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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!

September 3
2013

Gary
Canada

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Hi, Am not sure if this is the right place to ask. Please forgive me if I offend someone. Recently I have been introduced to tantric sex and wants to learn more about it. I want to ask what is the place of sex in yoga. Is it something you should refrain from? If not, is yoga the first step to achieve tantric mastery? What kind of activities or exercises should I do and what kind of goals should I aim for tantric mastery? Are yoga and tantra totally discrete from each other in terms of the final goal?

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Gary,

We are not offended, and we are happy to answer your questions as best as we can.

Tantra yoga is greatly misunderstood these days, both in India and in the West. In his book The Hindu Way of Awakening (which I highly recommend), there is a whole chapter on tantra yoga.

S.Neethi
India

Question

Is it okay to use harsh speech and tone when several rounds of sweet speech doesn’t help one to mend his or her ways? At times there are people who do not understand sweet or plain language. If harsh language helps to discipline them, the why not?

Nayaswami Gopal

Nayaswami Gopal

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear One,

Joy to you! You ask a simple question but it has a lot of considerations. Unfortunately, there are times when one may have to use, “harsh words and tones.” For example, if a child continues to run out into the street after numerous attempts using sweet words has been in vain — one might have to use harsh words and tone. Otherwise great harm or danger could occur. Law enforcement must use harsh speech and tone, in order create safety. So if danger or harm is possible then harsh words and tone might be appropriate.

jon
norway

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Hi,

What is the point of praying when Yogananda says that you can not get more then you deserve? If I deserve little I will get little. It doesn’t matter how much I pray or meditate. It’s all a waste of time. Am I wrong? Did I misunderstand something?

Nayaswami Sahaja

Nayaswami Sahaja

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Jon,

I don’t know where you are quoting Yogananda from, but I do know this; what you deserve is freedom in God. We all do, and Yogananda wanted us all to know this truth. Surely we all have Karma in motion and what is ours will come to us. How we perceive what comes to us is one of our spiritual challenges. When we feel that what is happening in our lives is good, we are happy, when we don’t like what is happening, often we are unhappy. Feeling God’s love and joy is not dependent on any outward circumstance — it is our birthright and we must cultivate our awareness of it through prayer, meditation and devotion. When praying for yourself, pray only for the ability to align yourself with God’s will, and for the power to carry that out.

Mike
USA

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Lately I’ve been experiencing a lot of scary synchronicity. I think I mistakenly used black magic because I put a love spell on someone, but I had no intention of even using magic or doing any harm. Is it wrong to use herbs and things to try and reverse the spell, reverse my magical potency, exorcism, etc? I feel like I’ve sold my soul to Satan and he wants me to use black magic and be faithful in heartless manipulation. I’m scared, I have nightmares. What should I do and not do? Thank you.

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Mike,

It is is very important for you to move quickly away from any connection with black magic. There is power in the forces of evil, and it should be avoided at all costs.

You may have not had harmful intentions, but still you put yourself into a stream of energy, which can cause real turmoil and trouble for yourself or any others involved.

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