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The Kriya Science

Kriya Yoga Bijnan

All people have some indirect knowledge of the Self, or Truth, either from the scriptures, from the Masters or Saints, or from their own inner Being.

The serious seekers of Truth are not satisfied for long by this indirect knowledge.  They start searching for direct Knowledge of Truth.  Sooner or later, they come to the conclusion that they must find the Path first, in order to realize the Truth.

To discover the Path, or the discipline, they usually come to a Yogi, Swami, Saint, or Sage who is already on the Path and who can chart the way. 

Sincere seekers of Truth first want to be with a Swami or a Yogi so that they can learn the Path and how to proceed on it in order to experience the direct Knowledge of Truth.

Kriya Yoga is a positive, scientific path for realizing Truth, free from the burden of philosophizing, ratiocination, fanaticism or sectarian ceremony.  It is an eternal, direct method of communing with the inner Lord, or infinite Self.

All persons, regardless of their belief system, can enrich themselves by realizing the Truth.

Kriya Yoga is by no means an exclusive path for Hindus; rather, it is a scientific path intended for all people that is based on a universal activity, namely, “Breath.”

Breath is the single unifying bond that ties all of humanity together.  All share its instrumentality for sustaining life.

Only Breath, being Universal, can lead to the Realization of Truth, that is, One Pure Consciousness of the ultimate Self. 

Kriya Yoga Bijnan consists of three words; each word demands clear definition in the spiritual context.

Origin of the Word Kriya

Let us take first the word “Kriya.”

The Sanskrit root verb Kri means “to do,” that is, “action.”  The word Kriya is derived from the root verb Kri.  Hence Kriya literally means “action.”

Again, the Sanskrit word Karma also is derived from the same root, Kri, as the word Kriya.  That is why the word Karma also literally means action.  But all actions are not called Kriya in the spiritual sense.

When one tries to turn oneself inward and dissolve the mind, intellect and ego, following the “Breath”, it is called Kriya.

Manasa, “the mind,” Buddhi, “the intellect,” Chittva, ”the heart,” and Ahangkara, “the ego” stand for one inner sense, their common ground, or Source, called Antakarana

The functions of mind are sankalpa and bikalpa, respectively, planning and rejection; the intellect determines, the heart feels, while ego adheres to individuality.

(In the human body, a divine computer works in its way.  To understand its design, how it works, and to be able to open the file, and to work, naturally, one needs to know the right Codes and the right Keys.

(In fact, the Kriyas are the right Keys to realize the Truth, the ultimate Self.)

All actions are Karmas but all Karmas are not Kriya

There are 108 different steps of Kriya which involve special procedures and techniques, allowing the Breath to be Tranquil, or stilled, and thereby dissolving the mind (restless breath), intellect, and ego in order to achieve the egoless state of pure Consciousness. 

In this regard, Kriya Yoga Bijnan (Science) is a more highly developed form of Raja Yoga and Karma Yoga.

“Now, we turn to instructions of how to practice Yoga, but it is to be practiced under the direct guidance of the Guru.

“ ‘Tapa Swadhyaya Iswarpranidhan’ is Kriya Yoga.  2:1 Yoga Sutras

Pranab: OM: what is spontaneously heard, its chanting [Tapa], holding onto the Self [Swadhyaya] and surrendering all actions to the Self [Iswarapanidhan], that is, perfect Realization that all is being done by Him, is Kriya Yoga.” 2:1 Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Commentaries by Lahiri Mahasay.

The Meaning of the Word Yoga

The second word Yoga has at least five meanings as follows: 

  1. Addition,
  2. Union or integration,
  3. Eternity (with reference to time),
  4. Action, or Kriya, and
  5. The state of Oneness between the seeking self and the ultimate Self.

For example, in mathematics, what we call “plus,” or addition, means Yoga.  Again, when two or more people meet or unite for any reason, it is Yoga.

At what time or under which circumstances or state the inner Revelations are revealed, is called Yoga or Yuga (Yuga means two).  For example, in the  light  of  Kriya, the Yugas mean the following:

Satyayuga means when the seeking self is in Oneness with the ultimate Self in between the eyebrows.

Tretayuga means when the seeker’s breath is in between the eyebrows and the throat inside the Spinal Cord.

Dwaparayuga means when the seeker’s breath is in between the navel and the throat inside the Spinal Cord.

Kaliyuga means when the seeker’s breath is in between the coccygeal and lumbar centers inside the Spinal Cord or outside.

