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Karu Joseph
Malaysia

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Dear Guriji,

Last year i bought a house. At the time of booking the unit there was an empty land about 500 metres away from the house. In another 2 months the house will be ready. The problem is that empty land now become a Muslims cemetry. My family members start worrying to move there. Do I need to perform any special pooja. Is it safe for me to move in there soon.. Thankk yiu

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

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Dear Karu, Living close to a cemetery should not be a problem for you or for your family if you keep your inner light strong. In fact, I have known several people who live close to cemeteries who say that "... dead people make the best of all neighbors," and that cemeteries are very quiet and peaceful places, where they can go often to pray and meditate.

April Bryson
USA

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To what extent do our thoughts and desires involving other people affect their karma? For instance, if someone holds a lifelong desire for vengeance against another, will it have to happen? Also, my mother has often said she wishes I could be her mother in a future life (her mom wasn’t loving). Will I have to do this in service to her? Or if my desire to work with my husband were not fulfilled now (it is), would he have to work with me in another lifetime?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

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Dear April,

The thoughts that one person holds toward another will indeed influence the other, according to the strength of those thoughts as well as the receptivity of the other person.

For thoughts to be binding in the way that you describe, however, there must be mutuality of feeling, which will create the magnetism necessary to create that outcome. Mutual vengeance is a good example: the two souls will be drawn back together life after life until one of them can let go of vengefulness. Similarly for mutual love: the two souls will be drawn back together life after life to cultivate ever-greater perfection in their love.

April Bryson
USA

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I really can’t resist asking this question because it’s so important to me. There is a post in this forum entitled "Broken promises, bad karma, and divine forgiveness" where N. Hriman says the Masters are none other than your own Higher Self. This makes me sad and disappointed! Are we fooling ourselves? Does our higher self "pose" as Master and the gurus, and even as God? Shouldn’t we then just always pray to our higher Self? Is Guruji really there for us? I feel deceived.

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

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April,

Your question is confusing, if somewhat heated! It is an axiom of Vedanta and metaphysics that there is no other reality but God, who has created this universe and us — not with sticks and stones but by "becoming" the cosmos (through vibration and duality) in the grand illusion called "maya."

Leo
USA, New York City

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Did Yogananda teach anything about clearing and blessing a space? I am moving into a new house, and there are energies still present from the previous occupants that are less than harmonious. Did he recommend anything to remove these energies and fill the space with blessings? Thank you!

Nayaswami Parvati

Nayaswami Parvati

Ananda Village

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Dear Leo,

What we at Ananda do is have a blessing whenever someone moves into a new home, place of business, etc. This way, no matter what the previous energy has been in that space, it is re-set for its new purpose and occupant.

This blessing usually includes a prayer, some chanting, and a simple arati (offering of elements to the Divine). Often we will then walk around the space with incense, a candle, holy water, etc. to bless each part of it.

Karan Kaur
Australia

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Hi, I am a disciple of Paramhansa Yoganandaji. I am a Sikh by faith. Is it okay for me to continue chanting Sikh prayers along with our Guru’s meditation techniques? Or will this affect my attunement with our Guru? I note that in Autobiography of a Yogi, Lahiri Mahasaya states that everyone should practice their faith. I have even read somewhere Guruji saying that we should all meditate on a passage from our scriptures daily. I note that Guruji focused on Hindu and Christian scriptures only.

Nayaswami Pranaba

Nayaswami Pranaba

Ananda Village

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Dear Karan,

As Lahiri Mahasaya stated, one can continue in one’s own religion while practicing the Path of Kriya Yoga, which includes the techniques which he taught. If you feel that your faith is important to you, then certainly continue with it. If chanting Sikh prayers helps you in your spiritual growth, then again, continue to use them.

November 4
2014

g s nayyar
india

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I have lost my father recently. I miss him terribly many times in the day. I want to have some contact. he never comes in my dream also. though my mother sees him dreams often. has he forgotten me. Is it final goodbye. the thought makes me miserable. God bless him always.

Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Village

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I am so very sorry for your loss. And I apologize that I let some time go by before replying to you.

My own husband died a little over 2 years ago, so I do understand what your family is going through. My grown children were ages 19, 27 and 31 at the time. Our hearts were broken, but we have gotten stronger with time.

N
Austria

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Hello

I have recently met a man who is wonderful, isn’t particularly spiritual but supports me in my path and is supportive and helpful and very loving. I realized recently that I have a problem with lying, I do it even without knowing when or why and for little things — how do I rid myself of this so as to protect me and our relationship? I feel so sad and disappointed in myself, I find myself crying a lot and think of ending my life sometimes... I am not sure what is wrong. What do I do?

Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Village

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Congratulations on finding a wonderful man. Even though he is not yet on the spiritual path, from what you describe he exhibits spiritual qualities. So, for now, give thanks for that.

It is a concern, however, that while you are on the spiritual path, you have this nagging habit of lying, even in inconsequential matters. It doesn’t makes sense, unless in a past life you had to make a habit of lying — but the question is, Why? Were you a spy? Or did this habit develop in childhood? Whatever the reason, you are wise to see that this will destroy a relationship. And, ironically, you were honest here about having this problem of dishonesty. So there is hope. But, please stop crying and berating yourself about lying, just forget about that.

Anna
United States

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Hi,

I realized after I started meditation, I completely stopped dreaming or if I am dreaming I no longer recall my dreams. Prior to meditation, I constantly dream every night and remember multiple dreams within one night. What do you think this could mean?

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

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Dear Anna, Paramhansa Yogananda teaches us that most dreams come from the subconscious mind, which weaves dreams out of our memories of this and other lifetimes.

Most dreams simply are our subconscious minds meandering about among our memories and creating dream-movies to keep us entertained while we are sleeping. And they remind us also of the very important point: "Life also is a dream-drama." A nightly dream is like a little dream within the BIG DREAM of life.

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