BuddhaTree

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  1. I'm sorry to revive this topic, but I wanted to ask something: @outlandish What kind of green tea do you drink and how much caffeine does it have? @Elysian What about tea from pure indian sources, like VAHDAM teas? Are they free from pesticides, etc? @Cocolove What kind of greentea do you drink? And what do you guys think about OOLONG tea? Any good? How does it compare to green or black tea? Thanks.
  2. It’s not an entity. We say it’s formless because it’s not a form like we’re used to perceive.
  3. Hello everyone, Sorry for the late reply! I prefer to use my time to practice and read some great spiritual books and watch spiritual videos, so I only manage to post here sporadically. Yes, I do all the pranayamas to the Crown, as explained in Gamana’s The Secret Power of Kriya Yoga. Essentially, as I said, I put the attention on the Crown Chakra and do Shambhavi Mudra. Semi-closed/semi-opened, looking up towards the Crown. But as @Cocolove says, you won’t see anything with your physical eyes. Yeah! I see that a lot of people here still get caught up on the maze of Kriya techniques and complexity. If all you do is follow a technique-based approach like KSR book, then you will not go far. Techniques require mental activity, while awareness is beyond the mind. Parvastha is all about awareness! Technique-based teachings are only suitable for beginners because their minds are too dirty and require some purification first. But there’s also something to be said about too many techniques and complexity, and I honestly feel many Kriya books fall under this category. Here’s my view on Kriya: Pick a few techniques that work for you (Maha Mudra, Pranayama, Supreme Fire) and do them every day, twice a day. Keep reading some spiritual books, quotes, or videos to stay motivated when hard times come (and they will come). Don’t allow your practices to become a chore. If you do them mindlessly, they won’t bear fruit. Once you can achieve some degree of stillness due to the practices, add Parvastha at the end. Start with 100% Techniques, then slowly add Parvastha (75% - 25%) and then once Parvastha gets stronger (and it will), make them 50% - 50%. This is the mixture I use at the moment, with excellent results. Last two months, no visions, no out of body experiences, but just incredible peace, ecstasy, stillness and a feeling of power, like I can do anything. This comes with me to daily life, and nowadays, if I sit or stay silent for a while, I feel a strong ecstatic and pleasurable current in the spine (from root to crown). Then peace and bliss ensue. Then massive power and vitality. I also do 10 minutes of some basic yogic asanas to stretch my legs and back before sitting to practice. I can also see my ego better than before, reacting in daily situations, and every time I effortlessly witness it, I create more disassociation with it. This is one of the most significant differences I notice by adding Parvastha. With Kriya techniques only, I’d feel ecstasy and stillness during the practice and sometimes during the day, but then the ego reactions would be even stronger. As if I had more energy to unleash (often not in a good way). With Parvastha, I feel clearer, and I’m starting to see what I haven’t seen before: my ego acting throughout the day and trying to re-affirm its position, superiority, selfishness, etc. Consequently, this increases my discrimination, and I can abide as I AM way easier during Parvastha. So, doing Parvastha increases your power of awareness during the day against ego tricks etc, which in turn helps you do Parvastha better. It’s great.
  4. I also recommend this author, he has profound insights and an interesting book about a bunny and an owl. But I'd say it's pretty advanced stuff.
  5. Ultimately, I see enlightenment as unconditional freedom! Even freedom from trying to understand or conceptualize “what enlightenment is”.
