On the previous page are a couple of kriya oaths with dangers they entail. Now we should take a look at what comes along with kriya oaths, such as offering your wife to the guru.
There is much more to consider too, if the issue of offering your wife is not enough, including as lifestyles out of step with the times. In short: Kriya oaths come with sets of instructions that ensnare or regulate lives, and not too well.
We can study to prepare ourselves by a worst case scenario of being unlawfully bound by oaths against some Human Rights in contrast to living fairly well. It is often well to consider and act beforehand so that the worst does not happen, or if it happens, so that the damages are lessened by some modest strategies or stratagems to implement "just in case", as we say.
No swearing and great changes of lifestyle may be needed for ◦learning TM, the best all-round meditation method in many comparative research studies. Compare:
TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION IS FOUND TO BE SUPERIOR . . .
In the last years, much more laudable research of this sort has surfaced. It confirms and enlarges on previous studies. You are referred to the links above.
One thing is how a good meditation method works in itself. Another thing is how fairly and fitly it is propagated. A third thing is what comes along with it: It could be restrictions, oaths, and insane cultishness among other things.
Now, cultishness may not amount to much around Transcendental Meditation, for various reasons, for it is not tuned to exploiting naive people.
Glimpses into Deals of Babaji
As for kriya yoga in the Babaji lines of transmission, it is very little tested. Some research results are found, though. But in several lines of transmission, hazardious oaths and demands go along with it, also haltingly and repetitiously propagated "in the name of Jesus", as Yogananda's Self-Realization Fellowship does.
To the degree that Jesus has changed his mind and goes against his gospel sayings on several matters and given up his own salvation concept and forewarnings against false Christs and having other masters, then Yogananda's and his fellowship's "Jesus onboard" may be true, but how is it to be proved? It is easy to claim this and that in the name and freedom of religion, and hard to deal with faith from such claims. There is at any rate much to doubt, if scepticism appeals to you. There is good and skilled doubting for yogis around too.
For the lack of sound scepticism and lack of doubting skills, many young persons become believers and victims of charlatans. Many blunderbuss statements by Yogananda may in time backfire as untrue, unfit, even drivel for sectarians.
Suppose kriya-oath-making jeopardises good living. Oath-making that undermines living well, is not without thorns.
Along with kriya yoga in a lot of transmission lines deriving from Babaji through Lahiri Mahasaya, there are guru regulations on how to live. Lahiri's full name and other data may be accessed on another page. The source of the instructions below is a Satyeswarananda (further down).
COMMENT. If you treated your mother badly or poorly and ungratefully, the deal is not "refrain from following the regulation of treating all women likewise". Further, the ego (the heart-felt sense of "I") should not be destroyed, but made to grow, says Babaji, Lahiri's guru. Babaji is quoted on in on two previous pages in this collection. And "offer everything" is a rather stiff demand. What about things you are through with and mean to get rid of, for example? Are they part of everything or not? Finally, soured milk produced by bacterial fermentation may contain up to one percent alcohol, but is generally wholesome still.
COMMENT. The honest husband in the West has to admit that women are not to be treated as the property of men. Babaji's attitude toward women is not right in Buddhism either. In the Apannaka Sutta Buddha says that he who is on the right way, speaks what is factual, speaks words worth treasuring, seasonable, reasonable, and abstains from accepting male and female slaves. [There is more].
Now, you may learn core kriya yoga without shackles and handcuffs - it is public and no secret at all. And then there is TM, Transcendental Meditation, which I recommend for the good it does far and wide.
What rules are there to follow if you will not be free and strive to make it on your own? Let us see how Swami Satyeswarananda reconciles the two sets of instructions above. He says:
COMMENT. Interestingly, some tasks were dropped. They were:
"Wife and everything" to your guru - giving what you may not give could grow into a problem. So could each of them.
Here is a link to the three sets of regulations above: [◦Link]
It Boils Down To:
If you think the above is reasonable and not reprehensible, why succumb to hard oaths in the first place? You might get it better if you do not swear yourself away (cf. Matthew 5:33-37). It seldom pays to misplace one's trust in the first place. Heed this from the Bhagavad Gita to keep away from Mephistos:
An offering, consisting of muttered prayers, is ten times more efficacious than a sacrifice performed according to the rules (of the Veda); a (prayer) which is inaudible (to others) surpasses it a hundred times, and the mental (recitation of sacred texts) a thousand times. (Manu Samhita, 2:85)
TM (see top of the page) is a form of silent mantra meditation. As for results, "Once the apple has started to fall from the tree, it will most likely reach the ground."
Memorise hovering, general truths that may assist you in your life - with the aim of being on the safe side and reap benefits. This is the core of lojong, mind training.
If by this method you gradually absorb the content of the Gita by heart and just refresh these teachings once in a while, you may learn it better and get freed ample time for good meditation or delicious music. Meditate without interference at regular sittings, is the standard counsel. Meditation is the main yoga method, and lower forms of kriya yoga are means toward it.
Intolerable things may be called just that
Meaning to call a spade a spade - be warned: Where you point out tricky subjects and deals in a setting that scarcely allows for it, you risk being called impolite for basically well-meaning and advanced mentions, ostracised or better. There may be other roads to Rome.
It is wonderfully easy to start a spiritual organization and run it like a commercial enterprise (with collected donations) to provide livelihood for the followers and devotees in the name of God's work, while at the same time, indulging oneself in self-aggrandizement. - Swami Satyeswarananda's comment
Swami Satyeswarananda is for Babaji kriya, and disagrees heavily with Yogananda and his fellowship. He rises to warn against much in the kriya propagation of SRF. [◦See for yourself]
One may add this: Note it takes hard hearts to run roughshod over people. Victims of severe oaths may come to cry.
Into Further Fields
It helps a lot to be well trained in progressing, "academic suspicion making" by learning the thinking and methods of basic science and heuristics. How? It works against being taken in and lorded over. That is the idea. [Link] [Link]
Unless you are well prepared for it and still very careful, spending time in bramble thickets may not go well. There are better ways to progress than reducing yourself by some ensnaring oath - ensnared, fooled and goofed away from such as UN-favoured Human Rights.
The Ramayana is an extremely influential, ancient Indian epic poem about rescuing one's pure-hearted, abducted wife, Sita. Some get their wife abducted, others are made to give her away.
Hanuman offered to help the weeping, abducted wife, Sita, but she mentioned, "I am much bigger than you. How can you carry me back across the sea?"
By way of reply, Hanuman swelled and grew enormous and then shrank back into a small size. (Egenes and Reddy 2016)
Hanuman, son of the wind-god, only looked like a monkey, bluntly honest, loyal, courageous, and kind. Yogic shape-shifting stems from siddhis (powers), says sourcebooks. The ability to make the body smaller, and larger are both told of by Hari Krishna in the Srimad Bhagavatam. "The mystic perfections of yoga are acquired by a yogi who has conquered his senses, steadied his mind, conquered the breathing process and fixed his mind on me. . . . There are eighteen types of mystic perfection and meditation, of which eight are primary, having their shelter in me . . . Among the eight primary mystic perfections, the three by which one transforms one's own body are anima, becoming smaller than the smallest; mahima, becoming greater than the greatest [etc.[. (Srimad Bhagavatam 11.15.1-3)
Patanjali Yoga Sutras shows some more such powers explains they are had by some through "perfectly concentrated meditation", that is, "Attention, Meditation, Contemplation" (Chap. 3, mainly)
Egenes, Linda, and Kumuda Reddy. The Ramayana: A New Retelling of Valmiki's Ancient Epic - Complete and Comprehensive. New York: Tarcher Perigree, 2016.
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