108 Pieces of Advice
The following “Advices” were part of the diary of Lahiri Mahasay, who upon retirement from worldly activities sat in the front room of his home and taught Kriya Yoga to those who were prepared to receive it. It is said he never slept in his bedroom again but made himself available to offer Kriya instruction. After he had practiced and perfected the technique he become a Self Realized human being. He initiated many into Kriya Yoga. It was given to seekers not based upon religion, caste or creed but from the seeking heart of one yearning to know the “True Self.”
1. Kriya is Truth, and the rest is false.
2. Practicing Kriya is the study of the Vedas. Kriya is jagya [performance of Vedic rituals]. All should perform this jagya.
3. All Devatas, gods, practice these Kriyas. One who practices Kriya is a Devata.
4. One should practice Pranayama very seriously and sincerely.
5. Kriya practice opens the Eye of Wisdom.
6. The Knowledge of Brahma, the ultimate Self, is attained by the practice of Pranayama.
7. Ignorance is removed automatically when the Kriya practice is perfect.
8. By the practice of Pranayama, ignorance is dispelled and Knowledge of the Self reveals.
9. One who does not see Kutastha [the inner Self between the eyebrows] with the help of Guru’s advice in this physical body is a blind person.
10. That which saves one from the mind [restless breath], or manasa, is called Mantra; that which saves one from the attachment of body is called Tantra.
11. The transcendence of inhaling and exhaling is called Kebala Kumbhaka.
12. The practice of Khecharimudra brings victory over the senses.
13. When the tongue is raised, the senses are subdued.
14. If one attains the stabilized state in Khecharimudra, then he attains the state of samadhi.
15. One whose Khechari is successful is fortunate.
16. OM is radiant Light. When this Light is spread throughout the body, all is seen; then, there is no desire to speak and to look.
17. Air [Breath] is Lord.
18. When one continues to refine brown sugar, finally it becomes white. Similarly, continued Kriya practice brings Pranayama to perfection.
19. If one moves the breath [practices Pranayama] always, breath ceases and becomes tranquil, sthira.
20. The state of Sthirattva, Tranquility, is called Yoga.
21. Practice Kriya as long as possible sitting in one asana at least once a day.
22. If one strikes the door with the reverse air then it will open. This is called reverse japam.
[That is, tranquilizing apana, the restless breath of the lower centers, and bringing up at the dorsal center and then if one strikes (makes thokar) according to the advice, then the inner Door will open].
23. Having practiced Kriya, one should hold onto the After-effect-poise of Kriya.
24. You will receive results according to your Kriya practice.
25. If you feel pain [during the Kriya practice] in the body, then understand that the practice is not going well.
26. The real work is to tune to meditation in Voidness [on the fifth element, ether] leaving three nerves: ida, pingala, susumna and four elements: khiti. apa, teja, and marut, respectively, earth, water, fire, and air.
27. When the mind is tranquil, it does not desire unnecessarily. At the state of beyond desire, one does not perform unnecessary works.
28. When one has attained the tranquil Breath, then, for him, the only work which remains is to hold onto the state of tranquility always.
29. It is difficult to express the state when the breath becomes tranquil, Sthira.
30. When the breath is tranquil day and night, then, one realizes the real state of Rama Mantra.
31. When the breath is tranquil, it is the state of Kumbhaka. When one sees Oneself, it is called Brahmajnana, “the Knowledge of Brahma, the ultimate Self.”
32. There is no need to breath in or out. It is a much happier state; tranquility is there; this is Brahma.
33. One becomes Brahma when one becomes desireless
[Lahiri Mahasay's meditative life with Kriya was from 1861 to 1873. The following dates are found in his notebook:
34. May 13, 1873 - Whatever one wants to do, he can do.
35. June 29, 1873 - I entered inside [the Spinal Cord] a little bit.
36. July 16, 1873 – The senses disturb today. I must renounce all desires and dissolve myself.
37. The senses are obstructions; Transcending them by the practice of Praanam and Omkar Kriyas, today, I have to dissolve perfectly. This is the only work for me.
38. It does not matter, if life departs from the physical body. I must practice Kriya with all my heart.
39. Kriya practice brings divine wealth, that is, Sthirattva, the state of Tranquility.
40. Aug 13, 1873 – Now, always remain in Kumbhaka. This is the form of Mahadeva, Lord Siva; head was always heavy, the eyes were drawn above; this state does not break when inhaling is done; at that time, silence is very beneficial.
41. One can see all the deities if one withdraws the restless mind and makes inward himself in the Kutastha.
42. I saw Radhaji [consort of Krishna] at the base of the inner Sound.
43. The sun is Kali (Goddess Kali), I myself am Kali. Thinking about Kali I become Kali. Now I will be father of Kali, Brahma, the ultimate Self.
