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Date Posted: 14:42
Author: ketch - 22 May 2001
Subject: Re: Perils of Kriya practice without proper guidance
In reply to: Hendrik - 21 May 2001 's message, "Perils of Kriya practice without proper guidance" on 14:41

The following story is taken from “A Search In Secret India” by Dr Paul Brunton.

“About the age of twelve I happened, by mere chance to overhear the conversation of some older persons and it was through their talk that I first discovered the existence of Yoga. This event aroused in me a desire to learn more of the matter. I began to enquire into it among several people and in this way was able to get a few books in Tamil, which revealed many interesting things about the Yogis. As a horse riding through a desert thirsts for water, so did my mind thirst for still further knowledge about them. But I came to a point where it seemed impossible to get to know more. One day I re-read as if by chance a sentence in one of the books. It was: ”To succeed on the path of Yoga, one must have a personal teacher.” These words now made a tremendous impression on me. I felt that only by leaving home and travelling about could I find a suitable teacher. To this course, my parents would not give permission. Not knowing what else to do I began to practise in secret some breathing exercises, about which I had collected some scraps of information. These practises did not help me; instead, they injured me. I did not then realise that without the guidance of an expert teacher, it is not safe for anyone to do them. But my eagerness was such that I could not wait till I met a teacher. Within a few years the effect of these breathing exercises showed itself. A small rupture made its appearance on the top of my head; it seemed that the skull was broken in its weakest spot. Anyway blood streamed from the wound and my body became cold and numb. I thought I was dying. Two hours later a strange vision crossed my mind’s eye. I seemed to see the figure of a venerable Yogi, who addressed me saying: “You now see what a dangerous condition you have brought yourself into by these forbidden practices. Let this be a severe lesson to you.” The vision disappeared and, peculiarly enough, from that moment my state grew better and I completely recovered. But the scar remains still.”

Brama bends his head so as to show the crown to our eyes. A tiny rounded scar is plainly visible on his poll.

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