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 Kriya: There are 125,000 types of Kriyas or Spiritual  Experiences
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All about Kriyas or Spiritual Experiences

I get lot of emails about various spiritual experiences seekers have during meditation. I try to, but it is very difficult to answer each Sadhak about their experiences. There is a common thread behind all the experiences people get - that is called Kriyas. I have created this page to address the whole concept of divine experiences (called Kriyas) and their place in your spiritual journey. It is extremely important for Sadhak to understand what Kriyas are, why they happen and how (LESS) important they are in your spiritual journey and the divine world.
What is Kriya? Science behind Visions, Colors, Vibrations, Movements and Mantras in meditation
1) Kriya is a Sanskrit world meaning "action, movements or effort"
2) Prana is a Sanskrit word for vital energy.

Kriyas, in simple words, can be called as natural involuntary movements or actions that happen after Kundalini awakening because of the movement of Pranic energy that occurs during meditation. Kundalini awakening is an essential part of this process and therefore Kriyas are an integral part of Kundalini Yoga or Siddha Yoga. Because of the association of Kriya with Siddha Yoga it is also called Kriya Yoga (where Kriyas happen) or Sahaj Yoga (where Yoga happens naturally) or Shakti Yoga (where Shakti is an integral part of Yoga) or Shaktipat Yoga (which happens because of Shaktipat) or Kundalini Yoga (because it involves Kundalini awakening.)

Most of the Kriyas that can happen after Kundalini awakening would appear to be absolutely bizarre, weird, unusual, strange or inexplicable for an average individual who has no idea about Kundalini and the processes involved in the spiritual development associated with Siddha Yoga. Watch the videos of bizarre and inexplicable Kriyas in action.

The frequency and intensity of the Pranic movements or Kriyas will vary from person to person. The Kriyas will come and go and are not to be feared. Some Sadhak may not even experience any Kriya during meditation. In short it is different for each individual.

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Why Kriyas happen?
Kriyas are spontaneous movements resulting from the awakening of Kundalini as this intense energy moves through 72,000 Nadis (subtle energy channels carrying Prana) and clears our physiological blocks. Think of it as cosmic energy that kicks in as soon as the seeker sits down for meditation after Shaktipat initiation. The Kriyas can be subtle, mysterious and very uncommon.

At the same time it should be understood that this phenomenon is extremely normal, and it occurs all the times and all the places when Kundalini is awakened. This process continues for several decades after the Kundalini awakening.

Each Sadhak’s experience during each stage will be unique, and will depend to a large extent on his past Karma and the diligence with which he does the meditation. It is very important to understand that this is JUST a "purification and correction" process (initiated by Kundalini awakening) that should eventually disappear (possibly after several years or decades of practice).

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Over 125,000 Kriyas can happen after Kundalini awakening
The world of Yogic Kriyas is a phenomenon absolutely beyond human imagination.

My great grand Guru PP Shree Loknath Tirth Swami Maharaj had mentioned that there are over 125,000 Kriyas that can happen to Sadhak (PP Shree Loknath Tirth Swami Maharaj [Birth: 1892 - Samadhi: 1955] was the Supreme Master of Siddha Yoga. In fact it was him who brought and rejuvenated path of Shaktipat initiation and Siddha Yoga to southern India in 1930s.)

Most of these motions (Kriyas) will resemble spasms and jerks of varying frequency and introduce fear into the mind of seeker who is experiencing this (and especially their loved ones who aren't prepared and knowledgeable enough to understand the reasons behind these movements.) It is expected of people lacking the knowledge of Kundalini to take a negative view towards Kundalini Kriya.

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Categories of Kriyas
Kriyas can be broadly categorized as: Yogic Kriya, Pranic movements Kriya, Mystical Consciousness Kriya, Physiological Kriya, Extra-sensory Kriya and Psychic Kriya. More details about these are available on the page of: Symptoms of Kundalini Awakening

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Understand the scientific process: Kriyas & experiences are not God in themselves
Pranic moments are only the means to achieve specific type of spiritual purification of 72,000 Nadis (subtle energy channels carrying Prana) needed by each aspirant in their respective stage. Kriyas happen because of Pranic movements after Kundalini awakening. The sole purpose of divine experiences during meditation is cleaning of physical body (Sthula Sharira) and subtle body (Linga Sharira) and cleaning of past Karma impressions (Sanchita Karma) from the Casual body (Karan Sharira). In short consider the Kriyas (experiences) as "Zadu" or Broom ...nothing more. All experiences will entirely depend on the "spiritual status" (combination of Sanchita Karma, Samskaras and Tri-Gunas) of the Sadhak. That also means if Sadhak’s "spiritual body" is relatively clean (or too clogged) he will have LESS experiences than others or NO experiences at all.

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Kundalini Healing and Why are there 125,000 Kriyas?
It is a fact that Kundalini heals the diseases, in fact Kundalini would eventually go to the extent of repairing the DNAs and restore to its original sequence thereby destroying the cause of diseases (see the scientific reference below). At the same time it should very well be remembered - Healing or curing diseases is not the Goal of Siddha Yoga, it is just a by-product of Siddha Yoga and also the benefits come ONLY after consistent efforts of several decades. So if someone is looking at Siddha Yoga or Kundalini awakening as a tool of healing - it is simply not going to work. Liars are those who tell they can cure a decease in advance stage using Siddha Yoga.

How can Kundalini have power to heal? The science behind healing is the Kriyas that occur after awakening. The primary objective of Kriyas is the purification of 72,000 Nadis (subtle energy channels) in the seeker. Only those Kriyas will happen to the seeker where the purification is required. Every seeker has different blockages (Karma impressions) and therefore cleaning of those blockages he/she must have different processes. This is the exact reason why every Sadhak will have different Kriyas and also the Kriyas will differ in various stages of spiritual development. This again is the reason why Kriyas MUST eventually STOP, when most of the spiritual body is purified.

