By reading this book, if any sincere Kriya Sadhak gets benefitted, I will feel myself blessed. I pray to almighty for physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing of all.
|REVERED BABAJI MAHARAJ
|MY PARAM GURUDEV
REVERED GYAN MAHARAJ
( SHRI GYANENDRANATH MUKHOPADHYAY )
I have visited many Kriya Yoga Ashrams and was surprised by seeing the way they give Kriya Yoga diksha (initiation) and the techniques taught. The initiation they give in the name of Kriya Yoga is not at all Kriya Yoga. It is the Yoga invented by them. No one can progress in the spiritual path with such types of initiation. Rather the seeker will lose both time & faith. Using the name of Kriya Yoga, these people are doing business in India and West. They have constructed big ashrams & temples and living luxurious life.
One cannot be Sanyasi by merely keeping long hairs or beards, wearing saffron colour cloth or chanting some sacred mantras. Sri Ramakrishna Paramhansa defined Sanyasi as the person who has detached himself from the desires of sexual pleasure (Kamini in Bengali actual word) and pleasure of wealth (Kanchan in Bengali actual word). Such a person has reached 80 percent near God. My revered Gurudeb Shri Shri Gyanendranath Mukhopadhyay (Mukherjee) or revered Gyana Maharaja told me 5-7 days before his Maha-samadhi that a person is a real Sanyasi who has accomplished all work. Then he pointed a finger towards him and told “Real Sanyasi is sitting before you. I have accomplished all work (means completed all work done in six chakras and Sahasrar: thousand petal lotus located at the top of brain); no other work is left for me. Now I am enjoying the pension given by God”. He also told just before his mahasamadhi: “This is my last birth”.
Hence giving up desire for sex and wealth or accomplishment of all work (Karma-tyag in original Bengali: it means completion of all the Kriyas and mudras carried out in six chakras and Sahasrar) is not so easy. For this it is required to practice Kriya correctly. Yogiraj Lahiri Mahasaya wrote to one of his disciples that practicing two Pranayams correctly is better than doing two hundred Pranayams in a haphazard manner. One can get detachment from the desires by correctly practising this Kriya Pranayam. Unless one perfects the Kriya Pranayam (Uttam pranayam), it is not possible to have deep & subtle spiritual understanding. To attain this stage of perfection in Kriya Pranayam, one has to practice Kriya Yoga for days after days, months after months, years after years. For this one should have patience and faith. Once one attains the stage of perfect Kriya Pranayam, it is very easy to finish the left over spiritual journey. For this at beginning, it is required to practice with patience. Then one attains the stage of total bliss & forgets the mundane past.
I have seen that after taking Kriya initiation many people starts practising Kriya for initial few months with full zeal and enthusiasm. But when initially they do not get any spiritual feeling or vision, they loose interest; leave Kriya practice and start living in the usual worldly way. But they should remember that for getting success in any work- perseverance and patience is required. One cannot attain spiritual enlightenment by mere magic.
That is why Lord Sri Krishna instructed in “Srimad Bhagavad Gita” to do work without any attachment to its result (Nishkam Karma). What is this “Nishkam Karma”? It means to practice Kriya correctly as per the advice of Guru without worrying for the result. Result will surely come but at first- perseverance, patience and faith is required. By practicing in this way, Kriya in the six Chakras will end (by piercing the knot of Ajna chakra) and Kriya of devotion (Bhakti) and knowledge (Gyana) will start in the Sahasrar.
Kriya Yoga should be learned directly from a Guru. For this reason, it is called a Gurumukhi Vidya: means the knowledge which one should get directly from the mouth of a Guru. One should not try to practice this by reading books. It is dangerous. So, first of all get Kriya initiation from an authentic Guru (Satguru), understand the techniques properly and start practicing it.
People from any religion can practice this Kriya Yoga because Kriya Yoga is a Sadhana of Almighty.
In Kriya Yoga there is no need to use worldly things like incense stick, flowers, leaves, conch, bell etc. which are generally used for worshipping of deities. Rather a Kriya Yogi only uses his own body, Life-force (Prana), mind and mantra. Because this Sadhana is totally based on inner spiritual world, there is no relation with the external world.
