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Mike Shreve was a teacher of yoga at four universities. (The portrait above was drawn by one of his students in 1970.) Then a spiritual rebirth brought him into a real relationship with God and drastically changed his heart, his life and his belief system.  Read his story here.

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Kent Sullivan's Story

Kriya Yoga

My search for ultimate “Truth” earnestly began during my early college years. I recall saying to my mother in our kitchen in Omaha, Nebraska, while home on a college break, “Mom there has to be an answer for why we are here, a Truth in life which gives meaning.” Shortly thereafter, at the age of nineteen, I left the Midwest to live in New York City and work in the television industry. I began reading positive thinking books by Norman Vincent Peale and attending his Marble Collegiate Church to hear him preach on Sunday mornings. Ann Rand's philosophy of “Objectivism,” as promoted by Nathaniel Brandon, also dominated my thinking.

In those moments, while I was alone in my Greenwich Village apartment, I would often think, “No matter how famous I become, no matter how much wealth I accrue, when I die, none of this will matter. Perhaps only a grave lies ahead of me.” My heart yearned for the answers.

After relocating to the Tampa Bay area of Florida and returning to my college studies, I began pursuing “Truth” through the fervent practice of Hatha Yoga and various meditation yogas, spending increasing time in meditation. I was then introduced to Roy Eugene Davis, Paramahansa Yogananda, and the teachings of Kriya Yoga.

Roy Eugene Davis, a former personal disciple of Yogananda, initiated me into the art of Kriya Yoga. Almost immediately I began having supernatural experiences while in meditation, increasing my appetite to do the Kriyas more fervently. Within two years of having begun practicing Yoga, I was spending three to four hours daily practicing Hatha and Kriya Yoga. I experienced the breakthrough into Samadhi and the detaching of my soul from the body.

I began to study “spiritual masts” in relation to Meher Baba’s lifework. I became increasingly disturbed about these souls who had entered catatonic psychological states while practicing meditation. My Kriya Yoga teacher didn't have an answer to these souls “stranded on astral planes,” because of their fervent practice of meditation.

I then met a formerly fervent yoga student who had become a follower of mystical Christianity. This fellow college student explained to me that the only way to experience an intimate relationship with God Himself was through Jesus' death upon the cross. I intensely debated this possible new truth with him because its exclusivism didn't seem to fit my yoga teachings. I viewed Christianity as only one of the many lower paths that lead to union with God. But after much discussion, in openness to new truth, I decided to try the experience of Jesus.

Entertaining the idea that Jesus’ death on the cross was actually for my failures and imperfections, I prayed directly to Him, “Jesus, if you are the ultimate Truth and if your death upon the cross is the true way to the ultimate experience with God, then show me.” I suddenly heard a supernatural sound as a mighty wind from heaven flowing into me. It flowed through me from the top of my head into every corner of my being. My understanding and life were transformed in a moment of time. Jesus truly proved Himself to me to be “the Way, the Truth, and the Life.”

Kent Sullivan is presently a pastor in Kentucky. He invites any sincere seekers to contact him concerning his testimony. He is especially interested in sharing this information with students of Kriya Yoga or members of the Self-Realization Fellowship.

 


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