Siddha Yoga rarely works as healer of deceases. The speed at which Kundalini works, it can hardly overtake an already developed deceases for example say cancer. In many cases where the decease has advanced to deeper level and therefore, the Siddha Yoga is not effective even though it is powerful. Kundalini awakening is not the answer for physical problems like deceases one may have.

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Scientific reason behind Kundalini Healing - Kundalini Kriyas will even correct the distorted DNAs
An average individual (who claims he is believer in science without knowing science) will reject the concept that Kundalini can repair the DNAs. So here is one scientific reference that explains the reasoning and process behind how and why Kundalini would repair DNAs.

A gentleman named Gary, who describes himself as a "Kundalini awakened American engineer" wrote the following explanation for his theory about a mechanism for DNA repair in the body:

"Regarding Hudson's negative results with in-vitro cancer cultures. Cell cultures do not behave the same as their in-vivo equivalents, for processes that involve Kundalini. Cell cultures contain Pranic energy, but they lack Nadis (subtle energy channels carrying Prana), and Kundalini. As Kundalini generally oversees and directs the use of ORMEs, this means ORMEs actions in vitro will be substantially impaired, and much less effective, than in vivo.

Some have asked incredulously and sometimes vituperously how DNA could possibly be repaired and restored to its original sequence by *anything*, once damaged. I have listened to several such exchanges. Some apparently believe that, once the DNA is damaged, nothing remains to base a correction on, and hence have difficulty understanding how ORMEs (or anything else) could know *how* to "fix" sequencing damage, once it has occurred (assuming, of course, that both halves of the DNA have been altered).

Each of us has an etheric double, which is the coarsest of the subtle counterparts of our physical body. This and some subplanes of the astral are the level or home of an 'elemental', associated with the innate consciousness of the physical body. This is a separate consciousness, like those I touched on in explaining the nature of consciousness in matter, earlier.

Regardless of the physical damage cellular DNA may sustain, such as by ionizing radiation, phage-induced mutations, etc., the subtle template is always there, and though it may be depleted of vitality, it is not susceptible to these sorts of structural damage. It is around this prescient organizational form that our bodies grew, in genomic expression, once the individualization phase began in later fetal progress. Every molecule **related to organization and structure** has its subtle counterpart, within it. This is the same matrix which has been observed in the "phantom leaf effect", etc., in Kirlian photography.

Kundalini and ORMEs both function, in large part, in 4th dimensional astral levels. The original subtle "backup copy" of the DNA is readily available to them, at the precise place where it is needed, right at the damage site in the errant cell's DNA. The subtle part lies, superimposed 4th dimensionally, right where the physical part is, and there is no problem at all, in seeing where the two don't agree. There are a variety of mechanisms that repair DNA. In some cases, given sufficient ORMEs in the system, Kundalini simply uses the ORMEs as a mechanism, like a read/write head so-to-speak, in repairing the damage. ORMEs are used to transfer a resonance from the subtle template, to guide the DNase, polymerase, endonuclease, and other various enzymes in removing and recoding the damaged base sequences. Each of the bases has a distinct vibrational signature, which the enzymes have no trouble at all in recognizing.

In a cell culture, the cell's own subtle template is present, but no Kundalini is present as an organizing force, nor overall template, and virtually no organization is present among the cells, so the genotypical expression elements are largely running open loop. How likely is it that ORMEs may effect a cure under these conditions? Not very, though they still seem to have some slight beneficial effect. I suggest they shall have better luck with curing cancers when they experiment on lab mice and other living creatures."

In a nutshell, Gary is suggesting that a non-physical template for DNA exists and that where this non-physical DNA template is available to the physical DNA the ORMUS elements can facilitate the repair of the DNA to this healthy template.

What Gary mentions as “non-physical template” is the same as “Causal body or Karana Sharira” mentioned in 3 Types of Bodies: Gross (Sthula Sharira), Astral (Linga Sharira) and Causal body (Karana Sharira)

Hope this reference helps those seeking scientific answers to Kundalini Healing.

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How Sadhak should look at Kriyas?
There is a tendency for Sadhak to dwell on what experiences they are having and which ones they aren’t, and being concerned if they are not making appropriate progress. Almost all of these seekers mistake experiences (Kriyas) as the Goal. That is not true. Divine experiences are nothing more than signs on the road to divine. More than the signs they stand as distractions and obstacles on the path of divine. Kriyas are neither the Goal of spiritual efforts, nor are they the measure of progress made by Sadhak.

It is always good to have experiences and visualizations during meditation because they are encouraging signs for the seeker. You should enjoy the feeling of bliss you get in experiences and ALWAYS ignore all the experiences you may get. Both the things are extremely necessary for true spiritual progress. In my view thinking too much into Kriyas is a waste of time.

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If Kriyas (divine experiences) are not the goal, then what is the goal?

The ultimate goal for each Sadhak is Self-Realization. The fact is most of the spiritual practitioners aren’t even aware of this. Everyone’s mind is generally focused on having Kriyas (divine experiences). They feel they have achieved the God after having divine experience. That is simply not true.

As Sadhak progresses on the path, the value of experiences should go down and value of Purity (of thought, actions and speech) should become extremely important. The union with the God, attainment of the Bliss is the final goal of Siddha Yoga and every other Yoga.

The highest ideal for every Sadhak (Practitioner) is 'Siddha-Avastha' i.e. state of perfection or 'Moksha' i.e. release from the cycle of birth and death. As a result of the knowledge of the Self, a Yogi has nothing left in balance, which is yet to be acquired for anyone including himself after attaining the state of 'Siddha-Avastha' (Self-Realization.)

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