The mind which is scattered in the outside world, the technique by which this mind enters the inner spiritual world with the help of subtle Life-force is called Kriya Yoga. The way of taking it from external world to the inner spiritual world is described in the next chapter.
If one practices Kriya Yoga following proper procedures, he or she can rapidly progress in the spiritual path. Direct perception of inner vision and spiritual feeling will start. It is very easy to reach the goal. If one practices correctly, he or she can attain salvation in present birth or by next birth.
But attaining salvation with Mantra Yoga is a delayed process. In Mantra Yoga, one gets direct inner vision and spiritual feeling very late or may not get also. In Kali Yuga (present materialistic era is called Kali Yuga), the life span of human being is very limited. Hence I feel, practicing Kriya Yoga is the best for rapid spiritual progress and for attaining salvation.
One should practice Kriya yoga to be free once for all from the recurring pain of birth & death. More over everybody is suffering out of worldly pain in this limited life span. In one side, God with the help of veil (Maya) & attraction toward materialistic world (moha: forgetting the nature of true self), has created bondage for human being to get imprisoned in this world of birth & death. In other-side, He has kept the way out to be free from this. He has given intellect and logical mind to human beings to decide which way to choose.
Now also, if you do not come out of worldly attraction, when will you do so? For the sake of momentary joy, man forgets the everlasting joy & bliss. Time & tide wait for none. So, let us not waste time further and let us move toward salvation. The amount of Kriya done in this present birth will be stored for the next. The efforts in Kriya Yoga are never wasted. Otherwise one has to move empty handed to the unknown & dark world of death.
Lord Sri Krishna uttered the following in “Srimad Bhagavad Gita”:
“nehavikramanasti pratyabayo na bidyate salpamapasya dharma trayate mahato vayat”
So, little practices of this Kriya Yoga, make one free from the great fear of death. (Both the states of birth & death are very painful and horrifying. Before birth, a baby stays in the mother’s womb in a very uncomfortable position. State of death is further painful, because at one side he feels the pain of leaving the worldly things and relations behind. He succumbs to breathe but cannot. Moreover, after death he enters in the state of total darkness where he cannot understand his own condition.) If one practices Kriya Yoga correctly and does not attain salvation in this birth, again he will get Kriya Yoga in the next birth and attain the stages very easily what is achieved in this birth. He has to cover then the left over path.
Siddhartha left his kingdom and luxurious life after seeing the suffering due to ageing, illness, death etc. He submerged himself in deep Sadhana, thus attains Nirvana and became Gautama Buddha. He realised that one day he would face these sufferings, so he lost all attachment toward worldly pleasures. He forgot his past and started doing Yoga Sadhana with new enthusiasm and zeal.
The state of the mind can be classified into five stages. First stage of mind is the state of insanity or state of craziness where it fails to understand its own condition or the surrounding. In this state, the mind gets filled with such type of thought pattern which even normal mind cannot dream of. Swami Vivekananda has gone through this phase and mentioned the same in his book. The second state is the state of total restlessness where it swings between one worldly object to another. In the third state, the mind is sometime restless and also sometime it tries to concentrate and tries to stay in static state. Since in this stage even for few moments also it touches the static phase, the Divine realisation starts from this point. The fourth state of mind is the stage of concentrated mind where it gets fixed to a particular spiritual object or chakra. The fifth stage of mind is the stage of Samadhi where the mind loses its entity and merges into total bliss. Actual spiritual realisation begins from the third stage, because in this stage mind stays in static state for few moments. The state of restless mind is actual vice, and state of static mind is virtue. Hence please step the towards static state, surely you will have the blessings (Kripa).
Even common man can also attain the state of great Sadhaka as a result of Sadhana carried out in several births and attains the stage of eternal bliss (Bramhananda). Hence we should follow the path of such great people and practice as advised by them.
