How to Find Yourself starting with Paramahansa Yogananda’s Quote: “You don’t have to acquire anything. The gold of the soul is right there with you.”

Hi earth fam,

Paramahansa Yogananda was a spiritual master who introduced millions to meditation and Kriya Yoga through his books and literally breath taking teachings. He was also a prolific writer who shared his insights on various topics, including self-realization, which we will give some deeper tips here.

In this article, we will explore one of his most inspiring quotes: “You don’t have to acquire anything. The gold of the soul is right there with you.” We will also provide some key life advice based on this quote and Yogananda’s teachings.

What does it mean to find yourself?

Finding yourself means discovering your true nature as a soul, beyond your thoughts, emotions, roles, and attachments. It means realizing that you are not your body, mind, or ego, but a pure consciousness that is one with God.

Finding yourself is not something that happens overnight. It is a lifelong journey of self-inquiry and self-discovery. It requires patience, perseverance, and courage.

How can you find yourself?

There are many ways to find yourself, but here are some suggestions based on Yogananda’s quote:

  • Meditate regularly: Meditation is the best way to quiet your mind and connect with your inner self. It helps you become aware of your thoughts, feelings, sensations, and impulses. It also helps you detach from them and observe them objectively.
  • Understanding we are divine evolving beings: To find yourself, you need to understand that we are all divine evolving beings who have come here to learn and experience life. We have a purpose and a mission in this world, which is to realize our true nature as souls. We have free will and choice in how we live our lives, but we also have guidance and support from our higher self
  • Practice self-inquiry: Self-inquiry is the process of asking yourself who you really are at the deepest level of your being. You can use various techniques such as repeating a mantra (e.g., “I am”), visualizing a light (e.g., “Om”), or contemplating a question (e.g., “Who am I?”). The goal is to go beyond words and concepts and reach the source of your true identity.
  • Don’t settle for a stagnant state of mind or a fixed set of beliefs. Be open to new experiences and perspectives that can enrich your understanding of yourself and the world. Learn from your mistakes and challenges, and use them as opportunities for growth.
  • Detach from attachments: Attachments are anything that makes you dependent on external things for happiness or fulfillment. They can be material possessions, relationships, achievements, opinions, etc. They keep you from finding yourself because they distract you from your spiritual path.
  • Disidentification: To find yourself, you need to disidentify with your false sense of self. Don’t let your ego take over and make you think that you are separate from others or from God. Recognize that you are a part of everything and everyone, and that you share the same essence as all living beings.
  • Seek happiness within: Happiness is not something that comes from outside sources. It comes from within yourself when you realize that you are already happy by nature. Happiness is not dependent on circumstances or conditions. It depends only on your state of mind.
  • Recognize that you are part of everything: You are not separate from others or from God. You are connected to everything and everyone in the universe by a common essence called life force or prana . You share the same source as all living beings.

Why should you find your true self and let go of ego identity?

Finding yourself has many benefits for your personal growth and well-being. Here are some reasons why “finding yourself” matters:

  • You will become more authentic: When you find yourself, you will be able to express yourself more honestly and confidently without fear or judgment of anyone or thing.
  • You will become more and more peaceful: When you find yourself, you will be able to calm your mind and emotions without stress or anxiety of outter happenings.
  • You will become more joyful: When you find yourself, you will be able to experience happiness in every moment without attachment or expectation.
  • You will become more compassionate: When you find yourself, you will be able to understand others better without resentment or anger.
  • You will become more fulfilled: When you find yourself, you will be able to live according to your purpose and mission in life without regret or dissatisfaction.

Conclusion

Paramahansa Yogananda’s quote reminds us that we don’t have to acquire anything because we already have everything we need within ourselves. We just have to awaken our true nature as souls by following his advice on how to meditate regularly , practice self-inquiry , detach from attachments , seek happiness within , recognize that we are part of everything. Living from the heart and our excitements, serving life with love and passion.

Finding ourselves is not easy but it is worth it because it leads us to a higher level of consciousness where we can experience true peace, joy, compassion, fulfillment through living meaningfully!

If you want to learn more about Paramahansa Yogananda’s teachings , you can read his books or visit his official website yogananda.org.

We hope this article has inspired you to start finding your true self today, start living from the heart and soul united.

¹: Autobiography of a Yogi
²: The Secret of the Golden Flower
³: The Life Divine
⁴: The Essence of Self Realization

Much love, Benjy and Sofia, Ripples of change

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