KRIYA YOGA

KRIYA YOGA


Chanting I bow to God who is omnipresent. I bow to all the divine incarnations,
and all the spiritual masters of different traditions. I bow my beloved Guruji Baba Hariharanandaji. I bow to you all, we all are children of God. Om Tat Sat Om. Good afternoon. Once upon a time there was a king,
it is not a story but it is a fact, this king was not only a ruler,
he was a spiritual seeker. In India, those who know,
in India we have two types of guru tradition. One is kula guru,
the dynastical guru tradition. The other is siddha guru,
the realized guru tradition. In dynastical guru tradition just like the
father is the king, the son becomes the king, the ruler, similarly if the father is the guru
his son becomes the guru. So the king had a kula guru, which is also known as the raja guru,
the royal preceptor. Being a seeker, the king always sought the
advice from this kula guru. Really how to get peace? How to get that love of God? This kula guru being a brahmin
was well versed in scriptures. He told “do puja, do abhishekam to rituals,
do this, do that” he told. And the king was doing it every day. Chanting, worshipping, all these things. Whatever the kula guru directed. The king was getting something,
but it was not enough. Then the king one day requested the kula guru, “Please see, you are telling me to do the puja,
the ritualistic practices, I am doing that, but still I cannot achieve that
continuous peace, which is described.” The kula guru said, “Do one thing, listen to the exposition of the scriptures,
the Gita, the Upanishad, and other holy books.” The king started listening to the scriptures
almost every day. The kula guru was explaining the scriptures
in a very nice way. It was a good intellectual discussion. Still the king could not achieve
what he was expecting to. One day the king said to the kula guru, “Please listen to me, I did whatever you told,
but still I could not achieve.” Then the kula guru said, “Look, do charity,
serve the sick, serve the poor, give food to the hungry.” So the king, he had the financial capability,
he started serving. Sometime past,
still the king is not achievingthat state of calmness. One day the king invited the kula guru very
privately, the king was really upset, “Look, whatever you told I did. Ritualistic practices, studying the scriptures,
doing charity, going on pilgrimage. Do you know anything more to do? Really do you know how to get peace,
how to get calmness, or just you want to please me
telling something or the other. Look, I give you seven days time,
in seven days time you are to tell me how to get peace. Otherwise I am going to punish you,
as well as your family, because you have cheated me.” You can imagine the condition of this poor brahmim who had the ego that “I am the Guru of the king”. He came back home being completely disturbed,
explained everything to his wife. Both are sitting in a remorseful state. At that time, they had one beautiful young son. He goes out, sometimes he comes back
whenever he is hungry, wherever he goes nobody knows,
he doesn’t listen to them. He didn’t study so much, so he came back in
a playful state, the young man, telling that, “Give me some food I’m hungry.” The mother said,
“Look today I have not cooked anything.” “What happened?” She said, “A great disaster.” Then the young man told, “It is the grace of God. Disaster comes to them whom God loves the most.” Now the mother is telling,
“That’s why we tell that you are crazy. Such type of disaster may not come to everybody.” Then he said, “What has happened?” The father is there,
the mother is explaining what happened, then the young man said, “Only this is the cause?
