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Spiritual Names

Nayaswami Seva

Question from Kerey: Hello, I noticed many members of Ananda have spiritual names. What is the significance of this, is it important on the spiritual path and how should one attain one if it is needed? I know that members of the Sikh religion receive a new name, is this similar?

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How to love God

Nayaswami Anandi

Question from George: Hi. I’m struggling with my love for God since I don’t know how to love Him/Her. If I think about Him in an abstract way I don’t know what to love. If I think about God in the form of, let’s say, Yogananda, I don’t know how to make this love impersonal. And I don’t know how to love God…

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Are There Pets at Ananda Village?

Nayaswami Pranaba

Question from tyler: are there pets at ananda village? i ask because master had a pet deer at his ranchi school and i have always found my kitty to be a great meditation companion. i would like to come and live at ananda; would i have to leave my kitty behind?

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Trying to be regular with Kriya, and dealing with stressful situations

Nayaswami Devarshi

Question from manjeri: Dear Dave, I am a kriyaban for past one year and am trying to be regular with my practise. I feel sometimes i get carried away and loose my temper and I dont like it. My job is like crises management and everyday there are lots of problems on my table. I can deal well sometimes but at times I…

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Can I escape my karma of sickness and despair?

Nayaswami Savitri

Question from Aditya: I am more often ill than not. This past year I spent most of my time in bed cursing and begging God for my death. Where did I go wrong in my karma? As long as I can remember, I’ve done nothing wrong to anyone. I’ve tried everything from yoga to meditation, but I always see some strong, invisible, yet…

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The IQ of a Master

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from James: I have always wondered what the I.Q. of Paramhansa Yogananda was? Do we have this kind of information? Do we know about any other yoga masters?

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Service and the spiritual path

Nayaswami Seva

Question from neelkanth: I am 28 years old. For the last 6 years I have been struggling to get more established on the spiritual path. Right now it’s a battle between spiritual life and material life where I am unable to get rid of my desires for material things. I feel very frustrated because I am neither here nor there. Please help.

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Karma

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from Randolph Finch: It is my observation that effect and cause can be hard to distinguish. Sometimes the effect of something negative can be the cause of something totally unrelated to be affected negatively, etc. times infinity. Doesn’t the concept of Karma confuse people about the ultimate origins of their problems and/or in some cases pardon them from thinking critically about what their…

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Is practicing Hong-Sau with out using the mantra OK?

Nayaswami Savitri

Question from David Lukashok: This question may seem strange, but I like to practice hong-sau without hong-saw. The breath itself seems a sufficient “mantra” to guide me. Is this okay? Do others also practice this way? I particularly like to “dwell” in the pause between out-breath and the next in-breath, gazing into “the darkness behind closed eyes” as is written in “The Essence of…

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Do I deserve my blessings?

Nayaswami Savitri

Question from nira: I got a abusive call last night. The caller told me i had no right to be successful in life, since i am a storyteller and nothing more. I immidiately practiced forgiveness, but can’t help feeling maybe the person is right and I don’t deserve my blessings. Is this true?