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October 11
2010

Brock
usa

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Just to be sure, Yogananda says that human beings are a special creation of god, and not linked with apes. So essentially human beings are a one time creation of God (they magically and radomly appeared). This means that one must place oneself in direct conflict mainstream biological evidence concerning human origins to be a disciple of Yogananda. In other words, humans can't have evolved at all, but must have been a one time creation. Am I missing something concerning PY's view on human origin?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Paramhansa Yogananda did indeed say that human beings are a special creation. I don't know about the "magically and randomly appeared" part of your question, but special, yes. Check out this article.

October 11
2010

KJ
India

Question

Does God want this drama to continue? Or does he want all of us to get back to him?

If God wants us to perform drama and if all of us get back to him using self realization then will it not be against his will..?

If this drama ( this cycle of Yugas ends) then will there be a new drama?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Yes, KJ, God does want the drama to continue - but only in an overall sense, not for us individually. He is, Paramhansa Yogananda said, very keen for each one of us to "go home." That's why He has given us the techniques of yoga through the great souls who have handed them down through the ages. He has plenty of ways (and souls) to keep the show going without our being part of it. Still, he doesn't make it easy for us, does He? Well, it's all part of His drama.

Dominic McKay
Australia

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Hi, I'm researching the Dwapara vs Kali Yuga confusion after having read The Holy Science. Any suggestions of where I can find out more about this subject? Any clear articles about it? I found an answer to a similar question on this website that had a link that's now dead:

http://www.ananda.org/ask/114/kali-yuga-or-dwapara-yuga---are/

so was unable to find out more.

Your time and expertise is much appreciated.

Dominic.

Answer

Dear Dominic,

Thank you for your question: the yugas are a fascinating topic!

You might be interested in Swami Kriyananda's recent book, Religion in the New Age. The first chapters go in detail into dwapara versus kali yuga. Here is the book's introduction.

Vinay
India

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Greetings... I just wanted to ask the role of ignorance in this Dwapara Yuga. We've all read of what evolutionary changes come in the yugas, but what about the behavior of ignorance. I've already had good share of ignorance being in the form of "Scientific truths" and "laws of this and that". Are these the version of ignorance in this age? Ignorance being in the form of supposed knowledge? People are using science to spread ignorance. What do you feel? :-)

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Hello Vinay,

Until we're Self-realized, there is ignorance. It will manifest in different ways in different people and in different yugas, but it's the same seed thought: that we are the body and personality, not the soul.

The ascending Dwapara Yuga that we're now in manifests ignorance in its own distinctive ways.

February 8
2010

Ganesh
Nepal

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Jai Guru,

On one of the talks I heard Swamiji say this this planet is in a crisis and a downturn and because of global warming it may stop spinning. Swamiji and other people state that this is an age of energy which Yukteshwar named Dwapara Yuga. That means this planet is ascending towards higher awareness. Will these kind of negative things happen to this planet even when it is moving towards a higher age? I coudn't understand. Can I get help on this?

Nayaswami Pranaba

Nayaswami Pranaba

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Ganesh,

Since we are at a time of ascending Dwapara Yuga, we are indeed developing more awareness, particularly in regards to our understanding and use of energy.

The challenge is that we currently still have the lingering effects of Kali Yuga with its emphasis on form and materialism. What we are experiencing is that many people are clinging to old ways of form but have increased energy. This produces a lot of tension and friction on many levels.

Will
USA

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Do the changing Yugas have anything to do with Global Warming and Climate Change. I saw a program that stated the fossil record shows that many animals not normally found in or near the Arctic Circle were found to have lived close to it many thousand of years ago. Is there a written record showing what events took place during a specific Yuga.

Answer

By Nayaswami Byasa, Ananda Village.

Through the ages, climate changes have had profound effects on human societies.

Civilizations have been wiped out by a prolonged drought or an extended cold period. The Sahara has switched from rich savanna dotted with lakes to dry sand dunes causing mass migrations of human population.

Vinay Kumar
India

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Hello dear friend,

i have read from Swamiji that the transition of yugas happens because of sun's motion around the centre of galaxy. Could you elaborate as to how and why this motion affects human evolution... as is said that nature's workings are unveiled more and more in higher yugas, how exactly and why this happens? what about other planets.. are there different yugas there? Are the planets closer to the centre of galaxy more evolutionarily advanced?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

It's actually a bit more complicated that just the motion around the galactic center: It's the sun's revolution around a dual star, that brings it alternately closer to, then farther from, the galactic center.

It affects human evolution in that the galactic center emits powerful energy that lifts our consciousness, and the closer we get to the center, the more energy (hence upliftment) we receive. As we get more of that energy (i.e., as we enter higher yugas), we live more in harmony with nature and with our own selves, and thus are better able to perceive nature's workings.

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