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Bill Mcdaniel
America

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I know there are a lot of Mormons that were involved with Yogananda's work. I have also read that Mormons are deeply connected with conspiracy theories and secret societies. My question is to what extent Yogananda spoke on those subjects, and to what extent he might have agreed or disagreed or was involved with the philosophy behind the secret societies such as the freemasons?

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Yogananda did speak of the Mormons from time to time but not, to my knowledge, regarding their relationship to such societies nor about such societies themselves.

Yogananda would not have had any reason to draw inspiration or validation or even comparisons with such societies. His own work was new enough to America culture. He would surely not want in any way to associate his work with clandestine or otherwise "underground" movements.

jeff wells
alaska

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A chant/song on Radio Ananda sounds like it says "banish white lotus impurities". Please clearify what this means and if the words are right. Thank you.

David Eby

David Eby

Ananda Village

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Dear Jeff - thank you for your question, and yes, sometimes it is difficult to grasp all the words in chants, producing humorous results.

For instance, "Lord, I am Thine" can be misheard as "Lord, I am dying..." Always a reminder for us chanters to enunciate clearly!

Diderik
U.S.A.

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Did Yogananda ever appear after death to any disciple?

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

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Dear Diderik,

Yes, many times. Rajarshi Janakananda mentioned this happening more than once.

Kamala Silva describes several of his appearances to her in her wonderful book The Flawless Mirror. Many other disciples and non-disciples have told of seeing him and receiving his love and blessings.

A
Cananda

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Hello! I am very interested to know if sri Yogananda ever spoke about Jiddu Krishnamurti? J. Krishnamurti was a great soul and a master in his own right even though he passionately denounced all Gurus! I have often felt that perhaps JK's mission was to bring spirituality to the intellectuals and skeptics of the world. JK was also very famous in America and worldwide around the same time as Yogananda. Can you please comment on this? thanks!

Tyagi Jayadev

Tyagi Jayadev

Ananda Assisi, Italy

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Hello A!

Yogananda wrote about Aurobindo, Anandamoyi Ma, Ramana Maharishi and other saints, but I can't find a single mention of Krishnamurti in his talks and writings, even though they were almost exact contemporaries (Krishnamurti lived much longer, though).

Mike
USA

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How did Master or Kriyananda define the Christian concept of communion, and the terms body and blood? People I've discussed this with (both Christian and non) seem confused, or really don't know.

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

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Dear Mike,

"Communion" in the largest sense of the word means inward communing or communication with God/Christ/Gurus through meditation.

In the Christian church, communion ceremonies came about to help remind people of higher inner realities. Unfortunately the symbolism has gotten lost during the many years since these ceremonies were established in the early Christian communities.

Kailash Menon
Saudi Arabia

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Did Yoganandaji ever talk about Satya Sai Baba? was Sai Baba an avatar?

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

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Dear Kailash,

As far as I know, Paramhansa Yogananda never made any public comments about Satya Sai Baba. This may be because Sai Baba's public work had not begun when Yogananda returned to India in 1935 - a time when Sai Baba and Yogananda could have met - and there was very little public awareness of Sai Baba outside of India by the time of Yogananda's Mahasamadhi in 1952.

October 18
2011

noi
norway/Thailand

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dear ananda

has anyone seen Yogananda's body now? how does it look ?

Nayaswami Parvati

Nayaswami Parvati

Ananda Village

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As far as I am aware, no one has seen Yogananda's body since it was buried at Forest Lawn (Glendale, CA) in 1952.

John C
USA

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Namaste. I believe PYji has described experiencing the state of oneness with God as infinite & eternal, but also as ever-expanding, unending, ever-new; the latter seems to suggest the notion of space/time; but I'm also under the impression that God as Spirit/Absolute/Sat-Chit-Ananda is beyond space/time? Perhaps related: Are all spiritual Masters/Gurus (such as of PY's lineage) in exactly the same state & differences such as Guru-disciple relationships exist only in maya for benefit of mankind?

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

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Dear Friend,

It just so happens that I very recently wrote a lengthy article on just this subject.

Describing such states with words and using the intellect has inherent limitations, but of course we use our God-given intellect to attempt to comprehend what is true - even that which is beyond the intellect! So let's give it a try.

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