Kriya Lineage

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Although the modern Kriya yoga lineage became best known thanks to Lahiri Mahasay in the 19th century, many fine gurus have followed him up to the present.

One is Sri M, who in 1998 began to teach and inspire publicly. He does not teach Kriya yoga to everybody. There are no mass initiations or correspondence courses. He works for all humans, whatever their spiritual path, as did others in his lineage also.

http://satsang-foundation.org

He will be visiting the USA in July-September 2017.
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A sequel to his autobiography is coming out in a few weeks. The first one is a magnificent adventure of a Sage with strong ties to great Masters.

https://www.abebooks.com/servlet/Search ... &kn=&isbn=

Here is a free e-pub version: http://gen.lib.rus.ec/book/index.php?md ... FC8CA227EE
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The sequel by Sri M is on Amazon now, titled The Journey Continues.
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Here is an Australian site with much content, mainly Swami Yogananda (d. 1952), but also quotes & articles from others in the Kriya Lineage:

http://yogananda.com.au/index.html
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Excerpts from God Talks With Arjuna, Yogananda's two volume commentary on the Bhagavad Gita:

http://yogananda.com.au/gita00.html#top
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Some recollections from a relative and disciple of Yogananda:

https://www.ananda.org/free-inspiration ... -the-book/
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Here is a little about the Avatar behind the modern public Kriya movement and a few of the links in the lineage. There are more than just the four mentioned:
http://yogananda.com.au/gurus/babaji01.html#
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Lahiri Mahasaya (d. 1895) grounded and taught the Kriya yoga method that the Avatar taught him. Many thousands have benefitted spiritually from that practice and the commentaries he made on key Indian texts.
http://yogananda.com.au/gurus/mahasaya01.html#top
Much of the Kriya gurus' teachings have been translated, not just Yogananda & Lahiri Mahasaya - but other disciples too. Here are two sources for these translations:
http://sanskritclassics.com

http://yoganiketan.net
For the bottom one go to the Library.
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Yogananda also wrote a large commentary on the New Testament Gospels, here are some excerpts:

http://yogananda.com.au/sc/new_testament_01.html#top
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Nicholas wrote: Tue Apr 04, 2017 10:10 pm Although the modern Kriya yoga lineage became best known thanks to Lahiri Mahasay in the 19th century, many fine gurus have followed him up to the present.

One is Sri M, who in 1998 began to teach and inspire publicly. He does not teach Kriya yoga to everybody. There are no mass initiations or correspondence courses. He works for all humans, whatever their spiritual path, as did others in his lineage also.

http://satsang-foundation.org
A recent book of his answers the many sorts of questions he gets concerning meditation:

https://satsang-foundation.org/cds-dvds ... er-within/
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The amazing autobiography of Sri M is now available in e-book formats:

https://archive.org/details/apprenticed ... mastersrim
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Here is how Sri M begins his life story:
Forty years ago, a young man of nineteen from Kerala, the southern-most state of India, was found
in deep meditation in the cave of Vyasa up in the Himalayas near Badrinath, close to the Indo-Tibetan
border regions. Even in those days, a teenager going away to the Himalayas to meditate was not a
common occurrence. What made this case almost unbelievable was that the young man in question was not
even born a Hindu.

How this young man became a yogi; and the mysterious and fascinating world of un-imaginable power
and grandeur that opened up for him, is the story of my life. I was this young man.
If you will allow me, I shall start at the very beginning. Let us, as quickly as possible, walk together to
the abode of the eternal snows. There, among the ice-clad Himalayan peaks, dwelt my friend, philosopher
and guide – my dearest teacher and master by whose kindness and grace, I learnt to fly high into the
greater dimensions of consciousness.

Words fail to do justice to the glory of those spheres, but then, words are the only tools at our disposal.
Let us, therefore, begin our journey, good friends, walking in the deep woods, talking about the wonderful
sights, the bright flowers swaying gently, the sweet-singing birds, the great river gushing along, the tall
trees standing silent and so on until we turn the corner and all of a sudden come across the towering great
whiteness of the snow-covered Himalayas and are rendered speechless with wonder. Didn’t the ancient
Rishis sing: Yad vaacha na abbhyuthitham: the power and the glory that even words cannot comprehend.
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Is there evidence that Mahavatar Babaji, the founder kriya yoga, existed as a historical person?
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Presto Kensho wrote: Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:03 pm Is there evidence that Mahavatar Babaji, the founder kriya yoga, existed as a historical person?
Yep, many have met him or seen him with ordinary eyesight. Others saw him clairvoyantly. Much testimony in varied Kriya teachers' writings in print.

