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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."

Marcela
Santiago of Chile

Question

Hi Dear Ananda Members,

I‘m happy I found this site. I just saw videos of Mary Kretzmann and I’m very interested in sending energy to my father who is going through a difficult time. Very recently I have started to meditate, so I find it a little difficult this technique of prayer. Especially if it is a family, because emotions do not help me. How I can improve this? And finally, will you be able to help my family and send energy, while I learn? Thank you very much.

Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Village

Answer

Thank you for your question. Yes — you are right. When someone in your own family is going through something, it can be difficult to pray deeply, because it may awaken your emotions of fear or sadness. That is why it is important to ask others to pray with you.

We can help you pray for your father; you can submit a prayer request here. I think part of the problem is that you feel all of the responsibility to help your father is upon your shoulders. Remember that he is God’s child. When you know that we are praying with you, I feel that your own heart will relax and you will begin to feel some of Divine Mother’s healing grace flowing through you.

February 24
2014

RN
nz

Question

Hi, I always find it hard to progress with friendships beyond the first initial contact. How do you earn people‘s respect, friendship, and caring attitude? How do you learn which people are worth your time and which are using you? Or which are jealous of you. I am considered an attractive female and extremely sensitive and shy. This combination always makes it hard for me to open up discussions or immerse myself in conversations where people don't ask me questions or I am asking all the questions etc.

Nayaswami Sahaja

Nayaswami Sahaja

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear one,

Our dear Swami Kriyananda, aka J. Donald Walters, wrote a wonderful little booklet called Secrets of Friendship.

My suggestions here are based on those “Secrets”.

First of all you must be a friend. You can do this by demanding nothing from others but instead showing appreciation. Don’t worry about getting friends to listen to you, actively listen to them. Take action when a friend needs help.

February 24
2014

N
India

Question

Dear Nayaswami Hriman, I’ve recently started dating a man, who as it turns out, is an atheist. We’re still getting to know each other, but I feel like this bit of info has thrown me off. It’s not that I feel superior because of my meditation practice (which he says he’d like to learn) but I feel like I am constantly looking for flaws in him now. Like a bad temper, unkindness, horns(!!) I am praying for help and guidance, but feel like something’s “stuck” in my heart! What should I do? :(

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Dear Friend,

As Paramhansa Yogananda (and many others) have said, “Your beliefs won’t save you.” This is as true for religionists as for atheists! Or as Ralph Waldo Emerson once put it, “Who you are speaks so loudly I can’t hear your words.”

How often do we see orthodox believers who believe all the “right” things but who treat others unkindly or with judgment?

February 24
2014

milton
usa

Question

I was wondering how to interpret the words from Jesus, “I am the way, the truth, and the light. No one comes to the Father but by me.”

What most Christians think is that this means Jesus is the only possible way to achieve salvation and all other masters are incapable and false. How to understand better and explain to them the yogic perspective?

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Milton, Paramhansa Yogananda explains carefully that Jesus spoke in two ways at different times, as a human being and as the Son of God. When speaking as a human, he said things like: “Bring me the fish you just caught.” [John 21:12] That “me” was Jesus speaking as a human being, for certainly he needed a human body and personality to work through.

Bakari
USA

Question

I struggle to know what is more required of me in my situation of living in my grandmothers home, and being at the mercy of a financially struggling family. I want to make sure that I implement my responsibility as a contributor through monetary support, but I also feel that God realization is most important, yet seemingly luxurious.

What are your thoughts on this?

Nayaswami Premdas

Nayaswami Premdas

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Bakari,

Sometimes life circumstances are hard for us as they provoke a reaction, karmic in nature. Circumstances are neutral, Yogananda said. Our reaction to them is due to memories in our energy fields that we associate with who we define ourselves as. Surely you are a family member and want to contribute. And God-realization is not a luxury, it is your right and a joy! Yes, you can have both today and in these times. You do not have to become a renunciate/monk in the traditional way to find the keys to your happiness, your joy, your bliss. So, learn to detach yourself from these circumstances by playing the part and seeing God playing the grandson through you and honor the karmic connections among your family.

February 18
2014

Geo Grant
US

Question

How can one recover from making the mistake of associating with a very negative, threatening person? I was on vacation in Hawaii staying in a hostel and came across an ex Special Forces, very negative, angry man who out of kindness I gave a ride to the beach.

Later that day, he started drinking, and sneaked up behind me, grabbed me and proceeded to demonstrate how to kill someone using various techniques. The next day the man apologized, but for me I feel some damage was done. How to recover?

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Geo,

Sudden and frightening experiences can often leave us unsettled. Sometimes such an experience “stays with us” well after it is over. You may want to try the following technique:

Stand quietly with eyes closed. After a few moments, keeping your eyes closed, slowly raise your arms. As you do so, visualize a sphere of light surrounding your body. You may want to lower and then raise your arms several times to “strengthen” the aura of light in which you are now safe, centered, and protected. Imagine that wherever you go, whatever you do, you are protected in God’s light.

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