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"What makes this course especially powerful is that the course conveys the energy of the material that Paramhansa Yogananda and Swami Kriyananda taught, not solely the intellectual content. . . The course is a joy."— Joan P., California

Why Take this Course?

The Instructor takes a topic that can be as complicated as you want to make it and through joy, humor and a wealth of knowledge presents it in a simplified and easily understandable way. — Mark B., Texas

The dual laws of Karma and Reincarnation govern our individual lives and all creation

A deep understanding of these laws can meaningfully answer many of life’s questions and guide you in charting your life's course with wisdom, equanimity and discernment. This course will give you insights on the following topics and more:

What is the purpose of life? Why are we here?

How much of our lives are pre-determined? Do we have free will and are we in charge of our destinies?

What exactly is “karma”? Is it more than an instrument of retribution?

What is mass karma vs. individual karma? Why does the world often go through terrible upheavals?

Does all karma have to be reaped? Are there tools to mitigate or overcome the effects of past karma?

How can we convert karmic tests into opportunities for growth and expansion?

How often do we reincarnate? Did we come before? Why do we not remember our past lives?

Do we choose when and where we reincarnate? What was I like in a previous life? How can we identify old friends from previous lives?

What happens at the time of conception? Can we attract high souls into our families?

How can I make important life decisions with greater clarity and insight?

How can we transcend the realm of karma and reincarnation?

Course Contents

An important feature of the course is the weekly quizzes which allow you to test your understanding- but more importantly- Sagar gives detailed feedback on each quiz. Responses are always gentle and loving and students feel positive and uplifted by the ‘quiz experience’.  — Neil C., Maryland

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Ten Recorded Webinars with the instructor

Personal support from the instructor and from fellow participants

A 30-minute 1-1 zoom call with the course instructor for questions and counseling

Ten in-depth, carefully crafted lessons that cover different aspects of the laws of Karma and Reincarnation:

Part I: Understanding the Laws of Karma and Reincarnation

  • Lesson 1: The Nature and Purpose of Creation
  • Lesson 2: The Law of Karma Explained
  • Lesson 3: The Need and Purpose of Reincarnation
  • Lesson 4: Answers to Common Questions about Karma and Reincarnation
  • Lesson 5: Practical Tools to Work With and Overcome your Karma

Part II: Transcending the Realm of Karma and Reincarnation

  • Lesson 6: The State of Permanent Release from Karma and Reincarnation
  • Lesson 7: The Royal Science of Quickening Human Evolution
  • Lesson 8: The Guru: Divine Pilot, Teacher, Friend
  • Lesson 9: The Aum Vibration: The Bridge from Human Consciousness to Divine Consciousness
  • Lesson 10: Conclusion

Each lesson contains:

  • Downloadable reading material (pdf) compiled from Paramhansa Yogananda’s and Swami Kriyananda’s writings
  • Archived video or audio recordings of Swami Kriyananda
  • A one-hour video lesson with the instructor
  • A quiz to test your understanding with personal feedback from the instructor

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"The Karma and Reincarnation curriculum is impeccably organized and brilliantly presented." — Donna H., Nevada

Paramhansa Yogananda on Karma and Reincarnation

"To me, Karma and Reincarnation could have been a very heavy and sometimes worrisome topic. However, it was taught with wisdom and wit, lifting us and supporting us as we explored and learned the ABC’s of this important part of our lives. I never felt left behind or confused."Paula P., North Carolina

“An important factor in overcoming karma is meditation. Every time you meditate, your karma decreases, for at that time your energy is focused in the brain and burns up the old brain cells. “After every deep meditation, you will find yourself becoming freer inside.”

“Karma is best worked out by meeting pleasantly every test that comes, and by accepting courageously any hardship that your tests impose.”

“In India there has been much too much emphasis on karma. ‘Karma! Karma!’ they cry. ‘It’s my karma. I can do nothing about it!’ “Absurd! Karma is simply action. Whatever has been done can just as certainly be undone."

“What causes the ego to reincarnate?” “Desire. Desire, you see, directs energy. As long as a person desires the things of earth, he must come back here, where alone his desires can be fulfilled. If he longs for cigarettes, or motor cars, or money, the astral world can’t provide those things. He will have to return to earth, where such things can be obtained.”

“The lesson of reincarnation is to neutralize the waves of likes and dislikes, of desire and aversion, by the expression of kindness, forgiveness, and compassion to all, and by steadfast contentment in the Self. We must love others not for their human personalities, but because they are manifestations of God, Who dwells equally in all."

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The course material is masterfully assembled from different sources to address each lesson’s focus. There is reading material, a live and recorded class video, and videos from Swami Kriyananda that all complement each other. The instructor's passion is obvious. He has an enthusiastic delivery of course material and is very thoughtful in answering questions and making comments on our quizzes. He is generous with his time, extremely personable, and also shares on the forum with insights of life at Ananda Village.— Autumn L., Virginia

The first thing to convey about this course is that Sagar is a delightful instructor who is both lighthearted, warm and accessible but at the same time he brings in depth knowledge, experience and passion to teaching. A hallmark of all of Ananda’s offerings is a logical progression and clear presentations and the material is beautifully logically organized.

An important feature of the class is the weekly quizzes which allow you to test your understanding- but more importantly- Sagar gives detailed feedback on each quiz. How he does this for the large class so promptly is a mystery but this allows students to ask questions- explore additional areas- and correct and extend their understanding. A cool feature is that there is always an open ended question or to so students can slip in concerns, special questions, or whatever and get the instructors feedback- a special bonus! Responses are always gentle and loving and students feel positive and uplifted by the ‘quiz experience’.

I strongly endorse this course for anyone curious about how karma and reincarnation underpin the self-realization path!— Neil C., Maryland

A truly beautiful journey into your true Self. . . The course is loaded with materials, beautiful lectures, and plenty of direct feedback and access to an outstanding facilitator. Whether you are curious about the subject, want to go deeper into your understanding, or are having trouble making sense of life, this course would very likely be a wonderful addition on your journey. Enjoy.— Marissa D., California

This course is truly a gift. Genuinely inspiring and life-changing. . . . Not only did I find the answers I was long ago yearning for, but I am more joyful, centered, content, and no matter what happens, I am standing firm. The instructor is helping all along and very approachable. There is a lot of interaction through forums, emails, and webinars. — Ece T. G., Turkey

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Meet your Instructor

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, and How to Stand Unshaken amidst Life's Challenges. 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.