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mk
India

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For Self Realization we hav to reach a stage where our brain is perfect.Does it mean that we have to achieve a level where our intellect becomes strong&does all kinds of reasoning.I sort of hav a lazy attitude toward reasoning.I'm more devotionally inclined.But I realize that some of my friends have better reasoning ability&do math questions quickly.I'm not stupid but I'm not that intelligent either.So in order to perfect my brain should I start using those brain cells which I had been avoiding?

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

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Dear mk,

Reason is only one of many abilities our brains are capable of providing us. Though important, reason is perhaps the least important of the mental abilities we can develop. The most important abilities our minds can provide us are higher awareness and discrimination.

Dp
USA

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Can you describe in more detailed manner the CHRIST CONSCIOUSNESS that PY talks about.

Is there an analogy in Hinduism to Christ Consciousness?

Nayaswami Asha

Answer

Dear DP:

It is interesting that you would ask the question in just this way. Perhaps the reason the question arises is because "Christianity," by its very name, and "Christ" as the focus of that religion, seems to have claimed "Christ Consciousness" as its unique property. Jesus didn't do that, but the church that followed has.

Y
USA

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Hello,

When one attains nirbikalpa samadhi, it is said they then realize their oneness with God and drop their individual egos. My question is: When thousands all over the world tune into Yogananda and the other masters, can they be with every one of them simultaneously? Are their personalities still intact or are they more of a "force of God" at that point? It seems contradictory to be an individual and yet be omnipresent.

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Yes, dear Friend. When a soul achieves cosmic consciousness this is to achieve oneness with Infinity. Just as every atom of creation is a manifestation of God's dream and vibration, so a liberated master can be in contact with as many devotees who seek him simultaneously.

Simon
Germany

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Obejctivity?! Dear friends. I love Yoganandaji. His teachings give me strength. But I doubt we all are objectiv. First off, I've never experienced samadhi or god. Thoughts are creative and powerful, aren't they? One gives his whole life to god. Focusing on HIS IMAGE of god. Then sometime he finds god. But is that real god or his imaginary god? Same with meditation! Where is the objective god behind the notion? Can we really get there by "becoming" something?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Hello Simon,

You are right that we all see life through our own lenses, colored by our expectations, karma, and level of consciousness.

Does that mean that experiences such as samadhi and God-contact might be products of our own imagination, not real at all? I can easily believe that such is the case for many people who say they have had high spiritual experiences. But is it the case for all people, as you suggest?

Yogananda's first American disciple, Dr. Lewis, once asked that same question. Paraphrasing: "I've been visualizing samadhi all these years. How will I know, when I attain it, whether or not it is just a product of my own imagination?"

Yogananda's answer was simple: "You will know, and you will know that you know."

That level of knowing does not come from the conscious or subconscious mind. It does not come from the level of consciousness that asks the question. It is direct, superconscious, intuitive perception. We cannot "prove" such things in the sense that physical science demands proof: showing irrefutable evidence to another person. It is personal, subjective. But that does not mean it is unreal. No, it is, rather, a higher level of reality.

That is why it is so important to follow the guidance of those who we believe have achieved that state. True, we cannot know for certain whether they have achieved it. Our belief is the best we can do. But belief will motivate us to try the experiment for ourselves, and eventually (so the great masters tell us) we will know for certain. But only for ourselves; it won't prove anything to others, except to the extent that they are able to resonate with us. Such is the subtlety of spiritual reality.

And by the way, I am not aware of Yogananda ever speaking of "becoming something." Quite the contrary, he emphasized that we need to stop being something: the little bundle of self-definitions that limit us, that keep us separate from our own God-nature, that keep us from perceiving who and what we really are.

I hope this helps.

Blessings,
Gyandev

Jim
usa

Question

What does it really take to achieve true spiritual success?

Tyagi Jayadev

Tyagi Jayadev

Ananda Assisi, Italy

Answer

Dear Jim,

A great question, and very vast, as achieving true spiritual success encompasses the whole life of a spiritual aspirant. It is a goal not only you, but all of us are after.

There are two answers to consider: the personal answer, individual in nature; and the general answer, valid for everyone.

February 24
2011

Lemains
CR

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In the chapter "Ressurrection of Sri Yukteswar," from Autobiography of a Yogi, it says:

"The undeveloped man must undergo countless earthly and astral and causal incarnations in order to emerge from his three bodies. A master who achieves this final freedom may elect to return to earth as a prophet to bring other human beings back to God, or like myself he may choose to reside in the astral cosmos."

Is he saying that he has already achieved this final freedom and has merged with God? Same as Jesus?

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear CR,

Yogananda often used the phrase "Christlike masters" to refer to great souls like Sri Yuteswar who had acheived the same "final freedom" as Jesus.

Christlike masters are alike in their utter freedom from all karma and limited awareness, but unalike in their earthly roles. Jesus' role on earth was that of a Savior. His life was led (as we know) very publicly for the purpose of reaching millions with his message and his grace.

Raju
India

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In the path of self realization or realization of Brahma, where is the place of God? I did several inquiries (self) and cannot find a place! Precisely my doubt is, is it necessary to have faith in God to realize the Self? And is it a prerequisite to leave normal life to seek the spiritual life?

Nayaswami Pranaba

Nayaswami Pranaba

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Raju,

It may be a matter of how you understand the term 'God'!

In the deepest sense, God is beyond any human description. But the teachings of yoga also emphasize that God is within every aspect of creation. The Self in Self-realization refers to the oneness in spirit that we come to experience as we go beyond ego attachment. In otherwords, the Self is the individualized expression of Spirit or God.

December 30
2010

Alex M
Costa Rica

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When an enlightened soul chooses to reincarnate on Earth in order to help humanity or for any other reason, does this being know he is enlightened since the moment he has consciousness after birth? Or, he is born ignorant of this and later in his life he realizes his true nature? How does this work?

Nayaswami Asha

Answer

Dear Alex:

The way Swami Kriyananda explained it is that, for the enlightened being, to incarnate in the material world is like going to a movie that he has seen before. He knows the whole plot already. Even as a baby his consciousness is free. Still, he allows himself to get caught up in the story, for the sake of setting an example for others.

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