It was recently brought to my attention that you have listed the
Yogani name and the Advanced Yoga Practices (AYP) writings in
of the major schools of yoga." I am honored, as AYP
is surely an upstart compared to the well-known teachers and
venerable traditions you have listed there.
[S:] The survey was actually done by a friend. I am not
responsible for it,
except for the "publishing."
In the case of AYP, I think you have caught the essence of
it. But you have a few comments in the article that
could use some feedback from "the horse's mouth."
First, unlike the other schools you have listed, AYP is not
primarily a hatha yoga teaching. Neither is it primarily a
kundalini yoga teaching. Rather, it is an integrated
system of practices derived from multiple ancient
traditions including mantra yoga, kriya yoga, hatha yoga,
kundalini yoga, tantra yoga, bhakti yoga and others. Some of
the practices included in the system are fairly well-known.
Others have been highly esoteric and barely written about at
all, until now.
Why is this integration occurring, and why are these long-standing
boundaries of secrecy being crossed?
Today we are seeing an intersection of fast-rising human
spiritual awareness, the ancient traditions, and modern
information technology. Your web site is a fine example of how
these three elements are becoming more integrated. It is all
leading somewhere, isn't it? But where?
Thanks to the life-work of thousands, the traditional
approaches to human spiritual transformation have survived
the past few thousand years of chaos. Only barely. They
are all resurrections of ancient knowledge, tied to specific
lines of teaching reaching far back, and tailored to modern
times as best as possible. But there has been so much erosion over
the centuries that we see significant pieces of the whole of
yoga missing in the teachings of the major traditions. This
is no one's fault. It is just how things have happened during
a few thousand years of darkness. Fortunately, not all of the
traditions are missing the same pieces, so it has been
possible to put "Humpty Dumpty" back together
again, so to speak. That is what AYP is about. It is a
resurrection too, but one with a much broader reach than the
traditional lines have been. It is also an attempt to take
maximum advantage of modern (and open) information technology, so the
longevity of the work can be assured well beyond our
lifetime. A thousand years from now, the "ancient scrolls"
will be digital.
The question has to be asked: Are the traditions in their
present form capable of servicing the rapidly
increasing millions of hungry seekers feeling the divine rising
within? It appears not. Due to the burgeoning demand, what are
seeing today is a divergence of knowledge, a scattering of
teachings into into thousands of fragmentary threads,
instead of a coming together of the most effective, simply applied
means. There is a great need for an integration of yogic
knowledge, bringing together the simplest, most effective means
of practice, and making it universally available via modern
information technology. It is not the complete answer, but
certainly part of the answer as we move forward. No doubt the
traditions will also adapt to the dramatic changes that are
occurring in human consciousness. They must. Change is
in the air...
Happily, when an integration of yoga practices from all
available sources is done in a logical fashion, individual
spiritual progress can be greatly enhanced, even as the
hobgoblins of imbalanced practice disappear, including the
dreaded runaway kundalini syndrome.
The implication in your article of rampant kundalini problems
in AYP is incorrect.
[S:] The implication, as i read it, is of possible
possibly related to lack of traditional modes of oversight, and
[Y:] The opportunity to clarify is appreciated. I did not have as
much a concern about the kundalini verbiage (everyone is
entitled to their initial doubts) as with the link to the
kundalini disaster, which, to the casual reader, could be
confused to be an AYP story, which it certainly isn't.
[S:] Following this
feedback, this and "possible" have been clarified on the
[Y:] In AYP, Gopi Krishna is brought up occasionally as an
example of "the hard way to pursue
enlightenment," with the reasons discussed in detail, and the
specific means given to travel faster while avoiding a
similar fate. So, there really is no connection between the link
you have in the article and what we are up to in AYP. Indeed,
it is an example of how we do not do it. I am not opposed to
sharing kundalini resources (that is a good one), but object to
the implication that this how you could end up in AYP --
high and dry. It just is not true.
AYP pays much more attention to individual kundalini
challenges and how to handle them than any other tradition
I know of, both before and after the fact. Most traditions
tend to sweep kundalini challenges under the rug. We
It is one of those spiritual paradoxes. The open system is
so far proving
to be safer -- because it is open. The suggestion to
your friend is, come and kick the tires some more. There is
something new and exciting here. This is a path being traveled
from the inside of each person. It can be done!
In fact, there is a large focus throughout
the lessons on avoiding such mishaps, with many specific methods
included. This is not to say that some people do not experience kundalini flare-ups when
pro-actively engaged in the purification and opening of their
nervous system. Everyone is different, and the symptoms of
purification and opening will vary. Ample means are given
in the lessons to deal with such occurrences, and many cases
of excessive energy flows have been dealt with successfully. To
my knowledge, no one has ended up in an out-of-control
kundalini situation due to the AYP practices, and we have
thousands involved to one degree or another at this point. Which
is not to say it could not happen. Anyone experiencing this
kind of difficulty is encouraged to contact me, or other
seasoned practitioners in the open AYP
Forum. It should also be pointed out that there have been
quite a few people who have come from other teachings
and/or previous lives with severe kundalini problems who have
found increased balance by using the methods in the lessons.
AYP sees visitors from many traditions who are
looking to fill in some missing pieces. AYP is not a
tradition itself. It is an open resource that is being put in
place for everyone to use according to need. No one has to
leave their tradition to take advantage of what is in
the lessons. There is no organization or guru to latch on to here.
It is a comprehensive and interactive textbook on
spiritual practices and the enlightenment process. That
No matter how many precautions and measures are built into the
lessons, the success or failure of having open availability
of advanced yoga practices will depend on the responsibility
of the practitioners. Your article implies that humanity is
not ready to be that responsible. Franky, I was concerned about it
also when embarking on the journey of openly recording a lifetime
of research in yoga. I wanted more than anything to leave
something useful behind, so others might benefit. Would they be
ready? I knew at some point everyone would be. All the arrows are
pointing in that direction. But what about now? A
year-and-a-half into the project, I
am happy to report that the vast majority of
practitioners have been very responsible with the practices,
with most experiencing excellent results. As mentioned, there have
been no known disasters. We have been through a lot together,
and it is working. So much so that the teachings are naturally
moving outward in all directions in a horizontal person-to-person
fashion (there is no vertical hierarchy here).
If you have doubts about any of what is said here, please review
the hundreds of reader
testimonials on the web site, and the in-depth
reviews of the lessons on Amazon.com.
The world may be ready for this now. If not now, then
certainly in the not-too-distant future. The lessons are
being put together for that eventuality.
AYP is not intended to be the last word on yoga practices. It is
hoped that many will carry forward the work of improving our
knowledge of the means for promoting the process of human
spiritual transformation. Enlightenment is a natural process
constantly occurring in our nervous system. Yoga does not define
what it is. Rather, the natural tendencies in our nervous
system define what yoga is. This is how it is with all
technologies. We recognize natural principles in nature, and we
leverage them with techniques -- technology. Yoga is like any
other technology, and should be managed as such -- scientifically
and pragmatically. AYP is viewing enlightenment and the
process of it in the human nervous system through the eyes of
science -- constantly looking for easier and better
means to enhance the natural evolution occurring within us.
It is a systematic management of causes and effects. Indeed,
what we find as we apply effective methods of yoga practice
on a daily basis over time is that our essential nature emerges as
unshakable inner silence, ecstatic bliss and outpouring divine
love. That is what we are when fully revealed.
The guru is in you.