Kabir in Light of Kriya – Doha 1

Priya Atman,

As desired by our revered Gurudev Shlokas (verses) from religious scriptures or Dohas (couplets) of Kabir or sayings of illumined masters will be posted on the website. Thereafter, discussions and elucidation of such posts (quotes) may be done by the desirous members in the light of kriya from their own understanding. If found appropriate by Gurudev the said explanations may, later on, be compiled in the form of a book for the larger benefit of mankind. As such, all are requested to explore this opportunity without exception and can contribute in the form of comments.

– Saket Srivastava


Kabir in Light of kriya

Chalti chakki dekh kar, diya kabira roye
Do paatan ke bich mein, sabut bacha na koye

चलती चक्की देख कर, दिया कबीरा रोये |
दो पाटन के बीच में, साबुत बचा ना कोए ||

Meaning: Looking at the grinding stones, Kabir laments In the duel of wheels, nothing stays intact

Explanation by Ashram Members:

Dui Patan here signifies earth (Prithvi) and sky (Akash) and within the ambit of these is all creation and life as also the manifestation of all-natural phenomenon of dualities: day and night, life and death, joys and sorrows, thereby making life forever in motion (Chalti Chakki) and an ever-changing process. Trapped in this duality, whatever we see is perishable. Nothing that we comprehend is eternal.

The Ida and Pingala represent the basic duality in existence. It is based on this that life is created. Without these two dualities, life wouldn’t exist as it does right now. In the beginning, everything is primordial, and there is no duality. But once creation happens, there is duality.

There will always be suffering if energies flow through Ida and Pingala Nadi.
With Kriya Yoga, we bring a balance between the Ida and Pingala and energies enter into Sushumna, where life really begins

–  Amol Bhavsar

Through the example of a chakki in motion that grinds anything caught in between its two patans (stones) Kabirdas signifies that as long as the ‘me’ is caught in dualities like ‘what it is’ and ‘what it should be’ it is bound to suffer as this very conflict keeps it grinding.

This conflict is sourced in the constant comparison that gross mind is engaged by oscillating between past and future but never remaining in this moment or ‘here and now’. Only when a mind is absolutely still can this ‘me’ remain in the ‘here and now’ or this moment and therefore not immune to sufferings​ caused by dualities. However, this stillness​ of mind comes with the cessation of breath due to the pran/pranic energy flowing through susumna instead of Ida and pingla. Else man is bound to suffer being caught in dualities since he hardly knows being alone- a state where there is no conflict.

– Saket Srivastava


Master-Disciple Dialogue – Article 1

This Article was Published in the First Digital Edition of Anweshan

Anweshan January 2020 EditionThe Kriyabans have to strengthen the belief that for some reason we are born as per the will of the Creator. Many Kriyabans say that though they are practicing Kriya daily, yet they are not feeling motivated or inspired. Actually, the fact is, Kriya is not a tool for personal fulfillment or liberation. This method is an effort to “bring the divine power, light, and consciousness into you, and to elevate yourself to a superhuman state”. – (Sri Aurobindo)

Among the core principles of yoga, the most important are faith, deep yearning, complete submission, and non-possessiveness. The state of the physical beings of the world is ready for evolution, but the being wants to remain within its limits. He forgets the reason for his birth due to the influence of Maya. He wants to be a slave to arrogance and powers. Every human seeks happiness in life, and this very desire attracts grief and sorrows.

Kriyabans should aim towards divine consciousness. If a divinity-intoxicated mind maintains its perpetuity, the divine knowledge will manifest. One must try to rise above conditioning, bargaining, and vanity while maintaining one’s faith; the tendency to evaluate the work of others as a judge or critic must be abandoned. The reason why you have received kriya should be remembered, and with the help of kriya, you should try to elevate your consciousness towards the divine consciousness.

The person who says these things to the people is the “Guru”, and the people who are influenced by hearing these words, are the disciples. The Guru is strongly connected with the disciple. One of the first conditions in a guru-disciple relationship is obedience. The “I” is the ego consciousness that keeps the disciple away from the divine knowledge. In this state, it’s not possible for the disciple to understand what it means to be obedient. Egoism is the covering of the soul that creates a misconception about oneself and the world and veils the pure consciousness.

One of the important qualities of a disciple is being obedient to the Guru. The concept of obedience does not make sense to many. For many, being obedient means constriction. What exactly is obedience? This means stripping the restless mind of its day-long external activities, abstaining from bad habits, and finally becoming rooted to the right goals.

To be a true disciple, you have to surrender your restless mind and eccentric desires to the Guru. At the time of the kriya initiation, the disciple pledges, “I will obey these laws with all my heart”, but one’s ego does not always comply with this discipline. If these methods (kriya) are practiced every day as instructed by the Guru, the outlook of the kriyaban begins to become pure. Now he is no longer attached to the thoughts and actions that led him to make a mistake; he can easily distinguish between good and evil. The Guru always keeps his watchful eyes on his disciple. At the appropriate time, he instructs his disciple to proceed as per his own thoughts.

In this way, the transformed disciple is filled with reverence, strength, and humility. Learning to respect someone, brings reverence, and this reverence leads to humility.

When a kriyaban learns to respect the Guru as a representative of God, and man as an image of God, it’s then that the spiritual prosperity of the kriyaban begins to flourish.

