Kriya Notes – Part 2
“This teaching is sacred and should be given only in a sacred manner”
Reading the above took me back to my TTC (teachers training course) days. I do remember that at the end of the TTC, we were asked to sit and write down as our teacher read his notes to us. This happened late at night. There was little time for sleep for the duration of our TTC, they would keep us up late till midnights and we had to get up early for Sadhna each morning. The short break times would go to do washing of our clothes or having a shower or contacting family if lucky enough! When one of the students asked why we can’t just get a copy of the notes, so there is no chance of any mistakes and not wasting time, we were given a lecture about how sacred these notes were and that was the only way it could be passed on, i.e. orally from the teacher to the student! So while half asleep we took down the notes as it was read to us!
We were far too tired to ask any questions and even if someone did ask any questions he/she would be given a dismissive answer, such as when you connect to the Guru or start teaching you would know the answer. So that would be a good deterrent for any student asking too many questions as no one wanted to be labelled as “not connected enough” to the Guru! Of course we were told “Guruji” had personally picked us up to be teachers, apparently by looking at our photos! There were few people who were not selected and were asked to leave the room during the SK note taking session. I did feel bad for them and huge embarrassment/humiliation they must have felt. No reason for their dismissal was given. Most of them were made teachers later on by repeating TTC (and paying more $$$!). It was all part of SriSri’s playing his sick mind games with them & with us!
Back to the SK notes; see how arrogantly he claims that his is “tradition of Masters” and “all the great teachers are contained in his tradition”! Such grandiose claims! And did you see the bit about
“the Knowledge in this book represents infinity — a door for people to enter infinity.”
I never knew any knowledge can represent infinity, let alone an instruction booklet for a practice!
“We whisper infinity to them.”
, how romantic!!
“Animals have only one rhythm of breath, humans have many.”
I could swear to God that I have heard my dog having more than one rhythm of breath, but then my dog is a very special one! He is so loving and sweet and patient and enthusiast that I sometimes think he must be the reincarnation of an Enlightened Master or something. He lives totally in the present moment, non-judgemental, loving to everybody and living knowledge fully! He even does his Sadhna regularly. And he is as white as snow!
Enough of my dog, let’s get back to SK notes:
“Note that Sudarshan Kriya is not one of the Traditional six Yogic Kriyas. Nor is it at all like the Kriyas taught by Paramahansa Yogananda that involve directing attention to different parts of the body.”
I wonder why the above practices were specifically singled out. I wouldn’t be surprised if some stuff were actually taken from those practices, hence making it necessary to deny it here! ; -) Otherwise there are thousands of breathing practices all over the world in many different spiritual paths! It would be interesting if someone knowledgeable could comment on these.
“The purpose of yoga is the annihilation of sorrow and the reviving of bliss.”
Well, that is what happened to me when I left AOL. So “leaving AOL” must be a kind of yoga!!
“The Difference between Sudarshan Kriya and Rebirthing,…..”
Now can someone tell me why would RS want to even comment on Rebirthing? Had he ever tried rebirthing himself to make him eligible for making such statements on it? And many people who have done both Rebirthing and SK find them similar in many ways. The Rebirthing practitioners would object to RS’s claim that:
“In Rebirthing, the rhythm of the breath extends to the mind and emotions but stops there. So it can help people get out of emotions, but it doesn’t get them onto the rhythm of the Being, which is the universal cosmic rhythm.” There is no set rhythm in breathing during rebirthing.”
Further on he adds:
“When asked about this point we just say that people who have tried both have seen the greater benefits of Sudarshan Kriya. But we don’t debate.”
How convenient! Of course all AOL teachers would know that it was part of our training, i.e. “not debating”, instead we were taught to just smile sweetly or change the subject or say a dismissive remark, or just say “good, good”. As great master RS uses these methods quite often himself!
“Psychologists always look for the associations between emotions and thoughts, especially from the past experience, but in truth there aren’t any such associations.”
Oh, doesn’t our Ravi love putting down psychologists?! And doesn’t he also encourage his teachers to put down psychologists all the time? I wonder why that is!
“Where This Training came From:This teaching came up after ten days of silence that Guruji took in 1982, March 4th and 5th days of enlightenment.”
Aah, my Kriya notes say:
”This training came after 10 days of silence that Punditji took in 1982.”The day I became a rag doll, it just popped out.””
I prefer my version of notes. So cute, it just popped out! And notice how it was changed from Pundit to Guruji? I wonder if the latest Kriya notes have “Gurudev” instead of Guruji?
“If still not well, do Bhum Bhum technique (2-3 times).”
What is “Bhum Bhum technique”? I never asked at my TTC, lest being accused of “not being connected to the master” and besides I just wanted to go and get some sleep!
To be continued…