I am not so familiar with the teachings of Yogananda, but I spent two years & a half years with a teacher who followed these teachings. I am curious about something. She was completely indifferent to animals & suffering. She would not hurt an animal (karma) but would not help one either. If one was hungry or suffering right in front of her, she would say, "It's okay if they die. They need to evolve into something higher." Am I missing some higher truth here? I cannot ignore something in pain.
You are not missing any higher truth by aiding a suffering or dying animal. Each of us responds to suffering in different ways and perhaps your friend was not comfortable with aiding an animal that was injured or dying.
We all know St. Francis befriended animals as did Yogananda.
Bless you in your service to others,
Vedanta says that there is Consciousness and on that the prana (energy) started to vibrate. Out of this, the "pancha bhoothas" (five fundamental elements) originated. Out of this, all the substances including this universe originated. From all these factors, the consciousness is all-knowing all-pervading ...etc. and can be considered as the Supreme God. Then how can be a God personified?
As God is consciousness and we are conscious, then we are a part of God. As God is infinite, so God is also infinitessimal.
Arjuna asks Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita, what is the better to way to approach God: through the impersonal or personal form? Krishna replies that for embodied beings, it is easier to approach God in the personal form.
Hello, I have been enjoying Swami Kriyananda's talks for quite long now, and every time I see a new video I watch it with enormous joy and interest. As I watched many of his videos I noticed that he in many of them mention that war is coming, but not a normal type of war he said that it will be global more than once there will be no corner where one can be safe then, so I imagine he is talking about nuclear war. Can you please clarify if this will come true, did Master say to him that nuclear war will come? God bless you!
I do not recall ever hearing Swami Kriyananda quote Paramhansa Yogananda saying that the wars to come would be specifically with nuclear weapons. Rather we hear Swami Kriyananda speaking of these wars and of the strong likelihood that nuclear weapons will be deployed.
I have heard from various sources that say the hindu god Shiva is equated with Lucifer of the Christian and other faiths. Is this true?
No, I would not say that Shiva could be equated with Lucifer from the Christian (or other) teachings.
In the Hindu tradition, Shiva is simply one aspect of God, the other two being Brahma (the creator) and Vishnu (the sustainer). Shiva is the destroyer.
Does one require an astrological consultation before wearing a bangle ?
I've read in the Autobiography that its a "general" bangle.
Is there a way to "fine-tune" the bangle's composition to suit the wearer's karma/planetary positions.
Similar to the way Sri Yukteshwar recommended a copper(?) bangle to Yogananda.
I've read on Kent's site that Sri Yukteshwar's techniques were lost.
Has anyone @ Ananda come up with any new knowledge/techniques ?
The General Purpose Astrological Bangle is made to a formula derived by Swami Sri Yukteswar, described as an Incarnation of Wisdom by Paramhansa Yogananda.
Although much of Sri Yukteswar's mathematical works have been yet undiscovered, he left us with his books and the two formulae for astrological bangles.
I am feeling some stiffness in parts of the body ( like in the elbow joints ) after some months of daily Yogoda practise (Energization Exercises). Could this be a sign that I am doing them correctly and am drawing energy into my body in the way described.
Are there any things to watch out for, some markers of improvement etc.
Also it says that it should take 15-20 mins to do the whole 39 steps but at the moment that seems impossible unless I was rushing them and not catching my breath in between.
Thanks as usual
The stiffness could perhaps be a result of the energy moving through your body, especially through body parts such as your joints that haven't been actively engaged.
In time, the Energization Exercises should help to ease any physical stiffness.
I have a lovely niece who is now turning out to be rude and arrogant with me.My sister tells her negative things about me.My niece feels that we are attacking her mom and overreacts for everything.Last night I was tired of her arrogance and told her to either speak to me politely or stay quiet.I love her dearly but am unable to handle her animosity.At the same time the relationship with my Sister has strained so much that now I cant mend it. Please guide me.
It sounds like there is more going on than the issue of you and your niece. Is it possible that there is a larger family issue going on? In any case, you can't change individuals; you can only change yourself.
You might ask yourself what is more important to you: your relationship with your sister and your niece, or being right? As I said, there is something else going on here.
Why are there so many Biblical Contradictions ?
The Bible as we have it today was composed and compiled in a very dark time for our planet (Descending Kali Yuga). In the thousands of years since it was written, much has been distorted, mis-translated, left out, and so on.
Nevertheless, Paramhansa Yogananda said about the present Bible that parts of it were divinely inspired, and can still be very spiritually inspiring for us to read. These parts are especially the books of Genesis, Revelation, and the first four gospels in the New Testament.