Touch of Love – Releasing February 2020

by Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi

“We, and the very fabric of the atoms, are made from love and joy, and our hearts will never rest until we are reunited with that reality,” said author, Nayaswami Jyotish. When we welcome the presence of love into our lives, our entire existence is born anew.

After the success of their first two books, Touch of Light and Touch of Joy, Nayaswamis Jyotish and Devi return to accompany us on the journey of the heart — answering the call of true, unconditional love. This book is a compilation of weekly letters they posted in 2017 and 2018 to their popular blog, A Touch of Light. The letters are filled with spiritual teachings as practical as they are profound, faithfully shared in the spirit of their beloved guru, Paramhansa Yogananda, and his direct disciple, Swami Kriyananda.

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Spiritual Q&A

How Do I Conquer Leftover Karma and Live a Life of Joy?

Dear Pooja, Thank you for your heartfelt question on how to remain strong in daily life. It is wonderful that you have the desire to hold to God. You are already creating a blessed life. Drawing upon inner strength and ... Read More

Does God Help to Reduce Our Suffering?

Dear Niraj, Yogananda-ji said he would sometimes argue with Divine Mother saying, in effect: “You (Mother) have created this illusion that tricks us into thinking it is real (and as a result, we suffer), you must free us!” But as ... Read More

How Do Yogis Consciously Leave Their Bodies?

Dear Peter, To leave one’s body consciously one most have learned the art of consciously stopping the breath. The breath is the cord that binds the soul to the body. Breathlessness is learned by avanced pranayama techniques such as Kriya ... Read More

How to Control Subconscious Impulses and Outbursts

Dear Carolyn, In the human mind there exists a large reservoir, a giant lake, wherein is hidden impressions, memories, the trace residue of countless impressions caused by one’s actions, emotions, thoughts and sense impressions. Compared to it, the conscious mind ... Read More

If I Dream It, Will It Come True?

Dear Simran, Our dreams are most often products of patterns in our subconscious and may incorporate threads of recent or distant events, or even past lives. Sometimes nightmares happen during times of stress, emotional difficulties, or illness but not necessarily. ... Read More

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Karma

Dear Friend, Thank you for your question and thank you for this great service. It is much appreciated by your patients and not necessarily acknowledged. The individual karma and subsequent lessons are very individual. What is a lesson for one ... Read More

Is Eating Meat and Fish Wrong Spiritually?

Dear Vandana, In the Christian Bible, Jesus Christ is challenged to account for the behavior of his followers who violated one of the dietary rules of orthodox Judaism of his time. His response was, “It is not what goes into ... Read More

If I Deviate From My Duties, Will It Have a Disastrous Effect?

Dear Ashutosh, One by one, here are the answers to your questions: Both the states of happiness and distress have been created by the performer of the duty, meaning by you and me. We have created our own thought patterns, ... Read More

I Feel Sad. What Is the Purpose of Life?

Dear Friend, Thank you for your question. The feeling of being lost and anxious seems to be something that is very prevalent in many lives in modern society. At the same time you are lucky to want to find the ... Read More

Now That I Meditate, I Feel Uncomfortable When People Complain. Why?

Dear Vicentiu, This is a transition phase. When we meditate, we become more subtle, more receptive, and also, at times, more sensitive in the outside world. It can be that noises disturb us more than before, or worldly vibrations, or ... Read More

Location of the Spiritual Eye, or Ajna Chakra

Dear Tusha, Chakras, including the ajna (or agya) chakra, also referred to as the 6th chakra, are spinal energy centers —  elements of our astral or energy body. They do have their counterparts in the physical body, but directing our attention ... Read More

Doesn’t Self-Control Lead to Suppression and Repression?

Dear Tesla, This is a good question. Basically yes, Yogananda teaches self-control. But he wouldn’t ask you to do what you are not ready for. For example, asking a person to practice complete sexual self-control, when he is not ready ... Read More

Can Gems and Crystals Enhance Our Meditations?

Dear Alex, Correct: Yogananda recommended the Three Metal Bangle and jewels (Navaratna, or nine-gem, is great) to strengthen our auras, which protects us from planetary influences and karmic consequences of past actions. I include the explanation below, from the Autobiography ... Read More

How Can I Keep My Spine Straight for Meditation?

Dear Alex, Your trouble with keeping the spine straight in meditation is common. Often the problem is weak back muscles due to poor posture and too much sitting, just as you say. Postural supports of various types can help, and ... Read More

I Am Experiencing Recurring Financial Turbulence. What Can I Do?

Dear Ashish, This is not an easy question to answer. We would have to discover the cause of this repeated event to eliminate its symptoms. What is it? It could be many things: Is it a negative karmic pattern in ... Read More

I See a Golden Ring Around a Blue Pupil and in the Center a White Light. What Is It?

Dear Myriam, The golden, blue, and white lights that you experience do describe the spiritual (or third) eye. The spiritual eye is the name for the positive pole of the 6th or ajna chakra located at the point between the ... Read More

My Fears Come True

Dear SamSing, Fear has attractive power. Whatever we fear we magnetically pull to us. It may also be that your fear is mixed with a degree intuition, because you meditate, or because of a certain predisposition. Anyway, true intuition always ... Read More

How to Have More Effective Sleep Habits

Dear Sreekanth, Thank you for your question. Balance in all areas of our life as a devotee is important. Sometimes a problem exists as an opportunity to push us to change something in our lifestyle toward a solution. Here are ... Read More

Kobe Bryant’s Helicopter Crash: Was It the Karma of the Vehicle Itself?

Hi Rush, Yes, I have read about it. It really seems tragic. But is it? For those remaining behind, yes, but for those who have left, it might not be at all. Often death is a release. Usually it comes ... Read More

I Don’t Feel Like Doing Anything but Staring at the Spiritual Eye

Dear Apoorv, This is a most beneficial situation and a good sign. There is a lot of energy flowing upwards, which makes your eyes fix at the spiritual eye. Marvelous. Every time you look there, you stimulate Christ Consciousness or ... Read More

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