One of the most common mistakes on the spiritual path is to equate progress with psychic phenomena of various kinds. Visions, voices, and other mental or psychic phenomena are no sign in themselves of genuine exaltation of consciousness.

The basis of all true progress is right attitude. If you are becoming more kind, more self-giving, more calm, you may be sure that you are progressing whether you see visions or not.


Does Seeing Spirits Mean That My Third Eye Is Open?

Nayaswami Savitri

Question from Rosa Estelle Chiu: I am a 58-year-old female. For 3 years I have been able to see silhouettes of Holy Spirits. I can talk to them through my mind and see Souls, too. Is my 3rd eye open? A priest told me I am gifted. How can I develop these blessings


Joy Is Beyond Phenomena

Nayaswami Gyandev

Question from vinod kumar dudani: I have started practcising Hong-sau technique since Jan.2017. I do follow the technique honestly and reach the state of breathlessness which prolong to 30-45 seconds but at this stage I feel my bowels are filled with air. Is it natural or unnatural? My second question is that during Hong-sau practice, I some time visualise a flow of black clouds with…


Living with Master

Nayaswami Dharmarajan

Question from Kailash: Hello and a very Happy New Year to all the 1,000 or more saints at Ananda! My question is what is the best way to offer everything I do at the feet of God and Master this year (and all years)? How can I be more devotional in thought as well as action? What should I do to stay focused…


“Seeing” Our Loved Ones Who Have Passed

Nayaswami Savitri

Question from RE: A few times a year I speak with my aunt who lives overseas. This week she confided in me that every few nights she “sees” her two closest loved ones that have passed. Both her husband and son passed at rather young ages as a result of illness due to alcohol consumption (both were very much loved). I include all…


How to Handle a Restless Mind in Meditation

Tyagi Jayadev

Question from shraboni pathak: Dear Sir, I’ve been practicing meditation for the last 7 years but of late I can’t concentrate, let alone meditate. I can’t control my thoughts and am restless. This is very disturbing because the whole day I feel very bad about it and gradually I’m getting disconnected with my self. Please help me to regain my composure and be able…


Money and Spirituality

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Sujeet: Dear Members, I want to know if money and spirituality go hand in hand. Can a person be spiritual and rich by using Ananda Yoga. Yes of course he/she has to work for the money. Is it possible to make the path smoother by practicing kriya yoga to attract both money and spirituality ? Thanks, Sujeet


Who Is My mother? Who Is My father?


Question from sai parvathi v: My problem is that, i feel that i should have no conflicts with people around me (my parents) and no emotional blocks mounting in my heart to grow spiritually. Unfortunately, i have so many things, that i want to talk to my parents. But they are not the listening type. When i speak, they immediately try to contradict what i…


An Ugly Divorce

Asha Nayaswami

Question from Sandilion: How is it possible to forgive or to let go of fear and anger when the person who hurt you continues, deliberately and unrelentingly, to do so? An ugly divorce, in which I did my utmost to remain civilized, has devolved into guerilla warfare where my ex uses our kids to “stick it to me.” Particularly when my children are…

A Place Called Ananda, Meditation, Spiritual Growth

When Your Spiritual Progress Seems Too Slow…

About 45 years ago, I spent two and a half years paralyzed from the chest down. The neurosurgeons tried unsuccessfully to remove a cyst that was compressing my spinal cord, and a year of physical therapy brought no improvement, but a second surgery succeeded, and I gradually recovered the use of my legs. I’ve had a wonderful life, so don’t…


Is the Law of Karma Different for a Young Person?

Nayaswami Savitri

Question from PTP: Do law of karma acknowledge act as misdeed or immoral(which is actually) in persons life which he performed during his age of 10 year to 15 year? He/she is not only matured physically nor mentally so to understand that such act are immoral.On attaining maturity and attaining mental as well as spiritual development looking at past worried about its outcome.They…