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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:

April 28
2013

Tina Sahdev
india

Question

I married 10 months back & met my husband around a year before marriage. Two months back I learned that my husband has been sleeping with strangers. During counseling it was revealed that he felt rejected by me physically as well as emotionaly.

I admit that owing to my lonliness & age I could not push him away at the right time, even though I saw lots of flaws in him. But today I'm torn between helping him recover to repay the karmic debt & wanting to run away not being able to forgive him. What should I do?

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Tina,

Marriage is a sacred bond and loyalty is the foundation for building trust and love between two people.

I am glad that you have gone to counseling to clarify and understand what happened.

If both of you are willing and committed to re-build the marriage with loyalty and trust, then there is a chance to restore the marriage. Both of you need to do your best, and to communicate your feelings and needs with each other with respect and support.

April 27
2013

Faith
Canada

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Hello! My question is concerning fears. For a while now I have been having panic attacks, and fear has made me a different person than I used to be. I used to think that I could do anything, but now is the opposite. Fear is not letting me move forward in life and take new chances. I always think that I will fail in whatever I do. What is the best way to overcome fear So that I can move on with my life and not be afraid of welcoming new opportunities?

Thank you and blessings!

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Dear Faith,

Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita makes this immortal promise: "Even a little practice of this (meditation and right attitude) will free one from dire fears and colossal sufferings."

I, too, used think of myself as fearless. As the years rolled by I realized that, though not especially plagued by fears, everyone is challenged (aka stressed) by life's many seeming obstacles and opportunities.

Sangita Sanyal
India

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Namashkar,

Could you please tell us more about the significance of people who dream about the future? I heard some people do and I often get dreams about future events and surprisingly they happen most of the time. At times I dream before a day, at times before a week and even before 9-10 months, but most of them happen. Isn't it strange? After these experiences, I feel future is per-determined. Can prayer help stopping events which aren't desirable?

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Hi Sangita,

Yes, many people have what are called "predictive dreams," meaning that they dream about a future event, and then find out later that what they dreamed did come true.

I made a study of dreams for a book I self-published called The Meaning of Dreaming: Paramhansa Yogananda's Teachings of Why We Dream and What Our Dreams Mean. In my research for that book, here is what I found out about predictive dreams.:

sharmila chakravarty
India

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Jai Guru,

Whenever I think about someone whom I may or may not be knowing personally, I will come across some piece of information about him, if he is a celebrity then on television or if someone of a passing acquaintance then over the phone or some piece of information through someone about him. This takes place whenever a passing thought about some person pass my mind. What does it all mean? Does it have any significance? This had been taking place since my childhood.

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Dear Friend,

Swami Vivekananda, the well known disciple of Sri Ramakrishna, once reported to his guru that he was having telepathic vision of people at far distances from him. Ramakrishna advised him to "forget it, it's just a distraction!"

I think these incidents you report, too, are not significant spiritually speaking, for you or for these people, some of whom you do not know personally. Therefore I would not pay them much attention.

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