Kriya Yoga

Sutra 2:1 tapah svadhyaya ishvara-pranidhana kriya-yogah

The topic on Samadhi, with which we ended our last chapter are advanced stages of practice. Practices that come to fruition more readily once the mind has been purified. In Book I, Patanjali tells us what can be achieved through Yoga. Then in Book II, he shows us how to start the practice.

The first order of Yoga is to purify the mind off its unsavory qualities. Just as gold cannot be made known without ample dossing, the self cannot be known without cleansing of the mind.

The preliminary step towards Yoga, is called Kriya. Kriya Yoga is the scientific approach to creating helpful habits that foster compassion and help you overcome painful mental conflicts that cause personal and Universal suffering.

There are 3 steps in Kriya Yoga:

  • 1 Collection of information about yourself in the area that needs spiritual intervention.
  • 2 Practice to change the habit through modification in thought, emotions, and inclinations.
  • 3 Surrender of the expected reward of your efforts to God, or the Absolute.

Obviously, overcoming addictions and changing habits can be very difficult. But this framework( is an excellent place to start, but not the only place.

Evolution in Consciousness takes a long time. That is why Patanjali keeps reminding us that Yoga is a lifetime practice. Like a Samurai Warrior, you must practice vigilance in all affairs of life. Sometimes it requires repeated experiments. But once you understand how a habit operates, that is, once you diagnose the ailment, the routine your habit makes you engage in, and the reward, or the outcome – you can then use Yoga to transcend the weakness in question.

Yoga in the form of action (kriya-yogah)

  • 1

    Study of the Self by the Self (svadhyaya)

    The first step in the art of habit creation is elimination of ignorance that is perpetuating the current behaviour. This requires collection of information about the self and the subject at hand, information that would empower you to overcome the challenge you facing. gives you the means to observe and record your turbulent sense perceptions, and inclinations as they happen using your mobile device, or computer. The analysis of this data shall reveal what triggers the senses that move you towards unwholesome thought patterns which give birth to destructive desires, habits, and addictions.

    The report that accompanies each emotion, with the exact meaning and definition of feelings, will give you a unique insight; and knowledge into your inner psyche. This study of self regarding why, who, where, what, when, and how of the reality you are creating is known as (svadhyaya).

  • 2


    Once you have the knowledge of Self, you can get to work. But remember, transcending harmful habits and addictions is a painful process. Forming habits of a Yogi is a time consuming, and arduous process. The anguish that results from burning of the bad habits in the fire of purification is known as Tapas.

    Using the data collected during Svadhaya, you can make conscious efforts to replace your destructive thoughts and emotions with constructive and loving ones. You will have an intimate knowledge on how elemental changes in your mind, are impacting the level of tranquillity, and peace you experience personally, and influence globally.

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    Devotion and Surrender

    Devotion, and letting go into the creative source from which we emerged (ishvara pranidhana) is known as Surrender. Meaningful reports and indicators will show you your daily entries and tell you exactly where you are along the spiritual path and what changes you need to make.

    If the reports show your attachments, and aversions are on the decline than you are letting go of the fruits of your labour, otherwise you will obtain insight on where to focus your efforts.

    It is only complete surrender to the absolute that can give one the courage to engage in the art of mindfully practicing Svadhaya. The process of burning away dross from gold, becomes your Tapas. Without surrender (ishvara-pranidhana), there can be no introspection (Svadhyaya), and without introspection, there is no purification by fire (Tapas). Without all this the mind cannot be transcended. As a result, higher order needed within the energy patterns for evolution of consciousness to happen never arrive.

Since every potential in the universe is a wave of probability that has an electromagnetic field and is energetic in nature, it makes sense that our thoughts and feelings are no exception. I find it a useful model to think of thoughts as the electrical charge in the quantum field, and feelings as the magnetic charge.

The thoughts we think send an electrical signal out into the field, and the feelings we generate magnetically draw events back to us. Together how we think, and how we feel produces a "state of being", which generates the signature that influences every atom in our world. If we desire one thing, and attract another, then our thoughts are not in harmony with our feelings.

Say we want to land that great job and start making affirmation statements daily, but deep within we feel like a loser, undeserving; than what we will attract is failure and mediocrity. The reports within this software will indicate what feelings need remedying through a boost in the frequency of its energy vibration, all one needs to do, is be honest with themselves.

Cosmic Consciousness, through Universal Laws governs all things seen, and unseen. If an individual consciousness has not done enough work to evolve mentally, emotionally, and spiritually, their creative faculties, that determines the degree to which they will participate in the creation and innovation frameworks that benefit humanity without personal material gain – selfless service – will be restricted.

The universal laws will prevent their mental faculties to conceive ideas, develop solutions, and put those ideas and solutions into use for the purpose of not only alleviating the physical suffering of people, but also contributing towards their spiritual evolution.