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July 4
2012

Arjun
USA

Question

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

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

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

Question

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

Answer

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.

Rajesh
India

Question

Dear Guruji,

Paramhansa Yogananda and other few great saints had their respective bodies intact evan after a long time after their death. There was no decay or detirioration to their mortal remains post their death. What do you think it implies ? Were these saints got into Nirabikalpa Samadhi?

Regards

Rajesh

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Dear Rajesh,

Paramhansa Yogananda was a true yoga master and could enter nirbikalpa samadhi at will. Those saints of East and West whose bodies were found to have been incorrupt after death were truly great saints but it is not stated clearly by any great master the precise significance of this particular grace or blessing. I am not aware of a specific connection between nirbikalpa and incorruptibility of the body but I think we can safely say that such cases indicate a sanctified person who had achieved a high state of purity of consciousness.

Lee
US

Question

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.

Kristy Fassler-Hecht

Kristy Fassler-Hecht

Ananda Maine

Answer

Dear Lee,

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,

Raju
India

Question

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?

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Dear Friend,

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.

Michael
Ireland

Question

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!

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

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.

March 21
2012

Alan
usa

Question

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?

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Alan,

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.

Som
India

Question

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 ?

Answer

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.

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