But be careful about one thing, when you advance in the path of Kriya Yoga, whatever spiritual vision or feeling you get, by mistake also, you should never disclose it to anybody other than your Guru. Many occult powers (Vibhuti) will come to you, but you should not accept those. [Described in details in Chapter-7] If you accept these powers then you will be diverted from the spiritual path and your further progress will stop in the spiritual path. Your all spiritual Sadhana will go in vain. All these are given by God only. He tests the Sadhaka with these to see whether Sadhaka really seeks God or occult powers. If you want these occult powers, you will earn name and fame in the society; you will earn lot of money too. It will lead to increase in pride and arrogance and then will lead you to the path of ruin. Be careful, otherwise you will spoil your state before and after death. So, be careful. Do your Sadhana behind closed doors. Nobody should be able to know what you are doing.
One thing should be known to the persons who are afraid of ghosts & spirits that when one practices Kriya, no ghost or spirit can enter within 500 yards of circumference. So if you see or feel anything fearful during Kriya practice perceive it to be spiritual only. You need not be afraid of spirits or ghosts. Sometime in the beginning, during Kriya Practice it is felt that the room has been covered with good odour of incense stick or flower as felt in temple, all these happen as the Sadhaka enters the subtle spiritual field.
Kriya Yoga, Raja Yoga or Brahma Vidya (study of Brahma) is all the same. Revered Babaji Maharaja (who is alive still today and whose age is approximately 500 years) gave this great Sadhana to his dearest disciple revered Yogiraj Shyamacharan Lahiri Mahaysaya to show the path of spiritual enlightenment to the house holders of the present materialistic age. Lord Sri Krishna has given this “Kriya Yoga” to his dearest disciple “Arjuna”. The detail description of the same is explained beautifully by my Gurudeb Shri Shri Gyanendranath Mukhopadhyay (Gyana Maharaja) in his “Pranab Gita”. The book “Pranab Gita” was written by my Gurudeb based on his spiritual enlightenment and on the light of the spiritual advice from my great Gurudeb Pranabananda Paramhansa. [Paramhansa Pranabananda was the spiritual successor of Yogiraj Shyamacharan Lahiri ].
There are eight steps in Yoga Sadhana i.e. controlling of senses (Yama), strict discipline (Niyama), correct posture (Asana), control of Life-forces (Pranayam), withdrawing from outer senses (Pratyahar), fixing mind to a particular object or thought (Dharana), diving into deep inside to almost merge into Eternal Truth (Dhyana). Then Sadhaka merges into the Eternal Truth and becomes the one (Samadhi). Though these steps are common in both Kriya Yoga and Raja Yoga, there are some differences too. There are some mudras and special techniques included in the Kriya Yoga for the benefit of Kriya practice - for example Mahamudra, Khechari Mudra, Yoni Mudra, and besides these Navi Kriya, first Kriya, second Kriya, third Kriya, Fourth Kriya, Granthi Veda Kriya (Kriya for piercing the knots), Ida- pingala sodhan Kriya (Kriya for purification of Ida & Pingala nadi) etc etc. From Patrabali of Lahiri Mahasaya (Garland of Letters) we find that he has written to one of his disciples that “Everything is achievable with First Kriya. Parabastha and Divine intoxication, everything is there in First Kriya. “My Guruji also told that one can attain Samadhi with First Kriya only.
Nowadays some people have started doing business in India and West in the name of Kriya Yoga (and in the name of Original Kriya Yoga too) and to show their superiority over others, they have added many unnecessary and difficult techniques in this simple Kriya Yoga. So, I request the readers not to fall into such business traps. First Kriya includes Asana (Sitting in correct posture), Pranayam (Kriya for control of Life-force), Yonimudra, Mahamudra and Parabastha (Pratyahar- withdrawal of mind from outer senses). By practicing this one reaches the stage of Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi. Everything comes automatically. Only requirement is love towards God, devotion and practicing Kriya correctly. This is the original Kriya given by Yogiraj Shymacharan Lahiri Mahasaya.
Diksha is the most important aspect of sadhana! It is like the second birth of Sadhak in the spiritual world, without diksha or Initiation from a sad guru the kriyas discussed here simply holds no power!
Diksha is like a seed and daily sadhana of these kriyas is water.. Both diksha and sadhana works together for spiritual growth of sadhak. Initiation is not just revealing of techniques of kriya there is more to it, it is the transfer of spark of light from one soul to another..and connects sadhak with the lineage of Sri Lahiri Baba, Swami Pranabananda Giri, and Sri Gyanendra Nath baba. This transfer activates the sleeping divine energy inside sadhak and pushes his/her consciousness towards more positive and sattvic state..
