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Including Anandamayi Ma with the Self-Realization Line of Gurus

Nayaswami Devarshi

Question from Trajan: Hello i am wondering would it be wrong of me to include Sri Anandamayi Ma with the Gurus ( Yogananda, Sri Yukteswar, Babaij, Jesus Krishna and Lahiri Mahasaya) even if she is not one of the SRF or Ananda gurus? As I feel a connection with Anandamayi Ma as I do with the Gurus.

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Can I Practice Techniques From Different Spiritual Paths?

Nayaswami Diksha

Question from dhruv parikh: Apart from teaching of our beloved guruji Paramhansa Yogananda I found the meditation technique “transcendental meditation(TM)” of Maharshi Mahesh Yogi and “sudarshan kriya” breathing technique of Sri Sri Ravishankar very useful. Can I practice these techniques? Is it useful??

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Living with Master

Nayaswami Dharmarajan

Question from Kailash: Hello and a very Happy New Year to all the 1,000 or more saints at Ananda! My question is what is the best way to offer everything I do at the feet of God and Master this year (and all years)? How can I be more devotional in thought as well as action? What should I do to stay focused…

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Attunement and Obedience to the Guru

Nayaswami Diksha

Question from Rush: As chelas, I know we are to be in constant attunement with & obedience to the Guru, so he can mold us God-ward. Yet I also read from Yogananda, “There is no law of God preventing you from being what you want to be and accomplishing what you want to accomplish.” It seems confusing; when I am in obedience-mode, then…

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How Do I Find a True Guru?

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Cody Massey: I need a guru but alas I am a 19 year old with no money. I want to know God. That is slowly becoming my only desire. I want to just find a self-realized guru and learn under him/her for years at an ashram. Can anyone give me advice on how to find a true guru? And do gurus take…

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Avatars and Their Human Roles

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Brandon Olivares: Namaste, I, of course, believe Yoganandaji to be an avatar. However, it brings up several questions in my mind. When Yogananda met Sri Yukteswar, he made him promise that he would reach God realization within this lifetime. But if he was an avatar, did he not already reach this state? Also, after his guru died, he said that a blackness…

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Does the Guru Kiss the Initiate’s Right Ear?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from sandy: For Nayaswami Gyandev — read with interest your comments on listening to the sound of AUM from the right ear. Have you ever heard of a Guru kissing an initiate on the right ear? If so, it’s meaning. Thanks.

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Did Jesus Forgive Judas?

Nayaswami Jaya

Question from Jilam: Did Jesus forgive Judas for Betraying him?