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


Glimpses of 83rd Birth Celebration of Shri Maheshwari Prasad Dubey

83rd Birth Anniversary of Maheshwari Prasad Dubey Ji

On 6th January 2019, Raj Yoga Kriya Yoga Mission celebrated the 83rd birth Anniversary of Param Guru Shri Maheshwari Prasad Dubey Ji. According to the Gregorian calendar, the actual birthdate is 4th January, though mission celebrates this day on Sunday which falls near to actual date so that all devotees can come and receive the grace of Param Guru.

The celebration cum seminar had the following programmes:

  1. Lamp Lighting
  2. Flower offering to thy lotus feet of Dubey Ji
  3. Vishnu Sahasranama (recited by Ashram female devotees)
  4. Remembering Dubey Baba(reminiscences shared by the direct disciples)
  5. Talks and experiences (by Ashram Devotees)
  6. Question answer session on Kriya with Sangha Guru Dr. Sudhin Ray
  7. Closing ceremony and refreshment distribution.

The event started with lighting a lamp before the image of Param Guru Dubey Ji. Our Gurudev lead the ceremony along with guests. After this all ashram devotees offered flowers on Dubey Baba’s image.

The next program was the recitation of the Vishnu Sahasranama from the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata. This musical presentation of 1,000 names of Lord Vishnu was curated by Dr. Oindri Ray, along with the other female devotees of the mission. With the Vedic chant, the entire auditorium reverberated, and the surrounding was infused by the energy. Dr. Ray also explained how Vishnu Sahasranama could help you achieve calmness and help you to concentrate during Kriya.

3. Vishnu Sahasranama (recited by RYKYM devotees)

Then came the most awaited juncture of the event –  the experiences of the direct disciples of Param Guru.

Dr. H.N. Bhaduri Remembering Dubey Baba
Dr. H.N. Bhaduri (Disciple of Shri Dubey Baba)

Our first speaker was Dr. H.N. Bhaduri. Dr. Bhaduri is a cancer specialist and one of the foremost disciples of Dubey Ji, who got initiated in Kriya during 1980’s. Dr. Bhaduri remembered Dubey Ji in these words – “ Gurudev always used to say, “Don’t waste a day without doing Kriya. Do your Kriya faithfully everyday and you will achieve everything which is meant for you”. I did as he said and am still following his commands. I had an ailing father and mother at home to whom I needed to nurse every night. Being a doctor and son, it was my duty to serve them, but my Guru’s command was also important. So, after finishing my duties at night, I sat for Kriya Meditation around 3 A.M., I’m following this timing till today. I had seen many people complaining to Gurudev regarding their inability of doing Kriya, due to lack of isolation at home. Dubeji said “ Do you have space in bathroom? Sit at any corner there, and do your Kriya. Do not give me excuses. “

Dr. Bhaduri further said – “Dubeyji told me, I have chosen Sudhin to carry out my work when I will be gone. I will not give you this responsibility because your profession needs more sincerity towards your patients.  Sudhin is a man of unlimited capacity. He can take care of the Kriya Initiation responsibility, and bring thousands of seekers to Kriya.”

The entire auditorium reverberated with an applause, when Dr. Bhaduri finished his speech.Indeed his words were gems, and we were so fortunate to listen to him in person.

Shri Manas Chaudhury (Disciple of Shri Dubey Baba)
Shri Manas Chaudhury (Disciple of Shri Dubey Baba)

Our next speaker was Manas Chudhury. He got Kriya Initiation from Dubey Ji during mid-nineties. Manas Ji said, ”When I was initiated, I was not hundred percent convinced about the benefits of Kriya. You can say I was more of an atheist at that time. But when I sincerely started my practice, a new world opened to me. Experiences during Kriya cleared all my doubts, and I am grateful today that Dubey Ji chose me as one of his disciples.”.

After Manas Ji, disciples of Sangha Guru Dr. Sudhin Ray’s disciples, shared their experiences.

Dr. Prosenjit
Dr. Prosenjit sharing his experiences.

