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Sumukh Hegde
India

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Hello! I’m in third year of medical school. I have been meditating whenever I get time. But this course load is very voluminous and demands a lot of study hours. And also I spend a lot of time in college. This has made me to slowly lose grip of meditation and spirituality. I’ve tried to dedicate my actions to God but I eventually fall back to the materialistic environment of college. Could you please suggest a way for me to balance both studies and spirituality? Thank you. God bless.

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

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Dear Sumukh,

I have a close devotee friend who went through medical school and a crazy-making first year residency. It was a big challenge for him also to keep his grip on meditation and spirituality. I think the most important thing was that he did the best he could. He never gave up even when he was overwhelmed. There is a saying, “God watches the heart.” Even if you can’t find much time to meditate, and are surrounded by a busy environment, keep the goal in your heart. Practice patience. In future your situation will no doubt change for the better.

Saksham anand
India

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Why is there no one God? Why do people of every religion say there is a different God according to their faith? Isn’t Krishna Parameshwar (God) from whom every one comes and goes at end? How can God be undefinable? In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna told that he is the causes of all causes and everything. So why we can’t we say Krishna is the Parameshwar who is the supreme being. Please explain to me.

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

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Dear Saksham Anand,

In fact, all the masters tell us that there is only one God. However, people’s understanding and preferences are so varied that they see God in countless different ways.

In Gita, Krishna says he is the cause of all, because he had left behind all sense of separateness (all sense of “Krishna”) and merged with the great ocean of consciousness that is God. He was speaking from the state of oneness with Parameshwar, or Brahman, or Purushottama, or Yahweh, or Allah, or whatever name one prefers to use.

jayantkumar dhruv
india

Question

All religions have some strengths and weakness.

What are the strengths and weakness of the Hindu religion?

According to my opinion, the strengths are its adaptability, recognition of the potential divinity of the human race, freedom of thought, universal outlook, non-violence, freedom from religious dictatorship and dogma, and reliance on reason to support its beliefs and practices.

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

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Dear Jayantkumar Dhruv,

It would be simplistic for me to try to be definitive about the strengths and weaknesses of Hinduism, given the many different approaches to that religion: dualism, non-dualism, Vaishnava, Shaivite, Shaktism, etc. Even among followers of those many approaches, each individual has his or her own version of the approach. Of course, the same can be said of any religion.

April 15
2014

roby
india

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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