For that you are so much worried? I can give the answer to the king
how to be in the real happiness, how to be in peace.” Then the father didn’t believe, “You the foolish child, never studied scriptures,
never studied Sanskrit, how can you tell the king
how to get peace where I failed?” Then if you don’t believe, don’t believe. If you believe in me I tell you I can give the way to the king how to get happy, how to attain peace.” The mother interfered, “Look, we are in
trouble, if he’s telling he can do something, why to miss this opportunity? Go and tell the king.” So the father being influenced by the mother
went to the king and told, “My son will tell you how to get peace,
but you have to invite him.” Now the king, as he was a seeker,
he was sincere in his heart, he sent royal invitation to
this young bhramin son to the palace. And on the due date,
this brahmin young man came with the father. It was afternoon, maybe this time, so
the king welcomed the guru and guru son in due honor. And both of them were given proper seat. The king sat down on the floor and told,
“Can you really give me the way, tell me the way how to achieve peace, how to achieve calmness?” He said, “I’ll tell you,
but you are to fulfill some conditions.” “What are those?” He said, “Bring two bundles of ropes. The father is thinking:
“To get peace, what is the use of ropes? He could have told “Bring flowers, fruits,
milk, butter or to do some puja, something. What’s to be done with the ropes?” But the king ordered, “Bring two bundles of ropes.” So they were sitting,
talking a little bit of this and that. It has getting little bit dark, evening coming. So the young man said, “Come with me.” The king and the father both followed him. Not too far away from the palace was the forest. So the young man entered the forest
accompanied by the king and the father. So they went into the forest. In the forest it was getting darker and you can hear
the howling of the jackals and other animals. So the young man told, “Do one thing.” “What?” “You both lean to the trunk of two trees.” So the father is standing like this,
the king is standing like this, they obeyed him. So what he did? He opened the rope
with the hands in the back, of the king, and tied it so nicely with the trunk of the tree,
the hands and the body, everything, tied nicely; and he did the same to the father. Now the father is thinking, “Oh God! Today ultimate peace will be achieved
in the mouth of the wild animals. It is getting darker and what is he going to do? In the hand of this crazy young man!” But the king is peaceful. Father is tensed. The young man stood in the middle, looked at the king,
“My dear, tell my father to make you free.” Then the king said, “I’m not fool. How can I tell your father to make me free
when he’s already in bondage? He’s tied.” Then he said, “Now you got the answer. How can my father tell you to be in peace
when he’s in restlessness, he’s in tension, he’s in flattery, he needs little praise,
he needs little gifts, some money. How can he tell you how to get peace
if he has not experienced peace himself?” With this logical answer by this young man
the king was delighted, so also the father. The father thought, “How come
my son who never went to school, never followed me, he’s talking in such a beautiful way?” Then the young man stood in the front,
“Tell me who can make you free?” “You, because you are not in bondage,
you can make me free.” He said, “Now you got the answer. One who is free can make others free. One who is rich can make others rich. One who is educated can make others educated. One who knows can let others know. One who is in peace can make others to be in peace.” None but else can do it. So then what he did? He opened both of them,
“Thank you. I’m going.” The young man is about to leave,
the king caught hold of his feet, “You can’t go. Listening to you, through your simple answer
in such a convincing way, looking at you, the peaceful countenance from your face,
I realize you can tell me how to get peace.” The king is not letting him go,
“Please, tell me how to get peace.” He said, “I know how to get peace,
but I’ll not tell.” “Why not? You know but why can’t you tell?” “Because my guruji has told
not to tell this to anybody.” Now, his father the kula guru,
the brahmin, he told, “What? My son has a guru, I didn’t know it.” Then they sat down in the palace,
came back and sat down and there is a conversation between
this young man and the king. “Who is your guru? Where does he live? Why did he tell that don’t tell others? And what is the way? And how to know about that way of how to get peace? Can you tell me?” Now this young man is telling,
“My guru, his name is Lahiri Mahasaya.” If you look at the picture, this picture,
second in this side. “Lahiri Mahasaya, he is my guruji,
he lives in Benaras.” That is why I said it is not a story,
it happened in reality. He lives in Benaras. He’s a family man, married with five children,
two sons and three daughters, working, living like any ordinary person in the society. Looking at him nobody will know who he is…
