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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

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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

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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.

kandy
United States

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I spoke with a clairvoyant who said I had 30 entities around me. Is that possible? Why so many? I myself believe to be a little clairvoyant ... not positive though. Do these entities try an communicate with me? I have had an uneasy feeling in my house lately. Is it from an entity? Or I just need more religion in my life? I don't know if you'll be able to help but thought I'd give it a shot.

Kristy Fassler-Hecht

Kristy Fassler-Hecht

Ananda Maine

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Dear Kandy,

Numerous life forms in other dimensions of reality are described in Yogananda's book, The Autobiography of a Yogi in the chapter where his guru, Sri Yukteswar, is resurrected and shares about souls who inhabit the planet Hiranyaloka. In addition, Yogananda shares about disincarnate souls in some of his talks and other books.

Mary
USA

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I am in love with someone who is experiencing enlightment. I think it's beautiful but we are no longer in a relationship but we see each other sometimes and the feelings are still there. I am experiencing such great love for him but struggle a little for we are not together. I know that this is a sign of attachment and that's why I'm struggling. At this moment he says he can't commit to anyone because of what he's experiencing. I keep reading about detachment as I know thats best but I still struggle. What to do?

Kristy Fassler-Hecht

Kristy Fassler-Hecht

Ananda Maine

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Dear Mary,


Your question regarding how to transcend attachment is an important one for anyone sincerely seeking truth. You have two choices. One is to contract and suffer as your ego laments the perceived loss of a love relationship. The other is to expand and let go of him in loving faith.

Sonia
England

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Hey,

How do you know if someone is trying to communicate with you? It seems as though every time I cry about the same thing, that night something happens. Such as my bracelet got snapped in my bathroom, my chair moved in the kitchen, and I get cold chills as though something walks through me. My boyfriend stayed over last night and I was upset about the same thing and we both suddenly felt a cold chill and felt as though something was in my room.

help!

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

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Dear Sonia:

I will answer you as best as I can, based on what Paramhansa Yogananda said about this subject and on other similar situations, which have come up for us over the years.

It sounds like an "unhappy" spirit has gotten confused and is hanging around your home, when he or she should be going onward into the astral worlds or getting ready for another incarnation.

BP
usa

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Is it any use at all praying to help a relative who's been heavily dependent on drugs for a long time and has no will to resist? I cannot do anything else since he lives across the ocean, has little to no support from family who are also desperate.

And, how do I pray? I feel an aversion to standard Christian "prayers". Do I visualize him in the hands of Master, healthy and well? And how do I rid myself of the nagging inner doubts: "You're wasting your time", "You're too weak to be of any help," etc.?

Kristy Fassler-Hecht

Kristy Fassler-Hecht

Ananda Maine

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I can appreciate the feeling of futility you have as you pray for your loved one without seeing any improvement in the situation.

I've come to regard prayer as a sincere and beautiful gift we can give on behalf of others at any time. I regard prayer as ALWAYS helpful at least on a soul level even if outwardly there is no evident change for the better.

July 4
2012

Arjun
USA

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Is there a "Creator" in the Abrahamic religion sense of the word? If not, what is there?

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

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As the woman saint, Ananda Moyi Ma put it: "It is, and it isn't!"

Surely "God" is not some man with a beard sitting on a throne in some antiseptic corner of space! As we are conscious and self-aware (though not very much, I'm afraid), there must needs be a greater Consciousness from which our own has descended and which asks, "Who am I?" "Who made us, and why?"

AFDE
Europe

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Are humans more worth in the eye of God than animals ?

Or are they worth the same in the eye of God ?

Tyagi Lisa

Tyagi Lisa

Ananda Village

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Both humans and animals, like everything in creation, are manifestations of God's consciousness, so God became them both. Different animals have differing levels of intelligence and consciousness of themselves, and varying capabilities to learn, and relate to the world and others around them. Their intelligence and feeling nature react and respond to issues of survival, and love. Yogananda said that animals live out their lives on a sort of "automatic pilot," karmically. They can't necessarily make conscious decisions about morality and behavior with the intention of changing their consciousness or karma. I don't know if animals have a similar astral anatomy, such as chakras, but if they do they mostly focus on the lower ones. They are most concerned with survival: eating, procreating, being sheltered, and most have a social structure within the local group of their species.

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