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What is Spiritual?

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Anonymous: I am an undergraduate student. My department elections are about to take place. Elections and office holding involve politics which means being tactical and prudential — both of which entail moving away from God. Love for God is a very recent development in my life —for a month or so I’ve been feeling the presence of God. If I enter the contest for…

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Restoring Self-Confidence

Nayaswami Maria

Question from hs: I have been suffering from inferiority complex and sort of fearful nature and depression since long time. I am religious and spiritual and sometimes not meeting the standards of spirituality also contributed a lot for the problem — partly perhaps due to childhood repression as my mother had angry and dominating nature. I lack self-esteem and all this has affected…

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During Meditation the Crystal I Am Holding Is Getting Warm – Why?

Tyagi Jayadev

Question from Sara: I notice that sometimes while I meditate, the crystal that I am holding gets warm. Yesterday, I put a tiger’s eye gem on my belly and when I finished the meditation, it was hot. I would like to know why this happened?

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Spiritual and Material Success with Abundance

Nayaswami Hassi

Question from Ankita: I have left my job and serving my notice period. By the side, I am a Kriyaban. To my understanding, I am in love with the path of spirituality and enjoy every second when in Ananda Sangha. I will have to take up another job just because I am not financially independent and need money to borne my expenses. But…

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The True Colors and Shapes of the Chakras According to Yogananda

Tyagi Jayadev

Question from Frank: I was wondering: in the Self-Realization courses, Yogananda talks about different symbols seen at different chakras, such as a blue ball, red triangle, white half moon, yellow four-angle figure. Are these figure seen “real”? And what is the purpose of these figures? What does for instance, a blood red triangle have to do with the lumbar chakra?

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Chanting in the Chakras

Nayaswami Mukti

Question from Stephen J. Sylvester: I was wondering if Yoganandaji or Swamiji ever taught chanting the bija mantras for the chakras and if so, whether there was a particular musical note associated with each chakra.

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Why Concentrate at the Spiritual Eye?

Nayaswami Maria

Question from Rahul Ghosh: Is it alright if I do my daily meditation with open eyes while fixing the gaze at a certain point on the wall, assuming focusing at the third eye? I find it difficult to focus at the kutastha or third eye with closed eyes. My gaze always shifts from focus with closed eyes.

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Hell on Earth and Karma

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Nicholas Celia: Believing in Christ and karma, can a person be consigned to hell before death?

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How Does One Develop Psychic Powers?

Tyagi Jayadev

Question from Siddharth Kumar: I have seen some people with psychic powers. They are able to move things using their minds, or read the minds of other people, or see with closed eyes. How exactly are such powers activated?

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Meditation Experiences

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Ashita: When I was listening to the Babaji mantra, I was not able to see Babaji clearly, but I have seen an image of Babaji between my eyebrows just for 2 or 3 seconds. Whenever I closed my eyes, I feel his presence there. What does it really mean?