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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.

September 12
2011

Dhivakar S
Canada

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Hi,

I had a dream where Paramhansa Yogananda blessed me in my head and am able see a vibration in my body. He touched me again, I feel the same.

I am very new to yoga and Paramhansa Yogananda.

Please clarify me the meaning.

Regards,

Dhivakar S

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

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An experience such as this should be treasured as a divine blessing. Its meaning and interpretation may be less important than the power of the blessing itself.

If you had recently made some spiritual commitment (for example, began the practice of meditation; or, overcome a harmful habit; felt inspiration or devotion to God or guru), then this might be a confirmation and blessing upon the step you have taken.

mangesh
India

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Was Swami Vivekananda's role in the West for Paramhansa Yoganada the same as the role of John the Baptist for Jesus Christ in Israel? Why did Yogananda never mention Vivekananda?

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

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Dear Mangesh,

I have never found in any of Yogananda's teachings any mention that Swami Vivekananda was Yogananda's predecessor in the same way John the Baptist was for Jesus Christ.

My guess on this would be that no, this was not the relationship between them.

Alan L.
USA

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I noticed that the "Autobiography of a Yogi" is written in rather difficult and sophisticated prose. Was this because Yogananda did not intend that particular book for uneducated, lower class audiences?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

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Hello Alan,

That's an excellent question. The first time or two that I read that book, I had to have a dictionary nearby-and I have a PhD! e.g., "Ineluctable quiddity"!

I am not aware of Yoganandaji having commented on why he wrote it as he wrote it. Though English was not his first language, his vocabulary was indeed large, and he may have used a great deal of it.

Kailash
India

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Was Gurudeva (Yoganandaji) an Avadhut or an Avatar? I have some doubts relating to this, as Gurudeva spoke of his previous incarnations, as William the Conqueror, and also as a diamond. But I feel I've read that Sri Yukteshwar named him a "Premavatar". Also, I remember Swami Kriyananda saying (in one of his recent Satsangs, I guess) that even William the Conqueror was an Avatar. My facts might be wrong, but please do clarify.

Thank you!

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

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Dear Kailash,

Yes, Yogananda said he was an Avatar and his life proved it in many ways (and keeps proving it in the hearts and lives of his living disciples).

It is true he said that he remembered all his past lifetimes, as all liberated beings do, in human incarnations as well as non-human forms such as animals, plants, and minerals - and in that "list," he included the lifetime during which he played the part of William the Conqueror.

Jim
usa

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Did Yogananda put a special spiritual charge into the portrait on the cover of his autobiography?

Tyagi Jayadev

Tyagi Jayadev

Ananda Assisi, Italy

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Dear Jim,

You are right, that cover picture is indeed charged. It has touched countless people, and is still working wonders today, on the book, on altars, on devotee's walls.... It was Sister Gyanamata's favorite photo of Yogananda, for example. She too must have felt that magnetic beauty.

May 26
2010

Kerey
USA

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Jai Guru!

I have a (hopefully) quick question:

I don't recall Yogananda ji recommending any specific Hindu mantras in his books, but I do remember reading something about how he was sometimes heard reciting the Gayatri mantra. Do we know if he used the long or short form? Which form is more "authentic" from a Vedic standpoint?

Nayaswami Devarshi

Nayaswami Devarshi

Ananda Village

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It is possible that Paramhansa Yogananda chanted the Gayatri Mantra at times, though I've never heard any stories in that regard. He certainly must have been raised hearing and chanting that very sacred mantra while he was growning up in India. There are no records of him actually teaching the Gayatri Mantra.

January 29
2010

Sunil
U.A.E

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Aum Guru

I read in an article by Swami Kriyanada that once Daya Mata was continually scolded by Yogananda to make her understand not to get too much attached to him and to put divine mother first. When I sit to meditate and throughout the day I tend to think of Yogananda much more than God or divine mother. I find it easier to focus on his image than a formless one. But after reading this, I wonder if it is ok?. My second question is

After liberated souls merge into the spirit what do they do?

Nayaswami Anandi

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Dear Sunil,

It is wonderful, and recommended, for you to focus on Yogananda in meditation. Tuning in to Yogananda's image or vibration helps you attune to God.

The difference in the case of Daya Mata is that, since she knew Yogananda personally, it was easy to become attached to his delightful human personality, to their personal relationship which seemed to be like father and daughter, and to forget that Yogananda was like glass, allowing God's light to flow perfectly through him. Whatever sense she might have had - as would be natural when you know someone personally - that they had a personal relationship, was a delusion.

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