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Help with hong-sau technique

Nayaswami Devarshi

Question from prashant malik: I become restless when I practice Hong-Sau technique. Each time I concentrate on my breath, I begin to breathe faster, as if I was doing heavy physical work. Please let me know how I can solve this problem.

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Yogananda and praying to God

Nayaswami Anandi

Question from yvonne: Greetings! Yogananda has been my guru for 6 years. He is always with me, I speak to him all the time mentally as well as out loud. I regard him as my friend as well as guru. However, I also find that when I pray or am waiting for God in meditation, I speak to the Lord and Divine Mother….

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Yoga and Islam

Nayaswami Anandi

Question from Kristian: A great strength of Yogananda’s teachings is the possible unity with all of the major religions, although this requires a considerable amount of slightly unobvious or esoteric interpretations of the lore and creed of these religions. Some of the religions, like Christianity, have been directly addressed by Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda in their writings (e.g., Revelations of Christ). However, are…

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How to remain balanced

Nayaswami Pranaba

Question from ash: Hello, I have been practicing kriya pranayama and meditation for the past two years. During the first year I felt nothing but pure joy and peace. However these days I feel quite withdrawn from activities I used to love doing but my attachment to the same activities suddenly springs back in me. Thus I feel torn between two opposite forces…

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Overcoming doubts and fears, and developing faith

Nayaswami Savitri

Question from Brendan: I have been practicing meditation for a couple months. I feel stronger but I get scared at times. I sometimes doubt Yogananda and it makes me feel bad. I feel scared of negative spirits around me too. How can I overcome these fears? How can I become truly confident of my spiritual strength? How can I grow more faith in…

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How to approach brahmacharya

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from Prashant Malik: Is it necessary to be well established in brahmacharya or celibacy or moderation in order to grow spiritually or get good and fast results? If yes, please send me some tips on how I can establish myself in brahmacharya.

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Discouraged with lack of results

Nayaswami Maria

Question from daniel: Dear Ananda Friends, I have had wonderful experiences in meditation, but these are rare. Often, I just sit and think about stuff with my eyes closed. I know it’s part of the learning journey, but sometimes I feel like it’s pointless to proceed. I guess I am looking for encouragement. Any advice?

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Can Kriya Yoga protect one from black magic?

Nayaswami Devarshi

Question from Kalu: Can Kriya Yoga help protect one from spells cast by witch doctors? We often see them here in Nigeria. They cause problems in health and material and spiritual progress.

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Meditation and corporate job

Nayaswami Devarshi

Question from manjeri: I am a Kriya yogi, but also have a job in the corporate sector. I tend to get too distracted with externals related to my work. I also travel a lot, which affects my meditation routine. It takes time to get back to it. I need spiritual guidance. What is the best remedy in my situation? I don’t want to…