KRIYA—Work and Practice — June 5
“Once again are expounded the philosophy and science of yoga
with introspective analysis and subject meditation.”
—from Raja Yoga of Patanjali
For this culminating session we bring together the foundation and method of Kriya to understand how the life of yoga constitutes the inner path of Self-realization. We learn to turn to the Soul for wisdom and happiness. By our meditation may we gradually, blissfully emerge into the pure consciousness of our transcendental being.
AUM — May 29
“By meditating on AUM, the Word, within the effulgence of each of the seven lotuses, the mystic centers of spiritual revelation, is gained the inner illumination of the self which consumes the causes of all finiteness and self-limitation.”
"The Vision of the Cosmic Self"
“In the effulgence of self-illumination the concept of duality vanishes, and a feeling of devotion engulfs the entire radiant consciousness; and gradually the revelation of the Self dispels all subjective delusion. At Kutastha, the eye of inner vision, the entire creative universe is perceived as a divine manifestation, and the limitlessness of the Self is also witnessed in joyous serenity.
Having gained the subjective vision of the formless Self, the Yogi desires to perceive the objective world in its spiritual essence, and to realize oneness with that impermeating spiritual reality; the Yogi recognizes the limitations of mind to reveal the indwelling and all-pervading Self in the manifested universe."
—Srimad Bhagavad Gita, translated and interpreted by Swami Premananda
Just as the moon reflects the light of the sun, let the mind be a reflection of the Soul.
In its simplicity and purity the "Samadhan" mind is not dominated by ego or desire. It is free from attachment and objectivity. Universalized and subjective, loving and free—the Samadhan mind is tranquil and serene. The highest consciousness is the pure reflection of self-subjectivity.
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
"Mastering the Triune Qualities of Consciousness: Guna-Karma"
“The qualities Sattva, illumination, Rajas, creativity, and Tamas, passivity, are born of Prakriti, and they bind the imperishable embodied self in the body. The embodied self, having risen above these three Gunas out of which the body is evolved, becomes free from birth, death, old age and sorrow, and attains to immortality.”
—Srimad Bhagavad Gita
Continuing in our Kriya meditation series we seek to enlighten ourselves to the realization of the self that is not bound to the modifications of change. Any of these three qualities may prevail over the others at any particular time but we should not allow them to dominate us.
The nature of Prakriti is constantly changing but the nature of the soul is changeless. The world of creation depends on these qualities of manifestation. Transcending the limitations of the gunas, we find freedom and eternal oneness.
"Meditation on Light"
“The innermost radiant light within the spiritual eye is the mystic door of God revelation. When the mind remains firmly established on that radiant light, it is gradually absorbed by the ever expanding effulgence pervaded with the pure self-consciousness that finally leads to the realization of the absolute Self, Brahman.”
“If the splendor of 1000 suns were to shine at once in the sky, that might begin to resemble the glory of the Cosmic Self.”
The purpose of meditation is to reveal the light of soul, the source of life, intelligence and love which joins together all realms of creation.
We are attempting to spiritualize every area of life in the light of Yoga
As the sun lifts above the horizon, so, too, is our consciousness lifted in self-unfoldment. Our aspiration for enlightenment is not merely to be a light unto ourselves but to share that light with others.
God is the eternal Light guiding the entire universe. That Light illumines our soul with revelations of Truth and Perfection.
PRANA — Cosmic life-bearing power
May 1, 2019 at 7:30pm
“It (the Self) is serene; yet It is more active than the mind or the sense faculties. Because of Its presence, Prana, the life-force, awakens and sustains the function powers of the body.”
What is the nature of prana? How do we draw from it?
In the subjective serenity of our meditation, we become aware of the life breath. As we reach for that cosmic pure consciousness that is united with our individual self-consciousness, we attempt to draw from that infinite reservoir of potential energy known as kundalini. In this second evening of our seven-week Kriya meditation series, we will direct our effort toward the cultivation and harmonization of prana.
“Listen, my friend: Hast thou ever thought who thyself art…and whence thou hast come?”
—Moha Mudgar of Shankarachariya
We dedicate our Kriya Meditation Series to all devotees of God everywhere. Kriya is composed of our self-effort and self-unfoldment with the direct realization of God through meditation. May these seven weeks be for us a pilgrimage of soul, that we may gather each Wednesday evening for the purpose of renewing our dedication to the path of yoga.
Throughout each session we will explore the pertinent teachings from the tradition of Kriya brought to us by masters of enlightenment. Kriya, as a philosophy and as a specific practice, has been emphasized by the mystics of all faiths of all times and all lands. Each week we will explore the essential understandings necessary for those who aspire to the life of Kriya and spiritual practice. Basic to the practice of Kriya is the knowledge of Prana, the sacred breath of life; AUM, the sacred word—holy vibration; and meditation on Light.
The purpose of this Kriya meditation series is self-realization and individual sadhana. Spiritual study, reflection and meditation are essential to the life of Kriya. Everyone who aspires to the life, practice and ideal of yoga is welcome.
In the Sermon on the Mount we find these words of wisdom given to us by the blessed Nazarene: “seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” The words “all these things” refer to material items such as food and clothing mentioned in previous verses. Are we then to believe that if we seek the kingdom of God in our lives, these “things” will be given to us gratuitously and without any effort on our part? This would seem to be a rather shallow and impractical interpretation. We will explore the deeper implication of these most sublime and uplifting words.