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I heard Yogananda also believed in certain “omens,” like not starting a long journey on Thursday. And that Swami Kriyananda mentioned them in one of his books. Can you tell me about what omens Master believed in?
Dear Stan, In one of Swami Kriyananda’s very early books called A Visit to the Saints of India, he offers a long list of omens or superstitions, which he had just learned about while visiting India in 1972, which are commonly believed there. He then says:
Master [also] had a few such ‘superstitions’.... Here are several that I happen to remember:
1.What do our soul looks like? Is it possible that a dead person who has unfulfilled desires wander here and there.
2. Can sorcery kill some one from a distance without touching or seeing.
The soul is that part of us which is a part of God. It is formless and invisible, so it does not look like anything. The soul, when taking human form (reincarnating), is contained with the physical, astral, and causal bodies.
The physical body is easily observable and tangible. Just look in a mirror or touch your arm. The astral body is sometimes seen by people or it may be photographed by special machines. It is made of light and is sometimes called an aura. The causal body has no form — it is the thought or idea of a person as an individual.
If a person watches crime shows are they attracting negative things into their life. What advice would you give those who do watch things like “Law and Order”?
Our society has debated the effects of watching violence on TV or in video games. Putting aside social trends and impacts and returning to your own personal question, it’s safe to say that each person responds to such exposure differently. I know some who recoil from such scenes of violence while others seem untouched.
Swamiji, while explaining the ice bag technique for transmutation of sex energy , states not to use it during the time of actual sexual excitation. Kindly explain why this is so. To my mind during excitation the energy is already aroused and can be channeled up easily. There would be no danger of spilling as the coolness of ice would only help to calm down the matters! Please also explain if practiced during normal times how is cold ice stimulating to the sex energy. How can it awaken energy to transmute it?
The primary reason for not using this technique when aroused is that any further touch sensation is runs the risk of increasing arousal. While it is true that the cold sensation “ought” to mitigate arousal, this is by no means going to always be the case. Moreover, one does not want to create a longer term subconscious association between the effort for transmutation with the fact of sexual arousal.
Is there a “housing” prayer or affirmation? To help find a housing spot, to live. I’m just wondering if such a prayer would exist.
Although you have asked about a specific kind of prayer, which is one to find the right kind of housing, your question also addresses the issue of what is the most effective way to pray. You could certainly make up your own prayer or affirmation for housing. But if we make our prayers too specific, then we limit the kind of answer that can come to us. We limit the possibilities by being too specific in what we pray for. Perhaps the issue in our lives may look like it is about finding the right kind of housing, when it is actually about how we are living, as well as where and with whom.
Are you really sure Lord Krishna was not actually blue? Do a search for “Blue Fugates”. Some people have methemoglobinemia, a genetic condition where the blood carries less-than-normal amounts of oxygen, making the blood appear blue. They lived healthy lives. There are some modern people who have/had argyria is caused by the ingestion of silver, usually for medicinal purposes. I have seen two blue/blue-gray people in Tucson, Arizona when I lived there.
Dear Elaine, I doubt that there is any absolute way to say what color Krishna’s skin might have been. Most likely, it is a poetic way of saying he was filled with great spiritual light — and blue, of course is a very “spiritual” color, being, as Yogananda says, one of the colors of the spiritual eye (along with white and gold). Or this may be a reference to his aura, rather than his actual skin color.
Why did Jesus say “My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?” on the cross? Please help me to understand the real meaning/message behind this.
Dear Rewa, In an early edition of The Second Coming of Christ, Paramhansa Yogananda comments on these unusual words of Jesus, recorded in Matthew 27:46, and spoken during his crucifixion. Yogananda had been explaining how Jesus was tempted by Satan and how Jesus was both God and human (as we all are) at the same time.
A few times a year I speak with my aunt who lives overseas. This week she confided in me that every few nights she “sees” her two closest loved ones that have passed. Both her husband and son passed at rather young ages as a result of illness due to alcohol consumption (both were very much loved). I include all of them and daughter in my prayers. Can you advise how best to help her, what specifically can I tell her? (I’m learning her language, good opportunity to practice!). Love and Light.
You are definitely doing the right thing in including all these relatives in your prayers. Keep going with that! It is probably the best of all thing you can do to help your aunt and all who are involved. Send them light and love!
But if you really feel you need to comment on her report of “seeing” her deceased husband and son every few night, it would be wise for you to go very slowly and see how much she is willing to talk with you on the subject of "What happens after someone dies.” Humbly ask God to guide you about how or even if to do this.