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How to Pray to Mother Kali

Tyagi Jayadev

Question from Andrew Roberts: Hello! I love to pray to Divine Mother. Last night when I asked Maa how I should pray to her (at this time) the response I felt was “Kali.” What is recommended regarding initiation into Kali prayer? Is it appropriate to meditate on a short mantra of hers, such as Om Krim Kalikayai Namah? Jai Maa, Andrew

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The Practice of Ahimsa (Non-Violence)

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Steven Boardman: I am writing in regards to the practice of ahimsa. I have said I will go metal detecting with my father and I am concerned about what damage I may be causing to the wildlife underground. I don’t want to upset my father though and turn him down. Do you have any advice?

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Was Yogananda Jesus in a Former Lifetime?

Tyagi Jayadev

Question from Luca: Yogananda said that Babaji, Lahiri and Sri Yukteswar were the three Magi who later were Jesus’ spiritual teachers during his “lost years” in India. In the 19th century Jesus asked Babaji to spread the teachings of Yoga in the West and the same three great souls prepared Yogananda for his mission. During his lifetime Yogananda met saints who took part…

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Beauty of True Friendship

Nayaswami Hassi

Question from Natalie: I had a falling out with a friend who I felt mistreated me and betrayed me when I was in a time of need. They had been verbally and mentally abusive towards me. However, I have always felt the friendship was unhealthy and toxic, ever since we met. Many hurtful words have been exchanged between us, and we were constantly…

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Saints: In the World but Not of the World

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Alex: I heard that most enlightened beings live secluded lives. I heard that some enlightened beings (such as yourselves) are somewhat active in the world. Very few enlightened beings (such as Swami Yogananda) are fully active in the world. Why do enlightened beings have varying degrees of being active in the world? I have a feeling that the reluctance to be…

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How to Remain Unruffled in the Face of Challenge

Nayaswami Mukti

Question from Pooja: I’ve had a challenging youth overall but I’ve invested every effort possible in transcending my challenges, most of which I have. The future honestly looks bright, no matter how hard the past. The present is pretty good too. But no matter how much the Grace of the Guru and the Divine help me and protect me, karma and life do…

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I Feel Responsible for My Parents’ Deaths

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from alia: I lost my father suddenly in April 2020. Due to Covid chaos, we couldnt get hospital admission & lost him after 2 days of trying to get medical care. I felt deep regret for not being in India & saving him. In Dec 2021, my mom had a heart attack. After 2 weeks in ICU & consulting top notch cardiologists,…

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With So Many Negative Events in My Life, What Can I Do?

Tyagi Jayadev

Question from Veronika Millonig: There is a lot of negative events in my life, as soon as I resolve one there is already the next one, a never ending file of problems. I have no regular spiritual practice, I pray and also try to meditate but those negative events interrupt my daily routine, create chaos and such fear in me that I am unable…

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Can Meditation Pose a Threat?

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Inam: I meditate for last 8 years and I have encountered several benefits. These days I have reached a point where I see meditation as dangerous and intolerable. When I meditate long enough a few hours actually I feel a v.v.very strong feeling intolerable. I feel I am going to die I am going to enter another world. I feel v.very…

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I Feel a Particular Sensation at the Heart and Spiritual Eye During the Day

Tyagi Jayadev

Question from Alim Bhanwadiya: I have started meditating since the last few weeks. I have had quite a sudden blissful experience during the first week. Now, since last few days I feel some kind of sensation/awareness/physical-fullness in my heart area (it isn’t pain) during some parts of the day. Is that normal? Also i feel a soothing sensation between my eyebrows throughout the day,…