I want all the mental illusions to be cleared through the Kriya Yoga path. Kriya Yoga transforms your body which brings complete perfection and also harmony into your life. In this Kriya Yoga, there is no need for any faith. There is no

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Question:I have heard that there is a self-realised Kriya master who will return to earth in several decades. Is this true? Answer: In the same way many people were claiming that they met Babaji after he had left his body. The people who are

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Question: I have known for a long time that the Kriya I am practising is a modified technique. But I still believe that the yogi who changed it is a Sadguru. I do not believe that it is my right to question what a Sadguru has given. Answer: 

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Question 1: I found the full technique of Kriya Yoga on the internet and am practising it. Is there any harm in not having a teacher – if so, what is the harm and why should I not practise it alone? Answer 1: It is very nice, there is no h

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Question: I feel confused, upset, and disappointed. I have been practising a changed method of Kriya for so long, and now many things I was taught by (a Kriya yoga association) have been thrown into doubt. Why was Kriya Yoga changed? And why are

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Question: I feel confused, upset, and disappointed. I have been practising a changed method of Kriya for so long, and now many things I was taught by (a Kriya yoga association) have been thrown into doubt. Why was Kriya Yoga changed? And why are

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Question: According to some Kriya teachers / organisations, the Bhakti (devotion) path is enough for Self-Realisation. Are you saying that this is not true? Answer: Actually, there are three stages in yoga: Karma, Jnana and Bhakti yoga. This i

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Question: I have always been a disciple of a Kriya master who is no longer in his body, but I still feel that my loyalty lies with him. Can I have another Guru? Am I being disloyal to my Kriya master in practising Kriya under the guidance of a ne

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In Conclusion: Guruji’s Statement (21)

In Conclusion: Guruji’s Statement (21)

I want all the mental illusions to be cleared through the Kriya Yoga path. Kriya Yoga transforms your body which brings complete perfection and also harmony into your life. In this Kriya Yoga, there is no need for any faith. There is no religious blindness. There is no friction between religious systems. Aim to understand…

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Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (20)

Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (20)

Question:I have heard that there is a self-realised Kriya master who will return to earth in several decades. Is this true? Answer: In the same way many people were claiming that they met Babaji after he had left his body. The people who are spreading these kind of stories are creating maya. There is a principle…

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Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (19)

Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (19)

Question: I have known for a long time that the Kriya I am practising is a modified technique. But I still believe that the yogi who changed it is a Sadguru. I do not believe that it is my right to question what a Sadguru has given. Answer: What you have learned is actually acquired information which…

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Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (18)

Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (18)

Question 1: I found the full technique of Kriya Yoga on the internet and am practising it. Is there any harm in not having a teacher – if so, what is the harm and why should I not practise it alone? Answer 1: It is very nice, there is no harm. The initiation in ancient time was…

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Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (17)

Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (17)

Question: I feel confused, upset, and disappointed. I have been practising a changed method of Kriya for so long, and now many things I was taught by (a Kriya yoga association) have been thrown into doubt. Why was Kriya Yoga changed? And why are certain organisations so powerful? In short, how could God let such…

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Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (16)

Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (16)

Question: I feel confused, upset, and disappointed. I have been practising a changed method of Kriya for so long, and now many things I was taught by (a Kriya yoga association) have been thrown into doubt. Why was Kriya Yoga changed? And why are certain organisations so powerful? In short, how could God let such…

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Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (15)

Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (15)

Question: According to some Kriya teachers / organisations, the Bhakti (devotion) path is enough for Self-Realisation. Are you saying that this is not true? Answer: Actually, there are three stages in yoga: Karma, Jnana and Bhakti yoga. This is clearly spoken of in the Bhagvad Gita. The answer to this question can be found in…

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Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (14)

Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (14)

Question: I have always been a disciple of a Kriya master who is no longer in his body, but I still feel that my loyalty lies with him. Can I have another Guru? Am I being disloyal to my Kriya master in practising Kriya under the guidance of a new-found mentor? Answer: If you are…

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Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (13)

Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (13)

Question: How do I know if someone is my Guru? Answer: Ask yourself these questions: 1) Do you feel that this Guru will fulfil your spiritual desires and needs? 2) Do you feel that the Guru can open that chain which binds you? 3) Can the Guru give you Moksha (salvation)? If you have truly…

