Course: ONLINE COURSE: Initiation into the Second Kriya
Kriya, Karma, and the Chakras: “The First Kriya helps to bring our awareness into the sushumna. With the higher Kriyas, we begin to work more deeply with the individual chakras.” —Swami Kriyananda
If you have already been initiated in the Second Kriya, click here to sign up.
After receiving the sacred Kriya initiation from Babaji, and the special blessing to give it to all sincere seekers, Lahiri Mahasaya embarked on a journey of developing a complete Science of Kriya Yoga, based on the observation of his own practice. He carefully noted his observations and revelations in 18 notebooks which are kept in the ashram of his great grandson, Shibindu Lahiri in Benares.
The system he devised includes specific preparation techniques to be practiced before receiving the First Initiation, and four stages of Kriya practice. Yogananda mentions these in his Autobiography of a Yogi:
“As Kriya Yoga is capable of many subdivisions, Lahiri Mahasaya wisely sifted out four steps which he discerned to be those which contained the essential marrow, and which were of the highest value in actual practice… [He] carefully graded Kriya into four progressive initiations; [and] bestowed the three higher techniques only after the devotee had manifested definite spiritual progress."
When Yogananda brought this science to the West, he included an intermediate initiation, which we call the Second Initiation. It helps the Kriyaban to focus and awaken each of the chakras, before moving on to the higher initiations.
IMPORTANT: If you wish to take the Second Kriya for the first time, it is necessary to receive permission from Mayadevi; you can contact her by email: email@example.com.
Here are some suggestions to help you prepare for this sacred Initiation:
- Try to take at least half a day off from your usual activities on Friday, for a mini-retreat during which you can meditate, read, and be in silence.
- On Friday we invite you to participate in the guided meditation at 17:30 and the Orientation after dinner.
- On Saturday morning it's important to participate in the meditation from 7:00 – 8:45.
- Do not eat breakfast, if possible, before the Initiation on Saturday, which begins at 11:00 am.
- You will receive the recipe for the special "Babaji drink", which you will need to prepare and place on your altar before the Ceremony.
- Make your altar special with seven candles and flowers.
- Prepare your offerings of a flower, a fruit and a monetary donation, and place them in your meditation space, but not yet on your altar. During the Ceremony you will be guided in presenting these offerings to the Masters. After the ceremony, you can send the donation to Ananda Sangha through the donation page of the website: https://anandaeurope.org/kriya-support/.
- Wear white and have your Om board ready to practice the Second Kriya.
- Begin meditating in your meditation space on Saturday morning at least from 10:15 (or earlier)
PLEASE NOTE: Once your eligibility for this initiation has been verified, you will receive links to all sessions by e-mail from the reception office. Sadhanas, the initiation and Kriya reviews will be available through Zoom meetings. The Saturday evening program is open to all and will be available through ANANDA LIVE on Facebook and YouTube.
See the General Program for details of the weekend schedule.
Visit our Facebook Ananda LIVE page. A completely free way to meditate, do yoga, chant, pray with us …and much more!
Friday 11 June
16:00 - 17:30 Ananda Yoga to awaken the chakras
18:00 - 19:15 Guided Kriya Meditation
20:30 - 21:30 Satsang with Shivani: Kriya and the Chakras, containers of our good and bad karma. Includes Purification Ceremony
Saturday, June 12
6:30 - 8:30 Guided Kriya Meditation
10:30 - 13:00 Initiation into the second Kriya
17:00 - 19:15 Second Kriya review with guided meditation
20:30 - 21:30 Yogavatar Lahiri Mahasaya: program on FB Ananda Live and YouTube
Sunday, June 13th
6:30 - 8:45 Guided meditation of the Second Kriya with questions and answers
11:00 Sunday Satsang from the Temple of Light on FB Ananda Live and YouTube
Saturday, June 19 - Technique Review
After practicing the Second Kriya for a couple of weeks, you may have questions or want clarification. Write them down and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org or ask them during this review.
6:30 - 8:30 Guided Meditation including the Second Kriya
9:45 - 11:30 Questions and answers on the Second Kriya
*Once you have verified your eligibility to participate in this initiation, you will receive links to all sessions via email from the reception. Sadhanas, initiation and technique reviews will be available through Zoom meetings.
