Yoga: An Ancient Inner Technology
As Siddhar Patanjali wrote in the Yoga Sutras, “Yoga is the stopping, or stillness, of the five vrittis – the five fluctuations of the mind (nirodha).”
As a result, Yoga means to merge a person’s Higher or True Self with its Primal Source.
Yoga is a discipline that studies the inner world, and so is comparable to modern-day psychology – except much older, and much more thorough.
In Sanskrit, there is no separate word for psychology. It was known that the functioning of our inner world could not be separated from a deep sense of wellbeing and the purpose of life.
The sole purpose of yoga, and the aim of Kriya Yoga, is to reach absolute perfection. And, as those who have reached the Source will tell you, this is, in fact, is the sole purpose of all people.
Yoga As a Normal Part of Everyday Life
In recent years, yoga has become the new buzzword – among people from all across the globe. According to a report by the US National Centre for Health Statistics, yoga is the first choice, after traditional healthcare, to enhance health and well-being. The survey shows that, in 2017, approximately 35.2 million adult Americans practiced yoga – that’s 14.3% of the entire population, and a 50% increase over the past five years. Meditation is the second most popular remedy – closely following yoga with 14.2% of the population, ca 35 million Americans, practicing it (reference 1). The numbers are even bigger for children and teenagers (reference 2).
In January 2019, Bill Gates spoke up about the benefits of meditating on a regular basis: “It’s a great tool for improving my focus. It’s also helped me step back and get some ease with whatever thoughts or emotions are present. I like what I’m getting from these 10 minutes every few days.”
What Is Yoga, And What Is It Not?
Yoga is a term that describes both the result, and also the process undertaken to achieve the result. In other words, yoga is an inner technique that encompasses both the activity and its result. Siddhar Patanjali wrote in his yoga sutras (see Wikipedia):
1.2 Yoga citta-vritti-nirodha means that Yoga is the cessation of the five expressions or vrittis of the mind (nirodha);
1.3 Tada draunuþ svarape vasthanam means that once Yoga has been accomplished, consciousness remains aware of itself;
1.4 Vritti-sarapyam-itaratra means that otherwise (in case Yoga has not been completed) consciousness remains aware of the vrittis – expressions of the mind.
Sutra 1.2 states what Yoga is. Expressions of the mind arise independently, and this mechanism is known as the autopilot, reactivity. This is a subconscious process that has to be eradicated in order to achieve Yoga. This process of releasing is called purification, as a result of which, otherwise unstoppable and repeating processes stop. Yoga as a journey has always been completely practical. Instead of identifying themselves with both mental and emotional subconscious processes, yogis have to achieve ever-continuous conscious state. This is achieved through constantly cleaning and reorganizing one’s inner world, over the course of which, one becomes free of karma. All activities to achieve Yoga take place in a person’s inner world.
The word yoga is usually related to hatha yoga – practices for the physical body. The fundamental part of yoga, however, deals with the inner processes; with the other four bodies beyond the physical in the system of five bodies. It is paradoxical, but in the Western world, the primary part of the yogic wisdom has been neglected. Although nowadays yoga has changed into something that is practiced for fitness and entertainment, the initial goals of yoga have always been the same: to restore correct practical knowledge on both the person themselves and his/her rightful position in relation to the entire creation, provide the map and the compass. This enables you to lead your life, open your true potential and reach the Source.
The Final Answer And An End To Your Searches
Today we know so much more about the external world than we do about our own inner world, although what is happening in our inner world directs everything we do in the outside world. This is where the fundamental mistakes arise – we are mistaken about our true identity, position, and capabilities. This is also the reason for erroneous and faulty decisions, activities, and results. Everything we believe ourselves to be, has been taught to us by others. The list of errors is long, has always been so. Without having found it, we are still searching for this final solution that would satisfy everyone – yoga is that solution.
It is known that the final liberation from three chronic needs that haunt everyone – the need to be somebody, the need to know and the need to be happy – only happens once the True Self is discovered and becomes stabilized. This is Self-Realization. It makes a huge difference whether we take action based on our thoughts and emotions or our True Self.
An Approach That Is Thousands Of Years Old
The Yoga Sutras of Siddhar Patanjali and Siddhar Thirumoolar’s work “Thirumandiram” (reference 3) are the first written records that describe yoga in a complete and systematic manner. There are 196 sutras in the Yoga Sutras that were written down by a traveling yogi and sage Patanjali in 450 BC. He collected different yogic teachings that existed at the time, but knowledge of yoga as inner technology existed long before that. Siddhar Thirumoolar’s “Thirumandiram” is an encyclopedic work on spiritual progress that was written in verse about 2000 years ago, being one of India’s greatest texts. “Bhagavad Gita” also comes from this early period and describes yoga as well, although not in such detail. For example:
Bg 5.27 – 28: “By shutting out all external sense contacts, fixing the gaze between the eyebrows, equalizing the inward and outward breaths that flow through the nostrils, the sage who has controlled his mind, intellect and senses, who is solely pursuing Liberation (Moksha) and who has cast away craving and anger, is indeed liberated forever.”
