What is Kriya Yoga?
Kriya Yoga is a scientific meditation technique that cultivates the body, mind and the soul, leading one ultimately to Self -Realisation. (Enlightenment). It helps to foster a healthy and balanced lifestyle, that is conducive to happiness, inner peace, a sense of purpose and all round fulfillment.
Kriya Yoga is non sectarian and can be practiced by people from different walks of life and cultural backgrounds. The meditation causes no hardships and requires no austerities.
Kriya Yoga emphasises the reaction between breath and mind. The breath influences the mind and vice versa. This reciprocal relationship reveals the secret of controlling the mind. Paramahamsa Hariharananda taught how the breathless state of Samadhi is the realisation of the Absolute.
“Breath control is self control. Breath mastery is self- mastery. Breathlessness is deathlessness”
Kriya Yoga has been taught since time immemorial. It was lost during the dark age and revived in recent times by Mahavatar Babaji. When Babaji initiated Lahiri Mahasaya in 1861 he said:
“The Kriya Yoga I am giving to the world through you in this nineteenth century, is a revival of the same science Krishna gave millenniums ago to Arjuna, and was later known to Patanjali, and to Christ, St.John, St. Paul, and other disciples”
Throughout the world many methods for God realisation are taught by equal as many people. It is taught in churches, temples, synagogues and mosques, that God can be found by only using the five sense organs, but in fact, the five sense organs stand in the way of actually perceiving that God is abiding inside your “body church”.
This is why it is said that Kriya Yoga is the Essence of all religions. You are taught to perceive the triple Divine qualities, which are Divine Light, Divine Sound and Divine Vibration.By practicing this technique you are able to deepen the understanding of your own religion (and other religions as well). For example, the quote from the Bible: “When thy eye is single, thy whole body will be full of Light”, is more understandable if you actually perceive and feel this Divine Light.
We recommend reading the spiritual classic “Autobiography of a Yogi” as an excellent introduction into Kriya Yoga. The fist edition is public domain and can be read on line, or downloaded here.