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jon
norway

Question

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

Question

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.

Nandini
India

Question

How does one deal with the “Evil-Eye”?

As a family, we work hard toward maintaining a happy and trustworthy environment at home. We work hard for what we want and have been respectful toward everyone else around.

But we have also faced losses for no apparent reasons and sense that there are some people around who are never happy to see us happy.

Please shed light as how we could deal with this.

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Nandini,

It may be true that someone wishes you ill and is sending bad energy or harmful vibrations your way. If so, it would be important for you to strengthen the auras of yourself and your family.

You might want to read an article I wrote on the subject. It is in one of our back issues of Clarity Magazine. Please see: http://www.anandaclaritymagazine.com/2008/03/auras-astral-electromagnetism/

June 5
2013

Nirja
India

Question

Dear friend,

What do guruji’s teachings tell us about 'luck'? Where does the idea fit within the ideas of karma and dharma? Is it just a concept of past karma materializing in the form of what we want? Could you help me decipher and understand the idea? Am I lucky or is it all pure chance, of being in the right place at the right time around the right people?

Thank you! :)

Tyagi Jayadev

Tyagi Jayadev

Ananda Assisi, Italy

Answer

Dear Nirja,

"Luck" is only an appearance, and "pure chance" is perfectly nonexistent in this world. Everything is pure mathematics: what happens to us has to happen, and is mathematically perfect. Einstein said it this way: "God doesn’t play dice with the world." It’s all A+B=C. It is all karma. It looks like luck, or misfortune, but it never is. All creation is governed by law.

Kiran Rhoades
USA

Question

In general, would one be expected to energize less than twice daily and/or do fewer repetitions while doing

Master’s Nine Day Diet/Fast?

Nayaswami Mangala

Nayaswami Mangala

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Kiran,

I have done Master’s 9-Day Diet a few times on my own, and here at Ananda Village’s Expanding Light Retreat, I have led several programs based on Yogananda’s 9-Day Cleansing & Vitalizing Diet. In his description of the diet, he does not specifically mention anything about the Energization Exercises. However, when he refers to it as a Vitalizing Diet, I have no doubt that he would have encouraged followers of the diet to Energize at least twice daily, and maybe even more.

June 4
2013

Kris
America

Question

Hello.

I was wondering — What does Master say about wearing a Bindi? I feel a strong desire to wear one, but I don’t know if it’s useful spiritually or would be just a decoration. I’d like to show my commitment to this path, and like the idea of emphasizing my spiritual eye by wearing a Bindi. Does Master say anything on this Subject? It’s kinda a silly question, but I was wondering and had to ask. I know most devout hindu’s in india wear them, but not sure if anyone at Ananda does..

Thanks.

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Kris, I have searched through Yogananda’s teachings and have not found a single reference to the wearing of a bindi in the forehead (to emphasize the spirital eye).

You ask if anyone at Ananda does this and the answer is yes, but usually only at special events or celebrations, such as the big Indian banquets we often have, for which most people dress in colorful Indian clothing.

May 15
2013

Zain-UL-A­bdin
Pakistan

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HELLO ... IM TOO LAZY IN MY STUDIES AND WANT TO BE TOPEST STUDENT AND WANT TO TAKE EXCELLENT % IN MY UNIVERSITY. IM TOO WEAK IN STUDIES AND IM ABSENT MINDED TOO AND I LIVE IN A IMAGINATION (DREAMY WORLD) AND I TALK WITH MYSELF !

AND I WANT TO BECAOME A SUCCESSFULL ENGINEER.

WAHT SHOULD I DO ? WILL U PLEASE HELP ME ?

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Dear Friend,

Many people suffer from the problem you describe: we want success but we don’t want to put out the effort that it takes to become successful.

One of the keys to success is to start small: start with things you can do today! Right Now! With day-to-day duties, if you say you are going to do something, SIMPLY DO IT!

Martin
USA

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Dear friend,

Can you explain if there is any significance in my seeing the number 11 all the time? When I look at the clock it’s always 11:11 or 12:11. Or sometimes I finish meditating and I see it’s 3:33, for example. This has been going on for about a year and a half. I notice that these numbers correspond to my feeling attunement with the Divine and with my Guru, or just in an uplifted feeling. Did Master ever talk about such occurrances? Thank you.

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Martin,

To my knowledge, Yogananda never mentioned anything like this is his teachings. But you say that this has been going on for a while and it corresponds to your feelings of attunement or upliftment. So I would definitely pay attention, and this is how I’d suggest you do that:

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