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dhruv parikh
india

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Apart from teaching of our beloved guruji Paramhansa Yogananda I found the meditation technique "transcendental meditation(TM)" of Maharshi Mahesh Yogi and "sudarshan kriya" breathing technique of Sri Sri Ravishankar very useful. Can I practice these techniques? Is it useful??

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

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Dear Dhruv,

There are many different spiritual paths. A true spiritual path will lead you to oneness with God.

Once you have found your guru and taken a vow of discipleship, you should follow his spiritual path with all your heart, mind and soul.

Paramhansa Yogananda gave a complete set of spiritual practices to lead you to God. If he is your guru, you need to go deeper and deeper into the different practices that he gave, read his teachings, practice them in daily life, and give all your devotion to Him. The more you will immerse yourself with the spiritual practices that he gave, the more you will feel their power and you will be transformed.

milton
usa

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How do I reconcile spiritual differences with my spouse? I want a deeper spiritual life and my spouse in not interested yet and I’ve been waiting and praying for twenty years.

Nayaswami Parvati

Nayaswami Parvati

Ananda Village

Answer

This is a difficult situation to be in. I don’t think I can answer this for you. But if your spouse isn’t interested in a deeper spiritual life after living with you for 20 years, it seems that it probably isn’t going to happen in this lifetime.

Yogananda said that environment is stronger than will power, and if you have been in a 20 year relationship that’s a fairly strong environment. Something will have to give one way or the other. I have to assume that you’ve tried many things over 20 years to make this work within the relationship before writing such a question.

s, India
India

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Hi..I just read the article on anger by Nayaswami Jaya in which he says our frustrated desires are the causes of our anger.Master also said so.While desires is one of the causes,Idon’t think giving up desires can totally cure us of our anger.What about cases in which a loved one is murdered,or a husband leaves a wife and kids 10 years after marriage,or when one insults the other for no reason.Such causes of anger cant be attributed to desire.How can one deal with such anger.

Nayaswami Premdas

Nayaswami Premdas

Ananda Village

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Dear One,

In the situations you mention, think about the individual that is in anger. Are they not suffering and acting violent because their expectations were not being realized? This lack of living in contentment with what is (santosha), results in further falls into adharma; disappointment, frustration, anger, and violence.

jayantkumar dhruv
india

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What happens when the Guru drops the body ? is there a sort of individuality or does he just dissolve in the universe ?

Nayaswami Parvati

Nayaswami Parvati

Ananda Village

Answer

When the guru leaves his body, he merges his consciousness back into the Infinite Consciousness of Spirit. But, as Paramhansa Yogananda explained to Swami Kriyananda, that soul also retains “a memory” of who he has been as an individualized soul.

Paramhansa Yogananda was a guru who was also an avatar. Not all gurus are avatars. He said of himself that he had come back many times to help souls reunite with the Divine. He had reached the level of kaivalya moksha, or complete liberation, many lifetimes ago, and had the “desireless desire” to return to help others find God. He said he had returned many times over the ages to do this.

Candie
USA

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I am interested in learning more about this faith. I used to have some links to free lessons, I have gained the link to the books, however I thought there used to be daily assignments to help you work toward initiation. Bless you for your time, and information.

Candie

Nayaswami Premdas

Nayaswami Premdas

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Candie,

The best way to know more about the teachings we at Ananda share and live is to follow the tried and true progressive course lessons of our Ananda Course in Self-Realization.

As you’ve already discovered by visiting our websites and reading our books, the teachings of Yogananda are personal and at the same time universal. It is based on what the Indians call Sanatan Dharma, or the eternal religion. More than religion, however, it is a way of life, applicable for day-to-day life challenges, as Paramhansa Yogananda said, in order to be able to fight the battle of life, to find true happiness.

June 12
2014

sarthak
india

Question

Why do my friends think that I don’t understand them when I’m solving a problem between my friend and his girlfrien. I tell the girlfriend to not to tell anything that I told her to anyone else but she does that and then my best friend betrays me. Can anyone please me how to solve this?

Nayaswami Seva

Nayaswami Seva

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Sarthak,

We learn so much from these interactions. First not to get between couples. Sometimes friends just want to express their thoughts and are not really interested in advice. It’s best then to just let them talk. Be a friend in understanding, commenting only on bringing the discussion to a higher level of consciousness.

June 12
2014

Ashur Shimon
Australia

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I am a homosexual who is living in the deep waters between two communities. My Ethnic/Christian community reject gay people and the gay community I just can not connect with. What I do have is the love of Jesus Christ in my heart. I don’t go to church as often as I like too due to the fact they judge gay people. I have never been intimate with anyone and so it’s been hard for me to connect with the gay community as it’s very toxic and sexual. What is Ananda’s views on homosexuality.

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Ashur,

I want to start by saying that I cannot speak for everyone at Ananda. I can only offer you my perspective gained during nearly forty years as a resident of various Ananda communities.

I have seen many gays and lesbians come to live at various Ananda communities and then later leave. I have also seen many gays and lesbians find a home in one or another of the Ananda communities. But I can say the same thing about everyone who has come to see if Ananda was home: For some it works, for some it doesn’t — regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, or any of the usual self-identifications people have of themselves.

June 9
2014

sharon
usa

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Swami said when God manifested each one, whether it was first a rock or whatever,that they had that individuality. Master said he remembered being a diamond. At the human level of course, you die to accomplish a reincarnation. I was wondering how other objects such as rocks would end one lifetime to keep going up the ladder to the next.

Nayaswami Sahaja

Nayaswami Sahaja

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Sharon,

To be honest I don’t know the answer to your question. When we are liberated and live in realization of ourselves as spirit we will know all. What Master has said is that rocks or perhaps mountains have a sort of collective soul, it takes eons for mountains and rocks to shift but shift they do. Rocks are really minerals and from that state the next phase of evolution would be plant life. Plants also can share a collective soul, say in forests. As plants and animals begin to have more interaction with humans, they evolve more rapidly. Master said that in the animal kingdom, horses, dogs and monkeys are the most evolved and most likely to reincarnate as humans. Horses because they are intelligent, dogs because they are loyal and monkeys because they are familial.

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