The method given by Gurudeva should be practiced with reverence and faith. At first, many people may not be able to do kriya properly but practicing with moderation gives results. Many kriyabans / devotees think that just merely taking initiation or following the Guru makes them entitled to Guru’s grace, and the Guru will do everything for them on their behalf. Our ancient scriptures have explained this to the seeker very beautifully by clearing this misconception. To attain spiritual strength, a seeker or devotee needs to make a quarter of an effort, while another one more portion can be received as a grace of the Guru, but for the complete fulfillment of one’s spiritual goal, God’s blessing is necessary. As a result of a yogi or sadhak’s efforts, and with an equal share of Guru’s grace, only 50% or half perfection can be attained. To attain complete perfection in one’s journey towards the attainment of the divine goal, it needs to be a combination of blessings of both the Guru and God.

Similar to God, the power of Guru is omnipresent. He is omniscient and knows what every devotee, disciple, and kriyaban thinks. Gurudeva used to say, “I’m not able to mentally associate well with reluctant kriyabans, but those who have given me the right to govern them or aspire for my advice, I always remain associated with them.”. Being always connected with the disciple, the Guru can see everything including the past and future of the disciple and hence guides him/her accordingly. This guidance is possible with the help of spiritual powers; the Guru uses the spiritual powers of his soul for the welfare of the disciple.

If the disciple wants to be a receiver of the power transmitted by the guru, then he must remain pure, inquisitive, and diligent. When the Guru and the disciple become enlightened, their spiritual knowledge becomes fully illuminated. Such people become real gurus and disciples.

The power of the Guru is all-pervading. It is not that the teachings imparted by the Guru are only helpful in different circumstances, or the effect of his blessings is transient, the disciples can experience the presence of the power of Guru, forever, by his will.

At the time of kriya initiation, divine power is exchanged between the master and the disciple. In between this exchange, there is eternal love and obedience along with a condition, and that condition is agreeing to the continuous practice of kriya, which establishes a strong bond of consciousness between the master and the disciple.

Original Article as written in Bengali by Gurudev:

ক্রিয়াবানদের এই বিশ্বাস দৃঢ় করতে হবে যে সৃষ্টিকর্তার ইচ্ছায় কোন কারনে আমরা জন্ম নিয়েছি। ক্রিয়াবানদের মধ্যে অনেকে বলে – রোজই তো করছি, কিন্তু কোন প্রেরণা পাচ্ছিনা। আসলে সাধারন ভাবে ক্রিয়াযোগ কোন ব্যক্তিগত সিদ্ধি বা মুক্তির জন্য নয় এই পদ্ধতি হচ্ছে “ভগবানের শক্তি, আলো ও চেতনা নামিয়ে এনে অতিমানবিক অবস্থায় পৌঁছাবার চেষ্টা করা”(শ্রীঅরবিন্দ)।

যোগের মূল নীতি যা বলা আছে – তার মধ্যে প্রধান হচ্ছে বিশ্বাস, ব্যাকুল ইচ্ছা, সমর্পণ আর অপরিগ্রহীতা। সমস্ত জগতের দেহধারী অবস্থা বিবর্তনের জন্য প্রস্তুত হয়েই আসে, কিন্তু জীব তার নিজস্ব গণ্ডির মধ্যেই থাকতে চায়; যে কারনে সে জন্মালো – মায়ার আবেশে সেসব সে ভুলে যায়। সে অহংকারী ও ক্ষমতার দাস হয়েই থাকতে চায়। প্রত্যেক মানুষই চায় সুখ, আর এই চাহিদা থেকেই আসে শোক ও দুঃখ।

ক্রিয়াবানের লক্ষ্য রাখা উচিত দিব্যচেতনার দিকে। দিব্যভাবে ভাবিত মন সততাকে বজায় রাখলে দিব্যজ্ঞানের উদ্ভব হয়। নিজের বিশ্বাস বজায় রেখে কোন শর্ত, দরাদরি বা ভনিতার উর্ধ্বে ওঠার চেষ্টা করতে হবে; অপরে কি করছে ভেবে নিজেকে বিচারক হওয়ার বা সমালোচনা করবার ইচ্ছা ত্যাগ করতে হবে। যে কারনে ক্রিয়া যোগের সন্ধান পেয়েছ, তার সাহায্যে আত্মচেতনাকে দিব্যভাবের দিকে এগিয়ে নিয়ে যাওয়ার চেষ্টা করো।

এই সব কথা যিনি মানুষকে বলেন তিনি হলেন ‘গুরু’, যারা এই সব কথা শুনে প্রভাবিত হন তারা হচ্ছে শিষ্য। গুরু শিষ্যের সম্বন্ধে ওতপ্রতোভাবে যুক্ত। গুরু ও শিষ্যের মধ্যে প্রথম যে শর্ত থাকা উচিৎ তা হলো আনুগত্য। আমি অর্থাৎ অহংকারী চেতনা যা দিব্যজ্ঞানের থেকে শিষ্যকে দূরে রাখে, সে অনুগত হওয়া কি বুঝতে পারে না। আমিত্ব হচ্ছে আত্মার এক আবরণ – যা নিজের ও বিশ্বের সম্বন্ধে এক ভুল ধারণা তৈরী করে ও শুদ্ধ চৈতন্যকে ঢেকে রাখে।

