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Jen
USA

Question

Hello,

What is the difference between obedience and cooperative obedience? These have never been very clear to me.

Thank you!

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Jen,

Swami Kriyananda tried very hard, for many years, to explain the subtle difference between the principles of obedience and cooperative obedience. The difference is subtle, but very important to understand, so thanks for asking!

He said: “Cooperative obedience means evoking intelligent, creative participation in whatever people are being asked to do, as opposed to that kind of obedience which asks people for their cooperation, but never allows them to ask questions.”

Carina
Europe

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Is God really all-loving and all-forgiving? For example, does he also forgive people like Hitler, Stalin and so on? I have learned that God loves every soul equally. Is this also true in such cases? I can’t stop wondering if there might be something one can do which God wouldn’t forgive. Is there any exception to his Love and forgiveness? I was raised Catholic and the idea of an angry God traumatized me deeply. I am still working on my doubt that God is all-forgiving and loving.

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Carina,

Forgiveness implies there is judgment. How can God judge a part of Himself? According to the Masters, God would no more judge us than we would judge our hand. We are, always have been, and always will be, inseparable from God. The only separation is in our awareness. The saints describe the experience of reuniting with God as awakening to a reality that has always been. It is only our preoccupation with a tiny portion of the infinity of God — our body, personal feelings, desires, and thoughts — that keeps us from knowing our oneness with Him right now.

Peter
SA

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Greetings, in God’s love and peace.

During my meditation I often feel a strong pulling up on my forehead and sometimes it would feel heavy after meditation. What causes that or what are the results of that?

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Peter,

When you meditate, you might be trying too hard, and as a result of the tension, you might have strange experiences, like the ones that you mentioned. You can try to focus on relaxing your eyes while gazing gently above the horizon. To clarify where to gaze: think of a point above the level of the horizon, and try to feel that your attention is drawn toward that direction. There should be no strain in your upward gaze. See if this helps. Gradually, these experiences will go away.

Kailash
India

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I’ve just started to practice nishkam karma as much as I can, though it can be very difficult at times. The reason is there are some genuine interests of mine such as pursuing a job in some science subject and also a lifelong interest in it. But when doing nishkam karma, is it wrong to pursue such selfish interests? Is it wrong to work hard to go for a career in it? I’m confused how to maintain nishkam karma along with these interests or is it even right to. Please explain. Thank you!

Kristy Fassler-Hecht

Kristy Fassler-Hecht

Ananda Maine

Answer

Dear Kailash,

Nishkam karma simply means not being attached to the results of your actions. It is your God-given right and duty to pursue a livelihood in a field that interests you. Pursue an honest and industrious life filled with God’s presence in your heart and consciousness as the doer performing all actions through you.

Jack Mason-Goodall
England

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I am currently following the path toward kriya intitiation and have been practicing the Hong-Sau technique daily. However, for me the mental chanting of Hong-Sau does not have the same peaceful energetic resonance for me as other mantras that I have used in the past. Om Namah Shivayah has always resonated with me.

Is there specific vibrations to Hong-Sau that make it more beneficial than other mantras, or would you recommend I use whichever mantra I personally resonate with?

Nayaswami Devarshi

Nayaswami Devarshi

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Jack,

There are a few ways that you can look at this. One of them, as you allude to, is that “Hong-Sau” is a beej mantra, or seed mantra. That means that it works with sound and vibration on the most elemental level, with the specific effect of calming the mind. It also has a meaning, but that’s much less important than it’s vibratory effect. Practiced over time, it will have much more of that calming effect than other mantras.

October 6
2014

A K Guha
India

Question

Is health dependent on astrological charts, yes or no? Kindly guide.

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear A K Guha,

Your health is dependent on your past karma, your present lifestyle, and the grace of God. Your astrological chart (if it is done in the Vedic way by a highly skilled and intuitive astrologer) can help you understand why certain periods of your life may cause you to become more susceptible to disease or injury.

October 6
2014

Ananthakr­ishnan
India

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My question is this: Having been hearing about the concept of God from my little age, is there a singular consciousness that controls us? Or is it ourselves (by the concept of Aham Brahmasmi) that have formed this purification system of life death and rebirth?

According to texts in Hinduism, even the thrimoorthis are bound by certain laws. So can they be considered gods? Aren’t they just beings at the pinnacle of spiritual knowledge?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Ananthakrishnan,

Everything and everyone in creation have been manifested by Spirit; nothing else exists. Thus we are inextricably one with that consciousness, although few us of live in the awareness of that oneness. It is our destiny (and our task!) to experience and live in that oneness. That is the essence of Aham Brahmasmi: a part of Brahman has become us; we have no other reality.

nafisa
india

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Sir, I read in the articles that Valmiki first wrote the Ramayana and he visited Hanuman on Kailash mountain to show where Hanuman has written the evident truth about the life of Lord Rama on the rocks. Few truths of Valmiki’s Ramayana have been taken from the Hanuman Ramayana. Later on saint Tulsidas wrote Ramcharitmanasa out of the interaction with Lord Shiva in his dream.

Since saint Tulsidas was considered as the rebirth of Valmiki, why are the stories different?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Nafisa,

The great masters play different roles in different incarnations, based on the needs of the time. So it should not be surprising that the same soul might choose (or more accurately, be guided by God) to show a scriptural story in a different light at different times.

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