Science of Kriya
The Science of Kriya is the direct and short path
to Cosmic Consciousness
What is Kriya yoga
Most people think that a yogi is a person who has greatly advanced the abilities of his body: he can lie on nails, walk through fire or sit in the lotus position… Yet the main thing in yoga is the spiritual aspect. The Principle of Unity!
Therefore, people’s misconceptions of Yoga must be corrected first.
Yoga is the direct Path to the Higher. I declare this with full awareness and understanding of my responsibility. Yoga is a reunion with the Higher! It is the most direct and shortest way to self-realisation. Yoga is not a religion. It is a science which reveals the Highest Knowledge, from which various systems and branches have emerged.
Yoga is present in all aspects of being. It allows you to know yourself as a microcosmos, using the cosmic tool that is your body. By applying the scientific psychophysiological method, we can awaken the body’s internal reserves (knowledge from Above, which we are born with) and know ourselves as a manifestation of the Universe designed by the Supreme Creator. Yoga uses three main levels of perception – mental, psychoemotional and physical. All this helps to discover the Spiritual World. A yogi is one who perceives the presence of the Omnipresent Creator in every moment of his being, in every breath! The one who is the expression of Divine Power, Wisdom and Peace. The one who has dissolved and ultimately discovered Unity, completely erasing their ego. This can be achieved through the Holy Science of Kriya —concentration — suggestion — perception. Yoga is an experience that helps a person to feel this unity with the Higher Self, inside us, and it is an absolutely scientific method. A method that allows you to reconnect with the One who is All-in-All…
The method of accelerated evolution
It takes one million years of conscious practice and righteous living to complete and transform all levels of consciousness.
Our brain renews every eight years. For example, an 8-year-old child cannot comprehend the information and knowledge of a 16-year-old. Although energy is constantly flowing, the brain is unable to grasp it and lacks understanding. A huge number of our neurons are asleep, so our capacity to perceive is small.
Brain cells are renewed after eight years, and there is a blossoming due to the influence of the Sun, chemical processes, and the transformation of chemical elements inside a person. Every eight years, by renewing the brain cells, one can reach Realisation or the highest consciousness, but this requires one million years of evolution.
Science of Kriya
Kriya yoga is a tool that allows a person to accelerate their evolution. Kriya is the ultimate method of comprehending the Law of the Universe, where the true answer comes from the depths of the inner Self. The eternal and invariable Law of the Universe is expressed as Truth, Righteousness, Unconditional Love, Peace, Rest and Non-violence. The Science of Kriya is this Law in action.
Intuition is effortlessly awakened through this practice, and you can gaze into the face of your Higher Self. Kriya Yoga teaches us how, by controlling the breath, you can calm the mind and achieve higher states of consciousness.
In Kriya practice, we awaken the neurons and parts of our brain by energising each cell and the special centres, focusing on the medulla oblongata. We are then able to absorb more energy-information and higher knowledge beyond ordinary understanding.
Over time, as we learn to feel the very subtle channels inside the spine, we will approach the High Kriya Techniques.
During the Highest Kriya practice, one conscious breath equals to one year of evolution, which corresponds to our solar system’s cosmic cycle of rotation with its planetary consciousness.
The scientific method accessible to all
Nowadays, tens of millions of people around the world practise various types of yoga, viewing it primarily as a form of gymnastics. However, the yoga that has been practised in India for five millennia has immeasurably greater potential and deep, sacred meaning.
Contrary to popular opinion, Kriya Yoga, like the Vedas, is not an Indian science. It is thought that Kriya was studied by the prophets of the West and the East. It was practised by Pythagoras, Archimedes, Leonardo da Vinci and Carl Jung, as well as many famous modern leaders. It is mentioned in the Yoga Sutras by the ancient sage Patanjali.
For centuries, Kriya was passed down only verbally to avoid distortion, from teacher to student through initiation, in the form of Kriyas or “techniques that shall be practised accurately”.
Any person who doesn’t know anything about Kriya but truly wants to practise, wants to do something for their life, for themselves and others, can safely start practising.
Physical fitness is not important. The Science of Kriya transforms the body and makes a person more prepared. If we say that a person must be prepared, then this knowledge is not universally applicable. One must be prepared when taking exams. Before that, we have to practise, train and work on ourselves.
The Science of Kriya is not Hatha yoga, there is no emphasis on sitting cross-legged, in the lotus or half-lotus position. Here, it is very important that your spine is straight, so you can even sit on a chair or small ottoman to enable you to keep your spine straight. That is enough to start. All realisation takes place in the spine, the brain and the spinal cord. It does not happen in the legs or arms.
The real practice of Kriya is as follows – we practise Kriya to awaken what we really are, the entire palette of colours all at once, gradually but quite quickly. We do not move from point A to point B, but comprehend the whole alphabet at once. It has already been embedded in us from Above.
