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May 20
2014

jayantkumar dhruv
india

Question

Hindus worship images and icons of stone, clay, and metal. Is not this practice of idolatry contrary to the teachings of the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita ?

Nayaswami Parvati

Nayaswami Parvati

Ananda Village

Answer

The validity of worshiping any material object always depends on the inner understanding and consciousness of the person doing the worship. I read something interesting a number of years ago. It was about a man who had visited India many times to study the different forms of worship done there. He was a Westerner and had a deep respect for India. He did this kind of study for over 20 years. To him it was something of great interest, but nothing deeper.

Anonymous

Question

I’m used to thinking of God as the Heavenly Father. The idea of Divine Mother is very new to me. What’s the Divine Mother all about?

Answer

In the summer of 1970, I visited a friend who lived on the small property that was Ananda’s only land at the time. Later, it became the Ananda Meditation Retreat. But at the time, it was all there was of Ananda, just 12 acres of remote land with hardly anything on it but trees, bushes, and a few primitive structures.

Nina
India

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Namashkar! God is one. Could you please tell me the difference between Divine Mother and Divine Father and how can I address them separately during my prayer.

Regards.

Tyagi Jayadev

Tyagi Jayadev

Ananda Assisi, Italy

Answer

Namashkar Nina,

Yes, God is one, and in “His” true essence He is beyond any human understanding. To understand His eternal essence we have to go beyond our human level, and meet Him on His own level, by expanding with our formless soul into in “heaven”, into Eternity, beyond time, space, gender, and definitions.

shweta jha
India

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Because of some cases of cheating and hurts I have received from loved ones and friends, I have become very bitter in life. Of late, I have realised that the bitterness has made me very unattractive. I am into kriya which certainly helps me but not when it comes to bitterness .... that is judging almost evrything negatively. I makes me appear very aggressive, which unfortunately I am not. Is there any other stronger way of being genuinely easygoing and not taking life seriously?

Thanks

Nayaswami Premdas

Nayaswami Premdas

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Shweta,

You mention the word “bitterness” twice as well as referring to disappointments regarding disloyalty and pain given by those close to you. You have recognized the cost to you in taking on and absorbing their energies, whether they intended their inflictions or not. Associating with environments, behaviors, people, all have an effect on. As Yogananda, our guru, said, “Environment is stronger than willpower.” Sometimes we have to run away from circumstances that pull us down. But often we are unable to and have to absorb the slings and arrows of what is playing out in and around us. First see that attacks are not personal and ultimately have no power over you. You come to know that through your empowering practice of Kriya, including Hong-Sau and Energization, practiced regularly and consistently. This is how you build your strength and your knowing, your assuredness of the power already within you. Be realistic too and don’t allow yourself to be subjected to anyone’s or anything’s contracting, belittlement of you, the immortal soul. You are that ever-expansive soul and no one can take it away from you.

May 23
2013

DG
India

Question

"God is Love" this is what I have read all the time and believed in it. Then why didnt God help me unite with my love? I recently brokeup with my ex due to family pressure. We prayed so much... wasn’t our love real or pure or worth saving? Or am I paying for my past karma?

I feel agitated and have this urge to turn very revengeful towards my ex as well as family. Will then God forgive me if I become so? Will God understand me if I do so?

Please guide

Nayaswami Gopal

Nayaswami Gopal

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear One,

It is true God is love. And, God’s love is unconditional and God loves all equally! He loves you and your ex just as much as He loves your parents. It is extremely important for all devotees to understand God’s love is far above and beyond our rational, analytical and logical mind. God’s love is tremendously much greater than we will ever know. That being said, it is very important to realize that God’s love, being what it is, does not mean, He will grant our every prayer.

Nina
India

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Namashkar !!! Man proposes, God disposes! God knows our true needs and gives us the best in his own time. What then is the use of prayer apart from the fact that we remember Him at least on the pretext of asking for something. I mean God will anyways give us what we deserve and what we need? So why pray?

Tyagi Jayadev

Tyagi Jayadev

Ananda Assisi, Italy

Answer

Namashkar Nina!

The reason is: if you pray, miracles can happen, if you don’t, they won’t.

It’s like this: God is impersonal, but He is too great to be only impersonal, as Yogananda explains. He is also very personal: He is a Father, Mother, Friend. If you don’t pray, His impersonal law will be active, which is karma. Everything then that happens is in the flow of action/reaction, cause/effect.

Shalin Joseph
India

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Hi!

I know that a pure heart is the basis for bliss, as from pure heart emanates pure thoughts, words, and actions which eventually determine our destiny. I have been praying to God to bless me with one. It is a higher goal that I am asking for, but my prayer hasn’t entirely been answered. I have started meditation also a year back. But I have not been freed from lower emotions completely. How long and how much effort does it take to have a heart free of undesirable emotions?

Shalin

Nayaswami Pranaba

Nayaswami Pranaba

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Shalin,

It’s important that we not be attached, even to spiritual goals. In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna gives Arjuna the emphasis of “nishkam karma”, which means simply, action without the attachment to the fruits of one’s actions. The same can apply to spiritual goals. We need to do the best we can while offering it all to the Divine.

If your sincerity is there in purifying your heart, then God will respond. But God will respond in his time, not always in “our” time!

Continue to meditate daily, but also activate the devotion of your heart through chanting and feeling God’s presence. Paramhansa Yogananda said that “chanting was half the battle”.

Anonymous
India

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I read this line: Nearly every man can withstand adversity but if you want a test a man’s character, give him Power.

Now God is so hungry for love, he wants all of us to love him ALONE . Plus, he has ALL the power. Given this nature: I cant even think of loving him, I mock at this very thought. Love him as brother, lover, mother etc? Can you love someone who punishes you for the birth you never wanted to take at the 1st place?

Nayaswami Gopal

Nayaswami Gopal

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear One,

I hope and pray you allow an opening in your heart so you may receive the only experience that is worth its weight in gold ~ loving God. Once you allow your self to receive God’s love all questions will be answered. Loving God and receiving God’s love is all that matters in life. There is nothing that can compare to this truth. This thought is very difficult for the analytical, logical and rational mind to understand. This thought is of the soul. For the sake of argument, let us say, the soul is a part of your highest self that starts where the mind ends.

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