Upanishads that were written as early as 1100 BC refer to the disciplines of pranayama, asana and yoga without any ambiguity. Based on the descriptions of “Mahabharata” (this text was written about 400BC but describes events that took place hundreds of years before that) it could be said that even back in the 8th and the 9th century BC, yoga as a system of inner examination had already been developed.
Kriya Or Action – Action With Consciousness
Yoga as a process has always been a conscious action, be it either a specific yogic practice or an everyday activity. There is a term to describe this consciously performed system of activities – Kriya Yoga. The word kriya comes from the Sanskrit words kri, which means action, and ya, which means awareness. A yogi once said that there is only one true yoga, and this is Kriya Yoga. All others are constructs of the mind.
The 26th chapter in Paramahansa Yogananda’s (see Wikipedia) world-famous book “Autobiography of a Yogi” is titled as The Science of Kriya Yoga. He explains that through Kriya Yoga an individual Spirit (True Self) can attain oneness with the Cosmic Spirit even during regular daily activities: “Kriya Yoga is an ancient science. In the initial states of God-communion (sabikalpa samadhi) the devotee’s consciousness merges in the Cosmic Spirit; his life force is withdrawn from the body, which appears “dead,” or motionless or rigid. The yogi is fully aware of his bodily condition of suspended animation. As he progresses to higher spiritual states (nirbikalpa samadhi), he communes with God without bodily fixation and while in his ordinary waking consciousness, even in the midst of worldly duties” (reference 4)
He described the effect of kriya kundalini pranayama technique as follows: “The Kriya Yogi consciously directs his life energy to revolve, upward and downward, around the six spinal centers which correspond to the twelve astral signs of the zodiac, the symbolic Cosmic Man. One-half minute of revolution of energy around the sensitive spinal cord of man effects progress in his evolution; that half-minute of kriya equals one year of regular spiritual unfoldment” (reference 5).
Sri Yukteswar, the disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya and guru of P. Yogananda, explained to his students: “Kriya Yoga is an instrument through which human evolution can be quickened” (reference 6). However, a preliminary practice is needed to prepare oneself: “In three years the Kriya Yogi can thus accomplish by intelligent effort the same result that Nature brings to pass in one million years. The kriya shortcut, of course, can be taken only by deeply developed yogis. With the guidance of a guru, such yogis have carefully prepared their body and brain to withstand the power generated by intensive practice” (reference 7).
Kriya Yoga, as an ancient science, has been given to humankind to help us in our development and in our endeavor to reach harmony and understanding. The enlightened beings in Ancient India discovered Kriya Yoga as a spiritual inner technology and science already back in the old times. Bhagavan Krishna glorifies it in “Bhagavad Gita.” Siddhar Patanjali talks about it in his Yoga Sutras.
Nevertheless, Kriya Yoga still disappeared for centuries, until Kriya Babaji opened it once again for contemporary people. It used to be meant only for those who retreated from the worldly activities and lived as ascetic hermits. Now, this knowledge has become available to all sincere seekers.
Kriya – A Principle Penetrating All Activities
By decreasing the proportion of automatic unconscious activities and increasing the proportion of conscious activities, we achieve action while in the conscious state – with its results. One step at a time, this way, we gain control of our life as a whole. In Kriya Yoga, the aspect of conscious action becomes a new way of life. Instead of having our consciousness in a dormant state, submerged in subconscious processes (automatic mental and emotional processes) and stuck in illusions, the liberated consciousness becomes our new force. Such a person is also called “the awakened one.”
Lahiri Mahasaya (see Wikipedia) has said: “Steadfastness, forgiveness, self-control, non-appropriation of anything unlawfully, purity, quelling the senses, intelligence, knowledge, truth and non-anger – these are the ten features of dharma. All of these happen automatically via kriya, not by force. But first, one must practice” (reference 8).
Only A Practitioner Finds The Keys To Reopen Ancient Wisdom
Kriya Yoga is full of discoveries made by ancient scientists – sages and yogis – about both the inner and outer worlds, and the connections between them. This knowledge has been passed on from generation to generation with songs, epics, stories, sutras, etc. Ancient sages have left behind a huge number of studies, words of praise, and other scientific material that they wrote on palm leaves. However, the way they passed on their knowledge is not immediately understandable to a person who is still led by the subconscious. This is why it is said that you need to meditate on the sutras in order for the wisdom to open up to you. Regardless, also the message in the sutras has become unrecognizable over the centuries; it has lost its original purpose and meaning. This is why the wisdom of ancient scientists is, to a great extent, no longer available in its pure form.
Lahiri Mahasaya: “Practicing kriya IS the reciting of the Vedas. When, through practicing kriya over and over, one perceives the state beyond kriya, THAT is the revelation of Vedanta.* That should be perceived by doing kriya. What can happen by looking at books?” (reference 9). *In this quotation by Lahiri Mahasaya, according to the Indian philosophy, “Veda” refers to knowledge, and “Vedanta” is that which is beyond knowledge.
