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Vivek
India/Canada

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I had a bad past because of my doings in my life, irresponsible, immature, fear, ego which resulted in a great failure. I’ve been training myself how to overcome all this and attain success, and I’m pretty sure things have changed since then. My real problem is I now have an aim in my life, which is hard to achieve, but I’m confident. Still past experiences comes to haunt me, and out of fear I’m scared to do what my mind tells me. I have limited time. I'm not sure what to do.

Nayaswami Devarshi

Nayaswami Devarshi

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Vivek,

I thought you were describing my own past at first (“irresponsible, immature, fear, ego...”), but of course it describes all of us at some time, whether in this life or past lives!

There are two specific practices which many people have found to be helpful in letting go of old patterns and attaining success now and in the future. The first one is the pithy advice of Swami Sri Yukteswar:

October 1
2014

Myke Black
United Kingdom

Question

Please explain all about the Devas. Thank you very much.

Tyagi Jayadev

Tyagi Jayadev

Ananda Assisi, Italy

Answer

Dear Myke,

There is an eternal battle going on in our world, between Light and darkness. Both sides act through instruments: the Light works through angelic beings, called Devas, or “shining angels.” The darkness works through demonic beings called asuras.

Tanya
UK

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I am married to a good man who always supports me and treats me well. I also try to be supportive, kind and good to him. I would love him to share my interests: meditate like I do, be interested in yoga and other things that enjoy like sport, travelling, and walking. But, unlike me he spends a lot of time watching TV/films and browsing the internet. I feel that despite having a reasonably good marriage, he is probably not my soulmate and my heart is longing for finding my soulmate. What shall I do?

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Tanya,

One’s marriage vows are to be taken very seriously. It is not a good thing to be thinking that “surely the grass must be greener with someone else — when this may not be true at all, or, “... if I find my true soul mate, surely then I'll be happy.” Please read my blog on “Soul Mates” at http://www.ananda.org/a-place-called-ananda/savitri/4568/looking-for-your-soul-mate/ for more details on this subject.

September 29
2014

harjit bali
India

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I am very confused. My question is: Does God Exist? I am 32 years old and still I am not settled yet. Daily morning I pray to God: “Please forgive me. Please god help me. Please God show me the way.” Were have I to go?

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

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Dear Friend,

At age 32, you are ready to be settled and it is an age where it is right to wish for this. It is good and it is right.

Think about this: if a person is desperate to have a job or to find a marriage partner, his “desperate-ness” will show itself in nervousness, anxiety, and in making poor decisions, grabbing at the first opportunity instead of being patient for the right opportunity. To be desperate is to PUSH AWAY the very thing one wants the most.

Meena
UK

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Hi,

Swami Kriyananda has always emphasized that we should always feel better about ourselves amidst dark situations.

How can I practice that?

Right now I am in a dark situation as I’m jobless, out of a bad relationship, financial difficulties, bad friends etc. etc.

As I look for a solution, I can’t help being dragged down by my emotions of resentment and bitterness.

What kind of attitude should I have? How can i bring myself toward the Light in this darkness?

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Meena,

Swami Kriyananda always emphasized that we should feel good about ourselves during all situations, dark or light, happy or sad. The way you learn to do that is finding out who you really are. Please see my blog on this topic which goes into this subject in greater detail http://www.ananda.org/a-place-called-ananda/savitri/1496/self-esteem-issues-anyone/ .

Rush
USA

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Why does today’s spirituality seem to espouse more the feminine traits rather than masculine? More “love, compassion,” less “assertiveness, vigor” is noted. Men like Sri Yukteswar, Yoganandaji, “Tiger Swami” Vivekananda were kind, yet bold/energized, speaking with bluntness and certainty. Yet today, nearly every spiritual man I see speaks with a conscious modesty/passivity. Sadly I’ve not recently seen a “man’s man” amongst devotees. Perhaps because people assign masculinity with ego?

Nayaswami Pranaba

Nayaswami Pranaba

Ananda Village

Answer

One way of understanding this question is from the perspective that this period of time we are living in has a very real need to have more general feminine energy to balance things out. This has, as a result, an effect certainly on many devotees and truthseekers. Swami Kriyananda said a number of years ago that it is important to tune into Divine Mother even more so at this time.

September 16
2014

anu
india

Question

Thank you for replying to my previous msg. I suffer from hemorrhoids (piles) so I am unable to sit for hong sau technique. Will it be effective if I do it lying down with my upper body slightly elevated.

Thanks,

Anu

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Anu,

When you have any body discomfort, you can adjust your body to allow you to practice. Yes, you can lie down with the upper body slightly elevated.

You can meditate while sitting on a special pillow for use with hemorrhoids.

At the end of your meditation practice, you can visualize light and send it to the area of the hemorrhoids for healing.

ruma nath
India

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Jai Guru!

It was October 11 I enrolled in the YSS Self Realization lessons. I am a kidney transplant patient. I am not regular in practice. I feel I am not able to perform the techniques correctly. My mind keeps thinking of all nonsense things. I get upset I am not able to develop love for God Guru. Kindly help me.

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

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Dear Ruma Nath,

It is common for the mind to think of nonsense things when we try to meditate. That is due to (a) habit, (b) concentration not yet well developed, and (c) resistance of the ego to meditation (so it sends distractions of thought). Do not be discouraged. Every time you find your mind wandering, bring it back to your practice. This happens for everyone, but persistence will make it happen less and less. (Here is a blog that I recently wrote about overcoming the tendency of the mind to wander in meditation.)

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