Kriya Yoga is an ancient integral system of yoga science, which is practical, based on reality, and suits anyone living in today’s society, regardless of one’s profession, qualification, race or religion.
The word kriya means ’acting with awareness’, i.e. acting in a way where each process is observed, directed, has a specific objective and follows this chosen objective. None of our automatic reactions or processes led by the subconscious is kriya - which is also the main reason why such subconscious way of acting does not usually lead to the desired objective. Practicing kriya yoga creates greater focus in our lives, helping us to stay more concentrated and clear-headed. The effect of kriya is omnipresent – it is like gravitation, having the same effect to everyone.
The teaching of Kriya Yoga is based on the holistic approach to a human being – the 5 body system - which distinguishes 5 levels with the human being:
- Physical body – is seen and perceived, sensations related to it;
- Vital body – energy, emotions;
- Mental body – causal body – memory, thoughts, recollections, imagination, ability to make plans;
- Intellect – above mentality – insight, intuition, inspiration, ability to differentiate, awareness;
- Spiritual body – existence, also your true identity, the highest Self.
Several lineages of kriya yoga teachings descend from Kriya Babaji. It is that same Babaji of whom Paramhansa Yogananda has written in his beloved book "Autobiography of a Yogi".
I delved into the matter of the book and realized that it was a real thing. Truthful. Personally for me the subject matter of this book summarized the world view. We at Lilleoru had already been practicing the techniques of several different traditions and this book summed them all up.
From Ishwarananda's foreword to M. Govindan’s, M.A. book Babaji and the 18 Siddha Kriya Yoga Tradition, about how the teaching of this lineage reached Lilleoru.
Babaji’s Kriya Yoga consists of 144 techniques, which were chosen by Kriya Babaji Himself who is also mentioned by Paramhansa Yogananda in his book The Autobiography of a Yogi, from the techniques known to thousands of siddhas - yoga masters who have attained perfection.
Babaji’s Kriya Yoga is transmitted through three initations.
In Lilleoru, the initiations are carried out by Ingvar Villido Ishwarananda who belongs to the Kriya Yoga Order of Acharyas and Lilleoru belongs to the family of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga international centres - ashrams - since 2004.