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Nayaswami Jaya

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Nayaswami Jaya is a founding member of Ananda, a Lightbearer, and a Kriyacharya (Kriya Yoga teacher).

After leading for many years the development of Ananda Village, Nayaswami Jaya and his wife Nayaswami Sadhana Devi, also an Ananda founding member, served at Ananda U.S. East Coast, and then moved to India to help start Ananda's work there.

Currently Nayaswami Jaya resides at Ananda Pune in India, where he overseed the initial development of the land for Ananda's community just outside the city. He and Sadhana Devi are teaching meditation and Kriya Yoga classes in Pune and other major cities in India.

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R.Nandini
India

Question

Hi ,

I have started practicing meditation everyday. Can i focus my attention on the form of any Indian God when i meditate?

Nayaswami Jaya

Answer

Paramhansa Yogananda defined meditation as "one pointed concentration upon God or one of His aspects." Raja Yoga typically defines the "aspects" of God as: sound, light, love, wisdom, peace, calmness, power and bliss.

Each of these can be expressed in multiple ways but, in essence, are experiential - not imaginings or mental images.

Jan Jerome
USA

Question

My Kriya practice has become very important to me and I fear losing the discipline to continue meditating consistently due to my outer life creating distractions. My question is how to keep strong attunement to God and Gurus while maintaining a demanding outer life of service.

Nayaswami Jaya

Answer

I think most kriyabans experience a tug-of-war between the outward pull of responsibilities and an inner call to maintain attunement and a regular sadhana. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Try to keep God and Gurus in your consciousness during your outward service. Serve them through whatever it is you are called to do. Include them and ask for their guidance in your outer duties. Let them work with you and through you as your partner during the day. In other words, don't make too rigid a separation between your inner and outer life.

October 20
2011

Jilam
Sweden

Question

Did Jesus forgive Judas for Betraying him?

Nayaswami Jaya

Answer

Dear Friend,

A disciple who was reprimanded by Paramhansa Yogananda once asked, "Will you forgive me, Sir?" The Master replied, "What else can I do?" In that loving spirit, certainly Jesus forgave Judas and included him in his statement on the cross, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do."

September 22
2011

mangesh
India

Question

dear sir/madam

I had read in 'The New Path' that Babaji was Lord krishna in Mahabharat, and again now in reading a book about Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa I read that Ramakrishna had stated that he was Lord Krishna in Mahabharat times. which is true??or both are true?? please answer.

Nayaswami Jaya

Answer

Dear Mangesh,

Was Mahavatar Babaji or Ramakrishna Paramhansa an incarnation of Lord Krishna?

I think some questions, such as this one, must remain unanswered until we, ourselves, attain omniscience. Until we have direct realization, we can only go by what the Masters have passed down to us, thus making our knowledge tentative. I wonder if it really matters.

September 22
2011

livehho
CR

Question

I understand that after an extensive practice of deep meditation on the spiritual eye the kundalini begins to wake up and gradually raises up through the different chakras. Are there any signs or sensations on the physical body when the kundalini begins to wake up and go upward? Do you feel a tingling sensation or some kind of energy at the base of the spine? Anything different than the normal peace and joy?

Nayaswami Jaya

Answer

Dear Friend,

Swami Kriyananda explains in this book "The Art and Science of Raja Yoga" that any positive feeling stimulates an upward movement of energy in the spine and can be considered a spark of kundalini rising.

It is useful for the aspiring yogi to pay attention to these feelings of upward movement as they attune us to an inner awareness that the source of our joy is within, not in outward circumstances or things.

Prashanth
India

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I have a neighbour whos been constantly fighting with me since I have been opposing the unfair activities of the managing body of the apt cmplx where I stay. In the last meeting among us this guy threatened me and my mom that he would thrash our faces, arms and legs. He also pointed to my fractured leg and said that God has given it to me for my sins. I am deeply hurt by these words and am foreseeing him doing grave harm to me and my mother. I wish to know how I can get divine help to fight this

Nayaswami Jaya

Answer

Prashanth,

There are a number of issues here. No one has a right to threaten another with violence and physical harm. If what you relate is as you say, I recommend you take this man's threats to the proper authorites for resolution and not confront him on your own or with your family. Were there witnesses to his threats? What was their perspective? Was the man speaking seriously? If so, let there be a record of the incident as a deterent to his doing it again.

January 24
2011

Ab
India

Question

I want to be a cricketer,but my parents donot agree with me. The want me to see as a docter,but i have no interest in it. How will god help me in this situation?how will i get success & is there any role of meditation? Plz. Help me..

Nayaswami Jaya

Answer

Dear Ab,

I sympathize with your desire to be a cricketer but I suspect your parents realize your chances of reaching the top ranks are heavily against you. That's why they want you to be a doctor.

Their wish is rooted in their desire for you to pursue a path more likely, in their minds, to bring you success and long-term happiness. Becoming a doctor is difficult but less risky than pursuing the path of a sportsman because the former can be attained through your own study and hard work whereas success in sport depends not only upon your personal efforts but also upon your natural, God-given talent measured against very stiff competition.

Nihar Ranjan Bhuyan
India

Question

Dear Sir,

You have mentioned that we should concentrate between the eyebrows and watch the breath during meditation.

But,Sir, is really meditation a form of concentration? No it is not.When we try to focus in between the eyebrows, we are only making the meditation process effort full. And i know meditation is completely EFFORTLESS. All we have to do anchor ourselves on the breathe and watch the thoughts and emotions since identification with t is the real cause of suffering on earth.Am i right?

Nayaswami Jaya

Answer

Dear Friend,

When practicing the technique of watching the breath as taught in the Ananda Lessons, your physical eyes should be gently inclined upward with your "inner gaze" directed toward the point between the eyebrows. Your concentration should be upon the breath, not upon that physical point toward which your eyes are directed.

J
India

Question

Om guru

Just wondering, How do seriously mentally ill or retarded people advance spiritually ?

Nayaswami Jaya

Answer

Mental disease is a term that covers a broad range of maladies. You might say that we are all a little bit "peculiar" in our own, idiosyncratic way and that the term "mentally ill" is but a definition of degree of "abnormality." All souls can, and do, spiritually "evolve" in the sense of expiating and resolving past karma whether one's challenges are physical, mental or spiritual. Souls incarnated with mental illnesses or diminished capacities have unique obstacles and should be helped to overcome whatever they face, just as we would help those with physical disabilities.

subir
india

Question

i have fear & nervousness in speaking in groups. its my ego problem i think. i have basically a social relationship problem too. i dont get along with people sometimes. i hesitate meeting with people. it may be my relatives or any one. i want to get rid of this weakness in me. i am 22 now and this feeling has been in me i think since the past six years. i m not really very very frustrated. can you help me?

Nayaswami Jaya

Answer

Dear Subir,

It is said that public speaking, even in small groups, is the most commonly held fear. Most of us have at one time or another felt nervous in social situations or in meetings when asked to contribute. We can find ourselves "tongue-tied" and overly self-conscious. If persistent, such fears can gradually degrade our relationships, job performance and self esteem.

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