116 reviews for Course on Discipleship Reviews

  1. 4 out of 5

    The Course in Discipleship has indeed crowned all the teachings of Paramhansa Yoganandaji. I have done a few other courses with ANANDA. All the lectures are very well structured, clearly explained and well delivered.
    This course along with the others clearly shows all religions are essentially teaching the same, one God. This course like the others are for every one, irrespective or what ever back ground you from.

    The course instructors Nayaswami Premdass and Brahmachari Sagar have expertly delivered the course with love and understanding and always willing to help where there may be a challenge. Thank you very much and I do look forward to continue this great path leading to self realization.
    With divine love.

  2. 5 out of 5

    I appreciate all the teachings and support all those involved in the course bring to us.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Such a joy to receive these wonderful blessing through the instructors!
    I feel so grateful to be guided unto this path and to have taken this next step on it. Divine light illuminates my life since I embarked on this journey and especially after this course on discipleship with the joyful ceremony.
    A heartfelt thanks and blessings to all of you who are joining in… In divine friendship.

    Love & Light!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Another beautiful course in the power and practical application of discipleship. If you are fortunate enough to be this far along the journey, know that this next course will be a true delight filled with a multitude of blessings. I thoroughly enjoyed Premdas’ easy and down-to-earth teaching style. Sagar is also a wonderful teacher. Together they weaved ancient teachings into a blend of highly applicable techniques and wisdom to create this awesome course. I have so much gratitude for having been able to take it and complete it this year. Enjoy!

  5. 5 out of 5

    These classes have been amazing as well as the teachers. I have had the pleasure of Sagar being involved in all three classes for me so far and I just Love him and his energy when teaching, Premdas has great energy as well and I have enjoyed his approach and enthusiasm. I look forward to the next step and being a part of this community and teachings of these great Ascended Masters.
    Aum, Love and Joy to All.

  6. 5 out of 5

    What an honor to experience such a profound awakening upon the true meaning of discipleship in the path of kriya yoga toward self realization. My gratitude to Nayaswami Premdas and Brahmachari Sagar for your devotion to the development of each disciple and knowing how to meet us where we are. Ananda is truly a special community and I feel blessed to be a part of it. If one is ready, there is no need to hesitate in taking this next step on the path.

  7. 5 out of 5

    The course in Discipleship was such an amazing experience which helped me connect much deeper with the Divine. I am truly greatful to Brahmachari Sagar and Nayaswami Premdas for all their love and wisdom shared throughout the course. I am blessed to have been apart of this journey and so looking forward to what lies ahead. A highly recommended course.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Thank you Nayaswami Premdas and Brahmachari Sagar – Great course. They helped me understand discipleship and the importance of attuning to the Guru for self-realization.

  9. 5 out of 5

    The course on Discipleship is the sweetest course of all. It is boundless love, joy, and devotion. It is somehow more special than other classes; one feels pure bliss among fellow students and teachers. The course materials are vibrant, directly speaking to the heart.

  10. 5 out of 5

    This course has been an amazing spiritual experience for me! I have been a spiritual seeker for over 50 years and have never felt I needed or wanted a guru. After following the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda and experiencing the love and guidance from Ananda’s spiritual teachers, I realized the power and help that comes from a true loving commitment to a guru. I feel blessed and am grateful that I can call myself a Disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and follower of his God-realized Masters.

    Meredith Smith

  11. 5 out of 5

    How wonderful is to have come across this guru, how amazing it is when we are lifted by these teachings, and even more amazing when we receive them through such caring and loving teachers! Life has surprised me with this path a few months ago and I can only say that I can’t wait for whatever will be next. In the meantime, moment by moment, we gift ourselves with the learning of life. I can’t ask for more. THANK YOU.

