Spiritual Leader to demonstrate practice of Kriya Yoga

Venkat Raman

Auckland, April 11, 2018

A renowned Spiritual Leader and a Master in the practice of Kriya Yoga will demonstrate this important posture in Auckland later this month.

Paramahamsa Prajnanananda, Head of Kriya Yoga International will address enthusiasts at Blockhouse Bay Boat Club located at Endeavour Street, Blockhouse Bay in Auckland on Friday, April 27, 2018 from 7 pm to 830 pm.

He will conduct Initiation and Technique Training on Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, 2018 at Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan located at 12 Princes Street in Onehunga.

Those keen to attend the training programme should register their names through phone 021-335 137; Email: hello; Website: www.kriya.org.nz; Facebook: KriyaYogaNZ

He will also conduct a Non-Residential Retreat from Sunday, April 29 to Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at Shirdi Saibaba Sansthan located at 12 Princes Street in Onehunga.

The daily Retreat will be held from 8 am to 5 pm.

Organisers said that Initiation is essential to participate in the Non-Residential Retreat.

They described Prajnanananda as “A God-realised Yogi in the unbroken lineage of Kriya Masters in India and in his pre-monastic life.

“He was previously an academic, employed as Professor of Economics. His teachings are non-sectarian and harmoniously blend the great teachings of the Orient and the Occident,” they said.

About Kriya Yoga

Yoga symbolises the union of the Individual Self with the Universal Self.

Brought to the West by Paramahamsa Yogananda’s spiritual classic, “Autobiography of a Yogi,” Kriya Yoga is an ancient and scientific system of meditation to achieve this union. Regular practice of Kriya Yoga leads to improved health, peace and overall wellbeing. It also deepens one’s spiritual awareness and connection with all beings in the universe.

Kriya Yoga has been described by its practitioners as the ancient Yoga system revived in modern times by Mahavatar Babaji through his disciple Lahiri Mahasaya (1861).

According to Paramahamsa Yogananda, the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, contain a description of Kriya Yoga – “Liberation can be attained by that pranayama which is accomplished by disjoining the course of inspiration and expiration.”

The Yoga System

The Kriya yoga system consists of a number of levels of Pranayama, Mantra and Mudra, based on the techniques intended to rapidly accelerate spiritual development and engender a profound state of tranquility and God-Communion.

Yogananda attributes his description of Kriya Yoga to his lineage of gurus, Yukteswar Giri, Lahiri Mahasaya, and Mahavatar Babaji.

The latter is reported to have introduced the concept as essentially identical to the Raja Yoga of Patanjali and the concept of Yoga as described in the Bhagavad Gita.

Traditionally exclusive

Kriya Yoga, as taught by Lahiri Mahasaya, is traditionally exclusively learned via the Guru-disciple relationship and the initiation consists of a secret ceremony.

As Yogananda describes Kriya Yoga, “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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Paramahamsa Prajnanananda

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