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June 19
2013

ela singh
India

Question

I smoke heavily...Is it harmful to meditation? How do I give up? I tried, tried and tried? Thank you.

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Ela,

Nicotine is harmful to your spiritual practices, in part because it diminishes one of your most important faculties: Willpower. Nicotine is a depressant, so it has a calming influence, but the yogi needs to learn to become and stay calm through conscious inner processes, not external influences. Nicotine is also a stimulant, but the yogi needs to learn to raise his or her energy level, again, through conscious inner processes, not external influences.

Peter
SA

Question

Hi, Is there a specific time to meditate? Also do clothes matter in meditation? Like can a person meditate wearing boots and jacket due to coldness? So how can a person meditate in a cold room especially during a cold season?

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Peter,

The time to meditate is when you can do it regularly.

Recommended are dawn (just after awakening), twilight, high noon, and midnight. Another time is in the evening, just before bedtime. It’s also easier to meditate on an empty stomach 2 – 3 hours after meals. So set aside the same time or times each day for your meditation.

ela singh
India

Question

Sir, I am meditating since January this year but I still can’t concentrate more than 2-3 seconds. My mind chatters all the time whether I am meditating or not.

But on the other hand, in spite of my failing in meditation, I am getting a lot of benefits. e.g., I am now less short-tempered and my attitude has started changing. I am becoming closer to God. My relationships are a bit better now... Why is this so?

How long will I take to succeed in meditation?

Tyagi Jayadev

Tyagi Jayadev

Ananda Assisi, Italy

Answer

Dear Ela,

These are your first six month of meditation. Meditation for you is still young, like a child. It needs some time to grow up. One of the secrets of success is patience. Patience, it has been said, is the shortest way to God. “Keep going” is the best advice I can give you.

Andy Salgado
America

Question

I have been meditating for about a year. Basically since my meditation I have been feeling a constant tingling in my body, it feels as if my actions are a lot slower and I am more aware. This tingling won’t leave so I’m making sure it’s okay, right?

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Andy, may I assume that this tingling sensation continues during your waking activities, and not just during meditation?

The experience of a tingling sensation is not at all uncommon in the practice of yoga and pranayam and meditation, though to have it all the time is a bit unusual (you didn’t say exactly how long, however).

PS
US

Question

I have been meditating daily for 10-15 minutes(based on my self learning of the techniques from Ananda’s website)

1) I experience very "cold/cool feeling" at my spiritual eye, soon as I feel energy coming upwards. Sometimes this feeling stays for the day and at times, it comes upon when I close my eyes and try to focus on my spiritual eye. Is that normal?

2) once I have felt sudden wave of shock running up my spine into the spiritual eye followed by intense pressure. Is this dangerous?

Thx.

Nayaswami Premdas

Nayaswami Premdas

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear PS,

In answer to your first question, consider this sensation at your spiritual eye to be a blessing and a “re-minder” for you in remembering your connection to God and Gurus. Although many have not had this experience, it is not uncommon for spiritual adherents, yogis to have a feeling and an awareness at this point/center, called by many names, just a few examples being agna chakra, third eye, the pineal gland, Christ Consciousness Center. The main “point” (pun accepted!) is to remember Spirit and your personal Soul connection that far surpasses your identification with the body and to try and merge with the Divine through this “portal”. Getting to this “eye” is one of the physical highlights and goals of the pranayam practices of all yogis, specifically Yogananda’s Kriya lineage. Do you practice Hong-Sau? Energization Exercises? These beginning and lifetime techniques help us to awaken our inner prana, the kundalini, to do what I believe you have described.

June 11
2013

Peter
South Africa

Question

Hi my name is Peter. I have being trying to meditate but it’s being hard for me because I am finding it hard to concetrate, sometimes I can keep concentration but nothing happens, I don’t see anything, no light, no image. How can my spiritual eyes open in meditation to be able to get into these realms mentioned

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Dear Peter,

Many years ago when Swami Kriyananda was new to meditation and living with Paramhansa Yogananda, Kriyananda complained to his guru that he didn’t think he was getting anywhere with meditation. Yogananda replied that "You are trying to hard!" Relaxation is the key!

Sean Hawks
United States

Question

I have “aspergers.” I acted normal since the first grade I new I was different—pretending to be happy and remembering to smile every birthday alone with my “thoughts and internalizing self” the only thing I could think for a wish as far as what I wanted “I wish to be one with God”—same wish every year. I’m 33 now, always known my purpose was to heal others. Been meditating at least twice daily for over 11 years. Been actively persisting kundalini but my “inner world” holds my meditating back

Answer

Dear Sean.

While you never actually stated a question, let me address the issue of how you are feeling “limited” by your inner world.

How beautiful that you have known from such an early age that being one with God was your goal. So few of us ‘remember’ at that time. One wouldn’t think to say this to someone who has carried the burden of Asperger’s Syndrome, but in that way you are blessed. You remember. The very fact that you know about God, that your sole reality is wanting to be closer/one with Him is way more than half the battle on any spiritual path. As Paramhansa Yogananda said over and over, “God watches the heart”. Our intention means a great deal when we are thinking of spiritual realities.

Roberto
Netherlands

Question

Hello Ananda Friends,

I’ve a question about the hong-sau technique. It’s been told to me that we’ve allways have to be concentrated at the Christ center and not above to the crown chakra or we have a chance to leave of our bodies. But when I concentrate on the Christ center sometimes I feel a pressure at the crown. Can you maybe explain me if this is wrong or what this exactly is? It makes me afraid since somebody told me when can leave our body’s this breaks my concentration.

Thank you,

Roberto

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Roberto,

Paramhansa Yogananda taught that, when we practice Hong-Sau, although we fix our gaze at the Christ center, between the eyebrows, we focus our attention on the breath.

The Christ center is the sixth chakra, the center of enlightenment. Only after all our energy has been brought to that center will a doorway open from the sixth chakra to the seventh, the crown chakra, the center of liberation. If you focus prematurely at the crown chakra, however, it’s quite possible to become ungrounded and restless, perhaps even mentally unbalanced. Stay at the spiritual eye.

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