Diksha/Initiation is a very secret affair between Guru and disciple! It is never done in masses or public(or online!) .. It establishes a unbreakable bond between Guru and disciple. Without diksha sadhana is useless..
The mystery of Kriya Yoga lies on the basis of crossing the boundary of mind and intellect by watching the Life-force and the way of merging the individual spirit (Jivatma) into the Eternal Spirit (Parmatma). So, first one has to practice the Kriya using the six energy centres in the spine (Shat Chakra).Then one pierces the chakras one by one and at last pierces the Ajna chakra. This is the end of Kriya practice in the six energy centres of the spine. After that Kriya starts in the field of intellect (Budhi Kshetra) and in the field of Eternity (Parama Kshetra). All these things happen with Kriya Yoga. Before writing, how Kriya Yoga should be practiced, it is required to clearly understand the relation between the Life-force (Prana), mind (Mana), intellect (Budhhi), individual spirit (Jivatma) and the eternal spirit (Parmatma).
If the inhaling and exhaling become frequent and uncontrolled, mind becomes restless and on the other-hand if mind becomes restless, breathing becomes frequent and uncontrolled. Because both mind and breathing are inter dependant. As breathing is gross in nature (Sthula in Sanskrit) and mind is subtle (Sukshma in Sanskrit), it is easy to control breathe first because controlling of gross is easier than controlling subtle. That is why it is required to control breathing first with the help of Pranayam and slowly it will be subtle.
Moreover, the concept of the relation and difference between breathing, Life-force and mind should be clear, otherwise it will be confusing. Breathing is controlled by Life-force; however it cannot be termed as direct Life-force. The force or the energy which helps intake of air inside body during breathe in and outflow of air from the body during breathe out is nothing but the Life-force. This Life-force is distributed all over the body and all the internal organs are controlled by this Life-force. That is why the body internal organs stop working in absence of Life-force and then it is declared as a dead body. Life-force can be compared with Electricity which drives the motor (heart in case of human body) and motor (heart) in turn drives the machine (lungs in human body).
In easy language, it can be explained in this way: at first by breathing control, breath should be converted from subtle to extremely subtle. The state of this extreme subtle breathing is the same as the Life-force. And the state of subtle Life-force is mind. State of subtle mind is intellect. The state of subtle intellect is individual spirit (Jivatma) and the state of extreme subtle individual spirit is universal spirit (Parmatma).
As the Life-force becomes more & more subtle, the Prana Vayu (breathing) becomes extreme subtle; it will not flow through the nose and will move inside body through Sushumna. In this condition of Kumbhak (*), the Prana or Life-force moves in Sushumna and mind will slowly merge into Life-force and will start moving together. With this Life-force and mind, it is required to pierce the six chakras. After piercing the Ajna Chakra, it is seen that there is no relation between mind and Life-force. Then mind becomes more subtle and merge with intellect and Kriya starts in the space of intellect. After completion of Kriya in the space of intellect, it becomes more subtle and merges into individual spirit (Jivatma). That time it is required to take the individual spirit into the space of universal eternal spirit (Parmatma) and merge the Jivatma in Parmatma. At the end it is required to pierce the Mula Chakra and submerge in formless Brahma (Nirguna Brahma). This is called the stage of Bramhalin.
(*) KUMBHAK: Now I will describe to the readers the science of this subtle breathing. A normal man breathes 21,600 times in a day or 15 times in a minute (normal condition). The air after breathing out covers a distance of the length of 12 fingers from the nostril. If a person can reduce the distance covered by the outward breathe by 1 finger, it will result in reduction in rate of breathing by 1.25 times per minute. [For example when the distance covered by the outward breathed air are 11 fingers, the rate of breathing will be 13.75 times per minute]. So, the rate of breathing becomes zero when breath does not come out of nostrils. This is called the stage of Kumbhak.
