Many Indian cultures have believed, since times immemorial, that the ultimate goal of meditation is to realize the eternal unity of one’s consciousness and soul with God. What achievements can be more valuable than using limited human abilities to realize the omnipresence and omnipotence of the Creator? Meditation on the Lord’s blessings can bring peace, love, joy, strength, and wisdom. Meditation uses the highest form of concentration. Concentration means removing the distractions of fleeting attention and focusing on any ideas that might be of interest to you, a special form of concentration that liberates attention from fear and turns to God. Therefore, meditation is focusing on knowing God… The first evidence of God’s existence is indescribable peace. This is an incredible joy for a person. Once you have touched the source of truth and life, and all nature will answer you.
Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda introduced a scientific technique of meditation and yoga called the Kriya Yoga. He defined it as the “highway to the Infinite” and the conduit to achieve “union with Bliss”. He defined the purpose of Kriya Yoga as the art of reaching the soul or consciousness deep within us. He believed our soul to be confined in the shell of a human body and that this pratice will help an individual reverse the process of one’s soul coming down from higher realms and into fleshy gards, to unlock it, to whim it away from the inner surface of our minds. The conciousness is to be pulled away from the muscles and flesh to be settled into the spine and the brain which he believed to be the altars of God within a human body, where the energy and electricity of God streams into our nervous system, into the world, all our senses being projected outward. Kriya Yoga reverses that energy to be directed into the spine and brain, instead and, as Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda believed, one will behold the maker. A gentle light should warm the soul once it is deposited at the altar of God and that light, as Sri Sri Paramahansa Ji says, beholds the universe. He believed that this would unlock an immortal strength within, that one may recognize the great power that lies within the infinite sphere of spirit which lies behind one’s little throbbing heart.
Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda says, “Do not, in any way, be a slave to the senses. Do not, in any way, be trapped by the senses. All of the senses were given that you may be their master. Temptation was not given to destroy you, but to increase your strength. If you do not fight a stronger person, you will not gain strength. So, the senses, you may think, are strong, but you are stronger and if you fight with them, you will be strong. If you give into them, you will be weak.”
Although we have made many achievements in life, we still often feel empty or aimless. Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda’s Kriya Yoga meditation teachings provide us with tools to fill the void and awaken our entire inner life, peace and joy. “Holy joy lasts longer than anything,” Paramahansaji said. “It takes time. When everything else is gone, the joy is still there.” When we start to discover this eternal happiness through the practice of meditation techniques, we also learn to maintain this happiness in our daily lives to revitalize and rejuvenate. To revitalize all our other activities we strive to be successful in every area, no matter what obstacles we encounter.
The science of Kriya Yoga has been given to humans to help us evolve as we strive to ascend to a more harmonious and understanding life through Raja Yoga’s modern revival of eternal science, Paramahansa Yogananda’s Kriya Yoga path and its spiritual inheritance. It is sent to all people in the world through the doctrine of self-fulfillment. The enlightened saint of ancient India was the first to discover the spiritual science of Kriya Yoga in the forgotten past; Hagavan Krishna praised this in the Bhagavad Gita. About his Yoga Sutras, Paramahansa Yogananda explained that this ancient method of meditation is also well-known to the disciples of Jesus Christ, Saint John and Saint Paul. Kriya Yoga has disappeared for centuries in the dark ages. It was reintroduced by Mahavatar Babaji. His disciple Rahiri Mahasaya (1828-1895) was the first to teach this kriya publicly in modern times. Babaji later asked Swami Sri Ukteswar Giri (1855-1936), a disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya, to teach Paramahansa Yogananda and sent him to the West to impart his technique of revealing the soul to the world. For this reason, Paramahansaji founded the Self-Realization Scholarship in 1920. Previously, only a few believers who gave up the world and lived a reclusive life as ascetics were able to reach it. These great Indians now allow all sincere seekers to have access to the ancient science of Kriya.
Yoganandaji wrote: “Before I came to the United States in 1920, Mahawatha Babaji told me that he was chosen to carry out this sacred mission: ‘I choose you to spread the message of Kriya Yoga in the West… A long time ago, I met your Guru Yukteswar at the Big Pot Festival; I told him that I would send you to practice with him.’ Then Babaji predicted: ‘Kriya Yoga, the science and technology of enlightening God, will eventually spread to all countries, and help coordinate the people of all countries through the infinite personal and transcendent perception of mankind.’ Absolute abundance can directly experience God, but your heart is the most pleasing.”
