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Emancipation or Liberation (Mukti) Proposed by Vedanta

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The method of emancipation or liberation (mukti) proposed by Vedanta is based on the the following premises:

Brahman is the Supreme Tattva or Reality and its nature is absolute Being or Existence (Sat), Consciousness (Cit) and Bliss (Ananda). Brahman is non-duality only. Everything is Brahman. This does not mean complete identity with things, but that all things can be reduced to brahman. The most common example is the pot made of clay. The pot is no different from clay, but is a mere modification or different conditions formed from clay.Continue reading

The Life Story of Swami Keshwanandaji Maharaj Part 3

There was a great saint called Bilvamangala Thakur who wrote many verses and songs full of love for Krishna. He would call on Krishna and Krishna would appear. Sri Thakur walked the streets of Vrindavan praying his Japa. No one ever knew the circumstances of his death. For 800 years – eight hundred years! – the old blind Thakur was often seen walking the banks of the Yamuna River, and also in Mathura. The villagers called him “Old Man River” and to see him was always a sign of blessing.

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The Life Story of Swami Keshwanandaji Maharaj Part 2

Since childhood, Swami Keshavananda was motivated by love for Iswara and it was in meditation where he found Iswara inside. In the great souls, the source of spiritual longing springs from direct experience and rarely from readings, the influence of others, or by external circumstances.

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Kriyā Yoga y Cidākāśa

Kriyā Yoga es una técnica específica de meditación que pretende dirigir el prāṇa en el nervio central, también conocido como suṣumnā nāḍi Los linajes antiguos de los Naths, Shaivismo de Cachemira y Siddhar de Tamilnadu estaban muy familiarizados con la técnica de “respiración Sushumna” pero fue Sri Lahiri Mahasaya quien asumió la tarea de presentar, de una manera accesible a todos, esta técnica en su verdadera identidad y sus estructuras esenciales.

Desde la antigüedad, los rishis de India han investigado la relación entre el cuerpo sutil y la espiritualidad. Al igual que en la naturaleza las líneas rectas son extremadamente raras, en el cuerpo sutil casi ningún movimiento de prāṇa es en línea recta. De todos los miles de nadis, suṣumnā no tiene arcos ni curvas, esto  revela su naturaleza inusual y sobrehumana.Continue reading

El Aspecto Sistémico y Dinámico de Kriya Yoga

Una de las tendencias más comunes de yoga era centrarse en tratar de forma aislada e individual cada unidad del cuerpo sutil o etéreo, es decir, en despertar las propiedades inmanentes de cada unidad. El verdadero significado de la palabra “Yoga” – que es converger la mente en una única dirección- parece diluirse cuando se pierde el sentido de conjunto en la práctica de esta corriente de Yoga.

En general, los estudios sobre el cuerpo sutil – con sus chakras, nadis, etc. – no superan la unidad y ni siquiera tratan su aspecto sistémico. En la mayoría de los casos, trabajan las unidades por separado, fuera del conjunto. Esta perspectiva poco práctica, pero muy adoptada, fue fomentada por el Yoga Tántrico que utiliza abundantemente mantras, yantras, rituales y visualizaciones, para despertar los poderes internos (Siddhis) de cada unidad.Continue reading

Kriyā Yoga and Cidākāśa

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Kriyā Yoga is a specific technique of meditation which aims to direct the prāṇa into the central nerve, also known as suṣumnā nāḍi. The ancient lineages of Naths, the Saivism of Kashmir and Siddhar of Tamilnadu were well acquainted with the technique of “Sushumna breath” but it was Sri Lahiri Mahasaya who took over the task of presenting, in an accessible way to all, this technique in its true identity and its essential structures.

Since ancient times, the ṛṣis of India research the relationship between the subtle body and spirituality. Just as in nature the straight lines are extremely rare, in the subtle body almost no prāṇa movement is just right. Of all the thousands of nadis suṣumnā does not arc nor is it rounded, which reveals its unusual and superhuman nature. Continue reading

The Divine Life of Brahmchari Keshavanandaji Maharaj – Part One

Introduction: This is a wonderful and inspiring story about the life of Shri Keshavanandaji Maharaj, one of the direct disciples of Shri Shri Shyamacharan Lahiri Mahasaya. Shri Keshavanandaji dedicated his life to the practice of Kriya Yoga Vidya of Shri Lahiri Mahasaya.

And he is one of the few ochre robed or renunciant disciples of Shri Lahiri Mahasaya who led the renunciant’s life with the blessings and permission of Lahiri Baba.

— Jayo Jayo Devi! —

The Septuagenarian sadhu was astonished with the beautiful darshan of the Devi. A blinding light made it shine in Kutastha illuminating the beautiful shape of the goddess mounted upon a majestic golden lion. Smiling, she waved her hand in a gesture of blessing.

After long hours of meditation, the holy man stretched his right leg and made some mahamudras. The darshan he had was still vivid in his mind.  Even the insects and animals of the forest could divert their thoughts to that divine vision.Continue reading

The Systemic and Dynamic Aspect of Kriya Yoga

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One of the most common trends of Yoga was focus on the isolated and individual treatment for each unit of the subtle or etheric body, that is to say, in the wake of the immanent properties of each unit. The very meaning of the word “Yoga” – that is to converge the mind to a single focus – seems be diluted when it loses the sense of conjunct in practice of this Yogism.

In general, studies of the subtle body – with its cakras, nadis, etc. – do not exceed the unit and not even dealing with its systemic aspect. In most cases, they work up the units separately, outside the conjunct. This little handy perspective, but very adopted, was encouraged by Tantric Yoga which uses abundantly mantras, yantras, rituals, and visualizations, to awaken the inner powers (Siddhis) of each unit.Continue reading

The Inspiring Story of Shri Nitay Baba Persisting in Kriya Yoga and Experiencing Paravastha!

Kriya reminiscences – This is an interesting and inspiring Kriya Yoga story about Shri Nitay Baba. Find out how he got inspired and persisted in Kriya Sadhana and then ultimately taste the prasadam of Lahiri Mahasaya Kriya Yoga – the blessed experience of Paravastha or Tranquility!

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It had been 45 minutes, and the master still remained motionless, in a breathless state. Silence reigned in the poorly furnished room, beacuse that house – in the suburb of Howra, Kolkata – was meant only to Sat-sanghas of the master with his disciples. Little by little, people paid their obeisance and left the room, while other disciples lengthened their legs and made maha-mudra.Continue reading

Ajna Chakra and Superconsciousness

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The faculty of spiritual vision or super-consciousness – function of the Ajna chakra – has its own system of signs or language by which it “interprets” the acts of the psyche, mind and external reality. The society often has appropriated signs of the super consciousness. For example, light = divine.

Surely there are signs made by the society (the sickle and the hammer = communism), and one might wonder whether the super-consciousness also appropriates the signs created by man based on affinity with its own representation system.

The signs of super-consciousness  are basically figures, shapes, and images formed by 2, 3 or more components. It’s often that the mind is not able to understand the meanings of these signs, but this does not imply that their meanings do not exist.Continue reading