It is a major misunderstanding to think that others cause your suffering, that someone else is to blame that you suffer. In reality, all your reactions to the world take place within you. It’s not the world that needs to change - but your inner reactions.
This teaching is the next step, beyond mindfulness. Using awareness in its active form, you are not only the observer, but you are also able to directly influence things. For example, you can use your consciousness to release the emotions that activate on autopilot.
Only through the use of awareness can you reach your True Self.
When thinking stops, you become thoughtless. But, what is left? What is that silence?
Have you noticed how your thinking mind works? As soon as you hear something, a commentary arises. You see something or perceive a smell - again commentaries. We run a constant commentary in our thoughts, like children. All the time. And you believe it’s absolutely normal? Why?
There is only one goal in yoga: to restore one‘s rightful position in relation to all of creation and to take control of own life, not to be controlled by it. And of course, to reach one‘s roots. To discover ones real potential.
The use of awareness needs to be brought to the forefront, to use it as primary in the place of emotions and thinking.
Life is not complicated. We ourselves make it complicated. These complexities have three main causes: the “monkey mind“, or in other words, our inability to concentrate; thoughts, with different meanings, that do not correspond to reality; and emotions, which effect us in varying ways. These components also constitute the list of complexities, from which to free ourselves.
If using awareness, which is by nature neutral, one experiences neutrality. Neutrality means adequacy. It means to see events as they are – without glorifying, devaluing, distorting or changing them in any way.
Ignorance – this is „blindness“. The goal is to become a seer. Only he or she can be a seer, who is aware, conscious.
Change begins with the cleansing of the inner world. The releasing of emotions and concepts is the most important activity of all.
What becomes of your problem, when the accompanying emotion doesn’t exist anymore?
Your most important step towards stability and happiness lies in cleansing your inner sphere – consciously releasing from your subconscious all of the problematic reactions that you have ever learnt from others.
To be established in consciousness is to exist in a state out of karma.
If you prolong the process of noticing or become aware of your awareness, you become the user of your consciousness. In order to remain aware, you need to continue using it.
Conscious use of awareness is the foundation – your „eyes open up“. The picture becomes clear. This is why it has been called enlightenment. Conscious use of awareness - this is the light.
The duration of time when you are the user of consciousness corresponds directly to the degree of your freedom. The rest of the time autopilot dominates, a program where everything is pre-set.
If you actively use the skill of noticing, the world opens up – you notice sounds, sensations etc. Every moment offers a new discovery. As soon as you allow the subconscious to take over, your world collapses into being operated by programs, each running one after another.
In the name of personal improvement, there is little use in studying fascinating things or traveling someplace in the hope of experiencing something. The bad things you already have don’t go anywhere, right? You don’t free yourself of weeds by planting new plant cultures besides the weeds. You need to pull the weeds up by their roots.
Every person’s main goal is to discover their True Self. To discover one’s True Self means to reach the end of all one’s searching. This means an answer not only to your present searches for answers, but to your endless searches for answers. This is the ultimate solution, self-realization.
Once an automatic reaction is consciously released, it will never come back again. It’s disturbing influence in your life disappears completely.
You are taught that suffering is a “normal” part of being human. Actually, it is completely abnormal. You can easily release it, be rid of it. Life without negative emotions is not only possible, but indeed natural for all people.
You consider positive emotions to be so important, because you have no idea that something exists, that is even better than good emotions.
Consciousness has seven active qualities, awareness being one of them. The qualities of consciousness have nothing to do with emotions or the mind, thinking.
Mind and thinking are no cornerstone for true wisdom. The cornerstone for that is consciousness. The use of consciousness is what makes a human being truly smart.
Today your life is robotic, driven by both pleasant and unpleasant automatic reactions.
You can only change yourself by doing it practically.
However subtle your emotions, or high or important your thoughts, none of these can help you to reach awareness, or your True Self. The mind is only useful in a certain intermediate phase – the stage when you are cleansing your subconscious.
What we consider to be our personality is the set of our most frequently activated reactions. The personality consists of emotions, thoughts and the behavior resulting from them. If you know how to change these components, a change in personality immediately ensues.
A moment of insight is when God smiles on you.
According to the current worldview, the brain produces consciousness, matter is considered to be primary. On the basis of my research, I propose a view that differs by 180 degrees to this - the brain does not create consciousness. Consciousness is the base of your existence. It exists from the beginning and everything else emanates from it.
Your problems are not caused by thinking, but they are caused by automatic emotions and the too infrequent use of awareness.

Ingvar Villido. Acharya Ishwarananda

  • Teachings
  • The Art of Conscious Change
  • Babaji Kriya Yoga
  • ASK Ingvar
  • Babaji´s Kriya Yoga - origins

    Babaji´s Kriya Yoga tradition flows directly from the perfected masters, Yoga Siddhas who lived and taught in Tamil, South-India. The founder of this yogic tradition, Kriya Babaji Nagaraj, synthesized Kriya Yoga from techniques taught to him by his teachers - the Mahasiddhas Agastyar and Boganathar. 

