From everything I have learned over the years all of them claim there version is the only Authentic version of Kriya. Except for Swami Nityananda
S.N. For short simply told me I do not know if what My Guru taught me was original or not only that I am happy with it. I think that is a very good way to be.
It is pretty easy to see that not everyone can be teaching the authentic version when none of them teach the exact same thing and even when they do teach lets say Mahamudra for example they tend to teach it a bit different in some cases like with H.H. very differently and far more complicated.
Sri Yukteswar and his lineage are a big departure point. Whatever is taught by those coming from that lineage are without a doubt teaching a modified version often heavily modified as in the case of H.H.
Not necessarily a bad thing.
Shibendu and Ashoke Singh are teaching nearly identically to the other lineages from India to include Shalindra Sharma another disciple of Shibendu's Father, the Ashok Singh of Vedic Kriya Yoga here in California, USA and Dhamndra Vatts of India whom Arraya Mission used to send people to, not sure if spelling is correct or if they still do.
Relying on what there students have shared of the last 4. All are very sincere people I have spent time with in person.
Sri Mukherjee teaches the simplest form of Kriya, He states that everything is done in the AJNA Chakra, there is no need to go up and down the spine and that the doing so is a mistake his Guru called him on as so many have repeated it.
He said my Guruji asked me to tell him how he was doing his Kriya and to show him. When he started to describe going up and down the spine his Guru said no, no you have misunderstood come here sit and he corrected him.
Even Sri Mukherjees Guru's son was doing it wrong and telling others wrongly.
Part of the reason for his Guru's sons misunderstanding is he did not learn from his Father who was Pranabananda's disciple. Pranabananda was Lahiri Mahasayas co worker at the railroad and disciple.
The reason According to Sri Mukherjee is that the Guru is the spiritual Father.
If you are the birth Father to your child then you can not be Father twice. So for initiation and learning you are sent to another, a Spiritual Father to teach you rather than your Physical Father if he is also a Guru.
He also said it is very simple to understand the job of the Spiritual Father is to introduce you to Spiritual Practices, the job of a spiritual son or daughter is to do them, for their own benefit.
Even as the job of a good Father is to introduce you to the world and teach you how to live in it, provide for you and your education if he can etc until you can take care of yourself.
This actually makes allot of sense. The Father has a certain relationship with their children another person does not.
Often a Father or Husband will say something and be ignored by the Family. A different person will say the very same thing but will be paid attention to because the relationship is different.
He used to laughingly joke and call what others were teaching Monkey Kriya because it was compared to a monkey going up and down the tree. He would say that this contributes to a restless mind just like the restlessness of a monkey running all over the place.
Over and over again life has shown me that most things are simple but get over-complicated over time, especially when there are too many cooks in the kitchen all claiming their recipe is best and the only authentic way to boil water.
Lahiri Mahasaya had a Guru he called Babaji. From him he asked to be permitted to help the householders as they could not become monks and take up serious abandon the world Sadhana. For working people with jobs and families this simply was not possible.
This Babaji agreed and left it up to him to do this.
Lahiri Mahasaya who was also a working person with a family taught to working people with families as well as monks and even Muslims which was unheard of.
Do you really think he laid out an overly complex system for people with little time and heavy responsibilities?
Do you really think he created a system that would be such a burden as to cause people troubles like the AYP "overload syndrome does"
Do you really think he made up something no one would do, or be able to do every day?
Some have the misguided idea Lahiri Mahasaya taught differently to different people. This is pure fantasy trying to make the shoe fit.
Lahiri Mahasaya taught Kriya in his way and being a working person he did not have time to customize everything to each and every individual nor was there a need to.
The moment someone he permitted to teach got out of sight they started teaching it there way. I understand why this is100% and do not condemn it at all.
What??? Hows that possible?
Part of Kriya is that you learn the higher Kriyas either from your teacher or they will come to you automatically.
It just happens you are shown how to do something. Those teaching usually can not stop themselves from either being of the maximum possible help to those learning, or wish to distinguish themselves with a different way, or are purely in it for the money.
