“The Butterfly of the Soul”


“The butterfly of the soul must be freed to spread its wings of beautiful divine qualities… To the last day of your life, be positive; try to be cheerful.”

~ Paramahansa Yogananda

13 responses

  1. Ellen
    Oh that is just so lovely. I am a huge lover of butterflies, flowers all of nature. Using the correlation of freeing the soul is beautiful.


    May 27, 2013 at 4:47 PM

    • Glad you liked it. Thank you for all your reading of my posts and the “likes.”


      May 27, 2013 at 6:00 PM

      • What I like about them Ellen is the soft and sometimes sad but always raw and beautiful spirit you have. If you didn’t have that, nothing you wrote would be beautiful.


        May 27, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      • Thank you but I didn’t write this. The great saint, Paramahansa Yogananda wrote this message. Now there was an ecstatic and highly developed soul!


        May 27, 2013 at 6:08 PM

      • Ellen I know you didn’t write that. I subscribe to many of Paramahansa Yogananda’s quotes and views. I was simply referring to the poems you write and your heart in general. I had reread your post on your husband not understanding your grief and loss and how he didn’t have a emotionally sharing family growing up. The words and ways you always present your heart is so poetic and allows me to sometimes cry for you, for your husband. What Paramahansa states is a separate issue. Sorry for the confusion.


        May 27, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      • Thank you for your generosity! xxx ellen


        May 27, 2013 at 10:15 PM

  2. Wow, beautiful words, perfect swallowtail … go together so well


    May 27, 2013 at 6:35 PM

  3. Genie

    Magnificent photo.


    May 29, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    • Thank you, Genie! Do you do all your own photographs? You don’t have to answer but they are gorgeous always.


      May 29, 2013 at 2:21 PM

  4. Beautiful thought. I’d like to share another one by a renowned poet. I hope it’s okay with you.

    The butterfly counts not months but moments,
    and has time enough.

    Time is a wealth of change,
    but the clock in its parody makes it mere change and no wealth.

    Let your life lightly dance on the edges of Time
    like dew on the tip of a leaf.”

    ― Rabindranath Tagore


    June 8, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    • Thank you! I love Tagore! Yogananda is a beautiful poet and writer, too, as well as being a great saint. Thanks SO much for sending these words. You have sent me back to read my mother’s copy of Tagore. She loved Tagore as well. Perhaps it is the Sicilian blood but I feel such affinity for much of Indian culture. Or perhaps a past life.


      June 8, 2013 at 8:16 PM

  5. Beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing. God bless you. 🙂


    June 14, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    • Thank you, Steve, and may God bless you and keep you close! xx ellen


      June 14, 2013 at 10:31 AM

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