The City of Nine Gates

The City of Nine Gates

Kriya Yoga is a scientific non-sectarian technique of practicing spirituality in everyday life. One of the spiritual basis of Kriya Yoga is the teachings of The Bhagavad Gita. The scientific bases are the truths and information discovered by the medical sciences from time to time, starting from Ayurveda to the modern medical system. The scientific bases are the truths and information discovered by the medical sciences from time to time, starting from Ayurveda to the modern medical system. It is thus quoted from the perennial source of theoretical and practical spirituality and positive work culture – The Holy Bhagavad Gita,

सर्वकर्माणि मनसा संन्यस्यास्ते सुखं वशी .
नवद्वारे पुरे देही नैव कुर्वन्न कारयन्
sarvakarmani manasa samnyasyaste sukham vashi
navadvare poore dehi naiva kurvanna karayan

THE BHAGAVAD GITA Chapter5 Verse13

English Translation: 

The embodied (Soul) who has controlled his nature having renounced all actions by the mind, dwells at ease in the City of Nine Gates, neither working nor causing work to be done.

The Process of Living

City of Nine Gates

The City of Nine Gates is a description of the human body with its nine opening or gates.

  • 2 Eyes
  • 2 Ears
  • 2 Nostrils
  • 1 Mouth
  • 1 Urinary Opening (Urethra)
  • 1 Anus

These are the functional basis and functional descriptions of the Human Body or The Kingdom or The City. Mind, Intellect, and Ego live here and carry out their activities. Many of the anatomical and physiological systems perform their tasks of survival and the very process of actions and reactions. But the Soul is the King or Ruler of the City of Nine Gates. The Soul perceives this infinite aspect of Creation through these above-mentioned instruments or agents. It controls this complex system through the Brain and Spinal cord. The Soul, by the process of breathing, holds these complex structures together, Nature’s play (Maya), acts and reacts. This is known as the Process of Living. The Soul sets in motion these complex mechanisms and sits back. It is invisible, formless, and watches as a witness- Nature’s Play (Maya) in the City of Nine Gates. So it is Nature (Mother Nature) who is the Real Doer. But we wrongly identify ourselves with the Body, Mind, Intellect, and Ego. Thus we get delusion, illusion, error, and sins. This produces stress, strain, anxiety, worry, and fear of the egoistic individual. This is the cause of our suffering.

Wrong Self Identification

Instead of identifying ourselves with our Higher Self or Soul (Witness), we wrongly identify ourselves with Ego and forget our Soul. Hence we undergo many sufferings. We can’t enjoy life and God’s play, that is constantly going on within and around us

The Cranial Nerves

The Real Kundalini, The Mechanism of Maya

There are 12 pairs of these extremely powerful nerves. They originate directly from the Brain, inside the Cranium. These are the structural and functional basis of the 9 Gates. And are the basis through which the City of Gates (The Human Body) functions – acting, reacting, and experiencing.

The Cranial Nerves - city of nine gates
The Cranial Nerves

Functions of the 12 pairs of Cranial Nerves

  • 11 Pairs (out of 12 pairs) – Activate the Shoulders and Neck
  • 10 Pairs (out of 12 pairs) – Activate the Head and Face as follows:
  • 1 Pair – activates Vision
  • 3 Pairs – activate the Eye Movements
  • 1 Pair – Sense of Smell
  • 1 Pair – Sense of Hearing
  • 2 Pairs – activate the Tongue
  • 1 Pair – governs Facial Expression
  • 1 Pair – Rules chewing and Facial sensation

These are the causes of our wrong identification, the wrong interpretation, and therefore wrong actions and wrong reactions of human beings. They are the cause of the ignorance of our Real Self, The Maya. They are so powerful that they keep us under delusion, illusion, and error. If we don’t practice practical spirituality daily, sincerely, correctly, we can’t remain alert in the Soul. And we can never get God-Realization. , is the Power of Kundalini which keeps us in the sleeping state of ignorance of our Real Inner Self.

They prevent us from knowing The Truth – The Absolute, Soul, God because they can’t tell us the Truth. They give us information on the relative world only, but not on The Absolute, The Master of Creation. Our eyes, nose, tongue, skin send only some specific information to the brain. These sense organs can’t interpret the information. So our Cranial Nerves serve as windows of our Mind, Intellect, and Ego, to the external World. But they can’t tell us the truth, that whatever is existing is nothing but the Power of God.

ईशावास्यं इदं सर्वं यत् किञ्च जगत्यां जगत
isha vasyam idam sarvam yat kincha jagatyam jagat


English Translation:

Whatever we perceive around us is the Power of God, however insignificant that might be. God is abiding here

An interesting fact

Whatever we perceive, it is perceived through our Sense Organs, which means, through our Cranial Nerves, Cranial Nerves can’t tell us the Real Truth, i.e., the presence of God in everything they are perceiving. Our eyes are blind because they don’t perceive God; they only perceive objects instead. The same is with the Ears, Nostrils, Tongue, and Skin. So by constantly practicing the teachings and techniques of this original Kriya Yoga, we overcome the deficiencies of the sense organs, i.e., the Cranial Nerves. And we perceive the presence of God everywhere through those perceptions, conveyed by the Cranial Nerves.

Inner Transformation

This is also known as transformation, from a biological and animal being into a Divine Being. By constantly perceiving God, we realize God and become firmly established in God Realization.

ब्रह्म वेद ब्रह्मैव भवति
brahmavid brahmaiva bhavati


English Translation:

The Knower of God becomes God. This is the state of the Real Satguru or God-realized Master

Overcoming the veiling Power of Kundalini

The veiling power of the Kundalini can be removed by 2 methods:

  • By constantly remembering that whatever we perceive with our senses (Cranial Nerves) is Untruth. It is not what it appears to be, but the Formless Power of God (Unmanifest) is manifesting as those objects. Within the Untruth (objects as perceived by the senses and mind) The Truth, The Absolute or Power of God is abiding.
  • For the above perceptions, we need mind control, meditation, meditation, and inner purification. These can be achieved by the different techniques of the authentic and original Kriya Yoga.

Benefits of Kriya Yoga

Benefits of the Kriya Yoga techniques

a. The Kriya Yoga techniques give us inner purification and mind control as well as deep meditation within a few minutes.
b. The Mahamudra Techniques give Body and Mind Control. It opens the Sushumna, which energizes and rejuvenates.
c. The Chakra Kriya, Pranayama, and Paravastha give us Mind Control, Concentration, Deep Meditation, and Samadhi
The Jyoti Mudra techniques purified the Cranial Nerves, removes the veiling Power of Kundalini, eliminates Sins, bad Karmas, and give Jyoti Samadhi

In the Jyoti Mudra technique, the Non-God perception or the Cranial Nerves (Ignorance) is offered to the blazing Divine Light of God, within the Cranium. This helps in perceiving The Truth hiding within the relativity of sense perception. All and each of these techniques give simultaneous physical, mental, intellectual, and spiritual benefits. Every sincere spiritual seeker should be very careful about the City of Nine Gates and the activities of the Cranial Nerves.

Secret of successful living

The secret of successful living is the secret of proper living, in the City of  Nine Gates. This original Kriya Yoga, if practiced daily, sincerely and correctly can help one to live a life of peace, joy, positive health, success and to realize one’s hidden potentialities.

May the Almighty, working through Lord Krishna and Arjuna, Bless, Guide, Protect and Inspire you and remove your troubles.

With Love and Blessings to you. Humbly,
Paramahansa Atmananda Ji