THE TEACHING OF PATANJALI KRIYA YOGA
AND
THE LINEAGE OF SPIRITUAL TEACHERS (GURUS)

“I salute the supreme teacher, the Truth,
Whose nature is bliss;
Who is the giver of the highest happiness;
Who is pure wisdom;
Who is beyond all qualities and infinite like the sky; who is beyond words;
Who is one and eternal, pure and still; who is beyond all change and phenomena,
And who is the silent witness to our thoughts and emotions.
I salute truth, the Supreme Teacher.”

Ancient Vedic Hymn

“Intensive self-discipline, studious Self-inquiry, and surrender to God are the practices of Kriya Yoga.”
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“Kriya yoga is practiced to weaken and remove all obstacles that interfere with the accomplishment of the Samadhi of God-realization.”
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The Sanskrit word “Kriya” means action/movement. The meaning of “Yoga” is to unite, bring together; it is oneness-consciousness.

Patanjali Kriya Yoga can be defined as the sum of all actions realized with oneness consciousness or as being aware of the One cause behind all actions.

In Patanjali’s two-thousand-year-old Yoga-Sutras, Kriya Yoga/Action Yoga is defined as mastering control over mental and sensory impulses, dispassionate self-analysis, profound study of higher realities, meditation, and surrender of ordinary self-consciousness (egoism) in favor of God-consciousness.

Patanjali Kriya Yoga is an approach focused on Self-discovery and full awakening of the individual consciousness to the entire knowledge of infinite cosmic processes, which results in spiritual enlightenment. It includes the most effective procedures of all yoga systems (Hatha Yoga, Karma Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Gya-na Yoga) and emphasizes a healthy, constructive lifestyle as well as regular superconscious meditation practice. The aim of the Kriya Yoga discipline is to restore the practitioner’s fragmented attention to wholeness and his/her blurred awareness to clarity. Determined, systematic practice improves the practitioner’s rational thinking and frees him/her from the conditioned attitudes and habits that constrain consciousness. It provides emotional balance and maturity and nurtures physical health. A purposeful life supported by determined and disciplined practice in the light of valid and correct knowledge and superconscious meditation helps the person to be established in his/her true nature as a spiritual being.

The Master Teacher of our Patanjali Kriya Yoga tradition, Mahavatar Babaji, ordained Shyamacharan Lahiri Mahasaya in the 19th century to revive the Kriya Yoga teachings explained in the ancient Patanjali Yoga Sutras. Swami Sri Yukteswar, one of Shyamacharan Lahiri Mahasaya’s many disciples, educated Paramahansa Yogananda (Mukunda Lal Gosh) with utmost care and strict discipline to carry the teachings to the West. Our Master Roy Eugene Davis is a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda.
(Should you wish to read real life experiences regarding the Patanjali Kriya Yoga masters, the related books are: “The Autobiography of a Yogi” – Paramahansa Yogananda, Klan Publishing 2015 Istanbul; “Paramahansa Yogananda As I Knew Him” – Roy Eugene Davis, Gazi Bookstore Publishing 2015 Ankara. )

The goal of Patanjali Kriya Yoga group studies is to share valid knowledge geared towards practice about the Kriya Yoga philosophy, meditation techniques and lifestyle routines. By means of these group studies, the participants experience and benefit from the energy generated by individuals united with a common aim, as well as share the peace of studying and meditating as a group for World Peace and the Highest Well-Being of the Whole.

The transmission of knowledge and the practices in the Patanjali Kriya Yoga tradition can be summarized as follows:
1. Theoretical knowledge, basic philosophical concepts and goals.
2. Fundamental principles regarding lifestyle routines.
3. Yoga and meditation routines for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, practiced regularly with determination and discipline.

Individual change and transformation and spiritual growth which unfolds during this process take place in the sincere practitioner as follows:

1. Self Help: Holistic harmony and healing on the physical, mental and spiritual levels.
2. Spiritual Growth: Moving away from ordinary states of consciousness; reflection of the spiritual and authentic qualities in the practitioner’s life.
3. Awakening of Consciousness: Strengthening of the powers of discernment.
4. Higher Consciousness: Inner wisdom prevailing by means of intuition.
5. Super Consciousness: Absolute domination of the soul; complete liberation from external and internal influences.
6. Self-Realization: Comprehension of one’s True Essence with direct experience.
7. God Realization: Permanent comprehension of the Reality of God with direct experience.

Patanjali Kriya Yoga is a path towards spiritual growth that provides holistic harmony and healing by purifying the body, mind and soul with a scientific approach. The fundamental principle in this tradition is to sincerely and seriously focus on the goal. Simplicity is emphasized as the basic requirement.

Determining the goal and focusing on it with perseverance are possible with self-discipline. Surrendering our egotistical and limited perceptions, mastering control over our senses, purifying the body, thoughts, speech and actions, contemplating higher realities, acquiring knowledge about them and successfully keeping our consciousness permanently focused on God with surrender and an absolute love of God are the main tenets of the Patanjali Kriya Yoga tradition.

Patanjali Kriya Yoga practice helps the dedicated disciple to unfold and expand his/her innate true qualities and achieve complete liberation.

In the light of the ancient unchangeable knowledge and practice of Patanjali Kriya Yoga, individuals who take responsibility for themselves and their lives and make the necessary changes regarding their lifestyles, habits and behavior and thus have the opportunity to experience life with increasing joy, peace, harmony, confidence and balance.

In the Patanjali Kriya Yoga tradition, knowledge, instruction and authorization are disseminated via a lineage of Gurus (spiritual teachers). The knowledge and energy that comprise the teaching is transmitted to sincere students who are ready only by a living and authorized spiritual master.

