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Why is “Paramhansa” spelled two different ways?

Nayaswami Savitri

Question from No name: With all respect due, May I ask why the name Paramhansa Yogananda is also spelled Paramahansa? I find on your site and some others it is spelled the first way and then on the site which is dedicated to his foundation Self Realization Fellowship it is spelled the latter way. Thank you for any explanation you might afford me.

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An unusual sound

Nayaswami Savitri

Question from Linda: Dear Friends, A while ago, during a meditation, I heard a “pop” sound. By heard, I mean the sound was an inner sound. I keep wondering about this experience and what the sound meant. Would you know what this sound could have been? Blessings to you, Linda

My son is following Islam

suzanne

Question from Sharon Anderson: My son is following Islam, and is so very dedicated. He is 17. I am on Yogananda’s path, of course, and know there are many great Sufi saints he would do well to know about. Is there one great book in particular that Swami Kriyananda may have happened upon and mentioned, that was especially engaging and might inspire him in…

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Working Out Karma

Nayaswami Anandi

Question from Sandy: Is it possible to work off the karmic debt incurred by actions in past and present lives in ways other than by experiencing the results those actions? Is there a more positive solution? If so, how does one do this?

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Spiritualizing activity

Nayaswami Anandi

Question from MPG: What does it mean to spiritualize activities? How is this done? Often the activities are in the middle of a busy day when one can’t meditate. Where can I find sources in Swamiji’s writings on the subject? I have seen what happens when we don’t. And I need to delve deeply into the subject. Thanks and blessings.

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How to practice Hong-Sau

Nayaswami Savitri

Question from Bala: Jai Guru. I have been practicing the Hong-Sau technique for a couple of days. I have a few doubts relating to the technique which I would like you to clarify. 1. How do you practice Hong-Sau? 2. Sometimes during my practice, I feel I am forceably taking a breath. How should I do this? 3.On what should I concentrate the…

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Paramhansa Yogananda was William the Conqueror?

Catherine Kairavi

Question from James: I read that Paramhansa Yogananda had said he was William the Conqueror in a previous incarnation. I also read, however, that William the Conqueror skinned people alive and hung them from their windows. I wonder if you could help me resolve this contradiction?

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Keeping calm in stressful situations

Nayaswami Pranaba

Question from chandan: How can I maintain my cool in tough situations? I mean, in tough situations I absolutely am unable to control my nervousness. Is there an easy way to remain calm during trying situations?

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Colors in meditation

Nayaswami Pranaba

Question from manohar reddy: During meditation I am able to see some colour, specially lemony yellow and sky blue colours, coming on to my face from the upper part of my forehead. After sometime these colors disappear and I get sweat lightly. May I know why this is happening.

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Having a “Living” Guru

Nayaswami Anandi

Question from Lora: I listened to all the talks that were made available from Spiritual Renewal Week. I am so glad to have that resource. But I was left confused by Swami’s talk on August 14, and I have no one to discuss my questions with, so I appreciate your attention and answers. Kriyananda said that it is absolutely necessary to have met…