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Prayer

Nayaswami Anandi

Question from Catherine Ryan: When we begin meditation we are encouraged to pray to the Heavenly Father, Divine Mother and Beloved Friend. Then we include the line of Gurus in our prayer. We are also encouraged to think of our Guru Paramahansa Yogananda and pray to him. As God knows all our needs and our Guru also knows what we are thinking, why do…

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Concentration in Meditation

Nayaswami Devarshi

Question from Nidhi Sood: Hi!I recently attended my (Ist level)of Kriya Yoga and liked it very much.However,I am unable to meditate,I don’t know if i am practising it correctly or not? May be you can help me.Actually, I feel very heavy specially my head,and it starts falling backward as the time passes by,as if I’ll fall asleep.When I start chanting Hong Sau with my…

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Are martial arts OK?

Nayaswami Savitri

Question from Janell: I have been practicing martial arts for many years, and love it dearly. I love how it makes me feel to do the exercises and to master a difficult skill. I feel more alive when practicing than at any other time. Is participation in such “violent” sports forbidden in your teachings? I do not see how I could give it…

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Meditation aids

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from Suzanne Pourmoneshi: My friend, a zen meditator, suggested that I use some meditating CDs during my Hong-Sau routine that produce Delta Wave patterns, teaching the mind to reach deep meditation levels very quickly. Should I feel guilty about “cheating” on my spiritual journey, or should I feel content knowing that I still meditate with discipline, devotion, and a love for God? Please…

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Is samadhi common?

Nayaswami Pranaba

Question from Dean Opseth: In the SRF and Ananda communities, just how common is it really for individuals to experience cosmic consciousness or any level of samadhi? After reading “Autobiography of a Yogi”, I’d love to believe that we could all be supermen and omniscient like the Great Masters, but alas, I need to keep it all in a realistic perspective. Thank you.

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A reclining position for meditation?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from Dean Opseth: Is it possible or even effective to practice Hong-Sau Technique in a reclined position (granted, of course, that one is well rested enough not to fall asleep)?

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Evolution

Nayaswami Anandi

Question from Nirmal: Have humans evolved from apes by natural selection, or are we the result of a special creation by God? Or, moreover, does the answer include both these views? Thanks, Nirmal

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Sexuality and spirituality

Nayaswami Pranaba

Question from beatrice: I am a disciple and recently I met a new companion For the first time in my life ( I am 55 ) we have a excellent physical relationship Why is sex supposed to be a bad practice ? Personally I feel sex as a spiritual practice.

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Romantic love and the chakras

Nayaswami Savitri

Question from Ray: What chakra center does the feeling of normal romantic love deal with, if any?

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Hong-Sau technique

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from Nair: Good day While meditating using the hong sau techique, I find that my eyes are not steady in focus but often quiver and I have a difficult time calming them down. Not sure why this happens. Pls help. Also, I had undergone the first level in Jan09. Any update on when the second level will be held in Mumbai, India.