In this episode of Yogic Paths we will look more closely at the practice of Kriya Yoga, which is recognized as an ancient and advanced scientific practice that produces a direct method for self-realization. Based on Raja Yoga, Kriya Yoga combines the essence of all other yogas, teaching one how to control and positively change the mind through meditation. The advanced meditation techniques practiced in this form of yoga help one realize limitless potential, awakening the subconscious so that it becomes conscious.
At the heart of Kriya Yoga is the idea to withdraw energy, rather than letting it move outward. These scientific methods to control the flow of pranayama allow one’s soul to eventually re-ascend back to spirit. In order to learn these methods, Kriya Yoga uses the Guru-Disciple relationship. It is believed that the Guru, the teacher who is considered One with Divine Consciousness, arises in the student or disciple's life when they begin to earnestly search for answers to life's questions, like Who am I?
Lost for centuries, the science of Kriya Yoga was reintroduced to the East by Mahavatar Babaji, a mysterious, celestial being who brought spiritual solace to all who sought it. It is through Mahavatar Babaji that Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the Autobiography of a Yogi and one of the greatest saints of modern India, came to bring the science of Kriya Yoga to the West.