Category Archive: Q&A with Swami Swaroopananda

Swami Swaroopananda Q&A: Follow Your True Calling And Do No Harm

Swami Swaroopananda

Q: Why is it important to follow our true callings or use the gifts we incarnate with, even if we are working full time in areas that sustain us financially but drain us spiritually? What happens if this conflict cannot be resolved? Answer: There are scientists who say that this is all a glorious accident, …

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How to Increase the Power of Concentration

Swami Swaroopananda Q&A: Practice Yoga While Living in the World

Q: Many of us in the Yoga Teachers Training Course either are or will be householders. Can we stay on the path of enlightenment and raise kids at the same time? Answer: Householders definitely can study and practice yoga. In fact, the sadhana for those leading a family life – what they are practicing – …

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What Is The Relationship Between Grace And Karma?

Swami Swaroopananda Q&A: What does it mean to go beyond virtue?

Swamiji discusses the relationship between virtue, non-virtue and karma, as well as the need to go beyond the spiritual ignorance of false appearances that lead to suffering.

Swami Swaroopananda Q&A: How to have perfect love in the world?

Swamiji discusses being in the world while simultaneously being the silent observer of consciousness, elaborating that the very nature of consciousness is unconditional love.

The Difference Between Controlling and Suppressing Anger

March 18, 2010 Location: Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas Q: What is the practical difference between controlling anger as Swami Sivananda taught, and suppressing it in a way that it can continue to affect the person subconsciously? A: According to the teaching of yoga, the main cause of anger is obstructed or …

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Swami Swaroopananda Q&A: To Realize the Self You First Must Become Selfless

Q: What would be the most practical advice for one who wants to realize the Self? Answer: First of all, we need to keep in mind that it is incorrect to say that only a few, rare people have the desire to realize the Self, to know their own essential nature. The truth is that …

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How Do We Develop Courage to Face the Unknown?

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, and we leave the bad vegetables there. We do the same with good fruit and bad fruit. When …

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