Dr.Prosenjit’s experience was quite unique and it is worth sharing. Dr. X said, “ I was associated with Kriya from some time, but somewhere during 2009, I suffered from severe headache and an uneasy experience beyond control. The situation was so severe that if I ever saw any religious symbol, for example, the Ohm symbol written somewhere on a wall, the pain occurred  suddenly. Due to this situation, I stopped doing Kriya. By God’s grace I got the reference of Guruji, Dr. Sudhin Ray. When I met him, I explained that I was initiated in Kriya from another lineage, and ever since I’m practising Kriya, I am suffering from unbearable headache. Guruji took pity on me and initiated me to Kriya during the Guru Poornima of 2018. I later learned that I was not doing steps like NabhiKriya etc. Therefore, as a result of  the faulty method of practice, I was suffering. But after my initiation, I can tell you today that my pain is almost gone, and I am able to do my Kriyas regularly. It is my humble suggestion, do not try to do Kriya on your own, and do not choose your Guru haphazardly. Wrong Kriya practice can harm your body and mind without your knowledge. I am blessed to find Guruji.”

Dr. Oindri Ray
Dr. Oindri Ray sharing her initiation experience.

Dr. Oindri Ray shared an experience which is no less than a revelation. She is the first disciple of our Gurudev. Dr. Ray narrated that, Dubey Baba commanded Gurudev to carry on the initiation of Kriya Yoga. In Dr. Oindri Ray’s words – “Being the first disciple, I witnessed the whole process. Dubey Baba was holding Gurudev from behind, and Gurudev was touching my Kutastha. I saw both Gurudev and Dubey Baba vibrating at a high frequency. That scene cannot be described in words. Dubey baba asked me to close my eyes, and I got my initiation on that day.”

kinkar choudhury
kinkar choudhury Explained the scientific side of Kriya Yoga.

Kinkar Chaudhuri explained the process of scientific side of Kriya. He explained that our body has vagus nerve, which extends from the brain-stem down to our stomach and intestines, stretching to our heart and lungs, and connecting our throat and facial muscles. Kriya yoga practices stimulate these areas of the body and can have a profound influence on the tone of the vagus nerve. In order to ensure an efficient communication between the neurons and a faster propagation of nerve impulses, some neurons are endowed with an insulating sheath called ‘myelin’. The molecular process of the synthesis of the myelin sheath is called ‘myelination’. The main purpose of the myelin sheath is to increase the speed at which the electrical impulses propagate along the myelinated neuron to the next neighbouring neuron. Myelination helps prevent the electric current from randomly leaving the axon, thereby, permitting an agile communication for long-distance signalling, and to sustain such signals.” Kinkar further said, “When we perform Pranayam, a life force through the scientific breathing technique travels upwards and downwards. It stimulates our chakras, and the friction occuring during pranayama helps myelination.

After them, Mr Bikas Kumar, Mr. Piyush, Mr. Srivastav, Mr. Avijoy Mitra, Mr. Vivek and other people shared their experiences.

Gopal Da
Gopal Da showing Kriya Techniques

Meanwhile our dear Mission member and senior Kriyaban Gopal Da was taking session on Kriya practice at the back stage. Gurudev instructed Gopla Da to clear the doubts of newly initiated Kriyabans and show them the correct techniques.

Dr. Sudhin Ray
Gurudev responding to questions on Kriya.

Then came the most important session when Gurudev held the microphone for the question answer session. Our beloved Gurubon, Lopa Mudra Saha, was assisting Gurudev with the questions. The most common question was how to do Kriya in busy life. Gurudev said, “When you are initiated in Kriya it means you have taken up the challenge, and promised to move ahead against all odds of life. It is no less than a battle. If you surrender to your senses, then the war is over. Always remember that this very question was raised by Arjuna in Kurukshetra. When Arjuna had his problem, we are but a common human being, and we also have to face the same question. As Arjuna followed Krishna and became victorious, we must also do Kriya everyday to win our daily battles.”

