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What it Means to be Pure-Hearted

Nayaswami Pranaba

Question from S: There are so many versions of what it means to be pure hearted..Could you tell me what are the traits of a pure hearted person and apart from meditation, what are the ways to achieve it..Also with life and experiences, is it truly possible to be aspure hearted as a baby or a child?

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How to Open the Heart

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Lois: When attempting to do a heart opening meditation or any guided meditation that focuses on the heart chakra…I feel numb. I feel no sensations, no warmth…no glowing light…nothing. There is a sense of a big void there…a black whole…is the best way to describe the “nothingness” I feel.

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How to Awaken Devotion in Your Heart

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Ioney: Joy to you. I having being doing Kirya Yoga (MASTERS)for 14 years loves it could not live without it.It has help me in so many different ways. However how to balance head and heart. I have strong feelings in head How to concentrate on heart and feel more love. And what is love how is it different from joy. Thanks…

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Can I Pray to Mahavatar Babaji While Following Another Path?

Tyagi Jayadev

Question from Govinda: Why am I so drawn to Babaji and serve two different paths? I pray to Nityananda and Babaji almost daily, repeat “Om Naha Shivaya,” and am still drawn to Babaji for His help with my life. I offer my work every day, feed the poor, and don’t get paid. I completely changed my lifestyle, eat only healthy foods, and try…

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Why Doesn’t God Fulfill Our Needs and Guide Us Clearly?

Tyagi Jayadev

Question from Pavan: Hi, I feel there is no free will. I can quote you in Ramakrishna’s teachings: “Nothing can occur against the will of God.” If God is our own mother, why can’t She fulfill our needs? At least why doesn’t She at least tell us yes or no. She may show various hints indirectly, but what is the point if we…

The Life of an Avatar

Yogananda described himself as manifesting, in particular, the divine qualities of joy, love and wisdom. A quality less frequently recognized as divine is power. “Paramhansa Yogananda: A Biography” is perhaps among accounts of Yogananda’s life unique as a testament to his divine power.

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How to Balance Devotion and Mental Activity

Tyagi Jayadev

Question from Kailash: So joyous am I to contact you again. My question is, how can I remember God when I have to do something like learning engineering and keep myself blissful? I feel terrible to have to learn engineering when thinking of God. At other times, I may be so engrossed with the subjects that I forget Him. If I’m not interested…

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Is it dangerous to love God as my beloved?

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Robbie: I’ve read that approaching God as your Beloved is dangerous because it’s too intimate. I’ve found though that approaching God as Beloved works better for me because I can think of my beloved all the time, as I do in human relationships, and it brings a tendency to feel that He’s the only one I love and need. Also it…

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Idol Worship

Nayaswami Parvati

Question from jayantkumar dhruv: 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 ?

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God as Divine Mother

Asha Nayaswami

Question from Anonymous: I’m used to thinking of God as the Heavenly Father. The idea of Divine Mother is very new to me. What’s the Divine Mother all about?