A Manual to inner Freedom
Based on the Teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda
Kriya Yoga is an ancient and powerful technique of liberation, transformation and illumination. It has been taught over the centuries by the greatest yogis and was introduced in the West in our time by the great master Paramhansa Yogananda, who described it in his Autobiography of a Yogi as “the airplane route” and “the easiest, most effective and most scientific way to approach the Infinite.”
This book presents the many facets of Kriya Yoga in a complete and accessible way for the first time: from its history to its philosophy, to the subtleties of the practice to how to prepare for initiation.
It is an invaluable text for all those who wish to learn or to deepen their understanding of this ancient science, kept secret for so long. And not only that, it is a treasure trove of practical tools and techniques for all who wish to delve into the wonderful adventure of the inner journey!
This book offers you a chance to board the airplane of Kriya Yoga and fly straight to the eternal beauty of your own Self. Never before has the ancient liberating science of Kriya Yoga, long kept secret throughout the course of history, been presented so completely, deeply and yet accessibly.
Discover the ancient airplane route to freedom
In these pages you will find:
- The history of Kriya Yoga
- Illuminating explanations on the philosophy and benefits of Kriya
- Guided meditations, affirmations and prayers of Yogananda
- Reflections and insights by Swami Kriyananda
- Guidelines for a yogic life
- Helpful suggestions for Hatha Yogis
The Author: Jayadev Jaerschky
Jayadev Jaerschky was born in Germany. His inner search began during his adolescence, and in 1989, after a pilgrimage to India, he made the decision to join the Ananda center near Assisi and follow the tradition of Paramhansa Yogananda’s Kriya Yoga through his direct disciple Swami Kriyananda. In 1991, he received Kriya Yoga initiation from Swami Kriyananda, who encouraged him both to teach and to write books. Each year Jayadev gives seminars in many parts of Italy and Europe.
In 2007 he founded the European School of Ananda Yoga, of which he is the director, and where he teaches courses throughout the year, training new teachers of Ananda Yoga, a style of Hatha Yoga based on the teachings of Kriya Yoga.
Jayadev is the author of nine books on yoga and has recorded three devotional CDs.
Jayadev leads a yearly pilgrimage to India’s sacred sites in the Himalayas. The main goal is the visit to Badrinath, the place where Mahavatar Babaji, the supreme master of the tradition of Kriya Yoga, resides.
In 2014 Jayadev was appointed a Kriyacharya, which means he is authorized to give the sacred initiation into Kriya Yoga.
- Chapter 1: The Kriya Yoga Masters
- Chapter 2: Kriya Yoga For Self-Realization
- Chapter 3: The Kriya Yoga History
- Chapter 4: Kriya Yoga: The Airplane Route
- Chapter 5: The Higher Kriyas
- Chapter 6: How to Receive Kriya Initiation
- Chapter 7: Discipleship
- Chapter 8: Asana As Kriya Preparation – A 6 Month Workshop
- Chapter 9: Kriya as a Way Of Life – A 6 Month Workshop
- Appendix: Badrinath: The Ancient Seat of Kriya Yoga
“This beautiful book will be a great help to kriyabans and those aspiring to kriya yoga initiation. It is filled with many inspiring examples, enlightening stories and devotional prayers which will aid in one›s search for truth through this sacred practice.” — Nayaswami Dhyana, Kriyacharya, director of the Ananda Kriya Ministry in India, spiritual director of Ananda Gurgaon
“This text on Kriya Yoga is a new pearl of wisdom and understanding for all who want to rigorously follow the path of yoga and spirituality. It is based on the tradition of Kriya Yoga from the lineage of Lahiri Mahasaya, Babaji and Paramhansa Yogananda, and follows the ancient teachings of Kriya Yoga and the fundamental principles of its techniques, presenting the multifaceted nature of an extraordinary teaching. It contains a detailed presentation of Kriya Yoga and transmits the ancient power, depth, authority and philosophy through numerous chapters which develop the various themes, always with reference, in love and devotion, to the great masters Sri Yukteswar, Swami Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda. I believe that this text will be a invaluable contribution for all practitioners of yoga and I thank dear Jayadev for this important testimonial of his path.” —Wanda Vanni, President, Mediterranean Yoga Federation
“This book is unique in its completeness. Short of actually explaining the Kriya technique, which should be given in an initiation, the author has compiled an inspirational and practical exposition of Kriya for those who:
- have read the Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramhansa Yogananda, and are simply curious about why Yogananda called Kriya the “airplane path to God”
- want to know what Kriya is
- wish to prepare themselves for Kriya initiation
- are spiritual truth seekers
This book is a “must read” for any spiritual aspirant!” —Nayaswami Kirtani Stickney, Kriyacharya, spiritual director of the Ananda Assisi community
“Sri Jayadev is really a bright star on the firmament of the Ananda community in Assisi. He is truly the mind-born disciple of Sri Paramahamsa Yogananda and Sri Kriyanandji. Lovers of the Kriya Yoga tradition will be delighted by this inspiring book on Kriya and those to whom Kriya Yoga is a new technique will find in these pages a moving account of one of the oldest traditions in India. Jayadev has rightly understood the need of the age and written the book in such a way that even a novice would be delighted and touched by his rendering of this ancient technique. May he be blessed by all the gurus of the tradition.” —Mata Devi Vanamali, Vanamali Ashram, Rishikesh, author of The Play of God and other books
“Kriya Yogis teach that the mind cannot be completely calm if the energy continues to go down the spine toward the senses. Jayadev correctly explained these truths in this inspiring and comprehensive book on Kriya Yoga. A must read.” —Nayaswami Anand Stickney, Kriyacharya, co-director of the Ananda Spiritual Community in Assisi
“Jayadev has written a beautiful and inspiring book about the sacred path of Kriya Yoga. Paramhansa Yogananda gave just a short description of Kriya in his Autobiography of a Yogi. There is also a great deal of confusion about the technique of Kriya, how it is given and why. This book adds to what Yogananda wrote and helps to clarify what Kriya Yoga really is: a comprehensive spiritual path with the power to bring one to the greatest spiritual heights. The reader will also learn some little known stories and spiritual lore about the history of Kriya, along with a clear understanding of the spiritual science that underlies the path of Kriya. Kriya Yoga is a science, which means that it must be learned and practiced correctly in order to get results. It is the spiritual practice that was brought especially for these complex modern times, and this book will inspire many to make Kriya a part of their life.” —Nayaswami Devarshi, Kriyacharya, director of the Kriya Ministry at Ananda Village