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|If you would wake up one morning and you would know it is the last day of your life, how differently would you schedule your time? in fact, we should live every day as it would be the last. We perform daily the same routined chores when we actually desire something else entirely, but we never act on it because it is very hard to come out of our 'comfort zone'. Act now! And do it instantly by using positive thinking.
There is only one way to completely fulfil your meaning in a complete manner, that of using the moment present in 'now' and the chances offered 'here'.
Be a friend of Time! Give yourself time for the moment in 'now' and become aware that the Universe gave you the gift of learning how to do this 'here'.
This work will bring us the satisfaction of Self knowledge, will teach us to live and will, chiefly, prepare us for the great spiritual shift between worlds.
'Knowing yourself you will become a winner!' Eche
Swami Shankarananda Giri is a spiritual heir in this tradition, and teaches these techniques in its original form as they were transmitted by the lineage of masters. Those who desire to receive instructions in this path as a means for spiritual evolution, may take contact with one of the centres. Swami Shankarananda Giri has been teaching Kriya Yoga techniques in India since 1974, and in Europe since 1978. He has also inherited the astrological system called Cosmic Astrology from his master Swami Narayana Giri ("Prabhujee"). This system was established by Shri Yukteswar.
The Meaning of Kriya
The word Kriya is composed of two syllables, kri and yâ. In Sanskrit, kri means karma dhatu - action of the elements, and yâ means Soul or Atma. The word Kriya indicates action of the Soul or prâna karma. The first and most important action of the Soul is breath.
The word yoga comes from Sanskrit yuj which means union. The union of the individual soul with Spirit.
Kriya Yoga is a method to attain the union of breath and Soul in each inhalation and exhalation. Expressed in other words: the union of the individual soul with Spirit is called Kriya Yoga. This is true karma.
The practice of Kriya Yoga is based on breath, the brain and the spinal cord. Breath is the mediator between Soul and mind. The brain is the mediator between the sense organs and the mind. All our physical actions are reflected on our sense organs through the intermediary of the lower part of the brain located in the spinal cord. From this lower part of the brain where the lower mind is situated, we pass to the higher mind, then to breath, and lastly from breath to Soul (and then inversely).
The brain is connected to the mind and the mind is connected to chitta. Chitta (the higher mind) is composed of five actions, or five minds which have twenty-five qualities or natures, each creating two results which are called vrittis. This gives fifty types of different inner and outer results - fifty vrittis, which are manifestations of chitta. The vrittis are created by chitta, the higher mind, directly from the Soul through the means of breath. The object of yoga is to control the actions of chitta - Yogâshchittavrittinirodhah (Pâtanjali's Yoga Sûtra I, 2).
The mind is in constant motion. Our inner and outer actions change constantly and this is reflected by our breath. When we are afraid our breath is agitated, when we feel joy our breath is different, it is also different when we are angry or have any other type of emotion. When the breath is calm, the mind is calm. So, it is only through breath that we are able to control chitta and come to the state called nirodhah. Nirodhah means to close, to lock with a key - which means to stop all actions (vrittis) of chitta and thus have easy access to the meditation state of yoga. The control of chitta, stopping the actions of the mind is obtained by controlling the breath.
Since Kriya Yoga is based on breath, you can practice this special technique during the whole day and in whatever activity you do. When it comes to sitting for meditation, it may be practiced whenever you have time.
The teaching of Kriya Yoga is done gradually. It is sectioned into six stages referred to as First Kriya, Second Kriya and so on. The beginner starts with First Kriya. First Kriya is the root, the very foundation which allows for progress through the spiritual path for followers of any religion. It gives access to knowledge of the body, of the Soul and the chakras. It allows for comprehension of the gross body, the astral body and the causal body. Later, after having practized regularly over a period of time and achieved the necessary demanding level of mastery, one can receive second Kriya, and thus progress towards the higher Kriya levels.
Describing Kriya Yoga in words has little meaning. A person may truly understand only through practice. If you wish to know what an apple is, a simple description is not enough. Take the fruit, touch it, taste it, then you will really and immediately understand what an apple is. The same goes for Kriya Yoga.
The Ultimate Goal
The constant practice of iswara pranidhana (practice of breath control in every moment) gives the siddhi (perfection) of samadhi. The incoming breath is î - power, outgoing breath is ra - light, sva - yourself, is between these two. isvara gives life and will fill yourself.
Iswara pranidhana means that by constantly observing the breath which enters and leaves the body, through practice one will come to the formless state. Then you remain in the divine light enabling yourself to achieve constant nirvana or liberation in your life time. As Jesus Christ said in the Bible: "You can’t see, feel or realize God, but you can be".
Effects on Life
Prana shakti (life force) flows from the top to the bottom, then inversely from the bottom to the top, of the spine. In this way all the chakras (centres) are touched by life force and by vacuum. The first and second techniques are called pranam and correspond to Yama in Patanjala’s Yoga Sutra. Yama means to obtain inner control or sâmyam. Nothing can be controlled from without because the root is found in our spine. This is why we during the practice of Kriya Yoga bend the spine forward allowing the magnetic life force to flow in the spinal cord. The vacuum is always at the top of our body, this is why we retain equilibrium. So when we bend our spine, the vacuum magnetizes the spine.
Shûnya dhaur bhavet prâna: The vacuum element is our life force. When the vacuum leaves the body, life also leaves.
By practicing Kriya Yoga, we create an inner fire called tapa agni. In the same way that the outer fire, drabya agni, burns whatever we put into it, the inner fire, tapa agni, allows the practitioner to burn his karmas, the results of his past actions, his thoughts as well as all his mental or psychological problems.
What works best for you?
Often life brings us to cross roads and under the classic burden of free will, we find ourselves having to choose the right way. Thus, a frequent question is born 'what is best for me?'
What you should realise is that the answer lies ahead of the question as we feel before we know and we know before we find out, and the best for you is how you feel it.
Becoming aware of yourself, the true you, knowing and recognising yourself, allowing yourself to choose out of the paths open to you, choose your path, the one you feel, all these are steps that wait to be taken. Everytime.
In our daily madness, under the tyranny of the time, ruling as hard and fast as its passing, in the mad dash towards nowhere, we forget to Be.
The theory is often charming, lifting, but in applying it with perseverance and customised to your own needs - there lies the key to success. And because we all know how wise we are when others are concerned and how ignorant when it comes to ourselves, according to the principle of Oneness, I need you to show me the way and you need me to keep your lamp burning all the way to the end.
This is why I invite you in my home (online or at Vila Matei in Baile Herculane) anytime you want us to get together; you, me and all those who wish to walk together the path of 'being' 'here' and 'now'.
If you like the sound of it and you are keen on the idea, write to me and let me know how do you imagine the path to be?... What is best for you?
I could tell you lots about myself, about the great sages and philosophers or maybe just a story of 'once upon a time...' And you would probably be enchanted like a child or outraged like a 'normal' grown up, but I would like to tell you something that directs you towards yourself, toward you being YOU.
I have been to India. I could tell you what I have seen, what I have felt... But again you would be left out and I would like to tell you thus so you can see and you can feel. So I will show you a few pictures and I will invite you to join me in reading about the Kriya yoga technique and about Swami Shankarananda Giri, the one with whose help I was reborn, re-learning to breathe with awareness, in a beneficial way.
And if that sounds good to you, I invite you again to my home (online or at Vila Matei in Baile Herculane) so we can learn together how to become aware of the simplest and most important process of life - BREATHING.