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Pg 62

"A number of men have physical power such as mine, but still lack in cool confidence. Those who
are bodily but not mentally stalwart may find themselves fainting at mere sight of a wild beast
bounding freely in the jungle. The tiger in its natural ferocity and habitat is vastly different from
the opium-fed circus animal!

"Many a man with herculean strength has nonetheless been terrorized into abject helplessness before the
onslaught of a royal Bengal. Thus the tiger has converted the man, in his own mind, to a state as nerveless
as the pussycat's. It is possible for a man, owning a fairly strong body and an immensely strong
determination, to turn the tables on the tiger, and force it to a conviction of pussycat defenselessness.
How often I have done just that!"

"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."

"My earliest ambition was to fight tigers. My will was mighty, but my body was feeble." An
ejaculation of surprise broke from me. It appeared incredible that this man, now "with Atlantean
shoulders, fit to bear," could ever have known weakness.
"It was by indomitable persistency in thoughts of health and strength that I
overcame my handicap. I have every reason to extol the compelling mental vigor
which I found to be the real subduer of royal Bengals."

Pg 131
One afternoon during my early months at the ashram, found Sri Yukteswar's eyes fixed on me
"You are too thin, Mukunda."
His remark struck a sensitive point. That my sunken eyes and emaciated appearance were far
from my liking was testified to by rows of tonics in my room at Calcutta. Nothing availed;
chronic dyspepsia had pursued me since childhood. My despair reached an occasional zenith
when I asked myself if it were worth-while to carry on this life with a body so unsound.
"Medicines have limitations; the creative life-force has none.
Believe that: you shall be well and strong."

Sri Yukteswar's words aroused a conviction of personally-applicable truth which no

other healer-and I had tried many!-had been able to summon within me.
Day by day, behold! I waxed. Two weeks after Master's hidden blessing, I had accumulated the
invigorating weight which eluded me in the past. My persistent stomach ailments vanished with
a lifelong permanency

Pg 131"Years ago, I too was anxious to put on weight," Sri Yukteswar told me. "During
convalescence after a severe illness, I visited Lahiri Mahasaya in Benares. "'Sir, I have been very
sick and lost many pounds.'
"'I see, Yukteswar, 12-9 you made yourself unwell, and now you think you
are thin.'
"This reply was far from the one I had expected; my guru, however, added encouragingly:
"'Let me see; I am sure you ought to feel better tomorrow.'
"Taking his words as a gesture of secret healing toward my receptive mind, I was not surprised
the next morning at a welcome accession of strength. I sought out my master and exclaimed
exultingly, 'Sir, I feel much better today.'
"'Indeed! Today you invigorate yourself.'
"'No, master!' I protested. 'It was you who helped me; this is the first time in weeks that I have
had any energy.'
"'O yes! Your malady has been quite serious. Your body is frail yet; who can say how it will be
"The thought of possible return of my weakness brought me a shudder of cold fear. The following
morning I could hardly drag myself to Lahiri Mahasaya's home.
"'Sir, I am ailing again.'
"My guru's glance was quizzical. 'So! Once more you indispose yourself.'
"'Gurudeva, I realize now that day by day you have been ridiculing me.' My patience was
exhausted. 'I don't understand why you disbelieve my truthful reports.'

"'Really, it has been your thoughts that have made you feel
alternately weak and strong.' My master looked at me affectionately. 'You have
seen how your health has exactly followed your expectations.
Thought is a force, even as electricity or gravitation. The human
mind is a spark of the almighty consciousness of God. I could show
you that whatever your powerful mind believes very intensely
would instantly come to pass.'
"Knowing that Lahiri Mahasaya never spoke idly, I addressed him with great awe and gratitude:
'Master, if I think I am well and have regained my former weight, shall that happen?'
"'It is so, even at this moment.'

pg 139

"The body is a treacherous friend. Give it its due; no more," he said. "Pain and pleasure are transitory;
endure all dualities with calmness, while trying at the same time to remove their hold. Imagination is the
door through which disease as well as healing enters. Disbelieve in the reality of sickness even when you
are ill; an unrecognized visitor will flee!"

pg 141
"If you don't like my words, you are at liberty to leave at any time," Master assured me.
"I want nothing from you but your own improvement. Stay only if you feel benefited."
Pg 146
"Mukunda, I will leave it to you to instruct Kumar to leave the ashram tomorrow; I can't do it!" Tears
stood in Sri Yukteswar's eyes, but he controlled himself quickly.
"The boy would never have fallen to these depths had he listened to me and not gone
away to mix with undesirable companions. He has rejected my protection; the callous world must be his
guru still."

Pg 147
"Just as the purpose of eating is to satisfy hunger, not greed, so the sex instinct is designed for the
propagation of the species according to natural law, never for the kindling of insatiable longings," he said.
"Destroy wrong desires now; otherwise they will follow you after the astral body is torn from its physical
casing. Even when the flesh is weak, the mind should be constantly resistant.
If temptation assails you with cruel force, overcome it by impersonal analysis and
indomitable will. Every natural passion can be mastered.
"Conserve your powers. Be like the capacious ocean, absorbing within all the tributary rivers of the
senses. Small yearnings are openings in the reservoir of your inner peace, permitting healing waters to be
wasted in the desert soil of materialism. The forceful activating impulse of wrong desire is the greatest
enemy to the happiness of man. Roam in the world as a lion of self-control; see that the frogs of weakness
don't kick you around."

