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What Are Ananda’s Teachings on Wicca and Non-Mainstream Religions?

Tyagi Jayadev

Question from Samuel: 1-What are Ananda’s teachings on: Wicca, Paganism, Druidism, New Age, Tarot, fortune-telling, Ouija, Voodoo… I hear young people are joining these “religions”. Some are identifying as witches and casting spells to get someone to date them, or to control them, or to make money. 2-How is it possible for hocus-pocus to affect a person, when it isn’t even real? Heard…

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Why Do Innocent Animals Suffer?

Nayaswami Hassi

Question from Vidhya: I had a question about why every day, so many innocent animals are being tortured/ slaughtered for various reasons (usually to appease selfish human needs). Might you be able to help with some insight into this subject? My heart goes out to all beings out there who go through this kind of suffering.

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With Whom Should We Share Spiritual Teachings?

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Kyle: According to Christ: “do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces”, but how to determine who the pigs are?

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The Spiritual Significance of a Hijab or Burqa

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Esha: I want to know what is the spiritual significance of wearing a hijab?….earlier i used to see woman shunning out of temples during periods as a sign of oppression towards women but then i realised it has a spiritual reason behind it…some beings carry our prayers higher and they are repelled by period blood’s energy…so i felt bad all these…

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Black Magic

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Diana: I wanted to ask about curses (or black magic of any kind). Do curses interfere with one’s karma and the way the that person’s life should have naturally progressed, or are curses actually a part of one’s karma (meaning, if one has been a victim of a curse, can we assume that it was “meant” to happen because of their…

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Global Economic Depression

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Rush: I see more economists saying now that the US is likely to enter into a “Great Depression” situation as the economy falls further. Since many economies, especially US and China, are tied together by soon-to-default debt, they are saying it could be a “Global Depression.” Do you at Ananda believe that this is true, that this is the ‘big one’…

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How to Overcome Addiction (Smoking)

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Lokesh: I want to quit smoking but I can’t. There is no medicine for that. I have tried various methods. Please guide me how can I do that.

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It Helps Me to Listen to Others With My Eyes Closed, but Is It Disrespectful?

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Anonymous: Personally I find that closing my eyes and listening to anything helps me focus more on what being said. In general that would be considered disrespectful when a class is going on. Would you happen to know if closing eyes is supposed to promote focus? If not, would you have any suggestions over how to concentrate with eyes open? Also,…

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How to Control Subconscious Impulses and Outbursts

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Carolyn: Sometimes I have incredible bursts of energy towards the end of the school day. I am unable to control my impulses and am overtaken with powerful urges to move around/dance, or scream/make jokes/make strange noises, and all this brings me attention from others (laughter, disbelief, disgust, etc.) The attention I get feeds something in me, but I don’t know what…

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Do Those in Christ Consciousness Suffer and Feel Pain?

Tyagi Jayadev

Question from Tom: Do those in Christ consciousness suffer and feel pain? Did Yogananda say anything about it? I have read that Meher Baba said that he (as an avatar) suffered terribly in his mind. Christian mystics report that Christ has been suffering until today. Logically, the highest love means the highest heroism of eternal suffering of unlimited pain, for the welfare of…