If you feel attracted to Babaji, you can tune into His inspiration and His grace through the chant or repetition of His mantra “Om Kriya Babaji Nama Aum.” Babaji tells us, “take one step towards me and I will take ten steps towards you.”
The rest of the techniques of Kriya Yoga are taught in three initiations:
- First initiation: together with the 18 asanas of Kriya Hatha Yoga, the student learns Kriya Kundalini Pranayam – the most important technique in Kriya Yoga, which, among other benefits, will greatly accelerate your spiritual evolution. Yogi Ramaiah said that one year of practice of this technique equals 11,864 years of spiritual evolution. The student learns also 7 meditation techniques, to gradually master the mind.
The 23 techniques of the First Initiation are the basis of this path of Kriya Yoga; the student never stops practicing them, even when he learns more advanced techniques.
What can I expect after the first initiation?
Do not go looking for dramatic “spiritual experiences,” in the practice of Kriya Yoga. Instead, expect your practice to increase a sense of calm, happiness, mental clarity, better concentration, insight, inspiration and discernment in your life. These are the qualities of the higher self, your real Self. The goal of Kriya Yoga is to manifest these qualities more and more in daily life.
Some students are satisfied with just these practices in their lives, noticing the benefits obtained. Others want to deepen in the experience of Kriya Yoga, they want to receive mantras and more understanding about how Yoga works so and they attend the advanced Training Initiations:
- Second initiation: a weekend retreat where one learns how to integrate the practice of Kriya Yoga in the daily life: while eating, working, sleeping… The retreat culminates with a consecrated fire (Mantra Yagna) and the initiation in the mantras of Kriya Yoga.
After a year of practice of the techniques of the First Initiation, the student can attend the Third Initiation:
- Third initiation: a training of one week, where all the 144 kriyas are learned or reviewed. These are a set of rich and diverse techniques, which help to bring an integral development in all the levels of the being: physical, vital, mental, intellectual and spiritual. It includes also the kriyas learned in the first and second initiations. Two Mantra Yagnas are celebrated, and the students receive more mantras, finally learning the “samadhi” techniques, the state of breathless communion with the Self or Absolute.