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Kriyayog practice for peace and salvation


By Ashoke Kumar Chatterjee

Kriyayog is knowledge of the Brahmn. It is also known as the knowledge of the soul. Kriyayog is renowned throughout the world and finds mention in Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and Bhagwad Gita. The Gita has described it as Karma Yog. Karma implies ‘kriya’, and kriya infers action. Thus, what is Kriyayog is Karma Yog. The last line at the end of each chapter of the Gita states: ‘Iti brahmavidyayam yogasastre Sri Krishn Arjun samvade’ – the science of the eternal, the scripture of yog, the dialogue between Krishn and Arjun.

Shyamacharan Lahiri Mahasaya’s bestowal is the revival and dissemination of this ancient spiritual knowledge.

The practice of Kriyayog imperatively confers salvation, release from the cycle of birth-death, happiness-sorrow, and afflictions, and brings an end to the world journey in three consecutive births, giving rise to eternal peace. Everyone cries at the time of birth; this infers a lack of peace in this world. Achieving peace in a peaceless environment is impossible. This is where Kriyayog can help. It is erroneous to term Kriyayog as religion. It is the ultimate science of the world. What we term as science is gross-oriented. It is about mixing one object with the other and creating a third object, or else mixing one power with the other and creating a third power. But spiritual science aims at merging the ‘dynamic prana’ into ‘still prana’.

Man is born, he moves, performs actions, is alive, and then one day he expires. Why does this happen? As long as he is alive, his prana is in the ambit of 1,00,000 vibrations, and when he dies, the level of his vibrations comes down to 10. Due to his prana-attaining vibration at birth, he has to achieve freedom from vibrations one day. As at the time of death his vibration level remains at 10, and since he cannot be vibrationless, he is required to be born again within the ambit of 1,00,000 vibrations. This is known as the birth-death cycle. A living being in this manner traverses innumerable births, evolves and is born as a human being. He commences his human cycle as a murderer, dacoit, or a thief. Later, gradually progressing, he has the first stirrings of religiosity. He then follows the external manifestations of religion. In this manner, traversing several births, when he attains the ultimate purification, questions arise in his mind – ‘Who am I, from where I have come, to where I have to return?’

Kriyayog has all the answers. Kriyayog science states that ‘kineticism’ is being alive, stillness is Shiv. The infinite dynamism of prana is stilled through this, by ceasing the birth-death cycle. The still state of prana is Brahmn. Through evolution one can realise that he has to reach the still state. Therefore, Kriyayog is said to be ‘jnana vijnana sahitam’, scientific knowledge.

This learning is not confined to any religion; it is beneficial for all humanity. Religions are created by man; and since man is an ephemeral being, whatever he establishes is also transitory. Prana-originated spiritual knowledge or soul-knowledge is eternal, indestructible. All human beings and cults are prana-pervaded. And Kriyayog is prana worship.

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