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Hariharananda's Kriya Yoga
Swami Hariharananda’s Kriya Yoga is practiced by many students world wide. But is it an effective form of Kriya Yoga? Hariharananda’s Kriya Yoga has a number of significant differences from the Kriya Yoga taught by Lahiri Baba (Lahiri Mahasaya) that result in different effects on the student. Understanding the principles and best practices of Kriya Yoga will help students discern how to best apply their efforts to get results in meditation.
Does the Wim Hof Method Work?
Although many practice the Wim Hof Method and believe in its benefits, it is not an effective technique for meditation. Meditation requires a process of internalization, the pathway of which is the parasympathetic nervous system. Methods that use slow intentional breathing, such as Kriya Yoga, leverage the parasympathetic and lead one into a true meditative state.
Kriya Yoga and Spiritual Destiny
Although the practices of Kriya Yoga are incredibly transformative and help one to progress significantly on the spiritual path, the unfoldment of one’s spiritual destiny is much more important than following any particular tradition. One’s spiritual destiny will ultimately take one beyond the forms we use to begin our spiritual journeys into the realm of the formless. Therefore, it is important to develop an attitude of flexibility and spontaneity in our practices to help us embody our true natures.
Kriya Yoga and the Guru's Blessings
Kriya Yoga students often talk about the blessings of the guru as being essential for their sadhana (spiritual practice). While guidance and support from the teacher are important, it is more important that the student earnestly apply themselves in their practice. In this way they will help to ensure their success in meditation and support their spiritual development.
Why Your Kriya Yoga Practice Isn't Working
Many Kriya Yoga students experience challenges with their practice where they do not feel the full effects of Kriya in their meditations. This can be partly the result of modifications made in their Kriya lineage or the student’s misunderstanding of particular techniques. A thorough grounding in the principles of Kriya Yoga, therefore, will assist students to tweak their practice to get maximum results.
Kriya Yoga is Evidence Based
The success of Kriya Yoga and why it is an ingenious practice is that it is evidence based. The techniques produce reliable and consistent effects on the body’s central nervous system, thereby supporting one to shift into a low idle state. This contrasts with other meditation practices that do not directly affect the parasympathetic nervous system and thereby produce mixed meditation results. By using Kriya Yoga, you can ensure that you consistently get into deep meditation and support your spiritual development.
Goal of Kriya Yoga
Whatever one’s overall goal is for Kriya Yoga practice, one still needs to progress through the stages of inner unfoldment as outlined by the ancient sage Patanjali. In order to do this, one needs ensure that one’s practice is effective and leads to deep internalization. Only then, can one’s begin to have inner spiritual experiences that lead to inner transformation.
Does Shambhavi Mahamudra Work?
Some claim that Shambhavi Mahamudra taught by Sadhguru leads to miraculous results. But is it effective as a meditation practice? An examination of the different parts of this practice, as informed by a modern understanding of Kriya Yoga, can give us a clear picture of whether or not Shambhavi Mahamudra is likely to live up to its promise.
Kriya Yoga and Spiritual Progress
It is often unclear to Kriya Yoga students what is the best way to ensure their spiritual progress. Some believe that this is achieved primarily through alignment with the guru or spiritual teacher or through the depth of profound devotion. Lahiri Baba, in contrast, provided a very practical set of techniques to empower the spiritual process of his students to ensure they made spiritual progress.
Secret of Kriya Yoga
Although there are many secrets about Kriya Yoga, the most important one is how Kriya Yoga helps one go into a low-idle state. By leveraging the body’s parasympathetic nervous system, Kriya Yoga is a very effective means of internalization through intentional breathing. Knowing the principles by which meditation works, and how Kriya Yoga facilitates internalization, will help students understand how to best apply their efforts to get results.