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Nina
India

Question

Namashkar!How can we identify God’s voice from the one which is guided by ego? At tims it is difficult to tell them apart.

Nayaswami Parvati

Nayaswami Parvati

Ananda Village

Answer

This is a very good, and important, question. We need to have guidelines that help us understand what we are listening to inwardly. Not all inner voices and sounds will take us deeper spiritually.

The Divine voice is heard inwardly primarily as AUM, the cosmic sound or vibration of the universe. To commune with this sound gives us a way of comparing other sounds or voices we may hear inwardly. Because the sound of AUM is the vibration of the entire universe, it is a sound that is deeply inspiring to hear, and can give us a sense of “home” in the deepest way possible. When hearing or feeling it, we then can hold our thoughts, ideas, or sounds up to it in meditation, and compare the vibrations. Vibrations that are disharmonious and downward pulling on our consciousness become easier to distinguish from those that are inspiring, uplifting and expansive. I think in this way you will find it becoming clearer as to what is from God and what is not.

Vineeta
Lucknow

Question

A very close one of my family knows tantrik vidya. He can know from a distance what’s happening in whose life. He has told certain things about me, which arose my suspicion as its a little impossible 2 know prrsonal details as he told.

I don’t want to be suspicious about him, as it is a sin to doubt someone without proof, but what is the way to protect us from such intrusions of privacy. I have also been told someone did “tutka” on me.I had a turbulent life for the past 10 years. How do I take God’s help to protect ourselves?

Nayaswami Sadhana Devi

Nayaswami Sadhana Devi

Ananda India

Answer

Dear Vineeta,

As you seem to know, tantra can be a dangerous practice, especially for someone who is unfamiliar with its deeper truths. That said, there are ways you can protect yourself from evil influences of all kinds. The great masters are always with us and we can call on their aid at any time. Here are two techniques you can practice:

Manish
India

Question

Please help me to find a solution to this. I didn’t have these traits earlier but have somehow developed them after a string of bad experiences.

Nayaswami Pranaba

Nayaswami Pranaba

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Manish,

Swami Kriyananda suggested that one way out of this type of dilemma is to think less of ourselves and more of how we can be of service to others. In this way we tend to “listen” to others more and feel less inclined to insert our opinions or thoughts on others. There’s no need to convince others, even if we absolutely feel that we know what is best! Simply offer your thoughts and ideas without any attachment and you will find that your emotions will be calmer.

Mona
India

Question

Is it undesirable to have a strong sense of right and wrong? The other day I was having discussion with a few people in which I said that criminal lawyers should not protect criminals just to get money, as in this way they help to increase sin in this world. I was told that what is wrong for me may not be wrong for the criminal lawyer. He may have his own justified opinion. Everything after all is subjective. What is the take of spiritual leaders on it? Shouldn’t we call wrong 'wrong' and right 'right'?

Tyagi Jayadev

Tyagi Jayadev

Ananda Assisi, Italy

Answer

Dear Mona,

Your question concerns one of Patanjali’s ten yamas and niyamas: satya, truth, truthfulness. Satya is not a simple black & white issue. It has many facets.

Truth is objective. But our perception and interpretation of it is subjective. In addition, the outer expression of truth is an art to be learnt in the school of wisdom. There is a beautiful sentence about Sri Yukteswar in the Autobiography of a Yogi, which is surely meant to be a guideline for us all: "His thoughts were weighed in a delicate balance of discrimination before he permitted them an outward garb."

sam
us

Question

My understanging is that Master’s main mission was to the West. Why is Ananda putting so much energy in India. Isn’t the greater need in the West?

Nayaswami Sadhana Devi

Nayaswami Sadhana Devi

Ananda India

Answer

Yes, it is true that Yoganandaji’s main mission was for the West. When he came to America in 1920 there was little, if any consciousness of God within, or of the possibility that one could have a personal relationship with God. Yoganandaji’s directive came from Babaji through Sri Yukteswar, to go to the West, where people were beginning to yearn for that relationship. As it says in our ceremony, A Festival of Light,

Sana
India

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Hi. What is the difference between power of thought and divine energy? Whatever Einstein, Edison, Newton created or what Lata Mangshkar, Pt. Ravi Shankar, Mozart or Michael Jackson achieved, are they the manifestation of their divine energy or power of thought?

Sana

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Thought and energy are aspects of two different levels of divine manifestation: Thought is part of the causal world of ideas, and energy is part of the astral world of energy. The achievements of every human being — whether famous or not — are the result of both divine energy and the power of thought. We have an intention (thought), and we work toward manifesting that intention by putting out energy (which is divine energy because everything comes from God). Both are vital to any success, whether large or small.

May 21
2013

Mamta Rai
india

Question

A woman wearing orange colour saree asked me why are you sad? I told her that we have no baby. Then she told me it is because of your previous karma. You had done something wrong with a woman in treta yuga (past life).

Please help me what is its meaning and remedy .

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Mamta,

Dreams can having meaning or not. Sometimes they are superconscious, and sometimes they are just a subconscious stew. Even when it seems that they carry true meaning, that meaning can be on any of a number of different levels, and it can be hard to know which level is the valid one. For that reason, we should be careful not to read too much into a dream unless we have a deep, calm, clear conviction that it carries an important message for us.

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