About Corey Dowds

I was born in Charleston, South Carolina and moved to the mountains of Western North Carolina shortly after high school to study Horticulture at Haywood Community College in Waynesville, NC.  Always contemplative by nature, it was around this time that I began going to Kriya Yoga meditation groups. It was there that I met Ryan Kurczak, a Yogi and Vedic Astrologer.  Over the course of the 2 years (2007-09) that I lived in Western North Carolina, I would go to meditation groups with Ryan every 2 weeks or whenever possible and learn meditation techniques and philosophical concepts. Meditation practice was very helpful for me, and I kept wanting more and more, so eventually Ryan initiated me into the Kriya Yoga tradition.  He taught me in the tradition of his teacher, Roy Eugene Davis, the last living direct disciple of the great Yogi Paramahansa Yogananda.

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Photo: Paramahansa Yogananda, a self realized Yogi who came to the USA in 1920 to share the teachings and practices of Kriya Yoga. He is perhaps best known by his book Autobiography of a Yogi, which influenced millions of westerners, both secular and spiritual, to see the value of meditation practice. I am very grateful for his influence on my life.

After being initiated into Kriya Yoga in 08, my yogic studies led me to learning Vedic Astrology very quickly.  I had always been interested in Psychology and Astrology and my  Yoga teacher was also an Astrologer, so he taught it in a way that was compatible with my spiritual practices.  Ever since, I have been studying and practicing both Kriya Yoga and Jyotish (The Sanskrit word for Vedic Astrology) unwaveringly.  I have completed training with Ryan Kurczak’s beginner, intermediate, and advanced courses, as well as countless other Astrology courses.  I also study with Ernst Wilhelm, and between the two of them and a few other teachers, I have taken at least 23 different astrological learning courses (well over 300 hours) in the last 4 years. {{As of this writing, November 28th, 2016,  I have stopped keeping track after logging over 1,000 hours of course classes with videos, but anyone who loves Astrology knows that there is no end to the hours that they spend thinking about it or involved with it in some way.}}

There is no end to what can be learned with Astrology, in my opinion. I am constantly learning and researching, while also being continuously more and more satisfied with the revelations.  As of this writing (Jan 2016), I have been practicing Vedic Astrology professionally for 5 years.

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I received this diploma on 12/21/13  for completion of Ryan’s astrological training program.

    The Kriya tradition is connected to Astrology because one of the greatest Indian astrologers of recent times, Swami Sri Yukteswar Giri, (see photo below) was a Kriya Yogi, and the guru of Paramahansa Yogananda.

 

SriyukteswarSwami Sri Yukteswar (pronounced Shree- yookt-es-war) was a self-realized sage, but was more widely known as an expert Astrologer. He trained Yogananda from a young age with the mission to be a representative of the ancient enlightenment tradition of Kriya Yoga to the western world.  Yogananda was of a more impulsive and devotional temperament.  In his book, Autobiography of a Yogi, he tells many stories of how Sri Yukteswar’s austere and disciplined approach was hard to embrace at first but eventually complemented his temperament nicely. He also said that he would have been a much more popular guru in India had he not run such a strict ashram!  This factor also probably has to do with why he is more well known in India as an Astrologer than a Guru.