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What Did Jesus Mean in Saying, “I Have Not Come to Bring Peace, but a Sword”?

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Question from Jo: The verse Matthew 10:34-36 seems to contradict the teachings of Christ the pacifist who asks us to turn the other cheek. What is its real meaning? Thanks:) “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his…

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When Spiritual Teachers Disagree …

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Question from Tom: I wonder why spiritual masters occasionally contradict one another. I don’t mean ambiguous teachings that can be understood in several ways, but obvious contradictions that seemingly can’t be reconciled. E.g. some Christian mystics agree there is an eternal hell. They say they saw it and were told by Jesus (in person) that hell will last forever. I know Yogananda and…

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I Unintentionally Grimace When Looking in Other People’s Eyes

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Question from Patrick: I have been on the path for 3 years. Have been doing Kriya for about 2. For the last 6 months I have been unable to look people in the eye. When I do make eye contact i get this nervous jolt through my body, and my face grimaces. It’s becoming very awkward at work when I have to communicate…

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Must Kundalini Rise in Order for Me to Grow Spiritually?

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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?

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Is It Bad to Doubt God?

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Question from AO: Is doubt in God bad? And is it really possible for a person to be 100% certain that God exists when he or she has never personally experienced God?

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Can Karma Yoga Take Us to Samadhi?

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Question from Ashutosh: Patanjali has described the eightfold path to Realization in the Yoga Sutras called Ashtanga Yoga. Is it possible to reach the ultimate superconscious state through karma yoga? Can a person attain samadhi through sincere and pure work even after being engaged in work for carrying out oneself’s and others’ welfare?

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Why Don’t I Meditate Regularly Anymore?

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Question from Piu: I am going through a battle. A part of me is intensely spiritual, and I know that’s the aim of my life. But the other part of me just wants to run away from this. I have a toddler, a home to manage, a demanding job, and in spite of this, I think if I want badly enough I can…

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What Does It Mean to “Live in the Spine”?

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Question from Harshvardhan: What does Sri Yogananda mean when he suggests to live more in spine and have attention centered on third eye? Is it to try to feel energy there?

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Are Intimate Relationships Worthwhile, Spiritually?

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Question from Chris: How can one be in an intimate relationship yet be non-attached to their partner? The only way I can see that work is if they loved their partner equally to everyone else, with unconditional love (which is indeed our fundamental goal). But then what would be the point of being in a relationship? In this transitory world, is there even…

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Can We Practice Kriya Yoga in the Astral World?

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Question from Frank: Hello, if a person does not achieve emancipation in this lifetime, will he/she be able to continue Kriya Yoga while in the astral world?