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December 20
2011

TRANEA
Europe

Question

Did Yogananda say anything about life on other planets ?

Of parallel universes ?

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

Answer

TRANEA,

Yogananda made comments in his talks and in his Gita commentaries that indicate he knew there was life on other planets.

When asked if souls continue to reincarnate on earth until they acheive liberation, he replied that they also incarnate on other planets.

March 17
2011

Vinay
india

Question

Hi,

I had a question related to animal and human cloning. Since Master has said that a soul enters during a flash of light when male and female cells unite. But cloning involves asexual replication of a donor cell without another counterpart to be united. This has been making me curious now and then. Though i don't crave for an answer but just curious about it.

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

Answer

Vinay,

It is an interesting question and one that, to my knowledge, no self-realized spiritual teacher (such as Yogananda) has ever answered or addressed.

I am willing to speculate on an answer, but be clear that it is only my speculation.

Assuming for the moment that a human body could be successfully cloned, for it to be successful I think there would have to be a "soul" whose life force and consciousness bring the body to life. Otherwise the clone would be essentially in a coma.

AA
Europe

Question

How did Yogananda view evolution `?

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear AA,

In general, Yogananda embraced modern science. He praised the clarity of the scientific method. Yogananda devoted an entire chapter in the Autobiography of a Yogi to his meeting with Jagadis Chandra Bose, whose work pioneered many aspects of plant physiology, radio, and microwave optics. Additionally, a second chapter in Autobiography of a Yogi, The Law of Miracles, is one of the first comparisons of Einstein's Theory of Relativity to the consciousness and abilities of advanced masters.

October 7
2010

AVV
World

Question

is it possible to believe in god and evolution ?

Nayaswami Anandi

Answer

Dear AVV,

It is definitely possible to believe in God and evolution. They are not at all in conflict, but need to be understood in the right way.

Swami Kriyananda explains this beautifully in the book Out of the Labyrinth. If this issue is important to you, i would highly recommend that you read this book. The subtitle of the book is: For Those Who Want to Believe but Can't.

May 22
2010

vinay
India

Question

Hello, I am a man of science and I firmly share the view of scientists that man is an organism that had evolved from another animal through the course of millions of years. My question is, did man create the concept of god as a mechanism to cope with lifes uncertanities? What is the evidence to suggest that god exists objectively? My fear is that God is just a delusion created in mans brain and that god can only be as real as our immagination can be! can you plase offer some insight into this?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Hello Vinay,

I feel your deep desire for understanding, as well as your recognition that the answers you seek lie beyond the reach of the tools of modern science-the senses and intellect. Another tool is needed. Fortunately, you have it already, although perhaps it is not in a developed state. It is your intuition.

May 12
2010

Sudhakaran
UK

Question

Dear Ananda minister, my question to you is about the year 2012 and the alleged closing of a galactic cycle around that point in time. It is widely circulated in popular esoteric discourse that many ancient traditions, most notably the Mayan, articulated the importance of the time frame around 2012 as a defining one in terms of the spiritual evolution of this dear planet and its inhabitants. Did the masters of the Kriya tradition have anything to communicate about 2012 and its significance?

Nayaswami Asha

Answer

Dear Sudhakaran:

Swami Kriyananda became a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda in 1948, and lived with him for 3 1/2 years until Yogananda's death on March 7, 1952. Many times during those years, Swamiji tells us, Master spoke of the hard times that were coming.

AA
World

Question

How can you prove that God exist ?,

And how can we belive in somthing when science can`t prove it ?

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Dear Friend,

The attempt to "prove" or "disprove" the existence of God has raged for millennia. The Indian scriptures even have a sloka that says "God cannot be proved."

Only consciousness can intuit consciousness, for God surely must not be limited to any place, or time, shape, name, form, definition, emotion nor any limitation incribed by the intellect.

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