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    Babaji initiated a great yogi, S.A.A. Ramaiah into these techniques in 1954 and 1955, near Badrinath in the Himalayas. In 1983, Yogi Ramaiah gave his student Marshall Govindan Satchidananda a set of stringent preconditions to be fulfilled before he could teach the 144 Kriyas or techniques of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga. It took Marshall Govindan several years to fulfill these conditions and start spreading Babaji´s Kriya Yoga also outside of India. In 2007, Marshall Govindan initiated me as Acharya, a Master Teacher of Kriya Yoga, giving me a spiritual name - Ishwarananda.

    Babaji's Kriya Yoga includes a series of techniques or "Kriyas" grouped into five phases or branches:

    • Kriya Hatha Yoga for the physical body,
    • Kriya Kundalini Pranayama for the vital body,
    • Kriya Dhyana Yoga techniques for learning the systematic art of mastering the mind,
    • Kriya Mantra Yoga for awakening the intuition, the inspiration, and the chakras and to clean the habitual subconscious tendencies,
    • Kriya Bhakti Yoga for the soul’s aspiration towards the Divine.

    Possibilities to become initiated into Babaji Kriya Yoga

    Babaji Kriya Yoga is taught directly from teacher to the student during an initiation. Since 2007, I have initiated people to Babaji´s Kriya Yoga in Estonia, Russia, and Germany. Besides me, there are five more Acharyas in the world who are qualified to initiate yoga students into all three levels of Babaji´s Kriya Yoga. The initiations carried out in Estonia take place in Lilleoru, which is part of the global kriya yoga network since 2004. More information about the initiations can be found on the webpage of Lilleoru. To be initiated into Babaji Kriya Yoga by me, there is a precondition requiring the student to first pass and practice The Art of Conscious Change I-II techniques. 

    Ingvar Ishwarananda about Babaji´s Kriya Yoga

    It has always been important for me to find out how things and processes function in real life, beyond words, and how to apply this knowledge in practice. I have come across and practiced many teachings on my path, but when I look back and evaluate them now, I can say that they lacked either wholeness or answers to certain relevant questions. It was Babaji’s Kriya Yoga that helped me to put all the pieces of previous knowledge about human being together. Since 2007 I have been initiating people into Babaji’s Kriya Yoga as Acharya Ishwarananda.  Today I can say that there is nothing else in my life but action with awareness – Kriya.

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    Years ago, a Buddhist friend sent me Marshall Govindan Satchidananda´s book “Babaji and the 18 Siddha Kriya Yoga Tradition”. Its description of the five-body system set all my previous knowledge and experiences into place. So I contacted him and asked him to teach Babaji’s Kriya Yoga in Estonia. In 2004 the first initiation into Babaji´s Kriya Yoga took place in Lilleoru, Estonia. During Babaji’s Samyama Kriya technique Babaji communicated to me: “Teach Kriya Yoga to people”, which was surprising and confusing to me at the time.

    During one of his visits to Estonia, Satchidananda asked me to become an Acharya. He initiated me as Acharya Ishwarananda in 2007. Currently, I conduct initiations into all three levels of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga. By 2018 more than 50 of my Kriya Yoga students had completed the training of becoming a Kriya Hatha Yoga instructor and over 30 were actively teaching all across Estonia.

    Looking back, I can say that I had attained stable awareness and found my True Self with the grace of Kriya Babaji before Babaji’s Kriya Yoga arrived in Estonia. I realized that he had always been with me, I just had not recognized him as the Teacher and had considered it my own insight, good thoughts, intuition, inspiration and knowledge. But it was Babaji’s Kriya Yoga that helped me to put all the pieces together.

    In honor of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga, I want to say that these techniques are based on such deep knowledge about the mechanics of our inner world and the ways of influencing it, that their authenticity is beyond imagination. My respect and reverence to Babaji and Mahasiddhars for sharing these high and deep techniques with us!

    My experience shows that the effectiveness of these techniques depends on the stability and depth of awareness when performing the techniques. As Acharya of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga, I have noticed that many students have difficulties in their practice. I studied the reasons and discovered three kinds of obstacles: unstable awareness or “monkey-mind”, and automatically rising emotions and mental activity. As the students do not yet have the experience of the True Self, there is no clear understanding of “who I am” and “who I am not”. There is also no clear understanding of what is going on in the inner world, what is the role of the True Self in shaping our lives and what kind of an instrument Kriya Yoga is as a means of changing one’s inner world. The Art of Conscious Change method is the result of my efforts to help my students in overcoming these obstacles.  

    Kriya Yoga starts when you are aware at least 90% of the time

    The effectiveness of Babaji´s Kriya Yoga techniques also depends on perseverance and patience because Babaji’s Kriya Yoga is a very high teaching and does not open itself immediately. But most important is Babaji’s guidance.