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When I read Paramahansa Yogananda's Autobiography of a
Yogi, I didn't think his yoga, kriya yoga, would ever be part of my
life. Then along came the internet. One day I decided to do a
websearch for Kriya Yoga, and up popped http://www.kriya.org
. At this website, I learned that one of Yogananda's students, Paramahamsa
Hariharananda, is alive and well and teaching the method. He also has
teachers who travel around the world teaching the method.
I'm impressed. I've tried many other forms of yoga and
meditation and felt they were hit-or-miss. This method only gets better
with time, and even an off day is a good day. It doesn't involve being a
pretzel. Emphasis is on the breath.
I signed an agreement not to teach this method. So, if you
want to learn more, go to the website, download an issue of their magazine Soul
Culture, and if you think it might be what you're looking for, check their
schedule of traveling teachers for one near you.
Kriya Yoga is not athletic. It is not a religion.
The teachers encourage you to practice your own religion if you have one. It
isn't just for kooks like me. Luther Burbank and Mohandas Gandhi practiced
Here's my essay about my trip to the ashram in Florida:
Kriya Yoga Ashram
Baba is dead. You can read about his death
After a discussion with one of the
swami's, he advised me to quit Kriya. I agreed. I'd been doing
Kriya daily for 3 years, had two initiations to ever more complicated
meditation practices, and I did not "feel God meditating
me." According to the swami's if you don't feel that God is
doing the meditation, then you are only doing physical
I tried Carl Schmidt's Kriya. http://www.thehomefoundation.com
It is much simpler than Baba's Kriya. Carl
is much more accessible than the swami's. If you want a guided
meditation practice, this one is worth your time to investigate.
Carl's lessons are free.
At the moment, I'm having much more success
with Sedona Method
and Nonduality. http://www.nonduality.com
And I highly recommend Leo Hartong's book
Awakening to the Dream http://www.awakeningtothedream.com
And Michael Gluckman's Making
Your Wisdom Come Alive.
For briefer but effective meditations, 72
Names of God is a superb coffee-table quality book.
For a sample meditation, click here.