What is Yoga ? Is Yoga a new religion ?
Yoga is a universal philosophy, path, discipline of life, and goal of each human being. Yoga systematically teaches us to live a fulfilled practical life. It integrates all round development of body, mind, and spirit.
Yoga is not a religion and doesn’t impose any belief. It rather supports and strengthens ones noble ideas and leads the person to contentment.
Who started Yoga ?
Starting point of Yoga can not be determined. Yoga is inherent to human life. The basic guidelines of Yoga transcends time and place and applies to all. It is believed that 7000 years ago this esoteric knowledge was codified by Sage Patanjali in a text named Yogasutra.
Why do I need Yoga in my life ?
A disciplined, calm, and balance mind is a goal for all. Yoga provides path and tools to achieve this without affecting our daily activities.
What Is Kriya ?
Kriya is the path of dedicated activities. In Sanskrit the word consists of two syllables. Kri, means activity and Ya, means divinity; thus it means to do all activities with love, with dedication. Kriya is a path that brings more calmness, harmony, peace, and love through activities. Through sincere practice of Kriya Yoga a person remains aware of the presence of divinity within and works with continuous God consciousness.
What Is Kriya Yoga ?
Kriya Yoga, based on the science of breath, is an ancient and divinely provided method of living and meditation. It simultaneously cultivates body, mind, intellect, and soul using powerful meditative and yogic disciplines. Kriya Yoga, being the practical aspect of spiritual life based on all religions, is a universal way of awakening into cosmic.
Who Started Kriya Yoga?
Supreme reality (God) is the original Master(Guru), who teaches through the ages in different ways. In Gita IV/1, Lord Krishna said “I taught this Yoga to Vivasvan (the first king of Solar Dynasty), who later on taught it to Manu (accepted as the first law giver of mankind), and Manu handed over this knowledge of Yoga to Ikshvaku.”
In modern times, the reviver of Kriya Yoga was Mahavatar Babaji Maharaj, who taught this sacred technique to Shri Lahiri Mahasaya in December 1861 in a cave of the Himalayas. Shri Lahiri Mahasaya is called the fountain head of Kriya Yoga. From him, the lineage of Kriya Yoga has continued to this day through different Masters.
Is It Different Than Other Yoga?
Yes. Kriya Yoga is an ancient meditative method that is taught by Masters or authorized teachers. Kriya Yoga simultaneously cultivates body, mind, intellect, and soul that lead the practitioner to higher state of consciousness.
What Does Guru (Master) Mean ?
Supreme reality (God) is the original Master(Guru). Guru is the divine power of God that shows, protects and guides us in the spiritual path. The scripture mentions that Guru removes the darkness in life through light of knowledge. In a spiritual life it is essential to follow the teachings of the Guru and serve Guru through humility.
Can I Practise Kriya Yoga Technique By Reading Any Book Or Watching A Video ?
No. Kriya Yoga should be directly learnt from the Guru or a designated authorized Kriya Yoga teacher.
How To Learn Kriya Yoga Technique?
To learn Kriya Yoga technique, one has to get initiated by the Guru or authorized Kriya Yoga teacher.
Do I Need To Change Religion To Learn And Practise Kriya Yoga ?
No. Kriya Yoga Gurus encouraged seekers to follow their own path and religion. Our master Paramahamsa Hariharananda said that by practicing this sacred meditative technique a Christian becomes a better Christian, a Muslim becomes a better Muslim and so on.
I Practice Another Yoga, Can I Practise That Along With Kriya Yoga?
Yes. Kriya Yoga is universal and doesn’t bring conflict with any practice. However, please discuss your situation with an authorized Kriya Yoga teacher.
I Have Physical Limitations. Can I Practise Kriya Yoga?
Kriya Yoga is a simple and easy to practise meditative technique. This technique can be practised by anyone who is sincere.
I smoke and drink and have a few other vices. Can I practice Kriya Yoga?
Most certainly you can practice Kriya Yoga. Kriya Yoga does not impose any external restrictions on you or your lifestyle. However, it is good to avoid substances that are injurious to your health. By the regular practice of Kriya Yoga meditation, the habits which are not conducive to your physical and mental health will automatically drop off.
I eat meat. Can I practise Kriya Yoga?
