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Co-Director of the Ananda Meditation Teacher Training ®, Director of Ananda Yoga®, Level 2 Ananda Yoga teacher, E-RYT 500, Raja Yoga Teacher, Spiritual Travel Host, Writer and Lecturer, Ananda Minister.

Nayaswami Gyandev combines a fun-loving spirit, keen insight into the spiritual life, and genuine warmth, making the inner quest seem both natural and doable. Since 1983 he has taught Ananda Yoga to thousands of students and trained hundreds of teachers around the world, often forging deep and lasting bonds of friendship and inspiration.

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Must Kundalini Rise in Order for Me to Grow Spiritually?

Dear Arundeep, Rising consciousness and rising Kundalini go hand in hand: The higher states of consciousness — above all, nirbikalpa samadhi, which is the highest state — cannot be attained unless the Kundalini energy rises. As Swami Kriyananda noted in The Art and Science ... Read More

Is It Bad to Doubt God?

Dear AO, Paramhansa Yogananda emphasized that only through your own direct experience can you know whether God exists. Reading, listening, and reasoning might convince you that God exists, but that is mere conviction, not knowledge. Until you experience God yourself, ... Read More

Can Karma Yoga Take Us to Samadhi?

Dear Ashutosh, Karma Yoga, when practiced in its fullness, is indeed a path to the ultimate states of consciousness. An excellent step toward that is as you put it, “sincere and pure work” and “carrying out oneself’s and others’ welfare.” ... Read More

Why Don’t I Meditate Regularly Anymore?

Dear Piu, Almost everyone feels a similar challenge, especially when their lives are as full as yours. So let’s explore how to recapture your meditation habit. First, think in terms of short meditations. It’s easy to think, “Well, I can’t ... Read More

What Does It Mean to “Live in the Spine”?

Dear Harshvardhan, That is a small question with a large answer! Yes, we do want to feel the energy in the spine and at the spiritual eye. To make the most of it, however, we need to do much more ... Read More

Are Intimate Relationships Worthwhile, Spiritually?

Dear Chris, Intimate relationships can be powerful aids to spiritual growth — if we go about them in a spiritual way: not to pursue human (egoic) love but to learn unconditional love, which as you noted, means loving everyone equally. While sincerely ... Read More

Can We Practice Kriya Yoga in the Astral World?

Good plan, Frank. Theoretically, one could practice Kriya in the astral world. After all, Kriya works primarily with energy, and the astral world is a world of energy. But there’s a catch: If you have Kriya now, that suggests that ... Read More

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