By Yogiraj Siddhanath
The purpose of Yoga, in general, and in this instance Kriya Yoga, in particular, we could say, is to comprehend ‘God’ in a final state called Samadhi. A God who is often said to be beyond comprehension!
So how do we comprehend a God who is incomprehensible through the practice of Yoga?
What seems like an impossible dichotomy to the mind is to the realised masters very achievable through the tried and tested of practice of Yoga.
In yoga, the first stage of this comprehension begins from the body. Preparing the body to be healthy, to be fit, have no aches and pains, have a healthy digestive system, a healthy circulatory system, a healthy endocrine system, a healthy respiratory system, and a healthy nervous system achieved by the practice of asana.
As a leaking vessel (diseased body/mind) never can fill
The waters of life so pure and still
So distracted mind fails to retain
Wisdom’s nectar in its brain.*
For the practicing Yogi, a healthy process of circulation, assimilation and elimination is also the power of god working in the body.
In the next level of comprehending God through Yoga, the practitioner finds that the balsam of yogic breath soothes turbulent emotions, the hurt, and the suffering, refining and transforming them to devotion and love. All the insults that the person has borne, all the hardships, the treacheries that the near and dear ones have committed, all these are healed by the rhythmic devotional breath of Kundalini Pranayama.
In the mental process, the same pranayama, the practice of a systematic rhythmic breathing, cures psychosomatic disorders, like ulcers and asthma and sclerosis by calming the mind.
To ease disease of random mind
A remedy suitable we must find.
A rhythmic breathing tension free
With Kriya Yog the sovereign key.*
Then moving to the next stage, the emotions that are hurt are transformed into devotion and life becomes a flowing stream towards God in pratyahar; which gives rise to Love. This manifests in devotional chanting, singing Christmas carols, singing God’s praise, bhajans and hymns. The process of refining carries on step by step through consistent Yoga practice.
Then as the Yogi begins to concentrate (dharana) and meditate (dhyan) the mind gradually becomes a placid crystal pool. The undisturbed crystal mind is a beautiful mind.
Steady poise the arrow of your will
And shoot the fleeting mind to still
The deer of thoughts hinds and harts
Felled by your concentrated darts.
As one by one they die away
Mind opens up to new day
Where streams run tranquil and willows sway
Here tame and gentle deer do play.*
Then begins the journey through various states of Samadhi. This thought-free state becomes the constant state of the Yogi’s mind. With additional practice of special techniques given by the Satguru, the mind is gradually transcended leading to an internal glow.
Then tamed and tuned to nature’s flow
Mind melts into an opal glow
Which radiates from the soul within
Where wisdom’s mystic fire is king.*
Mind you, the practitioner has still not yet reached the stage of comprehending an incomprehensible God but step-by-step through the practice of Yoga, the Yogi is getting there.
Continuing the journey of Yog, the Yogi gets into states of mysticism, from an unkempt, disheveled and disorderly mind, the Yogi has organised the mind and the mind dissolves into the opal glow of divinity and becoming one with it, the Yogi gradually transforms to light.
The refinement of the mind continues further, the Consciousness expands, and intuition sharpens. The Yogis get visions of gods and saints and goddesses. A vision of the beautiful Krishna, of Christ; walking with Jesus transported way back 3000 years walking along the sea of Galilee and the Yogi may or may not realise himself or herself to be a disciple, Simon, Peter or Paul or connected to other masters from before. From this state of Sarvikalpa Samadhi, the constantly striving Yogi is ready to move into more profound states.
After getting these deep intuitions and finishing with them, the Yogi gets to the Mount of Olives, contacting the higher portion of Jesus, the son of man, and Christ, the Son of God. The Christ state of temporary Nirvikalpa Samadhi is a radiant aura of electric blue. The Yogi merges into that aura, and here there’s no form or figure, just an eternal bliss called the Christ Consciousness, Krishna Consciousness.
This is what the persistent gradual practice of Yoga does; from curing a practitioner’s anklebones of pain and ulcers and headache to getting into the state of Nirvikalpa Samadhi. And in the transfiguration, the Yogi not only sees Elijah and Moses and Christ- the trinity on earth- the trinity in creation-Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh- but is transformed into this state.
Finally moving further from the Christ state, the Yogi gets into the ineffable state of the Christos, Shiv Goraksha Babaji, the Babaji state of comprehending God.
But this, my dear souls, is not the final stage yet because the Yogi not only has to comprehend the God who is incomprehensible but also the God who is complete and therefore also comprehensible, complete and incomplete. All dualities have to dissolve and merge for the Yogi to achieve this state.
The Yogi then in this ultimate leap merges into the finality of the comprehensible and the not comprehensible, the zero and the not zero, whose centre is everywhere and circumference nowhere, the state of Niranjan Nirvan, Kaivalya. I address this Consciousness simply as the Isness.
That’s where the finality of Yog takes one, to the true innermost being who is one with the Supreme Being.
“Composed of nothing yet of which all else is sure composed
It stands Supreme beyond all dreams Eternally reposed.”*
*From Yogiraj Siddhanath’s poem, “Mind Transformation”
Note: This is a reprint of an article published March 8, 2019, in the online publication, The Pioneer.
By Ronald Paul Wiskup II
I find it noteworthy that since meeting Yogiraj and being initiated into Kundalini Kriya Yoga, I have since returned to the practice of martial arts. My first foray into the study of Ninjutsu began as a teenager before I left for military service. Training in the garage and backyard of my buyu (martial friend) as we practiced the ways of the Bujinkan (Hall of the Divine Warrior) and the teachings of Dr. Masaaki Hatsumi sensei, the 34th grandmaster or soke of Bujinkan Budo/Ninpo Taijutsu.
