The videos below provide insights into many misunderstood subjects and esoteric teachings in meditation, Kriya Yoga, Daoist Internal Alchemy, yoga, and related practices. If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kriya Yoga and the Search for Truth
Many Kriya yogis have the goal of attaining self-realization through their practice of Kriya Yoga. They may have been influenced by the writings of Yogananda or others who believe that nirvikalpa samadhi (perpetual bliss) is the ultimate state to be attained through one’s sadhana (spiritual practice). However, realization of the truth is more than just the attainment of temporary bliss states. Realization of the truth requires a clear perspective on one’s sadhana and everyday existence.
Does Sudarshan Kriya Yoga Work?
Although Sudarshan Kriya Yoga is practiced worldwide and has many celebrity endorsements and promotional videos, it is not an effective method for getting into deep meditation. It neither follows the guidelines of Pantanjali’s Yoga Sutras nor is it rooted in meditation best practices. Drawing heavily on Hatha Yoga, it is at best a form of stress release.
The Science of Kriya Yoga
There are principles and best practices that underpin the science of Kriya Yoga. If applied correctly, these principles and practices will consistently result in progressively deeper meditation states. Understanding how Kriya Yoga works will help speed up your development in meditation and empower your spiritual practice.
What to Do After Kriya Yoga
Students of Kriya Yoga often wonder what to do after they have practiced the Kriya techniques. While some sit “in the stillness” and others practice devotion, there is another option that will have you consistently going into deep meditation.
Kriya Yoga and the Four Jhanas
The Four Jhanas (Rupa Jhanas) are meditative states in Buddhism that are a pre-requisite for Vipassana (insight) practice. The Four Jhanas share commonalities with the meditative states experienced in Kriya Yoga. Understanding the Four Jhanas can provide valuable insights for Kriya yogis about their own sadhana (spiritual practice).
The Original Kriya Yoga
The original Kriya Yoga as taught by Lahiri Baba (and retained in its original form in the Panchanan Bhattacharya lineage) is one of the most powerful practices for spiritual emancipation. It allows one to have direct inner spiritual experiences without the need for intermediaries. Many Kriya Yoga schools that have partial knowledge of the original Kriya Yoga spend more time building organizations and creating social hierarchy than supporting their students and are therefore contributing to the degradation of Kriya Yoga. By bringing their focus back to best practices and principles of Kriya Yoga, these schools can remedy their crooked path and support global spiritual evolution.
Truth About Kundalini Kriya Yoga
Kundalini Kriya Yoga was developed by Yogiraj Gurunath Siddhanath. Although considered by some as an advanced practice, it has a number of problems which can lead to negative effects on the student. Having a clear understanding of these techniques, will help inform students how to best navigate their sadhana (spiritual practice).
Kriya Yoga and Prayer
Many Kriya Yoga schools and other spiritual paths use prayer as a way to try to establish a divine connection. However, students often use wordy parrot-prayers that only serve to solidify their beliefs. The original Kriya Yoga, as taught by Lahiri Baba, provides a very practical way to move beyond spiritual belief and faith into actual experience of one’s divine connection.
Kriya Yoga, Dhyana, and Paravastha
Dhyana (absorption in meditation) and paravastha (after effect poise state) are important aspects of Kriya Yoga. Whereas some Kriya Yoga schools advocate for “sitting in stillness” as a substitute for true dhyana, the original Kriya Yoga of Lahiri Baba teaches that deep states of meditation result directly from one’s practice. The effort of the student, therefore, should be in fine-tuning their techniques so that meditative effects can unfold naturally and constitute Sahaja Yoga (original or natural yoga).