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What Did Jesus Mean in Saying, “I Have Not Come to Bring Peace, but a Sword”?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from Jo: The verse Matthew 10:34-36 seems to contradict the teachings of Christ the pacifist who asks us to turn the other cheek. What is its real meaning? Thanks:) “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his…

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To Progress Spiritually, How Do I Get Past Likes and Dislikes?

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Anonymous: How do you know if resistance to something is linked to your ego? For example, in general dancing, going out too much or participating in social gatherings isn’t an attraction and there would be resistance for me to do that. Just the fact that I have resistance to it means it’s an attachment? Or would it mean that desire for…

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Spiritual Growth and Duties to Family Members

Nayaswami Hassi

Question from Carolyn: What do you do about worldly people? People who are entrenched in their stuff? In their egos? In manipulating other people? In being dishonest to get ahead and to fit in with people for sake of said egos? People who are deeply set in habits and personalities? I’m talking about some of my close family members: siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents……

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How to Achieve Peace and Clarity

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Tristan: What do I need to do to create and claim the peace and clarity in my life that I know is tangible? How do I accept struggle as a pivotal stepping stone and allow it to lead me to what’s next?

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When Spiritual Teachers Disagree …

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from Tom: I wonder why spiritual masters occasionally contradict one another. I don’t mean ambiguous teachings that can be understood in several ways, but obvious contradictions that seemingly can’t be reconciled. E.g. some Christian mystics agree there is an eternal hell. They say they saw it and were told by Jesus (in person) that hell will last forever. I know Yogananda and…

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Developing Positive Energy in Turbulent Times

Nayaswami Hassi

Question from V V Ganesh: Turbulent times- Financially, professionally. Mind is constantly agitated. Need peace, solace. Please suggest a way out and help.

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How Do We Practice Non-Attachment Toward Our Work?

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Ashutosh: Kindly advise me. I aspire to detach myself from my work. Suppose I have an academic exam in near future and my preparation is not up to the mark. Considering that the exam in question is important for my career, should I study late till night, eat less to aid concentration, reduce my interactions with others and confine myself to…

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I Unintentionally Grimace When Looking in Other People’s Eyes

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from Patrick: I have been on the path for 3 years. Have been doing Kriya for about 2. For the last 6 months I have been unable to look people in the eye. When I do make eye contact i get this nervous jolt through my body, and my face grimaces. It’s becoming very awkward at work when I have to communicate…

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Cleanliness in India

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Vidhya: It is said that messy environments create low vibrations. Also that dirty objects attract lower astral entities. In developing countries like India how can we find high vibrations where the above (mess and dirt) is highly compromised?