During this event 8th issue of Ashram Magazine “Anveshan” was also launched by Gurudev.

With Gurudev’s encouraging words, the event was concluded. The devotees took blessings of Gurudev and Guruma, and enjoyed the evening with savoury refreshments.

Few moments from event:

Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 1(Arjun Viṣhād Yog ) Verse 1

arjun vishad yog

ধৃতরাষ্ট উবাচ
ধর্মক্ষেত্রে কুরুক্ষেত্রে সমবেতা যুযুত্সবঃ ।
মামকাঃ পান্ডবাঃ চ এব কিম অকুর্বত সঞ্জয় ।।১

অর্থ-ধৃতরাষ্ট জিজ্ঞাসা করলেন হে সঞ্জয় ধর্মক্ষেত্রে যুদ্ধ করার মানসে সমবেত হয়ে আমার পুত্র এবং পান্ডুর পুত্ররা তারপর কি করলেন।

ক্রিয়াযোগ অনুসারে ব্যাখ্যা : দেহরূপ রাজ্য যিনি ধারণ করে আছেন, তিনিই ধৃতরাষ্ট্র ; মন এই দেহরূপ রাজ্যের রাজা । এই মন অন্ধ কিছুই দেখতে পারে না । বুদ্ধির দ্বারা ভালো, মন্দ বিষয় গোচর হইয়া থাকে ।অন্ধ মনের দৃষ্টি-হীনতা হেতু মন যুদ্ধের বিষয় সঞ্জয়কে জিজ্ঞাসা করছেন । সঞ্জয় অর্থাৎ সম্যক প্রকারে জয় হলে যার প্রকাশ হয় অর্থাৎ দিব্যদৃষ্টি অথবা অন্তর্দর্শন । ধর্মক্ষেত্রে অর্থাৎ এই শরীর; এই শরীরই ধর্মক্ষেত্র এবং কর্মভূমি । কারণ ধর্ম আর কর্ম মিলেই এই শরীর । লাহিড়ী মহাশয় বলিয়াছেন জীবের প্রতি দয়াই ধর্ম |

দয়া, যাহাতে জীবের রক্ষা বা পোষণ হয় । রক্ষা অর্থাৎ স্থিতি , স্বাস প্রস্বাসরুপে প্রাণের যে গতি চলিতেছে এই গতি স্বতঃ রহিত (স্থির ) অবস্থার নাম স্থিতি । অর্থাৎ বিনা অবরোধ আপনা আপনি স্বাস স্থির অবস্থার নাম স্থিতি । এই স্থিতি প্রাণকর্ম বা প্রাণায়াম দ্বারাই সম্ভব এবং সেই ক্রিয়া এই শরীরে হয় তাই শরীরকে ধর্মক্ষেত্র এবং প্রাণকর্মের কর্মভূমি বলিয়া কুরুক্ষেত্র বলা হয়েছে ।

এই শরীররূপ ক্ষেত্রে যুদ্ধার্থী মনের পক্ষিয়গন অর্থাৎ ইন্দ্রিয়গণ , কারণ ইন্দ্রিয়গণকেই মন নিজের বলিয়া বোধ কোরিয়া থাকে । বাক , পাণি , পাদ, পায়ু এবং উপস্থ এই পঞ্চ স্থানই কর্মেন্দ্রিয় ; চক্ষু, কর্ণ , নাসিকা , জিব্হা, ত্বক এই পাঁচজ্ঞানেন্দ্রিয় , এক সাথে এরা দশ ইন্দ্রীয় যারা প্রত্যেকেই (পূর্ব পশ্চিমাদি ) দশ দিকে গতিশীল । মনরূপী ধৃতরাষ্ট্রের এই (১০ * ১০ = ১০০) একশত পুত্র । ইহারাই মনের প্রবৃত্তিপক্ষীয় ।

