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November 2
2012

sem
pakistan

Question

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.

Cyril
Ireland

Question

Hi all,

What was Yogananda referring to when he talked about

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Cyril,

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.

Blanca Sheridan
USA

Question

Hi,

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.

Nayaswami Mangala

Nayaswami Mangala

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Blanca,


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.

Robin
US

Question

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.

Nayaswami Anandi

Answer

Dear Robin,

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.

February 28
2012

Glenda Anderson
usa

Question

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?

Thank you

Nayaswami Mangala

Nayaswami Mangala

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Glenda,

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.

preety
mauritius

Question

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?

Mary Kretzmann

Answer

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.

Diana
USA

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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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Tyagi Hanuman

Answer

Dear Diana,

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.

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