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Overcoming Negative Habits of Mind and Body

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Ashutosh: I struggle day and night to control my baser self, in vain for about 8-9 years. It’s not as if I had no success. But it was short-lived and temporary. I find myself firmly in the clutches of the temptations of mind. I pray daily in the morning to God to help me. But by evening I’m back to my…

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Protection from Negative Influences

Nayaswami Hassi

Question from Tammy: I’m aware I have spiritual senses. Many years I asked for it to leave me. Yet I know I need this for inner clarity and my chakras are all out of balance. Which one do I start with or can I work on all? I am cancer, water, moon by nature. My issue is I draw or feel others’ energy.…

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How Can I Control My Unwanted Tears?

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Koyal: Sometimes when I am upset by another person’s reaction to a certain situation (most of the time the issue is trivial), instead of blurting out, I shed out tears uncontrollably. I instantly feel relief after this however, the fact that I cannot control my tears weighs me down heavily, especially if the other person is just an acquaintance. Last time…

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Is Life as a Student and Yogi Compatible? (Managing Stress)

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Ashutosh: Is the life of a student and yogi compatible? Is simultaneous development of modern rational intellect and spirit possible? Student life requires going through break-neck competition and much pressure but a yogi has to be equanimous and balanced. A yogi has to be moderate and balanced with his diet and sleep — while students have to constantly make changes in…

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Understanding Alzheimer’s and Karma

Nayaswami Hassi

Question from Mildred: I am a nurse and lately I have had a few encounters with elderly patients with severe Alzheimers. A part of me is wondering what lies behind that veil of confusion? How are they going to raise their energy higher when they are so mentally incapable? They are totally in different worlds and realities. They eat, sleep,walk aimlessly… I wonder…

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Is Eating Meat and Fish Wrong Spiritually?

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Vandana: I have been very confused as far as meat/fish eating is concerned. I am a pure vegetarian but my husband loves to eat fish and meat. Is he doing something spiritually wrong by having non-veg? Will he be punished by God? His belief is that just like vegetarians kill plants which are living beings too, non-vegetarians kill animals. As a…

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If I Deviate From My Duties, Will It Have a Disastrous Effect?

Tyagi Jayadev

Question from Ashutosh: Lord Krishna says that one should be unaffected by distress or happiness and perform ones duties equipoised. Does that mean that both of these states are not the creation of the performer of the duties? What if he for instance acts from a body-oriented perspective, thus inviting miseries? Is the performance of duties a requisite for attaining that kind of…

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I Feel Sad. What Is the Purpose of Life?

Nayaswami Hassi

Question from SP: I feel lost, sad, anxious from time to time and then wonder what is the purpose of life. When I am overly happy or get something huge or emotional happiness from relatives, I feel insecure and think that I will lose them one day. I consider myself to be lucky and fear that future or next life might not be…

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Doesn’t Self-Control Lead to Suppression and Repression?

Tyagi Jayadev

Question from Tesla: Hello, forgive me if I have the wrong idea. Yogananda teaches about self-control all the time, but most of the time those teachings will lead to self-suppression/repression. Self-suppression/repression is psychologically harmful. I feel like repression will only magnify negative emotions. I don’t believe in the path of resistance. Can you clarify if that is not what he teaches?

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Must Kundalini Rise in Order for Me to Grow Spiritually?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from arundeep: Guruji, Are samadhi and Kundalini linked? means does kundalini awaken alone lead to nirvikalpa samadhi? I heard that kundalini only deals with mystical powers, is it correct? can nirvikalpa samadhi be achieved without kundalini?