A major misunderstanding is to believe that others are guilty for your sufferings, that you suffer because of them. In reality all reactions to the world take place in your inner sphere. It’s not the world that needs to change - instead, your inner reactions need to.
This teaching is about the next step - beyond mindfulness. With the use of awareness in active form you don’t just notice, but are able to influence, directly. For example, you can use your consciousness to release the autopilot of emotions from your system.
Only through the use of awareness can you reach the True Self.
When thinking stops, you become thoughtless. But, what is left? What is that? What is that silence?
Have you noticed how the thinking mind works? We hear something, we comment. See or smell something - again comments. We comment everything, like children. All the time. And you believe it’s normal? Why?
There is only one goal in yoga: to restore a human to their rightful position in the hierarchy of creation and learn to direct life consciously, not to be driven by it. And of course, to reach one’s roots. To reach one’s actual potentiality.
Instead of emotions and the thinking mind, awareness should be placed as primary.
Life is not complicated. We ourselves make it complicated. There are three main reasons for that: untamed and random movement of awareness, automatic thoughts that do not correspond to reality and automatic emotions. These components also make up the list of things to gain freedom from.
When using awareness, that itself is neutral in nature, one experiences neutrality. To be neutral means to be adequate. It means to see events as they are – without glorifying, devaluing, distorting or changing them in any way.
Ignorance – this is the darkness. The goal is to become a seer. Only the one who is aware, a user of consciousness, is able to see.
Change starts from purifying the inner sphere. To release automatic emotions and concepts is the most important activity of all activities.
What happens to your problems, to your issues, if the accompanying emotion ceases to exist?
Your most important step towards stability and happiness lies in cleaning the inner sphere – consciously releasing your subconscious of the problematic reactions you once learned from others.
To be aware of your consciousness means to be in a state that is outside of karma.
If you prolong the process of noticing or become aware of your awareness, you become the user of consciousness. To remain aware, you need to continue using it.
Using awareness forms the foundation – your „eyes open up“. The picture becomes clear. This is why it has also been called enlightenment. This is the light – application of awareness.
The duration of your use of consciousness corresponds to the duration of your freedom. Rest of the time autopilot dominates, a program where everything is pre-set.
When you remain with noticing, the world opens up – you notice sounds, sensations etc. Every moment is a new discovery. As soon as you allow the subconscious to take over, your world collapses into being operated by programs, one after another.
In order to actually improve, there is little use from learning fascinating things or traveling to someplace in hope of experiencing something. Those bad things that you already have don’t disappear, do they? To become free of this weed, you need to outroot it, not just plant other plants next to it.
To discover True Self is the main goal for every person all over the world. To discover True Self means to reach the end of your search. Not just your current search for answers, but your infinite search. This is the ultimate solution, self-realization.
Once an automatic reaction is consciously released, it will never occur again. It’s disturbing influence in your life ceases completely.
You are taught that sufferings are a “normal” part of being human. Actually, they are absolutely abnormal. You can easily release them, be without them. Life without negative emotions is not only possible, but indeed natural for all people.
You only cling to positive emotions, because you don’t have any idea, that exists something even better, than good emotions.
Consciousness has seven active qualities, awareness being one of them. As phenomenas, the qualities of consciousness have nothing to do with emotions or thinking, the mind.
Mind and thinking do not form the cornerstone of wisdom, being smart. Instead, that cornerstone is your consciousness. Use of consciousness in active form is what makes humans smart, the true Homo Sapiens.
The life you live today is already robot-like, directed by automatic reactions - both good and bad ones.
You can change yourself only by practically doing it. Theory and opinions alone have little practical value.
However exquisite the emotions, high or important thoughts, none of them help you to reach awareness nor primordial True Self. The mind can only be of temporary use while purifying the subconscious.
What we consider to be our personality is the set of our most frequent reactions. Personality consists of emotions, thoughts and the resulting behavior. If you know how to change these components, a change in personality immediately follows.
The moment of an insight is the moment when God turns towards you with a smile.
In current worldview it is assumed that the brain produces consciousness, matter creating the non-material. According to my research I propose a view that differs 180 degrees - consciousness is the base of your existence, it creates all else. The brain does not create consciousness, only reflects it.

Ingvar Villido. Acharya Ishwarananda

  • Teachings
  • The Art of Conscious Change
  • Babaji Kriya Yoga
  • ASK Ingvar
  • Babaji´s Kriya Yoga - origins

    Babaji´s Kriya Yoga tradition flows directly from the perfected masters, Yoga Siddhas who lived and taught in Tamil, South-India. The founder of this yogic tradition, Kriya Babaji Nagaraj, synthesized Kriya Yoga from techniques taught to him by the Mahasiddhas, Agastyar and Boganathar.