  12. 5 out of 5

    I never thought I would follow a guru let alone become a disciple but this course has set me more firmly on that path to attune with Yogananda. The lessons were engaging and enlightening and our instructors, Premdas and Sagar were responsive and kind. I sincerely enjoyed diving in and moving forward on this path!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Starting the year on a beautiful footing Master’s Disciple

    The course itself: Similar to to the prodigal son, I was lost and now I am found. I am thankful.
    Thank you Ananda for being an instrument for self realisation

  14. 5 out of 5

    So grateful for this course! One can feel the divine blessings coming his way if attuned to its deep wisdom. The warm and kind guidance of Nayaswami Mantradevi is very supportive and full of subtle hints how to apply and stay in tune with the profound Teachings of Yoganandaji. A big step on the way home!
    Thank you, dear Mantradevi!

  15. 5 out of 5

    My dear Mantradevi,

    The courses helped a lot to turn back to regular meditating and keep on doing the important exercises. And there was the sincere friendliness of all teachers. Although having done several Yoga exercises for a very long time almost every day (mostly surya namaskar and kapalabhati) the energization exercises have especially increased the body vitality and energy as well as attentiveness. Since more than 50 years Divinity, Limitlessness, Fearlessness, Truth, Divine Love have been fascinating me and have been increasing all the time. During this time there have been many meetings with enlightened ones who kept the fire burning. The “contact” with Yoganandaji has again intensified the call for Divinity and this contact still remains. Your loving presence has also been a great joy to me and has truly stimulated my friendship to you and Yoganandaji. Most important in my life will always be the yearning for the Divine, which will never fade away. There will come a time where the Divine will fully embrace my soul, when the ego has completely understood its limitations. May I wish you, the Ananda family and all students the Grace and Blessings of the Divine. Love, Aloysius

  16. 5 out of 5

    This course was a life-changing experience! Nayaswami Mantradevi was a Divine joy to work with during this course. She lovingly shared her experiences and gave great insight into Master’s teachings to connect and resonate with.

  17. 5 out of 5

    It was a wonderful experience to take the Course in Discipleship with Nayaswami Mantradevi. The teachings helped me deepen the understanding I have already gained in the previous two courses on the path to Kriya. Mantradevi also helped me to deal with a couple of personal curve balls that came my way during the course. For that I am deeply grateful. I would recommend this course to anyone wanting to strengthen their current practice, to learn more about the steps to spiritual freedom and to become part of a family of Seekers from around he world.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Excellent journey and learning in past three programs (Ananda Courses in Meditation, Living the Principle of Self Realization and Discipleship), step by step progression from one chapter to the other helped grasping the principles on path of Self Realization. Learning helped changing the perception of life and understand the true purpose. Amazing support a from all teachers/ instructors, their timely & comprehensive feedbacks helped clarify many things in these programs. Looking forward to join final program to Kriya Yoga.

  19. 5 out of 5

    It is a pleasure to write this review about my experience for the 3 last courses that I did with Ananda online. These first three courses are part of the Kriya Yoga path according to the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, and there two more to learn and deepen the teachings. The courses have been marvelous and are simply the best method and teaching in regards to learning how to meditate and to follow your inner path to Self-realization. I can only highly recommend to try this path to every serious seeker. After you tried you will realize that you have arrived home and from now on its all about deepening your inner work and opening your heart as you continue on your path towards eternal truth. Thank you to all the wonderful teachers at Ananda. With Love,

  20. 5 out of 5

    The Discipleship courses have contributed enormously to my further transformation process. The professional guidance of Nayaswami Premdas as my spiritual counselor has helped me immensely in this process. Through his trust in me and through his compassionate support I have been able to make this journey to expand my soul in its qualities. The lessons of discipleship and the guidance I have received have helped me step by step and given the necessary support in the process I have found myself in what was necessary for me to grow further spiritually. I am very grateful for all the blessings that have come through in this path of becoming a disciple of a God realized Master. I look forward to the next step on this path of Kriya Yoga.

