This is a scriptural commentary of Lahiri Mahasaya on Charak Gita, also known as Charak Samhita, The Book of Medicine and Mystical Healing. Everything is being performed by the influence of Prana, and without Prana nothing exists or manifests. All things are under the control of the desire of Prana and all actions, internal and external, are performed by the desire of Prana. The Iswara, or God, of all beings is Prana. Who is there as Lord of Prana except the Prana itself? So the Lord of Prana is worshiped by the Prana itself. One should do whatever is necessary to expand the Prana. Expanding the Prana is called Pranayama. Pranayama is the conviction of all intelligent people, and it is the substance of all scriptures. In fact, that is nothing except practicing Kebala Kriya. By Kriya practice this physical body gets nourishment. Therefore, one should practice Kriya everyday. Everything is established in Prana who is sheltered in this physical body. Be kind to yourself. Believe in the words of Guru and practice Kriya. Kriya practice keeps the body in good shape and in perfect health. After having practiced Kriya, the holding onto the After-effect-poise of Kriya is a certain and wonderful medicine. By this one sentence everything is told. Dissolving everything into One is called Shastra, or scripture. Pranayama is primary for all spiritual disciplines however many there are. Holding onto the After-effect-poise of Kriya is Rasa, the juice, or nectar : the juice of all juices. Every Kriyanwit tastes this juice at the After-effect-poise of Kriya, yet there is no juice there. Thereafter they are attuned to the state of addiction of Bliss. The application of medicine alone only treats the external (disease) and is thus a kind of throwing stones in the dark. Without the practice of Kriya the inner person cannot be realized. So a person cannot be healed by the application of medicine externally alone. Healing takes place by the practice of Omkar Kriyas, which are Kriyas of the Prana. In other words, the duty is to invite the mind to bathe in the mind itself. Without such Knowing, one cannot know the past, present and future condition of the patient. But if someone always practices those Omkar Kriyas, suddenly he realizes the state (past, present and future) of the patient. Thereafter, the application of medicine may cure the patient. People become ill or die due to the indisposition of the Prana. Everything is manifesting and will be and is established through Prana. Therefore, that Prana is in this body, and therefore one should take care of this body. Therefore, the information of whatever means are referred to in The Charak Gita to save the breath are hereby collected and distributed by a Kriyanwit.
This is a scriptural commentary of Lahiri Mahasaya on Kabir Gita in the Light of Kriya in which is a conversation between Lord Dattatreya and Saint Kabir. In the dialogue, Dattatreya asked Kabir the following six questions regarding the eleven subjects : Mind, Breath, Sound, Prana (life Force), Brahma (the ultimate Self), Hang Sa (Eternity), Time, Void, Jiva (individuality), Siva (Tranquility) and Niranjana (Unmanifestation): What is mind ? Where does mind exist ? In the absence of heart, where does mind reside ? What is the essence of mind ? From where does mind spring ? How is mind dissolved ?
This is a Kriya Yoga book intended to be read and practised by everyone, with/without initiation. Every word uttered by a Yogi has a special meaning that is totally unintelligible to even the highly intellectual people. This book is written in such a way that everyone can follow it up while trading the path of Kriya. People think that they are very intelligent, but if they try to understand very seriously, they realize perfectly that nothing is happening according to their intellect. Only those whose breath is not blowing in the left or right nostril are intelligent in this world. When breathing is faster, then in one day and one night respiration can flow up to 113,680 times. Normally during the same time, the figure is 21,600 times. During a day and night, if respiration is faster than usual, the breath can flow in and out 113,680 times. Normally, in the course of a day and night, there are 21,600 breaths. This figure is reduced by Kriya practice to 2,000 times. So, breathing 1,000 times in the day and 1,000 times in the night, in a normal course, provides greater Tranquility to a Yogi. One of his breaths takes about 44 seconds. Such a Yogi is matured in Kriya practice. Thoughts are inseparably related to breathing. So, when the number of breaths is reduced, thoughts are reduced proportionately. Eventually, with the tranquilization of breath, thoughts are dissolved. Thereby, the seeker can attain the After-effect-poise of Kriya, or eternal Tranquility, which is Amrita, nectar proper.
This is a scriptural commentary of Lahiri Mahasaya on Patanjali Yoga Sutras in the Light of Kriya. All living beings are subject to the law of cause and effect. As a result oftheir past actions, they suffer again and again without breaking the cycle of birthsand deaths. Desires cause them to embody and reembody in the world. Once in embodiment, the individual seeks happiness and avoids pain andsorrow. Pleasure and/or pain is reaped in this life according to past good and badactions. Moreover, in order to be happy in this world, one should also suffer becausehappiness and suffering are relative. There is no escape from suffering until alldesires themselves are dissolved, or transcended. Perfect Happiness can only be found in Peace, or Shanti. How can one find Peace? There is no other means for finding Peace except through the practice ofYoga. By the practice of Yoga, the tremendously restless heart becomes calm. Notonly does the heart become calm by Yoga practice, but longevity is also increased.The body becomes healthy, and absolute Knowledge is gained. Who can tell how long a man will remain alive? It is well known that even ordinary people, without mentioning Yogis, canlive up to one-hundred to one-hundred-fifty years. It is also admitted that, startingwith the body in the mothers womb up to the age of eighty, individuals are facedwith premature death. What is the cause of premature death? How can one prevent it? Who is also lucky not to be afflicted with hereditary ill-health or prematuredeath? Individuals themselves are the cause of their own death. It will become clearwhen one analyzes the nature of his restless activities and desires in search ofHappiness. What could be more desirable than to enjoy Peace with a steadfast heart? It In not so easy to remain steadfastly calm no matter what happens in life.But why in this not possible? Where is one's command over the mind? One shall have to tactically acquire dominion over the mind. That can onlybe accomplished by Yoga practice. It is possible to live even when all physical and mental activities have cometo a stop when one practices Yoga. Yoga is one of the six systems of philosophy. Yogi Patanjali is the founderof this system as well as the author of the many commentaries on Yogi Panini (thefather of Sanskrit grammar). This very valuable, tiny book is divided into four parts: In the first part, it describes the nature of Yoga, Samadhi, or "Attunement"with the ultimate Self and discusses its various aspects.In the second part, the first five steps of the eightfold Yoga path are outlinedfor the benefit of the truth seeker.In the third part, the last three steps are outlined, namely, Dharana ("concept of Tranquility"), Dhyana ("meditation") and Samadhi ("Attunement"). The state of going within during meditation practice and the danger of developing yogic powers on discussed.In fourth part, Kaivalya, or "the highest Liberation", is discussed.In fact, discussion of Yoga is the aim of this book.