Over the centuries, astrologers have placed interpretations on the yugas that limited them to a physical and temporal context.

It is clear that these Yugas have, at the core of their meaning, a deeply spiritual application.

That kind of activity of integration, by which Realization is attained, is called Yoga.

Lastly, the state of Oneness between the jivatma, individual self, and Paramatma, the ultimate Self, is called Yoga.

The Spiritual Context of the Word Bijnan (Science)

Now, the third word, Bijnan, is to be defined in the spiritual context.

Science is very popular nowadays; people love to speak in terms of scientific data, scientific mind, scientific attitude, and scientific way.  So let us first explain this word “science.”

The common definition of the word “science” is the organized knowledge of facts and phenomena, gained and verified by exact observation and controlled experiments.

Such systematic knowledge in the light of Kriya or spiritual science is called Khanda Jnan (also spelled as Jnana) “relative knowledge.” 

Strictly speaking, it is ignorance, because the observer (the experimenter) is observing phenomena outside of himself, so his knowledge rises from relative existences.

The Sanskrit word Bijnan, also spelled as Bigyan, literally means “science.”

But if the word is scanned, then it reveals the secret key to its spiritual context.  Bi has at least four meanings:

  1. Bi: Bises means “absolute,”
  2. Bi: Bilaya means “dissolved,”
  3. Bi: Bita means “overcome,” or “transcended,”
  4. BiBigata means “past.”

In this case, Bi stands for “absolute.”  Jnan means “Knowledge.”

So the word Bijnan actually means “absolute Knowledge,” that is, Akhanda (A: “no,” khanda: “relative”) or Purna (complete) jnan; in other words, dissolved state of so-called relative and scientific knowledge.

The real Knowledge transcends or dissolves both knowledge and nescience.

When the Yogi utters the word Bijnan (science), he does not mean “modern science;” rather, he means absolute Knowledge, or the state of Oneness with the ultimate Self.

In the light of Kriya, Jnan means Yonimudra (in which the seeker is involved in dualism or seeing inner Revelations in between the eyebrows) and Bijnan means “After-effect-poise of Kriya, or Parabastha, where the seeker transcends or dissolves the role of the seer (Rishi) and becomes one with the absolute Self.  

Jnan (knowledge) is seeing the inner Self between the eyebrows, Bijnan (science: absolute Realization) is After-effect-poise of  Kriya (Parabastha).” 6:8 Gita Commentaries by Lahiri Mahasay.

“Beyond Realization and ignorance is the state of Bijnan (the science of absolute Realization).” Linga Purana, Commentaries by Lahiri Mahasay.

In Kriya, or spiritual science in general, the seeker (Knower) knows himself/herself and the Self, being both subject (knower) and the object (known), as well the knowledge of the Self (Realization) which rises from absolute Existence.  It is then absolute Knowledge.

Now, we are in a better position to understand what the Kriya Yoga Bijnan is.  Kriya Yoga Bijnan is a scientific (not in the popular sense, rather, in the sense of universal or ultimate) discipline through which by practicing Kriya with the help of Breath, the seeker attains eternal Realization, or the absolute Knowledge of the ultimate Self.

Realizing the ultimate Self is the only way to attain absolute Knowledge, which in fact, is the real state of Bijnan (Consciousness or Science).

In this respect, Kriya Yoga Bijnan is the Science of all sciences.

Kriya Bijnan does not demand belief in anything outside the seeker’s self; rather, the seeker seeks the ultimate Self from within. 

The ultimate Self is the source of all (creation, and the creator, God).  The ultimate Self is the Self of God.

O Father [inner Self], glorify [tune] thou me [seeker] with thine own self [Sthirattva, “eternal Tranquility”] with the glory I had with thee before [prior] the world [the creation, or restless breath] was .” John 17:5

The denotation of the term “Self” is formless Existence, while the connotation of the term “Self” is infinite pure Consciousness.

So denotation, connotation, and the meaning of the term Self in the light of logic, reasoning and the intellect are resolved and transcended in the vibration of the Self:

It may be mentioned here that Brahma and Brahma in English are spelled the same, but they do not mean the same in Sanskrit.  They are two different states of Consciousness.  The first is the ultimate Self and the latter is the Creator, God, or Iswara, associated with the Maya, “Power of creation,” or “illusion.”

Thus the ultimate Self or  Atman being the Source of Existence is beyond God, or Iswara.

