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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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To Whom Should I Pray?

Dear Friend, Your efforts are admirable and well-inspired — yet thwarted by dividing your concentration and devotion. However, you must remember that God and Divine Mother are equally in not only each of us but also very powerfully in those ... Read More

Using a Timer for Meditation

Dear Kaydee, I’ve used a timer from time to time (pun intended). And, yes, I agree it seems artificial. Here’s what some meditation students ask: “If I only have a certain amount of time to meditate, how will I know ... Read More

Which Mantra Is Best for Peace?

Dear Rajender, The mantra you choose is determined primarily by its effects upon your consciousness. The Gayatri is a mantra for both personal and global enlightenment. It is therefore by definition a prayer for peace. The Mahamantra (Krishna) is a ... Read More

How Do I Protect Myself from People Who Want to Replace My Good Karma With Their Bad Karma?

Dear Nicole, You ask some probing and complex questions about how karma works. It’s easy to say that karma is simply action and effects of action. But beyond that, it isn’t easy at all. Let’s try to tease out some ... Read More

Unsettling Images and Feelings in Meditation

Dear Aramati, The intrusion of subconscious images and memories is one of the side effects of meditation. Our meditation technique and motivation for meditation play key roles in the influence of the subconscious on our meditation. There are several aspects ... Read More

Pressure in the Head During Meditation

Dear Zara, When we first begin meditating, we have to learn progressively and ever more subtly to relax body and mind. Swami Kriyananda, a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and the founder of Ananda’s worldwide work, describes meditation as “an ... Read More

Healing Rituals

Dear Anish, As Krishna teaches us in the Gita, our soul is ever perfect; immortal; free; and blissful. No one can ever harm you unless you allow them to harm you out of fear. The best shield is the shield ... Read More

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