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Beyond Peace -- Paramahansa Yogananda

"The average man is familiar with four states of Mind. When a desire is fulfilled, he is happy. When a desire is denied, he is unhappy. When he is neither glad nor sorrowful, he is bored. When these three emotions, these three states of mind-- pleasure, pain, and boredom-- are sloughed off, he has peace. Beyond peace is bliss. Peace is a negative state, being merely the absence of the waves of pleasure, pain, and indifference; and so after a little while, the meditator is attracted once more by the desire to experience the waves of motion. But as meditative peace deepens into calmness and the ultimate positive state of bliss, the meditator experiences a joy that is ever new and all satisfying." -- Paramahansa Yogananda. Disclaimer: I have pieced this passage from different passages from his book 'Man's Eternal Quest' Saurabh 

Paramhansa Yogananda on taking meditation into life

"And what you feel in meditation, you must keep with you all the time. Too often, people meditate halfheartedly as a matter of habit; and as soon as they are finished with the mechanics of meditation they go back to their old state. You must plumb(test) the depths of peace and joy in meditation, and then hold on to the calm afterwards. Then only will you change yourself." - Paramahansa Yogananda

Lao Tzu - On Being Present

If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present. -- Lao Tzu

Steve Jobs - Be a Meditator

“If you just sit and observe, you will see how restless your mind is. If you try to calm it, it only makes it worse, but over time it does calm, and when it does, there's room to hear more subtle things - that's when your intuition starts to blossom and you start to see things more clearly and be in the present more. Your mind just slows down, and you see a tremendous expanse in the moment. You see so much more than you could see before. It's a discipline; you have to practice it.” -- Steve Jobs