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John
Italy

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Dear brothers and sisters in One,

Recently I read ”Autobiography“ and I really fell in love with the amazing guru Yogananda. In my heart I feel a strong desire to follow Him.

My question is: I am a Reiki practitioner for many years (I’m a Reiki Master-Teacher). Reiki helped me very much with my health condition, but most with my spiritual growth. Is it ok to practice kriya yoga and Reiki?

I owe Reiki so much and I don’t feel ready to abandon it.

Thank you in advance for your time and effort!

Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Village

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Thank you for your question, for it is one that often comes up. First — listen to your heart. You read his book, Autobiography of a Yogi and “fell in love with the amazing Guru, Yogananda.”

That is wonderful! That is a precious gift to feel that connection with the Master!

Marcela
Santiago of Chile

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Hi Dear Ananda Members,

I‘m happy I found this site. I just saw videos of Mary Kretzmann and I’m very interested in sending energy to my father who is going through a difficult time. Very recently I have started to meditate, so I find it a little difficult this technique of prayer. Especially if it is a family, because emotions do not help me. How I can improve this? And finally, will you be able to help my family and send energy, while I learn? Thank you very much.

Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Village

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Thank you for your question. Yes — you are right. When someone in your own family is going through something, it can be difficult to pray deeply, because it may awaken your emotions of fear or sadness. That is why it is important to ask others to pray with you.

We can help you pray for your father; you can submit a prayer request here. I think part of the problem is that you feel all of the responsibility to help your father is upon your shoulders. Remember that he is God’s child. When you know that we are praying with you, I feel that your own heart will relax and you will begin to feel some of Divine Mother’s healing grace flowing through you.

Sonia
India

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Does prayer asking for forgiveness for our bad karma, after we have learned our lesson, actually work?

Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Village

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Karma involves action, and reaction... So prayer and devotion, as divine actions can certainly help to expiate our bad karma. Why? Because when we have harmed others in one way or another, we have forgotten that God resides in each and every human being. These words of Jesus Christ describe it well:

A Singh
India

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Although I am not officially trained as a healer, whenever I pray for someone in deep trouble (could be physical or mental), he/she feels some relief or in fortunate situations a total relief. Every time I get this affirmation there is an inner feeling that I should channel my energies and focus more, as I do not actually know how to direct God’s healing power. Please suggest ways in which I can send healing vibes to others in best possible way. Thank you!

Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Village

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It sounds like you have a natural attunement and affinity for sending healing energy. Paramhansa Yogananda shared many deep teachings on the topic. To learn more I suggest you look through this section on Healing Resources: Many Ways to Share in the Blessings.

Chris
England

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If life begins in the womb after the first cell division how does the soul enter the new life and at what point?

Thanks

Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Village

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Paramhansa Yogananda addressed the point of when the soul enters the body in numerous writings. Those deeper writings are for married couples desiring to pray in a special way at the point of conception, in order to invite a spiritual child to their family. (Of course, the love, goodness, and spiritual devotion of a couple also serve as a divine magnet, helping to draw a more spiritually receptive child.) The story below carries the essence of this deep truth...

Sharmila Chakravarty
India

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Jai Guru, My brother is suffering from extremely high blood pressure and is not responding to the medicines prescribed by the doctor for the past few months. I suggested him some healing affirmations, but his will power has gone extremely down and is very depressed due to his anxiety caused by his increased heart rate. In what way can I boost his energy apart from sending healing prayers?

Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Village

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I am very sorry to hear about his difficulties with high blood pressure. Please do continue to pray for him, and you can ask the Healing Prayer Ministry to pray for him, as well.

It is very important that he should engage in his healing process in some way, beyond just taking his pills. This will help his healing, and also help prevent depression. And since he seems reluctant to do affirmations, please do ask him to at least watch this short video that I made about this Powerful Healing Affirmation, by Paramhansa Yogananda.

October 16
2013

Sneha
India

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A man who practices spirituality told me that when we pray fervently for something,we receive it as what we release in the universe,comes back to us,provided we are in a calm state of mind.The results of our prayer can’t reach us if we reach agitated.If we are nervous and agitated while praying, but pray fervently, and later calm down with time, does our prayer materialize after we calm down, of course in its own time?

Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Village

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You are blessed to have a spiritual friend to talk with about such things. And what he says may be true — at least some of the time. Paramhansa Yogananda did say that God answers all prayers, but restless ones only a little bit.

Pray with love, and receive with love. Swami Kriyananda used to quote St Augustine, "Our Hearts are restless until they rest in You."

Akshaya
India

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Someone had once asked if we should keep praying for something even if it is not granted immediately. The website on Biblical teachings had answered, “YES”. They said no prayer ever goes unanswered. Even if God thinks what we want is not in our favor, we should keep praying because 1) It is God’s command that we should pray, and 2) We should keep praying for that thing till on day we find that we no longer want that thing. Is it true that no prayer ever goes unanswered?

Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Village

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Well — it all depends on what you are praying for... Prosperity? Health? A happy marriage? Then yes, you should pray for these things, but also do the affirmations and inner work to achieve them. But also love God throughout the whole journey and process, and over time you may even adjust your view of what you want in life... Yes, prosperity is a good thing so you can take care of your needs and responsibilities, but even more so that you may bless others. Do not lose your peace seeking after riches, but expand your joy by sharing with others.

September 30
2013

Akshaya
India

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Do prayers always work? There is so much evil round in the environment and we get affected and end up with no choice but receiving a lot of negativism from the environment. After all, not all are lucky to be in the company of very positive people and saints all the time. If certain situations or people drain us, will prayer help us to deal with it? Don’t think always, though the Bible says that prayers never go unanswered.

Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Village

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Well — some people would say that the short answer is “No” — or else they would have won the lottery! Okay, seriously, Paramhansa Yogananda said that God hears and answers all prayers — but restless ones only a little bit. He also said that “Environment is stronger than willpower,” so please do what you can to improve your own inner environment, at least. Take hold of your thoughts and feelings, and learn to lift them upwards toward the point between the eyebrows. This video and affirmation will help you to lift your energy almost immediately.

irfe
italy

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Hello

I have some suspicious physical signs that can indicate a very serious disease — multiple sclerosis. Even though I am far from being diagnosed I really struggle to stay positive. I try to meditate but am often distracted by some symptoms. I feel like my life would end if I get diagnosed. I know this is not the right attitude and I must try harder. Would appreciate your wise advice. Peace and blessings.

Mary Kretzmann

Mary Kretzmann

Ananda Village

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I am sorry that you are having these struggles. It will help you to go to a trusted doctor, and get a diagnosis so you can know what you are dealing with, and start on the road to getting well! Stare this karma straight in the eye. You can also do positive things for yourself, including a healthy diet, meditation and yoga. These will help you no matter what, and they also can specifically help multiple sclerosis.

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