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History

Ashok Kumar Singh

Before I came to the U.S.A. from India, I was introduced to the Lahiri Mahasaya/Panchanon Bhattacharya branch of Kriya Yoga by a relative. However, in 1961 I could not find a Panchanon branch in the U.S.A. A relative suggested that I join SRF in California and I did. Yogananda was, therefore, my first guru. I am blessed to have been a part of that organization. Whatever I paid and donated to them has been returned many fold and I have no regrets. After receiving second or third Kriya from SRF and spending much time in Kriya Yoga practice, many individuals begin to question the mouth breathing and unnatural jerky head motions involved. I thought that their Kriya Yoga practice would be the same as that in the Panchanon branch in India with whom I kept in constant touch. When I went to India in 1974, I was corrected in the practice of the pranayam by my uncle. My uncle's father was a disciple of Panchanon Bhattacharya. My uncle had grown up knowing Kriya by its practice and conversation in the family but was not initiated into Kriya Yoga until 1977 by Nitai Baba. I discovered during my visit that the SRF kriya was modified in a number of ways from the original kriya. I also studied the Vedic and Gita literature and began to see how the instructions and practices of this lineage were reflected within them. The more I studied the most ancient of the scriptures, the Vedas, the more I found truth behind this original Kriya Yoga from this Panchanon lineage. I continued my association with SRF for many years after that until I was initiated into the Panchanon branch of Kriya Yoga in 1998 by Maheshwari Prasad Dubey, a disciple of Nitai Baba.

I have now decided to share my research-based findings with true Kriya Yoga seekers. I am satisfied with the continued adherence of Lahiri Mahsaya's teachings as passed down from him to Panchanon Baba, Nitayi Charan Bandopadhyaya and Maheshwari Prasad Dubey. Our line of Gurus and myself make money independently of teaching Yoga. Our line of Gurus are householders and ordinary persons. Our mission is not to be a priest or to have been born perfect. Our mission is to struggle in life from the bottom up and prove that the Kriya Yoga as given by Lahiri Mahasaya really works and is the true salvation of all people. All you have to do is practice it the original way, and when you wander away or fall down, just get up and dust yourself off and start all over again in the practice. It is the tenacity and the original pristine practice that is the source of success in life, especially in the spiritual life. A picture of my Guru, Maheswari Dubey, can be found in the Kriya Yoga lineage section. Kriya Yoga, especially VKY, is to be established in peace, love and ananda.


Maheshwari Prasad Dubey

My guru Maheshwari Dubey was from Gorakhnath, Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh, India. He worked in Calcutta. He was very well known all over India. In 1998 Sri Maheswari Prasad Dubey came from India to stay with me at my home in California for seven months. During this time I received all of the kriyas from Dubeyji.  He authorized me to initiate others into Kriya Yoga in 1999 and I stayed in contact with him until his mahasamadhi in 2004. My Guru was satisfied that I was ready to assist his overflow of disciples in the West and Australia. He taught one-to-one and could not handle any more load. So, in the one-to-one teaching we have to prepare other Gurus to take over the responsibilities to keep the lineage going and to serve the seekers of Kriya. I teach others in exactly the Lahiri/Panchanon way of initiation and follow through. I have been given the strict set of rules to ordain more Gurus based on developing my disciples for VKY practice. It is my wish to cover the earth in a few hundred years with qualified Gurus.

My guru said that all you have to do is to show a few people that you can deliver peace, love and ananda in their lives and maintain it in the householder environment. Peace, love and ananda will be driven away by the onslaught of daily living. My Guru said, "Make sure that you show them how the VKY will get into action in the real time and bring the state of peace, love and ananda back as soon as possible." VKY real-time guidance and control is devised to do just that in the devotee's life through my set of intensives. Guru said that if I deliver peace-love-ananda to a devotee in a sustained way, then I have done 90% of the task of taking the devotee to God. Because the peace, love, and ananda is the immediate outer perimeter of God's abode. The Witness of the Lord and the final union is not far removed. You keep on delivering the VKY promise to those who will come with their yearnings to find God. Guru said to tell the devotees that it is not the song, dance and miracles that a Guru performs that are the criteria for finding a Guru. It is what the Guru can bring about in the devotee's life and how the transformation and realization comes in the devotee's life that are the real criteria. So, it is the devotee who is on the stage and the spotlight, not the Guru. VKY can bring you the peace, love and ananda that you seek in as little as six months with daily practice and a few intensives during that period.

 

May peace, love and ananda come to us through our Kriya practice.

Jai Guru!


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