  21. 5 out of 5

    I could never have imagined that I would be here, having done the Discipleship ceremony with N. Premdas and the rest of the class… my heart is so full!
    This class truly helped me open my heart more to the Divine Light than ever before. I am normally “stuck”, as it were, in my mind and with trying to understand things, often grimly… this class gave me an opportunity to surpass that mind and to lead with my heart in a way that is refreshing and joyous! It’s like remembering to be a child, in Love, and it’s a wonderful experience!
    I highly, highly recommend this class to anyone who is on the Path and looking for that devotion… it can be found!

  22. 5 out of 5

    About one month ago, along with my classmates, we were being welcomed (back) in the big family of P. Yogananda’s disciples.
    Since then, every time I think about the discipleship ceremony, I am smiling, inside and outside.

    That is it !
    An enormous amount of joy, a warm feeling of being loved every second of my life.

    I never thought I would go through with discipleship.
    A few months ago, I was still pretty unaware of meditation techniques, and what a daily routine can bring to your life. Even when I started this class, I was not sure it would fit me to commit to a guru’s teachings, nor to accept his unconditional love and protection.

    Now I have experienced for myself.
    Home sweet home…

    All my gratitude for Mantradevi, and her unique way of loving us all.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mantradevi guided me so sweetly and skillfully to a stronger spiritual connection with Yogananda , the master teachings and Meditation. I could feel divine mother working through her to help us each step of the way in the classes. This is an excellent course – the readings, videos and personal communication with Mantradevi, our teacher – masterly designed to strengthen our spiritual growth and connection to God.

  24. 5 out of 5

    This has been an incredible experience for me.
    Is an excellent course that connects you deeply with the teachings of Yogananda and the relationship with Master.
    It helped me a lot in understanding the importance of having a Guru and the meaning of being a Disciple.
    Mantradevi has been a very experienced and available teacher!
    I highly recommend this course to everyone seeking spiritual growth

  25. 5 out of 5

    Dear Ones,

    I write this review with immense pleasure and joy to highly recommend this course, which is the exit to the final freedom. I came to this path, after losing the battle of life, to however realize that surrendering to life is surrendering to self-will, in which lies the victory of the soul. The soul did not awaken in my case until I saw the abyss. I had to crawl out a pretty long way to find my spirit badly mangled in all the seven deadly sins of life. I believe with all my might, that A saint is a sinner, who never gave up. So I chose to be a warrior, my fight against my own evil. After taking first two courses I gathered the do’s and don’ts of life, and other valued aspects that I thought if practiced daily will help my soul transcend, but this course was like getting a new pair of glasses, tapping in to the actual path, a Master guide, a user manual perhaps, like the powerful 100 watts bright source that helped me see what I did not even perceive before. Mantra Devi is a very unique soul appointed for this process by the Master, she is a walking divine consciousness. I have felt that in the heart of my hearts. A nurturing kind soul ready to embrace you when you are ready to open the door. As you continue to walk you see more, and as you carry that light you see even more. I have come to experience the blazing light of Master that has been dispelling the darkness of my own self little by little, a process indeed, to overcome the shadows my own soul. The true union of my soul with my own inner self is the ultimate yoga, the union. The duality is outside, inside there is none. So I invite you to explore the journey of your life time, if you are here , you are the chosen one….. do not come in your own way anymore…. you will find the path to the labyrinth of your longing. Prayers for all the souls seeking freedom from self. In Divine friendship, Ashwini

  26. 5 out of 5

    I’ve just completed the Course on Discipleship with Nayaswami Mantradevi (August – October 2021). A wonderful course with a wonderful teacher. Not only was the material spot on but so were Mantradevi’s presentations. She spoke directly to my soul and for that I will always be deeply grateful. Highly recommended.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dive deep in meditation and realize we are a part of something bigger than just our selves. There is a scientific path towards a fulfillment that we only need to participate to realize. Mantradevi teaches an absolutely beautiful course and helps to remind us how important it is to have a guru and teaches us that self realization is only possible with the help of a guru. If you have questions about this path, this course will point you in the right direction and will stimulate your mind encouraging you to continue moving forward.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Every course I do with Ananda is an absolute joy …a power house of inspiration, teachings, guidance and blessings. The joy springs from being guided so gracefully into total comprehension of the lesson, due to the familiar way of teaching via reading, watching and listening to the same message. This course is slightly different in that we dive really deep with perhaps less ‘study’ than the courses to date, and more of a deep pathway guiding us home to Masters open arms.

