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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

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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

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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

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“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.

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