WHAT IS KRIYA YOGA & WHY IT IS PRACTICED
Kriya Yoga is a very advanced form of yoga, which enables the practitioner to realize his/her own immortal substance, which is inside everybody. Also it will enable the person to understand the relationship between mind and body and how to develop the consciousness.
Many people would say that Kriya Yoga is practiced for realizing God. But the basic theme of Kriya Yoga is to realize one’s own self, all the possibilities, which are there inside you, and to awaken the subconscious mind to conscious state. Then only you will begin to understand the working of Creator; and maybe you will advance enough to know the Creator after that.
And here I will give a very brief introduction of Kriya Yoga. I’ve read many different versions of Kriya Yoga from all over the world, but I will tell you what my lineage of Guru taught me about it.
Kriya Yoga has 11 major steps.
In the first introductory level there are 7 techniques. We begin by offering our Pranam to the Guru, and then we start practicing. First there are two practices for tongue – Talabya kriya and Jihva chalan – they help to achieve Khechary Mudra. Then there is a technique called Manasik Pranayam – when you have to concentrate your mind on your spine and spinal cord. Then there is ShvansSahit Pranayam and Nabhi Kriya. After that – Yoni Mudra, which enables you to see your immortal substance. Then Maha Mudra, which prepares your body for very high practices of Kriya Yoga, which will come later. That’s it, 7 techniques are done, and they have different proportion. And, here I will say, they should be learned directly from the Guru.
After one has achieved Khechary Mudra then again there is a reshuffle in these techniques, and the pranayam in Nabhi Kriya is introduced. And then some other, say, mudras are introduced – and that is called «first level with Khechary Mudra. After that, when the person who has gone that far and who is practicing to the best of his or her ability, advances enough to receive second level of practice, it is given in three levels. First is just an introduction, secondly certain mantra is given, and on third certain head movements and certain pranayam is taught. That is the second level. It starts to open the heart knot at the same – Hridaya Granthi Bheda. And it takes quite some time for the body to adjust to this practice.
And here I will say that with these practices head size begins to increase. I measured my own head and some 2 hundred heads of my disciples — the size increases by half an inch to one and a half inch, which in itself is pretty miraculous, because I don’t think in medical science there is anything in existence, which can increase head size. Which means some new neurons or some connections are developing inside by the power of this practice.
So after a person has successfully been practicing the second level for some time and he has mastered the pranayam in Yoni Mudra and in Nabhi Kriya, then he advances enough to receive the third level, which is more powerful, than the second level, and which develops your mind even more. And experiences in Yoni Mudra become deeper and more mystical with these practices.
Then when the body is fine-tuned and the nervous system is strong enough to take on the fourth level, then fourth level is given. It is a very-very strong pranayam. Takes quite some time – maybe one year to two years – just to, say, be comfortable with it. And one should give body enough time to be comfortable with it. And it is one of the most difficult pranayam and very few people cross over it.
After that the fifth level is, again, a preparation for the sixth level. It takes quite some time. It is called Dhyan Kriya – the kriya for concentration of your mind. And from here the deeper, say, meditation or concentration begins. And mind becomes more and more fine, more refined and it gives you more ability to concentrate anywhere. Even it will give you enough ability to concentrate outside of your body, and it will enable you to come out of your physical body consciously.
So when the fifth level is done completely, then a very difficult pranayam is taught, which is called the sixth level pranayam. Again, I will say, it actually opens the knot of Vajra Nadi, which is inside Sushumna, and creates the door for Kundalini to arise. I think so far I have read almost every system, which is there, there is no direct technique to activate Vajra Nadi, except in Kriya Yoga.
Then when you master these techniques, then on the seventh level third pranayam of Nabhi Kriya is taught, which will enable you to leave your body consciously at the time of death. And that gives enough power to come out of your physical body consciously and whatever you want to do – you can do with it.Up to the seventh level, this is Hridaya Granthi Bheda – it is all going around the opening of your heart knot.
Then eighth and ninth level are for Rudra Granthi Bheda.
Eighth and ninth levels are for Rudra granthi bheda, and a special technique is taught, which is called Omkar kriya. And then the final stage of Yoni Mudra is taught – that is ninth level. After that a certain mantra is given and a technique for Shambhavi Mudra, which enables you to remain in Samadhi in your conscious hours, wherever you want to be, you will always remain in Samadhi.
So, I think, this brief introduction is enough now. As you will progress, you will learn more and more and more. And I will just quote Robert Frost here, a very famous British poet:
” Woods are dark and deep
and have a lure for the adventure
Miles I have covered
yet miles to go before I sleep.”
This is the beauty and power of Kriya Yoga, that immediately after diksha you will begin to experience your immortal substance inside. But seeing is one thing, and becoming friendly and intimate with your own Atma or your own soul – that takes time. You see somebody, but it does not mean that you are great friends suddenly simply by seeing. To become intimate with your own immortal substance so much practice is required – more and more and more. I will say, that the more you see somebody, the friendlier you become. You should be comfortable together – you and your immortal substance, and that is a rare phenomenon.
I don’t think, that in religion or in any other practice, there is something, which will enable the immortal substance or your Atma to appear like that. I’ve never come across that.
And also I will say, if you read every book on Hatha Yoga: from Hatha Yoga Pradipika to Gherandha Samhita to anything – they don’t describe much after Khechary Mudra. Even in the fourth chapter of Hatha Yoga Pradipika, not much is written after achieving Khechary Mudra. But after achieving Khechary Mudra there are ten steps in Kriya Yoga. That fact itself makes it the most mysterious practice ever.
So I’ve given this brief introduction just for the information for a true seeker, so that he will have some idea. If he is committing himself for practicing Kriya Yoga, he should have a very clear vision on how far he has to go.
There are many people who are talking flowery language. Because nowadays I see that the words Kriya Yoga and Yoga had become a commercial commodity, so much commerce had been involved.
But I received it for free from my Guru, and I give it for free. It is such a priceless thing that you cannot put a price to it. And it will always be for free. Yes! You have to awaken my interest in teaching you – that is enough.