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The Initiation - Diksha - to Shakti Kriya Yoga

By ~Gurudevi Ma, Satguru Shri Mahashaktiananda

History
Diksha - initiation to Shakti Kriya Yoga is the same Kriya Yoga brought forth through the dark ages by Mahavatar Babaji of the Himalayas. Shakti Kriya Yoga; according to traditional rules; is given by God and also through a Guru with a physical body or without a physical body as a gift of love from God.

Mahavatar Babaji Kriya Yoga, as taught by Lahiri Mahasaya, is traditionally exclusively learned via the Guru-disciple relationship. He recounted that after his initiation into Kriya Yoga, "Babaji instructed me in the ancient rigid rules which govern the transmission of the yogic art from Guru to disciple."

Lahiri Mahasaya (1828 - 1895) According to Yogananda, Kriya Yoga was well known in ancient India, but was eventually lost, due to "priestly secrecy and mans indifference".

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952) As Yogananda describes Kriya Yoga, "The Kriya Yogi mentally directs his life energy to revolve, upward and downward, around the six spinal centers (medullary, cervical, dorsal, lumbar, sacral, and coccygeal plexuses) which correspond to the twelve astral signs of the zodiac, the symbolic Cosmic Man. One half-minute of revolution of energy around the sensitive spinal cord of man effects subtle progress in his evolution; that halfminute of Kriya equals one year of natural spiritual unfoldment."

Yogananda says that Krishna refers to Kriya Yoga in the Bhagavad Gita: Offering inhaling breath into the outgoing breath, and offering the outgoing breath into the inhaling breath, the yogi neutralizes both these breaths; he thus releases the life force from the heart and brings it under his control. Yogananda also stated that Krishna was referring to Kriya Yoga when "Lord Krishna relates that it was he, in a former incarnation, who communicated the indestructible yoga to an ancient illuminato, Vivasvat, who gave it to Manu, the great legislator. He, in turn, instructed Ikshwaku, the father of Indias solar warrior dynasty." Yogananda says that Patanjali was referring to Kriya Yoga when he wrote "Kriya Yoga consists of body discipline, mental control, and meditating on Aum." And again when he says,"Liberation can be accomplished by that pranayama which is attained by disjoining the course of inspiration and expiration." A direct disciple of Yukteswar Giri, Sailendra Bejoy Dasgupta has written that, "Kriya entails several acts that have evidently been adapted from the Gita, the Yoga Sutras, Tantra shastras and from conceptions on the Yugas." Kriya Yoga Center Europe. Sw. Mangalananda Giri talking on principles. Tattendorf 2012. The story of Lahiri Mahasaya receiving initiation into Kriya Yoga by the yogi Mahavatar Babaji in 1861 is recounted in Autobiography of a Yogi. Yogananda wrote that at that meeting, Mahavatar Babaji told Lahiri Mahasaya, "The Kriya Yoga that I am giving to the world through you in this nineteenth century, is a revival of the same science that Krishna gave millenniums ago to Arjuna; and was later known to Patanjali, and to Christ, St. John, St. Paul, and other disciples." Yogananda also wrote that Babaji and Christ were in continual communion and together, "have planned the spiritual technique of salvation for this age." Through Lahiri Mahasaya, Kriya Yoga soon spread throughout India. Yogananda, a disciple of Yukteswar Giri who was himself a disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya, then brought Kriya Yoga to the United States and Europe during the 20th century. Lahiri Mahasaya's disciples included his sons, Dukouri Lahiri and Tincori Lahiri, Yukteswar Giri, Panchanan Bhattacharya, Pranabananda, Kebalananda, Keshabananda, and Bhupendranath Sanyal (Sanyal Mahasaya). Shakti Kriya Yoga is given by God to all mankind during the golden ages. Due to limitations of communication in earlier millennium, it always has been given through a physical Guru. The main reason was to make sure that only the true original technique is forwarded from Guru to chela - Chela is a spiritual disciple. While at the same time each Guru has and had the right to adapt the entire system and techniques to the very individual need of their Chela - the main part of Shakti Kriya Yoga has always remained and remains the very same. Some additional techniques may vary; as there are several techniques available to achieve the very same goal to meet the individual need of a particular Chela.

Teaching
To recieve Shakti Yoga initiation, the Chela needs to fully devote all of their life to God by thoroughly following and realizing all of the Divine rules of life. To receive Diksha - initiation to Shakti Kriya Yoga - the Chela needs to sincerely affirm God as the only goal and priority of life in this present and any future incarnation. Love should be the single most important factor in life. Love in its highest and most Divine manifestation always leads to God. Diksha to Shakti Kriya Yoga consists of explaining to the God-seeker several exercises. The Chela practices them the first few times under supervision - physical or spiritual supervision. The technique of Shakti Kriya Yoga is only given and explained by a Guru to the disciple upon personal request. Kriya Yoga is called a "scientific method of self-realization" because the technique or practice leads the Chela to God-Union or Self-realization and oneness with God. Divine Rules of Life: Love all Forgive all Reconcile with all Help all Share with all Pray to God Techniques: Maha Mudra Navi Kriya Kriya Pranayama Yoni Mudra Meditation Techniques Spiritual Life: Purification of chakras and energy system Understanding Yama and Niyama Divine rules of life Relationship of Love with God Spiritual teachings and Service to life

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kriya_Yoga

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