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Kumar
India

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My new boss is ignoring me and my work. He has pre-determined image of me. This causes me to be unhappy and unsafe. What are the techniques to eliminate all these matters?

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

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Dear Kumar,

Life often presents us with situations like the one in which you find yourself. There are several answers, the primary one being that you must lift your consciousness to a higher place through meditation.

With the bigger perspective offered through meditation, you'll see why your boss is behaving in this negative way and thereby, you can be more compassionate. Someone who behaves like this is often very unhappy for various unknown reasons.

A
Cananda

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What does Divine mother want from me? I am training to become a scientist, but Ive been feeling hugely disillusioned by science and I find joy only in the company of spiritual people and in contemplating love/god. Many days, I just feel like quitting and becoming a spiritual teacher. However, for what ever reason, I'm constantly given more opportunities and career breaks than most others who actually enjoy science! why? is this gods way of telling me to remain in science? How do I find out?

thnx

Nayaswami Devi

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Dear Friend,

One of my favorite quotes from Yoganandaji is: "Life is a battle for joy every step of the way. Let me win that battle on the very spot on which I now stand." What we do in life is less important than the inner environment that we create within ourselves by practicing meditation and right attitudes.

Bhushan
India

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If for some reason or other one is not wealthy but progressed spiritually and try to do everything what our line of GURU has tought at end not sure what will be his fate will GOD & GURU will be pleased and how is soul will progress and on the other hand take example of Mr.Bufett & Mr.Gates acquired everything and donated showing true non attachment to wealth shows tangible benefits will go from this world statisfied without knowing teachings of our line of GURU? With whom GOD is more pleased?

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

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Bhushan,

There is an old saying that "God watches the heart," meaning our motivation is more important than our action. Honestly and industriously earning money is a very positive action. Giving that money to worthy causes is better yet. But the mere act of giving money, however worthy the cause, does not necessarily indicate that the person is doing it for God.

maia
usa

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How do I find out what is my true calling in life? I think that I will be succesful when I find this and follow it. Someone else told me I should just try lots of things and have small successes and then I will find out. I just feel sluggish. Every day I feel that I begin again at the fotthill of the mountain Can you offer some advice? TY

Tyagi Jayadev

Tyagi Jayadev

Ananda Assisi, Italy

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Dear Maia,

I wouldn't try a lot of things to find out your calling. There are better ways.

First of all, it is good that you say "I will be successful," because without that thought success is impossible. Don't lose that conviction, but strengthen it in every possible way.

Cyril
Ireland

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I have a practical question.

Did Yogananda ever discuss special techniques on how to remain focused while in a hectic office environment. Specifically I am talking about Call Center work where it can be very draining listening to people asking many times the same things in multitude of different ways! Are there special things one should observe when dealing with people on the phone to protect energy levels? Clasping a bangle? Or is a deepening of a home meditation practise what is required?

Nayaswami Devi

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Dear Cyril,

I'm sure that everyone faces the challenges in life that you describe in one way or another - how to keep our minds focused and uplifted in midst of demanding activities.

First, as you mention, a deep, daily practice of meditation raises both our level of energy and our consciousness. Meditation fills our minds with calm, refreshing energy that enhances everything we do.

January 24
2011

Ab
India

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I want to be a cricketer,but my parents donot agree with me. The want me to see as a docter,but i have no interest in it. How will god help me in this situation?how will i get success & is there any role of meditation? Plz. Help me..

Nayaswami Jaya

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Dear Ab,

I sympathize with your desire to be a cricketer but I suspect your parents realize your chances of reaching the top ranks are heavily against you. That's why they want you to be a doctor.

Their wish is rooted in their desire for you to pursue a path more likely, in their minds, to bring you success and long-term happiness. Becoming a doctor is difficult but less risky than pursuing the path of a sportsman because the former can be attained through your own study and hard work whereas success in sport depends not only upon your personal efforts but also upon your natural, God-given talent measured against very stiff competition.

Piu Banerjee
India

Question

I feel very nervous when giving a job interview and there is a fear from inside.. What should I do ?

Answer

Dear Piu,

I'm sorry you are suffering from nervousness. It's very common: of course you want to make a good impression, find the right job, and succeed. One tool that can address the fear from inside is meditation: the more you deliberately practice calmness through meditation, the more you will find that calmness returning to you in times of nervousness.

January 8
2011

Bhushan
India

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My conscience is biting me because i am working where i hardly have much work but paid very well. Since last couple of years i feel guilty taking such good salary this is exactly opposite to a situation where i was underpaid for 15 yrs where i have worked hard and delivered so much and raised to management expectation and was satisfied with job. Is this ethical and morally correct? Due to my age and high salary i am unable to get other app.job. i daily pray to Guru & God to help. Can you advise is it right?

Answer

Dear Bhushan,

Without knowing the specifics, I'll have to answer in generalities. It does not seem morally incorrect to accept a high salary. However, the fact that your conscience is biting you is an important sign. What is your intuition telling you?

Do you feel undeserving of a high salary? Especially given your previous hard work, perhaps you are simply receiving a karmic reward now. Or, are you concerned about the ethics of your workplace? If so, this is a serious question. And if you are dissatisfied with your job, this too should be looked at carefully.

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