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January 7
2010

ashwin
Canada

Question

Ive been meditating for three years now and though I haven't experienced very deep states of peace during my meditations, yet I am experiencing a strange phenomenon.Every time I listen to certain devotional songs or new age music I am overcome with emotion and I start to weep. Its a state of rapture, of such unfulfillable longing and at the same time a torrential state joy that I feel my heart would explode! However that state vanishes when the song ends..is this normal? what is this state?

Nayaswami Anandi

Answer

Dear Ashwin,

I was recently reading something by Yogananda that I think might be helpful to you:

"When a spiritual devotee, after a few years of deep meditation, acquires a divine joy, he should not be over-confident in the lasting quality of that experience, until he reaches the final beatitude.

November 18
2009

Jeff
USA

Question

During chanting / meditation I sank into a state defined by very short breaths/ barely breathing, and I could feel my whole body pulsating. Is that normal?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Hello Jeff,

The response you've described, while not the "average" experience of people chanting, is not pathological, either. It seems to me that you are going into a highly internalized state of awareness, and as a result, some prana is beginning to flow in ways that you don't normally experience, which makes the body pulsate (or at least, it may feel that way — perhaps someone watching you wouldn't be able to observe any movement).

October 23
2009

deepak
india

Question

Hariomm,

Dear one, what is real love? What happens, when one falls in love? If I love, then will I be in problem?

Nayaswami Seva

Nayaswami Seva

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Deepak,

I will answer your question, as though you were asking about the love one finds on the spiritual path, as a devotee.

The love I feel on this path of Paramhansa Yogananda, is a calm, clear and deep joy. A joy that I want to share with everyone; a joy that encompasses all; and a joy that is not afraid or defensive.

October 23
2009

Mansi
India

Question

At times i get a sort of tickling or i don't know how to explain that feeling..it happens when i think of God or Gurudeva or if I am reading or listening to something that is devotional..it used to happen before also but these days it happens too often..I also get a lot of goosebumps!! {I weep a lot for God(which happens naturally) but still i am unable to listen to him}.can you please explain what this tickling kind of thing is and how to listen to Him and know what His Will is?

Thanks.

Nayaswami Seva

Nayaswami Seva

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Mansi,

I've noticed that Swami Kriyananda has lately been weeping in his talks when he is discussing God and Guru.

As he is in great joy, I can only assume that speaking of the Divine brings this joy into his heart. In feeling this kind of grace, how could one not weep?

September 10
2009

Vinay
India

Question

Hi,

Could you tell me what is Love? Is human love and love for God, different? How can we say that love between two people is delusive, and not the reflection of the same love we have for God, since we too are a relection of Him? Why is the desire of intimacy with the opposite sex a hindrance, if it is? Is it wrong for two people who see God as their ultimate truth, to share the journey? Though i've heard from Swamiji that one travels the fastest who travels the lightest.

Nayaswami Seva

Nayaswami Seva

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Vinay,

Swami Kriyananda was just talking about renunciation yesterday during video recording of the Essence of the Bhagavad Gita interpretations for Indian TV.

He's done 52 20-minute segments, and they're wonderful. In this particular talk he encourages married and single individuals to open to God's love first, but he doesn't exclude the human love element in our lives.

December 12
2008

George
Europe

Question

Hi. I'm struggling with my love for God since I don't know how to love Him/Her. If I think about Him in an abstract way I don't know what to love. If I think about God in the form of, let's say, Yogananda, I don't know how to make this love impersonal. And I don't know how to love God in any of His eight aspects (light, sound, peace, ...).

Because of this, I also don't know how to love God in everyone (how to see beyond looks and personality).

Please help. Thank you!

Nayaswami Anandi

Answer

Dear George,

Please forgive me for taking so long to answer your question. It is a very important question.

Swami Kriyananda writes that when he came on the spiritual path and heard about the importance of love for God as the Divine Mother, he found this difficult at first. But then he remembered his godmother. She was a very sweet and loving woman and yet more distant from him than his own mother. So, he began to focus on the Divine Mother by imagining Her in the form of his godmother. That helped to open his heart, and he was then able to direct that love to the Divine Mother, which is also AUM, the Creative Cosmic Vibration (a much more impersonal concept, yet one that is imbued with love.)

August 15
2008

Brenda Andrews
USA

Question

How can I increase my devotion?

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Swami Kriyananda defines devotion as the ruling passion of your life. Devotion to God and Gurus comes naturally when you want God as a drowning man wants air or as a thirsty man wants water. We all truly thirst for a heart full of love for God, even if we don't know it. But if you know it enough to ask how to increase your devotion and to awaken the natural love of your heart, then that's got to put you a long ways towards achieving it. Congratulations!

maria
ananda

Question

How do I develop deeper attunement?

Nayaswami Pranaba

Nayaswami Pranaba

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Maria,

Deeper attunement is one of the most important aspects of the spiritual path and is also a subtle and personal development. If you've chosen Paramhansa Yogananda as you're guru try to feel his constant presence with you; you can do this by visualizing, or even feeling, him in your own thoughts and in your words and actions.

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