    I have loved this course beyond words. To be in the precious hands of such a clear channel of wisdom, Nayaswami Mantradevi, who has no end of patience, time.. and a tailor made understanding of each of us as unique individuals on the path HOME. Personally I had no reservations of embracing Master as my guru and so Nayaswami Mantradevi took me ever deeper into ways I could channel my devotion further.
    Her love and care and teachings were exquisite. As ever, the course is so professionally organised and comprehensive. Ananda is a soul family that loves us unconditionally and this is the deepest blessing. We have, very, very good karma to be on this course – and I took that teaching to my heart daily.
    Victoria Woodward
    Devon Uk

  29. 5 out of 5

    The Course in Discipleship with Nayaswami Premdas was amazing! He is very knowledgeable, inspirational and a personable instructor with Very Good Karma! Although, I loved the first 2 courses and the instructors, I was skeptic to move forward because of the concept of having a guru. My understanding of having a guru was like serving two gods. In addition, upon reading one of my lessons, I read our God is not jealous, when in fact our God is a jealous God. Exodus 34:14 states “for you shall worship no other gods for the Lord whose name is jealous are a jealous God.” God is jealous in the sense that He wants us to love and trust Him with our whole heart and when we direct our love on worldly things, we pull away from God.

    Through meditation and research, I realized that we all need help in whatever journey we choose in life. Thus, a guru has journeyed and successfully made a spiritual connection with God through a deeper consciousness. Therefore, I now understand that a guru should be received and appreciated as a divine mentor who will share their experiences and provide a guided path to the light within.

    Many blessings, love, peace, joy and harmony!


  30. 5 out of 5

    What a privilege it’s been to be guided by our ever thoughtful and loving teacher, mentor and friend, Nayaswami Premdas! Thank you for assisting me in clearing away some of the cobwebs of western cognition and make room for the ancient traditions and wisdom of the eastern Masters; for your insight and encouragement, and always for your loving presence on my path. Thank you for helping open my heart ever wider and deepen my spiritual practice through attunement with my guru. Thank you for introducing me to our beloved guru. I am blessed, I am grateful. Aum Guru Aum

  31. 5 out of 5

    So grateful for this course on discipleship. The lessons helped to confirm this is the correct path for me. The instructor , Nayaswami Premdas was / is helpful and encouraging , and, I feel I have found a true Divine Friend.

  32. 5 out of 5

    The course instructor puts all effort in to really make the lessons engaging and inspirational. The readings, videos, songs and quizzes all are very well selected and suite to the topics for each lesson. I see discipleship in a different light and feel very blessed to have found this path. The personal contact from the instructor especially helps and is the stand out part of this course.

  33. 5 out of 5

    Taking the discipleship course has been a blessing. It has brought me infinitely closer to Master. I really enjoyed the weekly talks from Nayaswami Premdas and I got a lot out of the readings as well. Definitely recommend it to those who are looking to take the next step in their spiritual journey.

  34. 5 out of 5

    Wow! what a wonderful spiritual journey this has been. Nayaswami Premdas thank you for your wisdom and guidance. I have learnt so much from this course. Thank you for also reminding us that we are doing this because we have very very very good karma! The lessons were thorough and inspirational. I really appreciated the additional materials that were provided. This course has given me the motivation to stay disciplined with the full support and love of Guru every step of the way.