The Kriya Yoga Meditation Path has many advantages. Through regular practice of meditation techniques, subtle changes occur in the body, mind, and inner consciousness. Some of these benefits are obvious; others develop gradually and may take longer to manifest. Inner peace is one of the first fruits of meditation. This is closely related to clarity, understanding and guidance from within. Meditation brings objectivity and intuitive knowledge of how to solve problems in daily life, improve concentration, efficiency and professional ethics. It brings great harmony and happiness to interpersonal relationships and family life, and awakens the ability to give and receive unconditional love; reconcile vitality to the body, eliminate harmful stress, promote health and vitality. Most importantly, it helps to align consciousness with the divine and gives an unshakable inner happiness and sense of security in all living environments.These results are achieved through sincere efforts and mobilization of will to continue to achieve the ultimate goal of life: through self-realization, to obtain eternal new joy and union with God.
In his Yoga Sutras, the saint Patanjali defined yoga as “the alternating waves in the neutralization of consciousness.” According to Paramahansa Yogananda, this can also be translated as “stop changing the mental substance.” In other words, yoga creates the impeccable inner peace and concentration required for superconscious consciousness. Through the pranayama (life force control) technique of the Kriya Yoga path, the meditating yogi guides the thoughts and life energy inward, thereby calming the almost constant fears of ordinary people. These techniques provide the necessary bridge from confusion and distraction to inner silence, and ultimately to the happiness of the soul. As an integrated system, these pranayama techniques enable practitioners to achieve the highest interests and sacred goals of ancient yoga science. It helps align your consciousness with the divine and give unshakable inner happiness and safety in all living conditions. These results are achieved through sincere efforts and mobilization of will to pursue the ultimate goal of life: through self-realization and union with God to obtain eternal new happiness.
Kriya for Energy: Energy exercises are a series of psychophysical exercises developed by Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda to prepare the body for meditation. Regular practice can promote physical and mental relaxation and develop dynamic willpower with breath, vitality and energy. Consciously inhale abundant energy into the body while systematically cleaning and strengthening all parts of the body. Energy exercises last about 15 minutes and are one of the most effective ways to relieve stress and tension. Meditation helps to enter a state of calm and inner consciousness.
Hong-Sau for Concentration: By practicing the Hong-Sau concentration technique, a person learns to divert thoughts and energy from external disturbances so that they can focus on each goal or problem to be solved, or focus on achieving divine consciousness.
Aum for Meditation: Aum meditation techniques teach you how to best use the power of concentration to discover and develop the divine qualities of your true self. This ancient method teaches you how to use the ubiquitous sacred existence as Aum, the word, or the experience of the Holy Spirit. It is the foundation and support of all creation. This expands consciousness beyond the boundaries of body and mind to happily realize its unlimited potential.
Kriya Yoga Technique: Kriya is a very advanced Raja Yoga Pranayama technique. Kriya strengthens and rejuvenates the delicate flow of life energy (Prana) in the spine and brain. The ancient seers (Rishis) of India regarded the brain and spine as the tree of life. In the delicate spine centers of life and consciousness (chakras) flow with energy to rejuvenate all the nerves, organs and tissues of the body. Yoga practitioners have discovered that by continuously rotating the flow of life along the spine, with the help of the special techniques of Kriya Yoga, spiritual development and consciousness can be greatly accelerated. The correct practice of Kriya Yoga will naturally slow down the normal functions of the heart, lungs and nervous system, bringing the body and mind into deep inner stillness, and free attention from familiar things, the turbulence of thoughts, emotions, and sensory perceptions. In this inner stillness and clarity, a person gains a deeper inner peace and harmony with his soul and God.
Kriya Yoga is the highest method of God contact. In my own search for God I traveled all over India, and heard wisdom from the lips of a number of her greatest masters. I can therefore vouch for the fact that in Self-Realization teachings are the highest truths and scientific techniques given to mankind by God and the Great Ones.