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Kriya Yoga in Australia
December 11, 2009

Sanket
Australia

Question

I want to learn kriya yoga.

just now i live in australia .sydney

originally i m from india

plz help me

Nayaswami Devarshi

Nayaswami Devarshi

Ananda Village

Answer

Greetings!

Kriya is a very effective practice - I recommend it very highly.

We teach Kriya just as Paramhansa Yogananda taught it. This includes learning and practicing all the techniques that are part of Kriya Yoga practice.

The final step of initiation into the Kriya technique can take place nine months to a year after starting on the path of Kriya.

The first step is to learn the meditation techniques taught in Lessons in Meditation, which is Part One of the Ananda Course in Self-Realization (a home study course).

In order to receive Kriya Initiation, we ask people to study all three parts of the Ananda Course, and to establish a regular daily meditation practice using the techniques that are taught in the Course.

Since you live outside the U.S., and far from one of our teaching centers in Europe or India, you can eventually receive the Kriya technique through our Kriya Lessons and a Kriya Ceremony you can do at home (after studying the Ananda Course).

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. The process for getting Kriya is individual, so we offer ongoing support - both before and after people get the actual technique. And again, I recommend Kriya very highly - it really is an extraordinarily effective practice.

Joy and blessings to you,

Nayaswami Devarshi
for Ananda Kriya Sangha

ryan
trinidad

Question

how does one kriya breath equal one year of evolution?

yogananda said that a thousand kriyas equal one year of evolution.

therefore one might be inclined to think "well if i do 1000 kriyas a day,then in one year i should be a full blown saint."but this is not the case.

then yogananda says,if you think you can enslave god by your meditations,you are mistaken.

is this not a contradiction?if kriya is mathematical,then the question appears justified.

tell me what you think

Nayaswami Hriman

Nayaswami Hriman

Ananda Seattle

Answer

In our attempt to understand with our minds alone, the intricacies of the spiritual path we inevitably encounter paradox. A master often speaks in ways that confound the student in order to help us go beyond merely thinking.

However, that having been said, it might be helpful to consider that the statement that each kriya breath is equivalent to one year of living has one or more conditions! The kriya must be done correctly. This includes not only the correctness of the technique but of attitude, concentration, AND devotion.

Devotion includes the intention and act, with will power, of offering oneself to God and Guru, to the Divine. Thus we hint at the hidden efficacy of such a technique: the grace of God and Guru. As even "a little practice of this inward religion" reveals, we, by our will power alone, cannot make a deep and uplifting meditation experience happen. There's a delicate balance between applying our will and opening our hearts to God's presence and God's will.

So, it IS, and it ISN'T. You see? It IS mathematical if all the conditions are satisfied but yet it ISN'T mathematical because what is hidden from us are the inner workings of our karma and God's grace. Just because these are hidden do not mean they are whimsical, only that we are not yet aware of their workings.

Yogananda, by emphasizing the ineluctible efficacy of kriya yoga, seeks to inspire us to apply our will in the right way towards achieving liberation and freedom in God.

As a postscript, the astral anatomy of how a single breath equates to one year of natural living is well described in Chapter 26 ("Kriya Yoga") of Autobiography of a Yogi. Here he describes the movement of energy (prana) in concert with the physical breath up and down the spinal centers which, by polarity, represent the inner zodiac of karmic tendencies. I refer you back to that passage for an excellent description of this process.

kp
india

Question

I have been doing kriya for about a year. I wanted to know if kriya is known to have any specific effect on lowering of blood pressure.

Also are there any specific yoga postures or breathing techniques related to our practice that are specifically meant for addressing hypertension?

Thanks

Tyagi Shanti, M.D.

Tyagi Shanti, M.D.

Ananda Palo Alto

Answer

Hypertension, or high blood pressure is one of the most common physical ailments in our country.

Meditation of any sort definitely lowers blood pressure. At the Harvard hospitals all patients who come to the hypertension clinics are taught meditation as part of their treatment.

Certainly Kriya practice has the potential to do this. I do not know of any specific yoga postures for HTN but I imagaine if we aksed a Hatha Yogi they might. On the other hand, HTN is not easily treated and its effects on the body are widespread and debilitating. High blood pressure sends that high degree of pressure into all of what are called "end organs" - heart, eyes, kidneys, and brain - and they don't like it!

Practice your Kriya, maybe even consciously asking for your pressure to drop before you start. Also, exercise and diets lower in salt are definitely shown to lower blood pressure in many people. Even eating three stalks of celery/day can help. Qui Gong has been shown to lower blood pressure and is a good practice.

But, and here is what is most important, if, after some time of practice (a few months at most) your blood pressure remains up please consider traditional treatment. I have seen many people who have been trying to lower their blood pressure with "natural means"... medtation, naturopathy, homeopathy, and more, for many years and still walk around with all of that pressure pounding through their body.

