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Patrick
India

Question

I am only 27, had joined a raja yoga for sometime, had to leave due to peer pressure, but by then I had transformed myself a lot. Lost I began to meditate with head phones in my ear and eyes closed it got me more lost. For I long time I practised gazing at a point without a wink and believe me I can stare away anyone... but it had made me more dejected. that shows on my face. At times a thought comes and not able to detach from it. Mind becomes very restless. Am not getting anyone to help me out.

Kristy Fassler-Hecht

Kristy Fassler-Hecht

Ananda Maine

Answer

Dear Patrick,

The spiritual path requires three essential things: The devotee's earnest and unrelenting seeking of truth or God, a true guru, and devotion towards God and guru.

As I read your question I'm not clear that any of these three elements are part of your spiritual life or practices. I strongly urge you to develop devotion toward God and Guru in every aspect of your life. Do not focus on feeling lost and dejected. Offer these feelings to Divine Mother and ask her to purify you of all obstacles preventing you from feeling love for Her.

November 6
2012

roby
India

Question

I have read that when we chant continously the name of God. The love for the name takes birth then the mind starts to cry in the seperation of Lord and after that we can get darshan of God.

How to evoke love for God so that my mind also starts crying in the joy and the seperation of God then seeing the divine would be possible?

Answer

In a way, you answered your own question. Chanting the name of God continuously requires a significant level of commitment - which is another way of saying deep love for God.

But if you try, even a little bit, to chant God's name, you'll find that love for God beginning to grow in your heart. In time the mind naturally starts crying for God's presence more and more. And as your cry for God becomes more magnetic, and your heart more and more pure, you will see God. It is not easy to see God in this world, but it is possible with continuous, deep longing and calling.

Sharmila Chakravarty
India

Question

What is it meant by offering an act to God? How can we do that throughout the day? What is the procedure of sending the energy to our spiritual eye while offering any thought to God?

Nayaswami Sabari

Answer

Dear Sharmila,

Karma yoga is the practice of offering one's daily actions to God. Since I was just reading The Art and Science of Raja Yoga by Swami Kriyananda, I offer his words on your question:

Everyone engages in mere activity, yet few people are karma yogis. The true karma yogi tries, by God-reminding activities, to redirect all the wrong impulses of his heart into wholesome channels. More than that, he tries to become aware of the divine energy flowing through him as he acts.

jeff wells
alaska

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Babaji and all the saints seem to discourage worshiping them, yet most will lay at their feet and try. I love the examples of God realized masters. God is the doer. What is proper respect to God and the saints?

Tyagini Dharmadevi

Answer

Dear Jeff,

That is a great question!

I think the point is to learn to recognize God as the Doer in everything and in everyone, so that our worship and reverence IS to the Divine.

You may have heard the story of the orchestra that played for Yogananda. Technically, they played perfectly, but when he was asked how he liked it, he slightly rebuked them for playing for him as a person, rather than with devotion to God.

L
Europe

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In the world today it seems that it is almost wrong to believe in God. It is almost as if it is shamefull to believe. How do you stop feeling shame in believing ?

I know i should not feel ashamed of it but sometimes people make me feel ashamed that I believe in God.

Nayaswami Asha

Answer

Dear L:

If you are associating with people who make you feel ashamed to believe in God, I suggest you find new friends.

If they are people you can't escape from - co-workers or relatives - I suggest you walk away when people speak disrespectfully of the divine.

John C
USA

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Namaste. I presume that the Spirit/Soul is more subtle/fine/powerful than the mind, which in turn is more subtle/fine/powerful than the body. Does this mean that mental prayers/chanting are more powerful than physically audible ones because the consciousness/attention is more interiorized? Or the physically audible ones are more powerful because they automatically carry the mental thought behind them in addition to the physical sound? What is more effective prayer/chanting, inner or outer?

Nayaswami Sabari

Answer

Dear John,

What an interesting question. In our spiritual practices, the energy and focus we put into them determines how much power we experience from these practices.

Whether it is prayer or chanting, deeply focused interiorized devotion is the most powerful.

Irina
Russia

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Yogananda told his disciples to learn poems written by saints and to repeat them during the day, and to sing song throughout the day because they help to attune oneself to master's conscientiousness. My question is: English is my second language and as I know it's better to use your native language for this purpose? But at the same time translated poems contain vibrations of the person who translated them. What language should I use?

Tyagi Jayadev

Tyagi Jayadev

Ananda Assisi, Italy

Answer

Dear Irina,

Greetings, and joy to you!

You ask a good and important question. I know the situation well: English for me too is the second language.

I have found that reading, singing, reciting poetry, using the language Yogananda wrote in - English - is much more effective than doing so in my native tongue. English just brings you closer to him, to his aura, to his presence. For example he said that he put his vibrations into the Autobiography of a Yogi, which contains the poem Samadhi: the poem he recommended especially to learn by heart, and to repeat often. I certainly find that a translation loses some of that vibration. Another language always introduces another color and feeling.

September 8
2010

Simon
Germany

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Should mankind pray like the jews do and only praise/worship god or is it ok to ask for personal things (isn't it "overbearing")? E.g.: Why pray for a special person. Why not pray for whole mankind?

Nayaswami Shivani

Answer

Dear Simon,

Let's say you are wanting to open your own small business, and are looking for advice about the nature of assistance available to small business entreprenuers. Or someone dear to you is having a health crisis and is confined to bed. You want to help them by researching home-care options.

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