The ultimate Self is “Undifferentiated, Non-qualified, and pure Consciousness.”  This form of Brahma is Nirguna, (Ni - “no,” guna - “quality”) Brahma

When He possesses qualities, He becomes Saguna Brahma (Sa - “with,” guna - “quality”).  The latter form is equivalent to the creator Brahma, Iswara and God.

That is why everyone including the skeptic can realize the ultimate Self by sincere Kriya practice even without believing in God.

Of course, everyone has to renounce “the expectations for the results of the practice in the form of Liberation.” 

This is the unique novelty of the Kriya Path.  It is as broad and clear as the sky and free of the verbal hucksterism and casuistry often associated with dualistic philosophies.

Kriya, seeing beatific visions, and the After-effect-poise of Kriya - all these are Bhakti, ‘devotion’ or ‘Love’ of the mind, before one attains Purna Jnan, ‘the absolute Knowledge.’ ” 2:117 Manusanghita, Commentaries by Lahiri Mahasay.

The Kriya Path includes Bhakti Yoga, the path of Love and Devotion, which involves dualism (the worshipper and worshipped).

When the seeker sees beatific inner visions or Revelations by the practice of Kriya (Yonimudra) and listens to the inner Sound, OM, by the practice of Omkar  Kriyas, it is the Bhakti aspect of the Kriya Path.

But the Kriya Yoga Path leads the seeker beyond this, dissolving emotional love and devotion which results from an anthropomorphic concept of God.

The Kriya Path provides absolute Realization, wherein the seeker attains the state beyond the After-effect-poise of Kriya (Kriyar Parabastha).

All these manifold manifestations melt into Oneness at the time of After-effect-poise of Kriya.

The seer (the seeker) of the beatific inner Revelations becomes Self, that is, one with the pure Being (absolute Self); he then attains eternal absolute Realization beyond dualism.  Lahiri Mahasay called it Kriyar Parabasthar Parabastha, that is, “the state of Consciousness beyond the After-effect-poise of Kriya.”

The Aim of Kriya: Achieving Sthirattva, or Eternal Tranquility

The sole purpose of Kriya Bijnan is to attain to this state of Sthirattva, “eternal Tranquility” which alone has the capacity to bestow or accrue eternal Peace or inner Wisdom.  As a matter of fact, eternal Tranquility is another way to express eternal Peace.

“Practice Yoga of Sthirattva, ‘Tranquility.’ ” Taitiriya Upanisad, Bhriguballi, Commentaries by Lahiri Mahasay.

A story from the life of Lahiri Mahasay may well explain the real aim, objective and purpose of the Kriya path.

A group of spiritual leaders from Calcutta once conspired against Lahiri Mahasay.  They invited him to join in an evening discussion on spiritual matters.  Lahiri Mahasay accepted the invitation and accordingly attended the meeting.

The conspirators had well prepared themselves to trap Lahiri Mahasay.  For example, if Lahiri Mahasay were to express his preference for a particular deity, or Istadev, “desired Lord,” then a particular leader would find exception to that choice.

In fact, each  member of the group selected a particular Devata, “deity” such as Lord Visnu. Lord Krisna, Lord Siva, the Goddess Kali (the Divine Mother) and prepared to debate and challenge Lahiri Mahasay’s choice.

As soon as Lahiri Mahasay arrived, he was received in the traditional manner and shown proper courtesy.  After a while one of the members of the group asked Lahiri Mahasay, “Upon which deity do you meditate?”

Lahiri Mahasay looked at him but did not reply.  Then another gentleman asked him, “Who is your Istadev, ‘desired deity?’ ”  Lahiri Mahasay turned his head towards him and looked at him in the same way, while keeping his peace.

Finally, a third gentleman asked him, “Can you tell us upon which deity usually you meditate?”

Lahiri Mahasay faced him and said very gently, “I meditate on Sthirattva (Tranquility).”

The gentleman replied that he did not understand what was meant by this.  Lahiri Mahasay continued to observe silence.  After some time, another gentleman asked him, “Could you please explain this?  I do not understand exactly what  you are saying.”

Lahiri Mahasay, as before, continued to maintain silence.  Another gentleman asked, “Can you enlighten me as to what you mean by that?  I do not understand at all!”  Lahiri Baba told him, “You will not be able to understand, and also I will not be able to make you understand (realize) through words.”

The group was at a loss.  All of their preparation and conniving had come to naught.  Only silence prevailed.  All kept silent.

After a long time Lahiri Mahasay got up and silently prepared to leave the meeting.  All showed him the traditional courtesy as he left.

