Kriya Yoga: Three-fold Path for the Fickle Mind

Ancient sages studied and practiced Patanjali’s eight limbed path to gain mastery of the body, mind and spirit in an effort to reach moksha and kaivalya: liberation and emancipation. By tapping into the universal bloodstream of higher consciousness, these sages discovered an ecstasy of being one with the Self, Atman, Brahman, God, Divine Authority or Pervasive Inspiration - call it what you will. But we cannot all be sages; many of us are just taking our first step on the path and could benefit from guidance on where to begin.

According to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, our individual, contracted self (ahamkara) gets stuck in and identified with the material world (prakrti), entangled in the trappings of klesha - sufferings that stem from ignorance, delusion (which in and of themselves impart dualistic thinking). This thinking keeps the contracted self from realizing the truth that w

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