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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.

GNP
USA

Question

A devotee just was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and has begun mood stabilizing medication. Although the episodes are mild, kriya tends to put her into mania. This person always found it difficult to spiritualize activities. Depression typically follows her during the day. She has always thought it was her fault that she couldn’t live joyfully and maintain a kriya practice. How should she approach an inner life?

Nayaswami Devarshi

Nayaswami Devarshi

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear GNP,

I’m sorry to hear about your friend. Bipolar disorder can improve over time, through working with a doctor and also working with meditation. Having worked with many hundreds of Kriya Yogis over the years, this type of situation is the one where I recommend the most care. Kriya practice shouldn’t cause mania, or the manic side of bipolar condition. If it does, then one shouldn’t practice the Kriya technique. Hong-sau and other meditation practices can be very helpful for calming and centering the mind, along with balancing the extreme ups and downs that you mention.

September 3
2013

Simran Joshi
India

Question

Is there any way to look fresh, youthful and energetic forever? Meditation gives calm but doesn’t always help to look young. I have seen many people who meditate but don’t always look young.

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Simran,

The question is, how to age gracefully, not painfully. As you live a dignified life, in alignment with God, with appreciation for others, with joy, with gratitude to God for the gift of life, you will radiate divine joy.

Your consciousness is who you really are; looks mean very little, other than the look in the eyes. Strive to have a fresh, youthful, energetic consciousness, and express it through your eyes. For more insights read Yogananda’s book: How to Achieve Glowing Health And Vitality. Please click on this link: http://www.crystalclarity.com/product.php?code=BHTAGHAV

Rusha Verma
India

Question

Hi Mary! Thanks for your answer to my question.Can cracked relationships be healed?" We can talk out as you said if our loved ones are near. But what do we do if they are far far away and out of touch for over 2-3 years? Can such relationships be healed too with patience, diligence and prayer? Does the universe respond to our prayers and love?

Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Village

Answer

If this is a romantic relationship and you have been out of touch for 2-3 years, and you are the injured party, I suggest that you focus your prayers on releasing the person and the memories into God’s hands. Let it go, especially if it only reached the romance stage, but had not yet progressed to marriage, and no children are involved.

Rusha Verma
UK

Question

Can normalcy be restored in relationships especially romantic ones where we have treated people badly or where we have been treated badly? Can time or prayers heal the cracked relationships completely or should we consider a divine purpose behind those bitterness and leave things as they are?

Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Village

Answer

Yes — normalcy can be restored, but the journey may not be easy. At the heart of any relationship is the past karma (good or bad) and the current spiritual maturity of the two individuals. We have seen relationships and marriages healed by prayer and right action.

I was intrigued years ago to read about a marriage counselor who had noted success helping couples on the verge of divorce. She said that healing was possible if both of the individuals were able to say, "I am truly sorry" for whatever was their part of the problem. Her sessions were designed to help the couple feel safe enough to do that. Most people find it very difficult to make a sincere apology, from the heart. Instead they may feel a need to say, 'Well — I am sorry, but..." and the apology turns into a defense of their actions in some way or another...

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