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Smelling Incense While Meditating

Nayaswami Bharat

Question from pankaj: Namaste, One of our devotee smells incense during Aum Technique. Any correlation of Aum technique and smells? any guidance we can share with him to put him at ease? aum guru pankaj

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How Can I Take the Pilgrim Vow of Intention?

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Question from Casey: Is it necessary to have taken Kriya initiation to make the Pilgrim vow of intention, and how is the ceremony conducted if one does not live near an Ananda centre?

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Help for novice meditators

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Question from E.M.: Namaskar! I am a novice meditator, still experimenting with the inner light technique that I have learned from your instructions. 1. It helps me if I use some kind of soulful music, I can then quiet my mind and see inwardly more clearly. Is that something that is recommended to do? 2. Should I order the “Ananda Course in Self-Realization”…

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Kriya Yoga and Buddhism

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Question from avin: i am a buddhist, i have complete faith in the buddha and his dharma. moreover i am also attracted to yoga as it is explained by yoganada in his classic autobiography. i want to be clear if i will be welcome when i approach ananda to learn kriya yoga. will my buddhist faith be a disqualification for initiation into the…

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Meditation Posture

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Question from andrew: I can only feel comfortable and relaxed when I set slouching. Whenever I sit perfectly upright I feel knots of tension in my stomach and mind which prevents me from meditating. Any advice?

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Feeling a Headache While Looking at the Spiritual Eye

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Question from tyler: i have a friend who has recently begun to practice meditation. she is experiencing headaches when she tries to look into the spiritual eye. what would you recommend in such a case?

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How can I establish a regular meditation routine?

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Question from Will: I have a horrible habit of procrastination. I have never been able to establish a regular meditation routine, for some thirty years. How can I disrupt this habit, if I can’t even make time to meditate?

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Staying calm during meditation

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Question from Daniel Boland: I have been meditating for 2 — 3 years, and was able to concentrate and stay calm during my meditations. However, I go deeper, I notice that something is fighting me. When I concentrate on the third eye my body jerks; sometimes the hole body shakes. What could that possibly be?