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June 21
2013

SR
india

Question

I have often read that it is important to have one-pointed contact while you mediate or pray. I often include many realized saints and different forms of God in my prayers. Try as I might, I am unable to decipher that one form of God or Guru with whom I can establish an everlasting personal contact in my prayers. This makes me restless. I feel like some confused soul always vacillating between choices, be it God or anything. Will it affect my prayers? How do I learn to read my heart?

Nayaswami Gopal

Nayaswami Gopal

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear SR,

Concentration is extremely important during meditation but can be very difficult at times. On our path to God, we keep our focus at the spiritual eye. Yogananda has stated there is no difference between any master and any master because they are “one” with the Father. It is to say, don’t worry about the form. The logical, rational analytical mind can play many tricks when one wants to meditate on God.

June 21
2013

Rex mondol
Bangladesh

Question

I really love to meditate, but I have no guideline of doing it. And is marijuana good while doing meditation? I want to clear my vision and improve my concentration, what will be the process?

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Rex,

Ananda offers free instructions on how to meditate. Click here to get started: http://www.ananda.org/meditation/learn-to-meditate/

Ananda Online offers 9 weeks course: Lessons in Meditation. For more info click here: http://www.anandaonlineclasses.org/mod/resource/view.php?id=155

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

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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

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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!

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