Kriya Yoga is a process of mental purification that teaches meditation through techniques. Kriya yoga has found a place in some people who are looking for a deeper, more spiritual relationship with their lives.
It is a kundalini oriented yoga and meditation technique, that also teaches certain spiritual and esoteric principles. Unfortunately, like many similar “spiritual” power structures, it teaches you that essentially your power lies outside of yourself. That is, that you need a ‘guru’, or ‘master’ to access your own innate spirituality.
Kriya yoga has some aims which sound both appealing and promising. They aim to eliminate “obstructions” and “obstacles” from the mind and body. Point of view is a very interesting thing here, however. What is an obstacle or obstruction to one person, may not be to another.
This assumes a very interesting light in reference to power structures and belief systems. Highlights why it is important to maintain your own self sovereignty in mind and action.
Kriya yoga was brought to the West by Yogananda in the 1920’s. He established the Self-Realization Fellowship as a ‘total yoga’ system that tried to address spiritual as well as physical aspects of self.
Kriya yoga is derived mainly from three other yoga techniques. Karma yoga, bhakti yoga, and Jnana yoga. Karma yoga focuses on the movement of the soul both inside and outside of the mind. Jnana yoga focuses on wisdom, allowing the mind freedom.
Bhakti yoga focuses on love, as it allows you to come to terms with everything around you. The aim in combining them was to “purify” the mind and soul, and proponents of kriya yoga believe they can achieve self realization more quickly this way than following the other disciplines.
The first step in Kriya is to ‘prepare’ your body, and that is done in one of a couple of ways.
For many, Hatha yoga is the perfect preparation exercise. For others, though, who may not be as flexible, alternatives are provided.
Next in Kriya, the mind is prepared. General conduct is studied as part of the mental process in this discipline, so ensuring your mind is correctly focused is essential.
Additionally, the Kriya yoga technique pushes you to study overall wellness, cleanliness, purity, and even metaphysical principles. Together, though, they help to ‘prepare’ the mind for later techniques, which use the body’s life force currents ostensibly to “refine” the brain and nervous system.
Mantras are taught in kriya yoga techniques. They are believed to deepen the meditative experience. This sound technology undoubtedly tunes the body, like a tuning fork, as will any sound that is repeated and focused on.
The question is, of course, to what frequency is the body being tuned? If self realization is a journey, whose journey are we undertaking? Ours, or someone else’s? Kriya yoga undoubtedly resonates with some people. For myself, I prefer more transparency.
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The fundamental belief of Kriya Yoga is that all of us are miniature version of the whole cosmos, a microcosm or an evolution of a new world within the microcosmic world.
The followers of Kriya yoga also believes that the most holy supreme creator is a part of us hiding beneath our body, and activating every action through the breath.
The name Kriya is meant as any work kri is being done by the power of the indwelling soul ya.
The different cosmic forces controlling, air, fire, water and earth also controls the different activities that we do, namely, religious activities, relationship with everyone and everything, food, pregnancy, and everything performed by the human body.
Yoga on the other hand is the conjoining of these correspondences between microcosms and macrocosms. It is the full acceptance and belief behind the union and interaction of the individual self and the supreme self.
The study and science of Kriya yoga has a divine origin and was not created by human means and intellect. The modernization for this ancient yoga meditation method has begun in the 1860s with Babaji and has been handed down to the present Kriya yoga lineage of masters directly through the Master to disciple method of teaching.
The disciplined path of Kriya Yoga consists of many kinds of teaching with different angles to it. One looks at it as a process of beginning with self introspection through breathing controls.
The Three Qualities Of Light:
It is also believed in Kriya yoga that that by enlightening the three qualities of light, vibration and sound simultaneously with proper concentration, posture and breathing through application of a series of techniques.
A Kriya yoga disciple is able to penetrate the deepest levels of the unconscious mind. Through this they can communicate with their inner gods and obtain a fulfilling calmness within them.
The word Kundalini is a familiar one to all students of Yoga, as it is well-known as the power, in the form of a coiled serpent, residing in Muladhara Chakra.
The first of the seven Chakras, the other six being Svadhishthana, Manipuraka, A nahata, Visuddha, Ajna and Sahasrara, in order.
Less is historically known of the Agamas than the Vedas, because the latter provide descriptive poem-pictures of Vedic life. The original Agamas are twenty-eight in number.
They are called Saiva Agamas as they focus on establishing a relationship with and ultimately realizing the Supreme Being Siva. They carry names like Vira, Hero. Siddha, Perfected and Swayambhuva, naturally revealed. The Agamas are divided into four parts called padas, lessons.
The First Two Padas:
Chariya good conduct, and Kriya, external worship,- include all the details of personal home life, house planning, town planning, personal worship in temples.
The architectural plans for temples and sculpture as well as the intricacies of temple puja.
The Final Two Padas:
Yoga, internalized worship and union, and Jnana, enlightened wisdom, vividly describe the processes and stages of kundalini yoga, and the Cod-like plateaus of consciousness reached when Sivahood is attained.
In the actual texts, the padas are ordered with jnana first, yoga second, then kriya and chariya – unfurling from a God-state to a human state. The Agamas contain tens of thousands of verses, much more prolific than the Vedas.
Though the Vedas stayed strictly in Sanskrit, the Agamas proliferated across India and oilier countries through many languages. They fared poorly over the millennia, particularly the Yoga and Jnana Padas – so high and powerful.
The custodian Saiva priests neglected them. Many padas of entire Agamas were lost or destroyed.
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