  35. 5 out of 5

    Every course I have taken by Expanding Light has been impressive. The professionalism and in depth course studies continue to amaze and inspire me to continue on this path. I truly appreciate all the teachers, their patience, joy and kindness. In the Discipleship course, Mantradevi guides us to understand the teachings of Yogananda and the meaning and importance of discipleship. Thank you Mantradevi for your wisdom and knowledge!

    Many blessings,

  36. 5 out of 5

    I feel fully blessed by my line of Gurus

  37. 5 out of 5

    I have found all of the Ananda courses professional, well organized and informative, along with sensitive and caring instructors. In my book, Motradevi is a saint. I am grateful to be on this path. I am also a little nervous because it is not in my nature to make commitments but I have found during times of stress and uncertainty that when I turn to Ananda in any way, I discover relief and joy that leads back to a much stronger and natural state of being. Om – Peace – Amen

  38. 5 out of 5

    It was one of the important life’s experience moments . It came naturally as step 3 , an essential one on the way to understanding the sense of life and how to live it . Mantradevi is a channel of knowledge and directed energy , she has firmly mastered this course , taylor -cutting it according to each devoteee .

    Looking forward the ceremony and everything coming after that ,

  39. 5 out of 5

    I recently completed the “Course in Discipleship”. With a heart filled with love and gratitude, I continue my journey, now with my beloved Guru, on this beautiful path of Kryia Yoga.
    Nayaswami Premdas embodies his name. He exudes love. He infuses his teachings and his relationship with his students, with this quality. He also brings a wealth of knowledge and the energy of “ever new joy ” not only to his webinar lectures but to his comments on our weekly quizzes.
    It was a wonderful course!

  40. 5 out of 5

    What a wonderful course this has been! We were truly blessed with our amazing teacher Nayaswami Premdas, who is super passionate and extremely well organized. He always greeted us with a loving smile, reminding us that ‘tat tvam asi’ – YOU ARE THAT – and how very very very good our karma is, just because we are here :-) These wonderful reminders help our spiritual growth so much!! The course material goes deep and is heart-opening, which makes the reading and learning extremely fulfilling. It has melted away all doubts that Western minds may have about a guru-disciple relationship, so that it became easy to embrace this very important step on the spiritual path. I am very grateful to have been able to participate in this course and for the amazing teachings Nayaswami Premdas has shared with such passion and in such joyous ways. This life-changing course is a true delight and so rewarding on all levels, I highly recommend it.

  41. 5 out of 5

    Thank you for a wonderful course and dedicated instruction. I was wondering about the Guru relationship and whether Paramhansa Yogananda is my Guru. During this class all blocks around the Western concept of Guru and Disciple bubbled up and were released. And, when the timing was right for God to reveal to me that indeed Yogananda is to be my Guru (and me his Disciple) my heart filled with such love and knowing that all doubts were healed. It is a beautiful path that is laid out for us to follow. Thank you to Nayaswami Premdas and the Ananda team.

  42. 5 out of 5

    Thank you, it was great being in the course, I have learned so much.

  43. 5 out of 5

    This course was a true blessing and helped to deepen the connection with Yoganandaji and to understand and embrace the Guru-diciple relationship. I have never before embraced decipleship and may have had some unconscious reservations, which all melted away as I understood that this relationship is there to polish the unique crystal that lies within me. The material was inspiring and heart opening, the videos and audio recordings of Swami Kriyananda transmitted his deep love for his Guru and for the work of carrying on the flame of this unique ray. The teacher, Nayaswami Premdas, was excellent, always available, bright, inspiring and very supportive. The weekly quizes were like an opportunity to talk to a spiritual friend. This is the third course on the way to Kriya and I must say that I am impressed and grateful to be part of this journey, the teachers are always available for questions, the material is presented clearly-in a very enthusiastic and inspiring way- and the interactive format helps to stay the course. Deep, timeless truths are offered in a way that fosters self-study and growth in ease and with joy.

