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Bakari
USA

Question

I struggle to know what is more required of me in my situation of living in my grandmothers home, and being at the mercy of a financially struggling family. I want to make sure that I implement my responsibility as a contributor through monetary support, but I also feel that God realization is most important, yet seemingly luxurious.

What are your thoughts on this?

Nayaswami Premdas

Nayaswami Premdas

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Bakari,

Sometimes life circumstances are hard for us as they provoke a reaction, karmic in nature. Circumstances are neutral, Yogananda said. Our reaction to them is due to memories in our energy fields that we associate with who we define ourselves as. Surely you are a family member and want to contribute. And God-realization is not a luxury, it is your right and a joy! Yes, you can have both today and in these times. You do not have to become a renunciate/monk in the traditional way to find the keys to your happiness, your joy, your bliss. So, learn to detach yourself from these circumstances by playing the part and seeing God playing the grandson through you and honor the karmic connections among your family.

Shainee Chakraborty
India

Question

Dear Sir/Madam,

Please accept my Pranam! I saw a dream on Friday night that my mother was in the hospital, and two days later I found out that she has had fever since Friday night. I am married and live with my husband in a different city.

Is it just a coincidence? This had happened once before also. Though it was not about illness but it was a different dream and it came true. Please show me the path.

Thank you so much and I am glad to find your website.

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Pranam to you also, Shainee,

We are also glad you found our website. Welcome!

Our nightly dreams are often very interesting and sometimes can be important to pay attention to. Paramhansa Yogananda says that most of our nightly dreams are simply “movies” produced by our subconscious minds and and meant only to entertain us while we rest.

Kris
England

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I was wondering ... On a visit to Ananda Italy, I heard a beautiful grace that was sung before meals, in both English and Italian. Could you please share with me both the English and Italian versions? I’d like to share them with my children. If possible, there wouldn't by any chance be a recorded version of the melody or sheet music also? I kind of remember the melody, but not really well and I’d really like to be able to use it. I remember it was very beautiful! Thank you very much! Om Guru!

Tyagi Jayadev

Tyagi Jayadev

Ananda Assisi, Italy

Answer

Dear Kris,

Here it is, it’s written by Swami Kriyananda, and all Ananda communities sing it before meals.

English:

Receive, Lord, in thy Light the food we eat for it is Thine;

infuse it with Thy Love, Thy energy, thy life divine.

January 9
2014

Carina
Europe

Question

People sometimes claim that God isn’t real but only a product of our imagination. These people also believe that cultivating devotion or other spiritual practices which awaken the love of the heart are only due to some kind of self hypnosis or auto suggestion. I often wonder about how to give a valid answer or advice here, please help. Thank you.

Nayaswami Pranaba

Nayaswami Pranaba

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Carina,

There are several ways to approach this question:

One way is through the actual experience of those who have dedicated their lives to finding God. The result is that these people are certainly happy and have a sense of fulfillment in their lives. You can see this in their eyes and more importantly, how they handle the challenges of life. As the saying goes, “the proof is in the eating of the pudding”.

January 8
2014

Sangita
India

Question

Hello!! Happy New Year!!

It is Truth, Truth and truth alone which is our true and eternal friend and well-wisher. Om!!

I read this on a friend’s face book page. What exactly is this truth comprised of?

Tyagi Jayadev

Tyagi Jayadev

Ananda Assisi, Italy

Answer

Dear Sangita, Happy New Year!

God has many names, Truth being one of them, just like Love or Spirit. He is beyond human conception and definition, but can be described as Absolute Final Truth.

An atheist may declare, “Truth is my God”, by which he means any worldly fact, any human, scientific, or social truth, which he follows with determination. But when Truth is an “Eternal Well-Wisher,” then we are talking about a Conscious Being who can respond, with whom we can commune.

Niharika Seth
India

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In India, we follow the custom of touching elders' feet to seek their blessings. I don’t understand the theory behind this. Could you explain please? Also there are certain undesirable elders whose blessings I don’t want. is it ok if I don’t touch their feet?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Niharika Seth,

In general, touching an elder’s feet is a gesture of respect. It does not necessarily by itself draw any blessings; the elder is free to bestow blessings or not.

However, touching the feet (or any part of the body) of a spiritually advanced person—elder, child, or anything in between—can indeed draw an immediate blessing if one is receptive to it.

sandy
usa

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Often I have read that all thoughts are universally rooted and not individually rooted. Please recommend a specific reading to understand it. Thank you,

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Dear Sandy,

The topic of thoughts and their true origin is of course the topic of consciousness and the metaphysics of reality. So this is a big, big subject and pervades all of the literature, scripture, and spiritual teachings of those who represent the ancient precept that all creation is a dream of the Creator’s consciousness.

jon
norway

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Dear Friends,

Is it possible for Satan to know what I am thinking? Let’s say am praying, and I pray that I want to do better about something. Perhaps I tell God I want to meditate more. Can Satan then know about this and work against this wish?

Thank you.

Jon

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Jon,

Thank you for writing us all the way from Norway! A broader answer to your question would be that it is possible for anyone, including Satan to know what you or anybody else is thinking. After all, we are all one. It would depend on the levels of consciousness involved.

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