শিষ্যত্বের এক গুরুত্বপূর্ণ গুন হচ্ছে গুরুর প্রতি অনুগত থাকা। অনুগত জিনিসটা ঠিক কি এই ধারণাটাই অনেকের বোধে আসে না। অনেকে অনুগত হওয়া মানে সঙ্কীর্ণতা ভাবে। আনুগত্য সঠিক কি? এর উত্তর হচ্ছে বিক্ষিপ্ত মন, সারাদিনের বাহ্যিক কর্মের চেষ্টা ও কুঅভ্যাসকে ত্যাগ করে সঠিক লক্ষ্যে প্রতিষ্ঠিত হওয়া।

সঠিক শিষ্য হতে চাইলে বিক্ষিপ্ত ভাবনা ও নিজের খামখেয়ালি ইচ্ছাকে গুরুর কাছে সমর্পণ করতে হবে। ক্রিয়াদান করার সময় প্রতিজ্ঞা করানো হয় এইসব “আমি মেনে চলব”, কিন্তু অহংকার এই অনুশাসন সব সময় মেনে চলতে দেয় না। গুরুর নির্দেশ মত প্রত্যহ যদি এসব পদ্ধতি অভ্যাস করা হয় তবে ক্রিয়াবানের মানসদৃষ্টি স্বচ্ছ হতে শুরু করে। যে সমস্ত চিন্তাভাবনা বা কর্মে তার ভুল হতো, এখন সে সেই সমস্ত ঘটনায় আর যুক্ত হয় না; ভালো ও মন্দের তফাৎ সে সহজেই করতে পারে। গুরুদেব সব সময়েই শিষ্যকে নজর রাখেন। উপযুক্ত সময়ই তাঁকে নির্দেশ দেন নিজস্ব চিন্তাধারায় এগিয়ে চলতে।

রূপান্তরিত শিষ্য এই ভাবে শ্রদ্ধাযুক্ত, মহৎ ও নম্র হয়। কাউকে সম্মান করতে শিখলে আসে শ্রদ্ধা, আর এই শ্রদ্ধা’ই আনে নম্রতা।

ক্রিয়াবান যখন গুরুকে ঈশ্বরের প্রতিনিধিরূপে এবং মানুষকে তাঁর প্রতিকৃতি হিসাবে সম্মান জানাতে শিখবে, তখন থেকে ক্রিয়াবানের আধ্যাত্মিক উন্নতিলাভ হতে আরম্ভ করে।

গুরুদেবের দেওয়া পদ্ধতি শ্রদ্ধা ও বিশ্বাস নিয়ে অভ্যাস করতে হবে। প্রথম প্রথম হয়ত অনেকের সঠিক ভাবে হবেনা, তবে সংযমের সাথে অভ্যাসে ফল পাওয়া যায়। ক্রিয়াবানরা / ভক্তরা অনেকেই ভাবেন গুরুকরন করা মানেই সবই তিনি কৃপা করে করে দেবেন। শাস্ত্রবাক্য সুন্দর ভাবে এটা সাধককে বুঝিয়ে দিয়েছেন আধ্যাত্মশক্তি লাভ করতে গেলে একজন সাধক বা ভক্তের এক চতুর্থাংশ চেষ্টা থাকতে হবে গুরুর কৃপা হিসাবে আরও এক ভাগ পাওয়া যেতে পারে কিন্তু পূর্ণতা প্রাপ্ত হতে গেলে ভগবানের আশীর্বাদ পেতে হবে। যোগীর প্রচেষ্টার ফল ও সমপরিমাণ গুরুকৃপার ফলে অর্ধেক পূর্ণতা আসে। ভগবান ও গুরুর মিলিত আশীর্বাদেই আসে পূর্ণতা।

ভগবানের মত গুরুশক্তিও সব স্থানে বিরাজমান। প্রতিটি ভক্ত, শিষ্য ও ক্রিয়াবানের মনের কথা তিনি জানেন। গুরুদেব বলতেন অনিচ্ছুক ক্রিয়াবানদের সঙ্গে আমি সঠিক ভাবে যুক্ত হতে পারি না, কিন্তু যারা আমাকে তাদের শাসন করার অধিকার দিয়েছে বা আমার পরামর্শ চায় আমি তাদের সঙ্গে আপনা থেকেই সবসময় যুক্ত হয়ে থাকি। গুরু শিষ্যের সঙ্গে সব সময় যুক্ত থাকার ফলে ভূত ভবিষ্যৎ তিনি জানতে পারেন সেই মত শিষ্যকে পরিচালনা করেন। এই পরিচালনা হয় আত্মার শক্তির সাহায্যে, গুরু তাঁর শক্তির(আত্মার) ব্যবহার করেন শিষ্যের জন্য।

শিষ্য, সঞ্চারিত গুরু শক্তির আধার হতে চাইলে তাকে পবিত্র, জানার ইচ্ছা ও অধ্যবসায়ে থাকতেই হবে। যখন গুরু ও শিষ্য আশ্চর্য ভাবের অধিকারী ও আত্মজ্ঞানী হন, তখনই আধ্যাত্মিক ভাব চরমে প্রকাশ পায়। এরূপ মানুষই প্রকৃত গুরু ও শিষ্য হন।

