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No one can give you the desire for God – Paramhansa Yogananda

No one can give you the desire for God. You must cultivate that desire in yourselves. God himself could not give it to you. For when he created human beings, he did not make puppets. You must desire him, yourselves.

Be wary of developing too keen an intelligence. Many people use their powers of reasoning cleverly to justify their delusions. Concentrate more, instead, on developing heart quality. Devote as much time as you can, daily, to meditation: to actually experiencing God.

Don’t waste the perception of God’s presence, acquired in meditation, by useless chatting. In devoting time unnecessarily to conversation and exuberant laughter, you will find you have nothing left inside. Fill the pail of your consciousness with the milk of meditative peace, then keep it filled.
– Paramhansa Yogananda

No one has the power to detract from your happiness unless you allow the adverse thoughts and actions of others to affect you.