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World Turmoil vs. Meditation

Nayaswami Anandi

Question from J. S. B.: I find it very hard to concentrate and feel joy with all the outer turmoil in the world today. Is it truly possible to be happy and peaceful inside even now, with all these troubles in the news? (It seemed so much easier a few years ago!)

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Attachment to family

Nayaswami Anandi

Question from Kurt: I am blessed with 5 wonderful children and a very loving wife. I feel very attached to my family. Is this spirtually wrong? I so much thirst for God every moment of day and night, but I feel so much love for my family. I try to see that love as a love for God as well, but I could…

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Will power and doubt

Nayaswami Anandi

Question from jon: How can I increase my will power? I give up too easily about many things. I try meditate for 1 week and stop for 1 month. I feel it’s no use and I am not sure I really love God. I think it’s very difficult to be a better person – it seems that everyone else is better than me,…

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Karma and Reincarnation

Nayaswami Seva

Question from vaishu: I know that birth and death is a cycle, and everyone has to go through it. I have lost my beloved one very unexpectedly, and I’m not able to cope with the thought that I will never be able to see him again. Where is he in the Astral world? Has he taken birth again? If the law of karma…

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Meditation and resistance from family

Nayaswami Devarshi

Question from jeet: Pranam! I regularly practice Kriya Yoga and Hong Sau, whenever there is free time and almost immediately after my work is over. As a result, I am feeling peaceful, and don’t want to talk & mix much. My family is feeling that I am crossing limits, and concentrating on the point between the eyebrows too much. They are afraid that…

Dwapara Yuga, the Age of Energy

Question from Nandini: I have a doubt regarding the current Yuga (planetary age). I read in The Essence of Bhagavad Gita that we are in Dwapara Yuga (age of energy). But since my childhood I have heard that we are in Kali Yuga (material age), which ends with the coming of Kalki Avatar. I believe in Yogananda’s words. But, what about Kali Yuga?

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Coming back to the world after a deep meditation

Nayaswami Devarshi

Question from tyler: Every time I have a long and deep meditation, or go on some uplifting retreat, I come back to "the world" with such an awesome joy and peace in my heart. Then, gradually, it seems to wane away when the harsh dualities of maya kick back in. This happens again and again and it is frustrating, sometimes leaving me in…

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Consciousness During a Coma

Nayaswami Anandi

Question from James: What is believed to happen to a person’s soul or life force when they are stuck in a semi-conscious or unconscious state and/or are on life support?

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How to Get More Devotion

Nayaswami Savitri

Question from Brenda Andrews: How can I increase my devotion?

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Seeking peace after the loss of a dear one

Nayaswami Maria

Question from vaishu: I am a young widow with a 7 year-old daughter. 2 months ago I lost my husband. From the early age I was attracted to the spiritual path. Many times I have been pacified by the words of Yogananda. I know this life is a dream, but I still have to live in it. I am seeking peace. Please help.