Original Kriya Yoga at a Glance
By by Swami Satyeswarananda Giri
August 20, 1992
Original Kriya Yoga at a glance By Swami Satyeswarananda Giri
(How to Attain eternal Realization of the ultimate Self)
Can thirst be quenched by merely shouting the word "water"? Certainly not! Shouting only worsens the situation. The uttering of words does not produce the desired results as some devotees advocate and propagate.
Can a person learn how to swim simply by talking to the instructor while standing on land? Obviously not. It is ridiculous to think to have eternal Realization simply by talking about and not practicing meditation. The nature of the ultimate Self may be understood through intellectual speculation, but eternal Realization comes only through ***actual*** practice.
Can hunger be satisfied by the thought of food? The answer is no. Thoughts and reason leave us at a point quite indecisive; they cannot go beyond.
"Dissolve thoughts or the mind (the restless breath) in the very Source by any means."
Realization is relative when the seeker tries to realize something outside himself without ***first*** realizing the truth behind himself. Relative realization, or relative knowledge, arises from relative existences.
Inquire who is the knower. When the seeker knows himself (the knower), this is absolute Knowledge from One Existence, which is both subject and object of knowledge.
To hold onto the quest "who am I?" undistractedly with efforts is practice; when the same becomes effortless and natural, it is Realization.
Absolute Realization is simply being the ultimate Self spontaneously.
What is love? It is Oneness between the seeking self (son) and the ultimate Self (father) ***within***. When one achieves it within, one knows that the whole world is the reflection of his self.
This is the only right way to grow into divine Love and attain eternal Realization.
"... O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was." John 17:5
"God is a spirit [the word Spirit comes the Latin word Spiritus which means "breath". So it can safely be said that God is a definite state of breath, that is, Tranquil Breath]: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit [through Breath, that is through the practice of Pranayam or Kriya with the help of Sthirabayu, or "tranquil breath"] and in truth [Tranquility]." John 4:24
"The kingdom of God [Tranquil Breath] is ***within*** you [inside the physical body in Oneness between the seeking self and the ultimate Self of the seeker]." - Luke 17:21
What is grace? It is pure Consciousness of the ultimate Self, which is internal. It is always there in everybody and never out of operation. If it were external - coming from someone from outside, then it would be useless, as it would not be permanent. What comes, goes. What appears, disappears. So all visions (including inner visions, or revelations) are secondary and impermanent.
"No man hath seen God at any time" 1 John 4:12
So, ***being*** God, not seeing God, is inner Realization, and ***being*** the ultimate Self, not seeing the ultimate Self, is eternal Realization.
"Brahmabid Brahmaiba bhabati ("One who knows Brahma, becomes Brahma").
Truth (Satya) is permanent, hence its Realization must be eternal.
Above all, be true to yourself: Be one with the ultimate Self.
The Kriya Path is: Attaining eternal Tranquility by practice of Pranayam and continuing meditations on the Formless, i.e. Tranquility.
Increasing the practice of Kriya, doing all works without expectations for the results thereof, the path aims at achieving Tranquility, observing everytjing which is revealed in Yonimudra (Beatific Inner Revelation Kriya), and terminating all desired expectations, renouncing every desire before it originates, being freed from all thoughts.
It is meditating on the thoughtless state of Consciousness, especially holding that state of Consciousness where there is no sun, moon, light of fire; still everything is seen eternally.
One bright, dazzling star of Consciousness is seen very secretly in between the eyebrows, and the unmanifested state of Consciousness is revealed.
Thereafter, whatever sentiments one possesses can be seen in vision in the inner Self (Kutastha). Thereby believing the advice of the Master, five states of vibrations (earth, water, fire air and ether), mind, intelligence, ego and Supreme Being are seen, resulting in the steadfastness of mind towards inner Consciousness.
When all the three qualities are harmoniously together in one rhythym inside the Spinal Cord, then the supreme Being is revealed, going beyond the sentiments of discrimination between good and bad.
Having the pure Love and reverence, when the breath is tranquil or still, the seeker attains Sthirattva (eternal Tranquility, or Peace).
"Be still [attain the state of tranquil Breath by the practice of Pranayam], and know that I [the seeking self] am God [tranuqil breath, that is Spirit]." Psalms 46:10
"Peace be still. And the wind [breath] ceased, and there was a great calm [Tranquility]." Mark 4:39
The Keys of the Kriya Path
1. To attain the tranquil state of breath in natural course by practicing Pranayam.
2. To see in Yonimudra.
3. Placing the tongue in the head [Talabya Kriya].
4. Holding onto the divine Spot and listening to the sound of Om [Brahmayonimudra].
5. Holding the bright star at the forehead from the throat.
Requirements for Kriya
1. The person must be honest and not a liar.
2. The person should not smoke and drink.
3. The person should read some portion of the Bhagavad Gita every day.
4. The person should lose self-importance to destroy his or her ego.
5. He should treat all women as his mother, except his wife, and she should treat all men as her father, except her husband.
6. The person should sit a little lower than his or her Gurudev or Master's seat and offer everything to him.
7. The person should practice Kriyas every day in strict accordance with the instructions personally received from his or her Gurudev.
