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Vivek
India/Canada

Question

I had a bad past because of my doings in my life, irresponsible, immature, fear, ego which resulted in a great failure. I’ve been training myself how to overcome all this and attain success, and I’m pretty sure things have changed since then. My real problem is I now have an aim in my life, which is hard to achieve, but I’m confident. Still past experiences comes to haunt me, and out of fear I’m scared to do what my mind tells me. I have limited time. I'm not sure what to do.

Nayaswami Devarshi

Nayaswami Devarshi

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Vivek,

I thought you were describing my own past at first (“irresponsible, immature, fear, ego...”), but of course it describes all of us at some time, whether in this life or past lives!

There are two specific practices which many people have found to be helpful in letting go of old patterns and attaining success now and in the future. The first one is the pithy advice of Swami Sri Yukteswar:

Rachel
NZ

Question

Hi there,

I am struggling to find my inner vocation that suits me. I thought studying was what I wanted to do. I moved to a new place, gave up my job and became a full-time student. Now I want to try this other path and I am unsure if it is what I really want, since my last endeavor was something I wanted to try out, I am afraid to make a new decision. I have been reading “How to Be a Success” and in my heart I am feeling a little lost on what to choose.

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Rachel,

Sometimes a way forward will “feel” right, especially if you “offer it up” in meditation and prayer. But this method of finding clarity is not always successful. It could be because the various options you are considering for your way forward do not include the “one” that is right for you. Or perhaps your own emotional preferences about what you want to do are not allowing you to have a clear feeling about what would be best.

March 6
2014

Govinda raj
India

Question

Guruji, Thirteen years back for worldly riches and happiness I entered a spiritual path . Unbrokenly I am meditating leaving all worldly responsibilities. But I don’t know. I lost my career and am in extreme debt. I don’t know what to do. Please help. I am 40yrs old, unmarried. Living with mom and sister's family, from their earnings.

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Dear Govinda Raj,

Never give up. Keep looking for work, for ways to have an income to support your needs and to help others as you can. Never stop meditating and seeking God. The two are not necessarily opposed or separate. It is only we who see work and meditation as opposites.

BTP
India

Question

Where I am employed its a trust for public and I know that they are following an unethical practice of making money in running the trust where a major portion is for the trustees own benefits and some they have to do to keep it running smoothly by managing external authorities. My question is being ananda sanghi I always feel that I should quit the job but can't due to social responsibility and recession in economy offering less opportunities. I refused to do favor to trustee so now how to face this?

Nayaswami Gopal

Nayaswami Gopal

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear One,

Thank you writing. You are asking an important and challenging question. As times get more difficult financially many will find themselves in your predicament. I am not trying to make excuses for those choosing to be unethical. Sometimes people who are desperate take desperate measures in hopes of relieving their feelings of desperation. It may take lifetimes for them to understand they are seeking happiness in the wrong place.

July 29
2013

M.L.
Philippines

Question

How do I know if the job I have is my dharma? I cannot feel any joy in my heart when I’m at work and dread going to work in the morning. I’m planning to find another job but am scared.

Love

M.L.

Nayaswami Gopal

Nayaswami Gopal

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear ML.

Joy to you! And thank you for asking such an important question. This is what we call, “a hot topic” as it relates to so many on the spiritual path.

Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you…In the opinion of many on the spiritual path, this is the highest dharmic action one can do. On our path this is every sincere devotee’s, “dharma”.

Rosy Nakarmi
Nepal

Question

Pranam Guruji,

Kindly suggest me how to face interview in a spiritual way? Every time I find interview awkward and spoil it. I'm unable to relate effectively. It feels something blocks the way between my mind and speech. Before facing interview I do connect with God and Guruji, however I'm lost during interview. How can I make my speech more expressive, attractive and real?

Thank You

Regards,

Rosy

Nayaswami Anandi

Answer

Dear Rosy,

I'm sorry to hear of your difficulty. Though I don't know you, I will try to give a few suggestions.

1. You mention that there is a block between your mind and speech. You don't mention if this is something that you always face, or only during interviews. I will assume that this happens because you are nervous about the interview. When we are fearful or nervous, our energy goes to a primitive part of our brain, and we are less able to think clearly.
I think it might help you to meditate before the interview and try to bring your attention to the point between the eyebrows. This is the highest and calmest awareness in the body. Centering your attention in the point between the eyebrows might make you less nervous and might hellp you think more clearly.

July 19
2012

joyd
india

Question

In my job I have got a new boss, against whom I developed a strong aversion right from the start, bcoz of his behaviour and character. Almost everyone dislikes/disrespects him, but I have this really strong aversion and irritation. I had this problem a few years ago with another person, and I couldn't reconcile my feelings then. So I feel now it has come again. So how can I get rid of this aversion? Behaving nicely invites bad behaviour from his end. So should I accept bad behaviour to solve it?

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Dear Joyd,

How to deal with a difficult person is one of life's great tests, and, great opportunities. The very fact that you find yourself in this situation a second time is a sure indication that Divine Mother has a wonderful opportunity for you to grow spiritually. Be glad, therefore!

Max
USA

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I have a PhD but my academic career didn't work out. Now I have a dilemma: if I put the PhD and postdoc years in my CV it will be next to impossible to find a "normal" job like in a supermarket; if I don't put it I have a big gap in my CV.

I think finding a job is a dharmic thing to do. Does it make it alright to say I worked in a supermarket in my homecountry, or should I stick to the truth at all costs even in the face of unreasonable discrimination for my higher degree?

Tyagini Dharmadevi

Answer

Dear Max,

Thank you for your question. I hope you don't mind, but I'd like to share a story that Swami Kriyananda shares quite often, as it relates to dharma:

I was in the Hospital in India several years ago with double pneumonia, lying barely conscious in my bed, when a doctor came into the room. Usually under such circumstances doctors come into one's room to offer help. This one, however, had a different agenda.

"Sir," he said, "Can you help me?"

"I can try," I murmured weakly.

"I have a son in college in Canada," he continued. "I also have many other financial obligations. I believe in spiritual principles, but how can I make ends meet and not bend the rules of right action at least a little bit?"

I replied, still very weakly, "I have always found that by adhering rigidly to right action, I have achieved all the success I wanted and needed in life."

And indeed, Swamiji is an incredible example to all of us that even in the face of extreme adversity, if we stick to dharma, we will be successful in everything we do.

If you're interested, he went on to create the AKASH (Ancient Keys to Attaining Success & Happiness) Course after that interaction with the doctor in India.

Here is a link to that course on Online With Ananda:
http://www.anandaonlineclasses.org/mod/resource/view.php?id=3674

Love & Blessings,
Dharmadevi

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