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snehasis chatterjee
india(kolkata)

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Sir,

please enlighten whether there is any relation or connection of Kriya yoga with the teachings of Sri Ramkrishna Paramhansa.

with regards & pranam

Dr Snehasis Chatterjee.

Nayaswami Devarshi

Nayaswami Devarshi

Ananda Village

Answer

Dear Friend,

There isn't a formal connection between the two teachings, but of course they are related, in two significant ways.

The first is that Paramhansa Yogananda and Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa were both from Kolkata. Even though they never met, Yogananda had a deep love and fondness for Ramakrishna, often visiting the temple at Dakshineswar, and meditating there for many hours at a time.

Jan Jerome
USA

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My Kriya practice has become very important to me and I fear losing the discipline to continue meditating consistently due to my outer life creating distractions. My question is how to keep strong attunement to God and Gurus while maintaining a demanding outer life of service.

Nayaswami Jaya

Answer

I think most kriyabans experience a tug-of-war between the outward pull of responsibilities and an inner call to maintain attunement and a regular sadhana. Here are a few suggestions:

1. Try to keep God and Gurus in your consciousness during your outward service. Serve them through whatever it is you are called to do. Include them and ask for their guidance in your outer duties. Let them work with you and through you as your partner during the day. In other words, don't make too rigid a separation between your inner and outer life.

D p
USA

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Are you able to tell me the differences and similarities between bhastrika pranayam & kriya yoga.

I know some people who do bhastrika pranayam and I wonder which is the superior pranayam?

Nayaswami Devarshi

Nayaswami Devarshi

Ananda Village

Answer

It's hard to compare the two at all, since bhastrika is a single technique, and Kriya Yoga is a comprehensive spiritual path-which includes several techniques, along with discipleship, devotion, and attunement to the Guru.

The Kriya technique itself, which is one of four main techniques on the path of Kriya Yoga, works with the life force in the deep astral spine. One of the effects that makes Kriya so powerful is that it gives one pranayama, or control over the life force.

October 12
2011

CJ
USA

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I have recently finished reading Swami Kriyananda's book "The New Path" and have thought of taking Kriya Yoga course. Somehow, part of me is not sure if I am ready to take them, even with your free online offer of the overview course. I have been meditating for quite sometime and really would like to have proper intructions to help me improve. Is there a way I would know that I am ready for the work of Kriya Yoga ? Or, any other suggestions? Thank you.

Nayaswami Sadhana Devi

Nayaswami Sadhana Devi

Ananda India

Answer

Dear CJ,

It's good that you are approaching this thoughtfully. You don't need to decide at this point about your readiness. The full course takes about 1 year, culminating in the Kriya initiation.

During that year you will be learning several of our preliminary techniques, which are general and can be applied to many meditation types. About half way through you will be asked if you want to become a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and this line of gurus ( a requirement for the intiation). If so, your studies will continue.

D. P.
USA

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In terms of a daily habitual meditation routine, what should be the order?

I know your suppose to do the Hong-Sau then Aum Meditation and then Kriya.

But can you reverse the order?

If Kriya calms the breath and heart, then shouldn't Kriya be done first then Aum meditation and then Hong-Sau?

It just feels like doing Kriya FIRST would make the AUM and Hong-Sau more effective.

Thanks for your help.

Nayaswami Sadhana Devi

Nayaswami Sadhana Devi

Ananda India

Answer

Dear D.P.

The order of the techniques was taught this way by Paramhansa Yogananda as a beginning practice. After one has established a stable routine, and has reached a point where he is regularly sitting longer and doing a larger number of Kriyas, he can go on to practicing in a different order if his intuition and experience call for it.

anitha
India

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Is it okay to offer our guests non-vegetarian feasts? Do we gain bad karma by offering them such dishes? What can we do when they are very particular about having non-vegetarian dishes?

Nayaswami Sadhana Devi

Nayaswami Sadhana Devi

Ananda India

Answer

Dear Anitha,

Your question is a common one here in America, where vegetarianism is still rare in some parts of the country.

If you respect others' dietary preferences they are more likely to respect yours. You can always offer both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes and let your guests choose. Sometimes they will be willing to try the vegetarian options and find that they like them. (Some of my non-vegetarian relatives now ask me to make vegetarian food for them!)

n.mathan kumar
india

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I am Mathan form Chennai, India.

very interested in Kriya yoga, i heard doing kriya ther will be finance loss as side effect of burning karma?, can kriya yoga will help me to improve in material world too?, i having hypertension and dyslexia will kriya yoga help me? can i practice with reiki or pranic healing?

please clear my doubt, iam search very long

Thank you

mathan

Nayaswami Devarshi

Nayaswami Devarshi

Ananda Village

Answer

Goodness, no - Kriya does not cause financial problems. To the contrary, all of the practices that are part of the Path of Kriya Yoga help one over time to become more magnetic, concentrated, joyful, energetic, and therefore successful. Kriya does hasten the working out of past bad karma, so it can also alleviate bad financial karma at the same time.

Ryan
United States

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Hello, for the past 6 months my life has been completely derailed by depression. I understand you are not a doctor, but I believe suffering is a reason many turn towards spirituality. I was curious if you'd had experience with anyone who has been relieved of their depression by investing their life in kriya yoga. I want desperately to turn my life around.

Thank you.

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

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Dear Ryan,

Yours is an excellent question and comes up from time to time. Let me start with a caveat that is important. This in turns starts with a "story."

From time to time, students of meditation come with precisely the same hope and question that you are presenting. In a meditation training setting, however, the question doesn't necessarily always get asked (whether aloud or privately).

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