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kiran
india

Question

Most of time nowadays I remain in blues and cant change my personality, some this cause slurring of speech, no interest in anythings. What should I do to enhance my mood, for continuous joy and eternal feelings, to boost up my confedence, and fluency of speech?

Nayaswami Premdas

Nayaswami Premdas

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Kiran,

I want to direct you to a wonderful book that addresses this very issue and is the first step in The Ananda Course in Self-Realization, Lessons in Meditation . You can learn more about it here: http://www.ananda.org/meditation/ananda-course-in-self-realization-the-path-of-kriya-yoga/. These lessons offer the new yogi, spiritual adept, simple and direct practices of controlling one’s energy. This is essential if you wish to address the despondency, blues, and moods your letter references. The fact that you are asking for a way out of the downward pull (tamas) you’re feeling is a GOOD indication of the presence of your willingness and inherent rise in the god-given energy (prana) that is within you already. It wants to move! And there is something you can do about it….

June 5
2013

subir
india

Question

I tend to eat a lot when I am angry. What do i do?

Nayaswami Premdas

Nayaswami Premdas

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Subir,

God, Divine Mother, gives us gifts and we often miss the opportunity. This question of yours is a good one because it points not to what is wrong but what is truly wanting to happen. She is waiting, Yogananda is ready, so what do you say we take the next step and let them play with us?

Bina
US

Question

Hi!

I met a woman who said she was 40. I was surprised as when I met her first, I thought she was a high school or a college student 19 or 20 years old. Her voice sounded young too and so was her attitude. She looked bight and pure. When I inquired further, she said she does yoga. Can yoga defy age to this extent?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Hello Bina,

It’s true that yoga can help a person look younger than his or her physical years—in large part because it promotes good health and teaches you how to relax and uplift your energy. A healthy, relaxed, uplifted person naturally looks younger. The yoga postures can help significantly with this, and meditation is even more effective.

Nina
India

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Namashkar!

My Dad’s a great humanbeing. Extremely intelligent with a pure and innocent heart. He is 71 now. Whoever sees him, falls in love wthhis smile, innocent face. He'salways been highly respected in office and amidst his friends and kin coz of his competence and character. But,one thing worries me. He doesn’t believe in God or spirituality. So much so that he walks into our pooja ghar wearing shoes. He breaksdown during tough times and ended up with a brain haemorrage. How can I help and pray for him?

Nayaswami Gopal

Nayaswami Gopal

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear One,

Sorry to hear about your father. If it’s O K with you, I too, would like to pray for him to return to good health.

For it is written, “Seek Ye first and all these things will be added unto you.” It is to say, if you want your dad to know God or develop spirituality then a good plan of action would be for you to increase your spiritual magnetism. The law of attraction says, “Like attracts like.” The closer your relationship is to the Almighty the more positive and uplifting your energy will be. If your father is open to receiving this heavenly energy it will naturally lift him to want to know and love God. The more in tune you are to a true spiritual master like Jesus Christ, Yogananda, Krishna or other divine saints the more your light will enlighten those close to you. For their light will merge with your light.

suchitra chavan
india

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i am a 27 year old girl, due to some incident I was under depression and during that period some negative words and thoughts came to my mind and I use to get restless even now such words frequently keep coming.

How to get rid of it? I am really upset I am not getting confidence and not able to create mood to start new work, sometimes I feel irritiated.

Plz help me sir, I was never like this before there has been great difference in me now. I don’t feel free, plz help me.

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Suchitra,

We are sorry to hear of the difficulties you are experiencing in your life right now. There are many tools which you can use to pull yourself into a much happier mental and emotional state. If you don’t have a regular practice of daily prayer and meditation, that would be the first place to start. Let us know if you need help with that process.

Carol
USA

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I was diagnosed with a chronic disease and live with it everyday. I work and help as many people as humanly possible during my time. Yet, since being diagnosed I can't help but feel afraid of dying sooner than expected or living getting worse and worse until I'm not a person but a disease. I can't feel happiness for myself anymore, and I don't feel like anything is worthwhile anymore. I feel void, afraid, lonely, and negative. I wonder what exactly God's plan was for me. I can't change anything.

Nayaswami Parvati

Nayaswami Parvati

Ananda Village

Answer

Of course your situation is a difficult one, but it sounds as though you have chosen to make the most of it in one way, and that is in serving people. This is a good beginning. But what I don't know about you is, are you on a spiritual path? Are you interested in getting to know yourself on a deeper level, and, most importantly, do you have a regular meditation practice? Regarding God's plan for us, Ananda members follow the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, which allow us to make sense of this world we find ourselves in through communing with the higher Self, the soul within. Through the practices of our spiritual path, and the guidance of the guru, we gradually understand that God's plan for us is that we remember our oneness in Him, and that we live in the experience of His bliss within us.

November 2
2012

sem
pakistan

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I am having a problem with my imagination since a year or two. I usually get absent minded during a lecture. I am good at studies and I know I can do better if I concentrate. I endure a feeling of heaviness over my brain sometimes. Even when solving an exam I commit silly mistakes just because my brain isn't quick to grasp the concept and even if it does it picks out the other. I'm also having a problem of looking at the mirror for a long time, my grandma says that my brain is two-way. What to do??

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Sem,

It seems that you need more energy as well as more focus. Fortunately, there are practices that can help you.

I think that the best place to begin is with Paramhansa Yogananda's Energization Exercises. Here is a link to some information about this system and 3 of its exercises. Next time you go into a situation where your brain sometimes disappoints you, try those 3 sample exercises immediately beforehand. (It would be even better to do all 39 of those exercises; I am simply trying to give you a taste of it.)

Gopalakri­shnan
India

Question

Recently I checked my blood pressure level is 190+ doctor says it is uncurable. I take medication daily. What kind of meditation will cure this problem?

Answer

Dear Gopalakrishnan,

High blood pressure is a serious condition that causes many complications that are very detrimental to your health. Please follow your physician's recommendations for taking medications.

You can enhance the effect of the medication and likely reduce the dosage in future, with your physician's guidance, if you lose weight (if you are overweight), stop smoking (if you smoke), follow a low salt diet and practice yogic techniques of pranayama, deep relaxation, and meditation.

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