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OK so Kriya Yoga isn’t only 150 years old, but the anniversary of the revival is! <Cheers from the crowd>

As the story goes, the practice and techniques lay dormant for centuries until yogi Lahiri Mahasaya met his guru, Mahavatar Babaji, in a cave in the Himalayan Mountains in the fall of 1861, where he received the Kriya Yoga teachings and was told to continue spreading the word. Obligingly, Lahiri Mahasaya then taught disciple, Swami Sri Yukteswar, who then tapped Paramahansa Yogananda to bring Kriya Yoga to the rest of the world, particularly the west.

As simple as yoga’s history is </eye roll> we at least know that Modern Kriya Yoga was brought back to life in the fall of 1861 and introduced to the West by none other than Yogi author himself, Paramahansa Yogananda who wrote about it in his famous Autobiography of a Yogi. Yogananda who founded Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) in 1920 is often credited as the “father of Yoga in the West” and as having the loveliest guru portrait this side of the Atlantic.

What is Kriya Yoga? It involves meditation techniques, pranayama, and teachings to guide you towards self-realization and thus God-realization. No official video game as of yet.

In his book, The Yoga of the Bhagavad Gita, Yogananda says,

“The path of Kriya Yoga is distinctive and scientific because it teaches the exact method of withdrawing the mind from the senses by switching off the life force from the five sense-telephones. Only when this interiorization is accomplished can the meditator enter the inner temple of God-communion. In other words, the Kriya Yogi follows a sure, definite method of leading not only his mind but his life force through the spinal channel to unite them with the soul. In the highest ecstasy he then unites his soul with Spirit.”

So, yeah. Simple as that!
Happy anniversary Kriya Yoga. Kick up your feet and relax, eh?
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  • JeffreyD

    “Biography of a Yogi” also claims yogis have supernatural powers such as flying & teleportation, and it purports to show a picture of somebody who turned invisible. It’s been heavily altered over the years to reflect changing philosophy of SRF. Even if you appreciate the philosophy, you can’t trust anything the book says as factual, much less “oh and an old man who lived in a cave passed it on down to us.”

    Isn’t Yogadork supposed to be appreciative of yoga, but somewhat snarky at all the mumbo-jumbo that comes along with it? Recently it’s painfully over-sincere about topics that are (quite frankly) incredibly stupid, it’s like talking to a fruititarian.

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