ordinarily, because he doesn’t put on the monks clothes, doesn’t have any so-called glamour, that he’s a guru,
very simple life and he teaches. “What did he teach you?” “He taught me the art of Kriya Yoga,
and I will not tell more if you want to know more I can give the address of my guruji. You can meet him and learn from him.” Now the king and his wife, the queen, this brahmin,
the kula guru, and his wife, the father and a mother, the four approached Lahiri Mahasaya
and asking, “Can you teach? Can you accept us as your students?” So Lahiri Mahasya had a beautiful discussion with them
before he accepted them as the students. They are asking many questions about spiritual life,
and in that line today let us discuss: What they asked and what he answered? What is Kriya Yoga? We have heard the names of many types of Yoga
but we never heard of Kriya Yoga. What is it? Lahiri Mahasaya is answering,
“Kriya Yoga is the most ancient system of meditation.” For your knowledge, for your reference if you know, the most original and very systematic exposition on
the scripture of Yoga, the science of Yoga, the first name will come to the mind,
it is the Yoga Sutra of Patanjali. Yoga Sutra of Patanjali is
the most basic and fundamental scripture on Yoga. If you open this Yoga Sutra Patanjali
and you go from the beginning to the end, don’t go through the explanation,
only the Sutras in Sanskrit atha yoganusasanam,
does the discipline of Yoga explained. Yoga chitta vritti nirodha,
Yoga is the art of getting control of our mind. vrttayah pancatayah,
mind has five modifications. klista aklistah,
some are pleasurable, some are uncomfortable; and so on. Yoga, Yoga, Yoga, you will find the name,
Yoga is there, but which Yoga? Which Yoga is Patanjali telling? Some people say he was speaking of Ashtanga Yoga because he spoke of eight limbs of Yoga. But it is not true. He spoke of eight limbs of Yoga, but
he did not speak of the Yoga “this is Ashtanga Yoga”. Which Yoga he spoke? As I told you, he’s only speaking of
Yoga, Yoga, Yoga, Yoga. No other name of Yoga. Except, I am telling this, don’t think I am trying to
market Kriya Yoga, you can go and refer. Except the name of Kriya Yoga,
and that is also used only once, there is no name of any other Yoga,
any other system of Yoga as we know today. Except Kriya Yoga, no other name of Yoga you’ll find in Yoga Sutra of Patanjali and that is only used once, in the Sadhana pada first Sutra, tapah swadhyaya iswarapranidhanani kriya yogah. Is telling what is Kriya Yoga, tapah swadhyaya iswarapranidhanani kriya yogah, he told Kriya Yoga is the art of tapah swadhyaya iswarapranidhanani,
I’ll explain a little later. So Kriya Yoga is the most,
oldest system of meditation as is known to mankind. What is Kriya Yoga? I will give two meanings, one meaning based on Patanjali, one meaning based on
the simple meaning of these two words. If you know this word named Kriya Yoga,
there are two names, two words, one is Yoga
the other is Kriya. Now, what is Yoga? We know Yoga, what does it mean? Yoga means some exercise. One young man early in the morning
going to practice some Yoga; and he had some special clothes,
maybe suppose it is in the USA; his friend, one American friend saw,
“Where are you going?” “I’m going to practice Yoga.” “What is Yoga?
What do you do?” He said, “I have one Yoga teacher,
he teaches me to keep the head below and legs up.” What? You keep your head below, legs up, legs stand,
why do you do this?” God has given you two legs to stand
why do you stand on head? Ordinarily people think
Yoga means some body gymnastic. It is one aspect of yoga,
but it is not the real message of Yoga. What is Yoga? Yoga has 32 meanings in Sanskrit. It is one beauty of Sanskrit language. Every word has many meanings. Every object has many names. Every word has multiple meanings. Sometimes students in West ask,
“Why is it so?” Suppose, we know water,
water is an object, it is useful. How many words you know in English for water? How many? One. Chemically you can say it’s H2O, but one name water. Any other language if you think,
German it is wasser, in Spanish agua. Like this, so one word. In Sanskrit how many words you know? Those who are from India they can tell many names,
many names for water. So people asked “Why? It’s useless.
Why to know so many names?” Why to know so many names in one language? One word is enough. Okay, only bread-and-butter is enough to survive. Why do we prepare so many dishes? If a poor man might survive with bread-and-butter,
a little food; a rich man needs many dishes on his table. Being a rich language
Sanskrit has such richness in vocabulary. Every object, many names. Every word, many meanings. It’s beauty in the language. Yoga has 32 meanings,
out of which to cheat somebody is also yoga. If somebody is cheating somebody
it is alsoYoga. The simplest meaning of Yoga is union. The simplest meaning of Yoga is union. And union is possible
when there are two or more than two. Only 1 there is no union. Union of eyes;
I look at you, this is union of eyes. 2, I look at you, you look at me. I am speaking and you are listening.
