What are Soma Kriya Shakti teachings?
The act of expanding the inner nectar through mastery of the life force within us constitutes the essence of Soma Kriya Shakti teachings or simply Kriya shakti teachings.
The practice of Kriya Shakti involves stimulation of a chemical produced at the top of the brain which is called as Soma.
Soma means sweet nectar. On consumption of Soma, all agitation of the mind stops, deep stillness is realized and the practitioner moves into an altered and higher state of blissful and joyous consciousness.
How is Soma Kriya Shakti path different from the paths laid down by Self Inquiry (Atma Vichara) and Kriya Yoga?
SELF Inquiry vs Soma Kriya Shakti:
SELF Inquiry or Atma Vichara involves exclusively holding onto the subjective feeling of “I” or “I-Am” within us by asking the question, “To whom is this happening?” or “Who is this I?” No verbal answers are encouraged, and only the feeling of pure I-ness is emphasized, usually at the background of all experiences.
Though the method is extremely effective in perceiving and beholding the “experiencer of all experiences” at the background, it does so in the exclusive sense.
There will therefore be an inherent sense of separateness between “what is” at the foreground and the SELF at the background.
A practitioner will often find himself struggling or fighting against his natural tendencies and urges or forcibly remove himself from situations that could “compromise” his abidance in Self. This can often result in conflict.
Any conflict will eventually lead to contraction and hence the path can get difficult for most who want to enjoy the world as well as continue to deepen their awareness in SELF.
The Kriya Shakti path is not an exclusive path but an inclusive one whereby nothing in this world is regarded as detrimental to ones state of background awareness and nothing needs to be avoided or escaped from to facilitate deeper Self abidance as long as practices are backed by proper understanding and experience.
What is therefore required is an understanding of Truth supported by Experience of that understanding as SAT CHIT ANANDA itself.
Kriya Shakti form of Self Inquiry is not so much about the mind being dropped but about the mind being captivated by inner bliss and joy (Soma). The I AM sense (traditional way) felt through letting go of thoughts, stories, emotions is just a temporary relief one gets from such dropping and is not sustainable for longer period of time. Unity in everything and in everyone is what we seek, not separation, withdrawal or removal.
The nectar of Soma is known to be present in SELF as well as in all aspects of our life, equally in all relationships, in all objects, in all forms of pleasures and in all forms of activities and hence it doesnt require any strategic withdrawal or avoidance from the world to necessitate Self abidance.
All is realized as Soma (blissful nectar of Self) and through the 4-step KS method, ever expands into more Soma.
Kriya Yoga vs Soma Kriya Shakti:
Kriya Yoga is a specific Yogic breathing method through which life force is raised through the six Chakras in the spine.
The 6 Chakras are energy centers within the spine that connect to the nervous system. There is the central nervous system and then there is the peripheral nervous system. The central nervous system connects the spine to the brain whilst the peripheral relates to the nerves that branch out of the spine and move into the whole of the body, energizing it.
The entire pursuit of traditional Kriya Yoga is to withdraw The Life Force (prana) – that is engaged with the various activities of the body such as the senses and the internal organs – and to first retire it into the spine. Once Life Force Energy enters into the spine, the practitioner then begins to raise it upwards towards the higher centres in the brain.
As one directs the cerebral spinal fluid upwards, the energetic juice stimulates the pineal gland and begins to move further inside. Inside the Pineal Gland are tiny little calcite crystals. These crystals are known to produce bioluminescence, which is a form of light without heat.
By stimulating these crystals, one is able to pick up frequencies beyond the senses and to witness the inner light and sound. Then a liquid current of bliss with high healing potency begins to flow into the body sending waves of ecstasy and pleasure all over the body and to expand into the Universe. This is referred to as Soma.
Kriya Shakti uses the spinal Kriya Yoga system but also acknowledges the existence of a powerful centre below our navel, approximately four fingers below the belly button and actually even lower, near our reproductive organs.
That centre is considered as impure, as the storehouse of “wild” energies as they can be sensual in nature hence most traditional teachings tend to ignore or suppress energies arising from this centre.
In my opinion, if managed, moderated and supervised properly, this centre can be harnessed to give faster results of effortless bliss and joy than any other practice.
There are nerve endings that get stimulated there where intense energy gets rolling back into the spine, 3rd eye and the right side of the heart. Hence, the Kriya Shakti practice allows inclusiveness and access of energy from the front of the body thereby aligning energy flowing from all centres.
It is not merely a psychological, emotional or intellectual system, but mainly a scientific experiential method where we have the means to generate positive electric currents in the brain and enhance the magnetic field in the spine as a living experience within us.
It is this relationship that the spine, gut and reproductive organs have with the brain that will generate the energy beyond ordinary, known, human potential. The alchemy between all of these induces the Soma.
All teachings, modalities, rules and regulations, principles and understandings are all ideas and concepts. They are all ways for maya to reinforce in some way or other and create more concepts.
One must not hold on to any abstract concept as a way to deliver us to Truth except what is inherently experienced as TRUTH itself, the uninterrupted and unconditioned joy of SELF which is inclusive, expansive and whole in all aspects.
Kriya Shakti path in short uses the benefits of both Self Inquiry and Yogic Kriya Yoga in an inclusive way without the need to remove or seperate ourselves from whatsoever the world brings into our realm of experience or existence.
Kriya Shakti teachings involve 4 simple steps:
Kriya Shakti Affirmations (KSA)
Kriya Shakti Amplification (KSAmp)
Kriya Shakti Affirmations (KSAr)
Kriya Shakti Absorbption (KSAbs)
As earlier mentioned above it is the SOMA (Divine Nectar) which flows, uninterrupted and unconditionally, from the top of our brain nourishing, nurturing and healing our body, mind and soul, and it is on this premise that the entire Kriya Shakti teachings are based.
Soma finds special mention in the Rig Veda. The Rig Veda (8.47.3) says:
apama somam amrita abhuma
aganma jyotir avidama devan
kim nunam asman krnavad aratih
kim u dhurtir amrta martiyasta
Ralph T.H. Griffith translates this as:
We have drunk Soma and become immortal; we have attained the light, the Gods discovered.
Now what may foreman’s malice do to harm us?
What, O Immortal, mortal man’s deception?
To conclude we can say that the focus of Kriya Shakti is primarily to induce and release Soma from the brain and harness that potent form of bliss energy so that the mind can easily be remained captivated and still within for longer duration.
The path of SKS is NOT to be mistaken to be a seperate form of practice or modality but one that facilitates deeper and effective Self Inquiry. By virtue of Soma the mind is not easily distracted away outwards into objects or thoughts and remains centred within at the Spiritual Heart.
Once the movement of mind is arrested through the inner flow of Soma, Amrita Nadi reveals itself. Prana or life force is then easily directed to the right side of the Spiritual Heart through the Amrita Nadi.
The final goal or result is absolutely similar to that laid down in the traditional ISIP method (which is blend of Kriya and Self inquiry) which is to break or untie the Heart knot (the knot that keeps consciousness tied to the body-mind) and arrive at the non-dual stateless state of SATCHITANANDA.
These teachings are for those who are naturally attracted towards experience rather than intellectual understanding of Truth.