গুরুশক্তি সবযায়গাতেই প্রকাশ পায়। তাঁর শিক্ষার বিষয়, নানারকম ভাবে সাহায্য ও তাঁর আশীর্বাদ শুধুমাত্র সাময়িক ভাবে কাজ করে তা নয়, শিষ্যের ইচ্ছায় চিরকাল তার অনুভূতিতে গুরু শক্তির প্রকাশ সে অনুভব করে। ক্রিয়াযোগ দীক্ষার সময় থেকে গুরু ও শিষ্যের মধ্যে এক ঐশ্বরিক ক্ষমতার আদান প্রদান হয়, এই আদান প্রদানের মধ্যে যেমন থাকে চিরন্তন ভালোবাসা ও আনুগত্য, তেমনি থাকে শর্ত, যে শর্ত অভ্যাসের ফলে গুরু ও শিষ্যের মধ্যে স্থাপিত হয় এক চেতনাশক্তির সম্বন্ধ।

70th birthday Celebration of Gurudev

Gurubaba Dr. Sudhin Ray's BirthdayWe feel blessed to have a glimpse of the Master on special occasions as ever since the onslaught of Corona pandemic we all have been deprived of physical contact with the Master for the last five months. I definitely miss those penetrating eyes of the holy Master beside his tender touch that fill me with an indefinable and inexpressible ecstasy. I bow down to him for pointing me the Source and remain prayerful at His holy feet to keep me guiding eternally. Words fall short to express this benevolence of Gurudev and the entire Masters of Kriya Yoga lineage that have been merciful enough in selecting me as one of their devotees, as I know, I am too minuscule to qualify for the same. On this special occasion, I offer as a humble offering at the lotus feet of my holy Gurudev, a collection of his words spoken on the eve of his 70th birthday celebrated on the 20th of August’ 2019 at Kalyaneshwar Mandir for the interest of all kriyabans of Raj Yoga Kriya Yoga Mission:

  1. Though I was born on 12.1948 (as recollected) I was embodied only on 20.08.1949. Then who is more relevant- the body identified as Sudhin Ray, whose birthday you are celebrating today or the jeev? Therefore try to know the real without getting identified and mesmerized by images.
  2. Guru is darkness. It may sound shocking as you all consider him to be Light only. However, if you observe closely, Light signifies absence of darkness and darkness signifies absence of Light and therefore the two are not opposites but complementary. The presence of one implies the absence of others. Hence do not run away from darkness, but be the Light. Dissolve into darkness for only then you can see that eternal light in the darkness.
  3. You cannot force your desires through your Guru. He is neither for nor against your wishes. He is not an authority but only shows you the path that would be the most beneficial to you. To walk or not to walk on it is completely your choice.
  4. I am bound to visit the house of such a disciple who is no more separate from me.
  5. You need not tell your visions and/or progress to your Guru. He can understand by simply looking at you or by observing your behavior pattern. Hence practice kriya, regularly and devotedly.
  6. It is important to understand when not to speak. A good Kriyaban knows when to speak as well as when to remain calm and reticent.
  7. If you think you are not progressing, then it is good for you. At least you are not overconfident and shall do the essential for progress.
  8. You must associate with one and all, for no one is evil. Being self-engrossed and self-enclosed in kriya is not ideal for any Kriyaban. You must not forget that whatever you do must be good for one and all.
  9. You should try to understand the words of your Guru and also follow his behavior pattern as it is not essential that he shall answer each and every query of yours.
  10. Before putting any query to your Guru, try to know the answers on your own. A sincere Kriyaban, who practices kriya regularly and devotedly with the right understanding, must be able to know all the answers on his own.
  11. Be innocent like a child but be brave and wise as a man.



On the request of several kriyabans of Raj Yoga Kriya Yoga Mission, Gurudev Acharya Dr. Sudhin Ray appeared live on the Facebook page of Raj Yoga Kriya Yoga Mission from 10:30 am to 11:15 am to convey his message on the auspicious occasion of Guru Poornima, that was different this year with no kriyaban remaining in physical contact of Gurudev (due to onslaught of Corona pandemic) but only having his virtual proximity, thanks to the generous efforts of Dr. Oindri Ray, the younger daughter, and disciple of revered Gurudev.

At the very outset, Gurudev invoked upon Guru Shakti flowing through this Guru Parampara to getting endowed upon all kriyabans for which he sought the blessings of all Masters of Guru Parampara. Elaborating on the significance of practicing kriya on the auspicious day of Guru Poornima, Gurudev stated that a kriyaban has the opportunity to ascend to higher plexuses on Guru Poornima too, just like any other day, with the only difference being that such ascent would be more rapid and perfect as one would feel the Guru Shakti more precisely this day, which remains intense on Guru Poornima. However such realization of Guru Shakti, which helps seeker in his upward journey, is proportionate to the tanmatras present in him with his practice of kriya too varying with the degree of tanmatras.

The one, who practices kriya diligently by using his intellect, definitely reaches a commendable state of kriya. In this respect, it is to be noted that the two principal elements viz ahankaar (ego) and buddhi (intellect) arise from Antahkaran and that from ahankar element (ego) arises mann (mind). Intellect gets manifested/expressed in two ways viz prakritigata or innate/inborn/natural way and chaitanyagata or aware/awakened/conscious way. It is difficult for persons using intellect in an innate way to becoming chaitanyagata but those using it in a fully aware/awakened/conscious way under the effect of Guru Shakti have a totally different realization.

