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Medicine and Meditation

Tyagi Shanti, M.D.

Question from Rounak: I have suffered from seizure disorder and I’m on medication. I have read that Kriya Yoga( EE, Hong Sau as well) involves Pranayama (controlled breathing). My doctor says it is not advisable to practice controlled breathing as it might trigger a seizure. Please help me as I deeply yearn for spiritual progress through Kriya yoga.

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Your Mother’s Love

Tyagi Shanti, M.D.

Question from In God’s service: My mom was quite healthy but passed away suddenly with heart attack. I see so many other people who are not healthy living longer. This makes me think may be we have not taken care of her and if she would have gotten medical attention sooner she would have survived. I can not calm my mind. I am very sad…

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My “Inner World” Holds My Meditating Back

Tyagi Shanti, M.D.

Question from Sean Hawks: I have “aspergers.” I acted normal since the first grade I new I was different—pretending to be happy and remembering to smile every birthday alone with my “thoughts and internalizing self” the only thing I could think for a wish as far as what I wanted “I wish to be one with God”—same wish every year. I’m 33 now, always…

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Seek Ye First the Kingdom of God

Tyagi Shanti, M.D.

Question from Bina: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto thee.” Could you please elaborate on what this means? I have not been as successful in my career as I should have been as per my talent. Could sufficient non-connection to God be the reason?

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What Can I Do About an Irrational Fear of People?

Tyagi Shanti, M.D.

Question from Chandan: I hv a fear of people.I find that when I’m around anybody I become tense and hv difficulty breathing.This irrational but compelling fear makes it difficult for me to even hv a good conversation wth anybody,even with my own relatives.Due to this fear I hv difficulty studying and so my marks hv plummeted.I hv had this problem for about 8-9…

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Should a Yogi Avoid Alcohol, Even in Cooking?

Tyagi Shanti, M.D.

Question from H.W.: Yogananda said we should not drink any alcohol while on the spiritual path. Some recipes call for an alcoholic beverage as one of the ingredients, but the alcohol is burned off or evaporated in the cooking process. It is just to add flavor to the recipe. Is the use of alcohol in these recipes consistent with Yogananda’s teachings? Or should…

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What Should I Do for a Severe Cough and Cold?

Tyagi Shanti, M.D.

Question from Kirti Gaur: I was suffering with sevre cough and cold. I usually have to take antibiotics for cure. This time I tried to apply spritually Yogananda healing technique of total fast for 2 days. Today is my sixth day Though I am much relieved but cough is still there which becomes more uneasy at night. This sunday I took my 1st kriya…

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Gum Infection… and, God Is in Everything

Tyagi Shanti, M.D.

Question from carrie: blessings. I have an infection in my gum and have been trying to heal it more naturally than with antibiotics. the holistic dentist I saw says it would be best for me to take antibiotics. I feel like I am giving in to taking the antibiotics and not trusting the higher healing energies within this body. I do feel however…

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Mystical experiences and the brain

Tyagi Shanti, M.D.

Question from Nirmal Vadgama: Medical science has elucidated many brain functions. This led me to question certain “mystical experiences”. We know from various studies that these experiences can be induced in individuals (i.e entheogens). Also, patients suffering from temporal lobe epilepsy claim to have profound feelings after a seizure, as if they had experienced God, and they no longer see life as meaningless. Are…

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Can Meditation Cause Headaches?

Tyagi Shanti, M.D.

Question from carrie: blessings. many times when i meditate i have been feeling pain in my head. specifically around my temples, above my right eye and sometimes behind at the medulla oblongata. it seems to be very distracting to me and i try not to let it divert my focused attention but many times i get agitated about it. and this only makes…