Whenever we become serious in any field of study, we tend to seek the wisdom and guidance from one who has mastered his ‘art.’ For success depends on learning from those who have the insight and ability to guide our efforts ever-closer to our goals. This is especially true on the spiritual path. The Guru-Disciple relationship is one filled with deep inspiration, offering our lives a clear direction to focus our spiritual efforts.
Through discipleship we are able to achieve a balance of self-effort and divine grace that is essential to spiritual progress. Swami Kriyananda shares insights into the importance and practice of the Guru-Disciple relationship. Through personal stories and reflection of his experiences with Paramhansa Yogananda, he helps prepare the student for a life of discipleship to a great Yoga master. If, after completing this course, you feel ready for this level of commitment, you may receive an at-home or in-person initiation into this line of Masters of Self-Realization.
Who is This Course For:
This course is a part of the Path of Kriya Yoga and is for those who have completed Ananda Course in Meditation and Living the Principles of Self-Realization and are on the learning track to eventually receive Kriya Yoga initiation.
A Course on Discipleship provides seven core lessons over a period of ten weeks that deepen one’s understanding of what the Guru-Disciple relationship truly means. Topics that are explored include: what discipleship is and isn’t, the need and the role of a guru, how to find your guru, what is attunement, and an understanding of the mission of Paramhansa Yogananda. The instructor will work with each student to help them see if this path of Self-Realization as brought by Paramhansa Yogananda is their divine path, and if so, this course will offer the student an opportunity to embrace discipleship with Paramhansa Yogananda as their guru.
Tuition for 10-Week Course: $79.95
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What You'll Receive:
- Seven lessons designed to help guide you through the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda on discipleship.
- Textbook (PDF format).
- Digital videos of Swami Kriyananda and other Ananda ministers.
- Interactive forums for discussion with fellow students and instructor.
- Weekly classes, guided meditations, and discussions online with the instructor.
- Personal support from instructor (via email, telephone or live chat).
More About Course
- Reading Assignment, Part One
- Audio Assignment: Blessings of Discipleship, Part One
- Recording: Do I need a Guru?
- Recording: Understanding the Need for a Guru
- Lesson One Quiz
- Reading Assignment, Part Two
- Audio Assignment: Blessings of Discipleship, Part Two
- The Disciple’s Part
- Lesson Two Quiz
- Reading Assignment, Part Three
- Audio Assignment: Blessings of Discipleship, Part Three
- Recording: Attunement
- Lesson Three Quiz
- Audio Assignment: Blessings of Discipleship, Part Four
- Reading Assignment, Part Four
- Recording: Life With a Master
- Lesson Four Quiz
- Audio Recording — Samadhi
- Reading Assignment, Part Five
- Audio Assignment — Blessings of Discipleship, Part Five
- Video Recording — Paramhansa Yogananda: Incarnation of Divine Love
- Lesson Five Quiz
- Reading Assignment, Part Six
- Audio Assignment — Song: O Master
- Video Recording — The Importance of Having a Guru
- Lesson Six Quiz
- Reading Assignment, Part Seven
- Lesson Seven Quiz
Frequently Asked Questions
Once you complete Lessons in Meditation, you are eligible to enroll in the Course on Discipleship Review course which will give you lifetime access to all course material. Additionally, you are able to download all pdf and mp3 material.
The weekly webinars are 2:00 to 3:00 pm Pacific Time, on a Tuesday or a Wednesday, depending on the cohort you are in.
Each webinar will focus on the particular chapter of that week, offering plenty of time for discussion and Q&A.
As far as the lessons are concerned, once a lesson is open, the content is available 24/7 for the duration of the end of the course. A new lesson is made available every Monday, starting on the course start date.
*All webinars are recorded and posted within the course, available for later viewing.
All live events are recorded for those unable to attend live. We send the link to the recording to everyone enrolled in the course.
Meet Your Instructors
Nayaswami Premdas serves in various roles with Ananda Sangha. Through The Path of Kriya Yoga, he guides and assists seekers & devotees worldwide. An Ananda Lightbearer-Minister, he’s a credentialed teacher of meditation and yoga & for many years has been leading devotional services & classes at Ananda Village and Ananda Meditation Groups.
A 20-year resident of Ananda Village with his wife Jivani, he is known for his joy, devotion, hospitality (Expanding Light Executive Chef, 10 years, 25 years corporate) but most importantly he is appreciated for listening, counseling and sharing the many blessings he receives from this path of self-realization.
Brahmachari Sagar resides in the Ananda Monastery located at Ananda Village in Northern California. Born into a family of kriya yogis, Sagar read Paramhansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi at a young age, an influence that culminated in his decision to serve Yogananda’s mission through Ananda.
Sagar led Ananda’s work in Mumbai for about five years and has served Ananda’s work in India and the US as a teacher and counselor to students and as a meditation and stress-relief workshop facilitator for corporates.
Sagar currently serves in Ananda’s Online Ministry. He is one of the principal instructors for the Ananda Course in Meditation and has helped create several online offerings such as the full-length courses The Yoga Teachings of Jesus, Karma and Reincarnation and the webinars The Anatomy of the Astral Body, Losing the Fear of Death Through the Science of Yoga, How to Stand Unshaken amidst Life’s Challenges and Refine Your Energization Practice. You can read some of his articles here.
Prior to commencing his life of service at Ananda, Sagar was a graduate student with full scholarship at Boston University and holds advanced degrees in Engineering.