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Shainee Chakraborty
India

Question

Dear Sir/Madam,

Please accept my pranam. I want to know what happens to those people who die suddenly in an accident? Do they reincarnate immediately and in the same family? And is this because of their karma that they die like that suddenly in an accident?

My uncle died in an accident in 2004. He was a harmless, good soul and he was just 40 years old . His death destroyed a family. Therefore, I am looking for answers.

Thanks & Regards,

Shainee

Nayaswami Pranaba

Nayaswami Pranaba

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Shainee,

We can’t always know what personal karma is within each person and what needs to be resolved. It can certainly seem unjust that someone such as your uncle, who at a relatively early age, died in an accident. We, for the most part, will not be able to understand such matters from just an intellectual perspective. There are some things to be gained, however from looking at these things from other viewpoints.

Susan
USA

Question

How can I have God all the time?

Answer

Many of the techniques we practice on the spiritual path are so simple that we can all too easily fail to see how powerful they are.

We imagine that if something is complex and hard to understand, it must be powerful. If there are lots of things to remember, and if you have to get the syllables just right, then it must be important and powerful. Yet the techniques of this path are simple and powerful.

Niraj
India

Question

Around 1989 in India TV serial the Mahabharata was broadcast and has had a tremendous success. Now also a TV serial is launched which is fairly successful. Two characters stand out. One is Arjuna and the other Karna. Karna died in the war with Arjuna years later. These two gentlemen left the world and also left behind a legacy of scholars more aggressive than them continuously debating on who is the greater warrior of the two. What were Yoganandaji‘s views on Karna?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Nayaswami Gyandev

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Niraj,

Paramhansa Yogananda stated that the major characters in the Mahabharata were actual historical figures, so the question of who was the greater warrior is not moot. And it would be interesting to know Yoganandaji’s assessment, given that he said he was, in a former incarnation, Arjuna! However, I am not aware of anything that Yoganandaji may have said about the historical Karna.

Sumukh Hegde
India

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Hello! I’m in third year of medical school. I have been meditating whenever I get time. But this course load is very voluminous and demands a lot of study hours. And also I spend a lot of time in college. This has made me to slowly lose grip of meditation and spirituality. I’ve tried to dedicate my actions to God but I eventually fall back to the materialistic environment of college. Could you please suggest a way for me to balance both studies and spirituality? Thank you. God bless.

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

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Dear Sumukh,

I have a close devotee friend who went through medical school and a crazy-making first year residency. It was a big challenge for him also to keep his grip on meditation and spirituality. I think the most important thing was that he did the best he could. He never gave up even when he was overwhelmed. There is a saying, “God watches the heart.” Even if you can’t find much time to meditate, and are surrounded by a busy environment, keep the goal in your heart. Practice patience. In future your situation will no doubt change for the better.

May 28
2014

jayantkumar dhruv
india

Question

If one must reap the fruits of all of one’s good and bad deeds, how can there be moksha (liberation), since even good deeds will bring fruits and keep the individual bound to the physical world?

Nayaswami Pranaba

Nayaswami Pranaba

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Jayantkumar,

The important point is for us to attain that state of self-realization where we no longer have the ego’s involvement. It is the ego that keeps us bound with the resulting attachments.

In the yoga teachings there is a very helpful emphasis; that of nishkam karma, which means to act without the desire for the fruits of our actions. When our attachments are released then our deeds no longer keep us bound. So, in all that we do it is a good thing to feel that God is the doer, and that our role is to be as open an instrument as we can be, for that divine flow to move through us. There’s a beautiful prayer from Paramhansa Yogananda that can be helpful to keep in mind, “Lord, may I reason, may I will, may I act; but guide Thou my reason, will, and activity to the right path in everything.”

Diderik Finne
United States

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When I practice meditation, I feel a pressure on my skull. The pressure is in a ring that passes through my third eye and circles around the top of my head. It feels almost like a metal band that is being tightened. Normally the pressure is not uncomfortable, but when I go deep into meditation the constriction becomes painful. Is this sensation normal? Does anyone else have the same problem? Does it mean anything? Is there anything I can do about it?

Nayaswami Diksha

Nayaswami Diksha

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Diderik,

We can have different sensations in different phases of our meditative practice. With regard to pressure in the skull, I have found from personal experience and from working with other people, that pressure in the skull most often happens due to physical or mental tension. This pressure can go on for a period of time.

May 20
2014

jayantkumar dhruv
india

Question

Hindus worship images and icons of stone, clay, and metal. Is not this practice of idolatry contrary to the teachings of the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita ?

Nayaswami Parvati

Nayaswami Parvati

Ananda Village

Answer

The validity of worshiping any material object always depends on the inner understanding and consciousness of the person doing the worship. I read something interesting a number of years ago. It was about a man who had visited India many times to study the different forms of worship done there. He was a Westerner and had a deep respect for India. He did this kind of study for over 20 years. To him it was something of great interest, but nothing deeper.

Rafal
Poland

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I feel strong tendency in my mind and very very strong in my heart to go into situations which cause a lot of pain. I am aware of that I do things which will cause more suffering but I cannot resist it. I feel like I want more and more pain. And on the one hand I do things which cause it, and on the other I feel guilty and am sorry for myself.

I’m torn between these two forces. I ralely find a moment of peace lately. Should I sink into this tendency? Give up to this not reasonable tendency?

Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Rafal,

I am sorry you are suffering like this. We each have to make the choice in our lives, every day, to lift our energy toward our higher potential. Laziness or the downward pull can try to catch us in many ways.

You are feeling it particularly strong right now, but you are also reaching up to the Light, and to your higher nature, that you have taken the time to write and ask this question. So, no, please don’t give up and give in to the downward pull. Try to resist it each day with some kind of positive energy. This will help you will get stronger, and you will begin to feel inner peace. Take positive steps like going for a walk, or doing even more vigorous exercise, if you are able to do so. And please visit this page and do this affirmation every day for a month. It will help life your energy. This affirmation has the power to change you life, by reversing that downward pull into a healthy, upward direction. In the beginning, please do the affirmation along with me in the video so you can give it proper vigor and vitality. Do it this way for many days, and gradually you can do it on your own. The most important thing is to do it with energy, and with your focus uplifted to the point between the eyebrows, the seat of divine will in the body. The affirmation will help you to awaken that spiritual will power, and it will help you in all areas of your life.

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