Kriya Friends

[Listen to Asha read this story]

A friend had major surgery. Afterwards, Swamiji went to the hospital to see her.

“I feel so foggy and ill,” she told him. “I can’t do my Kriyas.” The Kriya technique is the heart of our meditation practice.

“Don’t worry,” he said reassuringly. “I’ll do Kriya for you.”

A few days later, she was well enough to go through the motions of doing Kriya, “But it is like sucking on a straw in an empty glass.”

“Don’t do it now. Your energy is needed elsewhere,” Swamiji said. “Ask one of your friends to do Kriya for you.”

Once when Swamiji was recovering from surgery, a devotee nurse kept watch by his bed. Seeing her meditate he said, “I can’t do Kriya right now. Would you be kind enough to do my Kriyas for me?”

On his birthday, Swamiji was deeply touched by a gift he received from a man in the community. “As a birthday present, Swamiji, I will give you three hours of my meditation and Kriya practice.”

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