Kriya Yoga does not impose any restriction on food habits. You can continue to eat whatever you are eating while practising Kriya Yoga. One does not have to make any external changes in one’s life style to practice Kriya Yoga.
I am an agnostic and I have no interest in leading a spiritual life. How will Kriya Yoga help me?
Kriya Yoga is a scientific technique and to practice it does not require you to have faith in any God. By the practice of Kriya Yoga you will develop a good body, calm mind and a strong intellect. You will develop concentration of mind and be effective in all your endeavours.
I am not a Hindu. Can I practise Kriya Yoga without going against my religion?
Although Kriya Yoga finds a mention in Hindu scriptures, all the major religions such as the Holy Bible and Torah have references to practices that are techniques of Kriya Yoga. Kriya Yoga does not require you to change your faith or belief or even your way of life. Kriya Yoga is the essence of all religions. In the words of Paramahamsa Hariharananda, Kriya Yoga is the highway of all religions. A Christian becomes a better Christian, a Muslim becomes a better Muslim and a Hindu becomes a better Hindu by the practice of Kriya Yoga.
What is so special about Kriya Yoga? Is it different from other yoga and meditation systems?
Kriya Yoga is the only Yoga that is mentioned and defined In the most ancient treatise on Yoga, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali. It is the most ancient form of Yoga that encompasses complete development of an individual. Paramahamsa Yogananda, one of the greatest Yogis who popularised Kriya Yoga in the West said that by the practice of Kriya Yoga it is possible to transform a human being with animal traits into a human being with divine traits. Paramahamsa Hariharananda said that it is the fastest means of spiritual evolution known to mankind.
Kriya Yoga is the first system of Yoga from which all other forms were derived and therefore it is unique and superior to all other systems of Yoga. The meditation system of Kriya Yoga involves no difficult practices and anybody practising the techniques can experience a high level of mindfulness and bliss. In a very scientific way, the restless mind is transformed from a state with many thoughts to a state with one or no thought. Meditation is a state of mind where there is no thought.
I am short tempered and emotional. Will Kriya Yoga help me?
I work from 9 to 6. Quite often I have to stay back late at work. Is Kriya Yoga suitable for people like me? Will it help me to perform better in my job?
The practice of Kriya Yoga is not the sole privilege of the renunciate living in the forest, away from the cares of the modern world. On the other hand it is meant for the active householder executives who often travel long distances to work and toil for long hours in an office to support their family.
Regular practice of Kriya Yoga for 15 minutes a day can make a world of difference to our energy levels and mental states. Besides the practice of Kriya Yoga techniques for 15 minutes a day, with a little effort, one can practice the philosophy of Kriya Yoga all day long and that too in the midst of all activities.
15 minutes of practice can help you maintain a calm and concentrated mind for a couple of hours thereby greatly improving your efficiency at work.
What is the objective of Kriya Yoga? Who is the founder?
The mind is the most important resource that we have. With a mind free of ku-samskaras, vacillating temperament and restlessness and endowed with good concentration and strong intellect we can achieve success in the material world and the spiritual world. Kriya Yoga helps us to develop that.
In the Shrimad Bhagavad Gita, chapter 4 verse 1, the Lord says, “I first taught this imperishable Yoga to Vivasvaan (Sun god)”. So God is the first teacher of Kriya Yoga. In the Satya Yuga, Kriya Yoga was practiced by all. In the Treta Yuga, Lord Rama practiced Kriya Yoga. Lord Krishna taught this Yoga to Arjuna and many others in the Dvapara Yuga, in the modern times, Babaji Maharaj reintroduced this Yoga to the world by teaching it to Lahiri Mahashaya.
Why should I practise Kriya Yoga? How is it going to change the quality of my life?
Kriya Yoga results in simultaneous physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual progress. It brings all round development touching every aspect of our lives, be it at our workplace, in our home or at the school. It helps to quieten our mental chatter, increase our concentration and maintain good health.
Under the influence of unwanted tendencies, many a time, we act in ways that lead to unpleasant situations and failures in our endeavours. Practice of Kriya Yoga re-engineers our very being by cleaning up these unhealthy tendencies (ku-samskaras) opening for us a whole new world of choices to act in healthy ways that bring happiness and success.