Kriya Yoga: The Science of Self-Realization

K riya yoga is the spiritual science of self-realization. The theories,  discoveries  and  inventions  of  science  are based on repeated observations of a natural phenomenon, its verification and practical validation. The science of kriya yoga follows the same pattern. It was invented by great divine incarnations like Lord Krishna and Mahavatar Babaji, who unraveled all the mysteries associated with matter and spirit. These great divine incarnations liberated their souls from the gross body, astral body and causal body. They transcended and  mastered  all  the  states  of  consciousness  or  soul: conscious state, subconscious state, superconscious state, kutastha chaitanya state (Christ conscious state) and cosmic conscious state. They could see through various physiological
and psychological factors that governed these states.
The path of kriya yoga is purely scientific because it provides exact, practical, yogic techniques that help manifest the full potentiality of the human body, mind and soul.
The highest practical value of kriya yoga is that its practice helps a spiritual aspirant achieve the higher steps of raja yoga, that is, pratyahara (interiorization), dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation) and samadhi (superconsciousness), which are nearly impossible to achieve otherwise. Kriya yoga helps
Kriya Yoga: The Science of Self-Realization
withdraw the mind from the physical world, body and senses by reversing the flow of life-energy which feeds the mind and the body and keeps them ever aware of the material world. When life-energy is withdrawn from the body and senses to the nervous system and then to the cerebral–spinal centers, as it happens when man falls asleep, then the body and the mind become inert and inactive, under the complete control of the yogi. The reversal of the life-energy (the pranic energy that controls and governs all physiological and psychological functions of the body and the mind) from body to soul and from matter to spirit is known as pranayama and kriya yoga is the highest pranayama technique known to man.
This technique is practiced to separate the spiritual self from the physical self. When a kriya yogi masters this technique, he develops the ability to switch on and off life-energy to the body at will. Thus, freed from the restrictions of the body and mind, the spiritual aspirant can devote his whole mind and soul to God. The practice of kriya yoga helps practice “conscious sleep” or “sleep with complete awareness.”
Thus, kriya yoga is yoga (union) of the soul with the
cosmic spirit, of individuality with universality through kriya (action or ritual). Here, kriya denotes the yogic technique of kriya yoga which accomplishes this great spiritual feat. The techniques of pranayama have been glorified in all religious scriptures, including Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita and Patanjali’s Yoga Treatise. It was, however, given for the first time to Arjuna by Lord Krishna before the battle of Kurukshetra. If any aspiring devotee plumbs the depths of the ocean of Bhagavad Gita, he will find more pearls of kriya yoga strewn across it. It is always better and safer, though, to learn kriya yoga techniques practically and systematically from an enlightened master.
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Due to man’s materialistic inclinations, spiritual ignorance and indifference, this yogic science was lost for ages. In modern times, kriya yoga was re-introduced to Lahiri Mahashaya by Mahavatar Babaji, a great Himalayan yogi. Mahavatar Babaji’s great role can be likened to that of Lord Shiva who drew down the Ganga of kriya yoga from Brahma the Infinite. Lahiri Mahashaya can be likened to Bhagiratha (one of the greatest kings of the Solar Dynasty to which Lord Rama belonged) who brought it down from the Himalayas for the spiritual welfare of modern man who was lost in the darkness of materialism.
The regular and faithful practice of kriya yoga establishes divinity in man and bestows divine qualities of the cosmic spirit, that is, infinite bliss, infinite power, infinite knowledge and infinite consciousness.
Befriend God through the practice of kriya yoga; you will

be blessed with His blissful company and infinite powers.