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 are not important. Despite the fact that Khechari Mudra is the heart of the practice and Nabhi Kriya is essential also, they may say that these parts of the practice are unnecessary – simply because they either do not know about them, or never practised or mastered them themselves. Or they may say that when you reach a certain stage in Kriya, certain mudras will come by themselves without any effort. So if you have full trust in these people who disregard the scientific aspects of the technique, it is likely that you will believe that these are not necessary for you either.
However, the argument that there is no need for certain mudras is highly ironic and self-contradictory. It is not Kriya Yoga, since the practice is made up of many mudras in a particular order. If you give no importance to the mudras and feel free to leave this or that one out, in the end there will be no Kriya Yoga left.
Some people are also showing Khechari mudra in the internet. In doing this, they are breaking the promise of secrecy, and besides it serves no purpose. How will people understand it in this way? Actually, it is not possible for people to understand unless the time has come that they are ready for Kriya, and that is the reason for the principle of secrecy.
These aspects of the original Kriya Yoga are covered in Footsteps to Freedom so that people can decide for themselves what is right for them.
Practice and Realisation
I was with (a Kriya organisation) for about one and a half years. Like many others I came to (the organisation) through first reading (a book on Kriya Yoga). I feel I owe a great deal to (my previous Kriya master), as well as to the people I got to know there.
There were several reasons why I was not totally satisfied with this path. Firstly, I never felt comfortable with the notion that a Guru does not have to be alive in order to establish a relationship with a disciple.
When you read or hear stories about spiritual masters, you notice that the masters would initiate some people but not others, based on their assessment of individual readiness for the path. I thought (and still think) that only a spiritual master can do that kind of assessment. So even though I was initiated into the practice by (the Kriya organisation), I kept questioning in that regard.
Secondly, when I was with (the Kriya organisation) it was difficult to assess whether or not I was making any progress. Thirdly, I had a problem with Devotion as a practical application.
Nevertheless, I practised what I was given regularly. Sometimes I also did practice with the group, but I did not feel very comfortable with that. I felt that the people at (the Kriya organisation) tried their best to help, but somehow the practice felt more general than personal.
Then by chance I stumbled upon Heidi Wyder’s book Footsteps to Freedom and read it. Three months later I was in Varanasi. It was very important for me to resolve my doubts. I wanted to learn from Guruji because he is a true spiritual master. I felt that it would be the right thing to do. I wanted to be 100% sure I was practising the authentic Kriya. I believed in Kriya Yoga and realised it is a huge commitment. But besides believing, one has to practise. I felt that most people at (the Kriya organisation) believed what they taught, but it all was based on the organisation, not realization.
Because of my association with (a Kriya organisation), I did go through some internal struggles at the beginning when asking Guruji for initiation because I had promised not to reveal any parts of the technique given by (Kriya organisation). I was not sure how it would play out, but I wanted to keep my promise. It turned out that my concerns were baseless and silly.
(to be continued) I. Liubovich