Start to meditate

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Question from rajesh: How to start the spiritual quest?

Distracting thoughts

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Question from Janine Johnson: Hi!!!! Oh this is so great! I have been a PY student for a few years now. Although I meditate at least once a day, I do not do the Energization Exercises but I do try to do yoga at bare minimum every other day. I have many q’s about meditation though. Lately I have been feeling distracted. I try…

Meditation technique

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Question from Prashant Malik: For the past 4 months I am practicing the hong sau technique(not regularly) but I am continuously facing a problem. Each time I concentrate on my breath I become very restless. I have to force air to get in my lungs I feels as if something inside me is resisting the flow of air & as soon as I start…

Prayer

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Question from Casey: I know we are supposed to chant or meditate without focusing on anything of material concern, however, is it considered wrong to ask for help for others who are suffering during meditation or japa? (I use the Hare Krishna mantra.)A friend is battling anorexia at this point, and simple prayer is difficult, because I am unsure what to pray for.

Meet Swami Kriyananda

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Question from Priyanka: Jai Guru, I dont know if its appropriate to ask this or not , Is there a way to meet Swmai Kriyananda in person .?

Spiritual Names

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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?

Relationships

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Question from Dm.: Hi! How to have relationships with people you don’t like? Colleagues, relatives and others that you did not actively choose to be around. Is it better to seek other company (like Ananda guys)or try "to see good traits" in the ones you have to socialize with right now? Thanks!

How can I reconnect with a departed soul?

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Question from SHARMISTHA: I recently lost my brother. Can I reconnect with his soul daily? Can I talk to him everyday and get his responses?

Service and the spiritual path

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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.

Karma and Reincarnation

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Question from vaishu: I know that birth and death is a cycle, and everyone has to go through it. I have lost my beloved one very unexpectedly, and I’m not able to cope with the thought that I will never be able to see him again. Where is he in the Astral world? Has he taken birth again? If the law of karma…