** In the mail you will find a video showing you how to download zoom and access the course (if you try before the start of the course you will get to a screen with the words "Wait for the host to start this meeting”)
*** If you have never used Zoom and want technical assistance, write to us at email@example.com within 4 hours of the start of the course, after which we will not guarantee to receive technical assistance.
To utilize our services, it is necessary to purchase an Association membership, which costs 18 euros. This membership card is not included in the price of the course and is valid for a year from the date it is issued. You can use it to access our online courses and also when you come to Ananda. We hope to see you soon here!
Ananda Associazione is an Amateur Sports Non-Profit Association (affiliated with CO.N.A.C.R.E.I.S and C.S.E.N.) dedicated to promoting social welfare through the practices of yoga, meditation and Self-realisation. According to Italian law, Ananda’s programmes and hospitality can be offered only to 'association members'.
Anyone who supports the ideals of Self-realisation, world brotherhood, and physical, mental and spiritual harmony through meditation, yoga and service is welcome. Members pay an annual membership fee of 18 euro, valid 12 months from the application date. The income from Ananda activities is used exclusively to promote the association’s legally-recognised goals.
Accommodation: information and prices
Attention: During the Covid-19 period the prices below are no longer applicable. The correct all-inclusive price for each course can be found on its individual page.
|Single room with bathroom||€ 72.00|
|Single without bathroom||€ 61.00|
|Double room with bathroom||€ 56.00|
|Double without bathroom||€ 48.00|
|Triple room with bathroom||€ 48.00|
|Triple without bathroom||€ 41.00|
|Dormitory (4-5 beds)||€ 36.00|
Note: To the price of lodging and food, you have to add the price of the seminar, that includes all activities: Energization Exercises Lessons, yoga and meditation and evening activities (on most evenings).
Payments can be made in cash, by Eurocheck, credit card (MasterCard and Visa), Bancomat. We can’t accept cash over 1000.00 euros.
Next time you come to Ananda, sign up for the program Yoga in Action to get a taste of community service and receive a discount on the cost of the course. You can choose the option Yoga in Action for any course where this program is available and you can continue with this option as long as you wish. Your service project might change each day.
When we learn to serve with the right attitude, this is a spiritual practice and is called Karma Yoga. The daily practice of Karma Yoga is a joyful and practical spiritual discipline that will benefit every aspect of your life.
At Ananda, there are two levels of the Yoga in Action option:
Yoga in Action Level 1
75€/course of 5 days
With Level 1, you will serve for a period of one and a half hours. This experience gives you a chance to contribute to the beautiful atmosphere of Ananda.
Yoga in Action Level 2
35€/course of 5 days
Yoga in Action Level 2 is only available if you have had prior experience of the Yoga in Action Level 1 option, or any of the Community Living Programs. With Level 2, you will serve for a period of three hours, split into two periods of daily service.
How to Register for This Program
In the page of the course you want to participate to, you will find, if available, the special price of the course with Yoga in action level 1 and 2. When you sign-up on the website or call or write us to book the course, just indicate that you wish to participate to the Yoga in Action Level 1 or 2 program. It’s that easy. Once you arrive at Ananda you will need also to complete a Yoga in Action Form and return it to our reception office.
How to book
You may make your reservation directly here on the website or by phone (+39 0742 813620) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org). Your booking needs to be confirmed by our reception office. For courses held online, there is no need to indicate the details of your stay (date of arrival, departure…).
For courses held at our center in Assisi, please indicate your arrival and departure dates and times, the program you wish to attend, your preferred accommodation, your address, phone and email. If you need to modify your reservation, please inform us at least one week in advance.
Our reception office is open from:
Monday to Saturday 9:30-1:30pm, 2:30-5:30pm
Sunday 9:30-11:30am, 2:30-5:30pm
For on-site courses, the programmes start on the evening of the day indicated.
If you cannot arrive during office hours, please let us know in advance.
Please contact us to check what translations are available. Courses, both on-site and online, may be cancelled if there are fewer than five participants.
Un proverbio indiano dice: "Quando il discepolo è pronto, il Guru appare". Se nella vostra vita è giunto il momento di trovare il vostro maestro spirituale, questo programma vi aiuterà a prepararvi a riconoscerlo. Se invece conoscete già il vostro maestro spirituale, questo programma vi aiuterà a diventare un discepolo più perfetto.