Kriya Yoga is a technique, taught directly by
the master to the disciple through a purification process.
There is no written record of when this ancient
tradition of Kriya Yoga began. The rishis of the Upanishads,
Shri Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita, Maharishi Patanjali in
his Yoga Sutras and many other masters of yoga, practiced
and taught the scientific method of Kriya Yoga through the
ages. In the modern times, toward the middle of the ninteenth
century, Mahavatar Babaji brought the technique of Kriya Yoga
to the general public through his discipline Shri Shyamacharan
Lahiri, a pious householder (Lahiri Mahasaya).
Kriya Yoga is also called Chauturanga Yoga,
which has four parts: Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi.
Kriya Yoga is an integral Yoga,
a union of Karma Yoga, Jnana
Yoga and Bhakti Yoga. Kriya
Yoga is a scientific technique of meditation, which brings
all-round development to a person.