This is union of ideas. It is union of ideas. We fold hands when we meet each other. This is the union of hands. We see somebody we hug them. This is the union of two beings. So, union is possible
when there are two, or more than two. Then what is that Yoga
which is speaking of union with us or in us? If we think of our personal life
there is one union. What is that union? We all are living and
there is one continuous union in you, in him, in her. There is a continuous union. What is that? For example, there is electricity and there is bulb,
bulb and electricity together, there is light. If there is no electricity,
only bulb cannot give light. Yes or no? If there is only electricity, no bulb,
there will be no light. Bulb and electricity together, there is light. Have you seen electricity? Anybody who has seen electricity? No. But you might have tasted electricity. Anybody who has tasted electricity? Thank you, I did. When I was small I put my finger inside. We have not seen electricity,
but we know there is electricity. Few of us might have experienced
the taste of electricity. A nice shock. So, bulb and electricity together
there is light. Similarly, the body is like the bulb,
the soul is like electricity; the bulb and electricity, the body and the soul together there is life. Without soul the body is dead, useless. Such beautiful body will be no more beautiful
when breath stops. Without soul this body is useless, nobody will touch, they will come put flowers, and
they will try to dispose the body as soon as possible. Clear? This is the union. Now again, I understood there is the union of
soul and the body and because of that there’s life. Here the story doesn’t end. Suppose in this temple there is electricity. Yes or no? Now yes. From where this electricity is coming? You will say, “From the power house
where electricity is generated.” Now, this temple is connected with
the source of electricity. Do you ever think over it? We don’t think,
we only switch on and switch off. Who is thinking that this temple is connected with
the place where electricity is generated? Similarly the body is the temple,
the soul is the electricity, and this soul electricity is connected with
the ultimate source of life that is divinity, that is God. We have inseparable existence. We have inseparable existence from God. Just like the ocean can exist without waves,
but waves cannot exist without the ocean. God can exist without the creation,
but the creation cannot exist without God. God and creation are one inseparable existence,
just like the ocean and the wave. So this little body has soul within,
this soul is eternally connected with God the Almighty. But we don’t remember it, we don’t realize it,
nobody taught us. We come to the temple, such a beautiful temple, when we came here we had a nice visit
inside the temple in sanctum sanctorum, seeing the deities and
listening to how it is being worshipped every day. But do we remember that this body is the temple? In this body temple there is the presence of divinity? I’m not only in this body temple,
in every living body, in every plant, animal, insect, even in a butterfly there is the spark of the divine,
beauty of God; even in this flower, in the fruit, in the stone,
everywhere there is the presence of God. We have to know that. So Yoga, the simple meaning of Yoga is union,
body and the soul, and this union is temporary;
body and the soul remember, because this union started
when we entered the mother’s womb, this union will continue till the last breath. After that separation, fused bulb. But the other union, the soul with God,
this is eternal unity. One who knows this is a Yogi,
not that one who keeps the head below and legs up. Knowing this not theoretically. Listen, okay I listen to you now I realize,
I am the soul now I realize, I am connected with God. Only hearing is not enough. Theoretical, listening to theoretical exposition
or intellectualization is not enough. When little trouble comes we cry. If we really know we are connected with God,
how can I feel “I’m separated”? How can I feel “I’m weak”. How can I have fear? How can I have anxiety? If I know I’m eternally connected with God. God is with me all the time, no separation. So this is the simple meaning of Yoga. Am I clear? Now let us understand the meaning of Kriya. Kriya again splited it in two parts,
Kri and Ya. Kri comes from Sanskrit kru dhatu,
that means activity, to work. Each human body especially all are working, the plant is working, the insects are working,
we are also working. When we work, or there is activity in the body
the yogis said, “There are five groups of activities”. The hand is the symbol of activity,
we work with the hands. And God gave how many fingers? Five fingers. So five types of activities. What are the five types of activities? This is the smallest one okay? This is the first activity,
it is the material activity. You are working, I am also working. We work, we get some money, we have house,
we have car, we have this thing, we have that thing. Whatever material thing we achieve in our life,
it is material activity. We spend many hours daily. Am I clear? Now the second. What is the name of this finger? Ring finger. Why its name is ring finger? Marriage ring. I asked somebody,
“Do you know why is it ring finger?” He said, “Yes”. “Why?” “Because once I married
I got a ring master and that is my wife”. And just like in the circus, the ring master tells,
“Sit down”. I sit down. “Let us go”.