How to be in the Path
The ultimate Self, being pure Consciousness, is beyond sensation, concept, thought, and intellect. A definite mode of action to make the mind inward and dissolve it is called Kriya.
The Kriya path is the righteous way to realize the ultimate Self.
Havig true Kriya depends on three points:
1. The initiate must receive Kriya personally from the mouth of the Master.
2. He must receive "Kriya of Aksara, or letter," and
3. He must receive "Kriya of the inner Aksaras, or letters."
In Sanskrit Aksara [also meaning "eternity"] is a letter which is part of a word, e.g. A, B, C, etc. A letter by itself has no meaning.
What does "Kriya of the letters" mean?
When the Master utters a letter, of course, it has sound although it does not by itself represent a concept, meaning or though. So, "Kriyas of the letters" obviously means sound and vibrations of Eternity [the ultimate Self], free from concepts, thoughts and meanings.
"Kriya of the inner letters" means vibrations of inner sound (Pm/Aum. Amen) resonating from the ultimate Self.
When the Master utters a letter, the vibrations of the sound of the letter come directly from the enlightened state of mystic Energy (Kundalini), and penetrates the ear of the initiate, resulting in true initiation to the Kriya path.
Vibration of Sound is the means of communicating Sakti, or energy.
Thus following the vibration and inner Sound to transcend concepts, thoughts, and the intellect, the initiate can find the trye Path.
Unfortunately, many seekers do not know this subtle point and they try to understand the advice through preconceived concepts, thoughts, and meanings and find the intellectual path which is the negative way. The scriptures support the righteous way of Guru-param-para, the personal relationship.
"... I have need to be baptized of thee, and cometh thou to me? Matthew 3:14
"... Suffer it to be now: for thus it be cometh us to fulfill all righteousness" Matthew 3:15
".. Except a man be born again [attain the state of tranquil Breath, thereby, vibrations and rhythyms of inner Light and inner Sound], he cannot see the kingdom of God." John 3:3
Initiation is essential. It must be received personally and in a righteous way.
List of Original Kriyas
1. Mahamudra (Great Kriya):
"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up." John 3:14
2. Navi Kriya (Electronizing Kriya):
"My little children of whom I travail in brith again until Christ be formed in you." Galatians 4:19
3. Talabya Kriya or Khecharimudra (Inner-Outer-Space Kriya):
"... I have meat to eat that ye know not of." John 4:32
"The nobles [the realized ones] held their peace [Tranquility], and their tongue cleaved [Khecharimudra] to the roof [at the forehead] of their mouth." Job 28:10
4. Pranayam (Equilibrium Kriya)
"Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm." Mark 4:39
"Be still, and know that I am God." Psalms 46:10
5. The first Omkar Kriya (Electromagnetizing Kriya):
"That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man." Ephesians 3:16
6. The second Omkar Kriya (Cosmo-electromagnetizing Kriya):
"Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die."
1 Corinthians. 15:36
7. The third Omkar Kriya
"...I die daily" 1 Corinthians. 15:31
8. The fourth Omkar Kriya (Spontaneous transmigrating Kriya):
"... When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he..." John 8:28
9. Yonimudra (Beatific Inner Revelation Kriya):
"The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single [one- pointed], thy whole body shall be full of light. " Matthew 6:22
10. Brahmayonimudra (Spontaneous Tranquility):
"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit [Tranquil Breath] saith unto the churches." Revelation 2:7
11. Purna Kriya (Eternal Tranquility):
"... I AM THAT I AM". Exodus 3:14
Kriyas are the keys to eternal REalization of the ultimate Self.
The Original Kriya Science at a Glance
(The Psycho-physical Discipline)
1. Yama: regulation on compassion, truthfulness, honesty, inwardness and self-sufficiency.
2. Niyama: Regulations on purity of body and mind, contentment of heart, sincerity, adhering to the sound of OM, merging the mind in pure Consciousness.
3. Asana: Steadfast sitting at ease.
4. Pranayam: Breathing exercises to dissolve the mind and intellect by attaining naturally the still state of breath from the operation of Prana, Apana, Smaman, Udana and Byana.
5. Pratyahara: Interiorization of senses - smelling, touching, tasting, seeing and hearing.
6. Dharana: Glimpse of eternal Tranquility.
7. Dhyana: Meditation, merging the mind in Tranquility.
8. Samadhi: Attunement in Oneness between the seeking self and the ultimate Self to attain eternal Tranquility.
Yama, Niyama and Asana (1-3) are the container; Pranayam and Pratyahara (4-5) are the process; Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi (6-8) are the means; and eternal Tranquility (Sthirattva) or Peace of the ultimate Self is the content.
For dissolving concepts, thoughts, mind and intellect
The Dissolving the Five States of breath:
1. Prana: Appropriation - and
2. Apana: Elimination or ejection - The First Kriya; First, Second and Third Omkar Kriyas
3. Samana: Assimiliation - Navi Kriya
4. Udana: Regeneration and
5. Byana: Distribution - Mahamudra
For Dissolving sensation
1. Smelling: Nose and
2. Touching: Skin and
3. Tasting: Tongue - Talabya Kriya
4. Seeing: Eyes, visions and
5. Hearing: Ears, sound - Yonimudra
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