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For the past 6 months, I have had significant disruption in my sleeping patterns. (One day awake 20 hours, next day exhausted). I have historically always “needed” 9 hours of sleep and been a person with lower energy level. N ow I am aging (58,) still raising kids and the world moves so fast! With many factors coming in to play in this issue, I am interested to learn HOW meditation affects the sleep requirement. My meditations have never been longer, deeper or more regular than now. Thank you!
Meditation techniques, have been found to calm the sympathetic nervous system’s “fight or flight response” and decrease worry and restlessness — all the things that interfere with good sleep.
Meditation helps to relax the body, calm the mind and the nervous system, and most important helps one to tap into higher states of consciousness. When one meditates deeply and able to tap into super conscious state of awareness, one is recharged more than in sleep.
I’m a bit confused regarding the practice of Bhastrika. I always thought it was practiced by breathing forcefully (but not too much) pressing and pulling the stomach in and out. But a teacher I lately met with told to practice this way: “Breathing is done only in the chest, not in the abdomen. It should be shallow and rapid.” He has another practice he calls Bhastrika plus Agnisara looking closer to the way I used to practice Bhastrika. Can you give me your point of view on this practice?
As you have discovered, different traditions practice Bhastrika in different ways. In Ananda Yoga, it’s done with the abdomen, and it’s as follows:
Quickly push the abdomen out, thereby causing an inhalation through the nose. Then quickly squeeze the abdomen inward, causing an exhalation through the nose. Both movements should be smooth and firm—not shallow, but not as deep as possible, either. Your inhalations and exhalations should be of equal duration. Practice at a rate of about one breath per second.
Where is the phrase “Banat banat ban jai” found in Autobiography of Yogi?
This quote is one that Lahiri Mahasaya often used, and is recalled by his disciple, Swami Pranabananda, in chapter 27 of the Autobiography of a Yogi (page 246 in the original reprint of the 1946 edition, available from Crystal Clarity Publishers).
I know this question has been asked frequently. But is premarital sex wrong? If a man and woman love each other intend to marry — and do it moderately, and are have spiritual inclination.
A happily married man told me that he was spiritually inclined and had prayed to God to give him the right partner. He found her and indulged in it but not frequently and then married her and they are leading a happy life.
Perhaps the best way to approach this question is to put it in perspective of what is the ideal and then see how that plays out in the world we live in!
The ideal is to not let sex be a strong emphasis in a relationship, and even more so, before there is a commitment such as marriage. It would be better to have the emphasis on divine friendship with one’s partner which allows a deeper and more fulfilling relationship to unfold; one that merges the personal love for one another into the one love of God. If a couple can redirect their energies from sex to a more uplifting love then certainly that will help the couple grow spiritually.
Is it normal to expect a thirteen-year-old normal child to behave like a mature child? I know in some circumstances few kids grow up to be very mature. How should I approach to make a child understand that she should become aware of the surroundings and act accordingly? I don’t think forcing or imposing on them is good idea. Should I be giving them more space to learn and wait to see results? Please suggest.
The question of teens and maturity is an immensely important issue. They don’t look like cute little children anymore, but we also need to see that real maturity is going to take a while. In the book Education for Life maturity is defined as the ability to relate to realities other than your own. To help your teen move in this direction you can do the following things:
What did Master and Swami say about devotion to the Hindu deities? Shiva, Ganesha, Hanuman, etc.
I am not aware of Paramhansa Yogananda having commented on your question, although I’m sure he would have considered devotion to God in any form to be a desirable thing. Still, he did not put images of Hindu deities on the altar, nor did he encourage their worship. That’s easy to understand, as what he brought to the West was already quite a challenge for Westerners. Multi-armed, weapons-toting goddesses and elephant-headed gods would have blown their minds completely!
Has Ananda explored the possibility of creating a Roku Channel? Thank you all for your amazing service!
I like how you think! The short answer is that we hadn’t explored it until you wrote.
Let me share some ways that you can watch Ananda videos on your TV now, then I'll answer your specific question.
Roku, as I understand it, is like Apple TV and similar devices that connect services like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video to your TV. My wife and I own an Apple TV, so I have a little experience here. We’ve found some ways that work well, and they may work for Roku.
I was wondering ... On a visit to Ananda Italy, I heard a beautiful grace that was sung before meals, in both English and Italian. Could you please share with me both the English and Italian versions? I’d like to share them with my children. If possible, there wouldn't by any chance be a recorded version of the melody or sheet music also? I kind of remember the melody, but not really well and I’d really like to be able to use it. I remember it was very beautiful! Thank you very much! Om Guru!
Here it is, it’s written by Swami Kriyananda, and all Ananda communities sing it before meals.
Receive, Lord, in thy Light the food we eat for it is Thine;
infuse it with Thy Love, Thy energy, thy life divine.