First Kriya Initiation: The Delivery of Joy at Your Door Step

 During my kriya initiation, I was taught six techniques which form the bedrock of kriya yoga. These are the best  techniques  of  the  hundreds  described  in  authentic books on yoga. Their regular practice yields indescribable physical, mental and spiritual benefits and unfolds the full potentiality of the human mind and soul. Their faithful, patient and regular practice will eventually open the doors of God’s kingdom. Regular practice of these techniques has broadened my understanding of them. Therefore, I now throw light on the significance of these techniques based on my own experiences. Mr Per H. Wibe, my respectable master, is silent by nature and did not explain these techniques. He simply demonstrated them and suggested that we experience

 
everything through our own practice.
 
1. Khechari Mudra: All spiritual practices described in scriptures and holy books like Vedas, Upanishads, Gita and Indian Yoga Philosophy are metaphysical. Only one
 
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technique in the entire literature of spirituality is purely physical and that is the khechari mudra. The perfect practice of this technique gives control over life-energy and consequent control over body and mind.
 
Just as many yogic postures, despite being highly useful, cannot be prescribed for all yoga practitioners due to their severe damaging effects if done incorrectly, advanced practice of khechari mudra cannot be prescribed for all. Paramhansa Yogananda, one of the greatest kriya yogis who disseminated kriya yoga teachings in the Western world, eliminated this technique from kriya practice to make it more suitable for Americans who found it difficult and were unable to appreciate the great benefits delivered by its practice.
 
The practice of this technique, as suggested by my master, is very basic and moderate and provides many benefits without causing any harm. Such practice is lovingly called “baby khechari mudra” by advanced kriya yogis.
 
2. Guru Pranama: This is the modified version of yoga mudra, a highly effective yogic technique used to stretch, relax and smoothen the flow of life-energy in the entire spine. The practice of this technique exerts pressure at the base center (muladhar), stimulating, purifying and gradually awakening this center, which is the prerequisite of higher spiritual awakening and self-realization.
 
All Vedic rituals start by invoking the blessings of Lord Ganesha to keep spiritual obstacles at bay. All physical exercises start with a warm-up to prepare the body for more strenuous exercises. In the same way, all kriya yogis start their spiritual practices with guru pranama (popularly known as yoga mudra) to denote their complete surrender before the Almighty and to invoke His blessings.
 
In the practice of guru pranama, yogis bend forward with
 
the consciousness and affirmation: “Heavenly Father / Divine Mother / Great Gurus, I am yours, receive me on thy lap.” The regular practice of this technique develops humility and devotion besides imparting many other physical and spiritual benefits.
 
3. Hong-Sau: This is an integral (unavoidable) part of kriya yoga. Kriya and Hong-Sau techniques of meditation are complementary. Kriya is an active meditation technique and Hong-Sau is a passive one, but they are interdependent like the two wings of a bird; both are required to soar high in the sky of infinite spirit. Practice of kriya without Hong-
 
Sau technique is like ploughing or tilling a field without sowing seeds. It is like churning butter from milk and then throwing it away. It’s like taking huge pains for little or no gains. Hong-Sau is the highest pranayama (conscious control of life-energy) technique after kriya.
 
It is very difficult to describe all the spiritual benefits of
 
Hong-Sau technique of meditation in this limited space.
 
To mention a few, I would say that mastery over this technique helps solve the mystery of life and death and helps conquer death, the last powerful and dreaded enemy of man.
 
When this technique is practiced, life-energy is released from the surface of the body and from internal organs like heart and lungs. This gives some much-needed rest to these involuntary organs which function without taking rest. This relaxes, rejuvenates and energizes these organs which function more efficiently after this rest. An even better benefit is that this liberated or freed life-energy, which was engaged in the function of various organs, starts revitalizing, repairing and healing other overworked parts of the body. It is like stopping the misuse of money for future investment and better use.
 
