Atma Shiva Yoga is the only sacred Kriya Yoga where the Comsic Consciousness in the form of Lord Shiva meditates the practionner in cosmic oneness.
There is also no need to strive to control the mind or practice stillness.
The Divine takes control over the entire process of meditation and samadhi is achieved from the very beginning of Atma Shiva Yoga.
What is Kriya Yoga?
According to Wikipedia “Kriya Yoga (क्रिया योग) is described by its practitioners as the ancient Yoga system revived in modern times by Mahavatar Babaji through his disciple Lahiri Mahasaya, c. 1861. Kriya Yoga was brought to international awareness by Paramahansa Yogananda‘s book Autobiography of a Yogi and through Yogananda’s introductions of the practice to the west from 1920.”
Kriya Yoga is systematically designed to accelerate the spiritual development of the practitioner until one is rooted in Cosmic Consciousness. Advanced practitioners of Kriya Yoga including Sri Yukteshwar Girl eventually attain the Light Body of Immortality where ones physical cells transmute into Cosmic Energy. The form of Kriya Yoga that is known today is Lahiri Mahasaya’s Kriya Yoga that was brought to the west by Paramhamsa Yogananda in the late 19th century. This Kriya yoga involved a series of mechanical yogic steps that the practitioner had to follow after being initiated by the master. This Kriya Yoga was given to Lahiri Mahasaya by Mahavatar Bababji in the early 19th century.
The story of Lahiri Mahasaya receiving initiation into Kriya Yoga by the yogi Mahavatar Babaji in 1861 is recounted in Autobiography of a Yogi. Yogananda wrote that at that meeting, Mahavatar Babaji told Lahiri Mahasaya, “The Kriya Yoga that I am giving to the world through you in this nineteenth century, is a revival of the same science that Krishna gave millenniums ago to Arjuna; and was later known to Patanjali, and to Christ, St. John, St. Paul, and other disciples.” Yogananda also wrote that Babaji and Christ were in continual communion and together, “have planned the spiritual technique of salvation for this age.”
Through Lahiri Mahasaya, Kriya Yoga soon spread throughout India. Yogananda, a disciple of Sri Yukteswar Giri who was himself a disciple of Lahiri Mahasaya, then brought Kriya Yoga to the United States and Europe during the 20th century.
1. Atma Shiva Yoga is not a mechanical method of meditation:
Atma Shiva Yoga does not involve any visualization, mental mantra repetition or forced moving of energy through the body. The energy of the Atma Shiva Yoga is activated through a secret breathing process whereby one becomes “meditated” by the highest dimension of Divine energy. In other words, the cosmos, Brahman, or the Universe meditates for the practitioner. One does not need to forcefully control one’s mind or focus on the breath. Mechanical methods are limited and dangerous because one is forcing energy to do certain things. Celestial methods use the natural intelligence of the universe to conduct the spiritual/energetic process for the practitioner. Celestial Methods are quicker and more advanced.
2. Atma Shiva Yoga fuses your brain immediately into the highest Turiyatitta state.
Atma Shiva Yoga immediately will give one the experience of Turiya and Turiyatitta, the state where oneness with the Divine Consciousness is achieved. The brain is immediately activated and ‘plugged in’ to the highest dimension of the cosmos.
3. Atma Shiva Yoga is a complete healing system as well.
Atma Shiva Yoga not only provides spiritual enlightenment but heals the body of all diseases and heals the mind of all negativity. The power of Om is able to penetrate any impurity and dissolve it. Atma Shiva Yoga is great to practice for anyone who wants perfect health, or for those who would like to heal themselves for ‘incurable’ diseases such as diabetes or cancer.
4. Atma Shiva Yoga erases mental samskaras.
The more one practices Atma Shiva Yoga the more one is filled with the divine energy of universal consciousness, Sadashiva. In the space of Shiva, negativity loses all power. Daily practice of Atma Shiva Yoga protects one from all forms of negativity and negative patterns that have accumulated over one’s life starts to dissolve. One’s inner space is replaced with freedom and abundance. One starts to experience the space of enlightenment.
