Kriya Yoga, The Lightning Path to Spiritual Evolution



“The Sacred Science of the total transformation of the self”

Yogiraj Siddhanath

Mahavatar Babaji’s Kundalini Kriya Yoga is defined as an exclusive, captivating and effective technique for the union of the individual soul with her Divine creator. Its mystique lies in the practical applications of this method into the daily life of the aspirant. Simultaneously, it continuously evolves his soul to blossom into the ultimate states of self-realisation and God-realisation. The benefits of Kriya Yoga are said to be numerous. As a secular technique it is all-denominational and does not contradict any religious believe or other spiritual practices. It is seen as complementary to all other methods and helps the practitioner to achieve better and faster progress in all aspects of his life. Kriya Yoga helps the practitioner shift his false identity from a corruptible body to his true identity of an immortal soul. It is thought to evolve consciousness while burning past and future karma, which is why it is often considered to be one of the speediest methods for spiritual evolution. As such, Kriya Yoga is seen as a potent and life transforming technique which origins can be traced to the dawn of humanity.

Mentions of Kriya Yoga are found in ancient spiritual texts of India such as The Bhagavad Gita (a section from the great Indian epic The Mahabharata). Its mystical past is believed to stem from the primordial Sages of the Fire Mist and the Great Rishis of India. The lineage of Kriya Yoga has been carried across the ages by the tradition of the Nath Yogis. The practice is said that to have been lost in the Dark Ages. It was most recently popularised in India by the Lahiri Mahasaya who was passed on the techniques of Kriya Yoga directly from Mahavatar Babaji Gorakshanath, the being referred to as the Immortal Saviour of Humanity. Lahiri is considered to have revived the same practices taught by Krishna to Arjun in the eve of the battle of Kurukshetra (described in The Mahabharata), later known to Patanjali who is thought to have mentioned the technique in his Yoga Sutras, and considered to have been practiced by great master such as Jesus and Kabir. Lahiri Mahasaya passed the techniques on to Gyanavatar Sri Yukteshvar Giri whose disciple Paramahansa Yogananda was the first to popularise the techniques outside India. As such, most recent references to the practice of Kriya Yoga can be found in Yogananada’s Autobiography of a Yogi and Yogiraj Siddhanath’s works Wings to Freedom and Babaji, the Lightning Standing Still. The writings and teaching of these two men who have dedicated their lives to spreading Kriya Yoga are the reasons we in the western world know about this system today.  

Paramahansa Yogananda was the first to take Kriya Yoga to the United States. He describes the technique as a simple psychophysiological method by which human blood is decarbonated and recharged with oxygen (Autobiography of a Yogi, Chapter 26). The atoms of this extra oxygen are transmuted into life current (also known as pran or prana, life-force energy), which rejuvenates the brain, spinal centres and cells in the body. This helps prevent the decay of body tissue and body cells are transformed from their grosser form of matter into light. Furthermore, to remind us of this transition of the apparent self to the true self,  Yogananda calls Shankaracharya’s wisdom to play. Only realised knowledge can destroy ignorance. Referring to the mistaken servitude of the mind to identify itself with the physical body rather than the divine spark of the soul, Kriya Yogis are reminded the ultimate achievements of practicing the technique - first self-realisation and finally God-realisation.  

Yogiraj Siddhanath is regarded to be the only living SatGuru currently available to the masses, a Himalayan Yogi who has spent his life teaching the techniques of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga to sincere seekers across the globe. In a systematic, detailed and scientific manner Yogiraj empowers students into the technique and sets them on the path of spiritual evolution and growth. In his personal autobiography Wings to Freedom Yogiraj shares his direct experience with Mahavatar Babaji during one of his early trips to the Himalayas in 1967. It is said that during that pilgrimage the living Master was blessed by the Immortal Being, following which he took on the task to spread the practice of Kriya Yoga around the world. 

More recently in his book published in 2011 about Shiv Goraksha Babaji, Yogiraj speaks in more detail about this Divine being and refers to him by many names, including “Him-about-whom-naught-may-be-said” and “The Great Sacrifice”. Yogiraj presents a timeline of the great world Avatars initiated into Kriya Yoga by Babaji. Furthermore, he outlines the lineage of the Nath Sampradaya (the Nath tradition) as the guardians of the techniques of Kriya Yoga across the centuries. He talks in detail and sheds new light on cosmic cycles and the evolution of humanity from the fifth to the sixth root races. This paradigm shift is currently taking place and will continue as a process over the next seven hundred years. 

The benefits of Kriya yoga are said to be as far reaching as transforming our very existence. It is a simple set of electromagnetic rhythmic breathing techniques which has a two-dimensional application, evolving consciousness on one hand and burning past and future karma, negativity and trauma on the other. This application of Kriya Yoga is the reason many practitioners over time have characterised the technique as a lightning path to spiritual evolution. It works on the central nervous system, reviving and releasing it from the ravages of time such as disease, decay and death. On a basic every-day level it steadies the mind, strengthens character, improves focus and sharpens the mental and physical abilities of the practitioner. Such concentration developed through the regular practice of Kriya Yoga can assist in the resolution of the most complex problems at all times. As such, the technique is said to assist the practitioner to do what he is already doing in his daily life better. Furthermore, by regulating the breath, Kriya Yoga reduces the heart beat, which slows down the ageing process of the body.

On a deeper spiritual level Kriya Yoga is considered to liberate the practitioner from the cycle of life and death by burning both past and future karma. It is viewed as a path which leads to self-realisation and ultimately to God-realisation, not only through intellectual understanding but through direct experience of Soul-Consciousness and unity with Divine Consciousness. According to Yogiraj  “Kriya Yoga chisels you into the God you are”. It is described as a technique that helps the student to remove the false mask of the ego from the eyes of the soul. Due to its qualities of arresting the ageing process and negating karma without having to live it out, Kriya Yoga is often recommended as a fast method of realising the divine potential latent within each human being.

Regular practice and concentration are said to be key to achieving the deepest and most potent benefits of the practice of Kriya Yoga. What is recommended to assist the aspirant further  on his path is connection with an enlightened Master. Proximity to a liberated soul evolves the very breath of the disciple and helps in the burning of karma, releasing negativity and traumas. Finally, Kriya Yoga is regarded as a practical personal life science and experience that requires no additional support, and can be easily incorporated into the daily lives of practitioners amongst other commitments such as work, family and social activities. 

Formerly in international diplomacy, Snezhina works as an executive search consultant in the City of London. She teaches regular workshops on Babaji's Kriya Yoga and Siddhanath Surya Yoga. To deepen her work with people Snezhina reads and teaches esoteric numerology and spiritual tarot. She is a freelance writer publishing poetry and articles on spiritual and political topics. Snezhina loves dancing Salsa and Flamenco.

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Comment by Snezhina Gulubova on January 14, 2015 at 3:46am

Thank you, Shelly. I will incorporate your suggestions in the article. 

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