I go. In the circus the ring master plays with the tiger
and tells the tiger, “Sit down”. The tiger sits down. So, “I got the ring master after I got this ring”. When you marry you use one ring. Okay? This is the second group of activity. It is the relationship. Men and women getting married,
living together, having children. All this, the family, sexual activities,
the relationship. It is the second group of activity. Most of the people they know. Now comes the third finger,
and do you know, among all the fingers which is tallest? The middle. And do you know,
why is the tallest finger the third group of activity? It is the food, health and physical activity. And from mother’s womb we are after food. When we were in mother’s womb
we took the food of the mother directly. When you came out, sucked the mother’s breast milk
and slowly the need of the food till the last breath. Need for money, need for family was not from birth
that why it’s the tallest one. Food, drink, health, physical activities. Am I clear? Now this is the finger. What is this finger? Index finger. Okay? And this is the most dangerous. You, you did this. Because with the finger we point out. You did this, he did this, like this. And remember, this finger is very dangerous. When I point one finger to you
how many fingers are pointed towards me? Three. Okay? Suppose I say you are good. If you are one time good
I am three times better, remember. If I say you are bad,
if you are one time bad I am three times worse. That is why in the Bible Jesus said judge not
so that you will not be judge. So this is the index finger, this is the finger of
ego, emotion, judgmental activities. Am I clear? This is the fourth finger, dangerous. Now this is the fifth finger. Thumb. Usually when there is some success or something
we show like this. This is the intellectual,
philosophical, religious activities. Am I clear? So five types of activities. This is Kri. In every activity to experience divinity,
divinity is Ya, Kriya. I am talking, while speaking
if I’m conscious of God within, God in all, my talk will not be a talk it is a continuous prayer. We go to Temple, we chant prayers, mantras Ya devi sarva bhuteshu, matru rupena samsthita. Namastasyai, namastasyai, namastasyai, namo namah. I bow to the divine mother who is present in all
in the form of mother, but when I come back home I quarrel with my wife. This is not spirituality. In the temple I pray, in the house I quarrel. It is not spirituality. So in every activity if I’m conscious of divinity,
even taking food, even reading a book, even while walking, even taking a shower. Every activity can be a prayer if I’m conscious,
if I do it with love. So, simple meaning Kriya,
Kri means activity, Ya means divinity; to experience divinity in every activity is Kriya. This is the meaning of Kriya Yoga. Am I clear or not? In the body, as I told you, five types of activities, those five types of activities are regulated
by the five chakras in the spine. In human body there are seven chakras,
seven major chakras, two chakras in the brain and five chakras in the spine. The five chakras in the spine represent
the five fingers as I told you, five types of activities. Material activity; family, relationship; physical activities, health, food, digestion; emotional activities,
ego, anger, jealousy, love, purity, sincerity; intellectual, philosophical activities, religious activities. So these are the five groups of activities. Through every activity to experience divinity, if you can lift up your consciousness,
your awareness to the top. Remain there and do everything. And really, spiritual life doesn’t negate anything. In the ancient time, you’ll find the rishis were married, Vashishta his wife is Arundhati.
Both were highly elevated; Atri and Anasuya, wife and husband. So marriage is not an obstacle. To do any work, it is not obstacle in spiritual life. If you read, in the Mahabharata, the holy butcher,
there is the story of the Dharma Vyada. So, if a butcher, a hunter being a highly spiritual person,
he is killing animals, but he is spiritual. So do any activity in any chakra,
but be conscious of divinity. This is the message of Kriya Yoga. Now, how to practice it? What to do? So this is one meaning of Kriya Yoga I said. Now, I am coming back to Yoga Sutra
where Patanjali said that “What is Kriya Yoga?” tapah swadhyaya iswarapranidhanani kriya yogah. So now, let us understand
what these three concepts mean. Tapah. What is tapah ?
