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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Nayaswami Premdas

Nayaswami Premdas

Ananda Village

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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