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February 18
2014

Geo Grant
US

Question

How can one recover from making the mistake of associating with a very negative, threatening person? I was on vacation in Hawaii staying in a hostel and came across an ex Special Forces, very negative, angry man who out of kindness I gave a ride to the beach.

Later that day, he started drinking, and sneaked up behind me, grabbed me and proceeded to demonstrate how to kill someone using various techniques. The next day the man apologized, but for me I feel some damage was done. How to recover?

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Geo,

Sudden and frightening experiences can often leave us unsettled. Sometimes such an experience “stays with us” well after it is over. You may want to try the following technique:

Stand quietly with eyes closed. After a few moments, keeping your eyes closed, slowly raise your arms. As you do so, visualize a sphere of light surrounding your body. You may want to lower and then raise your arms several times to “strengthen” the aura of light in which you are now safe, centered, and protected. Imagine that wherever you go, whatever you do, you are protected in God’s light.

A Singh
India

Question

Although I am not officially trained as a healer, whenever I pray for someone in deep trouble (could be physical or mental), he/she feels some relief or in fortunate situations a total relief. Every time I get this affirmation there is an inner feeling that I should channel my energies and focus more, as I do not actually know how to direct God’s healing power. Please suggest ways in which I can send healing vibes to others in best possible way. Thank you!

Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Village

Answer

It sounds like you have a natural attunement and affinity for sending healing energy. Paramhansa Yogananda shared many deep teachings on the topic. To learn more I suggest you look through this section on Healing Resources: Many Ways to Share in the Blessings.

Sharmila Chakravarty
India

Question

Jai Guru, My brother is suffering from extremely high blood pressure and is not responding to the medicines prescribed by the doctor for the past few months. I suggested him some healing affirmations, but his will power has gone extremely down and is very depressed due to his anxiety caused by his increased heart rate. In what way can I boost his energy apart from sending healing prayers?

Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Village

Answer

I am very sorry to hear about his difficulties with high blood pressure. Please do continue to pray for him, and you can ask the Healing Prayer Ministry to pray for him, as well.

It is very important that he should engage in his healing process in some way, beyond just taking his pills. This will help his healing, and also help prevent depression. And since he seems reluctant to do affirmations, please do ask him to at least watch this short video that I made about this Powerful Healing Affirmation, by Paramhansa Yogananda.

m
india

Question

Hi!

Did Yogananda give any diet suggestions for people suffering from colitis?

Thanks!

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Yogananda stated that one cause of colitis can be Vitamin B deficiency. He suggested the following food sources of vitamin B: wholemeal flour, whole barley, whole unpolished rice, oatmeal, rye, nuts, eggs, milk, peas, beans, lentils, and yeast. Vitamin B is also present in small amounts in nearly all fruits and vegetables, especially tomatoes and spinach. Because Vitamin B is soluble in water, care should be taken to use the water that vegetables are cooked in. Better still, steam your vegetables.

November 19
2013

Oleg
Russia

Question

I often heat up my family’s food in the microwave. It is so convenient.

However, many people who practice yoga recommend me not to use the microwave oven.

They argue that the microwave destroys the quality of the food.

What can you advise?

Regards,

Oleg

Initiated into discipleship this year.

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Oleg,

I once read about a research that was done comparing different methods of cooking vegetables: steaming, sauteeing, baking and using a microwave. Kirlian photography was used, which photograph the magnetic field (aura) of the objects, in this case vegetables.

October 24
2013

Leigh
USA

Question

What happens to the soul when we sleep? When I am depressed, I find it very hard to get out of bed — it is as though I can go on sleeping even though my body has surely had enough rest! Are there any spiritual benefits to sleep? Is the tendency to sleep biochemical secondary to what is released during depression? Thank you.

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Leigh,

Nothing happens to the soul when we sleep: it is ever-perfect. What changes is our level of consciousness, as we (usually) go into a subconscious state during sleep. Our awareness retreats partially from the senses, and our energy becomes more centered in the chakras. This gives body and mind an important rest, enabling us to make better efforts—physically, mentally, and spiritually—when we awaken, as well as have a generally better outlook on life.

Sameera
India

Question

Is tea or coffee bad for spirituality like alcohol? They cause addiction too.

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Sameera,

It depends on the effect they have on you. If you find tea or coffee addictive, then like anything else that is addictive, it will weaken your willpower—and a strong will is vital to your spiritual life.

On the other hand, some people enjoy tea or coffee without any significant side effects, spiritually or otherwise.

irfe
italy

Question

Hello

I have some suspicious physical signs that can indicate a very serious disease — multiple sclerosis. Even though I am far from being diagnosed I really struggle to stay positive. I try to meditate but am often distracted by some symptoms. I feel like my life would end if I get diagnosed. I know this is not the right attitude and I must try harder. Would appreciate your wise advice. Peace and blessings.

Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Village

Answer

I am sorry that you are having these struggles. It will help you to go to a trusted doctor, and get a diagnosis so you can know what you are dealing with, and start on the road to getting well! Stare this karma straight in the eye. You can also do positive things for yourself, including a healthy diet, meditation and yoga. These will help you no matter what, and they also can specifically help multiple sclerosis.

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