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April 15
2014

roby
india

Question

It is said that God is everywhere, so everything has life. What does it mean? Am I God in manifest form? Then where is parabrahma if parabrahma can not be sensed and is everywhere? If the world is the embodiment of God, then the world must be multi-consciousness as human ego self, and life of man human is present. The parabrahma is in plants. Then plants must have their separate existence, I can not behold it. It appears too textual to me. I want to experience parabrahma.

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Roby,

Truly, it is challenging to have an objective-seeming experience of That which has become everything: not only humans, plants, planets and stars, but also ideas, emotions, desires, character qualities, and the very gunas. Everything has life/consciousness within it, because it is made of divine consciousness and nothing else. But individual consciousness can be anywhere within a vast spectrum of consciousness, from extremely bright (the saints) to extremely dim (the rocks).

February 27
2014

Saksham Anand
India

Question

Namaste / Hello,

I want to ask that I know we can take God as anything what we like for as a relation... like Arjuna with Krishna, etc. So please tell me what is God? When will the time come when we will be able to understand how God looks beyond our perception of understanding?

Nayaswami Seva

Nayaswami Seva

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Saksham Anand,

I’m not sure that we could ever understand who God is even when we have attained some degree of realization. Through God’s consciousness we are all created; everything is created by His consciousness. Even when we are realized we can only merge back into His consciousness — into His stillness, as the still ocean of bliss. We won’t want to know anything else then.

February 24
2014

milton
usa

Question

I was wondering how to interpret the words from Jesus, “I am the way, the truth, and the light. No one comes to the Father but by me.”

What most Christians think is that this means Jesus is the only possible way to achieve salvation and all other masters are incapable and false. How to understand better and explain to them the yogic perspective?

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Milton, Paramhansa Yogananda explains carefully that Jesus spoke in two ways at different times, as a human being and as the Son of God. When speaking as a human, he said things like: “Bring me the fish you just caught.” [John 21:12] That “me” was Jesus speaking as a human being, for certainly he needed a human body and personality to work through.

G
Canada

Question

Hello,

I want to know how to completely sublimate sexual desires which greatly impede the ability to concentrate and perform sadhana?

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Dear Friend,

When a general plans an invasion of enemy territory he must obtain information about the preparedness and relative strength of the enemy forces.

Sexual desires (which includes romantic impulses and much more) are no mere tyro when it comes to complete sublimation. One must proceed with calmness and view one’s efforts in the long-term, lest one find oneself completely routed and fall into an abyss of utter defeat!

Nirja
India

Question

Dear friend,

I had a big teary episode this morning after meditation where the thought of Ma and Gurudev abandoning me crossed my mind. I cried and cried. I know that our studies say that God is with us, as us, but the idea still broke me down, and now I am scared. I can’t imagine life without the solace of the idea of a higher truth, and if God were to “let me go” due to some karma or my own folly, what would I do? How does one stay unattached with their love for God whilst being brave? :(

Nayaswami Seva

Nayaswami Seva

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Nirja,

I can’t imagine a better reason for crying than thinking of God even in the way you have done. I also can’t imagine that God would ever leave you. He, according to my guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, only wants your love. It seems that in your attachment to Him, you are showing that you have great love for Him.

Lynn
US

Question

I have been a kriyaban for 15 years and feel strongly that Yogananda is my guru. Sometimes though, I find deep inspiration in writings by teachers from other paths — and then I feel guilty! I know that, on the one hand, we are the Church of All Religions. On the other, I know that Swami Kriyananda warned on occasion about spreading our attention around. How do I know when I should not read or study another spiritual writing?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Lynn,

Those who are new on any path need to strive to make a clear connection with the particular ray of divine light that is expressing through that path. During this stage, one’s discrimination may not yet be clear enough to discern what’s best for him or her. That’s why it’s important to focus exclusively on one’s own path, for although other teachings may be perfectly valid, they can have different vibrations, different emphases that can confuse the devotee, or take him/her off track. So for those newer on the path, definite guidelines are in order: This way only!

S
India

Question

Is it okay to be nice and normal to an ex, who has done something very very incorrect and adharmic with us in the past, even if we have not been able to forgive his actions?

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Dear Friend,

There’s no point, spiritually speaking, in behaving rudely to anyone. Politeness and ordinary human kindness should be natural to you in respect to virtually everyone (who isn’t otherwise a present threat).

There’s a difference, too, between forgiving and forgetting. So long as someone is around who might still even harm you, you mustn’t fall into the same trap and be harmed again. Most people don’t forget such things and probably shouldn’t. But forgiveness which flows from a divine power, a grace, is right and good.

Prashad
USA

Question

What did Master and Swami say about devotion to the Hindu deities? Shiva, Ganesha, Hanuman, etc.

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Prashad,

I am not aware of Paramhansa Yogananda having commented on your question, although I’m sure he would have considered devotion to God in any form to be a desirable thing. Still, he did not put images of Hindu deities on the altar, nor did he encourage their worship. That’s easy to understand, as what he brought to the West was already quite a challenge for Westerners. Multi-armed, weapons-toting goddesses and elephant-headed gods would have blown their minds completely!

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