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Sangita
India

Question

Hello!! What is the purpose of marriage in growth? Marital status is given a lot of importance in all societies, and also by governments all over the world. There are columns of marital status everywhere in all forms, in social networking sites, employment forms and everywhere. Why exactly is that so? Married men and women are considered to be more respectable than single women...why is it so?

Nayaswami Parvati

Nayaswami Parvati

Ananda Village

Answer

In regard to spiritual life, the purpose of marriage is to expand our awareness from simply thinking about ourselves to thinking about others. In marriage we look after a wife or husband with love and support. We protect and care for our children when they are young, and help them to make their way in life through providing a good education and support for them as young adults.

Sakshi
India

Question

Dear One,

Is it possible to know/find out, in any which way, how one gets to know whether one is really needed in this world? I would like to know the answers from various levels of spiritual understanding at different times.

I know through the Masters, but should receive more clarity and confirmation from here.

Thanks and joy in Masters and Swami :)

Sakshi

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Sakshi, There is no question at all that every soul is really needed in this world for many specific purposes. Every soul is beloved by God and holds a special place in the tapestry of life.

As the Great Ones have put it: “...everyone has a unique ‘song’ to sing and no one else can sing it in the same way.” One of the most important parts of anyone’s spiritual journey is to recognize that we must serve in order to grow spiritually and to release the bondage of our egos; and that service is joy!

January 6
2014

Bhushan
India

Question

My boss is very religious and a disciple of one path in India. He is drawing a handsome salary and uses his professional position to serve his religion's saint, giving donations and spending for other religious functions. But in the process he doesn’t give priority to his work and nor he is regular in attendance, and also arrogant in behavior. As a result the owners of the organization are displeased with him. Is he doing the right thing in the name of religion & God?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Bhushan,

Although some aspects of what your boss is doing might seem unethical, the fact is that neither you nor I know the full picture. If we did know it, things might look quite different; it is hard to say.

In any case, you are not responsible for his behavior, nor are you responsible changing him. Given that, you can let God and the owners sort out this situation, while you focus on doing your best by your own ethical standards, and not being judgmental. It would also be good to pray for his highest welfare, and not criticize him when speaking with others.

January 6
2014

Rohit
India

Question

“Blame no one as all are struggling their ways out of the jungle of delusion.” Should all wrong deeds be tolerated? One answer might be people on spiritual path should keep themselves out of pointing out mistakes. But then again the question arises that don’t spiritual people have any responsibility towards raising voice against evil or wrong deeds, especially those of criminal nature? One more question is how do we distinguish between general wrongs and those of criminal nature?

Nayaswami Premdas

Nayaswami Premdas

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Rohit,

Your questions are timeless, long confounding scholars and philosophers, and unanswered, has perpetuated discord, misery and suffering throughout mankind’s history. However when the answer is perceived correctly with wisdom, it elevates the seeker into greater light and peace, uplifting the world. I hope my response helps you and others understand this important aspect of what we call The Battle of Life.

Sangita
India

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Of late I have received a lot of valuable guidance from you which has been of great help. I am currently living with my parents post his retirement, at a place whose environment is very different from the upbringing we had when my father was in service. We have been exposed to much better environment, but here the people are very unexposed, uncouth and crude. I almost lose my temper every time dealing with them as I have never cm across such aggressive, loud and mannerless. What’s the way to handle them?

Nayaswami Seva

Nayaswami Seva

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Sangita,

The best way I have found in working with people you simply do not resonate with is to always be positive and cheerful. You need to always be strong in who you are so that nothing touches you from the outside. You need to not judge them in any way, but instead give them love — love that you draw from the Divine source.

tinkla
india

Question

Hi,

Pranam.

When I do the meditation I feel some flow inside the body and also little extra heaviness in the throat. Is it normal, I feel the peace and happiness.

Please advise me how to be near God always both day and night.

tinkla

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Tinkla,

When we sit to meditate, become still, and concentrate at the point between the eyebrows, we draw our subtle energy, our life force, up the spine into the brain. This upward movement of energy is often accompanied by feelings of peace, calmness, love, or bliss. But the upward movement of energy may also at times feel like a physical sensation. It might feel as if there is some light pressure on or within some part of your body, particularly in the spine, or you might experience warm or cool sensations moving through the body.

December 16
2013

Sangita
India

Question

What is the best way to transmute tamas energy (a state of dullness and stagnation) to rajas (action) when outer circumstances are not at all favorable. For instance, a person might desperately want to revive a failed career but under no circumstance manage to arrange for the money required to revive the career. Or maybe after a broken relationship a person might want to move on and for that, a change of place is necessary but he might not be able to do so. Is it advisable to wait for divine timing then?

Nayaswami Seva

Nayaswami Seva

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Sangita,

In seemingly impossible situations giving all to the Divine is the best possibly solution. Make Him responsible to help you in your need, whatever it is. You will feel Him liking this, liking to be a conscious part of your life.

In fact, don’t wait until there are impossible situations to ask God for help. When your mind is filled with worries or you’re depressed over difficult situations, the habit patterns are such that it is harder to turn toward the light, even if you remember to do so.

December 5
2013

Nirja
India

Question

Hi, I recently changed my career path and started on a new one — one that I’ve wanted to pursue since I was a child. I’ve begun to realize that I tend to struggle a lot and get intimidated around people who I feel are better than me. I tend to skip on assignments and projects where I have to compete with people who I feel are more appropriate for the job at hand. I know that unless I try, I couldn’t possibly win, but my fear of not being good enough & lack of self esteem may cost me my dream.

Nayaswami Seva

Nayaswami Seva

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Nirja,

There is a wonderful book that Swami Kriyananda wrote to give us in all situations affirmations that help to bring us back to our center and expand our consciousness. It is called Affirmations for Self-Healing. I’d like to quote a little from one of the affirmations to help you understand that we can determine our thoughts and consciousness, that we do not need to live in habits of negative thoughts of our selves or others.

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