Spiritual teachers are free beings; they are unconditional servants sincerely devoted to the Supreme Source. All masters of the Patanjali Kriya Yoga tradition have repeatedly expressed the fact that there is a single will and a single teacher ruling all existence, and that the teachers themselves are only dedicated servants of that Absolute Reality.

In the traditional Patanjali Kriya Yoga teaching, a spiritual teacher is considered to be qualified to transmit the teachings if he/she has fulfilled the following requirements:

1. Discipleship training from a living spiritual master in the tradition.
2. Practice to the level of Self-realization.
3. Empowerment (ordination and permission to teach given by one’s guru).

For the teacher-student relationship to be worthy of the teacher’s time and attention and of benefit to the student, one who desires personal instruction and assistance on the spiritual path should have the following qualifications:

1. Be sincere, honest, unpretentious and with conscious awareness of their choices,
2. Have a virtuous, simple and constructive lifestyle,
3. Have respect for the tradition and the teacher,
4. Be willing to learn and to practice what is learned, be open and willing to change and transformation,
5. Have the intellectual capacity to learn and the functional ability to apply what is learned,
6. Know how to take responsibility for themselves. Develop their faculties of discernment and permanent comprehension with direct experience by observing the outcomes of their own choices. Learn from the teacher and apply what is learned with sincere effort. Consciously take responsibility for their own solitary path, and accelerate their growth by updating their lifestyle program.

QUOTES FROM THE MASTERS OF THE
TRADITION FOR SPIRITIUAL STUDENTS:

“Kriya Yoga, the scientific technique of God-realization, will ultimately spread in all lands, and aid in harmonizing the nations through man’s personal, transcendental perception of the Infinite Father.” – Mahavatar Babaji

“Very few people know that the wholeness of God extends fully to this physical realm” – Mahavatar Babaji

“Self-discipline, will power, noble desire, controlled speech, devotion, steadfastness, courage, patience, cheerfulness, and simplicity and moderation in natural living are some of the basic prerequisites to a spiritual and happy life. The senses should be used to fulfill their normal functions, always with spiritual idealism, while abiding in God-communion. Perceptions of the phenomenal world become spiritual experiences when the senses are inspired and governed by the soul.” – Lahiri Mahasaya

“Through delusion you are perceiving yourself as a bundle of flesh, which at best is a nest of troubles. Meditate unceasingly, that you quickly behold yourself as the Infinite Essence, free from every form of misery. Cease being a prisoner of the body; using the secret key of Kriya, learn to escape into Spirit.” – Lahiri Mahasaya

“Meditation is the practice of conscious awareness of the presence of God within. It is the constant remembrance of the transcendental Spirit. God is revealed within us when our awareness is made pure by liberating it from all concepts of duality and finitude.” – Lahiri Mahasaya

“Moral courage, when firmly established, removes all obstacles to salvation (liberation of consciousness): hatred, shame, fear, grief, condemnation (of others), racial (or any kind of) prejudice, pride because of ancestry, and egotism (an exaggerated sense of self-importance sometimes dramatized as arrogance).” – Sri Yukteswar

“Do not confuse understanding with a larger vocabulary. Sacred writings are beneficial in stimulating desire for inward realization, if one stanza at a time is slowly assimilated. Otherwise, continual intellectual study may result in vanity, false satisfaction, and undigested knowledge.” – Sri Yukteswar

“When rested by (Kriya) pranayama practice, the nervous system is refreshed. If one daily rests the nervous system in this way, the physical body is vitalized. Life and death come under the control of the yogi who perseveres in the practice of pranayama.” – Sri Yukteswar

“To define yourself in terms of human limitations is to desecrate the image of God which you are. Thinking that you are not free keeps you from being free. Cease thinking like that and you will be free.” – Paramahansa Yogananda

“When you truly love God, you will see Him in every face and you will understand what it means to love the Whole. It is not the forms and egos that we must love, but God, who is in everyone. He alone, informs his creations about life, joy and authenticity.” – Paramahansa Yogananda

“In waking, eating, working, dreaming, sleeping, serving, meditating, chanting, divinely loving, my soul will constantly hum, unheard by any: God! God! God!” – Paramahansa Yogananda

“Just as God is not our opinion of what God is, neither is God the attributes or characteristics of Consciousness.” – Roy Eugene Davis

“Pray in God, not to God.” – Roy Eugene Davis

“We need not be overly concerned about the diverse opinions and modes of behavior of people who do not share our views and preferences. The paths chosen by truth seekers in their endeavors to know God are in accord with the sincerity of their desire, psychological temperament, and capacity to learn and comprehend.” – Roy Eugene Davis

“The purpose of spiritual practice is not to withdraw from the world. A Kriya Yogi must learn to always be super-conscious while relating to others, skillfully performing ordinary duties, and living effectively with meaningful purpose.” – Roy Eugene Davis

“The internal way to directly apprehend Self- and God-knowledge is that of intellectual examination of the facts of life and contemplative meditation. One who is Self- and God-realized may choose to continue to observe outer modes of ritual because of the enjoyment derived from the participation or for the benefit of others. Anchored in the Infinite, the enlightened soul is not influenced by transitory events and circumstances which occur in the mundane realm.” – Roy Eugene Davis

The information regarding the spiritual masters of Patanjali Kriya Yoga included in this section has been compiled from Roy Eugene Davis’s lecture notes and his book “Seven Lessons in Conscious Living” CSA Press. During the Patanjali Kriya Yoga group studies, Roy Eugene Davis’s books are used as resource books.
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