Paramhansa Yogananda used to say, “It is better to do the right thing for the wrong reason, than not to do the right thing at all.”

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Right Action for a Not-So-Good Reason

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from Gaurav Sharma: If social fear keeps me from doing something wrong, is it good? A great personality has said that if you do something out of fear, it does not have any value. But there is another idea that if something makes you do good deeds or prevents you from doing wrong, the nature of the thing does not matter as what…

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How to Change Bad Habits?

Nayaswami Diksha

Question from Sorna Sundaram: I got stuck in a loop of having bad habits that resulted in a pile of regrets. I read motivational books but even after that i fell to my bad desires.In my life what i do is eat,sleep,doing less productive things.Even my parents death didn’t change me.I don’t know how to take ownership of my life. I thought everything will…

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Thoughts Are Universally Rooted

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from RUCHIT: From my spiritual practices i’ve became a lot better person but now an problem has occured with me whenver i’m thinking or lost in thoughts unknowingly i project my thoughts to other people around the area so i don’t want them to hear my thoughts sometimes there are too much personal thoughts what can i do to stop people hearing…

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Clarifying the Meaning of Nishkam Karma

Gurupriya

Question from Kailash: I’ve just started to practice nishkam karma as much as I can, though it can be very difficult at times. The reason is there are some genuine interests of mine such as pursuing a job in some science subject and also a lifelong interest in it. But when doing nishkam karma, is it wrong to pursue such selfish interests? Is…

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How Do We Have Good Thoughts?

Gurupriya

Question from Bina: It is said that karma is the origin of our destiny, so we should do good karma, and thoughts are the origin of our karma, so we should learn to have good thoughts. But though we are forced to learn math, English, history and chemistry, we are not taught what are good thoughts, and how to have them. How do…

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Is It Karma or God’s Answer?

Nayaswami Seva

Question from Pia Chatterjee: When we achieve something, how will we know whether it is a result of our unconscious good karma or God’s answer to our prayer. Another question, I have started meditating around 6 months back. Is it natural that for the first few months for us to break down into tears by remembering our sad past? Tears roll down when I…

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Career vs. Dharma

themis

Question from M.L.: How do I know if the job I have is my dharma? I cannot feel any joy in my heart when I’m at work and dread going to work in the morning. I’m planning to find another job but am scared. Love M.L.

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Where there is Dharma, there is Victory!

Nayaswami Dharmadevi

Question from Max: I have a PhD but my academic career didn’t work out. Now I have a dilemma: if I put the PhD and postdoc years in my CV it will be next to impossible to find a “normal” job like in a supermarket; if I don’t put it I have a big gap in my CV. I think finding a job…

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What is the Right Attitude Toward Those Who Mistreated Us?

themis

Question from FM: What is the right attitude to have towards those that mistreat(ed) us? It is difficult for me to feel love toward them like Swamiji feels toward Daya Mata,for ex. On one hand everything that comes to us is from Divine Mother, on the other it’s from our karma. It is difficult to be grateful for certain hurts and to see…

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Are Resistance and Acceptance Contradictory?

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from w: There are a lot of spiritual teachers that have the path of non-resistance to what IS as a teaching. Accepting everything as it is, without trying to change it, anchored in the Now, etc. In a lot of Master’s teachings there are references to resistance, both of negative thoughts, actions, and many other things. This creates confusion for me, as…