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November 21
2013

Sangita
India

Question

Hi!I recently came across an article about how there are guardian angles above us who always want to love us and protect us, about how they constantly send signs through clouds, feathers, coins, music, flowers, and butterflies when asked for. They lovingly help us when we are lost, provided we have faith in them. If we miss out signs and ask for more, they gladly oblige. All these sound so comforting and soothing. Who are these angles? Are they representatives of God or our departed loved ones?

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Sangita,

Yes, Yogananda and Kriyananda both speak of angels. They primarily dwell in the Astral Worlds, but are able to help us out here on Earth. They are messengers of God and are spoken of in the Jewish-Christian Bible many times.

They are special creations and representatives of God, but they are not our departed loved ones — they are on a different evolutionary track from human beings.

praveen
usa

Question

Does the deer skin solve the need for silk cloth while in meditation?

Nayaswami Seva

Nayaswami Seva

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Praveen,

I assume you mean, will a deer skin replace the need for a silk cloth used in insulating one from the earthly vibrations while meditating. Yes, of course, it can as all natural fiber materials do. You will see in the Autobiography of a Yogi many pictures of saints meditating on deer skins.

November 19
2013

Jharna
India

Question

It is said that good karma leads to a happy life. But the fact is it is tough to be good and easy to follow evil. Evil people live smooth lives but honest and nice turbulent lives. I am 40, try not to hurt anyone and be as honest as possible. My ex has broken innumerable hearts without regret, cunning but is leading a happy life today. He is charming and his wife is head over heals for him.There are people who have black money and are happy. My Dad was honest, but is ailing. So why shouldn’t I be dishonest?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Jharna,

Yes, some people profit from bad behavior. They may have enough good karma to shield them, temporarily, from the consequences of their bad behavior. But sooner or later—perhaps not in this lifetime—the bad karma will catch up with them.

Bad behavior does not entail a risk; it entails a certainty of paying the price at a later date. Bad behavior also has a short-term drawback: You feel bad when doing it. True, some people are so dense that they block out that bad feeling for a time.

November 6
2013

vekas bhatia
india

Question

My business is not doing well, so I am in a deep disempowered state. I pray to the divine gurus for their blessings but I am not able to find any breakthroughs. Sometimes I start doubting my own abilities. Please guide me how to empower myself and come out of this breakdown.

Regards, Vekas

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Vekas,

When our energy level drops, everything looks difficult. When our energy level rises, everything looks possible. When our energy is low, there seems to be no solution to our various challenges. When our energy is high, solutions become clear and obvious.

October 24
2013

Ramesh Aritakula
India

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Why did God create Man? What is his interest in doing so? A person accumulates lot of good/bad karma from thousands of his past lives. He / she suffers a lot because of the accumulated bad karma. Had not God created man in first place, all this karma would not have been there and there would not be any suffering because of ego, jealousy, lust, and so forth. The point I am asking is that if God had not created Man in first place, then there would not be any war, crime, violence, and suffering.

Nayaswami Pranaba

Nayaswami Pranaba

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Ramesh,

A very good question! I’m going to answer you with these words from the book, Paramhansa Yogananda, With Personal Reflections & Reminiscences, by Swami Kriyananda :

“In the beginning”—that is to say, before Cosmic Creation—there is in existence only the ever-calm Spirit, vibrationless, fathomless. Its nature is ever-existing, ever-conscious, ever-new Bliss, or Satchidananda. (It was Paramhansa Yogananda who added “ever-new” to the translation.) Why would perfect Bliss, complete in Itself, feel any need to create at all? In India it has been suggested that “God wanted to enjoy Himself through many.” Swami Sri Yukteswar answered the inevitable question of why God created the universe by saying, “Leave a few mysteries to be solved after you reach the Divine.” Yogananda’s expression, however, “ever-new,” in addition to the concept of Bliss suggests a more fully satisfying explanation (satisfying, that is, to human reason). What it hints at is that the very nature of Bliss is to want to express Itself. The ever-new aspect of Cosmic Bliss causes it periodically to express Itself creatively, expanding Self-awareness into outward manifestation.”

Nina
India

Question

Do stones really work? If yes, how? I have been advised to wear a neela stone by someone. He told me it is going to bring a change in my fortune. But what about prarabdh karma? Will the stone help to deal with it? I am on the spiritual path but life is a rough ride for me. I face very very big obstacles in everything that I try to do be it career or personal life. I am almost drained mentally and emotionally. Should a stone help me? Has Masterji said anything about it?

Nayaswami Seva

Nayaswami Seva

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Nina,

Such tests are all directional toward finding our true source in God. What Sri Yukteswar says in Autobiography of a Yogi, "A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial rays are in mathematical harmony with his individual karma." And later in Chapter #16, he also says, "What he has done, he can undo. None other than himself was the instigator of the causes of whatever effects are now prevalent in his life. He can overcome any limitation, because he created it by his own actions in the first place, and because he has spiritual resources which are not subject to planetary pressure.”

October 21
2013

Dan
united states

Question

Dear friends,

Something happened once while meditating and I don’t know what it means. First, it felt like I was somewhere not of the physical world. Second , I heard music and when I followed it I found someone under a tree near a river. When I was closer it looked like and I do have faith that it was Shiva. I listened and played from his instrument for a while then broke from meditation. I know some of this isn’t real but why show himself to me like that ? Was it an initiation?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Dan,

Although I cannot say for certain whether it was an initiation, it was certainly a blessing. Take it as such, and offer your gratitude to Lord Shiva. This experience may be a sign that you are entering an important period in your spiritual life. Pray to Him for understanding and direction as you move ever closer to your Divine Goal.

Blessings,

Gyandev

October 16
2013

Sneha
India

Question

A man who practices spirituality told me that when we pray fervently for something,we receive it as what we release in the universe,comes back to us,provided we are in a calm state of mind.The results of our prayer can’t reach us if we reach agitated.If we are nervous and agitated while praying, but pray fervently, and later calm down with time, does our prayer materialize after we calm down, of course in its own time?

Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Village

Answer

You are blessed to have a spiritual friend to talk with about such things. And what he says may be true — at least some of the time. Paramhansa Yogananda did say that God answers all prayers, but restless ones only a little bit.

Pray with love, and receive with love. Swami Kriyananda used to quote St Augustine, "Our Hearts are restless until they rest in You."

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