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Josh
USA

Question

Hello,

I’m having trouble praying for an opportunity for a career change. The job I currently have is unfulfilling. I’ve become certified to become a personal trainer in the hope of helping people improve their quality of life. However, I’m having trouble finding a job. I wish to pray for an opening but feel like it is a selfish request and isn’t “worthy.” I’m confused as how to proceed. Any guidance would be very appreciated.

Thank you and God bless,

Josh

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Josh,

Yogananda in his book, Whispers from Eternity, prefers to use the word “demand” instead of the word “prayer.” [Editor's note: See the "Hints to the Reader" section.] He said that we are God’s children and therefore have dominion over all things in the universe, even as He has. Therefore we have the right to demand of our Heavenly Father to help fulfill our needs.

October 16
2014

Chris Mc
USA

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I have a weight issue and struggle going up and down on my weight, and would like to do the nine-day diet, but there is not one till January. By chance is there someone there who would assist me? Also, can I use potatoes since you allow one cooked vegetable? Also, must it all be organic? Do you have advice for me to keep at a healthy weight? Thank you , Chris

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Chris,

The nine-day cleansing diet will help you not only to loose weight but also to revitalize your body cells.

I am sending you the link to the nine-day diet as it is described by Nayaswami Devi, the co-director of Ananda, who has been doing it for many years. Her guidance will be helpful for you to do it yourself.

dhruv parikh
india

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In the King James Version of the Holy Bible, I read in Genesis that “...the descendants of Adam, when Adam was 130 year old he had son Seth. Adam lived another 800 years and died at age of 930. When Seth was 105, he had son Enoch and he lived 807 years.” I know this things are written in deep allegory. Can you please give me deeper meaning of this story?

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Dhruv,

You are correct that many things in the Bible are written in allegory. However, in this case, it may be that words of truth are being expressed. We know from the teachings of the great yogi masters that in past ages, people have lived for many more years than they do now. And this will happen again in future, higher ages. All this comes about due to the great cycles of time called the “Yugas.” We are now in Ascending Dwapara Yuga and you can see from recent history that each generation lives a bit longer than the one before it. In higher ages people live longer. In lower ages, people die earlier.

Dennis Anao
USA

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Hi fellow devotee,

Ever since I stared to practice yoga and pranayama and meditation every time I eat the top of my head gets tingly. What is this? Thank you.

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Dennis,

As you practice yoga, pranayama, and meditation, more energy starts to flow through the body. This can cause you to have a variety of experiences that you wouldn’t otherwise experience. The tingling sensation is probably one such experience.

Whatever kind of yoga, pranayama, or meditation you practice, you should use common sense, avoid overdoing any practice, and make sure that you are relaxed and comfortable while practicing. It’s particularly important that you don’t practice in an extreme way if you are a beginner.

Stan
Belgium

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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?

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

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:

deepesh
india

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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.

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Deepesh,

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.

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

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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.

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