44. The sun is Kali [Goddess Kali], and I am what I am.
45. Aug 13, 1873 – Today, I became Mahapurusa, “the great man.”
46. Aug 17, 1873 – I am Mahapurusa. In the sun I saw that I myself am Brahma, the ultimate Self.
47. Aug 18, 1873 – The world is revealed from my form. I myself am the only Purusa, the supreme Being.
48. Aug 18, 1873 – The world is revealed from my form. I myself am the only Purusa, the Self; there is nobody else.
49. Aug 22, 1873 – I myself am Adi Purusa Bhagavan, the first Lord.
50. Aug 23, 1873 – Whatever I say is Veda. Know it for certain.
51. I saw four Vedas, Brahma, Visnu, and Maheswar (Lord Siva) inside the Yoni [between the eyebrows].
52. I saw a blue color in the light; in the blue, I saw a white Spot (Bindu); and in the white Spot, I saw a man who manifested himself as a Hindu, English man, etc.
53. I saw thousands of Krishna’s.
54. I saw the greater Krishna.
55. Aug 24, 1873 – I myself am Lord Krishna.
56. Aug 25, 1873 – I myself am the Aksara Purusa, the eternal Being.
[It may be mentioned here that each rhythm of Consciousness of the seeker in the process of merging with the ultimate Self is a state of deity, or devata till he merges completely in Oneness with Brahma.]
57. Oct 3, 1873 – I am the sun, the Mahadeva, the first cause.
58. Nov 12, 1873 – I myself am Mahapurusa Purusottam, “the great Self, the supreme Being.”
59. Aug 15, 1874 – It is not possible to achieve Abhaya pada, “the state of fearlessness” without the help of Guru. One must hold onto Oneself at the house of Tranquility, without which, one cannot achieve the Abhaya pada, the eternal Realization of the ultimate Self.
60. My form is everywhere; there is nobody except me, and that form is in Void. There is no day and night there.
61. If you take shelter in me with true faith, then, I have to come to you. How can I stay far away?
62. I remain present near one who practices Kriya.
63. If you write in reverse order and see it in the mirror, it looks straight. Similarly, if you make reverse the breath of the body, then you will see Swarupa, the form of your self.
64. Dualism is the root of all suffering.
65. Restless is manifestation, and Sthirattva, Tranquility, is Lord Siva.
66. You yourself do not know what will render you good.
67. If the strain is generated on the lips, throat, and teeth by the practice of Pranayama, then the knowledge is called Bhakti, or devotion.
68. Whatever one thinks at the time of death, accordingly one becomes that; likewise, if you become Satchitananda at the time of leaving the body, then, you become yourself, the ultimate Self.
69. Who is Kabir? He is sun, and he is Brahma, myself.
[These names are found from his notebook].
70. In Satyayuga Lahiri Mahasay was born as Satyasukrita, in tretayuga he was Munindra; in dwaparayuga Karunamaya; and in kaliyuga he was Kabir. Later, he became Shyama Charan.
71. If one meditates always on the Lord, all his other works are taken care of by the Lord Himself.
72. If people want to go away, let them go away; but you should remain firm in your practice. Then, at the end, you will go into the house of Sthirattva, Tranquility.
73. The movement is called world.
74. Applying body, mind, and speech in action is called Ahingsa [Non- violence].
75. Animals are enchanted by music; if man is not attracted by the sound of OM, then he is an ass.
76. Beyond the five senses there is mind, that is breath; beyond the mind there is buddhi, that is bindu, or spot [in between the eyebrows]; beyond the bindu, Brahma, the ultimate Self, is the Pure Void, and Formless.
77. Woman is the destroyer of man. Do not look at her, at any cost.
[The sun of the self, that is, sound, is referred to here as man; and the jyoti, light of the self, is referred to as woman. In other words, do not be interested in the play of jyoti, or develop attachment to the inner visions; after all, visions are secondary and are not inner Realization.
[It is sound, Om, or Nada, which helps the seeker to go beyond bindu and merge into Oneness with Brahma, the ultimate Self].
78. I saw a pure Void, that is Brahma, the ultimate Self. The mind must be dissolved in It.
79. Mind should not be made outward. What’s the benefit if the mind and the eyes are tranquil and not the body? Today, the breath does not come out, and a lot of addictions are generated.
80. Merging in pure Voidness is called Samadhi.
81. Beyond Purusottam, the supreme Being, there is Brahma, the ultimate Self.
82. Without being niskama, that is, totally detached, there is no possibility to be merged in Brahma.
[When the seer destroys his character as seer and becomes one with the ultimate Self, then dualism is dissolved].
83. Voidness which is inside voidness is called great Voidness, Brahma.
84. Satyayuga is the After-effect-poise of Kriya; tretayuga is the temporary After-effect-poise of Kriya; dwaparayuga is to practice Kriya; and when one does not practice I, it is kaliyuga for him.
