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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

Question

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

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.

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