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Building Strength During Times of Health Challenges

Nayaswami Hassi

Question from Anonymous: Does the occurrence of a disease have any connection to the spiritual progress of a devotee or practitioner? What could be God’s reason for bestowing disease on a sincere devotee? And what must a devotee afflicted with disease think — how should s(he) proceed in life, what justification/solace shall s(he) give to himself/herself? What should be done so that faith in God…

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Restoring Self-Confidence

Nayaswami Maria

Question from hs: I have been suffering from inferiority complex and sort of fearful nature and depression since long time. I am religious and spiritual and sometimes not meeting the standards of spirituality also contributed a lot for the problem — partly perhaps due to childhood repression as my mother had angry and dominating nature. I lack self-esteem and all this has affected…

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Does Energization Cause a Loss of Appetite?

Nayaswami Maria

Question from dimon: Does regular practice of the energization exercises result in the decrease of appetite? Is the energy received or felt during energization similar to the energy obtained through food? Recently my appetite has decreased “a lot” but my health is still good. Should I force myself to eat a little more or just go with the flow? I am perfectly fine…

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Need for Physical Strength and Health

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Ashutosh: Is it true that physical strength is an important requisite for spiritual realization as claimed by statements like नायमात्मा बलहीनेन लभ्यः (Mundakopanishad) and “You will understand the Gita better with your biceps, your muscles, a little stronger.” (Collected works of Swami Vivekananda, Volume 3)?

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When Medicines Don’t Cure

Gurupriya

Question from Suvi: I lost my younger brother a month back. He was only 37 years old. He was in the hospital and faced multiple organ failures. He had become physically weak which we as a family did not realize. He had been through a lot of emotional turmoil in the last few years and got into excessive drinking to sort of cope…

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Yoga Techniques for Social Anxiety

Badri Matlock

Question from martin: Is there a particular method that has been proven to alleviate or eradicate symptoms of social anxiety?

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Fasting

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Sukhmandeep Singh: For how long should I keep a fast and how should I break it?What are the spiritual benefits of fasting?Why is it advised to fast on certain days such as ekadashi,solar eclipse etc.?

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Bless Your Space

Mary Kretzmann

Question from Devika: When we go to a new place like a hotel or someone else’s home do we need to protect ourselves from unwarranted energies? What is the way to do that? Generally when we go out in crowded areas also how to protect oneself. Can japa be done at anytime and any place? My friend told me that mentally you shouldn’t…