Awakening to Divine Qualities and Spiritual Living through Kriya Yoga

Discover divine qualities that flourish through the transformative power of Kriya Yoga, leading to a spiritually enriched life.

Embark on a journey into the heart of Kriya Yoga, where the profound teachings not only awaken the soul but also unveil the divine qualities that lead to a life brimming with joy.

In today's fast-paced world, many are seeking a deeper connection to their inner selves and the universe. One such path that has garnered attention is Kriya Yoga. But what exactly is it?



Understanding Kriya Yoga

For those unfamiliar with the term, Kriya Yoga is a system of philosophy and practice that originates from ancient India. It is one of the six systems of philosophy that teaches individuals how to live an awakened life, explore ultimate reality, and understand their true nature. The term "Kriya" translates to "action," specifically actions that support spiritual awakening.

Kriya Yoga can be traced back to the teachings of Patanjali's Yoga Sutras, a classical text of yoga philosophy. However, its popularity in the West can be attributed to Paramahansa Yogananda, who introduced it in the 1920s.

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Living the Kriya Yoga Life

To live a Kriya Yoga life means to center one's life on the spirit or God. It's about following the soul's natural inclination to live in its fullness, being awake to spiritual reality, and harmonizing with the universe's higher order. This path emphasizes that we are already whole and one with universal consciousness. The challenge lies in recognizing and nurturing this connection.

Cultivating Divine Qualities

Kriya Yoga teaches the cultivation of certain divine qualities to nurture an awakened heart and open the mind to our true essence. Some of these qualities include:

  1. Self-restraint: This involves controlling our impulses and avoiding actions that lead to sorrow and confusion. By practicing self-restraint, one can achieve peace and remove all sorrows.
  2. Humility: True humility is recognizing and living in alignment with our divine nature. It's about serving others selflessly and understanding our oneness with the universe.
  3. Perseverance: Steadfast dedication and commitment to the goal are hallmarks of success.
  4. Generosity: This quality stems from the understanding of our oneness with all. Being generous means giving without expecting anything in return, understanding that by giving, we are merely channeling the universe's abundance.
  5. Freedom from Anger: When we free ourselves from the stronghold of anger, we gain access to the transforming graces of love—a far greater power.
  6. Uprightness: Living with uprightness means living truthfully and in alignment with our highest self. It's about being straightforward in our actions and thoughts.

The Key to Living a Joy-filled Life

Discover how the practices of Kriya Yoga awaken the heart and reveal innate divine qualities such as self-restraint, generosity, humility, and perseverance on the spiritual path. Listen to the podcast episode below where Yogacharya Ellen Grace O’Brian discusses the key to living a joy-filled life.


The Journey Ahead

As we navigate the complexities of modern life, the teachings of Kriya Yoga offer a beacon of light. It reminds us that the peace, prosperity, and freedom we seek are already within us. All we need to do is find our path, dedicate ourselves to it, and persevere through the challenges. With patience, self-effort, and divine grace, we can unlock our highest potential and live a life of spiritual awakening.

In these trying times, especially as the world grapples with the aftermath of the pandemic, let's be patient with ourselves and others. Let's keep our lights shining bright, offering support and resources where we can, and always be of service.

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