The medicines are not bad, albeit they are over-used in our society. Everything is God. If your blood pressure remains up after trying to lower it "naturally," take your medicines, keep them on your altar, and ask God to bless you as you swallow those pills every day.

You will be blessed.

Kriya Yoga and Buddhism
November 2, 2009

avin
india

Question

i am a buddhist, i have complete faith in the buddha and his dharma. moreover i am also attracted to yoga as it is explained by yoganada in his classic autobiography. i want to be clear if i will be welcome when i approach ananda to learn kriya yoga. will my buddhist faith be a disqualification for initiation into the method of kriya yoga? does your community insist on converting to hinduism or sanathan dharma before any real empowerment can be given?

Nayaswami Bharat

Answer

Dear Avin,


Your Buddhist faith does not disqualify you from Kriya Yoga initiation.

However, the Kriya Yoga technique does require on the meditator's part a receptive openness and love for Paramhansa Yogananda and our other lineage of gurus.

Kriya isn't a mechanical technique, it is one that is empowered by the magnetic influence of the guru. So there should be a strong bond of deep appreciation and gratitude for our line of gurus. If this is something you deeply feel, then I would encourage you to contact us. Paramhansa

Yogananda taught several meditation techniques like Hong Sau that one can learn without taking discipleship. This is a very profound practice and it is one that he called baby Kriya. You can learn this right away on our website.


Blessings and light,

Bharat

Craig
upper midwest

Question

Can one be a Christian and still receive Kriya initiation?

To be a Kriya yogi does one need to become vegetarian?

Nayaswami Devarshi

Nayaswami Devarshi

Ananda Village

Answer

Christ is one of our line of Kriya Gurus, along with Mahavatar Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteswar, and Paramhansa Yogananda. In the highest sense, Kriyabans are following the teachings of Christ - not the "churchianity" or narrow sectarianism that states that there is only "one way" - but what Yogananda called "original Christianity."

So yes, one can still be a Christian and receive Kriya initiation. However, initiation into Kriya does mean acceptance of all of our line of Gurus, along with Christ.

Kriya Yoga does not require vegetarianism. Eating lighter foods, including eliminating or cutting down on meat, can definitely help one with meditation. But it's not required for initiation into Kriya. Over time, with the practice of Kriya and meditation, those types of changes will happen naturally.

Balasubra­hmanyam
Indian

Question

Namastey Guruji

I have read the book "Autobiography of a yogi" and was inspired by the true relation between the technique in Kriya Yoga and the invention of J.C.Bose Crescograph.

Swami Paramahamsa Yogananda clearly signified that when one gets initiated into Kriya Yoga and following certain techniques he can burn his Bad Karmas and attain Enlightment. Can you please explain me clearly about this and how does a yogi attain Samadhi and Liberation with the help of Kriya Yoga.

Nayaswami Devarshi

Nayaswami Devarshi

Ananda Village

Answer

Kriya Yoga speeds up our spiritual growth in several ways. One of them is the rapid burning up of past bad karma. According to our Kriya Gurus, kriya helps to increase the current of energy in the astral spine. This strong current carries along with it the vrittis of past karma — much like a river in flood will sweep away all the stagnant eddies and whirlpools, and carry all the old debris to the ocean.

Kriya also gives us pranayama, or control of the life force. This control enables us to offer all our life force at the spiritual eye, where we are eventually united with God. Of course all of this can't be done soley through technique. It also requires devotion, and the guidance and grace of the Guru. But when done properly, Kriya is extraordinarily effective in liberating us. I've personally seen spiritual growth in many Kriya Yogis that is quite remarkable.

You can learn more about Kriya by contacting Ananda Kriya Sangha in the following location nearest you:

nikhil
india

Question

What is minimum age for Kriya Yoga?

I have read Autobiography of a Yogi . iam very much inspired by it ? iam15.i want yo take diksha of kriyayaga cani?if not what is the training?

Nayaswami Devarshi

Nayaswami Devarshi

Ananda Village

Answer

There is no fixed minimum age for Kriya - just the spiritual maturity to understand what it is that you are doing with Kriya, and to understand the comittment involved.

You can learn more about the training for Kriya in India by emailing Nayaswami Dhyana:

In America:

http://www.kriya-yoga.org

And in Europe:

http://www.ananda.it/kriya-yoga/index.html

SATYASWARUP MOHANTY
INDIA

Question

A.u..m.....

Is there any direct sishya (student) of Guru shyamacharan Lahidi/Swami Yukteswar giri or Mahabatar Babaji present in India physically.If yes how can we contact him. Pls answer.

Nayaswami Devarshi

Nayaswami Devarshi

Ananda Village

Answer

The Guru lineage of Mahavatar Babaji and Lahiri Mahasaya continues through many lines, including Swami Kriyananda. I've heard that there are people who claim to be “direct” disciples of Mahavatar Babaji, but have never met them. Such things are easy to claim, but difficult to prove.

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