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Suma
India

Question

Is it all right for a person on spiritual path (who does meditation regularly) to neglect the wishes of his children, wife (like go for a movie and do activities with children which may not be of any spiritual value but may provide joy and happiness to them). I have an understanding that spirituality is to become one with God. Also, all Gurus say God is in everyone.

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Suma,

Your question is one that has been asked by sincere seekers for millennia: Does living only for God require one to distance oneself from all worldly activities?

Paramhansa Yogananda, and our line of gurus, stressed, especially for householders, the importance of nishkam karma (desireless action) or “being in the world but not of it.” How does one live in the world but be not of it? The key is to adopt an attitude of service, to perform ones duties lovingly, faithfully, and responsibly, not for self-gratification, but for the benefit of others.

November 7
2013

Sohan
India

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I have been looking for a solution to a problem for many days and while surfing saw this site. Someone very dear to me, out of a misunderstanding, hates me so much and snubs me that it feels unbearable. I feel scared to even approach that person out of fear of being snubbed. I have never meant any harm to that person but it was just situational which had compelled me to be harsh to that person on one occasion wen it was her fault and she knew it very well. Is there any way to reduce the negativity?

Kristy Fassler-Hecht

Kristy Fassler-Hecht

Ananda Maine

Answer

Dear Sohan,

The first thing that is appropriate is to apologize for the harsh words you said to the woman. She probably felt your anger or other negative emotion more than the truth of the words you expressed to her (assuming the words were true and not hurtful).

November 6
2013

Teresa
Usa

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I was married for 33 years and have been separated for 6 months. My husband walked, saying he wanted a divorce. Yet he has not filed for a divorce and comes home every weekend. Will we ever reconcile or will keep his word and file? I want to celebrate our Golden Years together. What do you see in my future?

Nayaswami Sahaja

Nayaswami Sahaja

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Teresa,

I am sorry that I cannot predict the future. The clarity you are seeking will come from direct communication with your husband. Ask him what he wants and then share with him what you want. Look for possible solutions to the disharmony in your marriage. Your husband may have been unhappy for many years or may be going through a mid-life crisis. I don’t know him or what dynamics are at work in your relationship. Try to be open to understanding how he feels.

October 22
2013

Jerma
India

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Hi! I have caught my fiance cheating on me. He vehemently denied all this though it was very obvious and we had a huge argument on this as I was shocked on how he was lying when things were very obvious. Now I have solid proof in my hand. Do you think it would be right to confront him lovingly with the proof?

Nayaswami Sahaja

Nayaswami Sahaja

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Jerma,

I’m sorry to hear of the turbulence in your relationship, it must be very painful for you.

You ask about lovingly providing proof to your fiance. If you have proof, then both of you know the truth. If he is lying to you as well as cheating on you, perhaps you should consider getting out of this relationship while you can. May you find solace in God.

October 8
2013

Venu
India

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Hi Jayadev! Thanks for your answer on http://www.ananda.org/ask/how-can-i-avoid-getting-hurt-in-relationships. Probably one needs to be happy on ones own for a long time. However in Indian astrology there is something called the "yog of marriage". As per my horoscope, after 2015 I won’t have any yog for marriage.This thought makes me nervous as I am 35 now. Do you think spirituality can help me overcome this barrier?

Tyagi Jayadev

Tyagi Jayadev

Ananda Assisi, Italy

Answer

Dear Venu,

I wouldn’t give too much importance to that "yog of marriage". Horoscopes reflect karmic patterns, and that karma can be "roasted by wisdom" as Yogananda writes in his Autobiography of a Yogi, in the chapter "Outwitting the Stars". He writes:

September 19
2013

Sana
India

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Hi! Could you please explain what the dictum in the April 25th of “Living Wisely Living Well” means? It says in the principle of magnetic interchange, never think of uplifting others merely by exercise of goodwill. But we have always heard from our childhood that love can change everything and everybody.

Nayaswami Dharmadas

Nayaswami Dharmadas

Ananda Village

Answer

Swamiji gives the key to the answer in the reading itself:

A principle of magnetic interchange between people is that the stronger magnet always influences the weaker, never the reverse. Unless your inner strength is great, never think yourself capable of uplifting others merely by the exercise of good will.

Essentially Swamiji is saying that merely sending out good vibrations is not enough to uplift someone else unless you are very strong inside. Otherwise your effort is more like wishful thinking. But to send out love toward all is a wonderful thing.

These two are not mutually exclusive. Swamiji is making that point — as you can see from the readings the day before and after the one above — that it is well to be cautious in situations that involve especially direct personal contact with people of very different and/or potentially negative magnetism. The reverse is true too — that contact with a saint or master can be extraordinarily uplifting. That is the origin of the saying in the scriptures: "Even a moment in the company of a saint will be your raft over the ocean of delusion!"

Rusha Verma
India

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I had asked you this question a while back

http://www.ananda.org/ask/women-and-financial-independence/

In response, you have written a woman should make herself useful and interesting to her husband? What are the ways to make herself interesting and useful? An exceptionally beautiful woman can always keep her husband in control.Is it advisable to spend a lot on beauty treatments? I have seen many men respond that way.

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Rusha,

Here’s how I interpret Yogananda’s words “make yourself useful and interesting”: Find inner meaning in your life, and fulfill yourself, so when you are with your husband, you are not needy. Be kind, nurturing, and caring toward him. Try to share some of his interests, so your relationship will have common ground.

September 9
2013

Suman Banrjee
India

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Hi! What is the way to choose a right life partner? Are our life partners pre-destined from our karma of previous incarnations? Yoganandji emphasizes a lot on not getting carried away by attraction. While that is true, is it wise to go ahead with a marriage where there is absolutely no chemistry and only because the guy has less vices (adultery, ill-temper etc). How important should be financial position of the guy?

Nayaswami Parvati

Nayaswami Parvati

Ananda Village

Answer

Since you live in India I would imagine that your question is a little more involved with the opinions of others than it would be in the United States.

If it is your choice, the best way to choose a life partner is to begin developing a deeper spiritual life through daily meditation, service, and God remembrance. In this way you can begin increasing your spiritual energy and magnetism. It is through your own magnetism that you can attract to yourself others with a similar magnetism. Using this spiritual magnetism is much more important than past karma in determining who is a good partner.

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