Kriya Yoga

One of the books that rocked the world and changed millions of lives is “Autobiography of a Yogi”. The author of the book, Sri Paramahansa Yogananda was a disciple of Sri Yukteswar Giri, whose guru was Lahiri Mahasaya. Lahiri Mahasaya was a disciple of Babaji.

Babaji, a realized master, is said to be alive since two thousand years. His abode is in the Himalayan region of Tehri Garhwal. Even to this day he appears to a fortunate few. He is beyond time and distance. He can appear anywhere in the form of light body.

As the yoga taught by Bhagawan to Lord Surya began to decline with time, the great soul Babaji revived it in the modern times. This practice is known as ‘Kriya Yoga’, which is to be learnt from a Guru. Twelve years of virtuous practice of Kriya Yoga makes the body fit to have the vision of God.

The important part of Kriya Yoga is Kriya Kundalini Pranayama. Through this practice, the nerves and Chakras in the spine are activated and sadhaka hears Omkara and sees light in the eyebrow center. All vital energy centers in his body are activated.

In Kriya Yoga there are five steps. Most of the practice is done with the first Kriya initiation itself. According to the progress of the sadhaka higher initiations are given. A few will have visions of Parama Gurus, through whom higher initiations may be given.

The important aspects of the first initiation include Talavya Kriya, Khechari Mudra, Chakra Japa, Kriya Kundalini Pranayama, Nabhi Kriya and Shanmukhi Mudra. For these, the recitation of Soham and meditation on Ajna Chakra become helpers. Maha Mudra and Shambhavi Mudra are important techniques.

With good practice of the above kriyas a person develops bright aura in his face. His eyes become very bright. His nature becomes pleasant. He can hear Omkara in his sadhana.

Between his eyebrows (Bhrumadhya), he can visualize a five cornered star with a white dot in the middle. With the aid of this star, he can travel to many worlds beyond.

This practice, through being completely absorbed in the sound of Om, takes a sadhaka into the states of Savikalpa and Nirvikalpa Samadhi. Many yogic powers such as vision of seers, knowing past lives, clairvoyance, clairaudience etc, are gained by this practice without necessarily desiring for them.

But this sadhana has a few dangers. One of them is growing Ego. I know many Kriya Yoga practitioners in whom I have seen ego growing in them a lot. They do not display any signs of refinement in their behavior. There are reasons for this. They do not practice the Kriya Sadhana till the end which is the reason for their state. Many stop after obtaining only a limited depth in their practice. Due to this reason their causal body is not purified. There are many dangers like these in the path.

Any yogic path has its dangers. Hence, there is always a need for a competent Guru at every step of the path. To practice without the help of an able guru is like playing with poisonous snakes. This is the very secret of comparing Kundalini Sakti with a snake. When not practiced properly this practice is like playing with a snake. If a sadhaka practices with negligence and ego, he will be bitten badly by the snake and the practitioner does not even realize this for a long time. There are many such dangers and this is just an example.

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