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Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (12)

Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (12)

Question: What is the difference between your Kriya and that of other Kriya organisations? Answer: Certain Kriya yoga organisations are not paying respect to Bare Baba (Lahiri Mahasaya) properly. And for original Kriya Yoga, there must be a living Guru. This is a principle. There is no compromise regarding this fact. My work is not…

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Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (11)

Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (11)

Question: How do I decide who is my master? Answer: Leave it up to Bare Baba (Lahiri Mahasaya) because this is not in your hand. These doubts and this line of thinking is because of unstable mind – and it plays tricks. If I have given a person Kriya Yoga initiation, their duty besides practice…

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Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (9)

Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (9)

Question: I need to know the truth about my previous Kriya master – was he a Sadguru or not? I can only see that I have two gurus – what can I do? Answer: Lahiri Mahasaya is Sadguru. Remember him. And also, remember the person who has initiated Kriya to you, who is alive. Surrender…

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Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (8)

Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (8)

Question: My previous Kriya master taught me that certain parts of the original Kriya technique are not necessary or especially secret and will come automatically in the higher stages of practice. Is this true? Answer: There are gurus of Kriya Yoga who say that Khechari Mudra is useless, or that Nabhi Kriya or Yoni Mudra…

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Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (7)

Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (7)

Question: Are you criticising other Kriya masters? Answer: I have already stated that there is no question of criticism. It is my duty to speak the truth about certain facts. If you have no courage to listen to the truth, then you will immediately say that this is a criticism. Most people believe everything in…

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Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (6)

Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (6)

Question: When you have initiated Kriya to someone who had a Guru previously, are you their Guru from then on? Answer: Yes. The Masters’ Blessing and Guidance I was a follower of (my previous Kriya master) and a member of a Kriya organisation for twenty years and I still consider myself as a devotee of…

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Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (4)

Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (4)

Question: What was your Guruji, Sri Satya Charan Lahiri’s opinion of Kriya organisations? Answer: I am in possession of one letter written by my Guruj’s father, Chote Thakur (Tinkari Lahiri), to his disciple Mahesh Bhat. In this letter, he tells his disciple to always separate himself from a group of ten disciples who had started…

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Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (3)

Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (3)

Question: How can I know if I am ready to receive original Kriya Yoga? Answer: Whether we think we are ready or not, whether we plan it or not and whether we like it or not: when our time comes, we receive Kriya. Lahiri Mahasaya was forty years old when he got Kriya from Babaji…

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Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (2)

Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (2)

Question: I have heard that the many different kinds of Kriya are all variations on the same theme. Is this true? Answer: When the first books on Kriya Yoga reached the bookshops in the West, people had never heard about Kriya. They had never practised it before. So they learned a technique that they were…

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Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (1)

Guruji Answers Frequently Asked Questions (1)

Question: I have been initiated into a different Kriya technique, and I have always practised it with dedication. Now I understand that I was not given the original technique. I have been told by a fellow Kriyaban that it is all variations on the same theme, but I do not feel satisfied with the answer.…

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A Question of Acceptance (Part Two)

A Question of Acceptance (Part Two)

On the subject of being ready to accept initiation when the time comes, Guruji says, “previous knowledge can be a big obstacle.” When seekers or new disciples have been taught to believe and have faith in a certain way, it is hard to accept anything new. “When you are already full of knowledge, it is…

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A Question of Acceptance (Part One)

A Question of Acceptance (Part One)

There was once a Brahmin couple, and they were very poor. But they were content with their lot and had a great deal of trust and faith in the gods. They were devotees of Lord Shiva. One day, Lord Shiva and his consort Parvati were talking about the couple. ‘They are so poor, and so…

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There is Only One Kriya Yoga

There is Only One Kriya Yoga

Introduction by Yogacharya Prakash Shankar Vyas (Guruji) – PART FIVE Certain books on Kriya Yoga have greatly influenced what people accept to be true about the Kriya path. It was through books that Westerners came to know about Kriya Yoga, and it spread all over the world. People have trusted for many years that every…

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There is Only One Kriya Yoga

There is Only One Kriya Yoga

Introduction by Yogacharya Prakash Shankar Vyas (Guruji) – PART FOUR For self-realisation, it is necessary to have the guidance of a living Guru. Kriya is more than just a technique. The Guru-Disciple relationship is also important in order to grow on the spiritual path. I am telling my disciples what is true. And my main…