It is because the right understanding does not come to sadhak who practices kriya by using innate intellect and therefore does not realize much. On the other hand, one practicing kriya by using awakened intellect in a perfect and peaceful manner becomes Gurumay, that is gets attuned with Guru Shakti and realizes Gyan and bhakti as enunciated in Bhagawat Gita (by Lord Krishna) in Gyan and Bhakti Yoga distinctly. One having known Gyan and Bhakti comes to know the various stages of Kriya Yoga that he has advanced through by way of kriya practice which makes him realize the mode of functioning of Prakriti or Evolution that he finds similar for every creation and therefore keeps advancing/progressing that way. Gurudev stated that those who have practiced kriya or would be practicing kriya on this day of Guru Poornima would definitely be having a different realization besides coming to understand how kriya yoga enables man in awakening inner vision for understanding and/or realizing Gyan and Bhakti through the essence of Guru Shakti.

He said that on Guru Poornima we all try to attune with that Guru Shakti that remains splendid and intense this day.

After his inaugural address, Gurudev asked kriyabans to put questions, if any, to which the following questions popped up on the screen that was then read out by Dr. Oindri Ray and accordingly answered by Gurudev:

Q1: বাবা ক্রিয়া করা কালীন তো দেখা হচ্ছেই, কিন্তু কবে দেখা হবে, বাবা? — Amitava Dutta
Master, though I am meeting you during kriya but when shall I be meeting you personally?

Gurudev: [If you can see the jyoti (light) during kriya for which you have been initiated into, there is no need for any physical vision as the latter is not eternal. The Atmajyoti that you visualize during kriya is eternal as in that jyoti itself lays everything, which appear to be arising from and dissolving into the same. The vision of Atmajyoti is therefore important and ultimate.]

Q2: বাবা কি ভাবে দৃঢ় সংকল্প হওয়া যায়? — Suraj Saha
Master, how can one make his determination firm??

Gurudev: [Determination gets swayed either by memory or imagination. While memory pulls the man into his past, imagination pushes him to the future with him hardly staying in the present. Determination becomes unsteady under the influence of samaskaras. One should drop the ( past) memories as determination gets firm only in the present for which one’s intellect has to be pure.]

Q3: বাবা, ধ্যানের মধ্যে ক্রিয়া দীক্ষা হয় না? কবে আবার সামনা-সামনি দেখা হবে, জানা নেই তো ? — Jayita Sengupta
Master, doesn’t kriya initiation happen in dhyana? Actually it’s not known when I shall be meeting you?

Gurudev: [Dhyan is a supreme state where everything is in equilibrium (samyabhav) while remaining related and dissolved into the Universal. Therefore in that state, kriya initiation can take place- in fact, everything is possible in the state of dhyana.]

Q4. এই কঠিন পরিস্থিতিতে কি ভাবে মন শান্ত রেখে ধ্যান করা যাবে ? —Oindri Ray
In this trying time, how can one meditate by keeping his mind calm and peaceful?

Gurudev: [Mind becomes restless due to desires and such restlessness breeds anger, violence, and other vices. Such a restless mind can be stilled only through the practice of kriya. Kriya alone makes the mind subtle that then becomes calm, still and peaceful with its energy manifesting and bringing all states under the control of the sadhak. Such state of sadhak is termed sthithpragya or samyavad (in kriya) when sadhak is no more perturbed by disturbances and/or happenings on the surface.]

Q5. গুরুজী ক্রিয়ার কোন স্তরে দেহ বোধ বিনাশ হয়ে আত্ম বোধ জন্মায় ?– Subhankar Panda
Master, in which stage of kriya does body consciousness drop to pave way for awakening of soul consciousness?

Gurudev: [While practicing kriya, one must not lay too much emphasis on the stages of Kriya. It is because the very aim of Kriya is to transforming the mind from its gross to subtle state that depends on the degree of tanmatras in a sadhak. If a sadhak can ascend from his lower prakriti (innate nature) to the higher state of mind through the practice of kriya (in whatever stage he belongs to) he becomes urdhagami and with his mind becoming urdhagami everything comes under his perception and/or control.]

Q6. Can I mentally chat on?
Gurudev: Actually the mind is empowered to chat with everyone and therefore you can chant mentally.

Q7. ক্রিয়া আর তন্ত্র সাধনা কী একসাথে করা যায়? —Abhijit Kr Saha
Can one practice kriya and tantra sadhana simultaneously?

Gurudev: [Joto mot, Toto poth- that is, there are as many ways as there are faiths. However, all paths lead to That- One. You should understand that you have been shown that path by Gurudev, which is right for you depending upon your tanmatras and your physical and psychological constitution. However, if you wish to follow both the paths, you must ask your Gurudev whether you may advance on both the paths (of kriya and tantra) simultaneously.]

