“Kriya Yoga, in order to be wholly effective, must be received not only intellectually (in written or spoken form), but vibrationally, in the form of initiation.” — Essence of the Bhagavad Gita by Paramhansa Yogananda as remembered by his disciple, Swami Kriyananda. The technique of Kriya is given through a special Initiation. The following experiences are a few among the thousands who have received Kriya through Ananda Kriya Sangha.
When I attend a Kriya initiation I feel such a tangible presence of the masters, and afterwards I am “soaring” in their blessings for hours. All problems disappear and there is only their joy, our joy, to carry me through my life. I wish everyone could have the benefit of this profound technique and blessing.
I’ll never forget my Kriya Initiation. I had been preparing for a year so I could take Kriya during my annual visit to Ananda. I was new to the Path and was awed by the fact that if, with devotion, one followed the meditation instructions one could actually experience Spirit. That night I did see light for the first time — it sealed my desire and determination to follow this Path wherever it may lead. I am evermore drawn to and awed by the Sound of Silence.
Many years ago Swami Kriyananda was still giving most of the Kriya Yoga initiations at Ananda, but I was serving as an usher at one led by another Kriya minister. My duties necessitated my standing near the front of the room during the blessing ceremony. I was thrilled to feel a continuous wave of blessing flowing strongly there. It seems, I thought, that the blessings of Kriya are always there for sincere devotees irrespective of the channel through which they flow!