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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

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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

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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...

kiran
india

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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

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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.

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