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Date Posted: 08:59
Author: norman - 11 June 2002
Subject: Re: ???
In reply to: Haplo - 11 June 2002 's message, "???" on 08:56

"May I ask a question how exactly has he (Norman Paulsen) grossly distorted kriya yoga techniques??"

Well Haplo let's look at a few points;
1. Norman and his crew give out their Rainbow technique, which they say parallels advanced kriya, to anyone who sends them $50-60. They say that people shouldn't have to learn the initial techniques of Hong Sau and Aum even though these initial techniques help the student learn concentration and work with the breath.
2. Norman and his crew have tried to make other kriya lineages look invalid by writing in their own advertisement by saying the Solar Logos Foundation only teaches the complete kriya yoga. This isn't true because from talking with a representative of their organization they confided to me that Norman wants his techique to be eventually taught in stages. How it is taught now makes references to the chakras by colors that Yogananda, Sivananda, etc never taught them as being, amoung other notable differences from other kriya lineages.
3. Norman and his crew have said that Yogananda, Babaji, Christ and other Masters have given their blessing to what he is teaching now and wants other to learn it at this time. So I guess if you believe Norman, Yogananda just got "the ball rolling" as stated on the Solar Logos website. Despite Yogananda's mission of bring Kriya to America and working to establish a strong organization to give out his lessons and kriya, this was only meant to be until Norman took over. The fact that Norman only spent three years with Yogananda and then left against Yogananda's wishes I guess doesn't matter. Norman went through some difficult times and now is a world teacher or avatar that we should all learn from. I'm not believing it, sorry Haplo.
4. Many lineages of yoga have a initiation ceremony when you take the rite of kriya. When asking Solar Logos about this they said that the video they sell of the Rainbow technique is their intiation.
5. When asking Solar Logos about what they think of the Guru/Disciple relationship stated that Norman said that Yogananda before his death said that he believed that the Guru/Disciple relationship was "pretty much over" in the west. Norman says that people should now go directly to Christ. I don't ever remember this in any of Yogananda's writings. In fact he stated many times the importance of finding a Guru to take you to the Infinite.
6. When talking with Norman on the phone he said that he "never felt much of affinity to Babaji or Krishna or other Gurus from the East." He stated that he felt closer to Christ because of his Christian/Judaism karma from previous lives. Even though Babaji is the one given credit for reviving kriya for the future ages I guess Norman doesn't see much of a connection with his own life. Interesting...

I could go on but I'll stop here. I'm all for people being on whatever path they choose but there are many "red flags" for me personally when it comes to the Solar Logos Foundation. To say in essence, I know better than my own teacher taught is the abominable thing to me. To say that because we won't accept the new flavor of the month doesn't mean we're against change. Tastes are many as are paths to God. Best Wishes!

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  • Well I never... -- ketch - 11 Jun 2002, 09:04

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