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    Babaji initiated a great yogi, S.A.A. Ramaiah into these techniques in 1954 and 1955, near Badrinath in the Himalayas. In 1983, Yogi Ramaiah gave his student Marshall Govindan Satchidananda a set of stringent preconditions to be fulfilled before he could teach the 144 Kriyas or techniques of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga. It took Marshall Govindan several years to fulfill these conditions and start spreading Babaji´s Kriya Yoga also outside of India. In 2007, Marshall Govindan initiated me as Acharya, a Master Teacher of Kriya Yoga, giving me a spiritual name - Ishwarananda.

    Babaji's Kriya Yoga includes a series of techniques or "Kriyas" grouped into five phases or branches:

    • Kriya Hatha Yoga for the physical body,
    • Kriya Kundalini Pranayama for the vital body,
    • Kriya Dhyana Yoga techniques for learning the systematic art of mastering the mind,
    • Kriya Mantra Yoga for awakening the intuition, the inspiration, and the chakras and to clean the habitual subconscious tendencies,
    • Kriya Bhakti Yoga for the soul’s aspiration towards the Divine.

    Possibilities to become initiated into Babaji Kriya Yoga

    Babaji Kriya Yoga is taught directly from teacher to the student during an initiation. Since 2007, I have initiated people to Babaji´s Kriya Yoga in Estonia, Russia, and Germany. Besides me, there are five more Acharyas in the world who are qualified to initiate yoga students into all three levels of Babaji´s Kriya Yoga. The initiations carried out in Estonia take place in Lilleoru, which is part of the global kriya yoga network since 2004. More information about the initiations can be found on the webpage of Lilleoru. To be initiated into Babaji Kriya Yoga by me, there is a precondition requiring the student to first pass and practice The Art of Conscious Change I-II techniques. 

    Ingvar Ishwarananda about Babaji´s Kriya Yoga

    It has always been important for me to find out how things and processes function in real life, beyond words, and how to apply this knowledge in practice. I have come across and practiced many teachings on my path, but when I look back and evaluate them now, I can say that they lacked either wholeness or answers to certain relevant questions. It was Babaji’s Kriya Yoga that helped me to put all the pieces of previous knowledge about human being together. Since 2007 I have been initiating people into Babaji’s Kriya Yoga as Acharya Ishwarananda.  Today I can say that there is nothing else in my life but action with awareness – Kriya.

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    Years ago, a Buddhist friend sent me Marshall Govindan Satchidananda´s book “Babaji and the 18 Siddha Kriya Yoga Tradition”. Its description of the five-body system set all my previous knowledge and experiences into place. So I contacted him and asked him to teach Babaji’s Kriya Yoga in Estonia. In 2004 the first initiation into Babaji´s Kriya Yoga took place in Lilleoru, Estonia. During Babaji’s Samyama Kriya technique Babaji communicated to me: “Teach Kriya Yoga to people”, which was surprising and confusing to me at the time.

    During one of his visits to Estonia, Satchidananda asked me to become an Acharya. He initiated me as Acharya Ishwarananda in 2007. Currently, I conduct initiations into all three levels of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga. By 2018 more than 50 of my Kriya Yoga students had completed the training of becoming a Kriya Hatha Yoga instructor and over 30 were actively teaching all across Estonia.

    Looking back, I can say that I had attained stable awareness and found my True Self with the grace of Kriya Babaji before Babaji’s Kriya Yoga arrived in Estonia. I realized that he had always been with me, I just had not recognized him as the Teacher and had considered it my own insight, good thoughts, and intuition, inspiration and knowledge. But it was Babaji’s Kriya Yoga that helped me to put all the pieces together.

    In honor of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga, I want to say that these techniques are based on such deep knowledge about the mechanics of our inner world and the ways of influencing it, that their authenticity is beyond imagination. My respect and reverence to Babaji and Mahasiddhars for sharing these high and deep techniques with us!

    My experience shows that the effectiveness of these techniques depends on the stability and depth of awareness when performing the techniques. As Acharya of Babaji’s Kriya Yoga, I have noticed that many students have difficulties in their practice. I studied the reasons and discovered three kinds of obstacles: unstable awareness or “monkey-mind”, and automatically rising emotions and mental activity. As the students do not yet have the experience of the True Self, there is no clear understanding of “who I am” and “who I am not”. There is also no clear understanding of what is going on in the inner world, what is the role of the True Self in shaping our lives and what kind of an instrument Kriya Yoga is as a means of changing one’s inner world. The Art of Conscious Change courses are the result of my efforts to help my students in overcoming these obstacles.  

    Kriya Yoga starts when you are aware at least 90% of the time

    The effectiveness of Babaji´s Kriya Yoga techniques also depends on perseverance and patience because Babaji’s Kriya Yoga is a very high teaching and does not open itself immediately. But most important is Babaji’s guidance.