Who else could understand an ancient scientist and a yogi better than another true yogi, a person who investigates these matters practically, is familiar with the yogic terminology and has found links between actions, terminology, and explanation? This is also one of the reasons why Kriya Yoga is passed on directly, from teacher to student, through initiation. Acharya, the teacher of Kriya Yoga, is the one who “knows without knowing,” instructs students and has the task of passing on the techniques of Kriya Yoga in an unmodified manner, so that the tradition would remain unaltered.
Where Does The Name Babaji Kriya Yoga Come From?
According to folk tales, there was a person known by the name of Babaji Nagaraj or Kriya Babaji or just Babaji. Babaji created the system of Kriya Yoga by combining the teachings of his two teachers: different dhyana kriyas (meditations) taught to him by Siddhar Boganathar, and kriya kundalini pranayama Kundalini Yoga techniques (breathing techniques) taught to him by Mahasiddhar Agastyar. By practicing these kriyas persistently and intensively, Babaji achieved Soruba Samadhi, a very rare state of identification with God, as a result of which, his physical body stopped aging.
Kriya Babaji revived the lineage of contemporary Kriya Yoga in 1862 when he personally initiated Lahiri Mahasaya. Mahasaya became a renowned guru and passed on the science of Kriya Yoga in contemporary India. Upon initiating Lahiri Mahasaya, Babaji told him: “The Kriya Yoga that I am giving to the world through you in this nineteenth century is a revival of the same science which Krishna gave millenniums ago to Arjuna; and that was later known to Patanjali and Christ, and to St. John, St. Paul, and other disciples” (reference 10).
It is known that in the town of Badrinath in the Himalayas, in 1954 and 1955, Kriya Babaji also initiated V. T. Neelakantan and yogi S. A. A. Ramaiah into these techniques. The latter has described Kriya Yoga as the scientific art of perfect God-Truth Union and the practical aspect of religion. In time, Babaji has given different people different knowledge on yoga, based on which, different lineages of Kriya Yoga have emerged.
Babaji Kriya Yoga Lineage That I Teach
The lineage that I teach comprises 144 techniques used by the Siddhars. We invited a teacher of Babaji Kriya Yoga (BKY) to Lilleoru in 2004 and received the first level initiation. I immediately recognized all the techniques that were used. I understood them all, both their format and content, and was able to apply them at once. In the course of time, I also received other initiations. In 2007 I was myself initiated as the Acharya of Babaji Kriya Yoga, and since then, I have the right to teach these techniques to others. It is as if Kriya Yoga chose me, rather than I chose Kriya Yoga.
The system of Kriya Yoga is made up of a certain number of breathing techniques (pranayama), techniques of controlling the mind (dhyana), also mantra yoga and hatha yoga postures (asana). The techniques are practiced regularly in order to accelerate spiritual evolution.
Babaji Kriya Yoga As An Ancient Science
Babaji Kriya Yoga (BKY) is a scientific method of spiritual study and self-realization that is based on the ancient findings that the Siddhars discovered about human beings, the system of five bodies and the detailed knowledge on how the bodies function. This approach is based on using the qualities of consciousness: a goal is set to attain some certain knowledge or experience; the details and circumstances in the case of which the result will be achieved and not achieved are brought to consciousness; the results are tested repeatedly to discover any patterns and connections between processes, etc. Babaji Kriya Yoga (BKY), a series of conscious actions, takes place beyond thoughts, beliefs, and imaginations, i.e. before they emerge. This is a thoroughly practical science and art; a systematic process of self-study and change.
The knowledge and experiences gathered by the yogis who belong to this lineage of teaching were precise and deeply professional. Today we would call them scientists who studied both inner and outer worlds and the connections between them in a manner like science does. They chose a certain field for their research (e.g., medicine, linguistics), asked questions, postulated hypotheses and carried out systematic experiments.
The Universality And Independence Of Kriya Yoga
When practicing yoga, a person doesn’t have to believe anything, only apply the techniques consciously and accurately; independently study, realize and experience what are the effects and results of these activities to them personally. It is known from written sources that Lahiri Mahasaya taught Kriya Yoga to Hindus, Christians, and Muslims and was against changing one’s religion. Siddhar Boganathar, one of Kriya Babaji’s teachers, lived and taught in China for many years, passing on the knowledge to Buddhists. The techniques of Babaji Kriya Yoga (BKY) are based on becoming aware of the objective reality and studying it in depth. This is relevant for every person, regardless of their profession, gender, race or religion.
Kriya Yoga is very suitable for all contemporary people since it does not assume believing in dogmas. By practicing the techniques of Kriya Yoga, a person can reach adequate discoveries about themselves and That, the highest one, through their own insights. However, it has to be taken into account that Babaji Kriya Yoga techniques originate from the Siddhars. There is a huge gap between them and ordinary people, and this is why Siddhars’ teachings might not be applicable straight away. In order to bridge that gap and prepare, intermediary teachings are needed. This is why I have created The Art of Conscious Change (AoCC).
“The only way to be in charge of your life is by using your consciousness. There are no other ways.”