Tapas in English it is austerity, it is penance. Somebody is not eating, fasting a lot. Restraining himself from food. It is a tapah, it is a penance, austerity. Somebody is not using warm clothes in winter,
trying to tolerate cold. It is austerity. In cold winter, taking cold shower, austerity. In summer, sitting in a hot place and
trying to chant or meditate, austerity. This is the simple meaning of tapah. Am I
clear? You’ll say, “We leave in the USA, we have to work,
we have to go for this, this tapah we can’t do. The inner meaning of tapah,
tapah and tapa, they are together. tapah, the simple meaning of it is temperature. Tapah is that process through which
the body temperature is maintained. Now you will say a living body has some temperature. So how this temperature is maintained? You’ll say, “Through circulation”. How the circulation is going on? Because of the breath. So the breath is the process through which
the body temperature is maintained. So tapah is the art of breath control. The tapah is the art of breath control,
not the physical austerity. The physical austerity or penance; that people undertake to train the mind,
to forbear all the odds of life. But remember everything depends upon mind. How to take care of the mind? This is the message of Yoga and meditation,
and specially Kriya Yoga, and it is through tapah,
that means art of breathing. What does it mean? A simple example, the mind and breath
are closely connected and correlated. How? Suppose somebody is having fear,
somebody is having tension, somebody has anxiety, or a student in the examination hall,
or you have gone to the doctor for a medical check-up. When there is anxiety, what happens to us? What happens? The breath is very fast, we feel restless,
the palpitation, heartbeat increases. It is a simple symptom; anxiety, fear. Am I clear? So, when the mind is restless,
the breath is restless. Suppose somebody is peaceful, relaxed, sleeping. How is the breath? Breath is slow, deep, rhythmic. Maybe somebody… when I came to USA
I heard the name of noisy sleep. Sometimes they say,
I need a separate room because I have noisy sleep. I thought, “What is noisy sleep?” Because that person snores at night. And do you know? Sometimes, because I traveled from place to place,
from house to house; this is the ninth year I have been traveling almost
every week, occasionally at some place a little longer. Otherwise three days, four days, five days, one week;
like this traveling, even one day, two days. So I go from house to house and
sometimes I hear this. In the next room, especially the houses in West,
look beautiful, very neat and clean, everything. But you can hear everything in every room. You can hear from your room. If somebody is going to bathroom or toilet,
you can hear from your room. And you can hear the rhythmic snoring,
you know? The rhythmic snoring, the wife and husband snore. One is snoring in one rhythm, and the other…
as if one is asking and the other is replying. When one is sleeping, one is relaxed,
the breath is rhythmic. Now come back to…
when breath is restless, mind is restless; when breath is peaceful,
mind is peaceful. If you want to regulate your mind to achieve
real calmness and peace, regulate your breath. That is tapah,
tapah means breath regulation. My Guruji whose picture is here, Baba Hariharanandaji,
who lived here in this Miami area, south of Miami, who left his body on December 3rd last year and
who usually tells, “Breath control is self-control”. Breath mastery is self-mastery. If you want to transform your life
change your breath. I will tell you some simple example,
the correlation between breath and mind, and ordinarily how we breathe,
how it is unscientific. An ordinary person breathes
how many times in a minute, on an average? 15 times per minute on an average. So one breath, four seconds. Clear? So you just watch your breath, four seconds breath, means two seconds inhalation, two seconds exhalation. And if you say,
“One, two”, and you are inhaling. Do you think that you are taking
enough air into your lungs? The answer is no. Our ordinary breath doesn’t allow us
to get enough fresh air into the body. So we do not get enough oxygen. What happens if we don’t get enough oxygen?
What will happen? First thing our lungs are not fully utilized. So when the lungs are not utilized to a greater extent; now you are a little bit young… it is manageable, but when slowly the age will increase,
what will happen? The lungs will create trouble,
many old people have trouble in breathing, old age bronchitis, asthma and
breath related diseases develop in old people, because we didn’t use the lungs. Slowly lungs, the air sac becomes functionless. So when we are old there are difficulties in the body. Now the second,
in the body, the brain and the entire body. Suppose your body weight, suppose, your body weight is 120 pounds
and what is the weight of the brain? Three pounds. So three pounds to 120,
what is the percentage? Who will tell? 2.5%. The percentage of the brain to the total body is 2.5%. Anybody who has the medical knowledge or
doctor will agree, or might disagree. The total oxygen in the body that we take in,
total intake of oxygen, how much the brain consumes from this oxygen? Nearly 20% or more. The amount of oxygen we take into the body, 20% or more than 20% oxygen
