Ask Asha

Heartfelt Answers to Everyday Dilemmas on the Spiritual Path
by Asha Praver

A few words from the author . . .

The dilemmas raised and resolved here are from truth seekers around the world, sent to the Ask Asha feature of my website. Even when the answer meanders through many aspects of the
spiritual path, all have a practical immediacy not always present in mere theoretical discussions.

Perhaps you’ve never faced these exact situations: Giving up a child for adoption, trying to forgive a philandering spouse, facing the death of a beloved pet—to name a few included here. Still, all of us have suffered guilt, disappointment, heartbreak, and anxiety about the state of the world. The details may differ from what you face, but the solutions will still prove to be of value.

My own spiritual training has come over four decades of life in the Ananda communities guided by Swami Kriyananda, a disciple of the Indian guru, Paramhansa Yogananda.

Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi is a textbook for those seeking a spiritual rather than merely a religious life. Religion too often is about dogma and form. Spirituality is the consciousness with which we live. The cutting edge of learning is when high ideals are tested in the cold light of day.

The Ananda communities are not remote monasteries sheltering a world-renouncing few, but active centers of work and service, home to people in all stages of life. Marriage, children, money, education, creative work—all aspects of life must be faced and resolved in a spiritual way.

May the solutions offered—and the deep learning that inspired them—be for you, as they have been for me, the doorway to happiness.

Asha Praver

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