So this guru in the Yogananda Kriya tradition, Lahiri Mahasaya, is said and described to be a direct disciple of Babaji, the immortal "yang shen" in the Himalayas.
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I was reminded of when Lahiri Mayasa is visited by Babaji in the Himalayas, as detailed in "Autobiography of a Yogi" - the first think Babaji does is gives Lahiri Mayasa an herbal drink that clears out his intestines. haha.
That's something I can relate to on a day to day basis!
So then Kriya Yoga is the closest to the Taoist alchemy training - with a similar "small universe" meditation that circulates the energy around and a focus on full lotus meditation.
Also Yogananda taught standing active exercises to energize the body with prana.
There is, of course, "contention" about the Kriya yoga lineage:
Lahiri Mahasaya (Full Name: Shyama Charan Lahiri) became known to the truth seekers all over the world through Paramahamsa Yogananda's famous book "Autobiography of a Yogi", which has been translated in many languages.So then there is these downloads - of a book based on Lahiri Mahasaya teachings
Shibendu has the distinction of receiving the original Kriya process in the age old Rishi-tradition of India, that is, from father to son - generation after generation. Thus the process here passed, through knowledge and genes, from Shyama Charan to Tinkori to Satya Charan to Shibendu who was initiated in 1960 by his father Late Satya Charan Lahiri at the family shrine "Satyalok" D 22/3, Chousatti Ghat, Varanasi - 221 001 (India).
So it describes the "Magic Breath" technique which is the small universe - visualizing the energy going up the back of the spine on in breath and down in front of the spine on out breath. So the writer discovers this is indeed the Kriya Pranayama.
So then the book Puran Purush by Dr. Ashoke Kumar Chatterjee is a detailed biography of Lahiri Mahasaya.
George Harrison, although not himself a disciple of Yogananda, was interviewed for SRF’s “Lake Shrine” video, quoting there from Sri Yukteswar’s (1977) book, The Holy Science. (Ravi Shankar was featured in the same film. Shankar introduced George to Yogananda’s writings in 1966.) At Harrison’s prompting, images of four of the SRF line of gurus—Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, Sri Yukteswar and Yogananda—were included on the Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s album cover collage.So that was the first music album I ever bought and I listened to it over and over - so obviously I was looking at the image of Lahiri Mahasaya without realizing it. haha. When I was around 10 years old and onwards. I'm quoting Stripping the Gurus that details some of the more bizarre claims of Kriya Yoga via Yogananda.
When I went to the SFQ Center, I shared how I was doing small universe meditation and also full lotus and the master healer there who does qissage - she told me to do small universe meditation in full lotus.
I thought that was good advice and I've followed it ever since. But the original qigong master says that if you do full lotus meditation then the small universe will happen automatically. Just focus the light on the lower tan tien, with the tongue against the roof of the mouth and the eyes closed and listen internally.