is consumed by 2.5% brain. Am I clear? Medically verifiable. Now, if Karl Marx would have been here, he would have said
in the body the brain is the capitalist. 2.5 % consuming more than 20% of oxygen. And 97.5% consuming 80% of the oxygen. The brain is the capitalist, the body is the proletariat,
the brain is exploiting. Oxygen is the nutrition of the brain. If you want to stay healthy,
if you want to get good memory, if you want to get good mind
breathe in a nice way, remember. Healthy way of breathing. Provide more air into the lungs
so that your brain will get more oxygen. Provide more blood to the brain
so that the brain will get more oxygen. If you want to live healthy. God gave us few beautiful gifts to us, one is the human brain
which is not found in any other animal, the second is the human spine
which is most of the time vertical with the ground. But we, out of ignorance,
we could not use the brain and the spine. We abused it. So how to provide more oxygen? A simple example I will give you,
and you can do it whether you learn Kriya Yoga or not, you can do it at your home and
you can experience the benefit. I will just demonstrate one breath,
I am not holding. Okay? Only I am taking one inhalation and one exhalation. Ordinary, 4 minutes 4 seconds breath
on an ordinary breath. Now you watch one breath of mine. One breath. I just inhaled and exhaled. In one minute if you breathe 15 times,
I will breathe maximum two times. But 15 times breathing by you will not give so much oxygen to you as two breathes of mine will give. So Kriya Yoga is based on breath control
and some spinal exercises by which your breathing system changes,
your body gets more oxygen, so also the brain and at the same time the brain gets more blood, your brain power will increase,
your health will be better, this is tapah. Now, the second is swadhyaya. What is swadhyaya? Study of scriptures. Study the Gita, study the Bible, study the Upanishad. It is ordinarily known as swadhyaya,
but it is not enough. What is swadhyaya? Study yourself, swa + adhyaya study yourself,
know your mind, know your emotion, know your impulse, know your reaction,
“I know this is bad, I will not I will not do this”, “I know anger is bad, I will not be angry” Okay? Am I clear? People know, people know anger is bad,
but still they become angry. One husband is taking tea and
his toast in the morning to go to his work, the wife was in the bathroom and she came out of the bathroom with such loud sound and banging the door, “How many times I told you
don’t press the toothpaste from the middle?” So what has happened? The husband has the habit to press the toothpaste
from the middle, the wife press from the end. This is the story, and in the morning when she went to the bathroom
she found that husband had pressed it from the middle; and she is upset, and started screaming and shouting. Poor husband, he was to go to the office,
he stopped taking tea, taking the toast, left the place. And if he goes to the office being unhappy,
anger is a contagious disease, remember. And if I become angry with you
you’ll be angry with somebody. You want to release anger
so in the office the boss was angry with the subordinate, he came back home being angry with the wife, the wife became angry with the child,
the child became angry the toy. This is the same rule, chain reaction of anger. Look if your husband doesn’t follow
to press the toothpaste from the end, when you purchase toothpaste purchase two tubes. “This is your toothpaste, this is my toothpaste. You press from the middle, brush your teeth;
I am pressing from the end.” Why should I spoil the piece of my mind,
we need little understanding. Remember, if we want to live with love
we need little understanding. And that is swadhyaya. You study the Gita, no matter;
you study the Upanishad, no matter. How much you have studied yourself, your own emotion,
your own impulse, your own reaction? How do you deal with people? With your family, with your children,
with your wife, with your husband, in working place; whomever, with a friend? How do you react? That is swadhyaya. Studying the Scriptures is good,
but study yourself. Those who meditate,
especially the technique like Kriya Yoga; they become conscious of their own being, own mind, and they live intelligently. Swadhyaya. Iswarapranidhana.
What is iswarapranidhana? Iswarapranidhana, go to the temple and bow,
surrender to God, love for God. People in their puja room,
in the temple, very nice; but when they come out,
again their old nature comes out. One day, one man is taking bath in the Ganga, and a devotee of Sri Ramakrishna
came to him and told him, “Thakur, I’ve heard people say when they go to the Ganga and take bath all their sins are washed away, is it true?” Ramakrishna said, “Is there any doubt? Ganga is so pure, so holy,
it cleans the life of people.” Then this devotee out of his simplicity told,
“Thakur, I don’t believe.” “Why?” “Because I see these people,
those who come here, take bath. While they are taking bath they are chanting the name,
and they’re praying to God. Pouring the water, ablution. And when they go back,
in the family they quarrel, in the business they tell lie. I don’t believe that you are telling
Ganga washes all their sin.” Then Ramakrishna said, “My child, look. When these persons enter the Ganga
