In this episode of The Kriya Yoga Podcast, our special guest is Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian.  Ellen was initiated by and authorized to teach Kriya Yoga by Roy Eugene Davis, who was a direct student of Paramahansa Yogananda.  Yogacharya O'Brian is the founder and spiritual director of Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, a thriving Kriya Yoga center in San Jose, CA. Ellen is a poet, a singer and the author of several books, including The Jewel of Abundance, Living the Eternal Way, The Moon Reminded Me, and many others.  For a listing of Ellen's publications please visit:

She is my elder sister on this Kriya Yoga path, and an invaluable resource and teacher of Kriya Yoga in the tradition of Mahavatar Babaji, Lahiri Mahasaya, Swami Sri Yukteswar, Paramahansa Yogananda, Roy Eugene Davis and their successors. In this podcast, Ellen and I discuss the following:

What is the purpose of Satsang?

How does one overcome doubt on the spiritual path?

How do we persist in our spiritual practice through the long haul, or the entirety of one’s life?

Does instant enlightenment happen?

Is it good to be attached to meditation experiences?

What does it mean to be a devotee?

How does Kriya  Yoga and Spiritual Practice make my life perfect?

What happens when the light gets turned up during your meditation practice?

How does your psychology affect your ability to practice Yoga?

What happens when life derails my ability to focus on Kriya Yoga

and spiritual practice?

What happens if I discover Kriya Yoga too late in life?

How do active addictions affect one’s spiritual growth?

How does spiritual practice help us with the rawness of life?

How does awakening come about?


Your host, Ryan Kurczak, is a Kriya Yoga meditation teacher and author. He was authorized to teach Kriya Yoga in 2005, by Roy Eugene Davis, a direct student of Paramahansa Yogananda.

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