|Yogacharya Gonesh Baba
Gonesh Baba is a highly advanced Kriya Yogi and disciple of Paramahamsa Hariharananda.
In 1985 Gonesh Baba met his guru Paramahamsa Hariharananda and was initiated into Kriya Yoga.
Gonesh learned all the higher techniques of Kriya directly from Paramahamsa Hariharananda, affectionately known as Baba.
In 1993 Baba empowered Gonesh Baba to initiate others into Kriya Yoga and to teach the scientific techniques of
Kriya Yoga. Gonesh Baba travels the world initiating spiritual seekers into Kriya Yoga. GoneshBaba@gmail.com
|Paramahamsa Hariharananda (1908-2002)
A great saint and realized Master of Kriya Yoga, Paramahamsa Hariharananda was initiated by Swami Shriyukteswar in 1932 and
received an initiation, one of the higher Kriyas from Paramhansa Yogananda, author of Autobiography of a Yogi. He attained
Nirvikalpa Samadhi – a conscious, breathless and pulseless state of divine consciousness in 1947.
Paramahamsa Hariharananda lovingly taught the science of Kriya Yoga to hundreds of thousands of students all over the world. He was
widely recognized as the most highly advanced Kriya Yoga Master of the second half of the twentieth century.
He entered Mahasamadhi in 2002.
|Gonesh Baba with Hariharananda
|tradition was completely lost in India. People didn’t believe they could successfully pursue the realization of God in
their family life. They thought a dedicated spiritual practice of yoga could only be done as a renunciate, in a
monastery, or in seclusion, outside of the family setting.
In 1861, Babaji, a great Saint, reintroduced the techniques of Kriya Yoga through Lahiri Baba, who renewed this
tradition of ancient India, as a householder with a wife and children. Lahiri Baba taught Kriya to many including Sri
Yukteswar who became a God realized Master of Kriya. His two foremost disciples were
Paramhansa Yogananda and Paramahamsa Hariharananda.
Paramahamsa Hariharananda said the field of mathematics, as it extends from the highest realms of Divinity into the
foundation of all material creation, containing pure theory, and application in all sciences, is vast beyond the grasp of
any one individual. Paramahamsa Hariharananda, who was lovingly referred to as Baba, said the field of Kriya Yoga
is similar, as it encompasses the progression of consciousness through creation ascending into the consciousness of
God. As Baba said, “God brought the supreme mystery of Kriya Yoga with His creation.” The whole of evolution is
only for this progression of consciousness. Human anatomy and physiology has evolved to allow the expression and
experience of the Divine. The biology of the brain reflects an evolutionary structure that has
expanded the capacity of consciousness for this highest purpose.
All the various experiences of human consciousness have attending physiological conditions that support each
particular state of awareness. A tangible example of the relationship between physiology and our state of mind is the
breath, as it changes in various dispositions. With anger there’s a rapid breath, along with an increase in heart rate. In
deep concentration, the breath is hardly perceptible. People know that when angry, agitated, or upset, these
conditions can be alleviated by slowly taking deep breaths, for a calm, slow breath won’t support a state of agitation.
The breath varies in each disposition, and these different types of breath reflect the underlying physiological conditions
of the brain, the heart, and the body. Kriya Yoga is a science that is founded upon the physiological processes that
determine consciousness. It utilizes the attention and the conscious use of the will and breath
to induce a higher state of mind and awareness.
Every direct conscious experience of Divinity, by any person in the history of the world, was made possible by a
physiological state that heightened their awareness. In reference to this reality, Baba affirmed that Kriya Yoga in its
essence, was the foundation of all religions. All the founders of the world’s religions had the direct experience of
Divinity. In that heightened state they could perceive the truths of existence, the unity of life, the eternal nature of
consciousness, and the superlative contentment and satisfaction found in Divinity. These experiences of God,
whether by Abraham, Buddha, Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, or the Rishis of India, all formed the foundation of the
religions of the world. The essence of Kriya Yoga is the essence and foundation of all religion,
the union of consciousness with the consciousness of God.
The techniques of Kriya are indivisible from the human experience of divine consciousness and are completely
interwoven with human physiology and the expression of consciousness through the human body. A sincere prayer
from the depth of the heart is attended by a corresponding physiological state. With a profound experience of Divinity
there’s a heightened state of the cerebral cortex, heart, and the whole body. The depiction of halos in religious
portraiture reflects an actual phenomena of light with a physiological basis. The techniques of Kriya involve the use of
the will to direct the attention to Divinity in ways that bring profound physiological changes, creating a heightened state
of the brain, heart, and body. In this heightened state, consciousness expands, revealing the higher truths of Reality.
The techniques grant the immediate perception of Divinity through inner sound, light, and energy. They also
condition the capacity of the heart and brain to access a higher state of awareness during the time of the formal
practice of Kriya and during the course of daily life. Each time a person practices new neural connections are
established, making it easier to attend these higher states while in the midst of daily activities. The practice
incorporates the most efficacious and essential techniques that give all around development,
physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
Many people have read various sources of information about Kriya Yoga. The reality of Kriya is far beyond the
impression most people have. It’s not just one of the different forms of yoga that has come from India. Nor is it
solely propagated and guided by the Gurus of Kriya Yoga. It’s much more vast and universal. In his autobiography,
Paramhansa Yogananda indicated something of the magnitude of Kriya and the involvement of Jesus in this divine
science. He stated that Babaji was in constant communion with Christ, and that together they’re “planning the
technique of salvation for this age.” Baba has stated that many divine personages from the higher realms, in addition
to him and the Gurus, directly assist individuals practicing Kriya. Different people have experienced not only the
presence, grace, and direct guidance of Baba and the Gurus, but the same blessing and involvement of
Jesus, Mother Mary, and a number of Saints, in both from East and West.
Kriya Yoga is the science of directing the heart and whole being to God. The practice involves the sincere expression
of the heart, accordingly to the nature of each person’s heart. For some individuals, their practice of Kriya is a vehicle
for them to worship Mother Mary with all their heart. For others, the practice becomes an oblation to Jesus. Through
their Kriya practice, some experience the Holy Spirit in the most immediate way as the very source of their existence.
Kriya Yoga is for people of every religion and spiritual disposition.
by Yogacharya Gonesh Baba