Category: Health and Healing
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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??
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.)
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?
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.
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.