পাণ্ডব অর্থাৎ সৎবুদ্ধির (পাণ্ডর) সন্তান, পাণ্ডবগণ অর্থাৎ ক্ষিতি, তপ, তেজঃ, মরুৎ , ব্যোম এই পঞ্চ তত্বই পঞ্চ পাণ্ডব ইহারাই মনের নির্বিতিপক্ষই ।প্রাণক্রিয়া আরম্ভ হইলে পঞ্চতত্বের গুণসমূহ এবং ইন্দ্রিয়গত সমবেত হইয়া কি করিলেন , তাহাইদিব্যদৃষ্টির সাহায্যে অন্ধমন জানিতে চাহিতেছেন ।।১
धृतराष्ट्र उवाच |
धर्मक्षेत्रे कुरुक्षेत्रे समवेता युयुत्सवः |
मामकाः पाण्डवाश्चैव किमकुर्वत सञ्जय ||1||

भावार्थ : धृतराष्ट्र बोले- हे संजय! धर्मभूमि कुरुक्षेत्र में एकत्रित, युद्ध की इच्छावाले मेरे और पाण्डु के पुत्रों ने क्या किया?॥1॥

क्रियायोग के अनुसार व्याख्या: देहरूपी राज्य को जो धारण किए हुए है वो धृतराष्ट्र है | मन इस देहरूपी राज्य का राजा है , यह मन जन्म से ही अँधा है और कुछ भी देखने में अक्षम है | यह मन बुद्धि की सहयता से विषयों का भोग करता है | अपनी दृष्टीबाधिता के कारण मन युद्ध के विषय में सञ्जय से जिज्ञासा कर रहा है | सञ्जय अर्थात दिव्यदृष्टि या अंतर्दर्शन की शक्ति | धर्मक्षेत्र अर्थात ये शरीर ; यह शरीर ही हमारा धर्मक्षेत्र और कर्मभूमि है , धर्म और कर्म से ही इस शरीर का अस्तित्व है | लाहिड़ी महाशय ने दया को ही धर्म की संज्ञा दी है |

दया वो कर्म है जिससे जीव की रक्षा एवं पोषण होता है| रक्षा अर्थात स्थिति, प्राण श्वाश-प्रश्वाश रूप में गतिशील है और जब इसकी गति स्वतः स्थिर अवस्था को प्राप्त होती है उसे स्थिति कहते है | प्राण को स्थिर करने का एकमात्र उपाय है प्राणकर्म या प्राणायाम | इसी प्राणायाम क्रिया के कारण ही शरीर को क्रियाक्षेत्र या कुरुक्षेत्र कहा गया है |

इस शरीर क्षेत्र में युद्ध की अभिलाषा रखने वाले कौरव अर्थात इन्द्रियगण | यह मन इन्ही इन्द्रियों को अपना समझता है और सदा इनके वशीभूत रहता है | वाक्, पाणि, पायु, पाद, उपस्थ ये पांच स्थान कर्मेन्द्रियों का हैं | चक्षु, कर्ण, नासिका, जिह्वा, त्वक् ये पांच ज्ञानेन्द्रियाँ है | कुल मिलाके ये दस इन्द्रिया (पूर्व , पश्चिमादि ) दसो दिशाओ में गतिशील है | मन रूपी धृतराष्ट्र के ये (१० *१० =१०० ) सौ पुत्र है | ये कौरव मन की प्रवृत्तिया हैं और मन इसी में सदा मग्न रहना चाहता है |

पाण्डवगण अर्थात पाण्डु (सतबुद्धि )की संतान, पाण्डवगण पृथ्वी, तप , तेज, मारुत , व्योम ये पंचतत्व ही पांडव के रूपक है | ये मन की निवृत्तिया है | क्रियायोग के दीक्षा के उपरांत साधक प्राणकर्म /प्राणायाम का अभ्यास करना प्रारम्भ करता है जिससे मन की चंचलता प्रारम्भ में बढ़ती है और वो अंतरमुखि होकर अपने इन्द्रिय रूपी पुत्रो और पंचतत्वों के मध्य चल रहे युद्ध की स्थिति के विषय में दिव्यदृष्टि से पूछता है |
dhṛitarāśhtra uvācha
dharma-kṣhetre kuru-kṣhetre samavetā yuyutsavaḥ
māmakāḥ pāṇḍavāśhchaiva kimakurvata sañjaya ||1||

Meaning: Dhritarashtra said: O Sanjay, after gathering on the holy field of Kurukshetra, and desiring to fight, what did my sons and the sons of Pandu do?

