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Do I Need to Have Faith in God to Realize the Self?

Nayaswami Pranaba

Question from Raju: In the path of self realization or realization of Brahma, where is the place of God? I did several inquiries (self) and cannot find a place! Precisely my doubt is, is it necessary to have faith in God to realize the Self? And is it a prerequisite to leave normal life to seek the spiritual life?

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The Nature of an Avatar

Asha Nayaswami

Question from Alex M: When an enlightened soul chooses to reincarnate on Earth in order to help humanity or for any other reason, does this being know he is enlightened since the moment he has consciousness after birth? Or, he is born ignorant of this and later in his life he realizes his true nature? How does this work?

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Who is responsible: God or Man?

Asha Nayaswami

Question from aa: Why is it that people keep asking. If God exist why does bad things happend ? Why is it that they don`t understand that humans are behind most of the bad things that happens ?

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Free Will

Asha Nayaswami

Question from karen: Hi I have read how we are more evolved than animals as we have free will, and we can use that will to choose what we do and how we live. But I have also read that none of what we do is our (individual) doing — its all god acting through us, even when we are creating bad karma.…

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Stages of Enlightenment

Nayaswami Devi

Question from Romila: Is there a difference between the state of being Spiritually Awakened and Self Realisation? Thank you very much for helping me understand

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The Promised Land

Nayaswami Shivani

Question from ellsj: I’m Jewish. I do believe in God, but as a people, we believe the Messiah has not yet come. Therefore, while I believe that Jesus was probably a great man and leader, I do not believe he was the Messiah. I have a deep apprecation for Paramhansa Yogananda, meditate and practice yoga, but want to deepen my spirituality. Can I…

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How Prana (life-force) enters the body

Nayaswami Savitri

Question from Andreas: I am a Kriyaban in the tradition of Paramhamsa Yogananda. PY teaches that the life-force flows into the body through the medulla oblongata. There are 3 colours: White — consciousness beyond primal nature, blue — God involved with creation; gold — frequency of “OM.” Before I started the path of Kriya-yoga, I studied other systems. For years I have tried…

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Challenges on the spiritual path

Nayaswami Pranaba

Question from rajesh: How does one enter into the path of realization? What kind of hindrances and temptations does one face in this path of realization? In which way can we be assured that we are treading on the right path?

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AUM technique and spiritual liberation

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from priyal: Greetings, I have a couple of questions, i hope you can clarify a. I have been practicing the Aum technique since a couple of days, though extremely relaxing, i cannot seem to go beyond an “electric” sound, how do i take the technique forward b. Is a physical encounter with a living guru essential for spiritual progress