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I want to create a budget that allows for comfortable, yet modest living, and have money aside for savings, retirement, tithing, etc, but wanted to know if there were any lessons offered by Master or Ananda teachers on how to manage money in our very money-centered world.
Thank you for this very relevant question in these times in which we live.
One piece of advice Yogananda gave on budgeting is, "You should use one-fourth of your income on plain living, save three-fourths, and be at ease in your mind with a feeling of future security." His advice may be difficult to follow, but it provides a guideline. (This is from How to Be Happy All the Time, Chapter 5: "Simplicity is the Key", which you may want to consider reading if you haven't already.)
I would like to know if meditation and concentration is about controlling the mind and directing it toward God or other things and is the world made of "mind stuff". Can we also use these techniques to acquire materials needs as well as grow spiritually?
Thank you for your questions. Yogananda defined meditation as concentration on God in one of his eight manifestations: light, sound, wisdom, power, peace, calmness, love, and bliss.
It is of course possible to concentrate on other things besides God — indeed, we should try to give full concentration to whatever we do in life. However, concentration without God is not meditation, and taken alone, may not give us satisfactory results.
In my life I faced rejection from my work field. So I did not have a good job for long time. I could not earn much. At the age of 40 I felt rejection and stopped looking jobs because of fear of loosing. Now I am doing some internet things and making a life. As in India I could not earn much. Now in the age of 53 I wanted to seek the path of spirituality. But the thoughts about my duty to earn a fortune is giving a guilty feeling. I can be satisfied with what I have, but my family... How do I proceed?
Thank you for your question. I'm sorry to hear of your difficult past. I'm glad that the Internet is helping you to make a living.
I appreciate the dilemma you're in. When considering duty, we have to balance our duty to our family with our duty to God. We must do all that we can to help our families financially, without sacrificing our spiritual lives.
Pls Clear my confusion, I have attended Level 1 & 2, class at pune,
For few months now, i have been a partner in a chicken processing business, but as spiritual seeker i want to be a vegetarian, Is it ok to continue that business with friends, i want to use all the earnings from that, for a charity, or education of poor childern, is it a bad karma, pls explain on this, as a guru what will be ur advise to me, pls help me in deciding on this issue. thanks in advance.
I appreciate your dilemma. If you want to become a vegetarian, by all means do so!
As for your business, I can't advise you as any kind of an authority — you will find the right answer inside as a feeling in your heart. I can, however, share with you a few points that Swami Kriyananda raised when he was recently asked a similar question by someone in Pune who works as a fish farmer. Swamiji said,
Swami ji always tell us to have an attitude of acceptance in life and at the same time he stresses to avoid acts that take us deeper into delusion. In that light I am confused sometimes to take a decision while accepting any assignment.I am a doctor by profession and a member of Ananda for last about 3 years. and recently I've got an invitation to attend one of the conferences to be held abroad focused on learning and sharing new medical skills.Please guide me if it is all right to attend ?
Absolutely, without any doubt it is fine for you to attend any and all medical meetings.
You are blessed in that you have been drawn into a profession that is a wonderful way of serving others and therefore serving God. God is everything and manifests in and through everyone.
I'm struggling with thoughts of failure...
Thoughts of failure or success are rooted in the subconscious mind and can affect everything we do. When adverse circumstances, such a losing a job, come to us, it's important to find a way to exert strong, positive energy to keep failure consciousness from getting established in our minds.
I have an important decision to make regarding my line of medical research. I am torn between the options to pursue a career in either Molecular Neuroscience or Reproduction, as both equally fascinate me. However, I want to know which course is more "dharmic" because both involve sensitive ethical issues. For instance, Repro involves playing with human life: stem cells, embryo manipulation, IVF etc. In Neuro, there is a lot of animal testing and cruelty. I realise this may be an unusual question
Without knowing the details of each career path, one can only give a general answer that might help guide you in the decision-making process. I'm guessing that each choice has a wide range of "dharmic" vs. "not at all dharmic" fields of research, so an absolute answer may not be possible in that regard.
Many companies value loyalty and long tenure in the employees. How does this correspond to Babaji's statement to Lahiri Mahasaya "Work is for man, not man for work"? Not acting against your company's interest is reasonable, but how about leaving for a better place?
Paramhansa Yogananda said to make our idealism practical which means that we need to uphold qualities such as loyalty but also put them into the context of our lives. Otherwise loyalty can shift easily into mere acquiescence and tolerance in our job situation.