Explanation accordding to Kriya Yoga: Dhṛitarāśhtra, the blind king, is ruler of bodily kingdom. Here mind (mana), is allegorically represented as Dhṛitarāśhtra, who upholds the kingdom of senses. The mind considered as blind because it cannot see anything without the help of senses and intellect. Blind from birth and bereft of spiritual wisdom, Dhṛitarāśhtra turns to Sanjya (one who has conquered himself) for an unbiased report on current development in Kurukshetra, here Sanjaya allegorically represented as divine-insight. Dharma-kṣhetre (field of righteous battle) and Kurukshetra (field of action) allegorically signifies as inner physical body. According to Lahiri Mahashaya having compassion for all being is real Dharma.

Compassion protect and nurture all living beings without exception from their suffering. According to Kriya one should develop self-compassion first, which eventually transform into the compassion for others. Here protection means reaching a state of stillness, when breath flows through body without any effort. Through proper practise of Pranayama (conscious awareness of breath) one can achieve a breathless state. This Pranayama happens within our body that is why it called Kurukshetra (field of action).

Competing in Kurukshetra are two opposing forces: offspring of discriminative intelligence (Buddhi/Pandu) and sense conscious mind (Dhṛitarāśhtra). The five karmendriya (‘organ of action’) or active-senses are vak-tattva: speech (voice), pani-tattva: grasping (hands), pada-tattva: walking (feet), payu-tattva: excretion (anus) and upastha-tattva: procreation (genitals). The five sense organs are eyes, ears, tongue, skin, and nose. Together they are 10 senses which are always active in 10 direction (North - उत्तर - Uttar, East - पूर्व - Purva, West - पश्चिम - Pashchim, South - दक्षिण - Dakshin, North-East - ईशान - Ishanya, South-East - अग्नि - Agneya, South-West - नैऋत्य - Nairutya, North-West - वायु - Vayavya, Skywards - ऊर्ध्व - Urdhwa/ Akash, and Downwards - अधरस्त - Adharastha/ Patal ; comprises (10*10=100) hundred sons of Dhṛitarāśhtra. Kauravas represented as pravritti, inclination towards worldly enjoyment.

Sons of Pandu (Pandavas) represent 5 elements; ether, air, fire, water and earth. Pandavas upholds righteous principal of nirvritti (renunciation of worldliness). After kriya initiation, as soon as the spiritual aspirant tries to meditate; sense organs retaliate, which are then confronted by self-control and discrimination, and the battle begins.

At The Lotus Feet Of My Holy Master

Gurudev Dr. SUdhin Ray

On the eve of Guru Purnima, this 27th day of July’2018, this writer has hardly anything to offer to his Guru except his deep love for him since the entire being of this writer, as he is, and all his worldly possessions acquired till date are that of his Guru’s and therefore surrendered at his holy feet! Revered Gurudev having taken extreme pity on this writer had initiated him into Kriya Yoga on the 3rd day of July’2016 a desire that this writer cherished since 2009 after falling in deep love/communion with Yogiraj Shyama Charan Lahiri Mahasay after viewing his world-famous image and reading few of the available books on him. Since initiation, this writer has regularly been visiting his Master’s home or ashram for hearing his Master’s holy words apart from sharing his own experiences. Accordingly few excerpts of those holy words have been reproduced below as this writer’s humble offering to his Gurudev on this Guru Purnima:

1. Always motivate everyone to realize his highest potential; never demean anyone for demeaning is very easy and extremely wicked; every man has the potential to realize the Truth; Truth that he, as he exists, is Pure Consciousness/Pure Joy/Pure Love that unfortunately remains hidden by clouds of ignorance produced by his own false identifications/mages, that is, ego

