Kriya  Yoga


Chandigarh, India

April 4, 2004

conducted by Carl Schmidt




Nek Chand's Rock Garden, Chandigarh


Here are some pictures to commemorate the wonderful retreat held in Chandigarh, April 4, 2004.


The following story was printed in the Chandigarh Times (4/6/04)
US yoga expert comes calling
Ruchika M. Khanna

His love for the Orient, especially the yogic science of meditation, has brought him here.  So while the majority of Indians are experimenting with new age therapies like reiki and pranic healing, Carl Schmidt is back from the US to organize yogic retreats for his friends and disciples here.

The yoga expert, from the US was in town for the past three days, and had organized his retreat at Panchkula yesterday.  “The idea behind the visit to India was not just to organize retreats for yoga enthusiasts, but also to visit the land that has kept the faith of yoga alive for thousands of years.  Yoga has stayed here through certain individuals and gurus, and I wanted to meet these people,” he says.

Carl Schmidt has not only mastered the art of yoga over the past three decades, but has also written a book — “A Recipe for Bliss, Kriya Yoga for a New Millennium”.  It has fetched him rave reviews all over America, as has the interactive website on yoga that he has created —  He organizes free retreats, classes over the weekend, where the techniques of pranayam and meditation are practiced and integrated with life to create an awakening of the inner self.  Besides online classes are also held.

His love for the Orient, especially India, is evident from the fact that his children have Indian names — son Jaia and daughter Lily Sita. He is in Chandigarh, on a request of a city-based yoga enthusiast, who wanted him to impart his knowledge of the ancient science to a select group of yoga lovers here.  He will leave for Mumbai tomorrow where the will organize sessions of yoga.  He will also organize sessions in Goa and Bangalore, during his stay three-week stay in India.  Carl Schmidt teaches yoga free of charge.

“I believe in yoga as a way of life.  For me, it is the practice of allowing the body to become reorganized and redistributed according to the original destination of cosmic prana.  I am here to spread this message to all, and not to make any financial gains,” he clarifies.

This former member of US Peace Corps is from the generation of the forceful 60’s (wrought with Vietnam war and the hippie culture), to have turned towards the East for solace.  “I taught Mathematics and Physics in the Peace Corps for two years, till I decided to stop by in Japan in 1970.  I was interested in Oriental religion, philosophy and spirituality, and learnt Zen Buddhism.  Coming to India was a natural progression in order to learn Yoga.  I came to India in 1972, and during my stay here, received yoga initiation from different teachers, as I traveled all over North India,” he recalls.

Most of the yoga he has learnt is through books and any other material available on the subject.  “I learnt bhakti yoga, hatha yoga, gyana yoga , karma yoga and kriya yoga.  I was eager to learn a technique so that I could begin meditation in a more specific and definite way.  After I learnt yoga, and realized its benefit, there was an inherent urge to teach the benefits to the world.  Over the years, I have acknowledged that everyone has different patterns of practicing yoga.  As a teacher, I have experienced a number of patterns being practiced by different people.  But I encourage this diversification, as Paramhansa Yogananda had himself professed that there are different paths up the mountain, but view from the top is the same.” — TNS

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          To make the journey East, where the Star shines, deep within the blue pearl… where the master within resides… there is a highway with many lanes.  There is the lane of prayer and devotion.  In the East this is commonly called Bhakti Yoga.  There is the way of bodily purification called Hatha Yoga.  There is the way of knowledge called Jnana Yoga.  There is the way of balanced action called Karma Yoga.
          There is yet another lane of rare quality on the highway East, which leads with great precision to the unborn condition of original Being.  It is a "diamond" lane of exquisitely refined, inner action.  This way is known as:
Kriya Yoga

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