Category Archive: Q&A with Swami Swaroopananda

If The World Is Illusion, What Is The Purpose Of Science?

Swami Swaroopananda Q&A: World: Real, Unreal or Both?

Q: If everything is Brahman, is there really any such thing as an individual’s past life? Or is there really just a collective evolution? Answer: Both exist, but we first need to understand that many systems of philosophy have appeared within India. There are different points of view, and different ways that Ultimate Reality is …

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What Is the Relationship Between Grace and Karma?

Swami Swaroopananda Q&A: Learning to Distinguish the Real from the Illusory

As Printed in Yoga Life – Summer 2013  [Download the PDF here] Q: How does one cultivate viveka? Answer: Viveka means discrimination, or the ability to correctly discern one thing from another. For instance, when we go to the market, what do we do? We look for the good vegetables, which go into our basket, …

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How to Become Fearless & Develop Confidence

Swami Swaroopananda Q&A: Individual Karma vs Collective Karma

Q: Will a person who lives a pure, peaceful and spiritual life still be affected by the collective negative karma associated with the time and place in which they live? Answer: Yes, of course. Think about the sinking of the Titanic. There were many different kinds of people on the Titanic – evil people, normal …

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What Must Be Done to Achieve Samadhi?

Swami Swaroopananda Q&A: When the “Logical” Decision Is Not So Logical

Q: What if we think we have made a mistaken life decision? Is it actually a mistake? Answer: Sometimes at an early stage in life we make a mistake. We make what at the time seems to be a logical decision. Sometimes society is pushing us, sometimes the parents, sometimes our considerations are mistaken. For …

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Is There a Path of Yoga at Which No One Can Fail?

Swami Swaroopananda Q&A: Let the Law of Karma Be Your Guide

Q: If a person has suffered evil at the hands of another, and they hate that person, what is the best way to get rid of that anger? Answer: The best way to approach it is to have a practical understanding of the law of karma. If you understand karma, you will never hate another …

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