Paramhansa Yogananda on Kriya Yoga

Quotes from the Autobiography of a Yogi, 1946

Yogananda Meditating on the Beach at Encinitas

The Kriya Yogi mentally directs his life energy to revolve,
upward and downward, around the six spinal centers
(medullary, cervical, dorsal, lumbar, sacral, and coccygeal plexuses)
which correspond to the twelve astral signs of the zodiac,
the symbolic Cosmic Man.
One-half minute of revolution of energy around the sensitive spinal cord of man
effects subtle progress in his evolution;
that half-minute of Kriya
equals one year of natural spiritual unfoldment.

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By Kriya, the outgoing life force is not wasted and abused in the senses,
but constrained to reunite with subtler spinal energies.
By such reinforcement of life,
the yogi’s body and brain cells are electrified
with the spiritual elixir.

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The advanced yogi, withholding all his mind, will, and feeling
from false identification with bodily desires,
uniting his mind with superconscious forces in the spinal shrines,
thus lives in this world as God hath planned, not impelled by impulses from the past
nor by new witlessnesses of fresh human motivations.
Such a yogi receives fulfillment of his Supreme Desire,
safe in the final haven of inexhaustibly blissful Spirit.

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Kriya, controlling the mind directly through the life force,
is the easiest, most effective, and most scientific avenue
of approach to the Infinite.

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Kriya may justly be called
the airplane route.

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Kriya Yoga is an instrument through which human evolution can be quickened,
Sri Yukteswar explained to his students.
“The ancient yogis discovered that the secret of cosmic consciousness
is intimately linked with breath mastery.”

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The Kriya Yogi uses his technique
to saturate and feed all his physical cells with undecaying light
and keep them in a magnetized state.
He scientifically makes breath unnecessary,
without producing the states of subconscious sleep or unconsciousness.

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Kriya Yoga is a simple, psychophysiological method
by which the human blood is decarbonized and recharged with oxygen.
The atoms of this extra oxygen are transmuted into life current
to rejuvenate the brain and spinal centers.

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Untying the cord of breath which binds the soul to the body,
Kriya serves to prolong life
and enlarge the consciousness to infinity.

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All scriptures declare man to be not a corruptible body,
but a living soul;
by Kriya he is given a method to prove the scriptural truth.

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Kriya Yoga is the real fire rite often extolled in the Bhagavad Gita.
The purifying fires of yoga bring eternal illumination,
and thus differ much from outward and little-effective religious fire ceremonies,
where perception of truth is oft burnt, to solemn chanted accompaniment,
along with the incense!

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A yogi who dies before achieving full realization
carries with him the good karma of his past Kriya effort;
in his new life he is harmoniously propelled
toward his Infinite Goal.

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“The Kriya Yoga which I am giving to the world through you
in this nineteenth century, Babaji told Lahiri Mahasaya,
“is a revival of the same science which Krishna gave, millenniums ago,
to Arjuna, and which was later known to Patanjali,
and to Christ, St. John, St. Paul, and other disciples.”

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O Spirit, beloved Father, Oversoul of the Universe,
Spirit of Spirits, Friend of Friends,
teach me the mystery of my existence!
Teach me to worship Thee
in breathlessness,
in deathlessness.
(Whispers from Eternity, 1949)