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Paramahansa Yogananda : Kriya Yoga

How to Meditate with Kriya Yoga

Kriya Yoga is a complete system covering a range of techniques, including mantras and techniques of meditation for control and mastery of the life-force, bringing inner peace and control of both body and mind.

Around 1920, Paramahansa Yogananda introduced Kriya Yoga to the West and founded the Self-Realization Fellowship. Yogananda demonstrated his extraordinary abilities even after his Maha-Samadhi (death) which he had announced ahead of time. The Mortuary Director of Forest Lawn Memorial-Park testified in a notarized letter:

"The absence of any visual signs of decay in the dead body of Yogananda offers the most extraordinary case in our experience."

The letter continues that twenty days after Yogananda's passing, his body looked as fresh as on the day of his final exit on March 7, 1952.

Meditate using the techniques of Kriya Yoga:

1. Preparing the body. To promote health and gain a certain control over body functions, some practice Hatha Yoga. Others, who are not that flexible or are restricted in time, are content with a 15 minute program of easier exercises, consisting of stretching and bending, designed by Yogananda for maximum result.

2. Preparing the mind. Kriya Yoga is said to be a combination of the more useful Yoga techniques. Like Raja Yoga, Kriya teaches the laws of general conduct (yama and niyama), including harmlessness, truthfulness, non-stealing, etc. Kriya promotes the study of metaphysical principles, physical and mental health, cleanliness and purity.

3. Practice. For the purpose of practicing Meditating, Mantras are introduced. Lessons or initiation teach the seeker how to use Mantras like So-ham, Ham-sa, Hong-so, and OM.

4. Mudras. Mudras are added to gain even more control over the flow of energy.

5. Higher Kriyas.For advanced students there are still a few higher Kriya techniques. However, full Self-realization may already be gained by practicing faithfully the Mantras given for regular Meditation.


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