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Niraj
India

Question

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

Answer

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.

Pat Wolff
USA

Question

I’m struggling to understand if I have the right attitude. There was a man at work who tried to attract my attention and I would not give him any acknowledgement. I had no reason to speak him about any work related questions so I avoided even walking by his cubicle to prevent more occasions when he would try to force me to acknowledge him. I was forced to retire so the situation is resolved that way but after today’s webinar, I wonder if I am free of whatever caused the issue.

Nayaswami Parvati

Nayaswami Parvati

Ananda Village

Answer

This is a very good question. From what you have described, I would say that it’s not as much about your attitude, as it is about understanding the workings of energy and magnetism. I would like to give you a little background on this subject before addressing your particular situation.

Carina
Europe

Question

I find it quite helpful at times to be the observer of my mind, thoughts and feelings, watching them pass like a movie and not giving them any attention (just as we learn in meditation). This helps us to not get attached and to control our reactive process. And even though Swamiji mentioned the term “silent observer” in his book “Demystifying Patanjali,” I would very much like to know if Master recommended this technique and if it is in tune with the teachings. Thank you.

Nayaswami Pranaba

Nayaswami Pranaba

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Carina,

Paramhansa Yogananda did indeed recommend this technique of being the “silent observer.” He taught that in meditation, specifically in the Hong-Sau Technique, to emphasize this approach. He also encouraged this approach when we are involved in the various activities of daily life.

shayne
singapore

Question

There a girl that I like. I have confessed my feelings to her but there is just this one obstacle between me and her. I actually younger than her by one year and she minds it. How do I change this?

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Dear Shayne,

One year difference in age is not very much by adult-age standards. So perhaps you both are still quite young! Nonetheless, we who practice meditation and yoga and who speak of past lives find one year to be insignificant! Speak to her about friendship and that friends are always friends regardless of their differences, which in this case, are slight. At age 33, one year of life is only a 3% difference — almost insignificant!

samy
canada

Question

Hello,

Last year I started doing Isha kriya for 15 minutes for 15 days. There was a pain in my forehead between my eyes. I got scared and stopped meditating.

I exercise regularly. I still have the pain in my forehead. Lately I am having shooting pains in head and numbness in my legs when I exercise. I am feeling very tired and scared about facing out of the regular world experiences that meditation might bring. How can I stop my pain in forehead and be healthy? I don‘t want to meditate.

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Samy,

Isha Kriya is different from the Kriya Yoga techniques given to us by Paramhansa Yogananda. If you are interested in preparing yourself for Kriya Yoga through the Ananda Kriya Sangha, please let us know (see below). But because you are practicing a different type of kriya, then you should go to the person or organization who taught or initiated you, to ask a specific questions about any difficulties your are experiencing with your practices.

Natasha
South Africa

Question

I have been meditating for about 15 years. I focus on my third eye and use the mantra “I and my father are one.” A few years ago I started getting strong cramps in the upper right side of back during meditation. Sometimes the cramps get so strong I have to end my meditation because I can’t take the pain. Afterwards the cramps fade away quickly. I also used to hear ringing in my left ear, but that has stopped now.

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Dear Natasha,

It sounds to me like you are getting tense during meditation: perhaps in the effort to focus strongly at the spiritual eye. Do you practice any yoga stretches or similar physical movement before sitting to meditate? I don’t know your overall health or age, of course, but at Ananda we practice the 39 Tension Exercises (“Energization Exercises”) that Paramhansa Yogananda created specially for meditators (and anyone). (Not everyone is going to practice the yoga postures, whether due to interest, time, health, or age.) They take between 12 and 15 minutes to do after you’ve learned them.

Kailash
India

Question

What is the best and most spiritual diet one can follow in a week? I got an inspiration to try healthy food/right time for a while (hopefully for long), so would like to try out Ananda’s method.

Thank You!

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Kailash,

According to P. Yogananda food should be viewed in terms of life force and energy. Life energy sustains us and is responsible for our well-being.

Therefore our diet should include only foods that are easily converted into energy.

Our thoughts, actions, and health are generally determined by the foods that we eat, so we need to choose foods that are rich in life force, calm our nervous system and help to uplift and expand our consciousness.

Maggie
UK

Question

Hi

I’ve been meditating for little over a year and in most cases it has been fine but there are times when I have sleepless nights, hear high pitched noises in my ears, and see blobs of light just below my lower eyelids. I spoke to someone about it and they said it could be “awakening” symptoms and as I was an “advanced” soul, it’s even the more reason why I’m experiencing this. But this person was not sure. I would like your opinion.

Many thanks and blessings.

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Maggie,

It’s common for meditators to hear inner sounds and see inner lights. Meditation practice tends to awaken inner energies along with inner awareness, and those energies can cause such phenomena—regardless of whether one is trying to make them happen, and regardless of whether one is an “advanced” soul. (I would say that anyone who seriously takes up the practice of meditation is an advanced soul.) Not to worry. Treat them as distractions, and try not to let them commandeer your attention. This too shall pass. Keep on meditating, and offer these experiences—as well as any others that may come—to God.

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