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samy
canada

Question

Hello,

Last year I started doing Isha kriya for 15 minutes for 15 days. There was a pain in my forehead between my eyes. I got scared and stopped meditating.

I exercise regularly. I still have the pain in my forehead. Lately I am having shooting pains in head and numbness in my legs when I exercise. I am feeling very tired and scared about facing out of the regular world experiences that meditation might bring. How can I stop my pain in forehead and be healthy? I don‘t want to meditate.

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Samy,

Isha Kriya is different from the Kriya Yoga techniques given to us by Paramhansa Yogananda. If you are interested in preparing yourself for Kriya Yoga through the Ananda Kriya Sangha, please let us know (see below). But because you are practicing a different type of kriya, then you should go to the person or organization who taught or initiated you, to ask a specific questions about any difficulties your are experiencing with your practices.

June 3
2013

SG
Mexico

Question

Hello,

I want to know, how do we know when we are burning the seeds of karma?

Is it possible that while doing Kriya, negative experiences can occur because of the liberation of the seeds?

And do you recommend doing Kriya, during a psychedelic trip?

Nayaswami Devarshi

Nayaswami Devarshi

Ananda Village

Answer

Hello,

It isn’t always clear when we are burning up seeds of past karma — it is more noticeable over time, as people feel spiritually lighter; more joyful; growth in spiritual qualities such as devotion, kindness, and selflessness; and with less attraction to worldly and sense attachments. Spiritual progress doesn’t always go in a straight line, however, so most kriya yogis can continue to have some ups and downs in the short term. But long term, the effects tend to be more apparent.

Aasheesh Chhabra
India

Question

I would like to know while practicing Kriya, will the link (thread) from Muladhar center to medulla should be a straight line or it has to pass through the Chakras. I am asking this question because if the link (thread) has to pass through the chakras then it would be in standard S shape as our physical spinal cord is in S shape. Awareness will than move from root chakra to swadisthan and then to navel and so on.

Regards,

Aasheesh Chhabra

Nayaswami Savitri

Nayaswami Savitri

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Aasheesh,

You are confusing the PHYSICAL spine (vertebrae, spinal cord, etc) with the ASTRAL (energy) spine, where the chakras are located. They are different and located in different places and dimensions!

The Astral Spine is the place through which you should be "running" prana (life-force) when you are practicing Kriya Yoga. It can be imagined as a hollow tube, about an inch and a half in diameter, running very straight up from the base of the spine (Muladhara or 1st chakra area) going through the middle (central core) of the body (which places it mostly in front of the S-curve of the physical spine).

Cyril
Ireland

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Hi,

Did Jesus teach a meditation technique to his disciples? How did his close disciples become so purified? Was it just by his grace due to karmic link from previous lives which dissolved their karma or due to them simply praying to God.

Thanks

Cyril

Tyagini Dharmadevi

Answer

Dear Cyril,

Thank you for your question! Paramhansa Yogananda tells us that Jesus did practice and teach his disciples a form of Kriya Yoga. What the differences are (if any), I do not know.

We read in the Bible about how the disciples were purified and blessed sometime soon after Jesus' crucifixion, when the Holy Ghost comes to them. This purification was a direct blessing from the Guru to his disciples.

April 17
2012

Cyril
Ireland

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I read about Yogananda saying that to practise Kriya without the purification of the hearts feelings could be harmful. I think he meant it in the sense that your energy will rise but then fall again instead of being transferred to the spiritual eye from the agya chakra.

This then it seems is very important to the success of Kriya practise. What is the best way to begin to purify the hearts feelings?

Thanks for your guidance.

Jai Guru Dev

Cyril

Nayaswami Pranaba

Nayaswami Pranaba

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Cyril,

The important emphasis here is that we need to practice Kriya with devotion. Paramhansa Yogananda once told a disciple, "Kriya plus devotion works like mathematics. It cannot fail."

Swami Kriyananda offers this suggestion: "Try to bring your practice of Kriya as quickly as possible to that point where the technique itself is only a vehicle for this sense of offering your whole energy and being to the divine, where it becomes a devotional and joyous practice."

Carina
Germany

Question

Hello everybody,

Every now and then I come across the term "a blank mind". Can you please explain to me in detail what a "blank mind" is? I have read that one shouldnt drink alcohol or take drugs because they can make the mind go blank which can me dangerous. I have also read that one shouldnt meditate with a "blank mind". English is not my native language but when I translate the word blank into German it means empty. If I then Google "empty mind" I get loads of articles about how important it is to have a blank (empty) mind in meditation. So now I am totally confused. I would really love your help on this one. Thank you very much.

Nayaswami Asha

Answer

Dear Carina:

The only meditation I have studied and practiced is Kriya Yoga as taught at Ananda. Kriya to me includes not just the technique learned through initiation after a year or so of preparation, but also the whole approach to spiritual life brought to the West by Paramhansa Yogananda.

Dhivakar S
India

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Recently I went in to Raja yoga medition by sahaj Marg and having a confusion whether I need to follow Raja Yoga or Kriya yoga. Please suggest me which path I need to go and how to choose ?

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Puru (Joseph) Selbie

Ananda Village

Answer

Dhivakar,

Your question is really two questions in one. One question is: Should I practice the teachings of sahaj Marg or of Yogananda?

The second question is: What is the difference between Raja Yoga and Kriya Yoga?

The answer to your first question is found on a very personal and individual basis. Different teachings, even though similar, even though originating from the same general tradition (yoga), feel different or - as one hears - have a different, subtle vibration. You need to spend time with each teaching, and ideally, with the teacher or diciples of the teacher, in order to decide which teachings feel best to you.

Kamlesh Mallick
India

Question

Hi,

How do we overcome the hidden Samskaras that are latent within us? They can be anything - Jealousy, Selfishness etc. Your conscious mind is absolutely sure that you don't have those characteristics, but they manifest themselves in certain situations.

I'm a Kriyaban from Ananda Sangha and Kriya Yoga is definately helped me control my mind and my lifeforce and its a blessing.

But I still wonder bout my hidden Samskaras.

Does Kriya "burn" them too!?

Nayaswami Devarshi

Nayaswami Devarshi

Ananda Village

Answer

Indeed, that is one of the most wonderful benefits of Kriya. According to our line of Kriya masters, the practice of Kriya burns up many seeds of past karma, often before they even have the chance to make an appearance in our lives. Those 'seeds' are actually vrittis, or vortices of energy in the astral spine, which are borne of past actions, desires, thoughts, etc.

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