The golden lotus on top of the Hiranyagarbha Temple, Kriya Yoga Ashram, Rishikesh

Kriya Yoga is a teaching that goes back to time immemorial. After a period it fell into oblivion, it has been passed on from master to disciple without interruption from Babaji Maharaj onwards. Kriya Yoga is a heritage of humanity’s highest aspirations for all those who feel a sincere inner call towards spirituality.

« An inclination towards spirituality can manifest itself already at a very young age. This can lead to confusion because the individual feels torn between his spiritual aspiration and the necessity to assume a material existence. He can decide to give up everything in order to quench that thirst for the spiritual and leave behind house and family. But finally he will most often find dissatisfaction with spirituality, illusion and deception and he will have a feeling that he is lacking something. His spiritual life will result in the same frustrations as his material life. Now the question arises if the spiritual life excludes the material life, if you have to reject the one to be able to live the other. In the second chapter of the Bhagavad Gita, it is advised to follow the middle road, to satisfy both the spiritual aspirations as well as the material ones in order to limit a sentiment of deficiency and dissatisfaction. (…) The union of Yoga and Karma constitute a normal life, that is the sense of Kriya Yoga. »

Excerpt from the book “Union of the soul and the breath" from Swami Shankarananda Giri