Mahadeva described these four components beautifully. Charya, Kriya, Yoga, Jnana.
Charya means lifestyle. It starts from the personal hygiene, keeping the place clean and keeping your inner-space clean, everything. Everything put together is Charya, lifestyle. How you should wake-up? How you should brush your teeth, wash yourself, take bath? Everything. From the time you wake up till you go to bed, purifying your whole muscle-memory is what Mahadeva is teaching through Charya.
Kriya means the spiritual process, the spiritual process. Please understand: Agama is the only science, even though ‘science’ is a small word, I am using that word. Agama is only spiritual inner-science to manifest anything you want as Reality.
If you want to bring God into a stone and want to make Him live in that stone, there is a kriya, there is a process.
If you want to heal your stomach pain, there is a kriya, there is a process. If you want to heal somebody’s cancer, there is a kriya, there is process.
If you want to bring rain, there is a kriya, there is process.
If you want to stop the rain, there is a kriya, there is process.
If you want to bring the Sun, there is a kriya. If you want to stop the Sun, there is a kriya.
Everything, everything you can achieve it, through these certain kriyas, processes. You many not do all the Kriyas, but knowing that science and few kriyas, helps you to manifest the reality as you wanted; to manifest the reality as you wanted.
To awaken completion in you, to awaken strength in you, to awaken joy in you, to awaken respect for yourself in you — that’s one of the best thing Mahadeva does in Agama. He helps you to manifest so many wonderful powers. Anybody who practices Agama, develops tremendous respect for themselves about themselves. Its not ego.
Ego will always be based on powerlessness. Self-respect will always be based on powerfulness.
Every time when a problem comes before me I only become more powerful by learning, expressing the method and solving it. Understand, self-respect for yourself is never an ego. Mahadeva does that to you, when you practice Agama – the lifestyle of Shuddhadvaitam. That is why My Ashram is the greatest training ground for Me. I get trained by My disciples; because they invent. See, you bring any problem, I can invent solution. I bring any solution, my disciples can invent any problem for it. And its amazing training ground for me.
But fortunately, because Mahadeva is manifesting Himself so much through this body, every problem only makes me more and more powerful; because now I have more methodology to solve the issues; one more way of solving the problems. It only makes me more and more powerful. Actually if you understand the science of Kriya as per Agamas, every moment of your life, you will become more and more powerful. You will become more and more intelligent, more and more energetic.
Science of Kriya!
Actually once you understand the science of kriya, you don’t even need to create the fire and pour the ghee. Just by changing your breath, you can manifest the same Agni from your body, and that Agni will manifest what you want as reality. You don’t have to put rice and pour ghee into the Fire. If you just pour the rice and ghee into your stomach, that Fire in your stomach, that Agni, you will manifest – what do you want, whatever you want.
Your eating can become a spiritual practice to manifest what do you want.
Yoga as per Agama is experiencing union, oneness with Oneness Itself.
Understand: Patanjali definition of Yoga is – yogah citta vritti nirodaḥ – cessation of the mind is Yoga. But description about Yoga, you need to know Mahadeva doesn’t prescribe, propose mind control anywhere in the whole Agama. No! He doesn’t say thoughtlessness is Yoga. No! He says, thoughts are too superficial; don’t be controlling or fighting or playing with it. They have no meaning. Why do you want to fight, play, spent time with something which has no meaning, which is meaningless?
Mahadeva’s definition about Yoga is – experiencing Oneness with Oneness itself, union with Oneness is Yoga.
When you understand that science, you will see the life in a different dimension.
Jnana. Mahadeva’s definition about Jnana is — enlightened about everything that exists is Jnana.
Union with Oneness Itself is Yoga. Enlightened about everything exists is Jnana.