The longevity increases by practicing this Kumbhak. A man takes birth with fixed numbers of breathing to be taken during life span (this quota of breathing is allocated by Almighty). The activities which increase the rate of breathing are defined as vice in the scriptures because it reduces life span, the virtuous activities are those which make the mind peaceful and thus reduces the rate of breathing. As the breathing does not take place during Kumbhak, it increases the life-span. The life-span of a normal man in Kaliyuga as per scripture is 124 years. It reduces because of the modern hectic life, pollution, food habit and stress. However Kumbhak increases the life span of a Yogi.
As described earlier, there are eight steps common to Kriya Yoga and Raja Yoga. They are controlling of senses (Yama), strict discipline (Niyama), correct posture (Asana), control of Life-force (Pranayam), withdrawing from outer senses (Pratyahar), fixing mind to a particular object or thought (Dharana), diving into deep inside to almost merge into Eternal Truth (Dhyana) and then Sadhaka and the Eternal Truth become the one (Samadhi). The first five steps i.e Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayam & Pratyahar are included in Karma Yoga (Yoga of work). And Dharana, Dhyana & Samadhi are Kriyas done in the field of intellect (Buddhi) and divinity (Paramakhetra). So, they are the Kriyas of devotion and knowledge or Kriyas done in Sahasrar.
YAMA: First important thing is food. If the food eaten by Sadhaka is not Sattvic in nature, then there is no chance of spiritual improvement. Because, if the body becomes restless, mind will also become restless. Following are the examples of Sattvic food (for the benefit of English readers, it is worth mentioning here that English translations of some of the vegetables are not available): Pointed gourd (Parwal in Hindi or Patal in Bengali), saak (leafy vegetables), Chana dal, green gram dal (moong dal), split red gram (Tuvar dal/Arhar dal), carbohydrates (Sarkara), milk, dense milk (Kheer), ghee, fruits etc. [Note for English Readers: Fruits & Vegetables are considered to be the Sattvic Food]. Those who are used to take non-vegetarian food can eat small fishes. Following are the examples of Rajasik foods: egg, chicken/mutton, onion, garlic, mustard, asafoetida (Hing) etc., these foods create restlessness in body and mind and destroys the calmness, so these should be avoided. If these foods are consumed, it will drop curtain over the spiritual eye (abaran) or diversion/deflection (bikshep). [Discussed in details in “PRANAYAM” Section]
Examples of Tamasik Food (which creates Tamogun in body): stored foods prepared earlier, too sour food, too hot food or too cold food. These foods create Tamogun in body. It creates laziness, sleepiness and lack of enthusiasm in the body.
Besides these, reading spiritual books, company of spiritual people, spiritual discussion, and honest behaviour also should be practiced. One should read The Gita every day. Participating in discussion about others & criticising others to be strictly avoided. One should not be too dependent on others. Gossiping or involving oneself in debate is not desired. One should not do excessive hard work (to become fully exhausted). Watching television or movie is to be avoided. On the whole one should be blind, deaf &dumb.(Means he should not see anything wrong, should not speak anything wrong or hear anything wrong). It may be difficult but possible. Besides these celibacy (Brahmacharya) is also important. Otherwise, one will not be able to perceive the subtle spiritual feelings of the inner world.
One should not eat stomach full with food. It means one should eat up to the point when there is still some empty space left in the stomach. (One should leave taking food when still some hunger is left). Pranayam will not manifest to the persons who eat excess food. One should not practice Kriya within 5-6 hours of taking meal. If one follows these disciplines, he can rapidly progress in spiritual path. At the beginning one may feel depressed (this state of Sadhaka is described in the first chapter of Sri Bhagawata Gita: Arjuna Vishada Yoga), but when one starts feeling the spiritual bliss, the worldly joy will become insignificant.
NIYAM (DISCIPLINE): Everyday Kriya should be practiced in the same time and for same duration. If one day, I get some joy in doing Kriya, that day I will do more Kriya or on other day I am not getting any joy out of Kriya so I will do less Kriya- practising Kriya in this inconsistent way will be of no help. Everyday Kriya should be practiced following strict discipline. But as the time passes, the duration of Kriya practice will increase automatically. Kriya should be practiced without any worry in the mind; it will help in rapid progress in Kriya path. Every day Kriya should be practiced at least twice a day. If one practices Kriya in the same time every day, he will notice that during that time of the day, mind will become calm automatically. At advanced stage one can practice Kriya whenever he likes and for any duration because at this stage the mind and Prana is under control of Sadhaka. The biggest enemy of Kriya practice is noise. One should practice Kriya in a calm & quiet atmosphere.