85. When one transcends Basu, desires, he becomes Dev, the Lord; that is, he becomes Basudev, or Lord Krishna.
86. One becomes Basudev when the basanas, the desires, are transcended. He is the Lord.
87. A liar who cannot keep his word is not a good man; his father, that is, his Lord is also no good.
88. The essence of Rama-mantra is to place the tongue into Talabya Kriya and continue to listen the sound of Om.
89. Inside this body there is another body which is somewhat black.
90. Knowledge of the ultimate Self is to know Oneself by oneself.
91. Looking at the middle of the forehead, which is above the nose and eyebrows, is a bit difficult; if one stabilizes on this, he attains the state of Samadhi.
92. Till Bhishma [grandfather of Kaurava and Pandava], that is, fear [in the light of Kriya Bhisma means fear of practicing Kriya], receives three arrows, that is, ida, pingala and susumna in his head [unite in the Kutastha], never becomes Sthira, tranquil; One should practice Kriya courageously.
93. Nobody is a sinner; no one is holy either; if the mind is put into the Kutastha, then, there is no sin; otherwise, if the mind is outward, there is sin; in other words, when the mind is not in the Kutastha, it is in sin.
94. The old father [Babaji] is Lord Krishna.
95. I saw Saptarsi, seven Yogis (Bhrigu, Atri, Angira, Marichi, Pulastya, Pulaha, and Kratu; and four Manus (Sanaka, Sananda, Sanatan, and Sanat Kumar].
96. All sins are destroyed at the After-effect-poise of Kriya.
97. Avidya, ignorance, is the outward state of mind; Bidya, Knowledge, is the After-effect-poise of Kriya.
98. One who practices Pranayama, truly loves all beings.
99. Slowly, slowly, all works are being done.
100. Worldly beautiful things are poisonous. If you see them outwardly, they attract you; but if you see them inwardly, then, they are renounced. This is maya, or restlessness.
101. Let others go as they please, but you continue to practice Kriya; It will render you good; You will achieve the state of Tranquility, Sthirattva.
102. One can say everything when the Kriya practice continues spontaneously at the six centers.
103. Nobody is a sinner; the mind itself is the sinner when it becomes outward away from the Kutastha.
104. Tranquil Moment beyond breath is Allah, that is, the House of Tranquility.
105. Brahma is Pure; It has not come out from anything; in other words, Brahma is ever Pure and Brahma is never tasted before by anyone.
[Tasting something is possible from the state of dualism. But if one becomes one with Brahma, one becomes Brahma himself. So there is no possibility to taste Brahma. As a result, Brahma remains ever untasted, Pure].
106. Do not be idle. Practice Kriya. Do not wait for advice to practice Kriya.
107. Exhaust your breath in practicing Kriya. Eventually breath will be Sthira, Tranquil.
108. All realization is possible by the practice of the First Kriya. One is required to practice strictly according to the instructions received from one’s Guru personally.
These 108 “Advices” came from the internet, although a swami satyeswarananda has written much about the life of Lahiri Mahasay and perhaps they originated there. Unfortunately, many gurus these days, such as the good swami here are full up, too busy to help train people in Kriya Yoga. But they provide stepping stones to uncover the way of Kriya practice.
Perhaps a Guru has passed away and is no longer in the physical body. How does one receive instruction from one such as these? Many so called gurus create churches or physically deceased gurus have followers who keep organization alive and some have a group of selected employees who go out and provide the kriya teaching for a fee, some for donations. This is all fine, it is the way it is, but today there are not enough Guru’s to go around to provide the important Kriya initiation and teaching and continued instruction in higher aspects.
Lahiri Mahasay was very suspect of organizations and rightly so because they bring their own karma strings which clutter up the Kriya practicing process. After all there is only one who is to practice the kriya technique, you are your own church and it is up to you to listen to the sounds within and not be indoctrinated by those who appear to be pious but are indeed as blind as those who they seek to lead. The leader is within you, the voice is yours as are the steps you take to quench the thirst for knowledge of truth. You will be led to the teaching by your inner self, the vibration of Lahiri Mahasay is your vibration as we are all infinitely connected.
If you are careful not to get caught up in the social aspect of Self Realization, but put your own practice first you will not need a Guru, and that will help you to stay clear of the social entanglements of following the crowd. Following the crowd will lead you away from the truth, following a guru will do the same, “the truth is within you and the truth will set you free!” By dedicated daily practice you will find the guru is within you and you will lead yourself to the eternal water flowing through infinity free of social entanglements.
Understand the 108 advices of Lahiri Mahasay. Do you hear any guru type talking today about their practice, about their experience? The social media is full of words by guru types but few focus on the direct experience of your own innate Self and how you can achieve and dwell in Self Realization. Social media is mind on steroids, which is good for the person who desires to know the Self, because that subtle and unique vibration “to know” contains enough power to sift through the wheat and the chaff so that only the kernel remains for you to digest.