2. To live moment to moment that is living just in this moment- that is not riding on the past while remaining in this moment or contemplating about future while remaining in this moment; to be blissful every moment; to be blissful now, that is this moment, for the entire time is in this now for you do not know any other space of time; only if you are blissful now, that is very this moment, will it be possible for you to remain blissful in some other space of time

3. Be wise; for wisdom and cleverness are not identical though nowadays people are found to be clever but not wise; wisdom is realizing that you are the master of this body-mind that is physical body, astral body, and mental body and never are all these three your master in either individual or collective capacity though at times you may have felt each one of them exercising its authority upon you; whereas cleverness is the art of getting one’s work done propelled by self-interest without knowing the self for whose interests the work is being done

4. To have only the minimum ego required for holding this physical body and dropping all ego of the astral and mental bodies since all ego are false that arises out of false identifications/ images that gather around a man in due course of his upbringing by the society

5. Never attempt at controlling anger, lust, greed, lethargy or envy for all methods of control are different forms of suppression which in turn is a form of violence- tacit and latent- that ultimately will do more harm than good to the individual; the only way to overcome these vices are by simply and directly observing the vices since their very inception; observation that is absolutely pure with no interference of thought- thought either of the matter observed or of any other matter and such observation being not mounted on past but observation of the very moment of the generation of anger, lust, greed, lethargy or jealousy and watching the same till its end for no thought can fully be controlled/overpowered by another thought however powerful the latter may be

6. To be Gurumay and know your Guru

7. Practising kriya regularly with full devotion in Gurudev and Lahiri Mahasay and remaining in the parawastha of kriya- a state reachable only after deep and sincere practice of kriya not describable in words but only subject to realisation- and then doing all sundry works by remaining in that state of Kriya ki Parawastha- for all works done from that state are nishkam karma

8. Being kind, loving and affectionate to everyone you meet; at the same time carrying the essential temperament for discharging your worldly duties either at the ground level or from some position of authority but never accumulating any malice deep down the heart with an intention to avenge or harm someone in future- that is MEJAJE THAKBE, MONE RAKBHE NA

9. Never engaging in any sort of competition with anyone (especially kriyaban) for each one will get results according to his own actions; instead focussing only on one’s own actions and practising kriya consistently and faithfully to have the fruits of kriya; except in emergency circumstances kriya should be practiced regularly two times a day as directed by Gurudev

10. Not expecting anything from anyone- not even from someone whom you consider to be the closest- for no one on this earth is as close to you as you yourself are- but that understanding comes only after realization of the self- till then you may not expect anything from anyone be it physical, mental or financial

11. Not simply believing in superstitions/dogmas/rituals for the sake of believing but always trying to understand the rationale behind the continuity of such belief systems and dropping them if felt unnecessary without making any fuss or engaging in any form of criticism/ condemnation for Lahiri Mahasay and all illumined masters alike have always avoided criticism; in fact they have shown the right Path to the inquisitive seekers and we shall ever remain grateful to them by whose grace we are on this Path

12. Not boasting of oneself by practising Kriya and claiming holier-than-thou as the same will definitely prevent you from delving deeper into this Path as the practice itself is not the Truth but the gateway to Truth and minimum pride in the practice itself will hinder you in realising the Truth; actually the whole gist of Kriya Yoga is stilling the mind/cessation of the mind by stilling the breath (YOGASCHITTWRITTINIRODAH: Patanjali Yogasutra 2)- that is making the body-mind vessel appropriate/fit to receive the ultimate; only a subtle mind can delve deeper into revealing the Truth that can only be known and never be described

13. If someone is wrong or appears to be incorrect in his justifications then always making/putting forth one’s points politely for bringing into picture his said mistakes but never criss-crossing him directly as it may hurt the person and prevent him from expressing himself further which may have something beneficial for all

