Category: Health and Healing
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When I Go To Sleep Later, I Can Concentrate Better?
October 5, 2015
Hi,my concentration is high during my lectures when I slept late around mid night on the previous night,but when I sleep so early,my concentration is too low during the following day’s lectures.Please advise.Thank you
When you speak of "lectures" I understand that you must be a teacher or professor. You do not mention meditation but I believe you are saying that when you stay up late you have more energy during the following day than when you go to bed early!
This may be a simple factor of the right sleep cycle for you and I can only add that "do what works best for you!" If, on a night when you stay up later, you have meditated, it can be the case that meditation is helping you to sleep more restfully than when you go to bed too early and the mind is still active.
Even so, I would follow what works best for you. If I have not understood correctly your question, please write back to us.
Never Give Up
September 22, 2015
I have been suffering from severe headache for the last two years.Doctors have done all MRI test and cant detect the true cause of pain.this pain leaves me depressed all the time and I pray for my soul to leave this body as I cant take this pain anymore.Do you think my prayers will be answered.
Thank you for your letter. I realize that constant pain can be very debilitating, but for a moment, please look at the bright side. The MRI has ruled out tumors and this means that a simpler healing solution may be possible. Please pursue spiritual methods of healing such as affirmations and visualizations. These things may heal you directly, or they may serve as a divine magnet to draw to you the right knowledge or remedy to heal your headaches. Positive thoughts and feeling can heal you directly, or indirectly.
Please also use this CD: AUM — the Mantra Of Eternity. Listen to the voice of Swami Kriyananda each day and feel that his beautiful chanting of AUM is dissolving the source of the headaches, physically, mentally and spiritually.
Paramhansa Yogananda wrote a special letter to a devotee that begins like this:
Please read it and feel that he is talking to you now. Let it spark your own divine courage.
Also — I invite your to follow along with my video and do this affirmation with me. Please do it every day for at least a month as this will help to lift your mind out of despair.
And, finally, we are here to help and you can request healing prayers at any time. You can renew the prayer request as needed, it is no burden to us. We love to get an update each time to hear of any improvements, and to encourage you in your pursuit of health.
Mary Kretzmann, Director
10 Ways to Transmute Sexual Energy
September 21, 2015
Good morning. I’m here because as a disciple i’m doing a very big spiritual fight against "sexual" needs. Following the teachings of our Guru, I’m doing practices and meditation every times the mind start to think about it (not too often, fortunately) and I can "control" it, feeling so happy and near to the Guru. The problem is about the physical needs. My body start to don’t feel well, disturbing meditation and daily life. There is a practice that can help for it? thanks you so much
The process of transmuting sexual energy is a complex one because so profoundly part of the human psyche, and influenced by age, gender, health, diet, culture and environment. For purposes of my response, I will assume you are young and unmarried and not in an intimate relationship.
Speaking directly to your question, however, of physical sexual impulses and needs, our gurus recommend being careful and conscious around diet, exercise, entertainment we view, and the people we associate with. Let me begin with a list of simple things to consider:
1. Diet: eat fresh fruits and vegetables; drink clear and pure water; and avoid or minimize fried foods, processed foods, white bread, white flour, white sugar, and caffeine. Ground almonds, added to juice, or eaten / chewed whole, are considered helpful. Stimulating hot and spicy foods, too much garlic or onion, or radishes may stimulate the sex nerves. Grapes are good for devotion, but wine and alcohol in general are sexual stimulants. (Wine may be difficult to avoid in Italy, but more Italians are reducing or eliminating alcohol from their diet these days. If it can’t be avoid, moderation is a must.)
2. Vigorous exercise on a regular basis is very helpful. It should be sustainable and not "crash and burn" exercise. Unfortunately gymnasiums are not always the best place to avoid sexual stimulation but that may not be an issue for you. Running, walking, working out, hiking, and climbing are all good.
3. Is your health generally good? I assume so.
4. In general, whether in your home, at work or school, or out in public it is important to stay centered within and ignore sexually stimulating situations or people. Keep your eyes "to yourself."
5. TV and movies are filled with sexual imagery. Magazine stands, especially in Europe, have lots of cover pictures. On the Internet, too, one must be careful. If you find your eyes lingering on such imagery or people in public or at work, catch yourself, mentally chant "Aum Guru" (or, as you feel), and turn away.