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Conquer Death through Pranayama: In our daily lives, when our hands, legs and eyes are fatigued, we rejuvenate and energize them by giving them rest. When the whole body is tired, we invigorate or strengthen it by sleeping. Involuntary organs like the heart, lung, kidney and pancreas keep working from birth to death and cannot be given complete rest as we cannot control them. When these organs are overworked, they stop working and cannot be activated again. When voluntary organs rest, it is known as sleep or nidra and when involuntary organs rest, it is known as great sleep or mahanidra. Long and faithful practice of the Hong-Sau technique of meditation helps us gain control over both voluntary and involuntary organs and give them rest or practice conscious death.
 
4. Mahamudra: This is an advanced kriya yoga technique used to strengthen the main energy channels, namely ida, pingala and shushumna, in the body. It’s a combination of asana and pranayama. Besides providing separate exercises for each energy channel, it collectively benefits the entire spine, abdominal organs, heart and leg joints in a way no other yogic technique does. Its regular practice dissolves knots and blockages that disturb or hamper the smooth flow of life-energy in the spine and prepares the body for long meditational sessions.
 
5. Kriya Proper or First Kriya Technique: Kriya yoga is the science of self-realization. It has various steps and branches, yet it emerges in its full glory because of “kriya proper.” This is a rare combination of breathing technique and meditation.
 
All the techniques of kriya yoga are the twigs and branches, but kriya proper is the root and trunk that nourishes and supports others. Just as “jogging is the queen of exercises,” kriya proper is the king of other kriya
 
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yoga techniques. It is the main river and the others are the tributaries that join it to acquire force and flow. It’s the highest pranayama technique discovered by man for self-realization so far. Pranayama means conscious control over life-energy, which governs and controls all the functions of the body, be it breathing, heartbeat, sensory and motor organs. Therefore, it should not be confused with breathing techniques enthusiastically practiced by many inexperienced yogis.
 
The human body is a beautiful vehicle designed by the cosmic engineer for the worldly voyage. It is supported by the continuous supply of life-energy from God. This energy uses other gross sources of energy like food, water, air and sunlight to derive more energy. When it leaves the body, nothing can energize and enliven the human body.
 
The human brain is the topmost center of energy. It is the reservoir of energy, supplied to all spinal centers and bodily organs. It can be compared to a dynamo, while other energy centers could be considered sub-dynamos or transformers. This downward flow of energy from the highest center to the lower ones and then to the nervous system and the body gives life, body consciousness, and worldly awareness to man.
 
This involuntary outward flow of life-energy to the body makes it a suitable vehicle for materialistic pursuits but renders it useless for spiritual enlightenment, which can only be achieved by directing this energy to flow back to the original centers of discharge. The highest spiritual value of kriya yoga is that it reverses the flow of the energy that otherwise keeps us tied to body consciousness and worldly awareness. If the energy is not taken from the body, senses keep reporting their experiences to the
 
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brain and the mind is kept restless in analyzing these. With regular practice, the energy starts withdrawing into the spine. This helps to transcend body consciousness and thus gain complete control over body and mind.
 
Thus, the master of the body, mind and life-energy, the
 
kriya yogi, can meditate on God as long as he wishes, without any disturbance. Remember the “mind is restless as long as breath is restless or in motion,” that is, the mind works as long as life-energy works in the body; when withdrawn, it stops running. Life-energy and mind have a relationship like that of flower and fragrance. Take the flower in your grip, and the fragrance follows you.
 
6. Yoni Mudra or Jyoti Mudra: This mudra is a combination of mediation and pranayama. Its practice attunes the mind to enjoy the blissful effulgence of God. It is an effective technique of meditation on God as light and sound. It is the last technique to be practiced at the end of the kriya routine and is preferably done at night. Blessed are those who practice this last technique. Unfortunately, this is the least understood but most useful yogic technique. Its practice prepares you for life’s “unavoidable last moment,” that is, death. With the help of this technique, the yogi makes a respectful exit from the body into infinite beauty and bliss, without losing his consciousness or feeling the fear of death. This is beautifully explained by Krishna, the