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Rush
USA

Question

Why does today’s spirituality seem to espouse more the feminine traits rather than masculine? More “love, compassion,” less “assertiveness, vigor” is noted. Men like Sri Yukteswar, Yoganandaji, “Tiger Swami” Vivekananda were kind, yet bold/energized, speaking with bluntness and certainty. Yet today, nearly every spiritual man I see speaks with a conscious modesty/passivity. Sadly I’ve not recently seen a “man’s man” amongst devotees. Perhaps because people assign masculinity with ego?

Nayaswami Pranaba

Nayaswami Pranaba

Ananda Village

Answer

One way of understanding this question is from the perspective that this period of time we are living in has a very real need to have more general feminine energy to balance things out. This has, as a result, an effect certainly on many devotees and truthseekers. Swami Kriyananda said a number of years ago that it is important to tune into Divine Mother even more so at this time.

September 8
2014

tim
thailand/norway

Question

What is the difference between what charles darwin said about the beginning of life and human development and what yoganda said about this? did we evolved from apes?

thank u

and God bless u

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Tim,

Darwinism theorizes that human beings descended from lower species (primates, specifically). Consequently paleontologists are forever searching for “the missing link” that will confirm this theory.

Paramhansa Yogananda, however, stated that no such link exists. He said that human beings were an act of special creation, and no other species has the sophisticated astral (energy) nervous system that alone enables one to achieve union with God. That is why it’s not possible for lower species to evolve to the human level (except, of course, through reincarnation, which is about soul evolution, not species evolution).

jayantkumar dhruv
india

Question

Why should we believe in God ?

And what is God ? And who created God ?

Nayaswami Pranaba

Nayaswami Pranaba

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Jayantkumar,

These are deep questions!

I think anyone who has any sensibility realizes that there must be something beyond the finitude of what can be experienced through the senses. Having an understanding of the possibility of infinity, naturally leads one to tune into what we call “God”. It isn’t that we should believe in God, but rather it’s important to experience expanded consciousness, which is simply another description of God.

Rajesh
India

Question

Dear Sir, Pranam,

I have been following Yogananda and Babaji from the past 6 years and I am a Kriyaban. Sir, throughout my life my conduct has been honest and innocent like a child. Yet on many occasions, people have cheated me, badly affecting my morale. I have lost not only my peace, and money, but have lost faith as well.

Sir, when I don’t do anything wrong, why again and again do I get trapped and something goes drastically wrong? Is it because of very bad Karma of mine in my past life?

Pranam,

Rajesh

Nayaswami Pranaba

Nayaswami Pranaba

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Rajesh,

Karma definitely comes into play with everything that happens to us. The important thing is that in this lifetime we endeavor to make the choices to overcome these tendencies that draw to us the experiences that you have described.

The best way to overcome one’s karma, and to neutralize the effect other people have in your life, is to meet whatever karma comes to you calmly and pleasantly. Concentrate not your problems with others, but more on generating a strong flow of positive energy.

melanya
usa

Question

What is the difference between sympathy and empathy? And which is the more important quality to develop on the spiritual path?

Nayaswami Pranaba

Nayaswami Pranaba

Ananda Village

Answer

A simple way to understand the difference is that sympathy is when we feel pity or sorrow for someone else’s misfortunes, whereas empathy is when we understand and share the feelings of someone else.

Empathy is more important to develop on the spiritual path since one is able to feel the connection with someone who is suffering rather than just feel sorry for someone. Of course we also need to emphasize non-attachment so we are not caught in the potential whirlpool of emotions.

July 28
2014

Jeni
Israel

Question

Dear Gyandev: Why do the animals suffer? Someone answered me that they don’t have an ego and therefore do not suffer, and I know that neither do they have karma. I’m not sure, because clearly they feel physical pain! Why is there suffering and torture of animals, such as in slaughterhouses and hatcheries? I can understand a personal pain or suffering as an action-reaction? But how is the law of animal life, that without karma, any animal can be a victim of any painful torture by anyone?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Jeni,

When animals experience pain, usually it’s simply nature taking its course: the animal has an accident or gets attacked by another animal. Neither ego nor karma nor torture is involved; instinct rules the animal world, and they are locked into a fixed progression of expanding consciousness.

June 9
2014

Vivek Rana
India

Question

Respected Guruji, I am currently an Engg. student but unable to pass exam as I don’t feel curiosity and interest while studying the subjects, as I am on my verge of changing my career, will meditation help me to recognize my talent and work with that, if yes, then how?

Nayaswami Devarshi

Nayaswami Devarshi

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Friend,

You are certainly asking the right question, one that more people should be asking as they embark on adult life and career!

Meditation — more specifically the intuition developed through meditation — can help you to find the right career. Paramhansa Yogananda addressed this exact question:

Niraj
India

Question

Around 1989 in India TV serial the Mahabharata was broadcast and has had a tremendous success. Now also a TV serial is launched which is fairly successful. Two characters stand out. One is Arjuna and the other Karna. Karna died in the war with Arjuna years later. These two gentlemen left the world and also left behind a legacy of scholars more aggressive than them continuously debating on who is the greater warrior of the two. What were Yoganandaji‘s views on Karna?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Niraj,

Paramhansa Yogananda stated that the major characters in the Mahabharata were actual historical figures, so the question of who was the greater warrior is not moot. And it would be interesting to know Yoganandaji’s assessment, given that he said he was, in a former incarnation, Arjuna! However, I am not aware of anything that Yoganandaji may have said about the historical Karna.

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