Paramahansa Yogananda on Kriya Yoga
Kriya Yoga is the highest method of God contact. In my own search for God I traveled all over India, and heard wisdom from the lips of a number of her greatest masters. I can therefore vouch for the fact that in Self-Realization teachings are the highest truths and scientific techniques given to mankind by God and the Great Ones.
The aftereffects of Kriya bring with them the utmost peace and bliss. The joy that comes with Kriya is greater than the joys of all pleasurable physical sensations put together. “Unattracted to the sensory world, the yogi experiences the ever new joy inherent in the Self. Engaged in divine union of the soul with Spirit, he attains bliss indestructible” (Bhagavad Gita V:21).
The center of consciousness for the average individual is his body and the outer world. The yogi changes his center of consciousness by nonattachment to the body and to worldly hopes and fears. By a technique — such as Kriya Yoga — of consciously controlling the life processes that tie the consciousness to the body (stilling the heart and breath), the yogi becomes established in the eternal wisdom‑perception of Spirit that manifests in the spiritual center of cosmic consciousness in the brain.
Those who practice the technique of Kriya deeply for even a little while, and sit long in meditation in the resultant stillness, find that the force of their prayer is doubled, trebled, a hundred times more powerful.
Please enjoy the following archival video footage of Brother Anandamoy at the dedication of the Paramahansa Yogananda Smriti Mandir (memorial temple) in Ranchi, India, 1995. On this occasion he delivered a powerful talk on Paramahansaji’s role in presenting to the world the sacred Kriya Yoga technique, by which all people may be led “steadily and surely to the perception of divinity within.”