ASANA: Now let us discuss about asana (Posture for sitting in Sadhana). There are many varieties. But for Kriya practice Siddhasan or Swastikasan is the best and easy.
After sitting in asana, one should inhale fully and sit with expanded chest. Hands should be straight. Posture or asana should be in the state of “Samakaya Siragriba”: sama means in the same straight line, kaya means body, sira means head and griba means shoulders. It means the spine and the head should be placed in the same straight line. Chin should be placed slightly down towards throat. Now it should be practiced to make the body totally still because unless the body becomes totally still, it is not possible to practice the Pranayam following actual procedure. The sitting cushion should be like this: first cushion should be made out of Kusha grass, above that blanket should be placed and on the top silk cloth to be placed. [Nowadays getting Kushasan may be difficult, alternatively one can make the sitting cushion with pure white or plain coloured woollen blanket and a good quality silk cloth may be placed above that]. During Kriya practice one should be careful that no part of the body should touch the ground. Otherwise ground will suck the spiritual energy generated out of Kriya practice. During Kriya practice one should be careful that the mastak granthi (Knot in the head: it is physically located in medulla oblongata) and Ajna chakra is placed in the same line and parallel to ground. If during Kriya practice it is noticed that medulla oblongata has come down and Ajna chakra has gone up, it indicates that mind is not there in Ajna chakra but roaming in worldly thoughts. During Kriya practice one should be careful about this.
PRANAYAM: Now let us discuss about the principle part of Sadhana that is Pranayam. There are two main hindrances in Sadhana, one is abaran (curtain on spiritual eye) and the other is diversion or deflection (bikshep). Abaran covers God in the similar fashion of cloud that covers the sun. Sun is always there but when cloud covers the sun, it looks like there is no sun. Similarly God is always there in Kutastha but due to effect of abaran, we are not able to perceive him always. Due to effect of bikshep; if one tries to keep mind on the place where God is there, it gets deflected from there. By practicing Pranayam and following strict discipline of Yama & Niyama, this abaran (curtain on spiritual eye) slowly vanishes and bikshep gets removed.
Because of this abaran, when we close our eyes, we see total darkness. Inner sky will glow with more and more lights, as the curtail of abaran vanishes and we will reach more nearer to God. To defeat this abaran & bikshep is the most important stage of Sadhana.
Though there are many varieties of Pranayam, the natural Pranayam which one gets from birth (Sahaja Pranayam) is the best Pranayam. This Pranayam was given by Lord Sri Krishna to his dearest disciple Arjuna. In this Pranayam at the beginning, Pranab mantra (OM) should be remembered at every chakra with natural inhalation and exhalation. During practice of Pranayam, mind should be fixed at Kutastha means at the center point of Ajna chakra. Ajna chakra is located at the point between the eye-brows. At the beginning, it is very difficult to locate the center point of Ajna Chakra or Kutastha, that is why focus should be kept at the center of eye-brows and attention should be kept at the center of any figures/shapes as appear there. This should be practiced without straining the eyes, then vision will be automatically fixed at the center point. Mind should not get diverted from this point. Tendency of mind will be there to get diverted but again & again it should be pulled back and fixed at the point between eye-brows with practice of Pranayam. With this, mind and Prana will move together at the point between the eyebrows. This is described by my Revered Gurudeb as keeping the mind with Prana or Life-force (“prane mon deoa” in Bengali). This is the Kriya of six chakras. In the beginning, no force should be applied on breathing. At the beginning, nadis in the body remains blocked. If force is applied in this condition, it may create many diseases. It will hamper the spiritual advancement too.
Like this Pranayam should be practiced for days after days, months after months, years after years. One should not lose patience. That is why Thakur (Literally it means God. The word is used in Bengali to mean a Godly person) Ramakrishna told- “the one who keeps patience survives but the one who loses patience gets destroyed”. Like this after practicing Pranayam for long time, Pranayam becomes subtle and then extreme subtle.
