Conscious Families: Awaken Your Child’s Potential


What is your child’s highest potential? Is it achieving good grades and getting a good job? Or is there something more? We want our children to be happy, but what brings true happiness and how do we help our children achieve that? How do we truly prepare and educate our children for a future that is more unknown than ever?

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Spiritual Q&A

How Can I Unblock My Self-Love?

Dear Nadia, Let us first ask whether “self-love” is ego-love or divine-love? How can we love the ego which has its unending ups and downs of positive and not so lovable thoughts and actions? To truly establish “self-love” we must ... Read More

I Think My Nervous System Is Damaged From My Lifestyle. Can Meditation Help Me?

Dear Walter, I turn 70 years old next week, though I still do a little yoga (postures) everyday — but I especially enjoy the Energization Exercises. They make the body feel alive and happy, even when there are aches and ... Read More

What Is Yogananda’s Technique for Learning Super-Concentration?

Dear Sunkoju, You are right, Yogananda used the term “Super-concentration,” just as he used “Super-relaxation” and “Super-living.” He explained the technique you are mentioning in the following way: HOW TO DEVELOP THE POWER OF SUPER-CONCENTRATION SPECIAL EXERCISE In the morning, ... Read More

Can Meditation Cure Bodily Diseases?

Dear Venkateswararao, The short answer is: yes, meditation can cure bodily disease. But how does this happen? Meditation helps us to consciously open to God’s presence. The more open we are, the more freely God’s healin­g energy can flow int­­o ... Read More

While Meditating I Saw a Spirit and a Headache Started. Why?

Dear Raja, It is not easy to know if that headache came from an inner tension in you, or if you actually perceived something disharmonious outside in that temple. In other words it could be that what you felt there, ... Read More

I See the Spiritual Eye When My Brain Is in an Alpha State. I Don’t Want to See It Anymore.

Dear Crystal, I wonder if you are seeing the true spiritual eye which appears when we have tuned deeply into Divine consciousness. You might be instead seeing something that is actually part of a subconscious state. The state that you ... Read More

I Struggle With Both Worldly and Spiritual Life. I’m Also Having Trouble Committing to One Path.

Dear Sean, So many choices! Yours is an instance where the practice, “Chop wood and carry water,” comes in handy. As Lahiri Mahasaya put it long ago, “Banat, banat, ban jai!” [Doing, doing, soon done!] To use another example: It ... Read More

How Do I Find Direction in My Life?

Dear Luisa, I am guessing you might be a young person nearing or just entering adulthood who is seeking to live life from higher consciousness and looking for spiritual guidance. Since you have addressed your question to representatives of Ananda ... Read More

Do Medications Interfere with Meditation?

Dear Patrick, What I have learned about medications such as these is that they remain very experimental and their results vary widely, and not necessarily consistently, over periods of years. This is not a criticism, because I know of numerous ... Read More

How Can I Be Selfless, But Not Overdo It?

Dear Leah, As so many others have shared (including the famous prayer by St. Francis), we can’t control the reactions and responses of others. Our duty is to ourselves and our own reactions. Examine yourself inwardly, asking, “Why do I ... Read More

When Was “The Holy Science” Published?

Dear Toby, I believe (though I’m not certain) that the book was published first in Bengali with the title Kaivalya Darsanam. Sri Yukteswar says it was printed by one of his disciples in Kidderpore (in Kolkata). The earliest English edition ... Read More

What Is this Happiness I Feel During Meditation?

Dear Babji, The bliss that you describe in meditation comes from your soul as you reunite with your source, the Divine Presence also called God. From that place you are able to see this Presence vibrating at the center of ... Read More

Are Yogananda’s Teachings Hinduism, Or Something Else?

Dear Lisa, Thank you for sharing your experience. We’re so glad you’re finding a support for your beliefs and practices in the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda. Perhaps you have read his Autobiography of a Yogi? Yes, these teachings are based ... Read More

My Boyfriend Saw a Hellish Spirit at a Cemetery. What Was It?

Dear Meg, Is your boyfriend given to vivid imagination or fantasy? Sometimes, in such cases it is the subconscious mind which can show us such things which appear amazingly real. They come from the same source as our dream pictures. ... Read More

I Am Married with Troubles. Should I Divorce?

Dear Sven, Yes, there is only one Self, which is your true You, and which is, in the highest realization Brahman (God) itself. But down here, when you are still in the little self, a husband and a father, the ... Read More

My Family Quarrels About Trivial Things, Also Because I Constantly Express My Opinions

Dear Koyal, Situations like this are never just one person’s fault. You have your part in it and so do the other family members. Everyone needs to learn something important in it. But yes, you can start to reform only ... Read More

It Feels Like a Warm Fluid Is Rising from the Base of My Spine. What Is This?

Dear Sandeep, Your inner energy is awakening and rising. This is extremely beneficial as long as there is never a burning sensation. A “mildly hot fluid” is good. See if in time you don’t feel a blissful sensation with this ... Read More

I Am Married, Yet I Feel Attracted to Another

Dear Friend, Your dilemma is as old as humanity. I will paraphrase the teachings of old: “That which, at first, seems unpleasant and difficult, in the end, becomes sweet. That which, at first, seems delightful and pleasing, in the end, ... Read More

When Is the Best Time to Meditate?

Dear Abhijit, Yogananda recommends meditating twice a day. Most important is the regularity of our meditation — daily if possible. The length of our meditation increases as we go deeper into our practice, so 10-15 minutes length is a good ... Read More

Can I Ask My Guru to Use My Body to Pay Off My Karmic Debt?

Dear Andy, It has long been offered as perennial wisdom to “Be careful what you ask (pray) for!” Jesus put it this way: “Sufficient unto the day are the troubles thereof.” (Don’t go asking for trouble!) Remember the folktale about ... Read More

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What is a Soul?

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