Yoga

Kriya Yoga Accelerates Human Evolution: Sannyasini Draupadi Mai

The aim and purpose of yoga is to recapture the lost paradise of soul consciousness whereby man knows he is, and always has been, one with Spirit,” said Sannyasini Draupadi Mai, quoting his guru, the founder of Yogoda Satsanga Society of India. /Self-Realization Fellowship (YSS/SRF), Sri Sri Paramahansa Yogananda (author of Autobiography of a Yogi), in the closing speech of a three-day Sadhana Sangam at YSS Ranchi Ashram.

Addressing an audience of over 500 devotees present on a Sunday morning in this serene ashram, SRF sannyasini Draupadi Mai spoke on the theme: “Kriya Yoga: Accelerating Our Human Evolution”. The satsanga was simultaneously watched online by over 2,000 YSS and SRF devotees across India and the world via live streaming. Draupadi Mai and three other SRF sannyasinis – Brahmani Mai, Brahmacharini Krishnapriya and Brahmacharini Vaishnavi, came from SRF International Headquarters in Los Angeles, USA and are currently visiting Yoganandaji Ashrams in India.

“Paramahansa Yoganandaji says that yoga is not only a means of communion with God, but also of self-transformation; we must consciously try to purify unwanted behaviors to prepare ourselves for higher states of realization,” said Draupadi Mai, explaining how we can anchor our consciousness in our true nature, so that we can express our soul qualities of peace. , harmony and intuitive insight. . Referring to the definition of yoga by the ancient Indian sage Patanjali: “Chitta Vritti Nirodha”, or the cessation of the whirlwind of thoughts and emotions that constantly arise in us, Draupadi Mai explained: “Through the meditation of Kriya Yoga, the mind and emotions become calm and undisturbed…. Then we can also see situations and people with clarity; respond with respect and clarity to the challenges we face or the activities in which we engage; and in all situations to live a dharmic life by making wise choices that align with righteous living.

Encouraging devotees to lead a life guided by Dharmic principles, she said, “By living a life of Dharma, virtue, deep love and devotion to God, we become bearers of God’s light, spreading His love to all the peoples of the earth wherever we go and whenever we pray for others.

During the three days of Sadhana Sangam, the venerable sannyasinis gave satsangas on Yoganandaji’s Kriya Yoga teachings and led group meditations. Women devotees were able to take advantage of this unique opportunity to receive personal guidance from the sannyasinis in applying Yoganandaji’s teachings in their daily lives. One shared, “It is a blessing to meet our SRF sannyasinis from the United States who are resolutely following in the footsteps of our beloved Gurudeva Yoganandaji, a jagadguru, and inspiring us to do the same.”

After Ranchi, the sannyasinis will conduct a similar program at YSS Noida Ashram later this month. Learn more about YSS and Yoganandaji’s Kriya Yoga teachings here: yssi.org