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Date Posted: 08:05
Author: anonymous-27Aug02
Subject: Re: Kriya at Ananda
In reply to: Green Lantern 's message, "Re: Kriya at Ananda" on 10:28

I've seen the Kechari materials from Ananda. There are two main areas of content. One is description and diagrams of the anatomy of kechari- where the tongue goes behind the soft palate, what's there, where the tongue goes in kechari, etc.

I doubt that Yogananda taught these things, but they are basic anatomy, and helpful to the Western mind in knowing that this is safe, and just what's happening. The fact that Yogananda may not have taught about this doesn't bother me.

The other aspect are exercises to help lengthen the tongue and stretch the phrenum. I'm told Lahiri Mahasay taught one of more of these techniques. Again, if Yogananda didn't teach these publicy, that doesn't bother me either.

The fact that he did encourage at least three disciples that I've heard of to practice kechari (Kriyananda, Dr. Lewis, and Norman) is enough for me to at least be interested in it.

It's my opinion, and that's all it is, that if Yogananda were around today he would speak more openly about Kechari, since Westerners are more open to strange practices after many years of hearing about Yoga.

After practicing Kriya with Kechari, I have felt Yogananda's inner assurance that it's right and good- for me. That doesn't mean it's for everyone. Ananda takes the same attitude in their Kechari materials- which include a kechari booklet for Kriyabans, and one for those who don't have kriya.

Yogananda didn't tell everyone to practice Kriya with Kechari. But he did tell some people to do so. Since Yogananda isn't here in the body, it's up to each disciple to ask Him in meditation. And if you're not comfortable with this idea, then maybe kechari isn't the best idea for you.

If I had the kechar materials from Ananda, I would quote from them for you. But since I only have memory of them, this is the best I can do.

I've also met one SRF monk who does kriya with kechari. I reckon there are more, but they seem to be uncomfortable talking about it.

So, practicing kriya with kechari today is about the same as it was when Yogananda was walking the earth. A few do, most don't, and it's not talked about much.

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