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Arsha M Dev
India

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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?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Arsha,

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.

Akshaya
India

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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?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

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Dear Akshaya,

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.

lijo joseph
india

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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?

Nayaswami Devarshi

Nayaswami Devarshi

Ananda Village

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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.

Nandini
India

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One night, a couple of months ago, as I readied myself to sleep, I felt a strange tingling sensation moving all through my body. It was certainly not cramps. But a joyful sensation that continued for a couple of minutes. I sense that it does not have only a physical explanation.

Please shed some light on what it could mean.

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Nandini,

It would be easier for me to answer your question if I knew whether or not you are a meditator/sincere spiritual seeker.

But if you are either, the explanation would be that this sensation is the awakening and moving about of the prana (life-force or conscious cosmic energy) inside your astral or energy body — being caused by whatever you are doing to awaken yourself spiritually.

Bina
USA

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It is said that God is forgiving and forgives us even if we err several times. I don’t think so. For every bad karma, we get bad result. If we do something bad intentionally or unintentionally, we suffer the consequences even if we have remorse. That is karma, isn’t it? So where does the question of forgiveness arise?

Tyagi Jayadev

Tyagi Jayadev

Ananda Assisi, Italy

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Dear Bina,

Yes, karma is unerring. For every action there is an exact and precise reaction. However, above that law there is another: the law of love. God’s love permeates everything and everyone. It permeates all creation, as Yogananda said, "like the oil permeates the olive."

Nina
India

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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

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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

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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

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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:

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