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There is Only One Kriya Yoga

There is Only One Kriya Yoga

Introduction by Yogacharya Prakash Shankar Vyas (Guruji) – PART THREE My desire is that before and after initiation everything should be very clear. I have previously answered the most commonly asked questions on this subject and we will now share them for the benefit of a wider audience on the blog over the coming months.…

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There is Only One Kriya Yoga

There is Only One Kriya Yoga

Introduction by Yogacharya Prakash Shankar Vyas (Guruji) – PART TWO Many people are asking questions about the Kriya yoga organisations, certain Kriya teachers and so-called masters. Many facts have already been discussed in Footsteps to Freedom about original Kriya. And it is the reason why people from organisations who notice that they have been given…

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There is Only One Kriya Yoga

There is Only One Kriya Yoga

Introduction by Yogacharya Prakash Shankar Vyas (Guruji) – PART ONE The poet Saint Kabir Das was born in Varanasi. He was against superstition, and orthodox beliefs, and through his words and verses he used to criticise both Hindus and Muslims. He created uproar in society. People would say that he was a social rebel and…

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Why Are You Meditating?

Why Are You Meditating?

A talk by Yogi Prakash Shankar Vyas (Guruji) ‘I have found that some people have very strange beliefs: ‘Firstly, they think that if you are practising meditation, you must be stressed. These people cannot understand the benefit of trying to control the mind; ‘Secondly, that if you have a Guru, you have surrendered yourself; implying…

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There Is No God!

There Is No God!

A man bought his friend several goldfish in a glass bowl as a gift. The man accepted and took care of them, but after a while he felt that the bowl was too small for all the fish. He took the bowl and threw it together with the fish into a lake, and was happy…

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Religion and Prayer (Part Two)

Religion and Prayer (Part Two)

Guruji’s talk continues from last week…   घट में है सूझत नहीं लानत ऐसी जींद | तुलसी या संसार को भयो मोतियाबिंद || Ghat mein hai sujhat nahi lanat aisay jind. Tulsi yaa sansaar ko Bhayo motiyabind   “God is inside us, and we can’t see him, therefore this sort of living is cursed. Sant Tulsi Sahab says this world has developed a cataract.” – Tulsi Das. Busy in Church “Some people go to church or the…

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Religion and Prayer (Part One)

Religion and Prayer (Part One)

A Challenge to the Conditioned Mind “It is my duty to tell you Truth,” Guruji began. “In my view, there is no difference between prayer and meditation. But society repeats these words and creates a difference, and there is friction in people’s minds because of that. We tend to be happy with the thing which…

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Rabia on Religion

Rabia on Religion

One day a man named Hassan went to stay with a self-realised woman named Rabia, who was known as a Sufi saint. At prayer time, Hassan was looking for his copy of the Koran, but it seemed he had misplaced it. He was in a hurry to begin prayers, so he asked Rabia to lend…

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King for a Season

King for a Season

Once there lived a jackal in a forest and he was hungry. He searched until he came to a place on the edge of the forest, where a man was dyeing clothes in huge round terracotta pots. Hoping that there might be a titbit for him in one of the pots, he dived straight into…

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World Peace (Part Two)

World Peace (Part Two)

Guruji’s talk continues from last week: “Imagine that you are a clean and orderly person, but you live in a street where your neighbours throw down their garbage. If you always make the effort to clean up outside your own home and others follow your example, in time the whole street will become tidy. If…

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World Peace (Part One)

World Peace (Part One)

At the market, a man purchased a cow to provide milk for his family. He tied a rope around the horns of the cow and tried to pull it to his home. But the cow, being attached to her previous owner, refused to budge. Meanwhile, the man was sweating profusely. A passer-by asked him, “What…

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An Easter Egg: Faith, Love and Peace

An Easter Egg: Faith, Love and Peace

On Easter Sunday the children will be hunting for chocolate eggs in the garden, and I was looking for a special Easter blog post before the school holidays (a spiritual one of course – in the West we need it to balance out all that chocolate we are about to consume!). Fortunately, as ‘words from…

