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Is it wrong to have pets?

Nayaswami Seva

Question from Nirmal: I just wanted to know your opinions on having pets at home. Does one get, for instance, “bad karma” for keeping a bird in a cage as a pet, even if it is allowed to often fly around the house? Also, we recently got kitten but a relative has advised us that keeping a cat may be against certain Hindu…

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Sequence of techniques?

Nayaswami Pranaba

Question from Sandy Hale: I currently practice energization exercises and then meditate. I plan to begin doing asanas as well. What is the recommended order for these three activities? Asanas, energization exercises, then meditation? Or exercises, asanas, meditation? Thank you.

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Yogananda’s burial site

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from Casey: In contrast to his Guru, Sri Yukteswariji, who was buried at his Puri hermitage, or so I believe, from reading “Autobiography of a Yogi”, Paramhansaji was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, a place which seemingly has very little spiritual significance- was this in accordance with his wishes, or decided after his passing?

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Hong-Sau vs. So-Hum

Nayaswami Savitri

Question from Vidyanand Kale: I feel comfortable using “SO” (inhalation) “HUM” (exalation) method in my meditation. But Shri. Yoganandaji has prescribed Hong — Su method. I want your advise what I should do. Thanks for your time and guidance.

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Loneliness after death?

Nayaswami Pranaba

Question from D.F.: I have been reading Paramhansa Yogananda’s book, The Essence of Self-Realization. Yogananda said, “Souls who have meditated even a little bit in this life go to regions of great beauty after death.” If an individual who meditates and loves God nevertheless feels great loneliness, however, will that loneliness continue after death?

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Overcoming nervousness

Nayaswami Anandi

Question from Mansi: i get nervous too often..at times just by thinking about people or situations and at times for no reason at all..i try deep breathing but it is very difficult to control mind when it starts drifting away..it takes me at least half an hour to come back to my normal self..i meditate and pray to God for help but what…

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Astrological aids

Nayaswami Anandi

Question from Will: Around the full moon I often am moody and short of temper. What can I do to keep this from occuring. Would a bangle help? Also, while on the topic of bangles, I have noticed in a photo of Master he is wearing three. Does anybody know why.

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Ego and the astral and causal bodies

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from Hezequiel: Hello! I have a question which, although it may not be very relevant at this stage anyway, has been puzzling me: If the ego is an element of the Astral body, what keeps the soul bound to the causal body, once the astral body has been shed? Thank you.

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Preparation for Meditation

Nayaswami Anandi

Question from Mali: Hello, while trying the breathing and counting to 12, I found out, that my beathing goes inhale — exhale — pause- inhale. I am trying to change it to inhale — pause — exhale- inhale. But this makes me feel unnatural and wrong. So now I am wondering, if both ways of breathing are ok. Thank you very much! Love,…

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Asking God Questions

Nayaswami Seva

Question from DOLON DAWN: Dear Sir / Madam , I have gone through Autobiography of a Yogi and other books. But I still have a question about God. If I want to communicate with God, how do I do it? Do I tell Him once, or over and over again until I receive the answer? I am utterly confused. Please help me. Dolon