The perfect way to discover the Higher
The great Indian yogi and educator Paramahansa Yogananda, who brought Kriya to America and Europe, wrote the following in Chapter 26. The Science of Kriya yoga in his book Autobiography of a yogi:
“Kriya yoga is a simple psychophysiological method by which human blood is freed of carbon dioxide and enriched with oxygen. The atoms of this extra oxygen are transmuted into a life current, to rejuvenate the brain and spinal centres. By slowing down the accumulation of venous blood, the yogi is able to pause or prevent tissue decay.
“Kriya yoga is an instrument through which human evolution can be quickened”, Sri Yukteswar explained to his students.
The ancient yogis discovered that the secret of Cosmic Consciousness is intimately linked with breath mastery. This is India’s unique and deathless contribution to the world’s treasury of knowledge. The life force, which is ordinarily absorbed in maintaining the heart-pump, must be freed for higher activities by a method of calming and stilling the ceaseless demands of the breath.
The Kriya yogi mentally directs his life energy to revolve, upward and downward, around the six spinal centers (medullary, cervical, dorsal, lumbar, sacral, and coccygeal plexuses) 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 subtle progress in his evolution; that half-minute of Kriya equals one year of natural spiritual unfoldment.
The astral system of a human being, with six (twelve by polarity) inner constellations revolving around the sun of the omniscient spiritual eye, is interrelated with the physical sun and the twelve zodiacal signs. All persons are thus affected by an inner and an outer universe. The ancient rishis discovered that man’s earthly and heavenly environment, in twelve-year cycles, push him forward on his natural path. The scriptures state that man requires a million years of normal, painless evolution to perfect his human brain enough to express the Cosmic Consciousness.
One thousand kriyas practised in eight hours gives the yogi, in one day, the equivalent of one thousand years of natural evolution: 365,000 years of evolution in one year. In three years, a Kriya Yogi can thus accomplish by intelligent self-effort the same result which nature brings to pass in a million years. The Kriya short cut, of course, can be taken only by deeply developed yogis. With the guidance of a guru, such yogis have carefully prepared their bodies and brains to receive the power created by intensive practice.
The Kriya beginner employs his yogic exercise only fourteen to twenty-eight times, twice daily. Many yogis achieve liberation after 6, 12, 24, or 48 years.
The body of the average man is like a fifty-watt lamp, which cannot accommodate the billion watts of power roused by an excessive practice of Kriya. Through gradual and regular increase of the simple and foolproof methods of Kriya, man’s body becomes astrally transformed day by day, and is finally fitted to express the infinite potentials of cosmic energy – the first materially active expression of Spirit.
Kriya yoga has nothing in common with the unscientific breathing exercises taught by a number of misguided zealots. Their attempts to forcibly hold breath in the lungs is not only unnatural but decidedly unpleasant. Kriya, on the other hand, is accompanied from the very beginning by an accession of peace, and by soothing sensations of regenerative effect in the spine.
The ancient yogic technique converts the breath into mind. By spiritual advancement, one is able to cognise the breath as an act of mind — a dream-breath.
Many illustrations could be given of the mathematical relationship between man’s respiratory rate and the variations in his states of consciousness. A person whose attention is wholly engrossed, as in following some closely knit intellectual argument, or in attempting some delicate or difficult physical feat, automatically breathes very slowly. Fixity of attention depends on slow breathing; quick or uneven breaths are an inevitable accompaniment of harmful emotional states: fear, lust, anger. The restless monkey breathes at the rate of 32 times a minute, in contrast to man’s average of 18 times. The elephant, tortoise, snake and other animals noted for their longevity have a respiratory rate which is less than man’s. The tortoise, for instance, who may attain the age of 300 years, breathes only 4 times per minute.
The rejuvenating effects of sleep are due to man’s temporary unawareness of body and breathing. The sleeping man becomes a yogi; each night he unconsciously performs the yogic rite of releasing himself from bodily identification, and of merging the life force with healing currents in the main brain region and the six sub-dynamos of his spinal centres. The sleeper thus dips unknowingly into the reservoir of cosmic energy which sustains all life.
Spiritual growth and family values
In this sense, the practice of Kriya does not require you to go anywhere. Lahiri Mahasaya, a disciple of Babaji, showed the world his example as head of a household. Lahiri Mahasaya had five children, a wife, and many disciples. Like all people, he lived a rather complex life, because he was a simple employee and lacked the resources we have, yet he achieved Realisation, that is, complete liberation.
You have come here for realisation — that is your life’s goal. Along the way, you can and should create families to allow other souls to achieve realisation, so children are a blessing.
If you feel like you are a monk, then you need to do something with this feeling, because real monasticism is a complete, calm and detached perception of everything people are attached to. “I am a monk in the world, I have a family, but true monasticism is not a departure from the world, but remaining in the world, yet the monk shall be not of this world”.
A man or a woman with a family is the best you can be, for a family can help you to reach Realisation faster.