Everything is both within
me, and outside me. I depend on everything and everything depends
begins where science ends. But Man with his insatiable quest can
bring the two together. The spinal cord in the human body has the
basis to perform both external as well as internal functions. On
either side of the spinal cord, there is the flow of negative and
positive currents which are called, Ida and Pingla respectively.
Inside the spinal cord there is the flow of Sushumna energy. Bramha
Randhra is situated within Sushumna. When it is activated, the world
is seen as being enveloped in divine light. Yogis do not waste their
energies on aimless activities. Instead their energy is pushed to
fuse with the concentrated energy of the kundalini. The awakened
kundalini thereupon enters the sushumna. The released energy can
either be constructive or destructive and its use depends solely
on the yogi. It can bring a change in the nature of the yogi. This
changed nature has two facets. One is velocity and the other is
obstruction. Yogis give velocity to the right energy and attain
yoga, bhakti yoga, raj yoga, kriya yoga, bhava yoga, laya yoga and
other forms have entered the life of modern man. I have embraced
Kriya yoga in the form of Sankalpa Yoga. This is an ancient art
and is closely linked to every aspect of nature. Through the ages
it has left the imprint of its effectiveness. Devis, devtas and
ganas have taken help of sankalpa yoga. The wars of Ramayana and
Mahabharata are apt illustrations of Sankalpa yoga, which has been
in use since times immemorial.
What is Sankalpa yoga?
a yogi, releases a concentrated flow of thoughts, and makes a firm
resolve, with the objective of achieving an aim, he is practising-sankalpa
yoga. The objective of this yoga is to generate awareness for self-realisation.
Kriya yoga can enlighten the path of the seeker. A keen yoga enthusiast
should keep two things in mind, (i) human love should not be confused
with divine love and (ii) and one should not feign goodness.
spiritual life, the mind and body are forgotten. A man who succeeds
in doing this is a soul imbued with sankalpa bhava (nature). Divine
light and sound enable man to face all the challenges of a spiritual
path. They also bring to light hidden energies. Through this medium,
one can study all the vrittis (fluctuations) of the mind. Yoga education
teaches us how to detach man from his body and mind. The unravelling
and awakening of this dormant mystery enables him to cognise his
past and rebirth. All the material achievements of the physical
world are created with the help of light and sound. Light and sound
play an even more powerful role in the cognition of the inner self.
It becomes imperative that a man should
first know himself. For dharma (religion), yoga and khema are beneficial.
attainment of an unattainable is yoga. And preserving the attainment
is called khem. Both are human karmas. The attainments of both the
practical and spiritual jagat (world) are contained in both.
mind has infinite vrittis or tendencies. They can be broadly divided
into two categories - klista (difficult) and aklista (non-difficult).
Klista tendencies are non-beneficial and aklista are beneficial.
(awareness) is like the waters of the ocean. The waves of raga (love),
dwesh (enmity), kama (desire) and krodh (anger) - rise in this ocean
of awareness. Chitta is lured by external events and behaves accordingly.
Consequently man becomes attached to worldly things. This further
entangles him in man made problems. He some how manages to compromise
with difficult circumstances, and eventually falls prey to unnatural
qualities. These unnatural qualities take him away from his natural
temperament. He crumbles under the pressure of complications. And
driven by helplessness he turns for help, to invisible powers. But,
by that stage, it is too late.
Yoga can quieten the mind
and help in the experience of indescribable ananda (bliss). In ignorance
man considers worldliness as the 'be all' and 'end all' of life.
But ananda rises from within and is beyond the indriyas (senses).
Due to raga and dwesh man is confined to his gross body. He lives
under constant fear of losing his body. And this fear, which covers
the chitta can be lifted by Kriya Yoga. Kriya purges the chitta
through sampragnata samadhi (conscious ecstasy) and helps it to
move ahead. In this technique chitta's seeds become red hot, like
molten gold and reach the stage of Sankalpa Yoga samadhi. There
upon chittas old role comes to an end and the samskaras disintegrate.
This particular Laya stage of chitta is acquired through 'Kriya
chitta dissolves in the Kaivalya (emancipated) state and enables
the man to cognize its dissolution. The chitta's self dissolving
condition is called Prati Prasav (self absorbed).
My experiences of Kriya.
Yoga all worries cease, and the mind gets extremely focussed. The
effects of Kriya yoga occur with great speed. Any man can obtain
'Murdhanga' state within thirty seconds to three minutes. Thereafter
he can effectively control his mind. I have tried to explore most
of the kriyas (activities) of yoga. And have done an in-depth study
of Patanjali’s manuscript. I have the theoretical and practical
knowledge of Hathyoga. Maharishi Patanjali's yoga demands strict
discipline. But his procedures are not at all complicated. In a
simple, easy way any man can detach himself from the physical world
and obtain the knowledge of the sukshma (the subtle realm).
yama, niyam and other relevant rules, Patanjali has in a lucid and
intelligible style shown how a man can obstruct the vrittis (fluctuations)
of his chitta (awareness), realize his self, investigate the Tantu
Chakras of the body and thereby awaken his physical, astral and
causal potential. He can also acquire all the siddhis (spiritual
powers). Baba Gorakhnath has delineated this procedure in a different
but effective manner and has propounded many new methods. He has
made use of Hathyoga to unwind the body, open one of the doors of
the body to find entry, cognize the sukshma through the gross body,
and thereafter explore the entire cosmos.
are plenty of methods. I owe my success to Baba Gorakhnath’s
methods. The medium of all yoga practices is the human body. The
union of external and internal kriya (activities) is called yoga.
Yoga unites the external man with the internal man. It takes man
from the physical to astral, adds subtle velocity to the materialised
thoughts, and propels the sukshma to the causal.
come across many Mahatamas who practised different yogic techniques.
I accepted their diverse yogic approaches without undue curiosity.
Whatever I received from my masters was enough and self-confidence
and firm determination always helped me. The Himalayas played the
role of a teacher and philosopher. I closely observed 'nature' and
learnt from it. But when I came out of my cloister and mingled with
the world, I found yoga in a different light. I regularly tour overseas
and wherever I went I found man thirsty for knowledge. All over
the world human nature is the same. Human beings want to attain
even the most impossible and unnatural things.
Yoga is very useful and beneficial
to human kind. Yoga evokes the difference between human body and
soul. Through the knowledge of soul, a man can have the cognition
of the entire jagat (cosmos). After realizing his 'self' man can
understand his true potential. The tangible reality of gunas can
only be perceived through the way of yoga. Yoga helps in the cognition
of chitta (awareness). The restlessness of chitta can be controlled