"Babaji is well aware of the trend of modern times," Yogananda wrote, "especially of the influence and complexities of Western civilization, and realizes the necessity of spreading the self-liberations of yoga equally in the West and in the East."EziiTours brings to you - a great chance to visit the very cave in the Himalayas which is home abode to Mahaavtaar Babaji - where he gave diksha to Shri Lahiri Mahasaya.
Kriya Yoga is an ancient Yoga system revived in modern times by Mahaavatar Babaji. It is said that Mahaavatar Babaji recieved Kriya Yoga from Bhagwan Shri Krishna himself.
According to the ancient Yogic text the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, contains a description of Kriya Yoga in the second chapter II.49 "Liberation can be attained by that pranayama which is accomplished by disjoining the course of inspiration and expiration."
The Kriya yoga system consists of a number of levels of pranayama, mantra, and mudra based on techniques intended to rapidly accelerate spiritual development and engender a profound state of tranquility and God-communion.
The Guru Shishya lineage: Mahaavatar Babaji, Shri Lahiri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteshwara Giri, Paramhansa Yogananda - all of them have preached Kriya Yoga. Kriya Yoga is traditionally exclusively learned via the Guru-disciple relationship and the initiation consists of a Diksha (Initiation ceremony).
"By the definite science of meditation known for millenniums to the yogis and sages of India, and to Jesus, any seeker of God can enlarge the caliber of his consciousness to omniscience to receive within himself the Universal Intelligence of God."
Kriya Yoga was lost for centuries in the dark ages, and reintroduced in modern times by Mahavatar Babaji, whose disciple Lahiri Mahasaya (1828-1895) was the first to teach it openly in our era. Later, Babaji asked Lahiri Mahasaya's disciple, Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri (1855-1936), to train Paramahansa Yogananda and send him to the West to give this soul-revealing technique to the world.
Yogendra Rajput is an IT professional with more than 16 years of experience, he has worked with many Multinational companies till date. His spiritual journey started from 1999, when he got in touch with some monks and spiritually enlightened people. Very often he used to have the dream that he is walking on the lake with one young man besides a lake that is full of snakes and crocodiles. Yogendra could not understand this dream for many months.
Eventually one fine day - he got his hands on a book called "Autobiography of a Yogi" written by Shri Parahamsa Yogananda which can be accessed here: https://www.ananda.org/free-inspiration/books/autobiography-of-a-yogi/
Whilst Yogendra was reading the book and saw the pictures within, he immediately recognized the picture of that Young Monk who used to come in his dreams and walk along the lake - it was none other than Mahaavatar Babaji.
From that day onwards Yogendra's inner journey started and Yogendra started meditating - however he could not find any person who could guide him and give him Diksha. However during the course of time he automatically learnt a lot of breathing techniques which came to him naturally and started enjoying those.
In 2012 Yogendra met with a person named Gyan Swami in Pune who himself revealed that he has taken Diksha from Babaji himself and that he lived it Babaji for 3 years. Yogendra learnt several techniques from Gyan Swami.
In January 2017 Yogendra had a chance to visit Mahaavatar Babaji's cave up in the Himalayas along with a group from Maharashtra. While onwards to the cave Yogendra felt a deep sense of deja vu - as if he had been there before - not just once or twice but more like having lived there along with Babaji. It was in the cave that Yogendra was re-assured and in Dhyaan Yogendra was given the task of preaching Kriya Yoga and to take it to as much as people as possible.
(Sidhasana posture: Left leg on the bottom, with right leg on top of it, Left palm on the bottom with Right palm on top of it, facing upwards)Step 1 : Equal breathing - 12 cycles :
Breathe in through the nose, deep into the lungs (not into stomach) for about 5 to 10 seconds. Hold the breath in lungs for same amount of time. Then breathe out through nose in same amount of time you took for breathing in. Repeat this process 12 times.Step 2 : Double breathing
Breathe in two intrevals through nose (its like sniffing air twice when u try to detect some smell). Hold the breath for 2 seconds and keep the body tense in these 2 seconds. Breathe out through mouth in two intrevals (saying Ho - Ho while exhaling).Step 3 : Hang Sau :
(Note that step A and step C are similar. But A is one time n C is three times.)
Repeat the whole process A,B,C for 10 minutes approximately
Place your hands on the face with little finger on the corner of the eyes applying light pressure and the thumb closing the ears Breathe in through nose, deep into lungs, while saying "Om" mentally. Hold the breath for 2 seconds and exhale the breath while saying "Om" mentally.
Repeat this process for 10 minutes approximately.Step 5 : Meditation with normal breath:
Sit in the same posture and meditate for few minutes, after the meditation is over rub your hands and touch them on your eyes and face. Open your eyes and stand up gently
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