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theotis
USA

Question

I have seen many friends with very little spiritual disposition become interested in spiritual teachings due to LSD and other psychedelic experiences. Yet these things are not spoken well of in most teachings. Will you help me to understand why these things that can draw souls to spiritual interests are condemned?

Kristy Fassler-Hecht

Kristy Fassler-Hecht

Ananda Maine

Answer

Dear Theotis,

Thanks for your question regarding the use of hallucinatory drugs, such as LSD, to awaken spiritual yearning. In Swami Kriyananda’s book, Letters to Truth Seekers, he answers your question very well.

November 7, 1967

You ask what my views are on drugs. In a nutshell I might say that I do not approve of them, but nor do I condemn them completely for I have seen many people brought to the spiritual path as a result of them. Yet I don’t think it is drugs that have actually given those people anything concrete. What has been accomplished, rather, is that the drugs have released certain spiritual samskars, or impressions born of past spiritual actions, that were lying dormant within them, awaiting the opportunity to express themselves. Those impressions would have to come out sooner or later anyway. My claim that drugs release what was there already, instead of giving one anything new, is supported by the fact that some people, taking the same drugs, have had quite opposite and even terrifying experiences.

July 22
2014

dhruv parikh
india

Question

I have few questions, please clear my confusions..

1) What is the fourth consciousness state of “turia”?

2) In “The Time Tunnel” I read that “Time is deep cosmic secret, no one knows what it means! We must try to solve this secret.” Can you please explain real nature of time and how it flows?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Dhruv,

Turiya is the so-called fourth state of consciousness (conscious, dreaming, dreamless sleep, turiya). It is the state beyond deep, dreamless sleep, in which the superconscious is active. It is the constant background consciousness that we all have, but upon which the other three states can—and usually do—intrude and thereby interfere with the experience of reality as it truly is.

July 22
2014

P
India

Question

Hi... I have been on the spiritual path for over a year now. It has helped me in many ways. Recently in a aura capture by an aura camera, it was found that my root chakra is shrunk. I am told that it determines our career and the money we attract in our life? It is true that I don’t attract as much money as the amount f hard work I put in. Also I feel lethargic despite doing energization exercises. What is the safest way to balance this chakra? I don’t think more meditation will help.

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear P,

We are very glad to hear of your being on the spiritual path for some time now and that it has helped you in many ways. I’m sure it will continue to be a great blessing for you.

Regarding the chakras, an “aura photo” is fun to have made, but it cannot show a permanent picture of what is going on in one or more of your chakras. This is because the chakras are made of energy and are always in motion, fluctuating rapidly. As the saying goes: “You can’t step into the same river twice.” Your chakra system is like a river of energy — always changing! An aura photo today will look very different from one made at a different time, depending on your attitudes at that moment.

Roby
india

Question

How can I be free of lust? How can I convert this energy of lust into divine love? Why is it that this energy cannot stop? This energy corrupts my mind to lustful thoughts. I WANT TO BE FREE OF this problem so that I experience no problem in the spiritual path.

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Roby,

You are dealing with one of the greatest challenges on the spiritual path — but it is also the greatest opportunity. The energy that is manifesting as lust is the same energy that will give you liberation. Yogananda said our emotions were like “rocket fuel.” When we are troubled by lust our rocket fuel is focused downward in the spine. When we develop devotion and practice Kriya Yoga our rocket fuel is focused upward in the spine.

June 27
2014

Meenakshi
India

Question

I want to know about myself. Who I am? why I am here? What is the purpose of my life — job, family, or something else? Why do I always change my decision? Why do people make fun of me? Am I not a good person? How can I find out myself. In our culture marriage is very important, and I am still single. Will I get married or not? How I should live my life? and if I will get married, how I can find that he is my soulmate? Sometime I feel I am good for nothing. Please help me to make my mind clear.

Nayaswami Seva

Nayaswami Seva

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Meenakshi,

The times we live in changed the old boundaries that supported our lives. We have to find out who we are by our own experiences. We have to find out the meaning of life by ourselves. Paramhansa Yogananda and other great teachers say that the meaning of life is to find God, that roaming in the world of the senses, wanting pleasures, money, marriage, will not give true happiness. True happiness comes first by knowing one’s self, the Divine within. Pure joy comes only through knowing God. This is a constant and does not fluctuate with each new desire, as the joy of God is beyond desires.

s, India
India

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Hi..I just read the article on anger by Nayaswami Jaya in which he says our frustrated desires are the causes of our anger.Master also said so.While desires is one of the causes,Idon’t think giving up desires can totally cure us of our anger.What about cases in which a loved one is murdered,or a husband leaves a wife and kids 10 years after marriage,or when one insults the other for no reason.Such causes of anger cant be attributed to desire.How can one deal with such anger.

Nayaswami Premdas

Nayaswami Premdas

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear One,

In the situations you mention, think about the individual that is in anger. Are they not suffering and acting violent because their expectations were not being realized? This lack of living in contentment with what is (santosha), results in further falls into adharma; disappointment, frustration, anger, and violence.

June 9
2014

AA
Europe

Question

Hello i am wondering what should you do if you feel like you are starting to lose faith ?

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Dear Friend,

The lives of the saints all attest to the challenges that come to one’s faith from time to time. In the Bhagavad Gita, too, Arjuna complains to Krishna, that he’s not sure he’s up for what it takes to achieve Self-realization: to defeat the kinfolk of self-doubt, worries, and concerns that a life of faith, good works, and prayer may not prove to be a good exchange for the comfortable and familiar worldly life embraced by common people everywhere!

Susan
USA

Question

How can I have God all the time?

Answer

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.

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