One day mind will surely become fixed at the point between eyebrows, but till that time one should go on practicing Kriya in this way. When the mind becomes stable at the point between eyebrows, the breathing will be extreme subtle. At this condition force should be applied on the breathing during Kriya Pranayam. At that time, an overwhelming joy will fill the mind and the feeling will come that I have never experienced such joy earlier. Kriya should be practiced till the lower part of Kutastha are crossed, once the mind goes above Ajna chakra, the Kriya of six chakras ends. Then mind and Life-force becomes stable, and by an unknown force (force of God), the Kutastha is pierced and the mind and the Life-force rises to Sahasrar. The same is being hinted in the Bible by Jesus Christ- “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”[Matthew 7.7]. Here Jesus has not indicated at any wooden door. This is the door of Kutastha. With Kriya Pranayam, Sadhaka everyday knocks at the center doors of six chakras and opens them one by one and reaches the center of Ajna Chakra. The center of Ajna Chakra or Kutastha can be opened with the Kripa (blessings) of God only. He sees that Sadhaka has reached near to him, so He opens the door of Ajna Chakra and brings the Sadhaka to Sahasrar. Before piercing the Kutastha, Sadhaka keeps his focus in the east side of the body and after piercing the same, he keeps his focus in the west side of the body. [Front of the body is east, back is west.]
One thing should be remembered that after practicing Kriya Pranayams and mudras, one should not immediately get up. One should sit for some times focussing at the Kutastha with fixing the mind there. This is called the Kriya of Pratyahar or Kriya for withdrawing from outer senses. When one feels the divine intoxication or ecstasy, no Kriya should be practiced. Mind will be fixed at Kutastha. He will be filled with Divine intoxication. One forgets himself in this condition. He feels that he was in a state of total bliss but not able to remember that state exactly. He will not feel to open the eyes, feel difficulties in talking or feel not to hear anything. He does not feel hungry or thirsty. While walking too, his steps will not be proper due to this state of Divine intoxication.
After this Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi Kriya can be perceived automatically at Sahasrar.
The Kriya Yoga being taught these days is false! It is not the real Kriya of Lahiri baba, it is the kriya invented by them! The most important or soul technique in kriya is pranayama which is completely polluted by so called gurus of kriya yoga these days! The pranayama they teach is dangerous not only to mind but the body of practitioner as well! They are teaching to forcefully pull the breath up inhaling and exhaling with force moving attention from chakra to chakra inside spine! The force applied results in temporary damage of subtle nadis in body resulting in headaches and disease.
This is wrong, every commentary of Lahiri Mahasaya states that, “Bring your attention to Ajna chakra and stabilize the prana there”. This is the real kriya of Lahiri Mahasaya, the breathing in genuine kriya is soft and gentle without any force and the mind is fixed at one point for great concentration everything stays natural!
If you practice Kriya with blind faith and patience, you will get the result. You will be free from the cycle of birth & death, merge into infinity and will definitely enjoy the Eternal Bliss (Bramhananda).
So, dear spiritual seekers, please practice Kriya. Time is nearing to the end; death is standing with open arms to receive us. So, rise, awake & start Kriya practice from today onwards.
There are many veins (nadis) in our human body which carry the Life-force. These veins are generally partially blocked with bile (pitta as per Ayurveda), mucus (kafa as per Ayurveda) and trapped air (Vayu as per Ayurveda). In this blocked condition, the veins cannot work to their full efficiency. When one practices Pranayam, by the force of Prana the dirt gets cleared and Prana (Life-force) flows smoothly to all the parts of the body. At this point Life-force becomes subtle. Life-force (Prana) becomes so subtle that it can move to any part of the body without any hindrance. That time it will be possible to keep the Life-force and the mind at any part of the body. It is a result of long & regular practice. After cleansing of all other veins, lastly Ida & Pingala get purified. After that, the door of Sushumna gets opened up. This is called purification of nadis (Nadi shuddhi). The one who practices understands it.
When Life-force becomes extreme subtle, it is possible to hold Life-force at any part of the body or remove from any part of the body. For example, suppose operation is needed in hand, leg or any other part of the body, if the Life-force is removed from that part, it will be dead and operation at that point can be done without using anaesthesia. The person will not feel slightest pain also. It will be possible to go to breathless state (Kumbhak) at will. It will be possible to experience the occult power by holding the Life-force at a particular chakra etc.