Q8. Guruji, while doing kriya sometimes I experience a state where I am feeling very pleasant but lose all sensations like the feel of my fingers, limbs, even breathing, etc. This happens anytime during various stages of Kriya. It takes a lot of effort and focus to come out of this state. I feel not to come out of this state as it is very pleasant but there is fear also as what will happen since all feeling of senses is gone. What to do in such a state? Should I remain in that state as long as possible or should I continue with Kriya steps rather than remaining in that state? —- Ambarish Kumar Verma

Gurudev: [This is a natural phenomenon for all (sincere) kriyabans and in such a state one should simply observe and feel that pleasantness in absolute silence and stillness. Actually being in that blissful state or pleasantness is the ultimate-Satchitananda. Then there is no problem.]

Q9. তন্মাত্রায় কি বিবর্তন ঘটে ? – Abhijit Mita Sengupta Does improvement occur in tanmatras?

Gurudev: [With growth of intellect, improvement in tanmatras comes to the realization of sadhak.]

Q10. বাবা আমি কি ধ্যানের মাধ্যমে আপনার সঙ্গে কথা বলতে পারি ?– Satya Priya Ghosh Master, can I communicate with you in dhyan?

Gurudev: [Of course you can, provided you actually reach that state of dhyan, for in that state you no longer remain separate from me. In other words you enter the dimension of Universality (samyavad), the ever equilibrium state, where there is no duality- possible only when you have truly renounced all physical and/or worldly possessions/attachments and/or identifications to become one with the Universal.]

Q11. কুন্ডলিনী শক্তি জাগরণ কি অপরিহার্য? রাজ যোগ বা ক্রিয়া যোগে কি কুন্ডলিনী জাগরণ ঘটে? –Dipan Kumar Nayek
Is it essential to awaken Kundalini Shakti? Does it get awakened by practicing Raja Yoga or Kriya Yoga?

Gurudev: [Kundalini Shakti or the serpentine energy doesn’t get awakened in all human beings. Kundalini Shakti gets awakened only in those wise men who by virtue of their efforts, determination, patience and intellect receive His grace to ascend into that unknown dimension and hold on to that energy whence after that they perform all tasks for which they have been born. Thakur Ramakrishna Paramhansadev says that awakening of serpentine energy alone is not the aim of life. If only when one desires and strives to serve the people, Mahamaya would awaken that energy in him at the right time.]

Q12. বাবা আমি কি করে বুঝবো যে আমি ভুল ক্রিয়া করছিনা ? –Satya Priya Ghosh
Master, how can I understand that I am not practicing kriya incorrectly or improperly?

Gurudev: [If by practicing kriya, you are deriving Ananda, then you may assume that you are not practicing kriya in an incorrect or improper way.]

Q13. How can I know that I am practicing kriya properly?

Gurudev: [Conflict is the root of all vices and lust. By overcoming such lust you would know that kriya is happening properly.]

Q14. Even after knowing there is nothing else than my atma, atma mei ishthirtha nahi hoti; bar bar vikshep hota hain plz explain — Yuktesh Subedi
Master, despite knowing that I am nothing else but Atman I do not get stabilized in Atman with such stability getting disrupted again and again. Please explain.

Gurudev: [Atmabodh or realization of the self is the ultimate. If one realizes self, then no more questions would arise.]

Q15.তম্মাত্রা – কী সূক্ষ্মতার একক ? Sandhya Saha Ghosh
Is tanmatra a unit/measure of subtlety?

Gurudev: [Everything starting from the body to mind to natural qualities has its subtle state. However tanmatras (roop, rus, shabd, sparsh, gandh) are qualities of the physical and are combination of both the gross and subtle states and therefore they are not unit/measure of subtlety.]

Q16. Gurudev Daya Karo Dino Jane!
Master, kindly share your grace on this helpless soul!
Gurudev: [This is actually expression of the one who is in total communion with That and is therefore bound to receive His grace.]

Q17. অহংকার আর কনফিডেন্সের মধ্যে তফাৎ কি ? Saurabh Pal
What is the difference between ahankaar and confidence?

Gurudev: [While ahankaar (ego) sourced in Antahkaran is responsible for creation, confidence is its expression/manifestation and therefore there is no difference as such between the two. While confidence is Purushukar (prowess) whose application is towards truth, application of ahankaar (ego) is towards falsehood.]

Q18. ক্রিয়ার পর কিছু সময়ের জন্যে নো মাইন্ড স্টেট আসে সেটা কি ভাবে ধরে রাখা যায় গুরুজী ? –Subhankar Panda
After practicing kriya, no mind state arises for a short while; how can I hold on to that state for long?

Gurudev: [Everything has a frequency and so has the mind. When mind is still, it has a different frequency but under the influence of indriyas frequency changes that transforms the mind automatically from its subtle to gross state. Hence unless indriyas are completely under control or check, it would not be possible for a sadhak to stay long in the state of no mind.]

Q19. দীক্ষা নেওয়া পরে যদি ক্রিয়া ঠিক মতো করতে না পারলে কি ক্ষতি হবে?— Subrata Mukhopadhyay
If one cannot practice kriya properly after getting initiated, would it be then harmful?

Gurudev: [Kriya should be practiced daily as directed by Lahiri Mahasay. However, Lahiri Mahasay has said that in case of people busy in their professional lives, especially those involved in the service of the public, Gurudev himself as well as Masters of Guru Parampara and/or Bhagavan practice their share of kriya. But then such kriyabans must have the earnest desire of practicing kriya and reaching the proper state and/or Truth but due to lack of time are not able to do so.]

Q20. গুরু ছাড়া কি মুক্তি নেই ? Abhishek Debnath
Is there no salvation (Mukti) without Guru?