Of course, as time passes since 1860s, there are false claims out there now also.
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Nicholas wrote: Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:04 pm
Presto Kensho wrote: Tue Jul 21, 2020 7:03 pm Is there evidence that Mahavatar Babaji, the founder kriya yoga, existed as a historical person?
Yep, many have met him or seen him with ordinary eyesight. Others saw him clairvoyantly. Much testimony in varied Kriya teachers' writings in print.

Of course, as time passes since 1860s, there are false claims out there now also.
Mahavatar Babaji isn't one of the past avatars mentioned by Meher Baba, as far as I know. I would ideally like to see proof that he existed before practicing kriya yoga.
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Presto Kensho wrote: Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:41 pm
Mahavatar Babaji isn't one of the past avatars mentioned by Meher Baba, as far as I know. I would ideally like to see proof that he existed before practicing kriya yoga.
My understanding he is not an Avatar but a Siddha. Be sure to learn Kriya not from a book, but from someone in an authentic Kriya lineage. SRF teaches a modified version, so not sure that would be good.

You will have to find and decide if the Kriya teacher is part of a real, solid lineage or not.
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Nicholas wrote: Tue Jul 21, 2020 9:56 pm
Presto Kensho wrote: Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:41 pm
Mahavatar Babaji isn't one of the past avatars mentioned by Meher Baba, as far as I know. I would ideally like to see proof that he existed before practicing kriya yoga.
My understanding he is not an Avatar but a Siddha. Be sure to learn Kriya not from a book, but from someone in an authentic Kriya lineage. SRF teaches a modified version, so not sure that would be good.

You will have to find and decide if the Kriya teacher is part of a real, solid lineage or not.
The name Mahavatar literally means the great avatar. What do you think of Yogananda as a teacher of Kriya yoga?
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Presto Kensho wrote: Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:12 pm What do you think of Yogananda as a teacher of Kriya yoga?
What little I understand is mainly from books, therefore having no true realization you will have to decide for yourself.

I do greatly admire the teachings of Yogananda, but do not know about his Kriya lessons he gave.

Here is someone in the Kriya lineage that I believe is worthy of attention. Beyond attention, I do not know.

http://sanskritclassics.com
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Presto Kensho wrote: Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:12 pm
The name Mahavatar literally means the great avatar.
Regarding the use of this term...
He [Tenkasi Siddhar] also gave me a gist of the teachings of the Tamil Siddha lineage and suggested that I read the great Thiru Mantiram by the sage Thirumoolar, a disciple of Agastya. The link between the Tamil Siddhas, the Nath Pant, Kashmiri Shaivism and Sri Guru Babaji was explained. When I asked why some people referred to Sri Guru as Mahaavtar Babaji, he said the word Mahaavtar was coined much later by an enthusiastic writer who was not his direct disciple. “To all of us,” he said, “he is Sri Guru, and the mantra we use to invoke him is, ‘Sri Gurubhyo Namah.’ Anyone who chants that with attention and humility is immediately blessed by Sri Guru Babaji.”
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Nicholas wrote: Wed Jul 22, 2020 8:49 pm
Presto Kensho wrote: Tue Jul 21, 2020 11:12 pm
The name Mahavatar literally means the great avatar.
Regarding the use of this term...
He [Tenkasi Siddhar] also gave me a gist of the teachings of the Tamil Siddha lineage and suggested that I read the great Thiru Mantiram by the sage Thirumoolar, a disciple of Agastya. The link between the Tamil Siddhas, the Nath Pant, Kashmiri Shaivism and Sri Guru Babaji was explained. When I asked why some people referred to Sri Guru as Mahaavtar Babaji, he said the word Mahaavtar was coined much later by an enthusiastic writer who was not his direct disciple. “To all of us,” he said, “he is Sri Guru, and the mantra we use to invoke him is, ‘Sri Gurubhyo Namah.’ Anyone who chants that with attention and humility is immediately blessed by Sri Guru Babaji.”
Does this mean he was a sadhguru rather than an avatar? What did Yogananda view him as?
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