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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
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How can we love God without experiencing him? We can experience and feel God in Meditation. Meditation as Yogananda Jee says is like experiment within our self to find God but until we we are successful in meditation and have that experience.... loving him will not be just blind love? And how can we pray with devotion chants like 'Oh God beautiful'...? On the other hand we cannot find God without devotion..is not it going in circles?
Can you truly love that which you do not know? There is a saying, "To know God is to love God," but until we have that experience of "knowing" through inner experience, we cannot love completely.
But certainly we can yearn for that love and expand upon the flickers of love we have experienced for family, friends and loved ones. In your meditation, spread your heart's feelings to include an ever wider circle of souls. As your sympathies grow, love will come to you.
Swami Kriyananda said in one of his discourses that master said we should offer to god even the mistakes we make and make him responsible for them so that he gives us the power to change them.How do we offer to god?
Offering oneself to God is mostly a matter of intention, at least at the beginning, because we can't give to God (or to anyone) that which we don't own. And for a long time on the spiritual path we are, in a sense, a house divided.
Even though the over all direction has been set, some of our "mental citizens" may still resist. So our offering is incomplete.
I often hear the phrase, "chanting is half the battle", from Swamiji and other devotees, as well as in Yogananda's writtings. I come from a Catholic background and hymns and singing in church was something that turned me off to the chuch and did not inspire or uplift me. I prefer solitude rather than community when it comes to spiritual practice and I do not enjoy kirtan or chanting.I develop my devotion by meditation, and practicing the presence. What do you make of this and is this a problem?
I'm glad that your devotion is deepening with meditation and practicing of the presence. Isn't it amazing how many spiritual tools we have: Meditation, yoga, chanting, energization, affirmation, japa, diet, pranayama, healing prayer, just to name a few!
How do I know that my attraction to God is not merely a manifestation of my desire of something more than this world?
Love for God, attraction to that which is permanent and real, is an attribute of our soul's wisdom.
However, sometimes there is another side to our attraction which is rejection or fear of involvement in this world. Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita reminds us that we cannot achieve the permanent beatitude of God-realization by turning out back on God's creation and refusing to carry out our responsibilities and work out our karma.
I am doing my Ph.D in neuroscience, and my intellect is my greatest strength and my very worst enemy! I have a deep love and connection to Babaji and Yoganandaji and I feel an intense yearning for liberation. However I tend to over analyze everything. Eg. when a spiritual teacher advises me, I tend to constantly question their true motive and I get scared that I may be sucked into a cult ! My intellect will not allow me to follow my heart..I feel hopeless sometimes..can you please help me
It feels to you that your head and heart are in conflict, but in fact, reason follows feeling. This is one of Paramhansa Yogananda's precepts. Analyze yourself sensitively and you will find it is always true. Whatever the predisposition of the heart, reason will support it.