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February 28
2011

Bhushan
India

Question

I have seen many times that in chruch there is one box type cabin where father listen to the confession of sin of person who wish to do so and thus he is relieved from the burden of his misdeed in this process nor father knows who came for confession nor the confessor knows who was the father.I want to know whether this custom is still there in West? Did master advocated this? As per law of cause and effect how can such person be relieved from his misdeed? Or it is assurance he wont do it again?

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Dear Bhushan,

My name is Nayaswami Hriman. I was born and raised a Catholic and once studied for the Catholic priesthood before coming to the path of Self-realization.

In Yoganandaji's many years in America he became familiar with the sacrament of (Catholic) confession. He asked the same questions you did. Not all priests have attained the same level of God-realization and therefore not the same level of spiritual power to help others.

November 30
2010

daniel
usa

Question

When we pray why do we say, "divine mother, jesus christ, babaji, lahiri, yukteswarji, AND OUR BELOVED GURU Paramhansa Yogananda". If they are all masters and all one with divine mothers' infinite expression, then why are they not all our gurus? what makes yoganada the specific guru?

Thank you kindly.

Nayaswami Seva

Nayaswami Seva

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Daniel,

As you know from the Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramhansa Yogananda was sent to this country by Babaji and Jesus Christ. His was a special mission from these masters to bring back teachings of Yoga and original Christianity to uplift the consciousness of the west. His mission, therefore, was special to all of us in this century.

Christina
USA

Question

When we talk about having a Guru, does the Guru need to be a living person you interact with and can talk with you, or can it be someone who has passed (ie. Paramhansa Yogananda)? I'm confused on this matter.

Nayaswami Pranaba

Nayaswami Pranaba

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Christina,

This is a very important question and the answer includes different perspectives.

First of all, any true guru (sat-guru) such as Paramhansa Yogananda, continues to help his disciples even though he is no longer in his body; indeed there is no diminishing of the blessings in the guru-disciple relationship.

Jason
Beverly Hills

Question

What are the key traits, tendencies, or attitudes of a true disciple towards his Guru?

Thank you. :)

Nayaswami Devarshi

Nayaswami Devarshi

Ananda Village

Answer

Entire books have been written about this subject, so it's difficult to summarize! I'll add some further resources at the end of my answer.

Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda have emphasized one aspect of the disciple's part in the Guru/Disciple relationship over all others: attunement. Yogananda often spoke to his close disciples about attunement to the Guru. Swami Kriyananda recently stated that meditation and yoga technique are secondary to attunement and discipleship to a true Guru.

February 17
2010

RAVICHANDRAN IYER
INDIA

Question

Dear Purified Souls!

I have a pertinent and disturbing question to ask. It is always said that "One must have a Living Guru to progress in the spiritual path'. I am a great admirer of Paramhansa Yoganandji and I have just started to follow his teachings with Level I course. My question is whom should I consider as my Guru. Does this 'Living Guru' concept/requirement come in my way and rob my desire to become his disciple? Please clear my doubt. Thank you in advance.

Ravichandran Iyer

Nayaswami Anandi

Answer

Dear Ravichandran,

An avatar is not defined by the physical body. He is eternal and omnipresent. Those of us who follow Yogananda have felt him to be very much alive, responding to our needs, thoughts, and prayers.

There is a principle that one needs to have the "touch" of a living guru - that there must be some contact with the guru on the physical plane. Swami Kriyananda has given this matter much thought from his own experience of living with Yogananda.

February 2
2010

amit
India

Question

Every spiritual book refers or suggests that "Guru is essential/mandatory for travelling spiritual path". How can we realize and recognize him ? Without him it is not possible to traverse correctly this path. If yes, then how we will find the GURU, who will show us correct path.

Pranam,

Amit

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Excellent question, Amit. You're right to think that a guru is necessary if we would know God. The secret to finding the guru is that you must generate the magnetism to be attracted to him or her. You do that through your own deep spiritual sincerity, through yoga practice (especially meditation), through ardent prayer, and by keeping your eyes open for God's guidance. In short, to attract the guru, you must first cultivate the attitudes and actions of a true disciple.

AWANISH THAKUR
INDIA

Question

I want to become a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda for that what I have to do?

Nayaswami Devarshi

Nayaswami Devarshi

Ananda Village

Answer

Discipleship to a God-Realized Guru such as Paramhansa Yogananda is perhaps the most significant step one can take on the path to liberation.

If one reads Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi from the perspective of the Guru/Disciple relationship, then it takes on a completely different meaning. In fact, the first sentence of the book, and the last sentence of the book both address that relationship (look it up!).

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