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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