By practicing the Kriya Pranayam for long time, some effects of Pranayam become very visible outside:
Besides these, Sadhaka also gets some occult powers like:
Asta-siddhi comes to Sadhaka at advanced stage. Asta Siddhi or eight super natural powers are:
A Sadhaka should offer these occult powers back to God and advance in spiritual path.
God tries to test the Kriyabans who have started doing Kriya Sadhana with the things that increases desires and lust. Especially it comes in the form in which the Sadhaka has more weakness. It attacks and tries to deflect the Sadhaka from spiritual path. So, be careful.
In the beginning mind does not want to settle down, it seems impossible. But who practices with patience will get the result. There is no doubt in it. When inner sky will start glowing up, mind will understand where to focus. Remember, whatever you see, keep your gaze fixed at the center. I am telling again that Kriya should be practiced by sitting still, without keeping any worry in the mind, fixing your peaceful gaze only at Kutastha without straining your eyes. With this, Pranaba Japa should continue in Six Chakras as advised. This is described in scriptures as Ajapa Japa. Some people think that Bhagawan Buddha, Shri Chaitanya, Kabir, Guru Nanaka etc. gave the same technique to their disciples. Now one may ask why the importance of focus at the Kutastha is emphasised so much. It is because-suppose in a crowd one wants to call a specific person, then he should look directly at the person and call by his name. If he sees at other direction and call, the proper person may think that any other person is called. Similarly God resides in Kutastha, so, we should call Him by fixing our gaze at Kutastha.
With practice of this technique mind will be fixed at Kutastha then Life-force, mind, body and eyes will be still. Then go up to Sahasrar by piercing the Kutastha with this subtle Life-force. What is to be done after that or what happens after that can be understood on own. Mind will become the Guru then and will tell what needs to be done after that. In this condition, required instruction will either appear in the mind like a flash or appear in the Kutastha in form of writing or Sadhaka may feel that somebody is uttering instruction on his ear.
Piercing the Kutastha is the same as finishing Kriya Sadhana in Six Chakras.
Correct Kriya should be practiced at least six hours every day for rapid spiritual development. (Rule)
Higher Kriyas are automatically derived by the Sadhaka from sincere practice of first Kriya. When Sadhaka enters the Sushumna with the help of subtle Life-force along with the mind and can hold the Sukshma Prana (extreme subtle) in any of the Six Centers of spine or in any part of the body at his own will, it is understood that he has entered the stage of Second Kriya. At this stage Prana is totally under control of Sadhaka. One enters automatically from first to second Kriya. First and second Kriya are practiced below Kutastha. Third Kriya is practiced in Kutastha. In third Kriya, clear and continuous Anahata Nada (Sound) becomes audible to Sadhaka. Fourth and the higher Kriyas (fifth- sixth etc.) are called the Kriyas of subtle Life-force (Sthir Vayur Kriya). These Kriyas take place in Sahasrar. All these are higher Kriyas, performed not with the help of Life-force but with intellect and then with Jivatma (individual spirit). Finally, Jivatma merges with Paramatma (Eternal Spirit) in Paramatma Khestra. So, by practicing first Kriya correctly & sincerely over the years, other Kriyas automatically get divulged to Sadhaka.
I shall end the book by writing some points for the advanced Kriyabans. The Kriyabans whose Sushumna has been opened up can practice this Chaturthik Kriya Pranayam. After practicing the Kriya Pranayam in six chakras, sit peacefully for some time in Parabastha. Focus at the center of the Ajna Chakra. With natural breathing inside Sushumna, pull one inhalation inside Sushumna with one Pranaba and without holding it, breathe out with another Pranaba. This is the Chaturthik Pranayam.
So, this technique of pulling the breath with one Pranaba and breathing out with another Pranaba is called the Chaturthik Pranayam. This Pranayam should be practiced till one forgets himself and reaches the stage of Samadhi (Yoga Nidra). If you keep away all desires, only keep devotion and faith on God and pray for His blessings. No doubt, you will reach the state of Samadhi. Only devotion and sincere practice is needed.