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Should I become a mother?

Nayaswami Anandi

Question from Sabine: Hello, a question that has been bothering me for quite a while is whether it is my duty as a married (and healthy) woman to have children? Thank you and kind regards.

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How can I establish a regular meditation routine?

Nayaswami Bharat

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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Questions about the Bible and its interpretations

Nayaswami Savitri

Question from James: I am puzzled by the explanations you promote of Biblical stories and teachings. Please understand that I am not assuming you are wrong. First of all, why is it that the Bible would not have just come out and said those things in the way you explain it? Why word things in such a way as to create confusion? Would…

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Pronouncing Yogananda’s first name

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from J.L.H.: How do you pronounce Yogananda’s first name? On what syllable is the emphasis? Thank you.

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Spiritual Names

Nayaswami Seva

Question from Kerey: Hello, I noticed many members of Ananda have spiritual names. What is the significance of this, is it important on the spiritual path and how should one attain one if it is needed? I know that members of the Sikh religion receive a new name, is this similar?

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How to love God

Nayaswami Anandi

Question from George: Hi. I’m struggling with my love for God since I don’t know how to love Him/Her. If I think about Him in an abstract way I don’t know what to love. If I think about God in the form of, let’s say, Yogananda, I don’t know how to make this love impersonal. And I don’t know how to love God…

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Are There Pets at Ananda Village?

Nayaswami Pranaba

Question from tyler: are there pets at ananda village? i ask because master had a pet deer at his ranchi school and i have always found my kitty to be a great meditation companion. i would like to come and live at ananda; would i have to leave my kitty behind?

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Trying to be regular with Kriya, and dealing with stressful situations

Nayaswami Devarshi

Question from manjeri: Dear Dave, I am a kriyaban for past one year and am trying to be regular with my practise. I feel sometimes i get carried away and loose my temper and I dont like it. My job is like crises management and everyday there are lots of problems on my table. I can deal well sometimes but at times I…

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Can I escape my karma of sickness and despair?

Nayaswami Savitri

Question from Aditya: I am more often ill than not. This past year I spent most of my time in bed cursing and begging God for my death. Where did I go wrong in my karma? As long as I can remember, I’ve done nothing wrong to anyone. I’ve tried everything from yoga to meditation, but I always see some strong, invisible, yet…

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The IQ of a Master

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from James: I have always wondered what the I.Q. of Paramhansa Yogananda was? Do we have this kind of information? Do we know about any other yoga masters?