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In Prayer, Should We Ask God for Things?

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Pooja: Given that the Divine is all-compassionate and all-knowing, knows exactly what we need, and is forever orchestrating the best for us, why should we ask at all in prayer? Shouldn’t prayer only be about expressing gratitude for whatever we get, in whatever form that it may be? I feel the Divine presence in my life so deeply and miraculously. So…

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Racial Bias: Is It Wrong to Not Want “Those People”?

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Simon Brenken: I love Yogananda, I like Ananda and the song of the last YT-Video is so lovely (Paramhansa Y. said: Immortalize Our Teaching in Architecture). But I struggle with immigration. As a child and adolescent I experienced much anti-German hate from Arabian migrants. And all over Europe these groups are not very well -iked. They seclude themselves, are into crime, and…

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What Is Superstition?

Nayaswami Dharmarajan

Question from Pradeep Laveti: Does eye twitching have any significance in spirituality or day to day life? I have observed many times, bad things happening when my left eye twitches. But not every time, at least not when I affirm nothing wrong is going to happen. Does it have a significance or it’s just another superstition?

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What Did St. Paul Refer to By, “I Die Daily”?

Tyagi Jayadev

Question from Aasheesh Chhabra: Saint Paul said I die daily. Was he referencing to the kriya yoga. Are there people in Ananda who can testify they have experienced death through the practice of kriya yoga. How many years one has to practice to reach up to that level. I am asking about time taken to reach up to deep meditation level.

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Can I Progress Spiritually if I Have Career and Family?

Nayaswami Mukti

Question from Tj Akshay: I’m 21 years old. I wanted to progress spiritually. But right now I’m studying and my family wanted me to excel professionally and be with family. My query is if I choose to have challenging career and balance the family does not it make me attached to the external materialistic world, since the responsibility is increased we need to earn,…

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I Have Seen Only Misery in My Life

Nayaswami Hassi

Question from Kumari: I have only seen misery all my life. Failures despite doing my best. Am almost 40, unemployed, unmarried, health at its worst. Am just alive. None of the illnesses show on the body and am ridiculed for being at home doing nothing. I have nobody and nothing to look forward to. Don’t believe in god anymore. If everything is karma…

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What Can We Do Each Day to Overcome Ego?

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Carolyn: Before someone can begin to get rid of their ego-identities, what mindset should they have? Throughout the fight, what should they keep doing in order to stay in tip-top spiritual shape? What are some things one can do during their day to remind themselves to not bow down to the ego’s tendency to grow bloated off of praise and achievements?…