5. Atma Shiva Yoga is daily meditation between you and Lord Shiva.
Atma Shiva Yoga removes all barriers between you and the cosmos. Daily you have the opportunity to sit in samadhi in oneness with the Cosmos. One becomes filled with the divine bliss and one starts to surrender to the infinite. During daily meditation, one unloads all karmic baggage. Atma Shiva Yoga allows you to experience the freedom of your true nature as pure Consciousness.
The Path of Atma Shiva Yoga
Atma Shiva Yoga is a complete system of spiritual cultivation that guides the practionner from the very beginning to the stage of complete union with the Divine and the full awakening of the Kundalini energy. The method to awaken the full Kundalini energy was often kept as a very secret process that was only revealed to successor of the lineage or Sampradaya. Atma Shiva Yoga holds the energetic and spiritual keys that are designed to unlock this powerful latent force within. To gain access to this Kundalini energy, one not only had to fill all their nadies and centers with the divine energy but also be able to combine the opposing forces of Prana and Apana. This entire path is outlined below.
Stage one: Stula (manifest) Panchaksara Kriya
Stula (manifest) Panchaksara Kriya“996: Chant Om Na Ma Si Va Ya Chanting Mantra “Na” to begin and “Ya” to end–Na Ma Si Va Ya, And prefixing Mantra that has “A” and “U”–“OM” Those who meditate thus Will see the Primal Lord inside their head.” (Tirumandirum – Siddha Thirumoolar)
The first stage of Atma Shiva Yoga involves the cleansing of all karmic impressions and the activation of all the chakras and the kundalini shakti. As the divine light of Shiva starts to fill the three dantians and the consciousness becomes stabilized in the Self, the Supreme Soul, Paramatman, starts to awaken within the Heart. The third eye and medulla oblongata become charged with cosmic energy. Ultimately the first level awakens the infinity of the “Blue Bindhu”
Stage two: Sukshma (subtle) Panchaksara Kriya
“960: Chant “Om Sivaya Nama” In formless space rises Nada, In Sakti of slender waist rises Bindu, Together they form, OM With letter “Ya” in center, When mantra Si Va Ya Na Ma is incessant chanted, That mantra (Om Sivaya Nama) spouts Siva Bliss.” (Tirumandirum – Siddha Thirumoolar)
After the foundation of the first is secured in your system, one begins to experience a more subtle form of Shiva’s energy. One is awakened to the Shiva Ananda, the bliss of Shiva.
Stage three: Advanced Stula Panchaksara Kriya
.“983: Chant Namasivaya and Vanquish Karmas; Chant Sivaya Nama and Be One With Sadasiva In the Five Letters beginning with “Na” (Na Ma Si Va Ya) Are all actions you seek to do; In the Five Letters are stubborn Karmas vanquished; Those who hold in their hearts The Five Letters with “Si” to begin (Si Va Ya Na Ma). Will with Primal Sadasiva one be” (Tirumandirum – Siddha Thirumoolar)
In stage three of Atma Shiva Yoga, the pure samadhi state and opening of the third eye are cultivated. Purification and activation of all the tattwas (elements) is experienced as the Divine energy is awakened in one’s Heart center.
Stage four: Advanced Sukshma Panchaksara Kriya
“2709: Sivayanama is Alchemic In slighting terms they speak of our Lord; With thoughts centering on the Light And hearts melting in love Let them chant His name; With the alchemic pill of Sivaya Nama He will turn thy body gold.” (Tirumandirum – Siddha Thirumoolar)
One may start seeing large amounts of spiritual light at this stage. This mantra is used to unlock the Light of the Soul and establish the golden body of Immortality.
