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Sri Yukteswar Quotes

 Sri Yukteswar Quotes

Sri Yukteswar Giri


Swami Sri Yukteswar is described by Yogananda as Jnanavatar - incarnation of wisdom. Sri Yukteswar's enormous wisdom can be seen in all his actions and words as quoted in Autobiography of a Yogi. Sri Yukteswar is the first yogi in the modern age to find out the mistakes in calculation of Yugas and corrects that the current yuga as Dwapara Yuga. Here are some quotes of Sri Yukteswar from Autobiography of a Yogi, The Holy Science and other books.

Related: Sri Yukteswar Yuga Theory, Sri Yukteswar Books



Look fear in the face and it will cease to trouble you

- Quote from Autobiography of a Yogi



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

-from Autobiography of a Yogi



Good and positive suggestions should instruct the sensitive ears of children. Their early ideas long remain sharply etched

- from Autobiography of a Yogi


...the present age for the world is Dwapara Yuga, and thus 194 years of the Yuga have now (AD 1894) passed away, bringing a rapid development in man's knowledge

Swami Sri Yukteswar Quoted from The Holy Science Introduction

Ahimsa (Non Violence)

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

- Autobiography of a Yogi


Parambrahma (Spirit or God) is everlasting, complete without beginning or end. It is one, indivisible Being

- from The Holy Science Ch 1, Sutra 1


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.

- from The Holy Science Ch3, Sutras 7-8


Forget the past. The vanished lives of all men are dark with many shames. Human conduct is ever unreliable until man is anchored in the Divine. Everything in future will improve if you are making a spiritual effort now

- Autobiography of a Yogi

Maya and Avidya (Illusion and Ignorance)

The cause of creation is Anu or the Atoms. En masse they are called Maya or the Lord's illusory power; each individual Anu is called Avidya, Ignorance

- The Holy Science

Universal Principles

All creation is governed by law. The principles that operate in the outer universe, discoverable by scientists are called natural laws. But there are subtle laws that rule the hidden spiritual planes and the inner realm of consciousness; these principles are knowable through the science of yoga. It is not the physicist but the Self realized master who comprehends the true nature of matter. By such knowledge Christ was able to restore the servant's ear after it had been severed by one of the disciples

Swami Sri Yukteswar as quoted in Autobiography of a Yogi

Human Body

Man's body is precious. It has the highest evolutionary value because of unique brain and spinal centres. These enable the advanced devotee fully to grasp and express the loftiest aspects of divinity. No lower form is so equipped. It is true that man incurs the debt of a minor sin if he is forced to kill an animal or any other living being. But the holy shastras teach that wanton loss of a human body is a serious transgression against the karmic law

- Autobiography of a Yogi

Free Will

A man of realization does not perform any miracles until he receives an inward sanction. God does not wish the secrets of His creation revealed promiscuously*. Also every individual in the world has an inalienable right to his free will. A saint will not encroach on that independence.

(*Here a beautiful quote from bible which is included in the foot note: "Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you." - Matthew 7:6)

- Autobiography of a Yogi

On various methods  of liberation

My guru Sri Yukteswarji often remarked that the various modes of liberation mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita make its precepts so sweet, sympathetic and useful in healing the manifold sickness of suffering humanity

Swami Sri Yukteswar as quoted in 'God Talks with Arjuna' , XII, verse 9

Treatment of body in Yoga practice

My guru Swami Sri Yukteswar wisely counselled: "Throw the dog a bone" - give the body its due, neither pampering nor abusing it, and then forget the body.

- 'God Talks with Arjuna', VI, verse 16

Tapas (Austerity)

Tapas (Austerity) may be summarized succinctly in a phrase oft used by my revered Gurudeva, Swami Sri Yukteswar: "Learn to behave!"

- from 'God Talks with Arjuna' (Interpretation of Bhagavad Gita) by Yogananda Chapter XVII, Verse 14-17



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