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Words from the Heart

Words from the Heart

One day a young man decided that he should learn to meditate, but thought it would be good to seek the guidance of a saint first. He went to visit a solitary man who used to take rest under the shelter of a tree on the outskirts of his village, feeling that he might be…

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Lyrics & Music Diary: Prayer

Lyrics & Music Diary: Prayer

  Love Thy Will be done Insha’Allah, Shalom Om shanti shanti shanti Om Peace Thy Kingdom come Insha’Allah, Shalom Om shanti shanti shanti Om Blood is shed In the name of religion Innocents Caught in the fight Fear and hate Ignorant conflict What would Jesus and the prophets say Wise hearts pray Love Thy Will…

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Love and Relationships

Love and Relationships

This subject has been covered to some extent in my book “Footsteps to Freedom”, but here are a few of Guruji’s more recent words on love and relationships: “Sometimes people want to know if they should think of marriage or not. Maybe they have had difficult experiences in the past. They ask me, “What is…

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Love and Hatred

Love and Hatred

Guruji: “We have learned Jesus’ words “Love your neighbour” and “Love your enemy”. The Ten Commandments teach us to love our mother and our father. It is wisdom that has been passed down from a higher place of consciousness, and it has been taught for thousands of years. “But how can we love? I mean,…

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The Body is the Vehicle (Part Two)

The Body is the Vehicle (Part Two)

Guruji often says that diet influences the mind to such a degree that the importance of a wholesome, healthy vegetarian diet cannot be overstated when it comes to having fitness to walk this path of Kriya Yoga: “Sometimes I am giving health tips, because we have to be strict with ourselves and with our diet.…

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The Body is the Vehicle (Part One)

The Body is the Vehicle (Part One)

Guruji’s yoga classes are typically comprised of three parts: Hatha Yoga (physical exercises); Pranayama (breathing exercises) and Raja Yoga (practice of Pranayama and meditation). He says that these elements should all be present for the practice of yoga to be ‘full’; in other words, in order to truly benefit the person who is practising. “Think…

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The Four Ages

The Four Ages

Having blogged on a theme of ‘A World of Desire’ with reference to Kriya Yoga over the past term, and thinking about all the hype that we’ve heard about 2012 (not to mention all the films instilling a fear of disaster of apolitical proportions into millions of people), following on from last week’s “End of…

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The End of the World

The End of the World

One day an old rabbit was day-dreaming under the boughs of an old apple tree. “The earth has been our home for all these years,” he considered, “but nothing in life is permanent. Things break all the time. Surely the earth is also like a big ball that could break someday. What would happen to…

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This World is our Temporary Shelter

This World is our Temporary Shelter

Trailanga Swami was a great yoga master in India, who lived in Varanasi about 120 years ago. He lived to an age of more than 300 years and performed many miracles during his lifetime. Some of them are recounted in “Footsteps to Freedom”, and his photograph hangs in Guruji’s Kashi Kriya Yoga Centre studio in…

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GURUJI SPECIAL: Surrender

GURUJI SPECIAL: Surrender

This week, I came across this ‘poem’ again which was passed on to me by a fellow disciple of Guruji a few years ago. They were words that he spoke to her and she wrote down everything that she remembered as soon as she could get hold of pen and paper, because it had been…

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On Reluctance to Practice

On Reluctance to Practice

The famous saint and poet, Tulsidas, who write the epic the Ramayana said: “Tulsi, apne Ram kokhijbhajojarijh: Khetparen sab uperjiultesidhebij.” Tulsidas, repeat the name of God willingly or unwillingly: all the seeds that fall into a field are bound to germinate whether they fall the right or the wrong side up. Guruji explained this proverb…

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The Thirsty Crow

The Thirsty Crow

It was a hot and sultry day, and a thirsty crow was circling the houses on the outskirts of a city in search of water. Spying a terracotta pot in a garden courtyard, she flew down for a closer inspection. She perched on the rim and peered inside, to discover some water at the bottom.…

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Resisting Desires

Resisting Desires

A disciple asked Guruji, “Before we get to the point of stabilising the chakras, we have many desires – we want to do things and to have things. As a Kriya practitioner, should I be trying to resist those desires?” ‘This is no problem,’ Guruji replied. ‘It is the reason why Bare Baba emphasised that…

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