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July 3
2014

Diana Barrett
USA

Question

I am curious about great works of art, writing, music...

Are the artists channeling divine energy in this one aspect of their lives? (without knowing it?) I will say I am completely ignorant in regard to any of the works and the humans they came from. I don’t believe they were “spiritual” people, correct? So how do such enduring creations come to be? Thank you!

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Dear Diana,

If we allow that our starting point is that the entire creation is a manifestation of divine consciousness, we can easily deduce that artistic excellence surely must derive, at least in part, from superconscious attunement. Great art communicates, though obviously not on rational or intellectual levels. Just as a person can be potentially psychic without being spiritually mature or advanced, so too a soul can develop great powers of intuition and talent applied to the arts, science, or indeed any field of human endeavor. Even the powerful magnetism of an evil person, say, Hitler or Stalin, draws its power from a higher, divine source: strange as that may seem.

Alan
united states

Question

Why is it that I get easily moved by some secular music, like soft rock and others, but when I listen to spiritual hymns, chants and kirtans I don't feel very moved by it? Does this mean that I am not really very spiritual?

David Eby

David Eby

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Alan - what an excellent question, and a very important one! The fact that you are wondering if you are spiritual indicates that you have a high degree of spirituality - even to want to know God takes very very very good karma!

As far as spiritual hymns go, I must confess that, growing up in a Presbyterian Church, I never found the music to be as moving for me as it was for many others. As for chanting and kirtan, there is a lot out there, not all of it inspiring.

Billy
Earth

Question

Did Yogananda ever say anything about music ?

was he against people listening to music ?

David Eby

David Eby

Ananda Village

Answer

Yes, Yogananda wrote quite a bit about the power of music! A great place to start is in Chapter 15 of the Autobiography of a Yogi. Don't let the title of the chapter throw you off: The Cauliflower Robbery!

Yogananda also explains in great detail in the original prelude to his Cosmic Chants:

December 29
2009

Jaya
U.A.E

Question

I am an aspiring singer. I put in a lot of hardwork for my music. In addition, during meditation, I use the prayer demand from the whispers of eternity which says " Every sound that I make let it have the vibration of Thy voice" to get the Lord's grace. Will it help? Also whenever I am not able to sing the right notes (and this happens often) I am completely devastated. It puts me off for an entire day. How can I detatch myself from the results and not expect too much ?Please help.

Jaya

David Eby

David Eby

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Jaya - perhaps my article on The Sacred Art of Singing would help! I've written about how to tap into Divine Inspiration as you sing.

Our egos love to get in the way and make us feel poorly after making mistakes - don't buy into it! Unlike skiing blunders, you haven't hurt yourself or others, and the best way to improve is to allow yourself to make mistakes, but keep your aim ever high!

December 15
2009

Jaya
U.A.E

Question

Dear experts,

My life has never been the same after i came in touch with Yogananda's teachings. I am a beginner in meditation and use the basic meditation technique on your site. Of now I do around 30-40 minutes every evening. I am also an aspiring singer with a good voice and vocal range but am struggling to hit the right notes. My question is if I sit on the chair, that I use to meditate while practicing music will the vibrations help me in improving my music?

Thank you so much

Jaya

Answer

Dear Jaya,

Try it and see!

I would imagine that it would indeed help, especially if you meditated for even just a few minutes before practicing.

The meditation will give you more centeredness, relaxation, and better concentration, which cannot help but improve your singing.

January 29
2009

priyal
India

Question

Namaste,

I am an architect and have been wondering, if spaces have an aura (positive or negative vibes) about them.

If so, how is it possible to design spaces with certain postive aspects.

Nayaswami Maria

Answer

Priyal, you bring up a very good question. The yogic teachings state that everything is this universe is conscious, including the so-called inanimate objects. Thus, buildings and dwelling places have a certain “feeling” about them, generated, among other things, by their design.