Kriya Yoga and Devotion


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, Ireland


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.”

Chanting is also a powerful tool to awaken deepening devotion. Try to tune into a few chants from Paramhansa Yogananda or Swami Kriyananda, taking them deeper and deeper until you are drawn into supercosnsciousness, or at least uplifted in your awareness. In this way your heart will be purified.

In divine friendship,
Nayaswami Pranaba