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  • Writer's pictureKarin Ebner

Thriving through Kriya Yoga: 3 Steps to Success in Business, Relationships, and Life

Updated: Nov 15, 2023

In the bustling world of constant activity and endless change, the ancient practice of Yoga offers profound guidlines to achieving success and fulfillment. The teachings of Kriya Yoga, a guiding light, share with us three essential steps: Tapas, Svadhyaya, and Ishvara Pranidhana - they are components that form a unity harmonizing effort and free will with the art of surrender, creating a balanced and purposeful life.

Tapas: The Fire Within

Tapas, often translated as "discipline" or "austerity," represents the fiery determination required to pursue one's chosen path with unwavering commitment.

In the context of success Tapas encourages individuals to cultivate a burning desire for achievement, coupled with the resilience to navigate challenges. It's the inner fire that fuels sustained effort and resilience, propelling one towards their goals.

Svadhyaya: Self-Study and Reflection

Svadhyaya refers to "self-study" or "introspection," emphasizing the importance of self-awareness and continual learning. Some traditions advocate the deep exploration of one's true nature through the study of sacred texts. The journey of awakening is individual, and through simple awareness we cultivate a state of mind that is is balanced, peaceful, and full of wisdom, because only in this state we recognize wisdom.

In the pursuit of success, Svadhyaya encourages individuals to reflect on their actions, motivations, and the impact they have on others. By understanding oneself and the interconnectedness of all beings, one can navigate relationships with empathy and authenticity.

Ishvara Pranidhana: Surrender

Surrender involves recognizing a force greater than oneself and aligning with it. Recognizing and releasing the desires of the ego that hinder growth, and allowing what is meant to be to unfold naturally.

In the realm of success, Ishvara Pranidhana invites individuals to release the need for absolute control and acknowledge that some outcomes are beyond personal influence. It offers faith and encourages the unfolding of events according to a greater plan by transcending short-term personal will, and recognizing the divinity within our own soul.

Kriya Yoga: Unity in Action

When self discipline, study, and dedication to something greater are practiced collectively, they form Kriya Yoga—a synthesis of disciplined effort, self-awareness, and surrender. It requires the willingness to make effort without attachment to outcome. In business, in relationships, and in life, practicing Kriya Yoga is about finding the delicate balance between Dharma (purpose) and Karma (action). It advocates choosing a path aligned with one's values and pursuing it with determination, while also making time for stillness, introspection, and connection to a force greater than us.

Surrendering to Creation

Achieving success requires a consistent effort and a will that serves as the driving force behind the desired outcome. This conscious process of study, coupled with the ability to learn from each experience, paves the way for a profound surrender to that which serves the higher Self. In this holistic approach, personal growth becomes a conscious and transformative journey toward realizing one's true potential. Being in service to others and to a higher purpose becomes a principle, aligning personal success with the well-being of humanity.

They guiding principles of Kriya Yoga offer a timeless guide to success. By cultivating the fire of determination, taking time to observe, and surrendering to Creation, we can navigate the challenge of business, relationships, and life's challenges with grace and purpose. Thriving through Kriya Yoga is not merely a journey of personal achievement, instead it's a harmonious integration of individual efforts with the cosmic dance of existence.

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