14. This creation/evolution is very beautiful/lovable but the same can be realized only by remaining in the Parawastha of Kriya because then you will be able to visualize this whole creation coming out of nothingness and vanishing into nothingness and you as a particle of that creation has nothing much to do except discharging your worldly duties playfully and joyfully with no entanglements since all entanglements/identifications/attachments are your own self-created images and not existential; however you will not remain oblivious of your duties since the very duty then will be joy

15. Not showing off one’s wealth or knowledge for all acquired things are earthly and unreal; even those practicing kriya should avoid discussing amongst themselves their experiences as their said experiences may be just mere hallucinations/imaginations and therefore influence others in a wrong way; all such experiences must be shared with Gurudev who only can tell whether such experiences are real or imaginary and accordingly guide such kriyabans in the right direction

16. If for some actions committed in the past one feels guilty/embarrassed the same should never be discussed publicly nor should the doer condemn himself or repent for the same; at most the same may be shared with Gurudev and after deep observation the same may be forgone/ dropped completely with the right understanding for it is never too late to correct oneself on this Path

17. Though sincere kriyabans are always under the sight of Gurudev, visiting one’s Guru at his place or ashram will immensely help the kriyaban as the place where Gurudev stays has immense positive vibrations that will definitely benefit such kriyabans

18. At no cost a householder shall sacrifice his worldly duties for advancing on this Path since his family members remain dependent on him; as such following the example of Yogiraj a sincere kriyaban must maintain a balance between his worldly duties and his duties towards himself that he comes to know after getting initiated into Kriya Yoga

19. Women are the embodiment of love and are Mother and as such, they should be respected and adored by all; it is the duty of all householders especially the kriyabans to respect all women and regard them as their Mother

20. Not accepting anything at face value but questioning all and sundry with reasoning and commonsense and finding solutions to such questions without bothering Gurudev; if one practices kriya faithfully he will get all answers to his questions for all solutions lie hidden in the problems themselves- one just needs the clarity and understanding to notice them; reading lesser number of books and practising more kriya is a surer way to wisdom and Truth as all knowledge acquired from books is borrowed and never self-realised; only a self-realized man is wise as he knows the Truth.

Excerpts From “Secret of Kriya Yoga,” Written by Maheshwari Prasad Dubey

Kriya Yoga has different stages, generally divided into seven main Kriyas.

Different Yogis/Sadhaks/Practitioners have different experiences during Sadhana (Kriya) and they might differ from one Sadhak to the other. I am sharing here my own experience, which occurred in 1986. I was practicing pranayam during the First Kriya. Suddenly Apana left its place and got attached to Prana. After being joined by Apana, Prana and Apana moved together (With the help of pranayama practiced in the First level of Kriya itself) up and down 4 to 5 times.

Till my fourth pranayama, my man (mind) was astonished to witness from my Navel Centre this phenomenon of integrated ascend and descend of Prana and Apana. Suddenly with a jolt, my man (mind) also got attached to them, and my breathing stopped. After that, I felt no hindrance in ascending to higher Chakras. I crossed all the chakra centers and reached my destination.

Although I am just a common Kriya Practitioner, but I believe whatever experiences I have attained are all because of the grace of Babaji and my Guru Baba. I must reiterate that the grace of the Guru is of utmost importance. A Kriya Practitioner (Kriyabaan) who diligently practices these kriyas will always find himself/herself under the watchful eyes of Gurus or masters. When there is need, the grace automatically reaches the practitioner. Through one’s own hard work and the Guru’s grace, a Sadhak attains his or her goal.

That is why it is my advice to all Kriyabans that they should diligently practice Kriya with full honesty. They should not become lethargic in practicing Kriya. Moreover, they must have full faith in Kriya. In Kriya Yoga, there is no such restriction in food habits for kriya practitioners or Kriyabaans, but if you could avoid non-vegetarian food, it would be good.

Alcohol is forbidden for Kriyabaans. If you were drinking earlier, then you should curtail the habit and give it up eventually. I am telling you this because to attain higher stages in Sadhana, one needs to have a calm mind, and non-vegetarian foods and alcohol stimulate the mind, which is not helpful for Sadhana.

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