Nayaswami Hriman and his wife, Nayaswami Padma, are Spiritual directors of Ananda Washington State. Prior to this, Hriman served as financial director at Ananda Village while Padma helped publish Swami Kriyananda’s books.

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St. Paul and Christianity

Dear Tina, I feel deeply for your questions and anguish. Paramhansa Yogananda said that each culture (and by extension each religion) has its own “misery-making karma.” Hindus have their repressive caste system, for example. (Yogananda explained that the origins of ... Read More

Can One Renounce Worldly Pleasures Yet Serve the Nation?

Dear Utkarsh, Did not Mahatma Gandhi do precisely that: renounce material goals and yet serve the nation? These two goals are not mutually exclusive. Did not Rama and Krishna and countless others do both: they renounced all outward things yet ... Read More

Black Magic

Dear Diana, All that happens to us is, in some way, related to our own past action or association. Those who die in a tragedy, like an airplane crash, can’t possibly all have the individual karma to die in that ... Read More

Can I Prepare for Kriya Yoga and Practice Techniques From Other Sources?

Dear Friend, The now-classic text, The Art and Science of Raja Yoga, was written so as to prepare a student for the subtler technique of kriya yoga. Yet the text does not have all of the preparatory techniques that Paramhansa ... Read More

Meditation and Mental Imbalances

Dear Raja, I am very sorry to hear of your illness, and that you had to cease your meditation practices. I believe your question is whether you can practice Kriya Yoga? First let me say that there is a period ... Read More

To Progress Spiritually, How Do I Get Past Likes and Dislikes?

Dear Friend, There is certainly a difference between not having an interest in a given activity and being unwilling to do it when the opportunity or obligation to do so arises. Since you used the example of dancing and partying, ... Read More

Global Economic Depression

Dear Rush, [I wrote an article on this subject a while back:] For all of the fifty-plus years that Ananda has existed, Swami Kriyananda warned us of impending financial collapse, based on statements made by Paramhansa Yogananda before his ... Read More

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