The fundamental thesis of Kriya Yoga is that we are a miniature version of the whole cosmos, a microcosm - an evolving universe within the macrocosmic world.  The all-pervading supreme creator is hiding within us and activating every action through the breath - hence the name kriya; any work "kri," is being done by the power of the indwelling soul "ya."   The various cosmic forces controlling ether, air, fire, water, and earth also control the kinds of work, namely, religious activities, relationship, food, progeny, and earning money performed by the human body.  Yoga is the means of conjoining this correspondence between microcosm and macrocosm - realizing the truth behind the union of individual self and the Supreme Self. The science of Kriya Yoga has a divine origin and was not created by the human intellect.  The modern revival for this ancient meditation method began in 1861 with Lahari Mahasaya who was initiated into Kriya Yoga by Great Deathless Master Babaji, and Kriya Yoga was handed down to the current Kriya lineage of masters directly through the Master-disciple method of teaching. Information about Kriya Yoga.
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Babaji is a great avatar. An avatar is a great spiritual being beyond human limitations. Babaji guides from a distance, is rarely seen and usually remains invisible. Babaji appeared one day as a man of some twenty years of age and is currently over 2000 years old. He still looks the same as seen in his pictures. He is most frequently seen in the Himalayas. Information about Babaji.
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Paramhansa (or Paramahansa) Yogananda was born in India, and studied with gurus there. Later he spent many years in the United States teaching about Kriya Yoga, Hinduism and enlightened masters. His book, "Autobiography of a Yogi," portrays many aspects of Indian society and spiritual life, and is also considered by many to offer spiritual guidance as well. Yogananda founded the Self-Realization Fellowship in southern California. After his death, one of his disciples (J. Donald Waters, also known as Swami Kriyananda), left the SRF under unfriendly circumstances and founded the Ananda Church of Self-Realization, whose teachings are based on Yogananda's writings and Kriyananda's interpretations of those writings.
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Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is the founder of the Art of Living Foundation.
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