  6. I used to praise KSR, but here's the thing about that book that bothers me: J.C. Stevens wrote that book without an in-depth comprehension of what enlightenment is. I agree his book is good for beginners, but were someone to follow that book to the letter, they'd end up in a disoriented mess of jumbled up kriya techniques, with no real non-dual path or goal. KSR last technique is about stabilizing kundalini energy in the chakras. Hmm? Does he have any clue about enlightenment and non-duality? It goes so much beyond kundalini energy, chakras and techniques. In the last lesson he says the following: "Cogito Ergo Sum is Latin for "I think, therefore I am." When I first heard this phrase in high school, I found it perplexing. At that point in my life, I had studied yoga for many years, wherein I was taught that thoughts were merely distractions to be stilled. Further, my own experiences in meditation supported this assertion. Only after (...when I was 21) did I understand that what Descartes meant by this famous remark was that, by simply having the ability to acknowledge thought, human consciousness is proven to exist. ... Once I understood consciousness as a superior reality existing within the physical body..." Is this his final insight that consciousness NEEDS thought to be proven to exist? What about that just by the fact that I AM aware, consciousness is proven to exist? Thought exists within consciousness, and consciousness doesn't need thought to acknowledge that it exists. This is a kindergarten insight. Many users on this forum have already had bigger realizations. And the fact that he mentions that consciousness is a superior reality existing WITHIN the physical body blows my mind. The physical body arises within consciousness! Consciousness is NOT inside the body! This is non-duality 101. He is clueless. If any kriyaban reads any decent nondual book, he will see the nearsightedness of KSR book.
  7. I do 72 Supreme Kriya Pranayamas. They are very potent. Shambhavi Mudra is explained in Supreme Kriya Pranayama's section in The Secret Power of Kriya Yoga. It is simple! With my face slightly upturned, I roll my eyes upwards and focus on the Crown chakra leaving the eyes semi-opened. It's not that different from Sadhguru's Shambhavi Mudra, but instead of concentrating between the eyebrows, concentrate on the Crown chakra. After a couple of weeks, just by looking upwards and maintaining a natural focus on the crown, I instantly feel ecstatic. I'm totally on the same boat as you concerning Parvastha!
  8. About six months give or take. I have tasted something that has a metallic taste, but did not experience any blissful states from that. I notice that my pranayama goes much smoother though, and I can definitely feel more energy currents.
  9. Hey guys, a Kriya update. I've been practicing Kriya for quite a while now, and had great results. I ditched all psychedelics a few months ago. I do good with both normal spinal breathing as well as SantataGamana's Kriya. Lately, I've been doing SG's Supreme Kriya Pranayama (which is to the Crown Chakra) because it's having really powerful effects on my kundalini, especially because I combine it with Kriya Supreme Fire and Shambhavi Mudra. I do spinal breathing while doing Maha Mudra and Yoni Mudra (also to the Crown Chakra). @MM1988 I move the energy (with my attention) from the root chakra to the top of the head. I also do full Kechari Mudra. In the end of the routine, I no longer do concentration on Bhrumadhya but I do Self-Inquiry or Parvastha, which is much stronger for me. I've had some mystical experiences, but as Leo says, I don't take them seriously. I let them come and go. This makes me go more into my core of pure awareness. I will keep doing Kriya Yoga with Self-Inquiry (Parvastha) as my main practice. That works best for me. Who here has practiced for more than 1 year and hows it going?
  10. I love these songs. They help me dissolve in my center:
  11. Science can never explain consciousness if it keeps using its current model of materialism. Scientists explore the objective world. They don't explore themselves, which are those who are exploring the objective world. This is a 180° degree switch. Science is still far away from it.
  12. Well, if you are happy with your life, don't bother pursuing enlightenment. If you are always peaceful and joyful, why would you even want God? And who told you that you will realize God once you die?
  13. Of course not. It's entirely the opposite. Of course you can travel, dance or party! The important thing here is being conscious that the source of happiness is within you. Not in things that you do or own. If you don't realize that, you may keep traveling, dancing and partying, but you know who's gonna be your companion? Suffering.
  14. If you like some mantras I suggest:
  15. I drink coffee every day, and I also take a caffeine pill when I work out in the gym. I know this is something I have to change, as my body should not need a stimulant to keep going. I'm currently working on my diet because I feel my meditations and kriya have guided me to a place where it has to be the purest possible. Probably going to gradually reduce the caffeine, until no more.