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Should I Have Children?

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Question from Tanya: We are married for 2 years and are in our early 30’s. We have been getting thoughts to have a child but we both fear it for all reasons: being able to provide the kid financial and emotional support, making him an independent strong person. I had gone through depression in the past and get easily bogged down by negative…

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End of Life

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Question from Pat Cummings: My daughter died recently at the age of 26. She was severely disabled. She was microcephalic, seizure disordered, blind, had a tummy tube for feeding, was spastic quadriplegic and functioned at 3 months. I adopted her when she was 5 years old, though she had been with me as a foster child since she was 11 months old. After 4…

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How Can I Use Affirmations to Have a Healthy Birth?

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Question from Hannah Aliya: Namaste! I am approaching the birth of my first child, I feel deeply this pregnancy is so perfect in God’s plan. Anticipation & excitement fill my headspace for the unmedicated birth I intend. I feel confident that I will be connected to the Divine during labor, however medical circumstances have placed me with a care provider that has caused some…

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Sending Love After Death

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Question from Barsha: Hello, I want to ask a question which always comes to my mind. My father died in a road accident 7 years ago. I want to know that is he watching me from wherever he is? Is he guiding me like before? Is a spiritual vibration coming from him?

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Should We Have Children?

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Question from Samuel Frederico: I’m 37 and my wife 36 years, we have been married for 10 years and we do not know yet if we want to have children. Sometimes we will, but we think our life is already wonderful, and we are afraid to worsen it with a child. We often consider this selfish feeling, to not give chance to another soul…

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Non-Lying

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Question from Karan: My daughter is 6.5 years old and is starting to tell lies. How do I address this matter without getting too upset with her? How can I encourage and inspire her to be truthful always. She loves stories of Saints so maybe I could do something in that space? Any other ideas?

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Sharing Meditation with Children

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Question from Sarah: Blessings! I am a SRF student and mother of a young son. I was wondering what the appropriate age is for teaching meditation to children? Thank you for your response!

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Yoga and Pregnancy

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Question from lakshmi: I got married before 2 months, I am a regular yoga doer and now I am in a confusion of doing yoga. Is it good to do yoga after marriage and will it affect baby formation?

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Meditating and Practicing Kriya Yoga While Pregnant

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Question from Meghan O’Hare: Namaste, I am in my first trimester of pregnancy. I am a kriyaban, and while I want to be faithful to my vows to practice kriya 2X a day for at least 45 minutes, I am experiencing debilitating morning sickness/dizziness that lasts all day, as well as tailbone and sciatic pain, that make meditation difficult, particularly sitting meditation. I’m not…

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Helping Children Learn to Behave

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Question from Karan: Hi I need some guidance in terms of bringing up my daughter. She is going to be six years old in December. I am finding that she is grumpy, clingy and moody a lot, especially in mornings. She is seeking attention of course. Every time she doesn’t get what she wants, its tears and tantrums. I believe this attitude is…

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Spiritual Books for Children, and Caring Too Much What Other People Think

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Question from Chris: Hello. I have 2 questions. 1 is, do you have any suggestions for good spiritually minded books to read to a 4-5 year old? We already have all of the available Ananda books, and were wondering if there are any more you could advise us. 2nd question. Do you have any advise on how I can stop caring so much…

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Kriya While Pregnant

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Question from renata: Could you tell me please if its recommended to do Kriya yoga during pregnancy? I am two weeks pregnant and don’t feel somewhat comfortable (the sensation inside of my abdomen isn’t pleasant) during Kriya breaths.Thank you.

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Helping a Child’s Broken Heart

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Question from Pradnya Chaugule: Acharya Pranam, My husband issued me a legal notice during 4th month of my pregnancy.I blindly trusted him but he deceived me and my daughter.I had a chance to terminate my pregnancy but being a Mother I didnt.From the community which I belong,father has a prime importance for upbringing of the child.I take all the responsibility upon my shoulders as…

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Prayers for children and for safety

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Question from Kris: Hi, I was wondering if there were any prayers by Guruji or Swamiji, that I could use in the following 3 cases.. 1. I’m terrified of driving after a road accident a few years ago.., is there a prayer I can say before starting the engine to help protect us on the road? 2. A Bedtime prayer that can be…

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Handling your child’s tantrums in a spiritual way

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Question from Ben Borkovitz: My daughter, who is almost 4, has a lot of tantrums when she doesn’t get her way. Still breastfeeding. Feel like I need help with my practice so that I can stay connected and see God in her and bring out/reinforce the healthy part of her. Any thoughts come to mind for fertilizer for healthy relationship/spiritual parenting? (I do realize…

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Love and Non-attachment

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Question from raina: It seems that family, children, and spouse are the most powerful attachments I feel. If one is attached to their family and still wishes to be free from all attachments, how do they gradually find freedom from this without showing less love and care?

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Family Life and Spiritual Life

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Question from paige: Is starting a family a mistake on the spiritual path? My sadhana is much shorter than it was before I had a child, and I sometimes wonder if we made the right choice. Yet I do feel closer to God than ever even though the meditation portion of my life has decreased. Could you lend some insight to this?

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How Much Maturity to Expect in Teenagers

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Question from Uma: Greetings Is it normal to expect a thirteen-year-old normal child to behave like a mature child? I know in some circumstances few kids grow up to be very mature. How should I approach to make a child understand that she should become aware of the surroundings and act accordingly? I don’t think forcing or imposing on them is good idea.…

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How Does a Soul Enter a New Life?

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Question from Chris: If life begins in the womb after the first cell division how does the soul enter the new life and at what point? Thanks

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Sharing Spiritual Vibrations with a Newborn

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Question from Astrid: Hello. I would like to ask a question about spiritual parenting. I have a Newborn daughter and have been on the Spiritual path for some time now and I was wondering if there was anything I could do for her soul’s spiritual development even at this age.. All the books on Spiritual education don’t seem to say much about the…