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Japa and Chanting at Ananda

Nayaswami Sahaja

Question from Anthony: Hello, Is japa or chanting out loud the different names for God like Aum as a practice accepted in Ananda? I find it helps me to have better meditations when I do, along with affirmations and prayers. Thanks for your help Anthony

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Music that Raises – or Lowers – the Emotions

David Eby

Question from Alan: Why is it that I get easily moved by some secular music, like soft rock and others, but when I listen to spiritual hymns, chants and kirtans I don’t feel very moved by it? Does this mean that I am not really very spiritual?

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Best Time of Day to Meditate?

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Sudhin: I get up at 3 am and sleep at 9:30 pm. What is the best time for me to meditate?

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Sensations during chanting

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from Jeff: During chanting / meditation I sank into a state defined by very short breaths/ barely breathing, and I could feel my whole body pulsating. Is that normal?