Varnasi Program News - June 8, 2007
KRIYAYOGA RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Practising Kriyayoga is practising presence of God...
The Kriyayoga programme by Guruji Swami Shree Yogi Satyam in Varnasi, was held from May 16th to June 4th. The programme began in Kundariya, a village of ancient spiritual city, Varnasi and then continued on to the city of Varnasi. Even though the programme was arranged last minute, word of the programme spread quickly and attracted hundreds of seekers of Kriyayoga Meditation - the fastest and proven way to realise Truth behind all names and forms.
The programme was held at four locations through the day and saw an increasing number of participants as the days went by. Beginning at dawn in the local residential community of Adi Shankaracharya Colony, the rest of the venues through the day were the DLW Engineering Department, Malviya Bhavan at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) and DLW (Diesel Locomotive Workshop) Community Hall. Well-supported by the local residents of Varnasi and co-ordinated by Shri Vibhuti Narayanji, Shri S.S. Rastogiji, Shri Malhotra ji, Shri Dr Gargji and executive administrative engineers of DLW, the message of true spirituality of the ancient ever-new Science of Kriyayoga, was disseminated and practised with conviction.
The Kriyayoga practitioners were enlightened about what true spirituality is and were made to perceive and understand deeply the meaning of some important verses in the scriptures. A glimpse of the true power of the practice of the Prophets and Masters was experienced by the practitioners - that which transforms and expands the limited characteristics and tendencies of any practitioner into their infinite dimension.
Guruji Swami Shree Yogi Satyam explained Kriyayoga and Meditation in the simplest practical way. Guruji emphasized that one should be very precise in knowing the real meaning of Yoga. Yoga is not an exercise. Yoga is a state of being where one perceives oneness with The Infinite (God). Guruji stated that the term "yoga" should be properly understood and used correctly. Kriyayoga Meditation is the tool to achieve this state of feeling no space, no distance and no time.
The eight dimensions that appear in the state of Yoga, known generally as ashtaanga Yoga, were explained. The eight dimensions are: Yama , Niyama, Aasana, Praanaayaama, Pratyaahaara, Dhaarna, Dhyaana and Samaadhi. Each dimension was explained in detail. Contrary to the common belief that each is a stage that leads to the next stage, Guruji highlighted that the eight dimensions manifest all at once. Guruji clarified that aasana is not an exercise of postures, but the consistent state of feeling ever-new joy (sthir sukham iti aasanam - From Maharshi Patanjali's Yog Darshanam). It was also explained that praanaayaama is not a breathing exercise but the state of knowing the nature of life-force (praana). Giving supportive evidence from the book, "An Autobiography of a Yogi" by Paramhanasa Yogananda, Guruji stated that the breathing exercises practised and promoted in society today, where one practises fast breathing and holding of breath forcefully instills fear in a practitioner who devotedly practises the exercises. These exercises can also bring about many other severe problems and should be avoided altogether.
During the different sessions, Guruji explained the real meaning and purpose of the caste system that has been practised in India. Guruji explained that the original purpose of the caste system was not to cause division in society but to provide a structure in life and was in fact the ancient ever-new system of education in India . The general caste structure comprising the shudra, dwija, vipra, vaishya, brahmin and kshatriya was explained.
Guruji said that shudra is not representative of slaves and workers but the general tendencies of a person from the time of birth up till the time when one receives baptism, where one begins on the journey of the study of self. During the stage of shudra, which was accepted in the ancient educational system to be up to the age of 12, one lives a life influenced by sensory perceptions. At the age of 12, one is known to attain the state of dwija where one begins self-study to know Truth. After approximately twelve years or more of this self-study, one gains scientific knowledge about all creation - atoms, plants, animals, humans, space and technology and everything there is to know. When one attains this stage, one is known to be a vipra. Then, one may make use of this knowledge to do some form of work in society. When one chooses to perform such work, one is known to be a vaishya. If instead a person further pursues the study of self to attain a higher level of realization, one is known as a brahmin. Elite brahmins known as kshatriyas are those who have complete skill to protect and preserve humanity without any war. Guruji emphasized that all avataars (saints or highly revered incarnations of God) that humanity has known were kshatriyas. Hence, realized master Paramhansa Yogananda was kshatriya as well.
Relating to Paramhansa Yogananda, Guruji presented information about the life of the great master, whose role in society was to spread Kriyayoga to the West. With the aid of a LCD projector, the audience was shown some important photos of the great master: the final banquet held on March 7, 1952, at Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, the final pranaam by the wife of the ambassador of India to America to honour the great "son of India", and the immutable state of the Master twenty days after leaving body. Guruji highlighted the significance of the incident that inevitably proves victory over death through the practice of Kriyayoga Meditation, as was also proven by Jesus Christ some 2007 years ago, when the great Prophet resurrected three days after being crucified.
The audience listened most attentively as Guruji shared about the life and mahasamadhi of Paramhansa Yogananda, the final speech on the day of the banquet and the wish of the great Master to return to Mother India. In the poem (Oh India!) by the great Master, it is clearly stated:
Mortal Fires may raze all her homes
final words represent the sure spread of Kriyayoga in India in the present time,
attendees received many guidelines and instructions on how to practise
Kriyayoga and to adopt the practice in the daily routine of life so as to
quickly evolve to a higher stage where one experiences limitless peace,
knowledge and power. Other topics presented were as given below:
classes were conducted by Yogmata who made all to practise the Kriyayoga
Swami Shantanand (Dr Anil Kumar) shared some proven results brought about