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Is It Okay to Lie About My Education?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from Milan: Hello. I’m caught up in figuring out whether it is ever ok to lie. In my experience, I can feel that lies negatively affect my throat chakra. I’m caught in a situation where my mother needs me to lie to family members, friends, and relatives about how many years I’ve been in school. I am 21 and have only completed…

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Changing Consciousness

Nayaswami Hassi

Question from Sukhmandeep Singh: I am finding my life to be completely purposeless. I had seen some dreams about the future but now I have realised that those dreams are never going to be fulfilled. I am afraid that I will have to live a life which I don’t want to live and I am finding it very distressing. I can’t concentrate my mind…

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Search for Meaning and Truth

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Kevin: My question is somewhat abstract. My entire life I have had this feeling of discontent, this underlying feeling that something is missing. I have researched the worlds religions to some length and found most lacking the spiritual guidance I seek for one reason or another and I feel like I am chasing my tail. I can learn all I like,…

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Taking Responsibility

Nayaswami Maria

Question from Ashutosh: Parents feel that the best way to express love for the child is material satisfaction of wants — the excess of which is inimical to spiritual growth. Other ways through which a family can hinder the engagement with spirituality is by not allowing solitude and silent demeanour owing to their concern for the child. The problem is the contradiction between the hardships…

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Vacillating from Spiritual to Materialistic States

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Ashutosh: I experience dialectical/cyclical urges -at one time feeling highly spiritualized and inspired to practice the Raja Yoga exercises and read devotional literature and at other times given to hedonistic pleasures like incessant eating, thinking vain and useless thoughts, and killing time. How can I be permanently rooted in purity and cleanse myself ?

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Devotion to Math vs. Devotion to God

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from S. Roy: I am currently a postgraduate student in Mathematics and will be going to do Ph.D soon. I have noticed that when I am engrossed in a mathematical problem, I seem to forget everything else. I also want to win over my greatest fear — death — and make death happen to me when I wish. I have found out that…

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Loving All

Nayaswami Maria

Question from Natalie: Over time I have accumulated a strong dislike of people, almost a hatred. I find other people to be annoying, selfish, and greedy. Mankind as a species is destructive. I know this negativity is not beneficial to anyone, especially myself. So how do I start finding it in my heart to care about other people?

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Conditions Are Always Neutral

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Sameera: On pg 254 of the Essence of the Bhagavad Gita, Yoganandaji is quoted: “Conditions are always neutral … They only appear good or bad, joyful or sad, fortunate or unfortunate owing to the positive or negative attitudes [and expectations] of the mind.” Could you please explain this quotation? How are conditions which produce suffering, like illness, neutral? Similarly, how are…

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Importance of Spiritual Friends

Nayaswami Hassi

Question from Ja: I am a devotee of Yogananda but there are no meditation groups where I stay. I live in a small place. I am thinking about going to meeting with the society of friends, the Quakers. I miss others that talk about spiritual matters. I know this is up to me. I am after all a grown free man. I only…