Over the following twelve lessons of Book III we will progressively introduce the kriyas of kriya yoga. In each lesson we will describe one or two kriyas which you, the reader, should begin to practise. This means that, in this lesson you will practise the first two kriyas every day; in Lesson 26 we will introduce another kriya, so that you will begin to practise three kriyas every day. Gradually you will increase the duration of your kriya practice program as you learn more of the practices, always maintaining the correct sequence.
During the beginning stages of kriya yoga you can continue to practise other yogic techniques apart from kriya yoga, since the first few kriyas take only a short period of time to complete. Gradually you should discard the other yoga techniques and integrate kriyas into your practice timetable as we introduce them. We will continue to give a list of suggested practice programs to help you choose a suitable mode of practice.
The third book will be divided into two parts to allow the student to gain not only knowledge of the kriyas, but also many other yogic techniques that have not been described so far:
- Kriya yoga section that deals with only details of kriyas and directly related topics.
- General section where we will discuss other yogic techniques and topics.
In accordance with our fundamental policy, we will be concerned only with practical methods of heightening the quality of your life, health and awareness. We are not so interested in philosophical speculations, for these could little to change and improve your life. In fact, they tend to complicate the mind and hinder any progress in yogic sadhana. We are concerned only with practical methods of unfolding and awakening the potential already existent in every person’s being and transforming life into an expression of joy. We are not interested in talking about changes; we are interested in bringing about changes. This falls directly in line with the nature of kriya yoga itself, which is one hundred percent practice orientated. You, the practitioner, must play your part. We cannot bring about changes in your life without your cooperation. You must practise and have aspiration. We can give thousands of yogic practices, there is almost no limit, but if you don’t practise, then we will be wasting our time and you will gain absolutely nothing, only a mind full of technical details. You must not remain only a reader; you must transform yourself into a practitioner. In fact, with regard to yoga you should do one percent reading and ninety nine percent practising. Only then can you tap the source of your being and gain the knowledge that cannot be contained in any book.