Thus in the words of Lahiri Mahasay, the polestar of Kriya Yoga, the aim of the Kriya Path is to attain Sthirattva (eternal Tranquility).  This state of Sthirattva is not God, rather, is the very Self of God.

One can achieve Oneness with the ultimate Self only when one attains that state, beyond love, devotion, intellect and the ego, that is, transcending the plane of dualism altogether.  It is the state of pure Consciousness of the ultimate Self beyond realization of God, the Creator.

Kriya is simultaneously Righteousness, Science and Religion.

The Sanskrit root verb Dhri means “to hold on.”  The word Dharma is derived from the root verb Dhri

Literally, the word Dharma means “religion.”  So the religion of Truth or the universal religion, or rather the only religion, is to realize the character of Breath which in fact “holds on” to this life or Consciousness.

That is why Kriya Yoga Bijnan (science) provides the universal Religion to realize the Truth in a scientific way.

Note:  The secret process of the “Inner Nuclear War” is in operation eternally in the manifested state of consciousness to all onlookers.  This process continues on its own natural course.  The process is as follows:

  1. Certain vibrations, which may be called “Righteous vibrations,” seek to converge (centripetal force) within the individual innermost point of mind itself and develop inner energy.
  2. On the other hand, disordered and diversified vibrations (centrifugal force) seek to scatter and dissipate this energy.
  3. The process continues on three planes:
    1. Physical, or gross,
    2. Mental, or subtle,
    3. Cosmic.
  4. Once this  process of inner vs. outward energy pull is transcended on all three planes by  Kriya practice, the seeker then attains Equilibrium, which in physics is called Conservation of Energy, and in the scriptures, is called Peace/eternal Tranquility (Sthirattva).

List of Original Kriyas

  1. Mahamudra (Great Kriya): 

    “ And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up.”  John 3:14

  2. Navi Kriya (Electronizing Kriya): 

    “My little children of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in  you.”  Galatians 4:19

  3. Talabya Kriya or Khecharimudra (Inner-Outer-Space Kriya):

    ... I have meat to eat that ye know not of.”  John 4:32  “The nobles [the realized ones] held their peace [Tranquility], and their tongue cleaved [Khechari-mudra] to the roof [at the forehead] of their mouth.”  Job 29:10

  4. Pranayam (Equilibrium Kriya): 

    “Peace, be still.  And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” Mark 4:39 

    “Be still, and know that I am God.”  Psalms 46:10

  5. The first Omkar Kriya (Electromagnetizing Kriya):

    “That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man.”  Ephesians 3:16

  6. The second Omkar Kriya (Cosmo-electromagnetizing Kriya):

    “Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die.” 1 Corinthians. 15:36

  7. The third Omkar Kriya (Cosmo-transmigrating Kriya):

    “... I die daily.”  1 Corinthians. 15:31

  8. The fourthOmkar Kriya (Spontaneous transmigrating Kriya):

    ... When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he ... ”  John 8:28

  9. Yonimudra (Beatific Inner Revelation Kriya):

    “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single [one-pointed], thy whole body shall be full of light.” Matthew 6:22 

    “ Let all the earth [the different states of rhythms of consciousness] keep silence [dissolved state of mind or restless breath] before Him [the ultimate Self].”  Habakkuk 2:20

  10. Brahmayonimudra (Spontaneous Tranquility): 

    “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit [Tranquil Breath] saith unto the churches.” Revelation 2:7

  11. Purna Kriya (Eternal Tranquility): 

    “...I AM THAT I AM.”  Exodus. 3:14

Kriyas are the keys to eternal Realization of the ultimate Self. 

The great Himalayan Yogi, Mahamuni Babaji, reproduced these ancient scientific Kriyas for the modern man and woman, and introduced them to Lahiri Mahasay, the polestar of Kriya.

There were one hundred eight steps, but Lahiri Mahasay restructured them according to the current needs of mankind.  He took responsibilities of restructuring by maintaining the traditional righteous way of Guru-param-para, initiating the seekers personally. 

Lahiri Mahasay justified his actions in this way, and that is why he repeatedly warned his disciples, whom he had permitted to teach Kriya, not to develop organizations around the teachings of Kriya

The references from the Holy Bible will enlighten the seekers that Moses, Lord Jesus, and Saint Paul were taught these Kriyas by the higher Power (Mahamuni Babaji) in the Himalayas.

Swami Satyeswarananda in the USA