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Date Posted: 07:42
Author: Soumitra - 6 July 2002
Subject: Yoga - Its Mystery & Performimg Art

The first Kriya is also known as the Kriya of practice of corporal
purification or the performance for meditation.
At this stage an effort should be there to prepare the tongue for
Kechari mudra. Talavya Kriya will be an aid to this goal. One cannot
deserve higher grades of Kriya until the tongue is prepared for
Kechari mudra.

By the particulated maneuverings of pranayama when the distracted
mind converges into the interior at that time the quality of rajas
deteriorate, giving way to increased faculty of sattva.
The sadhaka has to overcome four phases in order to reach the
summit after following the breathing exercise or pranayama. These
four stages are named pratyahara, dharana, dhyana, and samadhi.
It may be perceived that if a sadhaka performs perfectly only
twelve breathing exercises as said above , his mind enters into the
interior world leaving the external attraction. This inward feeling
is called pratyahara.
The sadhaka after performing pranayama 144 in numbers arrives at
the state of spiritual concept (dharana).
The sadhaka arrives at the state of transcendental meditation after
performing 144x12= 1728 number of pranayams.
The state of trance is spontaneously achieved when an accomplisher
performs a number of 20736 pranayams.
The state of samadhi can be achieved as such but it is next to
impossible for anyone. To solve this problem revered Lahiri Mahasay
gives vent to an easy way. In this method the state coming out of
pranayama is given more attention that the number of pranayama. He
has classified the course of pranayama into four divisions. The
first (first Kriya) is related with the physical purifications, the
second is the Ohmkar Parnayam (breathing excersize of sacred om) ,
the third (Kriya) is "Thokarer Kriya' (pecking) i.e. device
repeatedly striking with repeated blows and the fourth is the
pranayama of meditations.
The four types of Kriya narrated above include all the states of
pranayama resulting out of the number of 20736."

Taken from
"Yoga---It's Mystery and Performing Art.
Swami Sadhanananda Giri

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