How Does Kriya Burn Past Karma?


How does Kriya burn past Karma? Please explain the process by which this happens during Kriya in detail. Isn’t burning past Karmic seeds central to Yoganandaji’s teachings ? Is complete self realization possible without "zeroing" karmic store of the soul ?

—SS, India


Dear SS,

You ask an important question and the founder of Ananda, Swami Kriyananda, who was a direct disciple of Yogananda, gave an extended answer to this question in his autobiography The New Path in the chapter Kriya Yoga. This book is available free in digital form at Here is a link to the chapter.

I invite you to read this chapter. If you have further questions feel free to write us again.

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Many blessings to you,
Nayaswami Mukti