Kriya Yoga : Royal Path to Self Realization
The fundamental thesis of Kriya Yoga is that we are a miniature version of the whole cosmos, a microcosm ― an evolving universe within the macrocosmic world.
The all-pervading supreme Creator is hiding within us and activating every action through the breath ― hence the name “kriya”; any work kri, is being done by the power of the indwelling soul ya. The various cosmic forces controlling ether, air, fire, water, and earth also control the kinds of work, namely, religious activities, relationships, food, progeny, and earning money performed by the human body. Yoga is the means of conjoining this correspondence between microcosm and macrocosm ― realizing the truth behind the union of individual self and the supreme Self.
The science of Kriya Yoga has a divine origin and was not created by the human intellect. The modern revival for this ancient meditation method began in 1861 with Mahavatar Babaji and has been handed down to the current Kriya lineage of masters directly through the master-disciple method of teaching.
The royal path of Kriya Yoga consists of a vast array of teachings with varied approaches to it. One angle looks at it as a process beginning with self-introspection through breath control. By cultivating the three divine qualities of light, vibration, and sound during concentration, posture, and breathing techniques, a seeker is able to penetrate the deepest levels of the unconscious mind. Twin processes of purification ensue through diligent practice.
Firstly, the mind is calmed and freed from internal chatter by developing the practice of feeble breath. Secondly, the very process of observation of pulsation and vibration in the body enables a seeker to eradicate the bondage of subtle desires. Further cultivation of the triple divine qualities leads to a chiseled concentration, or one-pointedness of mind, thereby preparing the seeker to explore awareness without thoughts and inner truth.
We are mired in delusion, illusion, and error due to the duality of creation. Those seeking liberation from the phenomenal suffering and misery arising from ignorance, desire, and faulty action should be able to discover their blissful nature, realizing that the supreme almighty Creator is hiding within and is the Self of all beings. Kriya Yoga provides the quickest means to unfold this lurking truth and unravel the deepest mysteries of godhood from within.
The Science of Kriya Yoga
A sincere spiritual seeker who follows the path of Kriya Yoga with love and devotion and a desire for spiritual growth can attain Self-realization — even within one lifetime. This powerful yoga is a manifestation of the many yogas described in the Bhagavad Gita, but primarily it derives from:
- Karma Yoga — detachment from the fruits of actions in the world, and more importantly, from the inner activity of the mind
- Jnana Yoga — a disciplined intellect acquires spiritual knowledge, and this wisdom creates freedom through detachment from the fruits of actions
- Bhakti Yoga — unconditional love is awakened by gratitude and by the joy arising from the oneness with all creation, which is cosmic consciousness
A Simple, Non-Sectarian Technique
Kriya Yoga is non-sectarian. Its simple technique causes no hardship, requires no austerities, and suits aspiring householders as well as monks. From the principles of Karma Yoga, Kriya Yoga teaches that all action, kri, is done by the indwelling soul, ya. Continuous awareness of the power of the indwelling soul can transform all activity into worship. Awareness that the soul must inhale every breath leads to mind control and liberation.
The Kriya technique emphasizes the relationship between breath and mind. The breath influences the mind and vice-versa. This reciprocal relationship reveals the secret of controlling the mind: "Breath control is self-control. Breath mastery is self-mastery. Breathlessness is deathlessness." The breathless state of samadhi is the realization of the Absolute.
Direct Transmission From Teacher to Student Kriya Yoga is a golden opportunity to reach higher states of consciousness and change your life, by developing the body, mind, intellect, and awareness of the soul. It is a quick and easy path. Kriya Yoga techniques are passed down from master to disciple, master to aspirant, teacher to student.
No written document records when the ancient tradition of Kriya Yoga began. This spiritual technique has been practiced by saints, seers, and sages from time immemorial. The rishis (seers) of the Upanishads, Shri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita, Maharshi Patanjali in his Yoga Sutra, and many other masters of yoga practiced and taught this scientific method through the ages.
Kriya Yoga is a powerful tool to be used by seekers of all religions in order to hasten spiritual development. Adi Shankara in the Viveka Chudamani described three things that are very rare in this world: to have a human birth, to have desire for liberation, and to have the company of a great soul and realized master.