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Quinn
USA

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Is reincarnation immediate? My brother died four years ago, and my two-year-old exhibits many of his characteristics and always points him out in pictures even though I haven’t explained who he is or brought attention to him.

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

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Dear Quinn,

In the Autobiography of a Yogi Paramhansa Yogananda writes of his promise to a young disciple, Kashi, that if he died young Yogananda would find him again when he reincarnated and help him once again onto the spiritual path. The chapter “Kashi, Reborn and Rediscovered” has many fascinating insights into reincarnation, but it also answers your specific question: Yogananda “found” Kashi six months later in the womb of his new mother. Visiting the family sometime later, Yogananada noted how similar the infant looked to the Kashi he knew before. Yogananda fulfilled his promise and guided Kashi to a Himalayan master.

Sangita
India

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Hi! A spiritual author has mentioned in his book that if we are born in a rich family and use our money selfishly just for our and our family’s personal needs, then we might be reborn in not so favorable financial circumstances, while if we develop he habit of giving and sharing with whatever little we have, we may be reborn in favorable financial circumstances...How true is it?

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

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Dear Sangita,

That is my understanding as well. I am not speaking from intuitive knowledge, just from my understanding of the teachings of karma and reincarnation.

However, one doesn’t need to have the intuitive wisdom of a Master to understand this. One can see this principle at work even in a single lifetime. Those who live with a generous heart, thinking of the welfare of others, serving and helping where they can, attract prosperity. Good things tend to happen for them, whether it’s material gain or good fortune in love.

Ramesh Aritakula
India

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Dear Sir / Madam,

I have read somewhere in the books that lord Rama and lord Jesus are the same soul. Could you please update if this understanding is correct?

I have also read from the books of Yogananda that Jesus in his previous incarnation was Eliseus and John (The Baptist) was Elias in a previous incarnation.

Request you kindly to clarify me that Lord Rama and Lord Jesus were of the same soul or not.

Thanks & Regards,

Ramesh.

Nayaswami Seva

Nayaswami Seva

Ananda Village

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I have never heard that Lord Rama and Jesus Christ were the same soul. What is true is that all Realized souls are the same in God. It really doesn’t matter if one soul has manifested again and again unless it is to tell us – we mere struggling devotees – that these great ones come again and again to help us find our liberation and oneness in God. The sooner we listen to them in whatever incarnation we find ourselves and look to being freed, the sooner we realize our own oneness in the Divine also.

Frances
USA

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What’s the connection between prayer and fasting to change karma? I see that the Pope held a day of prayer and fasting to prevent war in Syria and have read Jesus mentioning prayer and fasting in the Bible. Did Master ever say anything about this? Thanks!

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

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Dear Frances,

I am not aware of Yogananda saying that prayer and fasting can change karma.

In his book, Karma and Reincarnation, Yogananda says that we can overcome karma by living in divine consciousness, and with deep attunment with God. The closer we live to God, the less His law will be able to affect us.

August 27
2013

In God's service
USA

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My mom was quite healthy but passed away suddenly with heart attack. I see so many other people who are not healthy living longer. This makes me think may be we have not taken care of her and if she would have gotten medical attention sooner she would have survived. I can not calm my mind. I am very sad and feel guilty.

Tyagi Shanti, M.D.

Tyagi Shanti, M.D.

Ananda Palo Alto

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Dear friend,

I am so sorry for your loss. In one way I could simply say, “there are no words.” In no way would I want to try and talk you out of your grief. Even Yogananda shed tears when a few of his closest disciples passed. He also felt great sadness when one of his monks or nuns left the path. This universe works in ways that are simply impossible for us to understand. It is all beyond mind or intellect, and when a loss as great as this occurs, particularly when it happens so quickly and unexpectedly, we just long to make sense of the situation. I understand completely.

Mona
India

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Hi!

It is said that repentance and remorse are Godly. What does it mean? Suppose a man commits murder or breaks hearts and then repents. Will he be forgiven? Will he escape divine punishment if he repents? Then everyone will commit sin, repent and escape punishment.

Nayaswami Gopal

Nayaswami Gopal

Ananda Village

Answer

Hi! And joy to you.

Repentance means being sorry or having regret for wrong doing. Remorse is associated with the experience of pain as it relates to a wrong doing. Repentance and remorse is Godly when one is sincerely sorry and attempts to make amends for a wrong act. It is a very good habit to go out of the way to correct a negative action with a positive action. Most people put more energy into blaming others or they may do nothing at all to correct an error.

Nandini
India

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How much of life is controlled by our destiny (product of previous thoughts and actions) and how much of it is controlled by our current thoughts and actions?

I ask this in connection to the fact that some changes in my life have been very different from what I have expected. And I have actually been thankful that destiny has worked its own way instead of conceeding to my blinkered thoughts.

Thank you.

Nayaswami Parvati

Nayaswami Parvati

Ananda Village

Answer

Our lives are controlled completely by our own self-created karma, meaning the actions we do in this lifetime, as well as what we have done in all our previous lifetimes (which are many in number). These actions, or karma, determine what happens in our lives today, especially as these actions have been repeated over many lifetimes.

mary
usa

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Our abundance externally seems to be linked to our realization of our Divine abundance internally. How does Karma interface with this? Also I think that the more I love God the less I need to ask others for wisdom. And the more I realize that my “truth” is not the truth others may perceive for me. Thank you for responding. Blessings to you.

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

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Dear Friend,

In your note above you’ve brought up several subjects and it may be helpful to be clear about what they are:

1. Does material abundance flow from (what you term) “Divine abundance internally”?

2. How does karma affect #1?

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