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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 (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 (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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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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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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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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A World of Desire

A World of Desire

Alexander the Great (356-323 BC), the ancient King of Macedon, began his highly successful military campaign at the age of twenty-two, and remained undefeated for the ten years that it lasted. Three years before his death, at the age of thirty-three, he invaded India. He is famously quoted for having said, “A tomb now suffices…

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Little Fish

Little Fish

  Little Fish Hey, little fish As I’m dreaming Swim as fast as you can to the ocean For the way that you search for is chosen And the power you need is behind you Guiding you and my dreaming Chorus: Leaving all to find your soul You promised not to close your eyes Till…

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Charmed by the TV

Charmed by the TV

‘I am going to tell you something rather strange. If your house is on fire, you will do anything to protect yourself. You will run out the door if you can, or you will jump from your window. At that time it will never cross your mind if you should go or not. It is…

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Just Plain Laziness

Just Plain Laziness

Two lazy friends were relaxing under a mango tree. All of a sudden, a mango fell between them, just slightly closer to the first man than the second. ‘I will eat it. Give me that mango, would you?’ the first man said to his friend. ‘No, not possible, I am too busy relaxing,’ was the…

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Shankaracharya

Shankaracharya

“Guruji explained that the Hindu goddess Durga was pictured seated on a tiger, as a symbol of complete yogic control over sexual energy, for an ordinary person could not stand up to a tiger’s extraordinary strength and power. He added that since sex was such a dominant force in man, it could easily take control…

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Four Aims of Human Existence

Four Aims of Human Existence

In Hindu philosophy, we talk about the four main aims or objectives of human existence, known as Purusharthas that point the way for the human being. These are: Dharma (righteousness, to do one’s duty); Artha (wealth); Karma (desire), and Moksha (salvation or liberation). We are busy with the first three every day. We are doing…

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Kriya and Mountain Climbing

Kriya and Mountain Climbing

Continuing from last week, the question-and-answer session between Guruji and some new disciples at a “Kriya check”: Q: I sometimes feel that the quality of my practice is deteriorating. Sometimes it is easy to concentrate, but at other times I am so distracted… A: It is important to always stay conscious and determined when it…

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Distractions & Guilt versus Staying in Touch

Distractions & Guilt versus Staying in Touch

Since we’re on the subject of obstacles, both old and new when it came to sitting down to meditation practice, I was happy to come across some notes I had jotted down from a question-and-answer session Guruji had with some new disciples during Kriya Yoga “check-up”, to see that they were practising correctly: Q: (Kriya)…

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The Ninth Obstacle

The Ninth Obstacle

‘Imagine the still water of a lake in the evening.’ Guruji was saying. ‘The water is constant, and you can see the reflection of the moon in it. This is what we are like when our mind is quiet. ‘But then you take a stone, and throw it in. The stone creates ripples in the…

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The Rabbit and the Tortoise

The Rabbit and the Tortoise

During one satsang, Guruji told his own version of the classic fable of the rabbit and the tortoise. He reminded us of how the rabbit had challenged the tortoise to a race, and boasted about how quickly his long legs would take him to the finish line. The tortoise had replied, “I have legs too,”…

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The Modern-Day Householder Yogi

The Modern-Day Householder Yogi

Lahiri Mahasaya was known as a “Householder Yogi” because he earned a living and had a family according to social custom, yet he was a spiritual Master, and he expected his disciples to follow his example. His message to Kriyabans was firstly, look after your family, have a job so you are not dependent on…

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Expectations and the Obstacle Called Doubt

Expectations and the Obstacle Called Doubt

Before Easter, I was writing about Guruji’s story about the Saint who loved sweets, and the three reasons why it especially appealed to me. So far I only mentioned two. If you want to read it again, it is here. The third reason was that it also speaks of expectations, which can lead to doubt.…

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