Category: Health and Healing
What was Yogananda referring to when he talked about
In How to Achieve Glowing Health and Vitality Yogananda refers to: nuts and seeds as meat substitutes. He refers especially to nuts such as almonds, walnuts, cashews as meat substitutes. Of course all legumes (lentils and beans) are great substitutes for meat.
When I took the class of Raja Yoga, I remember reading that garlic was not recommended, but I am having a hard time finding the why in the book. Why is not good to take garlic, does affect meditation? Is it something that I should be aware before taking it?
Thanks so much.
Thanks for this interesting question. Garlic can be regarded for both it's medicinal properties and it's qualities from a yogic perspective.
On page 121-2 of The Art and Science of Raja Yoga, Swami Kriyananda explains that according to the teachings of yoga, it is recommended that the diet focus on harmonious (sattvic) rather than stimulating (rajasic) foods. This is so that the nervous system will be cool, relaxed and peaceful (sattvic) in order to facilitate one's ability to live guided by one's inner Self. Sattvic or elevating foods tend to make one's consciousness more spiritual. When one consumes rajasic, heating and stimulating foods, it tends to activate and excite the nervous system, and this can make it more difficult to be spiritually focused.
I am going through a big life transition and considering taking an antidepressant, which has helped me in the past for depression and anxiety. But I am afraid of losing access to my deepest emotions and spiritual feelings. Can a medicine that alters brain chemistry also alter my relationship to God? My instinct says that God's energy is stronger than any other energy, and that the brain is not the seat of spiritual connection anyway, but I wonder if you have any insights for me.
Please understand that I have no medical background. I know spiritual people who have been helped through rough spots by antidepressants. On the other hand, to take a medication is not the right choice for everyone. I can't answer your question about medicine altering brain chemistry and your relationship with God.
I'm on day 5 of the cleansing diet. Yogananda's new book on Health says to take an epsom salt bath every night - 2 lbs! Is this right?
Also, are bean sprouts allowed in the salad?
Congratulations on your doing Yogananda's Cleansing Diet! Yes, his instructions do say 2 pounds of "good bath salts." However, when we offer the Cleansing Diet program here at the Expanding Light, we suggest that people use at least 2 cups. This is less than 2 pounds, but it does seem to be enough for most people to feel the cleansing effect. Two pounds a night can be fairly expensive, but if you wanted to follow his instructions to the letter, then that is what he said.
Pranaam and Salutation.
Is it all right to attempt to heal somebody or a situation or are we interfering with the laws of Karma. Can one contract the disease of another person by attempting to heal that person?
Thank you for your question regarding healing. Yes - it is all right to attempt to heal someone; in fact, it is very good to have the compassion and empathy to want to do so.
Paramhansa Yogananda gave many Healing Prayer techniques for that purpose. As devotees it is paramount that we not seek God only for ourselves, but share His blessings with all, for He is in all.
I have been a nurse in both oncology and the ICU for most of my career. I am "comfortable" with death of the body, and have witnessed many. Several were quite significant gifts to me spiritually. My question now, as a kriya yogi, is, what is the "best" way to be with someone who is dying? On what, or where to focus my energy for their benefit etc? This is for family, not patients, if there is any difference. Thank you!
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Being present with anyone is, of course, most important.
What does it mean to be present? To be aware. Be aware of your feelings as well as the feelings of the one you are with. Focus your attention at the point between the eyebrows and listen to your heart. What needs to be said? How can you be of service? Be aware of the breath. It is a very good indicator of how we are reacting to a situation.
Is there a way to detach from emotional and physical (energy) draggings or burdens while taking care of a sick loved one?
Caring for loved ones can be very trying. We generally don't expect to become caregivers, and yet more and more people are finding themselves taking care of mom or dad, the grandchildren, or each other.
You have to ask the question, how did I get into this situation? And the answer, of course, is karma. Nothing comes our way that is not ours to deal with. It is a universal law.
Hello to everyone!
Today I have a question for you about an important topic:"No-violence". In fact,I want to practice Tai Chi which is one of the most popular kung fu styles. It is good for health and it is very meditative and based on study of internal energies,but it is a really strong self-defence discipline too. Is practicing Tai Chi against the principle of no-violence?
You ask a very good question that I get asked a lot in my Tai Chi classes.
Here are some ways I answer the question.
- There is nothing wrong with practicing Tai Chi. In many cultures Tai Chi is considered meditation in motion. And it can be taught and used as a healing art. Many teachers teaching Tai Chi don't even teach it as a martial art. They only teach it as a healing art.
- As a self defense system it has both non-violent self defense techniques and "violent" self defense techniques. The important consideration is the mind set of the practitioner.
- If you respond to a violent act with violence then you were "being" violent. It doesn't mean you're a violent person. If you have to use violence as soon as possible ask the Good Lord that many blessings be sent to all involved. Now you are "being" a healer, a saint, a good person.
- If you use a "violent" technique to keep yourself or someone from being injured or worse then you are a hero. Remember, bad things grow because good people do nothing.
- In my reality God is the Doer. First and foremost, I am His humble channel for peace, love and joy. Because I am a personal body guard I am placed in situations where evil must be stopped or good/innocent people get injured. So before entering a confrontation I say the prayer, "Lord, if at all possible let this cup pass. But not by my will Lord, let Thy will be done." By the grace of God, 98% of the time I've had to enter an interesting situation nothing has happened, 1% of the time I may have had to raise my voice, and less than 1% God's Grace saw to it that very little harm was done.
I welcome your comments.