Kriya-Yoga: The Science of Life-Force



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About the book

The breath-based meditation “Kriya-yoga” is a familiar name after its reintroduction by Mahavatara Babaji and Lahiri Mahasaya and subsequent work of Paramahamsa Yogananda in the western world. Though much literature is available, the lack of clear exposition on the philosophy is still felt. The book, Kriya-yoga: the Science of Life-force tries to fulfill this want. This work vividly explains “the Knowledge of Life-force” basis of Kriya-Yoga citing from Vedas, Upanisads, Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras of patanjali and many other ancient scriptures, and analyzes how the breath technique quiets the mind, brings equanimity and results in development of discriminating intelligence that answers the questions and purpose of human life. This also gives an understanding on our inner reading, the principles and practices form auspicious resolves, noble faith, self-effort and austerities from righteousness, yama, and observances, niyama, up to the transcendental state, Samadhi, those from the appendages of this treatise, and describes how the breath-based practices and meditations described herein are necessary for a seeker to remain healthy and attain knowledge. The body principle, sarira tattva, is also anatomized using both biological and spiritual sciences to accelerate spiritual practice and to facilitate the understanding of life and death, gross to causal bodies, five sheaths, five vital breaths, three knots, seven energy centres and their working. The most important aspect for readers and seekers is that for the first time they will find the secret techniques of kriya-yoga, Nabhi Kriya, Khecari mudra, Guru Pranama, Hamsa, prana viksana, Mahamudra, Isvarapranidhana Kriya,Thokar kriya, Jyoti mudra, Sambhavi mudra, and different techniques of meditation, e.g Aum, twelve-lettered Vasudeva mantra, inner matrka and outer-mantra meditations, etc are revealed and explained in details citing their illustrations in Upanishads and ancient yogic scriptures and enumerating the rationale and scientific approach behind such practices and benefits involved.


About the Author

His Holiness Swami Nityananda Giri was born in 1961 in a remote village in Odisha State, India. He completed his postgraduate studies, MSC in Z00logy in 1983, and obtained Ph.D. in the branch of Cytogenetics (Genotoxicity) in 1990 to 1996. From 1997 to 2002, he was engaged in social services related to health awareness and health services management. He was initiated to the Kriya-Yoga meditation techniques in January 1994 and belongs to the tradition of Sri Yukteswar. He renounced all social and family obligations in June 2002 to become a monk and a master in the tradition of Kriya-Yoga. On occasions, he teaches and initiates seekers to the Kriya-yoga meditation techniques in India and abroad from September 2005 onwards to disseminate the knowledge received from the masters of the lineage as a mission. He is living the life of a wandering monk from June 2008, monasteries in the Himalayas being his main abode.


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