all his sins leave him, at that time he is completely pure. And all the sins sit down
on the tree top near the river. When he comes out of the river
again they come and sit on his head. So, inside the river he is pure, when he comes out the river
he becomes the same old person. We come to the temple,
inside the temple we are nice and beautiful. When you go out,
again the same old habit overpowering us. So iswarapranidhana,
love for God. It is not only in the temple, not only in your puja room,
or prayer, or meditation room; it should be in your daily life. That love should be manifested
when you speak with your wife or husband, with your child or with the client,
wherever you go bring that love with you. Paramahamsa Yoganandaji, one of our gurus, he said
“Wherever you go, carry a portable Heaven with you. Wherever you go,
carry a portable Heaven with you. The meaning is, wherever you go bring
heavenly joy, peace, happiness there. So this is iswarapranidhana. tapah swadhyaya iswarapranidhanani kriya yogah. Breath control, self-analysis
and universal love. Three aspects of Kriya Yoga:
karma, jnana and bhakti; action, knowledge and devotion
integrated together is Kriya Yoga. Now, how to learn Kriya Yoga? I demonstrated a simple breathing exercise. I told you can practice it,
but Kriya Yoga is not taught in public like this. Then, how is it taught? As it is directed by the Masters,
it is taught by a process of body purification, chakra purification, purification of the senses,
and this is known as initiation. And during the initiation into Kriya Yoga each student is taught
how to listen to the sound of silence. I am sitting here, we all are sitting. I’m talking you might be listening to my talk or
this sound, that might be the air conditioner sound, there might be traffic sound, but apart from that there is a subtle sound of silence, sound of calmness, those who meditate they know. Two types of people here some sound. Those whose mind is calm, tranquil and focused,
they hear the sound of silence. Those who are a little bit disturbed,
they hear some strange sound. They go to the psychiatrist, to the doctor,
“I hear some noise I can’t sleep it is so disturbing.” But I’m hearing a subtle sound,
very soothing sound. So we teach during initiation
how to listen to the sound of silence; how to see the light, the light of the third eye,
with eyes closed, how to see the inner light; and how to feel energy flow in the body
through pulsation, through vibration, the pranic energy. And then we teach the technique. A simple meditation technique based on breath control and some spinal exercises, I have told you before, which will enable a person to experience better health, calmness of mind, peace, love and happiness. It is possible. We live in the modern society
when we are extremely busy. In ancient time the teacher was staying at one place,
the students were going to the teacher. Now the age changed, new age. In this age the students stay at their home,
the teachers go from door to door, they knock, “Get up!” When a student comes to learn this technique
we encourage them at least to come to few meditation sittings so that one can learn the technique
and can practice at home. And if one can give 20 to 30 minutes time daily,
one can experience all the changes. And remember, giving 30 minutes time for meditation
it is not a loss, you are going to gain a lot in your life. For example,
I’ll give a simple example of one of my friends. That friend of mine and myself, we got initiated into Kriya Yoga when we were college students. I was 20, 21 when I accepted Baba Hariharanadaji
as my spiritual master. So that friend of mine,
both of us we were students of economics. He was one year junior to be in college. He became a gold medalist in university,
then he joined the bank. When he was in the bank as a bank officer,
whatever work was given to him in the beginning he finished within two hours. So his work is finished and he sits and, what to do?
Rests six hours. So he picks up the Gita, the Upanishad
and started reading, and his boss came he said,
“Hello! What are you doing?” He said, “I’m reading it.” “Why? Have you finished your work?” He said “Yes, I finished everything.” He couldn’t believe. How can a person finish in two hours
the eight hours work? And he saw, he had finished. “How could you finish it?” He said, “I finished it.” And now, what is the clue?
What is the trick? If your mind is peaceful, if your mind is focused,
if your mind is full of joy and happiness, you can accomplish even the most difficult work
in very short time. God created a beautiful world to live,
but we made this place so difficult to live. It is out of our ignorance, ego. So, invest 30 minutes time,
you will get lots of dividends, lots of profit. 30 minutes meditation, 20 minutes. My Guruji, if he were here,
if he have heard I am telling this, he would have said,
“Don’t tell 30 minutes, tell 5 minutes. Only 5 minutes, tell them.” So, if you meditate for a short time
it will help you to achieve a lot in your life. Om, Sarve bhavantu sukhinaḥ Sarve santu
nirāmayāḥ Sarve bhadrāṇi paśyantu Mā kashchit duḥkha bhāgbhavet Oṁ Shāntiḥ, Shāntiḥ, Shāntiḥ Let the blessings of God be upon us all. Let there be peace in our life and heart. Let there be peace in our family. Let there be peace in the whole universe. Om Tat Sat Om brahmarpanam astu. Thank you all.