Kriyā Sādhanā

"Wisdom is assimilated not with the eyes, but with atoms."
—Sri Yukteswar

Awaken your inner mystic.

We begin our journey together with an immersion in the sacred wisdom and tantrik technology of the Himalayas. Kriyā (क्रिया), in this context, indicates empowered spiritual action that is the natural consummation of firstly icchā (self-expression) and secondly jñāna (self-knowledge) through yoking the body-mind, breath, and energy. In practicing kriyā, in refining our energetic system and consciousness, we progress towards organically connecting with our innate being. Kriyā is not a belief system but rather experiential.

Sādhanā or spiritual practice also means "tuning," tuning the body-mind apparatus which is prone to anxiety, unhappiness, self-sabotage--tuning the instrument to channel ocean consciousness, not shaky wave consciousness.

The spiritual technology of the Himalayas are tools to expand and evolve, not a blind belief system. “God” is based on belief and not in self-experience. There is absolutely no misplaced, excessive admiration for anything or anyone external to you, and there is absolutely no worship of an external entity. The entire premise is to realize your own innate divinity, that you are not separate from the universe, that you and everything around you is one consciousness. Sri Yukteswar, a guru of the lineage, says, “Wisdom is not assimilated with the eyes, but with atoms.” He means to say that true wisdom is ultimately born out of your own inner experience. That’s not to say that reading or working with a teacher lacks value. What he means to say is that ultimately you must verify the teachings, the wisdom, the practices, with your own felt experience. There is no compulsion whatsoever in these practices. Some practices work for some people and some don’t, just like some views (dualist vs. non-dualist) work for some people while others don’t. Tantra allows for all of those possibilities. You are not abandoning your intellect or instinct; if anything, you are enhancing those faculties. 

Bear in mind that the guru-disciple system of India is totally foreign to the Western mind (and also the colonized Indian mind), and therefore may not make sense to someone who is socially-conditioned to distrust spiritual authority (and oftentimes for good reason!). In reality the guru guides the student to verifying his or her own inner experience through the practices; and yes, there has to be some level of trust in order to surrender to doing the practices in the first place. “One must surrender belief in favor of knowledge; belief is vanquished when knowledge dawns.” That is what was passed down to me from my teacher, and what I now pass on to you.

The immersion can be delivered privately or as a small group, in-person or online.

The immersion includes

  • Orientation
  • Dinacaryā (daily routines/rituals)
  • Sādhanā (personal practices)
  • Philosophy
  • Online community forum