Transformation is Physics
I believe, one of the biggest misconceptions in Spiritual communities is that “God” is a person monitoring our conduct. This belief leads to creating images of the cosmic “Santa Clause” doling out rewards and punishments in concert with our performances, the puppeteer overlooking the world. Falling further into ideas like-- sin is disobedience to this person we call God and making sin an incident that can be excused instead of a situation that must be changed.
What if – God is an energy field? Say, for example, the indivisible system talked about in David Bohm’s quantum theories. And what if – Sin was missing the mark? Meaning we are disconnected from this unified indivisible energy system. Things like Religion and Yoga were designed to help humans reconnect to this energy field.
The real confusion seems to gather around the concept of connection and what does it look like when the human is connected to God or the unified field? One of the tried and true indicators is virtue because we need laws to uphold the conduct that we would do naturally if we were humans connected to Spirit. However, the conduct doesn’t equal the connection it is only a prerequisite for making the connection. We can refer back to the physics to help us with the logistics- like attracts like and two things can’t occupy the same space at the same time. Our bodies come in with a pattern and we look for matter and mind (particles and waves), the tangible aspects of reality. We must purge the body of the pattern and then prepare it for the invocation of the unified field. When we do this we are connected to God. There is only one true God, there is only one unified field, there is only one number one need. Everything else is a sin and misses the mark.
Happiness: to understand happiness just look at an infant child at its mother’s bosom there isn’t anything we can do to persuade the child to leave that bosom. What we have done is weaned ourselves of that bosom and started to assign that same feeling to other substances, circumstances and situations.
Prana: is the life force and can also be called Chi and / or the grace of God. There is a more subtle force than air that supports life and it follows the path of thought. Thought is our number one life sustaining force and Prana is the most important resource because it is the one we need the most. We can live weeks without food, days without water, minutes without air but we can’t live a millisecond without Prana.
We begin with skillful use of thought. Thinking right in Kriya Yoga is knowing the difference between a need and a want and then knowing your needs in their order of importance. When you read scripture and it doesn’t matter which one the bible, the Koran, the Vedas, Upanishads, Bhagavad Gita, Yoga Sutras they all tell us. To be successful in life put “God” first—where the breakdown happens here is what is God? And what does it look like when God is first? In this model “God” is our number one need. The force right now that is supporting life and when it is first it is associated with your peak experience feeling (happiness). The real question is why aren’t we celebrating our next breath? The reason is we come in with what was called the “original sin” our bodies look for food, mother and approval for validation. We have to separate from “mother” the outside world (duality) and reconnect to “father” (Spirit—the unified state). A big obstacle to the connection is this attachment to the realms of matter and mind. In order to separate from them we must purify the mind body complex of the “sin” and prepare it for the invocation of a new symbol for validation.
The practice of Kriya Yoga enables one to reformat the reward circuits in the brain with breath as a new symbol of validation which reconnects the individual with a more reliable resource and the unified state. Humanity is designed for peace, love, happiness and goodness. A big part of this design is Spirit or God itself. Spirit is what makes all these qualities possible. People have problems when they are separate from Spirit or God. Kriya Yoga is a way to get connected to the one true God-- so you can enjoy peace, love happiness and goodness!
As CS Lewis says in Mere Christianity “What man, in his natural condition, has not got, is Spiritual life—the higher and different sort of life that exists in God. We use the same word life for both: but if you thought that both must therefore be the same sort of thing, that would be like thinking that the “greatness” of space and the “greatness” of God were the same sort of greatness. In reality, the difference between Biological life and Spiritual life is so important that I am going to give them two distinct names. The Biological sort which comes to us through Nature, and which (like everything else in Nature) is always tending to run down and decay so that it can only be kept up by incessant subsidies from Nature in the form of air, water, food, etc. , is Bios. The Spiritual life, which is in God from all eternity, and which made the whole natural universe, is Zoe.”
Humans have to be taught how to become Spiritual (humans in the adult state “Kings and Queens”). The Kriya Yoga at IPD educates seekers in the art of getting out of the Bios and into the Zoe. Experience apotheosis! Get the light in your soul and find solutions to all the common problems we are struggling with collectively in America.
Kenneth Toy (Swami Jayananda) is the founder of Institute for Personal Development, Inc. He is an independent scholar who earned the title of Swami in the Kriya Yoga lineage and is also a Certified Professional Astrologer. He has been living, practicing and teaching the mystical sciences for over 36 years.