Yogananda, Kriya Yoga and Tantra
Paramahansa Yogananda, in Autobiography of a Yogi, relates counts of the yoga Mahavatar Babaji and his disciples. Recently revealed in its entirety, Babaji’s Tantric Kriya Yoga is perhaps one of the most advanced and powerful spiritual discipline available on the planet.
The central practice of this rich tradition is the Cobra Breath. As it prepares the body for the conscious movement of Kundalini (Life-force, Qi, or Chi), this ancient breath technique was long held secret because of its great power. Jade Garden Tantra is the most accessible form of Taoist Tantric Kriya Yoga that is taught in this country. In this lineage, the focus is on Self-Realization and Enlightenment, attention to emotional clearing, grounding and empowerment, in addition to techniques for safely activating Kundalini. Methods are taught to amplify and transmute life force and sexual energy, to learn true intimacy, to balance our male and female polarities, rejuvenate the body, clear old patterns, and live in the present moment while being profound, yet playful.
Our sexual relationships can become fuller vehicles for intimacy, self-knowledge, and spiritual evolution. As you make love, look deeply into the eyes of your beloved. Feel the electric heat of your union rippling upward with your breath, transforming into Divine Ecstasy as you gaze upon the face of God. Practicing sacred sexuality primes the mind and body to accept and amplify the creative life-force and ecstasy that is slumbering within us.
Stanislav Grof, in Beyond the Brain, speaks of this Tantric ecstasy as being “characterized by extreme peace, tranquillity, serenity, and radiant joy. The individual involved…experiences a blissful, tension-free state, a loss of ego boundaries and an absolute sense of oneness with nature, with the cosmic order, and with God. A deep intuitive understanding of existence and a flood of various specific insights of cosmic relevance are characteristic for this condition.” In Tantra, we know that this ecstasy derives from Love, and Love is sex energy transformed. To know the elemental truth of love, we must first accept the divinity of sex and learn to worship through the senses. Total acceptance and surrender to our God given natural energies leads to the most sublime experience.
“The Universe does not have laws.
It has habits.
And habits can be broken.”
- Tom Robbins, Jitterbug Perfume
Dance. Sing. Breathe. Laugh. Experience pleasure. Above all else, Love. These are the keys to unlock the gates to the Kingdom of God. Our dysfunctional habits have prevented us from experiencing life and our own ecstasy in its manifold fullness, deadening us so we live a pale shadow of the Life that has been offered to us. Eventually, a time will come when we grow weary of the gray, robotic lives we lead. That time is the Eternal Now, the keys are in our hands and hearts. © 1996-2008 Keith E. Hall. All rights reserved.