Whilst many in this pursuit find higher precepts through the fighting arts, I first sought the spiritual mysteries and was reminded of its martial roots during a particularly volatile time in my Kriya practice. This playing out of fate would eventually place my throat beneath the sword and demand of me a commitment. When I had returned home from the Air Force, I re-connected with my friend who was now a 4th Dan rank in the Bujinkan and picked up training a second time. However, this didn’t last. I was soon immersed in myriad worldly diversions and my training faded away. There was no advancement.
Marshalled by the ethereal force of Satgurunath Yogiraj Siddhanath’s poetry, I would eventually come to know him as my master several years later. The sound frequencies he emitted so eloquently resonated within me and awoke my heart. Sealed by my decision to see him in person, the universe conspired for me to attend the 2015 New Life Awakening Retreat in the Catskill Mountains. Since being in his physical presence, I continued to make efforts towards more profound practice sessions. Then, this past December I had an urge to reach out again to my friend in the Bujinkan. As the façade of the outer world began to peel off, I was struggling to maintain any kind of footing in everyday life. Next thing I know, I was flat on my back against the dojo asana with a cold metal sword protruding into my neck. Ah, it was nice to see my buyu again! The message of the warrior ancestors was clear “Are you ready to take it seriously this time?”
Extreme fluctuations in my personal Kriya practice had caused me to endure periods of doubt, delays in practicing and my own ignorance induced traumas. Bruised but not beaten by the incessant sway of ego induced suffering, I understood that I must heal myself with the fixed practice of Kriya Yog and come to know my immovable spirit. Yogiraj’s words hearkened, “Practice and perseverance are the magic of success, and unless you fall in love with your practice you will not know its value.”
The synchronistic timing of my experiences has brought this lesson to light. The essence of Yogiraj’s wisdom and the philosophy of Ninpō are distilled to the same elixir for success. As our master has spoken: “You can never meet God. How can you meet him? You don’t know his whereabouts, you don’t know his address. But God is going to meet you. He is in search of you constantly, and when you are ready he will meet you. Practice will make you ready. Perseverance will make you perfect. So carry these two mantras with you: Practice and Perseverance. Let these two be the goals. Let your whole life revolve around them, and very soon you will be empty. Then God will pour into you.”
These paramount amalgamations so too reverberate within the halls of the Bujin. Hatsumi sensei tells in his book The Way of the Ninja, “I could hear Sensei’s (Toshitsugu Takamatsu) words still echoing in my ears— The true essence of the martial ways lies in virtue, Martial arts are a path for perfecting yourself as a human being. Perfection demands persistence, and there is also a secret teaching in which perfection is mentioned with reference to seven lights, i.e. — the colors of a rainbow.” How fascinating when we consider the goals Yogiraj has transmitted and knowing that he has also made reference to Divya deha, an immaculate body of rainbow colored light free from the ravages of time, for uninterrupted communion with God.
Yogiraj belabors the vital-ness of both Hatha and Raja (Royal) Yog and in Wings to Freedom he resounds: “To neglect the needs of bodily health is to falsify the eternal doctrine of the unity of all and the divinity of all.” During times of agitation when I am unable to sit for meditation, the physical aspect of martial arts training has helped me balance hormonal and psychic energies. Hence, the twin flames of practice and perseverance intertwine along axis of Kriya Yog both in meditation and daily activity, heaving us up through the heavens.
The day after I began writing this essay for the Siddhanath Newsletter, my sensei awarded me the beginner rank of Green Belt in Bujinkan Budo/Ninpo Taijutsu. During this same session the mechanisms of Karma blessed me with a blackened eye. I was happy to have this mitigated and memorable experience, teaching me to always pay attention! In Japan, the word Ninja is written as Shinobi no Mono. This symbolic ideogram consists of kanji (characters) depicting a sword held over the heart. The word Nin is translated as endurance or perseverance. A quote from Masaaki Hatsumi sensei informs (Latin informare: shape in- ‘into’ + forma ‘a form) those of us engaged in Budo to “Breathe life into the weapon, don’t take life away from it. Keep walking, because walking is life.” With the Hamsa breath, given by Yogiraj, over time I begin breathing less and less of me and more and more God. There’s also something about bearing a stainless steel sword over my heart that cures all depression and connects me with source!
Yogiraj directs us to be the architect of our own happiness through the secret science of breath. Thus, as we clash within the mental coliseum of delusion, illusion and error; let us draw forth Shinmyo Ken, the sword of divine mystery. With the sword of concentrated breath, eviscerate the dis-ease of samsara (repetitive history) and shine in the victorious light of the unconquerable soul.
Ronald Paul Wiskup II was born with the Sun in Aries and is the author of “The Face on Mars is in the Mirror”, an original collection of occult poetry. He enjoys aviation, acting, playing ice hockey and scuba diving. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the State University of New York at Fredonia.
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Every morning I am born anew. There is love in my heart, and wisdom is radiating from my mind. I bow to the in dwelling Spirit residing in all of us. That at the level of consciousness, humanity is one. I am Spirit, I am Truth, I am Love Divine, this Body, Mind a Dream of Mine. The only purpose of man’s sojourn on this Earth is to seek God, all other things are secondary details.
This is pure spirituality. If Earth Peace is to happen on Earth, let us realize that Humanity is our uniting Religion, Breath our uniting Prayer, and Consciousness our uniting God.