Gurudev: [Guru is essential- and he is within you. The one whom you see in physical form is just the guide who shows you the path (to that Guru). Once you become Gurumaya and have Gurugyan, that is realization of the self, you become one with Guru. Therefore you have to understand it for yourself that whether Guru is with you or Guru is in front of you.]

Q21. আমাদের শরীবে যে captive air কী প্রান বায়ু? তম্মাত্রা সম্পর্কে একটু বিস্তারিত আলোচনা করুন৷ Sandhya Saha Ghosh
Is the captive air within our body prana vayu? Please enlighten on tanmatras.

Gurudev: [Practice pranayama sincerely to know for yourself what prana is as mann, prana, atman are all words that none knows. When prana enters Brahmarandha, then alone you would know whether such prana vayu is captive air or not and only then you would be able to understand tanmatras and their transformation in you.]

Q22. বাবা, ক্রিয়ার পরাবস্থা আর সমাধি কি এক জিনিস ? Sankarshan Narayan Deb
Master, are Kriya ki Parawastha and Samadhi identical?

Gurudev: [While Samadhi is samyabhav (equilibrium state), Kriya ki Parawastha is the journey from samyabhav to turiyabastha. It has to be understood by visualization.]

Q23. বাবা, দর্শন কবে হবে ? Shiva Nath Jha
Master, when shall I have your darshan?

Gurudev: [Darshan is happening continuously. If only you feel and like to have it, you would definitely have it as you have that power.]

Q24. গুরুদেব আমি এখনো বুঝতে পারছি না কি প্রাণায়াম হচ্ছে কি না…কি করে বুঝবো যে প্ৰাণায়াম হচ্ছে ? — Surendra Shaw
Master, I still cannot understand whether pranayama is happening or not. How can I understand that Pranayam is happening?

Gurudev: [You will understand that pranayama is happening when it will start happening on its own (without your effort) with your respiration getting stopped and you basking in Ananda or the blissful state besides realizing that someone is getting the pranayama done through you.]

তুমি গুরুদেব, তুমি পরমব্রহ্ম

তুমি গুরু দেবতা, সত্চিত আনন্দ।

বিরাজিত তুমি নাথ,অখন্ডামন্ডলাকারে,

তোমা পদ হেরি প্রভু ব্যাপ্ত চরাচরে ।

তুমি গুরুদেব…

এ নিবিড় তমসাতে তুমি সাথে আছো নাথ, উন্মোচিতে জ্ঞান দানী অজ্ঞানেরে দাও সাথ,

তুমি ব্রহ্মা তুমি বিষ্ণু, পিতা মহেশ্বর তুমি,

তুমি আমার পরম ব্রহ্ম,প্রনমি-আSভূমি।

তুমি গুরুদেব..

জ্ঞান শক্তি সমারুঢ়, তত্ব মালা বিভুষনে,

ভুক্তি মুক্তি প্রদান করি পার করো সকল জনে,

তুমি গুরু জগদগুরু, তুমি নাথ জগন্নাথ,

সর্ব ভুতে তুমি আছো, তোমা পদে প্রণিপাত।

তুমি গুরুদেব…

ব্রহ্মানন্দে জ্ঞানমূর্তি,দ্বন্দের সেথা নাহি ঠাঁই,

গগন সদৃশ প্রভু, দাও সবে জ্ঞানপূর্তি ,

তুমি মাতা পিতা তুমি, সখা তুমি তুমি জ্ঞান,

বিদ্যা তুমি ধ্যান তুমি জুড়াও সবার প্রান।

তুমি গুরুদেব…

ভক্তি দাও শক্তি দাও, শুদ্ধ করো চিত্ত মোর পবিত্রতা দিয়ে প্রভু কাটাও এ নিশিঘোর ।

তুমি গুরুদেব…।।

শ্রী শ্রী গুরুপূর্ণিমার পুণ্য দিনে মহাবতার বাবাজী, যোগীরাজ শ্রী শ্রী শ্যামাচরণ লাহিড়ী বাবা,শ্রীশ্রী পঞ্চানন বাবা, শ্রী শ্রী নিতাই বাবা, শ্রী শ্রী দুবে বাবা,আমাদের পরমারাধ্য গুরুদেব ও পরমারাধ্য। গুরুমার শ্রীচরণে কোটি কোটি প্রণাম জানিয়ে সমর্পিত হোলো আমার এই ক্ষুদ্র প্রচেষ্টা, শ্রী গুরুবন্দনাকে বাংলায় রূপান্তরের কোটি কোটি প্রণাম নেবেন বাবা, কোটি কোটি প্রণাম গুরুমা… প্রদ্যোত

The above beautiful poem written by one of our kriyabans was read out which is a salutation to all Gurus of our Guru Parampara. Gurudev expressed his delight at such devotion of kriyaban having surrender bhav which is but a feature of unconditional devotion. Through practice of kriya unconditional devotion (without cause) arises and conditional devotion (for cause) recedes.

