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Hello, I am a disciple of Yogananda since 1992. My name is Anna, and Rishika is the name that Ananda has chosen for me as a gift from Guruji. I would like to know something about how to use this gift for creating a new habit, toward a positive goal, about which, as I read, Yogananda spoke.
Dear Rishika, Many greetings.
Your name is indeed a gift, as it means “saintly.” It speaks to your soul and is a direction of your growth. We all have an ego and a soul, and there is a battle going on between these two. Your name stimulates you to win that battle, as it always reminds you of your true, beautiful, divine Self.
How can I have God all the time?
Many of the techniques we practice on the spiritual path are so simple that we can all too easily fail to see how powerful they are.
We imagine that if something is complex and hard to understand, it must be powerful. If there are lots of things to remember, and if you have to get the syllables just right, then it must be important and powerful. Yet the techniques of this path are simple and powerful.
What is the purpose of our lives? Whether marriage and having kids taking care and paying bills or EMI are the only important aspects of our lives or being single and being peaceful and positive is more important. Sometimes I feel life is like a bondage of attachment, likes or dislikes. How to free ourselves?
Simply put, the purpose of our lives is to find God. There is no other purpose to life. And in finding God, we find everything we have been looking for during all our countless lifetimes. But it does take us many lifetimes to come to this realization. Without this purpose to our lives, life is simply, as you have stated, “a bondage of attachments, likes and dislikes.”
Does ego-transcendence always happen gradually or can it happen all of a sudden like is described by the term satori?
Is it helpful to do things to the ego that purposefully humiliate it in order to weaken its hold on us as souls?
The word satori means sudden enlightenment in the Buddhist tradition. Buddha realized this state after years of prolonged spiritual seeking and purification through deep meditation and renunciation.
The root word of humiliation is humility. Humility is essential in transcending ego consciousness. Humiliation of the ego however may cause the ego to rise up in self justification and thus defeat the purpose of transcending it. In addition, one’s constant humiliation of the ego may only give the ego more attention and thus reinforce it! Thus, many of us have chosen self-forgetfulness as an easier route of transcending the ego.
Nayaswami Gyandev Ji,
That is right that Krishna is one with God... Buddha is one with God... Jesus with one God....but then who is God please explain what his name? In The Bhagavad Gita it written there are three types of realization of God 1) Impersonal Brahman 2) parmatma (within heart as god or Krishna) and 3) As bhagwan realization.....so what thing are you talking about (second one)? Please explain, it's very confusing :)
Dear Saksham Anand,
Yes, it can be confusing, with all the different names for, and concepts of, God. But God is all of those things—and more. God is both infinite and infinitesimal, impersonal and personal. God is simply everything!
We don’t have to understand exactly what God is in order to come closer to Him/Her—which is fortunate, because our little minds cannot possibly hold such understanding. The important thing is to be in relationship with God, in whatever way is meaningful to you, and to seek constantly to deepen that relationship. It does not matter if you think of God as Brahman, or as Krishna, or as Divine Mother, or as AUM, or as Truth, or as Love, or as Joy. Just seek God in whatever way feels natural and comfortable to you, and let God lead you to an ever-deeper divine connection.
Is Krishna supreme god? I have read in in the Vedas, oldest book on the planet, that Krishna is God. Is this true? Is Krishna supreme god and cause of all causes? Do all incarnations of God come from him, like Jesus, Buddha, etc....please explain
Dear Saksham anand,
The soul that incarnated as Krishna was an avatar; hence that soul was (and is) one with God. The souls that incarnated as other avatars (Jesus, Buddha, Yogananda, and many more) have attained the same level of realization as the soul that incarnated as Krishna. They did not “come from” the soul that was Krishna, nor did the soul that was Krishna “come from” them. They all came from the same one God of all.
Why do people never shed their ego? Throughout my life, I have seen many things which had a great start, but unfortunately due to someone’s EGO it didn’t last for long. Why do people put their ego first and compromise their relationships? Does Karma comes into play here?
In Paramhansa Yogananda’s commentaries on the Bhagavad Gita, he said that the many characters of the Mahabharata represent different facets of everyone’s being. Bhisma represents the ego. Bhisma fights on the side of darkness against the Pandavas, yet he is deeply respected by everyone on both sides of the war.
Hello Ananda friends,
I’ve one question about Kriyananda, I am intrested if Kriyananda himself reached nirbikalpa samadhi already?
Thank you, Roberto
Swami Kriyananda has stated publicly that it is his belief that in a past life he had attained sabikalpa samadhi but had "fallen" from that state. He never said he had achieved nirbikalpa in this or a past life.
Of course, few are those who can attest from their own experience what the spiritual stature of another soul is, nor, until we achieve it ourselves, what that state is really like.