Stage 5: Om Shiva Samadhi Kriya
952: Lord is in “Aum” Beyond Adharas Where Adharas end, “Aum” is; There shall you see Lord Who of Himself reveals; He is Blemishless, He is Light Divine, He is Whole Truth, He is the Alchemic pill, Of flawless gold.2677: In Aum Jiva, Para and Siva Merge In Aum arose the elements five; In Aum arose the creation entire; In the atita (finite) of Aum The three Jivas merged; Aum is the Form Of Jiva, Para and Siva in union. ( (Tirumandirum – Siddha Thirumoolar))
In this stage of Level 1 we allow ourselves to be purified by the Light of Om. With this level our energies begin to concentrate within the spine and Self-Realization is experienced.
Level 2 – Advanced Shiva Yoga Sadhana (Thirumoolar Pranayama)
In this stage we conduct our Shiva Yoga Sadhana in a deeper layer within ourselves. Previously we work working at the level of the Prana and life-force within our three dantians. Now we will awaken all our chakras and practice at the mental, subtle, astral, and soul levels. This method of breathing was a secret of the Tamil Siddha tradition.
Level 3 – Boganathar Vasi Yogam (Prana and Apana Sadhana)
In the first level of Atma Shiva Yoga, not only did we attain Self-Realization, we also completely filled our energy centers with Prana and established the foundation for higher spiritual cultivation. Now we will begin to combine Prana and Apana in our Navel center. This is a very secret process that was closely guarded by the Siddhas of ancient India. It is only if we manage to unite these two energies that the true Kundalini Energy begins to manifest.
In our bodies we have both Prana and and Apana energies that sustain our life. Our Prana tends to rise whereas our Apana tends to descend. In this stage we will reverse the process and cause the Apana to rise and the Prana to descend ultimately uniting them in our Navel Center. This is a spiritual process that is designed to produce the ‘internal pill’ in our Navel Center. In ancient times, great rishi’s such as Siddha Boganathar called this the awakening of the “golden pill.” So far we have only worked with Prana in our bodies therefore our goal here is to accumulate an equal amount of Apana energy and seal it in our Navel Center. This is done through a very special and secret sitting meditation. Once this has been accomplished this one will have a usable “cell” in the that can then be transformed into the true Kundalini to produce the electrical current from the muladhar chakra which starts to rise into the crown of the head. Completing this stage also means that the the original harmony of the Universe has been restored in the body. Only bliss exists at this point. If Prana and Apana Sadhana is accomplished one’s kundalini will stabilize at the crown center and one’s Prana will flow within the sushumna nadi.
Level 4 – Parashiva and Parashakti Kriya
This is a continuation of the previous level. It this stage the union of Parashiva and Parashakti takes place at the crown center. This was the secret of the Siddhas. The true bliss of the Soul, Atma, is experienced at this point. It is in this stage that the divine light within each chakra is unlocked. By transforming our chakras into light we begin to realize our Light Body. This is the main Kriya of Atma Shiva Yoga. One enters into God-Realization in this level.
Level 5 – Shiva Kundalini Sadhana
This level unlocks the full divine power and energy of each chakra. This is traditional siddha Sadhana. Once the crown chakra is reached the union with the universal energy begins to take place.
Level 6 – Siddha Yoga
In this level one crosses from the realizing the soul, Atma, to realizing the Supreme Soul, Paramatman. This is the deepest layer of your self, the level of bio-energy that exists as the source energy of all the chakras. In this level, Lord Shiva and the individual soul become one.
Level 7 – Great Heart Essence of Enlightenment
The crowning achievement of our system is the development of the Enlightenment of the Soul. This method fuses the Soul with the energy of Enlightenment and develops the electrical current through the energy of Enlightenment. This tradition represents a secret path of that builds inner electricity and inner Light through the power of Enlightenment. This was known as the power of the Vajra or Thunderbolt. In this final level, Enlightenment of the Soul is realized.