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Date Posted: 07:49
Author: Anonymous
Subject: Re: Quote of the day
In reply to: Cowboy 's message, "Re: Quote of the day" on 07:48

Cowboy,

These letters may be misleading when used as a general guide though. Clearly not everyone can do 500 or more pranayamas at a sitting or during the day. Lahiri Mahasaya (Shibenduji's great grand father), we read, did instruct some to do many Kriyas a day, but the letters give a very small sampling of his instructions, which are said to have been very individual, suited for the students capacity. Each of us has different strengths. It is a shame, in my opinion, when people feel they must "keep up with the Joneses" to be "a good Kriyaban". An ego based practise(I must do more Kriyas to be a competitive Kriyaban is what often happens) does little good. Some people do not need hundreds of Kriyas done daily to progress nicely in Kriya.

A friend of mine tried to perform 144 Kriyas daily at one sitting, but after one week could not continue. The resulting energy which continued througout the day was too much for him. He has common sense and decided to stop the practice when he began loosing control. I hope no current Kriya teacher would have forced him onward.

The letters, to me are history, and should not be held up and used as anything other than a window to look through to see what some students practiced in the past.

Mike

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