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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!

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!

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