Paramhansa Yogananda says that the astral world is a world of light, energy, and vibrations, to which we return after physical death and from which we come each time we are re-born into a physical body.

Some might call this place Heaven, but there are many levels of the astral world.

As Jesus says: “In my Father’s house are many mansions.” Some “mansions” or levels are places of great beauty, color, music, and joy. Some are darker. None are permanent, but simply a place for us to rest and re-charge our batteries for our next incarnation.

You can learn more about the astral world in Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda

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Astral Breath

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Rajeev Jayaram: The Gita says the exhaled breath is offered into the inhaled breath. And this is Kriya I believe. So my question is using our body when we inhale we are breathing out in the Astral spine and when we exhale using our body, we breath in through the astral spine, which means we are linking the astral and the material…

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A Dream of a Ghost/Spirit

Nayaswami Savitri

Question from Patricia: I have a question and only because I believe in the spiritual and my husband does not, I found it strange. He said he had a dream (we were in Mexico) that a ghost/spirit had come and grabbed my arm and put its mark on me. I found that a little unsettling. Is there some sort of significance or am…

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What You Are Experiencing Is the Astral Body

Joseph Puru Selbie

Question from ruchit: during my spiritual practice i.e when i do my spiritual work i suddenly feel cold sensation on my whole body it’s like not too much cold but when it occurs all of my hairs on my hands stands up i.e become erect and also it starts from lower to upper body it ends at top of my head i.e above…

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Is There an Unhappy Spirit in My Home?

Nayaswami Savitri

Question from Sonia: Hey, How do you know if someone is trying to communicate with you? It seems as though every time I cry about the same thing, that night something happens. Such as my bracelet got snapped in my bathroom, my chair moved in the kitchen, and I get cold chills as though something walks through me. My boyfriend stayed over last…

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What is the Astral World?

Nayaswami Savitri

Question from Justin: What is the astral world, how does it relate to us as humans on the spiritual path, and is it the highest level of evolution that we seek to evolve?

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My Mother Is Bitter. How Can I Help Her?

Asha Nayaswami

Question from Carina: I saw Swami Kriyananda’s video “What Happens After Death” and now I am worried about my mother’s “afterlife”. She doesnt believe in God and became a very bitter and difficult person. I can feel her unhappiness but can’t get through to her. I love her and I know that she has a kind heart underneath. I always believed that angels…

Astral world

/ˈastrəl wərld/

A world of energy rather than physical matter made of vibrations of light and color, where most physical beings go after death and before reincarnating. It is also full of astral beings, and is hundreds of times larger and more beautiful and joyous than the physical world.

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The Channels of the Astral Spine

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from John Edwards: Could you please explain the functioning of the Vajra,Chitra, and the Brahmanadi ?

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The Astral World and Ghosts

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from Simon: The most difficult question maybe: Are you -and Yogananda itself- mixed up in the illusions of the afterlife (astral world)?. I ask, because a friend of mine claims to have Yogananda as “ghostleader”. She is not lying. She can’t say whether he is the real Yog. or an astral imitation! I would love to hear, what you think or “know”…

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Astral projection

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from Dean Opseth: Do members of the Ananda community practice and openly discuss astral projection? Self Realization Fellowship guidelines discourage Kriya students to veer from the path Yogananda has laid out for them; however, astral projection (both technique and theory) seems to have such a vital potential towards one’s spiritual development.