  44. 5 out of 5

    Course on Discipleship will help us tune in with our guru Yogananda. Nayaswami Premdas is my teacher and he is always willing to help and guide me in the right direction. I am blessed to have him as my teacher. Content shared in this course has deep meaning and it will help us stay closer to our guru. I feel blessed to be a disciple of Yogananda and many thanks to Ananda. I highly recommend this course for those who want to receive kriya initiation and be part of Ananda Community.

  45. 5 out of 5

    The Course on Discipleship guided me to “dive deep” in my spiritual practice and become a true disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda. Nayaswami Premdas is an excellent instructor, full of Master’s energy and wisdom, and he shares these gifts willingly. The course materials and lectures enriched my understanding of the Guru-Disciple relationship. Reading and meditating on the material was (and will always be) a cornerstone of my spiritual life. I highly recommend this course to one and all.

  46. 5 out of 5

    This course on discipleship like the other two courses leading up to this one are life-changing and allows ones heart and soul to open and blossom. Nayaswami Premdas is down both to earth and elevating at the same time, you can really feel his devotion and great energy of spirit. I felt fully supported in every way. I feel very grateful for these teachers and teaching of Yogananda and I recommend it to anyone looking for a connection to the Divine.

  47. 5 out of 5

    The Discipleship course is a true delight, and such a powerful expansion and deepening of all the practices learned thus far. Nayaswami Premdas teaches with infectious joy and passion, and embodies completely the idea of Divine Friendship. This course, though less intensive as far as learning new day-to-day pranayamas and routines, is all about the LOVE dimension of the Guru-Disciple relationship. And let me just say, that by the end of this course, I truly feel the blossoming of a deep connection to Yogananda where I feel his presence powerfully in my being. I could not be more grateful or humbled or excited to join this long line of disciples. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

  48. 5 out of 5

    Thanks for the opportunity to be a part of this course. I learned a lot and am thankful it is being offered.

  49. 5 out of 5

    No matter how many times you you get lost along the way, nothing compares to the feeling of joy one has has when they realize they have found the way home at last. Many blessings to all, Aum. Peace. Amen.

  50. 5 out of 5

    I am so grateful and filled with so much joy and love after completing the discipleship course with beautiful Nayaswami Mantradevi. Nayaswami Mantradevi is such a beautiful teacher, I felt so inspired every step of the way. Taking the vow in the discipleship ceremony has filled my heart more deeply with my love for master. I live in Australia so I got up at 4am to watch the ceremony live and connect with the divine energy of Nayaswami Mantradevi and the other participants. I am now enrolling for the next course “Preparation for Kriya” . My life has totally transformed through the wonderful teachings of my beautiful Guru Paramahansa Yogananda, I am eternally grateful.
    With much love Suzie Price ❤️

  51. 5 out of 5

    Course on discipleship is following the same template as it was established in previous courses. That means you have a solid base to come to every week. A lot of useful information, gently guiding you deeper and deeper. On top of that there is Mantradevi. I really felt her compassion for us in all of live webinars, and especially in one to one meeting. Her feedbacks on quizzes were exactly what I needed. Calming me down, soothing my soul and encourage me to make progress. The discipleship ceremony she prepared for us is something I will never forget. I felt… there are no words to describe that. Thank you Mantradevi and thank you Ananda :).

  52. 5 out of 5

    I feel very blessed and after the disciple ceremony , I feel the joy in my heart every moment,Swami yogananda guidance in everything and every where. Finally I am home. Tears rolled out with joy after taking the vow.
    Nayaswami Mantradevi was very kind and her inspiring words and blessings helped me in every way. Thank you very much to Ananda efforts to come back to this joy.
    Aum Amen

  53. 5 out of 5

    As always, the online course offerings of Ananda are inspirational and supportive. The content is rich, the structure is helpful and allows the student to gradually progress through the course without feeling overwhelmed, but still making strides each week. There is a palpable sense of community and connection. The instructor offered amazing, loving support, for which I am most grateful and appreciative. This course culminates in a beautiful discipleship ceremony for those who choose to take the step. Every course I have taken with Ananda has been wonderful, and this course especially so because it brings the life changing blessings of discipleship.

