselves, discover in the end that they've been seeking it in an empty cornucopia, and sucking feverishly at the rim of a crystal glass into which was never poured joy.

Happiness consists in making the mightiest efforts to reduce your desires and needs, and in cultivating the ability to meet those needs at will, always trying to smile, both outwardly and inwardly, in spite of every predicament.

Be silent and calm every night for at least ten minutes (longer if possible) before you retire, and again in the morning before rising. This will produce an undaunted, unbreakable inner habit of happiness that will make you able to meet all the trying situations of the everyday battle of life. With that unchangeable happiness within, go about seeking to fulfill the demands of your day.

Seek happiness more in your mind and less in the acquisition of things. Be so happy in your mind that nothing that comes can possibly make you unhappy. Then, you can get along without things you have been accustomed to. Be happy knowing you have acquired that power not to be negative. Know, too, that you will never again become so materially minded that you forget your inner happiness, even if you become a millionaire.

--Paramhansa Yogananda

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On Dec 11, 2007 Rosemary wrote:
When theres only disappointments on a daily basis, nothing changes for the better what is one to do?
years and years of thinking positive waiting to see the light they say is at the end of the tunnel, what light, im blind!

On Jul 23, 2007 robyn wrote:
God answers your prayers in strange ways and this is the answer to my questions of what is my life all about? What should i be working towards?
This is the beginning of the answer and the rest will follow.this is a copy of an earlier posting because that is what i put into the google search that lead me to your site

On Jun 4, 2007 Timoteo wrote:
Simplicity and sincerity are some among many characteristics of God.Oh simplicity,how I love you!You sincerity, please come and dwell forever within me.To live in and with SIMPLICITY is one of my main goals.No happiness without simplicity.Sincerity is sincerity with myself and God and with you in love.

On Jan 26, 2007 Rajeev wrote:
Pursuing happiness makes one a prisoner of happenings/circumstances. Joy and Freedom comes from first seeking the Kingdom of God.
Mathew 6:33

On Jan 13, 2007 dimple wrote:
God answers your prayers in strange ways and this is the answer to my questions of what is my life all about? What should i be working towards?
This is the beginning of the answer and the rest will follow.

On Jan 11, 2007 Ashvin Mistry wrote:
Article spontaneously clears all doubts of TRUE HAPPINESS.

On Jan 9, 2007 Sandy wrote:
I'm not sure how I even found your website, but wanted you to know how much I'm enjoying it and that I've used many of your "reflections" when preparing my Sunday talks for my Unity church. The "Cultivating Affirmation" from 12/18 was perfect for my New Year's message. The Guest House helped a room of 14 woman just last week who were discussing SAD. Thank you!

On Jan 9, 2007 rikesh wrote:

On Jan 8, 2007 Prash wrote:
dear prash
I got his quotations said by Paramhansa Yogananda. while reading i was feeling that we were sharing, so for physical sharing ..sending you