Take your pick. Could even be all 3.
If I had to place my money on a bet I would Say Sri Rangin Mukherjee is correct and his way is indeed the Original Practice of Kriya Yoga.
The next closest are the descendants of the Lahiri Family but it may just be a repeated mistake starting with Shibendu's Father or his Father it is impossible to know..
After that it is anyone's guess. Commonality does not prove authenticity, Monkey See Monkey do. Mistakes are often repeated.
I make a case for Sri Rangin Mukherjee because it is simple and does lead to the higher Kriyas and he does make a good case that Ajna is connected to all the other Chakras right through the center and by purifying it the others are purified as well.
Imagine this if you will:
I have 6 pipes
Pipe #1 has the largest inside diameter of all the pipes.
As I travel through the tunnel of Pipe #1 I come to pipe #2 but its interior diameter is smaller so I have to duck a little to walk in it.
From Pipe #2 to Pipe #3. I have to bend over to walk through it.
From Pipe #3 to Pipe#4 the passage way is getting narrower and i have to walk on my knees
From Pipe #4 to Pipe #5 A have to get down and crawl on hands an knees.
From Pipe 5 to pipe 6 my arms are out straight in front of me and I am pushing with my feet and pulling with my fingers to go forward.
Mind has to become more and more subtle / refined to fit.
Each pipe represents the center aperture of each Chakra as you move from outer to inner the diameter gets smaller and the way requires more effort to continue ever deeper within Sushumna.
Each layer is a differnet state of reality of subjective beingness.
To move through each one, one does this with force of prana, but this happens later.
In the beginning one keeps all focus in Ajna the command and control center.
Imagine each of these chakras as plates with a string connecting them in the center above now imagine each of them having several layers of dust on them If I come up to plate number 6 and tap it in the center repeatedly in a specific way the vibration will pass down the string and as it touches each Chakra it will vibrate and some of the dust will shake off of it.
Each of these plates is inside of what appears to be a tube.
If you do Monkey Kriya you will always be on the outer most inner wall of the tube hitting the trigger points of the chakras only.
If you do spinal breathing the same will be true but you will miss most of the trigger points only hitting them haphazardly.
This is the Pranayam of Kriya as learned from Sri Mukherjee.
If one thinks of them as Russian Nesting dolls one inside the other then you have a more correct idea but not quite.
Visualizing trying to comprehend these words cannot help here, it is actually a mistake that has lead to Monkey Kriya and copy cat spinal breathing and all kinds of other variations keeping the praactitioner on the dimension of outer most inner wall.
Which of course is closest to the dimension of Muladhara. Which is the dimension of our earthly lives and also why people report failure to advance doing such practices.
Through Ajna you travel via prana with force through the center of each Chakra. Before you can do this you must purify the centers via Ajna.
In the beginning and until you have purified these chakras there is absolutely no need to visualize or be concerned about traversing the chakras. Part of the reason is by the given techniques you are already doing just that, the dimension that is missing is the ability to recognize this. When you have purified the chakras enough you will know because then you will start seeing and knowing and will know how to do it no one will have to tell you.
The first 5 Chakras represent our earthly human lives from C-6 and above is the departure from human earthly life so it is this where we find our-self now that we work with first in Kriya.
According to Sri Mukherjee it is not safe to attempt to work with Prana until the centers have been purified. So much for the airplane route to God. Like everything that is obtainable some elbow grease is usually required.
Many have made Kriya into some glamorous thing with tall tales and good story telling and selling. Many more have some really kooky ideas about what a teacher or Guru should be, heck some of the ones I have learned from were not even particularly nice people. That never distracted me from learning though.
Kriya is at heart a very basic practical practice it's purpose for the practitioner to discover by doing no amount of talking will do what practice will..
I can honestly say that I have however experienced many of the impossible things said to happen from Kriya Practice so even in the hype there is truth.
Edited by Pilgrim, 08 January 2017 - 12:12 PM.