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Paramahansa Yogananda has always urged us to seek God around us and in everything we do.
I would like to ask what does this truly entail? In our everyday lives, what does it mean to go about our duties yet keep the focus on God?
What is it that we really need to focus on?
Please shed some light on the same.
That’s a good question, because it’s something that can really change every aspect of our spiritual life, including our meditations.
There are several ways that you can do this. With different life and work environments, and with various people and personalities, different approaches will work for each individual. Experiment! I'll talk about a few that you can try out.
It is said that karma is the origin of our destiny, so we should do good karma, and thoughts are the origin of our karma, so we should learn to have good thoughts. But though we are forced to learn math, English, history and chemistry, we are not taught what are good thoughts, and how to have them. How do we have good thoughts and how do we know what is good or bad?
In general, good thoughts bring feelings of love, peace, and harmony to the one experiencing them while not so good thoughts often promote the opposite experience.
If you’d like to understand in more detail about good or harmful thoughts and actions I suggest you read and study the Ananda Raja Yoga book, by Swami Kriyananda, which is the second course book in the Ananda course in Self Realization. Study especially Patanjali’s Yamas and Niyamas which Swamiji discusses with very useful examples.
I’m sorry if this has been asked before, but how can I control lustful thoughts? When I hit sexual maturity at age 11, I had no idea what I was getting into, and I have developed bad habits as a result. These habits have made me miserable. I have overcome the desire in the past, but eventually I have always gone back. Do I just have to put more of my willpower into it? I know not to beat myself up, listen to uplifting music, and to see God as the doer. Is there any other advice?
God bless you.
Paramhansa Yogananda offered the advice of “nipping desires in the bud”, meaning that we should try to catch our desires, especially sexual desires, as soon as they surface in our awareness. At that point we need to shift our awareness to something that is positive and uplifting, such as listening to uplifting music or feeling God’s presence. Chanting is another very powerful way to shift the focus.
Having alcohol is bad for one’s spiritual growth, but what if one has wine occasionally or maybe just to taste but doesn’t get addicted. Is it still bad?
Yogananda describes alcohol as one of the three main weapons of maya. That’s a strong statement. I would’t play with it, not even a little, if you are a serious devotee. Just leave the taste alone, there are many other lovely tastes around.
Hi! Paramhansa Yogananda repeatedly told us to create a protective aura around us to negate negative magnetism. How do we build a positive aura apart from meditating and praying. Is there any book on that?
There isn’t a book dedicated to that subject, but Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda have touched on it many times, including giving us specific techniques and practices.
An aura is simply a way to see someone’s magnetism in visual form. Some people see them easily, while people who perceive more on the feeling level, rather than the visual one, can “feel” people’s magnetism. When our aura and magnetism are stronger, then we are less susceptible to negativity in others, and even to the influence of own karma.
Arsha M Dev
I know Lord Krishna from my age of 2, I mean at a very, very young stage. My interest for him turned as an addiction, that was strongly opposed by many. So because of my parent’s compulsion I tried to avoid him at 13. I started to plan my life as a teenager and made many friends. Among them I felt more intimacy to some. About 7 years passed. Gradually, I came to realize that all I had intimacy for share some personal features resembling Krishna in face. What is all these?
You are blessed to feel such an attraction to Krishna. Because that attraction is so deep, it is not surprising that those to whom you have become closest might bear some resemblance to the way that you picture Krishna. It is simply an outward reflection of your deep inward attraction to Krishna, the result of conscious and subconscious preferences as well as, perhaps, superconscious insights.
Do flings and casual sex over a long period of time have a negative effect on the moral character of a man?
Someone told me that generally men who have had a number of flings over a period of time are normally extremely short-tempered, violent, and even cunning, selfish dishonest. How true is it?
Has Master said anything on the relationship between uncontrolled sex and moral standards?
Yoganandaji was very emphatic that sexual activity is a huge drain on the life-force, especially for men. Whether that manifests as violence, or lethargy, or dishonesty, or shortness of temper, or any other negative trait will depend on the individual’s own particular weaknesses, which are likely to be magnified by the dearth of life-force. That, plus the fact that sensory overindulgence of any kind leads to sense-slavery, are definite indicators of a connection between immoderate sex and moral standards.
My father was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer and died on June 2, 2013, within two months after diagnosis.
I prayed to Sri Yogananda, Sri Yukteswarji, Lahiri Mahashaya and Jesus for healing and long life of him, but obody helped me, why so? Can you help me to find out why my father gone this fast? And why guru didn’t help us and answer my prayers?
I’m sorry for your loss. I think that losing a loved one raises many questions, as it should, and is perhaps the most difficult thing we can go through. I lost Maria, my wife of 25 years, less than three years ago. I still have questions, but I also have received many answers.