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Adam
Australia

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I decided to try meditation for the first time. I did the method of relaxing my whole body then counted down from 100. That’s when I first noticed the numbness enveloping my entire body, even my breathing felt numb as if I weren’t even breathing. Then the tingling sensation, at first only slight in my legs then my entire body, it felt like I was going to explode out of my body. Just as I got the sensation of leaving my body I panicked and I severed the connection. Terrifying, any advice?

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

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Dear Adam,

We are sorry to hear of your unhappy experience the first time you tried to meditate. It is important for you to try again, but this time, be sure to pray for help and guidance from the Great Ones and to use the exact methods they suggest for beginning meditation.

Lisa Sen
INDIA

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My heartfelt pronam to all.

I have been practicing meditation for 13 years. But I never had any vision nor heard any sound. Only occasionally I feel a throbbing sensation near my heart. Also, I can concentrate only for sometime during the entire course of meditation and more often than not my mind keeps wandering. I cannot understand whether I am progressing in my meditation or whether the process of meditation I follow is right. (I meditate the form of my Ishtam in the heart center).

Kristy Fassler-Hecht

Kristy Fassler-Hecht

Ananda Maine

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Dear Lisa,

Thank you for your question regarding your meditation progress. I must start by saying I am not familiar with the technique of meditation you are practicing. With that said, meditation should help us to experience peace and calmness initially and as we progress more love, joy and wisdom. Yoganandaji said, the spiritual path is not a circus. We should not be attached to seeing or hearing various phenomena in our meditations.

Smriti
India

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I had an intuition of losing my father, and the next morning I got the news of his death. I was far wary from his residence. I am not able to cope with this loss and why did such a message come to me? Secondly, for last 30 years he kept fasting on Tuesday and had too much faith in god Hanumanji. He died on that day. Why? Will I ever meet him in any form? I really miss him a lot.

Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Village

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Please receive my deepest condolences on the loss of your father. And yes — you will see him again. In the Autobiography of a Yogi, by Paramhansa Yogananda, there is a wonderful chapter about life after death in the the astral world: The Resurrection of Sri Yukteswar where we are told:

sumit saini
india

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Swamiji, while explaining the ice bag technique for transmutation of sex energy , states not to use it during the time of actual sexual excitation. Kindly explain why this is so. To my mind during excitation the energy is already aroused and can be channeled up easily. There would be no danger of spilling as the coolness of ice would only help to calm down the matters! Please also explain if practiced during normal times how is cold ice stimulating to the sex energy. How can it awaken energy to transmute it?

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

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Dear Friend,

The primary reason for not using this technique when aroused is that any further touch sensation is runs the risk of increasing arousal. While it is true that the cold sensation “ought” to mitigate arousal, this is by no means going to always be the case. Moreover, one does not want to create a longer term subconscious association between the effort for transmutation with the fact of sexual arousal.

April 15
2014

roby
india

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It is said that God is everywhere, so everything has life. What does it mean? Am I God in manifest form? Then where is parabrahma if parabrahma can not be sensed and is everywhere? If the world is the embodiment of God, then the world must be multi-consciousness as human ego self, and life of man human is present. The parabrahma is in plants. Then plants must have their separate existence, I can not behold it. It appears too textual to me. I want to experience parabrahma.

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

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Dear Roby,

Truly, it is challenging to have an objective-seeming experience of That which has become everything: not only humans, plants, planets and stars, but also ideas, emotions, desires, character qualities, and the very gunas. Everything has life/consciousness within it, because it is made of divine consciousness and nothing else. But individual consciousness can be anywhere within a vast spectrum of consciousness, from extremely bright (the saints) to extremely dim (the rocks).

March 31
2014

Saksham anand
India

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Is a human soul different from an animal or plant soul? Does a human being reincarnate every time in human body, or does he have to go to many species according to the Bhagavad Gita. And please throw some light on what is Krishna consciousness and Christ consciousness? Is Krishna father (God) and Jesus Christ the son of Krishna the God? Please clear my doubt. What name can we give to God since we know who is Krishna, Jesus, Buddha... but what is the name of God?

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

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Dear Saksham Anand,

There is no essential difference between the soul of a plant, animal or man — they all are expressions of the same, one Consciousness. However, each one is more aware than the other by increasing degrees. Paramhansa Yogananda wrote that, “God is asleep in the rocks, dreaming in the plants, awake in animals, and fully awake in man.” He also said that it takes millions of incarnations to progress through these increasingly aware forms of life until we incarnate, at last, as men.

Nicki
UK

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Hello!

I’ve been meditating for more than a year now, and I notice that I find myself going back to the past, to events that I believed were long resolved. Even to the point of questioning whether my mother was a “good” parent. But I find my mind resurrecting things long forgotten. What does this mean — that deep down I resent my parents?

Blessings.

Kristy Fassler-Hecht

Kristy Fassler-Hecht

Ananda Maine

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Dear Nicki,

You don’t mention what technique of meditation you are practicing so I can’t respond directly to how your meditations and past memories are connected. However, you can trust if there are long forgotten memories surfacing, they need your attention and awareness.

Niraj
India

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Is the Mahabharata written by Vyasa 100% authentic and true? What were Yoganandaji‘s views on this? If its not 100 % true can any evidence be offered?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

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Dear Niraj,

Paramhansa Yogananda said that the main characters in the Mahabharata were actual historical figures, and that there was indeed such a conflict over a kingdom. Yoganandaji further stated that Arjuna was one of his own earlier incarnations, that Babaji was Krishna, and that James Lynn (Yoganandaji’s most advanced disciple) was Nakula.

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