Pg 150
A noted chemist once crossed swords with Sri Yukteswar. The visitor would not admit the
existence of God, inasmuch as science has devised no means of detecting Him.
"So you have inexplicably failed to isolate the Supreme Power in your test tubes!" Master's gaze
was stern.
"I recommend an unheard-of experiment. Examine your thoughts
unremittingly for twenty-four hours. Then wonder no longer at
God's absence."

pg 169
The cosmic vision left many permanent lessons. By daily stilling my thoughts, I could win release
from the delusive conviction that my body was a mass of flesh and bones, traversing the hard soil of
matter. The breath and the restless mind, I saw, were like storms which lashed the ocean of light into
waves of material forms-earth, sky, human beings, animals, birds, trees. No perception of the Infinite as
One Light could be had except by calming those storms. As often as I silenced the two natural
tumults, I beheld the multitudinous waves of creation melt into one lucent sea, even as the waves of the
ocean, their tempests subsiding, serenely dissolve into unity.

Pg 169
His intense craving begins to pull at God with an
irresistible force.

Pg 172
Spiritual advancement is not measured by one's outward powers, but only by the depth
of his bliss in meditation.
"How quickly we weary of earthly pleasures! Desire for material things is endless; man is never satisfied
completely, and pursues one goal after another. The 'something else' he seeks is the Lord, who alone can
grant lasting joy.

Pg 173
Also, in meditation one finds His instant guidance, His adequate response to every difficulty."

Pg 178
The human mind, free from the state of restlessness, can perform through its antenna of
intuition all the functions of complicated radio mechanisms-sending and receiving thoughts, and
tuning out undesirable ones. As the power of a radio depends on the amount of electrical current
it can utilize, so the human radio is energized according to the power of will
possessed by each individual.
All thoughts vibrate eternally in the cosmos. By deep concentration, a master is able to detect the
thoughts of any mind, living or dead. Thoughts are universally and not individually rooted; a
truth cannot be created, but only perceived. The erroneous thoughts of man result from
imperfections in his discernment. The goal of yoga science is to calm the mind, that without
distortion it may mirror the divine vision in the universe.

Pg 180
"You see how God feels for us," Master replied after I had expressed my gratitude. "The Lord responds to
all and works for all. Just as He sent rain at my plea, so He fulfills any sincere desire of the devotee.
Seldom do men realize how often God heeds their prayers. He is not partial to a few, but listens to
everyone who approaches Him trustingly. His children should ever have implicit faith in the loving-
kindness of their Omnipresent Father." 15-6

Pg 188
After deep prayer and meditation he is in touch with his divine consciousness;
there is no greater power than that inward protection."

Pg 189
He should say: 'Lord, I trust in Thee, and know Thou canst help me, but I too will do my best to undo
any wrong I have done.' By a number of means-by prayer, by will power, by yoga meditation, by
consultation with saints,

Pg 192
Occasionally I told astrologers to select my worst periods, according to planetary indications,
and I would still accomplish whatever task I set myself. It is true that my success at such times
has been accompanied by extraordinary difficulties. But my conviction has always been justified:
faith in the divine protection, and the right use of man's God-given
will, are forces formidable beyond any the "inverted bowl" can muster.
The starry inscription at one's birth, I came to understand, is not that man is a puppet of his
past. Its message is rather a prod to pride; the very heavens seek to arouse man's determination
to be free from every limitation.

Pg 200
Sri Yukteswar [GURUji ] was boundless in his kindness when confronted by the urgent prayer of a

Pg 274
Realizing that man's body is like an electric battery,
I reasoned that it could be recharged with energy through the direct agency of the
human will. As no action, slight or large, is possible without willing, man can avail himself of his
prime mover, will, to renew his bodily tissues without burdensome apparatus or mechanical exercises. I
therefore taught the Ranchi students my simple "Yogoda" techniques by which the life force, centred in
man's medulla oblongata, can be consciously and instantly recharged from the unlimited supply of cosmic

Pg 288
The will, projected from the point between the eyebrows, is known by yogis as the broadcasting
apparatus of thought. When the feeling is calmly concentrated on the heart, it acts as a mental radio,
and can receive the messages of others from far or near. In telepathy the fine vibrations of thoughts in
one person's mind are transmitted through the subtle vibrations of astral ether and then through the
grosser earthly ether, creating electrical waves which, in turn, translate themselves into thought waves
in the mind of the other person.
Pg 354
"Always remember that you belong to no one, and no one belongs to you. Reflect that some day you will
suddenly have to leave everything in this world-so make the acquaintanceship of God now," the great guru
told his disciples. "Prepare yourself for the coming astral journey of death by daily riding in the balloon of
God-perception. Through delusion you are perceiving yourself as a bundle of flesh and bones, which at
best is a nest of troubles. 35-12 Meditate unceasingly, that you may quickly behold yourself as the Infinite
Essence, free from every form of misery. Cease being a prisoner of the body; using the secret key of
Kriya, learn to escape into Spirit."

Pg 354
"Solve all your problems through meditation. 35-14 Exchange unprofitable religious speculations for actual

The Lord is the Mother of all mothers, the Father of
all fathers, the One Friend behind all friends.
If you always think of Him as the nearest of the near, you
will witness many wonders in your life