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iza
Israel

Question

Hello,

During group meditation [lying], my arms are aching.

What does it mean? What should i do?

Thanks,

Iza

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Iza,

What it means is that you haven’t yet found your best position for meditation.

Without seeing you, your general body type, and the way in which you position your body on the floor, it is impossible to know exactly what to do. But hope that you will find help through exploring the following questions:

MPG
USA

Question

Sitting in the silence has always be a challenge. Indeed, a time where it was ever easy escapes my memory. Let’s say person can do 36 Kriyas with concentration and devotion but they usually sit for just a few moments before the AUM technique. What steps should they take when time is the object?

Kristy Fassler-Hecht

Kristy Fassler-Hecht

Ananda Maine

Answer

Dear MPG,

Meditation can be a challenge and I appreciate your difficulty with sitting in the silence. We are conditioned from birth to send our energy outward and to have multiple thoughts each moment. Fortunately, our line of self realized Masters have brought timeless techniques that are guaranteed to help us interiorize our consciousness and offer it upward into superconsciousness. Every successful meditator is challenged by intrusive thoughts, feelings and impulses especially when establishing a regular meditation practice.

Nirja
India

Question

Dear friend,

Every time I try and focus on the third eye whilst meditating, my eyes feel stressed and hurt. Am I supposed to pull my eyes up and focus on the space between the eyes, or draw my attention there whilst looking straight? I have this dull ache in the region as well.

Could you also help me with some advice about forgiving someone? I have tried praying for him, but the end was just so disrespectful towards me that I can’t bring myself to offer a genuine one that makes me feel stuck in the past.

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Nirja,

In the practice of meditation, when you experience “hurting eyes,” it is generally caused by tension or eyestrain, from trying to position the eyes awkwardly. Avoid straining the muscles of your eyes, trying to look between your eyes brows.

Roberto
Netherlands

Question

Hello,

I’ve started with the Hong-Sau and energization exercises for a very short time, like 2 weeks ago, but yesterday I was doing Hong-Sau and I experienced that I had no or almost no breath, like taking a little drop of it. The feeling of my lungs can be compared with if you hold your breath out and move you abs a very little bit in and out. And I felt strange feelings through my body, and I felt bigger than I normally should be, and it felt very fine.

What this can be?

Greetings, Roberto

Tyagi Jayadev

Tyagi Jayadev

Ananda Assisi, Italy

Answer

Dear Roberto,

This is quite wonderful what you are experiencing, just after two weeks!

What happens is that the "Divine Fisherman" often blesses beginning seekers, to show that the results of meditation will be indeed special. In this way He "catches" the seeker. Often, after these beginning blessings, our long-time work begins, day for day, with patience and persistence, month for month, year by year.

PAPRI SENGUPTA
INDIA

Question

Practising HONG-SAU Technique. Cannot sit long because of my knee joint pain. and after the practice feel sleepy. But it gives me a beautiful peace. Is it ok? Sleepy feeling will remain or go out shortly?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Papri,

I assume that you are sitting cross-legged on the floor, yes? Well, it sounds like it is now time to start sitting on a chair in order to let your meditation time increase yet keep your knees happy. There’s nothing wrong with sitting on a chair; you can still go deep in meditation. Yoganandaji often taught people to meditate while sitting on a chair.

Nirja
India

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Dear friend,

I have had this question for a while, but I feel like this situation is getting worse, but can meditating a lot (thrice a day) make you more sensitive? I feel like I’ve been crying way too much lately, even by my standards :) Even someone mistakenly raising their voice at me seems to break my heart. Also, how do I meditate without any expectation from the practice? I feel like I get low when I don’t seem to get that point of peace during. What am I doing wrong? Thank you:)

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Nirja,

A person can go through a phase, in his meditation practice, of becoming very sensitive, but usually it is accompanied by inner strength too. The meditation practice helps a peson to become sensitive to the world around him, without been overly focused on himself.

April 2
2013

Mary
usa

Question

Sometimes early in the morning as I am waking up and am very still in my bed I feel my chakras vibrating. Usually it’s my heart, throat, medulla, and third eye. Why is that happening? I thought it was a by product of energizing, but I don’t really know.

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Mary,

When you begin to meditate regularly and practice the Energization Exercises — as you have mentioned — many interesting things can begin to happen to you.

What you have described is not all that uncommon, and certainly nothing to be afraid of. In fact it is a good sign that your prana (energy or life-force) is beginning to flow more freely within your astral body, in an inward and upward pattern, thus awakening and purifying your chakra system.

sam
us

Question

What's the best way to overcome desires, fulfillment or denial. On the one hand,

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Sam,

I am glad you have reached this realization. This is the battle of life, that we are all fighting. When you reach this realization and really want freedom, you are ready to embrace the spiritual path, and use the weapons of the meditation techniques to free yourself from the bondage of desires.

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