Date Posted:07:34 Author: Anonymous-1Sep02 Subject: Re: Kriya at Ananda In reply to:
's message, "Re: Kriya at Ananda" on 07:33
"I would agree that Yogananda modified kriya with Babaji’s blessing and in accord with Babaji’s vision to make yoga sadhana increasingly accessible to householders. It doesn’t mean that one way is better or worse than another. "
Agreed! Fully agree with you.
"There is no question that kechari is an important technique, and can be a powerful adjunct to any other technique. Of course you know that Lahiri advocated performance of kechari in all kriya sadhana, including the mudras. Not just omkar kriya. Yogananda, in his writings, recognizes the power of kechari mudra. "
One more thing to add. He required ability to do Kecharimudra as part of criteria to receive Omkar Kriyas instruction. This was his requirement. This is not quite the same context as you are indicating above to enhance the other components of Kriya such as Mahamudra,Yonimudra, etc. This requirement was strictly adhered to then. And yes, Yoganandaji did teach Kechari to some of his close disciples.
"You may not intend this, but the kechari discussions always seem to have a club-like aspect. Those who can do - the elect - belong. Others - “the general public” - are not good enough to join. "
You are right. I did not intend to make it "clublike". Just saying Kechari mudra is little understood in its role with Omkar Kriya. This was my only purpose - to bring some attention to this. I see so much confusion about Kechari and Omkar Kriya. So i was responding to this only. Evidently, my written expression sounded arrogant. Please accept my apologies. This was not my intention.
Look, i am not saying one must do it this way or that. I am only saying that we have to honor the original intentions as valid for that line of teaching.
I dont advocate one way being better than the other. God knows many physiologically can do Kecharimudra with tongue up and may be lacking in spiritual development and yet claim to have something others dont have. This is a farce. AS you beautifully pointed out, Kriya should not be divided by such arrogant and pretentious assertions. We should inspire one another.