Kriya Yoga: A Divine Herb and Its Healing Properties

 God is bliss, from bliss we come, in bliss we exist for a while like a wave on the bosom of the ocean and finally return to that bliss.

 
– Taittiriya Upanishad
 
In his youth, the great sage Bhrigu approached Varun, his father, and pleaded to give him the knowledge of God. His father told him that God-realization cannot be passed on theoretically or intellectually. Varun advised Bhrigu to discover the secrets of transcendental cosmic consciousness (Bramha) by practicing the austerity of regular meditation for a long time. Bhrigu kept meditating under the guidance of his father and kept reporting his spiritual experiences. His father kept
 
prodding him to press on and plumb deeper.
 
After a long time, Bhrigu returned to his father with the realization that “God is bliss, from bliss we come, in bliss we exist for a while like a wave on the bosom of the ocean and
 
finally return to that bliss.” Hearing this, Varun was overjoyed as his son had finally found what he had been seeking for such a long time.
 
Awaken the Superman Within …
 
 
God as bliss is the ultimate goal of human activities. Nothing can be more satisfactory, sanctifying and nourishing than soul-joy. Regardless of how addictive anything in the world is, it cannot keep man’s mind entertained for long. Soon tired, he looks for “something else” and the search goes on. The “something else” that man is looking for is the “ever-new bliss” of God that will end his wanderings for worldly pleasures through incarnations. God is the solution to our miseries and sorrows. Pain dare not disturb man resting in the bliss of God. Divine joy and worldly woes are antithetical and cannot exist together, like light and darkness.
 
I once read a poem written by Kabir Das, a great kriya yogi and mystic poet. It took me over fourteen years to understand the exact meaning of these lines and identify with the poet’s perception. Perhaps, I would never have understood its meaning had I not been initiated into kriya yoga by my master.
 
In the poem, Kabir asks a lily, “Why are you completely
 
sad and dried up, though your whole being, including the
 
roots and stem, is in water?” The lily symbolizes man and water the bliss from which man originates.
 
The teachings and spiritual experiences of my master Per H. Wibe are anthologized in his book, Yearning of the Soul. Although slim, the book has an intellectual weight very few can manage. Master writes a story on a mongoose: When fighting a snake, a mongoose is poisoned by it and cannot fight anymore. It immediately rushes back to smell a healing herb that neutralizes the poison. Fully healed, the mongoose goes back to fight the snake and overcomes it. The world is a battlefield; men are like the mongoose and the challenges are serpents that poison and paralyze man’s powers in his fight for survival. Men without the “healing herb” suffer and are killed like soldiers who fight unarmed in the battlefield.
 
Kriya Yoga: A Divine Herb and Its Healing Properties
 
 
A thousand hits of carcinogens (cancer-causing germs and substances) a day, an unhealthy lifestyle, continuous infusion of chemical pollutants into the body, and hormonal imbalances caused by emotional disturbances make our body a soft target for disease, premature decay and death.
 
Kriya yoga meditation offers an opportunity to smell the “divine herb” of the soul that provides ultimate healing and
nourishment to keep us fortified against ailments.