Yet there is something even more important for our sadhana than the surrounding beauty, …read more
This section contains a large variety of spiritual answers covering topics that are relevant to seekers of all ages and backgrounds.
You will find answers about relationships, living in the world, the guru-disciple relationship, as well as answers regarding specific practices, scriptures, mantras, and deities.
Enlightenment: A Special Dialog with Swamiji
Reading about the lives of saints and sages, we learn about the exalted states they reached through their devotion and wisdom. They are said to have experienced the highest realization, with absolute conviction that they too were embodiments of God.
What is this state called enlightenment? How do we attain it? We talked to Swamiji to find out the …read more
Questions and Answers with Swamiji: The Shakti Peethas
Through the years, Swami Satyananda Saraswati has facilitated question and answer sessions with devotees from around the world.
In this session, He shares His wisdom …read more
Increase Sadhana, Decrease Worldly Attachment!
Listen in to this captivating video as Swamiji explains how increasing our sadhana will decrease our worldly attachments! He states that the more we give, the more we get back, and that nature will eventually reciprocate our giving by taking care of us. Read on! Question: How will Shiva help us on the spiritual path? […]
The family is the altar upon which human life is measured. Cultivating a spiritual approach to family life is Dharma. Shree Maa and Swamiji present expert advice in living the Dharma of a spiritually rich family life.
Shivaratri Questions and Answers with Swamiji
Abhishekam Question: Please inform me as to the order of Abhishekam for Shivaratri. There are milk, yogurt, honey and ghee baths. What time of day or night do they occur? Swamiji Says: The order is correct. We will perform four times. The first will start at 5 PM. We start early because of the number […]
Pranayama and Chanting
Pranayama Question: Could Shree Maa/Swamiji suggest any exercises, breathing exercises, mantras to aide with some of the unusual symptoms of awakening? Swamiji Says: Deep, rhythmic pranayam according to the 1-4-2 ratio will be very helpful. Continue to raise the energy up to the Ajna chakra. Question: I find it difficult at times to maintain pranayama. […]
Family Wealth Presentation
Family Wealth shows us how to calculate the wealth of a family, how to prioritize the allocations of that wealth, and how to insure the equitable distribution for subsequent generations to understand the true value of Wealth. This is an especially valuable tool in the worship of Mother Lakshmi.
Topics covered in this Question and Answer session with Swamiji:
- Sitting with a straight spine
- Swastika Asana and Siddhasana
- Proper asana
- Sadhana on a bed
- Different kinds of asanas
- Performing sadhana on a bed
Devi Gita Question: Why should the sadhak chant the Devi Gita? Swamiji Says: Watch and hear Swamiji’s answer by clicking on this icon: . Lalita Trishati Question: In the Purva Bhaga, Lalita Trishati, Verse 27, only the knowledge of the names will be imparted, and not the effects. Why not the effects? Swamiji Says: Watch […]
Converting to Hinduism Question: What is the process for conversion to Hinduism? Swamiji Says: Eliminate all conflict from your life, always engage in truthful and pure behavior; love wisdom, respect all teachers, and regularly practice some form of devotional meditation. Hinduism as a Global Culture Question: What part are you and Shree Maa playing in […]
Shiva Worship Questions
Advanced Shiva Puja: Bahya Matrka Nyasa Question: In the Advanced Shiva Puja, when one is doing the bahya matrika nyasa “backwards”, should all the actions be in reverse, i.e., om ksam namah…..throat to sternum? Swamiji Says: Yes, they are done in reverse in both the bahya nyasa and in the matrika nyasa in the chakras. […]
Navagraha Worship Questions
The Navagraha Puja which is included in the Cosmic Puja is a powerful way to propitiate the planetary influences in our lives….
Durga Worship Questions
~~OM~~ Dhyanam to Durga In the Dhyanam to Durga, the twelfth sloka, Chanda appears to be translated both as passion and as fear, as in “The Terrible Slayer of Passion” and “She Who Tears Apart Fear,” respectively. How are these descriptions related? Swamiji says: Passion, fear, desire – these are all inseparably connected. Whatever we […]
Santoshi Maa Worship Questions
I’m about halfway through performing the 16-week Santoshi Mata fast,and now am starting to get a little worried about how I will be able to get the udyapan performed to conclude the fast. I am supposed to feed eight boys with kheer and gram curry and be sure that none of them eats any sour […]
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