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What Is the Difference Between a Saint and an Avatar?

Nayaswami Diksha

Question from jas: What is the difference between Yogananda and a saint? I know that we that are devotees of Yogananda say he is one with God, an avatar, but what can he do that a saint can not? Why do we think he is more then just a saint. I know he said about himself: I was free long time ago. I…

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How to Get Out of Delusion?

Nayaswami Diksha

Question from Rich: There are so many questions I would like to ask about self realization and spirituality, there seems to be so many contradictions. The main question I am asking myself is how do I be content & accepting, ascend and freedom. Free from Maya, delusions, contradictions, needs, questioning, looking, hurting, unhappy, punished, wrong, lost, confused, poor, drained & draining karma? Look…

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How to Find True Freedom?

Nayaswami Pranaba

Question from Michelle: I have been feeling confusion and a deep sadness everyday because I have a longing to live a life that is beyond any ordinary human life. I desire all forms of freedom but I feel like I don’t have freedom because of the duties of everyday life. Could this mean that my soul is wanting to obtain liberation from the…

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Solutions for Feeling Unworthy

Nayaswami Savitri

Question from Isaac: Hello. Ananda has helped me greatly thus far in my life. The problem I have been having I believe comes from the same root but is in two parts. I am having trouble with people judging me, when this happens I find myself comparing myself to others, this seems to perpetuate a feeling of unworthiness. How do I dispel others…

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Are Vedantists and Buddhists Atheists?

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from david snowdon: Believers in the Vedanta and Buddhism are not unlike atheists regarding end of life: it is dissolution of the self. The ‘awareness’ is not ours, it is God. I feel that the non-fundamental mind is being violated — the joke is on us. Your thoughts?

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How Important Is Material Success on the Path to Self-Realization?

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Jeniffer: Question to N. Hriman. I know that my highest goal is to know God, thats why im on this path. But respecting to my worldly life I feel completly lost, that I’m not good at anything or I’m not Smart enought. I have failed in everything in life (28), in all my jobs too and now I´m without one. How…

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Resurrection and Protection

Mary Kretzmann

Question from Pushkar: Greetings Gurudev, I have few questions. First I want to ask how masters are able to resurrect dead? Paramahansa protected his disciples on numerous occasions. Is it because they remembered him at the very moment? If suppose I fall in to some trouble will Yogananda come to my rescue? Or will I suffer due to my past karma? Thanking you…

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Spiritual Eye

Gurupriya

Question from Ramya: Hi, For a few days now, with my eyes open I see a small golden circle surrounding dark, (similar to the one I see during meditation or when i concentrate on the spiritual eye ) and at times i see a spark of blue light. But both come at their own wish and I am not able to find what…

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What Is an Avatar? Why Is One Born?

Gurupriya

Question from AP: Dear Ones. My question is about those souls who are not bound to return into birth/death cycle and yet come to earth according to their own will. Who are these souls? Are they already liberated? Are they same as what we know as ‘Avatars’? What could be their purpose of taking birth. I understand there can be many reasons and…