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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

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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

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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.

June 9
2014

Kaushik
USA

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I am a student. I have a bad fear that if I become successful in what I do, negative things will happen to me to balance out my happiness. I fear that karma will make me unhappy and may be torture me if I enjoy anything now. Even I fear a simple activity like running, thinking people who dont have legs can’t run, but I am enjoying running. So, god will balance out and give me pain later. My mins is ever confused due to this.If anyone tries to help ,I find hard to trust 'em. Pls hlp

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Kaushik, We are sorry to hear that you are living in fear about becoming successful or being happy for fear of the karmic consequences. Fortunately the karmic laws don’t work like that!

Karma is the law of action and reaction. To be happy or successful should NEVER make you think that you have to pay for it later by being unhappy or unsuccessful just to balance things out!

June 9
2014

AA
Europe

Question

Hello i am wondering what should you do if you feel like you are starting to lose faith ?

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

Dear Friend,

The lives of the saints all attest to the challenges that come to one’s faith from time to time. In the Bhagavad Gita, too, Arjuna complains to Krishna, that he’s not sure he’s up for what it takes to achieve Self-realization: to defeat the kinfolk of self-doubt, worries, and concerns that a life of faith, good works, and prayer may not prove to be a good exchange for the comfortable and familiar worldly life embraced by common people everywhere!

June 9
2014

Vivek Rana
India

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Respected Guruji, I am currently an Engg. student but unable to pass exam as I don’t feel curiosity and interest while studying the subjects, as I am on my verge of changing my career, will meditation help me to recognize my talent and work with that, if yes, then how?

Nayaswami Devarshi

Nayaswami Devarshi

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Friend,

You are certainly asking the right question, one that more people should be asking as they embark on adult life and career!

Meditation — more specifically the intuition developed through meditation — can help you to find the right career. Paramhansa Yogananda addressed this exact question:

celene
us

Question

I know one day everyone will die but I just wonder is it God who decides how long we can stay here? my mother is almost 100. I just want a long life.

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Celene,

According to the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, each individual’s life span is determined by karma. Your past karma, plus the karma that you generate from now on, plus God’s grace, will determine the span of your life.

Although there is nothing we can do to guarantee any particular life span, your best plan is to live, from this point onward, a healthy life on all levels: physical, mental, and spiritual. Also, do your best to attune yourself to God’s will in all that you do; for that, the practice of daily meditation is essential. Then you will have done everything in your power; the rest is up to God and your karma.

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