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April 24
2014

jim
united States

Question

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”?

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Dear Jim,

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.

sumit saini
india

Question

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?

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Dear Friend,

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.

February 24
2014

Elysse
USA

Question

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.

Nayaswami Parvati

Nayaswami Parvati

Ananda Village

Answer

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.

January 7
2014

Elaine
UISA

Question

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.

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

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.

Rewa
USA

Question

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.

Thanks

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

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.

RE
usa

Question

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.

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear RE,

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.

November 6
2013

tommy t
norway

Question

Hi friends

What is your opinion about “Bigfoot” and the “Loch Ness Monster”? Many say they have seen these creatures. I know that this doesn’t have much to do with spirituality, but still it could be interesting to know whether Master or maybe Swami Kriyananda said something about this?

Very sincerely, Tommy T.

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Tommy,

No, sorry, we cannot locate a place where either Paramhansa Yogananda or Swami Kriyananda mentions anything about “Bigfoot” or the “Loch Ness Monster.”

You ask: “What is your opinion about them?” Personally, I think that all things are possible in this world (and in other worlds, too). Many things written off as unproven, unscientific, or “fringe phenomena” are simply things not yet discovered or fully understood by science at its present point of development.

October 14
2013

Prashanth
India

Question

I was in a healing session with my sis who is Pranic healer and also a kriyaban. She scanned by astral body and observed that all my chakras are twice as big as an average person has (from her experience of healing other persons) and also that my 3rd eye is the very big. Is this a cause of concern? What is the reason that all my chakras are so big? Thanks.

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Prashanth,

It would be difficult to measure the "size" of a chakra, since they are not in a material dimension. Rather they are a part of our astral bodies. They are made of light and energy.

Probably what your sis is saying is that your chakras seem brighter than usual and filled with a great, radiating light, which I would say would be a very good thing, indeed! So no cause for concern. Instead, a cause for rejoicing!

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