6. Dress and behave modestly yourself. Avoid casual banter, touching, flirting, or getting close to individuals where you might become stimulated. Yogananda advised monks in his ashram not to have ANY conversation with the nuns or eye contact! Look at such persons through your spiritual eye and look at their spiritual eye when talking. Be impersonal, not intimate or overly personal or friendly in such cases.
7. Lahiri Mahasaya taught a technique of filling a (plastic-type) bag with ice and some water and, while meditating calmly (and NOT when sexually stimulated), hold the bag over the sexual organ. Re-direct the cool energy felt there inward and upward to the spiritual eye with the breath. If during activity you feel sexually stimulated, inhale strongly drawing the energy upward from the sex organ area to the spiritual eye. Or go for a walk, or a run...
8. Engage in artistic, cultural or serviceful activities to re-direct creative energy to a higher level. Do you have an artistic or creative hobby or interest? Do you enjoy helping others? Find ways and find people who are energetic and creative and who serve others without ego. Think of others first. This will help re-direct blocked or frustrated energy.
9. Do you intend to marry? That is of course a different topic but not wholly unrelated. Suppression is not a long term solution (for anything).
10. Sexual energy is God’s creative energy manifesting at that reproductive, sexual level. It has an infinite variety of other ways to express itself. Without it, we would be dull and lifeless. It is sacred and holy. The question is how to channel it. Don’t be afraid of it. Its strength is second only to our impulse to remain alive and survive! It is a gift. The opportunity, then, at every stage of life, is how to use this gift for spiritual awakening and service.
Well, consider these points and we can "talk" again if you like.
Healing Without Ego
September 17, 2015
Am a reiki healer and KRIYA yoga practitioner too I had completed my level2 in KRIYA yoga am having having a doubt about reiki healing ,recently I viewed a video of sadhguru jaggi vasudev who claims that healing is wrong — through healing, a healer is taking ones karma and the patient involved in that healing also healed temporarily but he will also need to pay for that later. Is it true? I am having more trust in yoganandaji what he says about healing (reiki). may I continue reiki?
Thank you for your question. First, this article may help with your question about Reiki. Yes, you may continue Reiki, but eventually you may choose to give it up, in order to feel the presence of the Guru flowing through you even more powerfully.
I practiced Reiki I and II many years ago, and at a certain point I felt guided that I should pray that the Reiki initiation be revoked, so I could be purely an instrument of healing through the grace of our line of Gurus. I had to take it as a “leap of faith”... and so I prayed powerfully for it to be removed. I did not know what the outcome would be, but overnight I felt a very strong increase in both healing power and intuition, for now the Gurus could flow through me more directly....
Pray to our Gurus, and you will be guided when the time is right.
In relation to your other question, it appears that you may be having "spiritual indigestion" as Master called it, when a person studies too many spiritual paths at once. Now that you are a Kriya Yogi, you have taken a vow of discipleship to Paramhansa Yogananda and our line of Avatars; let Master be your true Guru and guide. He gave us teachings of healing prayers and more, so would he give us something that would harm us? Of course not; in fact, when we heal in the right way — it is a sacred seva (service) and thus helps us to burn up our karma to free our souls. It does not ascribe to our egos — unless we heal with ego consciousness, such as "Oh — look at me! I am so great!"
If God has placed someone before you, and you are in the position to help — be grateful for the opportunity to serve God in that form. Then your service is pure and you will be protected.
If we pray to Divine Mother and the Gurus to flow through us in healing, we are not healing in ego-consciousness. We are healing in God-consciousness. It is a form of divine compassion on this earth. Jesus said, "When you do these things unto the least of them, you do it unto Me."
It is very helpful, to pray aloud to the Guru, and to have a picture of the Guru in your healing room. This protects your ego from getting puffed up, and it also protects those who come to you. They will see that you have the humility to pray to the Guru, and ask for Him to guide your sessions. Even in more informal situations, if I am going to close my eyes and place my hands on a someone who has asked for healing, I will say, "I am praying to Divine Mother and my Guru to bless you now..." I talk more about the power of invoking God and Guru in this article, "How to start a local healing prayer group."
Feel that you are healing with God and Guru. Remember that the person before you is a child of God who needs some divine encouragement at this time. Let your words and your healing touch be guided by God and Guru.
