Awareness in Everyday Life and Kriya Yoga

Try to develop more awareness in day to day life. Do not stop everyday activities. You should work, for work is a means to slowly tame the tempestuous mind. If you do not work, thenyou will merely start to brood about your problems, become negative and lethargic. Do your work and duties but also try to be aware. Be watchful, observant of every thought,emotion and action. Let thoughts and emotions arise without judgement and with detachment. If you start to judge or condemn, then you will reinforce the thought patterns of the mind. Do not suppress; be detached. Allow all the emotional impulses, memories, etc., to bubble up from the subconscious. Do not fight them: just allow them to arise without reaction.

Your plan for daily living should be as follows to act and think, but not to be bound by actions and thoughts. Be detached. Be a witness. This will bring peace into your life and will also help you to make your mind more receptive to kriya yoga practice. Detachment is an important attribute that you should slowly awaken, as it will increase your ability to maintain awareness in daily life.

To awaken awareness you should also try to practise some of the other forms of yoga, such as karma yoga, bhakti yoga and jnana yoga. At first when you try to be aware you will find great difficulty. You have been conditioned to be lost in the thought processes; as such you will easily and quickly sink into the oblivion of unawareness. Then you will awake again from the haze of thoughts and realize that you lapsed into a state of unconsciousness. Do not worry or become frustrated, for time and practice are necessary.

Awareness in kriya yoga

In meditative practices one can adopt two methods: awareness or concentration. Concentration is widely recommended in traditional texts. However, it is impossible for most people in this busy world, because of turbulent inner disturbances. Serious and forceful attempts to concentrate the mind can cause more harm than good; it can create mental tension, headaches and frustration. If you try to fight the mind you will only lose the battle.

Before concentration of the mind can be achieved, one must first of all exhaust gross inner disturbances, subconscious desires, fears, etc. This is achieved through the practice of awareness. The mind is progressively cleaned and calmed.

Concentration and awareness are both a means to meditation. Awareness, however, is a much smoother, more feasible method for mostpeople. Only those who already have a calmharmonious mind should consider adopting direct concentration as the means to meditation. Awareness is the method of kriya yoga. It unlocks the power of the mind by entering through the back door. It is for this reason that kriya yoga, though being an ancientsystem, is ideally suited to modern man.

In kriya yoga, you should be aware of the mechanics of the practice: breathing, mantra, body movement, whatever. Be careful not to become seduced by the inner thoughts or by external events. Let perceptions arise in the mind, be aware of them, but also be aware of the practice. Do not try to concentrate; only be a witness of the mind, outside events and the practice in hand. This will allow mental dross to arise from the subconscious and be removed as a source of disturbance. This process has to occur before concentration can arise. Do not suppress even if your mind is jumping around like a wild monkey. Only be aware and cany on with your practice. Eventually the mind will settle and become peaceful.

The aim of kriya yoga is to induce a state of thoughtlessness, but this state cannot arise by suppression of thoughts. Suppression of thoughts is like pressing down a high spot in an air bed – it merely rises elsewhere.

The thoughtless state of mind allows direct perception. Thoughts act as a veil that prevents exploration of one’s being, in the same way that a dirty, dusty window prevents one seeing the bright sun outside. The thoughtless state of mind is like a perfectly clean window, and this state of mind will arise naturally through the practice of kriya yoga.

But do not try to induce thoughtlessness as an aim in kriya yoga, for this in itself will create more thoughts. Merely do your practice, watch the thoughts as they arise. Simply be an observer, without like or dislike but maintain your awareness of the practice.

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