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March 13
2014

Kailash
India

Question

Hello and a very Happy New Year to all the 1,000 or more saints at Ananda! My question is what is the best way to offer everything I do at the feet of God and Master this year (and all years)? How can I be more devotional in thought as well as action? What should I do to stay focused on this resolution without falling into moods and tamasic character despite “the crash of the breaking worlds” and pour out the energy I need to stay closer to my Beloved Lord? A Great year to all there!

Nayaswami Dharmarajan

Nayaswami Dharmarajan

Ananda India

Answer

Dear Kailash,

Thank you for writing — your enthusiasm and energy are evident in your question itself! The practices and attitudes you list are crucial to spiritual growth: self-offering, devotion in thought, devotion in action, focus, and energy. In a way you’ve answered the question: developing these qualities in yourself more. As Sister Gyanamata (Yogananda’s most advanced woman disciple) said, when asked what she would have done differently in her life: “More and better.”

Niraj Sharma
India

Question

I know it for a fact that suffering is a result of a result of man’s transgressions of God’s laws. I also know that Paramhansa Yogananda was God realized and did not like people to be troubled by pain and suffering. My question will human civilization reach a stage where there will be no suffering or suffering almost negligible?

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Niraj,

According to Yogananda and his guru Sri Yukteswar we are in the beginning of the ascending arc of a twenty-four thousand year yuga cycle. Satya yuga, the highest “Golden Age” of the cycle begins in 7700 A.D. and will last for 9600 years. Sri Yukteswar wrote that during Satya yuga mankind in general would directly comprehend the Spirit beyond material creation. A golden age indeed.

John
Italy

Question

Dear brothers and sisters in One,

Recently I read ”Autobiography“ and I really fell in love with the amazing guru Yogananda. In my heart I feel a strong desire to follow Him.

My question is: I am a Reiki practitioner for many years (I’m a Reiki Master-Teacher). Reiki helped me very much with my health condition, but most with my spiritual growth. Is it ok to practice kriya yoga and Reiki?

I owe Reiki so much and I don’t feel ready to abandon it.

Thank you in advance for your time and effort!

Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Village

Answer

Thank you for your question, for it is one that often comes up. First — listen to your heart. You read his book, Autobiography of a Yogi and “fell in love with the amazing Guru, Yogananda.”

That is wonderful! That is a precious gift to feel that connection with the Master!

March 6
2014

Govinda raj
India

Question

Guruji, Thirteen years back for worldly riches and happiness I entered a spiritual path . Unbrokenly I am meditating leaving all worldly responsibilities. But I don’t know. I lost my career and am in extreme debt. I don’t know what to do. Please help. I am 40yrs old, unmarried. Living with mom and sister's family, from their earnings.

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Dear Govinda Raj,

Never give up. Keep looking for work, for ways to have an income to support your needs and to help others as you can. Never stop meditating and seeking God. The two are not necessarily opposed or separate. It is only we who see work and meditation as opposites.

Karthik N
India

Question

Hello,

I’m doing breath meditation and recently in my third eye area. I’m getting too much pain and too much heat in my head region. As suggested by my friend I’m planning to move my concentration to heart chakra instead of third eye region. Kindly help me how to focus on heart chakra as whenever I’m trying, now automatically my focus goes to 6th chakra. Is it worth imagining my guru in the heart and look at them instead of breathing? Please help.

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Dear Karthik,

Yes, it’s wonderful to visualize your guru in the heart center. The Srimad Bhagavtam describes visualizing the heart first as a downturned lotus flower; then, see it turning upward.

Visualize, too, the guru sitting in lotus pose in the heart of the lotus.

February 27
2014

Saksham Anand
India

Question

Namaste / Hello,

I want to ask that I know we can take God as anything what we like for as a relation... like Arjuna with Krishna, etc. So please tell me what is God? When will the time come when we will be able to understand how God looks beyond our perception of understanding?

Nayaswami Seva

Nayaswami Seva

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Saksham Anand,

I’m not sure that we could ever understand who God is even when we have attained some degree of realization. Through God’s consciousness we are all created; everything is created by His consciousness. Even when we are realized we can only merge back into His consciousness — into His stillness, as the still ocean of bliss. We won’t want to know anything else then.

February 24
2014

Elysse
USA

Question

Is there a “housing” prayer or affirmation? To help find a housing spot, to live. I’m just wondering if such a prayer would exist.

Nayaswami Parvati

Nayaswami Parvati

Ananda Village

Answer

Although you have asked about a specific kind of prayer, which is one to find the right kind of housing, your question also addresses the issue of what is the most effective way to pray. You could certainly make up your own prayer or affirmation for housing. But if we make our prayers too specific, then we limit the kind of answer that can come to us. We limit the possibilities by being too specific in what we pray for. Perhaps the issue in our lives may look like it is about finding the right kind of housing, when it is actually about how we are living, as well as where and with whom.

February 24
2014

Tyler Alexander
Canada

Question

What is Yogananda’s view on psychosis and schizophrenia-related symptoms? Did he recommend any technique to someone to overcome and heal psychosis/schizophrenia?

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Tyler,

Paramhansa Yogananda called himself a “spiritual psychologist,” and certainly must have encountered many souls with mental illnesses of many kinds. It is my understanding that he said that the root cause of mental illness is “...over-indulgence in sensory pleasures in past lifetimes."

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