Mary Kretzmann, Director
A friend of mine is desperately wanting to become a vegetarian, however is facing some issues. She is allergic to many vegetarian food sources and is prone to anaemia. She has anaphylactic reactions to nuts, seaweed, mushrooms and chickpeas; and is sensitive to pomegranate, potatoes, eggs, soya, dairy and fermented products. Do you have any advice considering her dietary restrictions and guilt surrounding her meat-eating?
This is not an easy question to answer, since your friend is anemic and has many allergic reactions to vegetarian foods.
Paramhansa Yogananda recommended to eliminate beef and pork as they are high in saturated fats and toxins. Fish, chicken and sheep are not as evolved animals as cows and pigs, so she can eat those.
Besides eating fish, chicken and lamb, she can focus on what she can eat in the plant kingdom, and see if it works. Experiment, use common sense, and consider seeing an ayurvedic practitioner that can work with her diet and tailor it more specifically to her needs.
My chiropractor suggested I do the plank pose every day to strengthen certain muscles. I do not see this pose in my Raja Yoga book. Did Swamiji not teach it? Also, how does a person know which of the many poses to do? I did yoga postures while at The Expanding Light retreat, but don’t include it in my routine. Should I?
Plank pose is one of many helpful poses that Swami Kriyananda didn’t include in The Art and Science of Raja Yoga, for the simple reason that one can write about only so many poses.
I suspect that your chiropractor has determined that certain of your so-called "core" muscles need to be strengthened in order to support your spine properly. I would say, follow his/her recommendation and see what happens.
As for how to know which poses to do in general, it’s best to work with a qualified yoga teacher who will take into account your overall goals, special considerations, and your chiropractor’s advice in order to develop a routine that is right for you.
Pain from the Past
August 3, 2015
United States of America
i am as a child, 34 years old without ever knowingly meditating and with a large amount of repressed physical and psychic pain. I am trying to learn to find love in myself, overcome my pain and find my center and balance. I experienced a release of emotion and non physical pain when I tried yoga for the first time yesterday and afterwards as well. Can you give advice on how to get the most from yoga in these regards or how else to deal with this pain?
I congratulate you on doing something about these difficulties. It’s not at all unusual to have such difficulties, and for yoga practice to bring about a release—sometimes pleasant, sometimes less so.
As for how to practice, in general, take it easy. Don’t use your practice to try to get things to “come up.” Rather, be gentle, and let your practice work its own magic, so energy releases as it will rather than forcing it to release, which can lead to unpleasantness.
As to how to deal with the pain, first of all, know that for it to come out doesn’t mean that you have created a new problem—it was in there anyway, And for it to come to the surface naturally can be the first step in dealing with it in a healthy way.
Another important point is to accept yourself—past and present. Pain can get much worse if you think that you should be—or should have been—someone different. The past was what it was, you’ve learned from it, now it’s the present, and you’re a different person. Do your best to move forward without guilt or self-condemnation.
As Paramhansa Yogananda’s guru put it, “Forget the past. The vanished lives of all men are dark with many shames. Human conduct is ever unreliable until man is anchored in the Divine. Everything in future will improve if you are making a spiritual effort now.”
I am suffering from depression which is caused by the problems of fear of decease n fear of death.i have been practicing haung-sau and om meditation techniques from last 1 year but these thoughts are keep coming during meditaion.plz advice to avoid these negative thoughs during meditation and general advice to improve my condition
Sometimes during times when one experiences depression, fear or other negative emotions, it might not be enough to practice meditation, as the heart is too agitated.
Try adding meditative activities, like walking meditation with a repetition of a positive affirmation like this one by Swami Kriyananda:
"I am strong in myself, I am complete in myself. The joy and perfection of the universe, await discovery within my inner being."
Try walking in nature and relating to the beauty of flowers, trees, and the sound of birds. Focus on deep breathing, and feeling life’s energy and vitality flowing through you. Feel the joy of your own being.
Spend time with positive supportive people.
Find a way to serve other people. Sharing and giving to other people will help you expand your self identity. As you feel more joyful, then you will find that the meditation practices will be more effective.
Right now, it is better to focus on self-expansion, through service to others, through meditative activities, and feeling the joy of your existence. And if you are taking prescription medication for depression, continue that.
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