Ego resists meditation

Question

My ego seems to be resisting my practice of Kriya Yoga. I go into a deep state when I practice, so I don't understand why it happens. How can I look forward happily to practicing Kriya?

—tyler, usa

Answer

The ego will put up resistance now and then, often as we go deeper in meditation.

With Kriya, it is helpful to practice with a sense of devotion and self-offering. Yogananda said “Kriya plus devotion works like mathematics, it cannot fail!” This keeps our practice from becoming dry, or mechanical, or merely based on willpower.

It’s also important to spend time after Kriya enjoying the fruits of our efforts, by practicing true meditation — or inner absorption in some aspect of God. If we are persistant with our efforts, and practice in this way, then resistance inevitably goes away over time.