The soul loves to meditate, for in contact with the Spirit lies its greatest joy. If, then, you experience mental resistance during meditation, remember that reluctance to meditate comes from the ego; it doesn’t belong to the soul.Paramhansa Yogananda
The Benefits of Meditation
- Higher level of energy
- Lowers blood pressure
- Enhanced immunity
- Reduces heart risk
- Helps in chronic ciseases
- Improves attention
- Positive attitude
- Cultivates willpower
- Improves concentration and memory
- Reduces anxiety
- Leads to deep states of inner peace
- Greater intuition
- Attain higher states of awareness
- Increases compassion
- Brings harmony in creation
A Simple Meditation Technique
What is Kriya Yoga?
Kriya Yoga is a meditation technique that quickly accelerates one’s spiritual growth. It was first made widely known by Paramhansa Yoganandaji in his Autobiography of a Yogi.
Kriya is taught at Ananda Sangha just as Yoganandaji taught it — as a comprehensive spiritual path. Its effectiveness has been demonstrated by thousands of dedicated Ananda Kriya Yogis, from all walks of life, religions, nationalities, and backgrounds.
According to Yoganandaji, Kriya is the most effective practice available to mankind for reaching the goal of Yoga: union with the Divine. Kriya is also very practical in its effectiveness. Kriya Yogis find that it enhances their ability to concentrate, to become more effective in business and in family life, and to become better people in every way.
The final step of initiation into the technique of Kriya Yoga can take six months to one year. That time is spent learning all of the practices that are part of Yoganandaji’s Kriya approach, along with establishing a daily meditation routine.
The Four Steps of the Path of Kriya Yoga Course
Step One: Learn to Meditate
Learn techniques in the path of Kriya Yoga including:
- Yoganandaji’s Hong-Sau technique of concentration, which he called the “baby Kriya”
- Yoganandaji’s Energization Exercises, a unique system of exercises for controlling and increasing your energy level and overcoming fatigue
- Developing a daily, consistent habit of meditation
Step Two: Deepen Your Meditation with the Art & Science of Raja Yoga
Step Three: Discipleship
This step is a class series with an emphasis on the Guru-Disciple relationship and its importance on the path. The following subjects are covered in-depth:
- Does one need a living guru?
- The role of divine grace in spiritual progress
- How to follow a guru
- Becoming a disciple of Paramhansa Yoganandaji and the Ananda Sangha line of Gurus
This step involves, if desired, initiation into the path as a disciple. Also shared as part of the initiation is a technique for communing with the Aum vibration.