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July 24
2010

karen
UK

Question

Hi

I have read how we are more evolved than animals as we have free will, and we can use that will to choose what we do and how we live. But I have also read that none of what we do is our (individual) doing - its all god acting through us, even when we are creating bad karma. Do we make our own spiritual choices? or not? Thanks

Nayaswami Asha

Answer

Dear Karen:

What distinguishes human beings from lower forms of life - what makes the human a "higher" form - is self-awareness. A dog or cat may perform an amazing feat of intuition, crossing the country, for example, to find an owner who has moved from New York to California, and left the pet behind.

aa
europe

Question

How can i find God again ?

Where do i look ?

Nayaswami Asha

Answer

The word "God" in English is a very unsatisfactory word, because it has no specific meaning. Many people who say they don't believe in God are rejecting only the dogmas associated with that word.

When it comes to spiritual matters, Sanskrit is much more satisfactory. There are literally hundreds of words that can all be translated into English as "God." Putting aside the gods and goddesses, which are a whole other subject, most of the words for "God" in Sanskrit describe specific experiences, such as peace (Shanti) or joy (Ananda).

April 29
2010

Romila
UK

Question

Is there a difference between the state of being Spiritually Awakened and Self Realisation? Thank you very much for helping me understand

Nayaswami Devi

Answer

Dear Romila,

The problem with using words to describe states of enlightenment is that words exist on the level of the conscious mind, while soul experiences exist on a higher, superconscious level. It's often difficult to translate one into the other.

One could certainly make a case that being "spiritually awakened" or "Self-realized" is the same thing. You would probably need to ask whoever used these terms how they were defining them.

January 9
2010

ellsj
usa

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I'm Jewish. I do believe in God, but as a people, we believe the Messiah has not yet come. Therefore, while I believe that Jesus was probably a great man and leader, I do not believe he was the Messiah. I have a deep apprecation for Paramhansa Yogananda, meditate and practice yoga, but want to deepen my spirituality. Can I learn Kriya Yoga?

Nayaswami Shivani

Answer

Dear Soul Friend,

I, too, was born and raised in an observant Jewish home, and I have been practicing Kriya for nearly 40 years. Religious beliefs can sometimes limit rather than clarify our understanding. They are usually based in some deep spiritual truth, but through the ages and due to human imperfection, the meaning behind these beliefs can become distorted.

Andreas
Austria

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I am a Kriyaban in the tradition of Paramhamsa Yogananda.

PY teaches that the life-force flows into the body through the medulla oblongata. There are 3 colours: White — consciousness beyond primal nature, blue — God involved with creation; gold — frequency of "OM."

Before I started the path of Kriya-yoga, I studied other systems. For years I have tried to find out the difference, similarities etc. of the energies entering the body through the crown and the medulla respectively.

Is there, in Kriya yoga, a difference between the incarnated soul and the Higher Self? Maybe you could help me with these questions?

Thank you very much in advance.

Dr. Andreas Ullrich

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Dr. Ullrich,

Yes, it is true that several other traditions recommend that prana (life-force) be directed into or out of the astral body via the 7th or Crown Chakra. But Paramhansa Yogananda offers a different teaching on this matter.

As you mention, Yogananda teaches us to draw prana in through the Agya (sometimes spelled Ajna) or 6th chakra, especially through its receptive aspect in the medulla oblongata area of the brain.

rajesh
India

Question

How does one enter into the path of realization? What kind of hindrances and temptations does one face in this path of realization? In which way can we be assured that we are treading on the right path?

Nayaswami Pranaba

Nayaswami Pranaba

Ananda Village

Answer

One enters into the path of realization first by desiring fulfillment beyond the fleeting sensory mirages of this world. The next step is uncovering our true nature – that of our soul – through the ever deepening experience of meditation and its related techniques, especially that of Kriya Yoga.

priyal
india

Question

Greetings,

I have a couple of questions, i hope you can clarify

a. I have been practicing the Aum technique since a couple of days, though extremely relaxing, i cannot seem to go beyond an "electric" sound, how do i take the technique forward

b. Is a physical encounter with a living guru essential for spiritual progress

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

a. The “electric” sound is a good starting point. Concentrate on it. Be ready for something else to come to the forefront of your attention as your concentration deepens, but don't strain to find that “something else.” It will come in its own time, with your ever-deepening concentration. And be patient. As the expression goes, Rome was not built in a day, or even “a couple of days.”

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