Autobiography of a Yogi is full of miracles which are beyond the comprehending capacity of a normal human being. Do such yogis who can do miracles live even today? Who are they, and where are they? Kriya Yoga is just a breathing exercise or something more?

—Venkateswara Rao K, India


Dear Venkateswara Rao,

Either life itself is a miracle or nothing is a miracle. The discoveries and speculations of leading edge science are miraculous to the report of the senses and daily life. Of course there are yogis who can perform miracles. But there are none who do so for the sake of convincing others or at the mere whim of curiosity seekers. So, no, there are no tour maps or tour guides who will reveal these to you.

Great saints have existed in every tradition and at all times down through the ages. They exist for those with “eyes to see” and “ears to hear” (New Testament-Christian Bible). Accept every day as a miracle and you will begin to see miracles every day. In time your growing faith and devotion will reveal to you what you need to see for continued growth. “To those without the carping (questioning, skeptical) spirit, I reveal truth sublime” Krishna confides to Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita.

Paramhansa Yogananda often quoted Jesus Christ in saying “Not to the prudent and to the wise, but unto babes (little children), do I reveal the kingdom of heaven.” Nor yet is it to be found seeking, “Lo here, lo there……..but the kingdom of heaven is within you.”

For some kriya yoga is just a breathing exercise but to others who see more deeply and are attuned to the technique as a channel of transmission from the guru, it is far more. Have you read Chapter 26, “Kriya Yoga,” in Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi?

You can read now by this response that deeper truths exist for those who make the right effort to discover them. Just as a scientist must study for many years, conduct experiments, write papers, teach others before he may uncover even a little new aspect of nature, so too the devotee must apply himself in daily sadhana, devotion, selfless service, and generosity before the Lord (whom the devotee has ignored for countless incarnations) deigns to reveal Himself. Most people just want to argue with God; few there are who love Him for His Love alone.

Just think how little humankind knows of the nature of this creation, what to mention subtler aspects of consciousness. Be humble; be open; listen to those of wisdom; “test the Spirits to see if they are of God” (Jesus Christ); use common sense while yet being receptive. You will receive the knowledge and insights you need in your life if you do the work that is needed to attract “the truth that shall make you free.”

Nayaswami Hriman
Seattle WA USA