Q25. গুরুজি আমার প্রণাম নেবেন. আমি জানতে চাই যে ক্রিয়া যোগ কি মানুষ কে ঈশ্বরের কাছে পৌঁছে দিতে পারে.? নাকি ক্রিয়া যোগ শুধুই একটা পদ্ধতি যেটা মানুষকে তার নিজস্বতা এনে দিতে পারে. এর সাথে ঈশ্বর আর কি সমন্ধ. ঈশ্বর কে পাওয়ার জন্য ক্রিয়া যোগ কতটা সাহায্য করে.. যদি একটু বলেন.. Soumalya Roy
Master, please accept my salutations. Can you please tell me whether Kriya Yoga is just a science or technique for self realization or does it help in leading man to God? How is self realization related to God and how far Kriya Yoga helps in attaining/knowing God?

Gurudev: [What generally is understood by God/Ishwar/Bhagavan is but manifestation of that pure, eternal knowledge and wisdom combined with pure sattva gunas that the realized masters have known for themselves and disseminated into the world for the benefit of all. It is extremely important therefore to work for knowing on your own whether such manifestation really takes place. Else the question always remains that whether one would gain anything or not by traversing a path or doing some work, but then there is no respite from doing.]

Q26. বাবা, মানস ক্রিয়া কি? Satya Priya Ghosh
Master, what is Manas Kriya?

Gurudev: [Jaap, dhayn are all manas kriya. The aim of Kriyayoga Rajayoga is to transforming the mind from its gross to subtle state by eliminating the influences of indriyas on mind.]

Q27. বাবা, ক্রিয়া করার পর যদি কিছু দেখতে না পাই, তাহলে কি ক্রিয়া ঠিক হচ্ছে ? ..Pamela Mukhopadhyay
Master, if after kriya I am unable to visualize anything, then is my kriya proper?

Gurudev: [Having visualizations/darshan after kriya is actually related to desires but simply desiring would not lead to darshan. One has to understand the knowledge of darkness which would then help one in having the darshan as desired.]

Q28. Kriya practice is going very well. But I am unable to do khechari even after 2 years of practice. My tongue frenulum has torn multiple times due to talavya practice, but not much progress made. I am a little bit frustrated with this for the past few months. Rajesh Jha
Gurudev: [Folding the tongue inside the palate cavity (so as to protrude it to vyom chakra) alone is not Khechari. Khechari is a stage that happens when breathing stops automatically and one is in the state of no-mind. Therefore you must not give pressure on your tongue unnecessarily.]

Q29. Baba, does past association influence present activities? Vasant Patel
Gurudev: [It is a common thing. If you practice kriya diligently, such influence would go away automatically. Therefore try avoiding such thoughts.]

Q30. Guruji, what is the relation between kriya and kundalini? Is it necessary to awaken kundalini for every kriyaban to self realize oneself or can one attain or do atmasakshatkar through kriya? — Yuktesh Subedi

Gurudev: [By doing kriya regularly you would understand and feel one day what Kundalini is, which is the circular force ascending from lower to higher chakras and/or plexuses.]

Q31. বাবা, ৬ বছর থেকে তালভ্য করছি, কিন্তু খেচুরি হচ্ছে না ..Sankarshan Narayan Deb
Master, I am practicing talavya kriya for the last six years, but khechari is not happening?

Gurudev: [You should not worry so much about it nor about anything else. Instead you should become sthir (calm, still and balanced) by practicing kriya with a pure mind, intellect, patience and determination as Kriya Yoga is not the practice of certain postures and/or techniques alone but the science of becoming balanced or sthir. There have been sadhaks who have known the Truth by entering the desired dimension, even without khechari.]

Q32. বাবা আমার গুরুদেব নেই আমি ধ্যান করতে বসতে চাই কিন্তু ধ্যানে বসতে পারিনা একটু অস্বস্তি বোধ হয় কিছুক্ষণ বসার পর ঠিক থাকিনা — Chorantan
Master, I have no Guru. I want to sit for meditation but cannot settle down as after sitting for a while I feel disturbed or distracted

Gurudev: [Many a time physical and psychological anxieties make man disturbed making him thus unable to remain calm and balanced. Gradually one may try to overcome such anxieties.]

Q33. আমি চেষ্টা করি রোজ নিয়ম করে ক্রিয়া করার ।কিন্তু ক্রিয়া করার সময় মনে হয় কিচ্ছু হচ্ছে না। এই ক্রিয়ার জগৎ জেন আমার থেকে অনেক দূরে। কেন এমন হচ্ছে বাবা।–Sanghamitra Saha
I always try to practice kriya daily but while practicing kriya it seems that nothing as such is happening. This world of kriya appears to be far away from me. Why is it happening, Master?

Gurudev: [The one who desires to practice kriya properly would have such feelings (of kriya not being proper). But then if you practice kriya diligently on a daily basis as any other routine affair, such questions would definitely disappear.]

Finally, Gurudev stated that since there are many stages of kriya and kriyabans belonging to such stages have different questions, the answers to such questions would be given individually (over the phone) and not on a common platform like this. He also apprised about the launch of the 3rd edition of Ashram’s digital magazine ‘Anweshan’ on Guru Poornima and appealed to all kriyabans to go through it and share their views as the same would motivate, delight and enrich the ones involved in the publication of the magazine. He also appealed to the kriyabans to share their write-ups and/or articles as it is expected that they would express their understanding, realizations, wisdom, and/or intellect for the benefit of all.

This list of questions and answers has been compiled with the inputs from our Kriyabans; Saket Srivastava and Dipanjan Dey