  54. 5 out of 5

    Another journey into the unknown not knowing but trusting that I am on the right path. Thank you for a wonderful opportunity of diving deeper into the Gurus teachings and leading us into a heartfelt ceremony and for welcoming me as part of your family.

    Much Blessings


  55. 5 out of 5

    This course was a blessing, I felt so moved during the final ceremony to be part of this great lineage.

  56. 5 out of 5

    I highly recommend this course for anyone who desires to explore discipleship, even if you have been on the Path for some time! The course is well planned, and delivered. The instructor is intentional and available.

  57. 5 out of 5

    This course was very inspiring! As were all the courses I attended through Ananda online until now.
    I highly recommend any sincere spiritual seeker to follow this course, as it will give important insight on the role of a Master and also how to follow such a Master from within, and how to relate to the actual generations he has left behind him for us.

  58. 5 out of 5

    This was a truly life-changing course. The first two courses were influential, but I feel like something happened during this third course. The content seemed to anticipate each step of my journey in that each week what I learned seemed timely and relevant to exactly where I was on my journey. Our teacher, Nayaswami Premdas, was tremendous. His feedback on each quiz was helpful and inspiring. All in all, I highly recommend this course.

  59. 5 out of 5

    Please note: I left review this morning that was focused mostly on my appreciation of Nayaswami Premdas rather than the course. What follows is a more comprehensive review.

    I am deeply grateful to have discovered Ananda’s path to Kriya Yoga online and to have been deeply spiritually nourished by inspiring instructors. As with the other courses, there is a wealth of material provided online, much of which can be downloaded. There are many videos and voice recordings of Swami Kriyananda and other Ananda teachers to supplement the weekly video lessons, and chants are also included. My instructor, Nayaswami Premdas, is a wonderful teacher and spiritual friend who is very welcoming and encouraging. I have really appreciated being able to talk with him via Zoom to get my “very beginner” questions answered in a gentle and inspiring manner. I look forward to continuing my discipleship of Paramhansa Yogananda.

  60. 5 out of 5

    I feel blessed to have signed up for the discipleship course. Nayaswami Premdas has been a great mentor , a caring friend, sharing his personal experiences and answering all questions with insight and depth. All your mental resistance towards discipleship fades away as you go through the lessons, for they give clear answers to all your unasked questions. By the end of this course, I came to understand the role of a guru in one’s spiritual development and I am forever grateful for the experience.

  61. 5 out of 5

    Highly recommend this course to anyone who searches for God within and without. Thank-you sincerely to everyone who who has worked so hard to make this course what it is today.

  62. 5 out of 5

    I am very grateful to have discovered Ananda’s path to Kriya Yoga online and to have been so deeply spiritually nourished by inspiring instructors. Nayaswami Premdas is a wonderful teacher and spiritual friend who is very welcoming and encouraging. In sharing his personal experiences, he gives us examples of spiritual growth and faith. I have really appreciated being able to talk with him via Zoom to get my “very beginner” questions answered in a gentle and inspiring manner. Nayaswami Premdas is a very giving and loving teacher who has fostered within me a commitment to become a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda.

  63. 5 out of 5


    This course was masterfully presented by Nayaswami Premdas who is so incredibly generous and devoted to Master, the richness of the material, and all students. Clarification of the Reality of a Guru, why one needs a Guru, and how the Guru’s ray of joy permeates all of one’s life ~ all come together like a beautiful tapestry adorned with golden threads of spiritual essence leading one toward Self-Realization. Amazingly, it does not get better than this!

  64. 5 out of 5

    Yet another fantastic online offering from Ananda :-) Thank you to Nayaswami Premdas for his inspiring and uplifting satsangs throughout! It was a gift to have been able to participate from Europe and to watch all the recordings (due to the time difference, this was very helpful). The themes of the course are extremely well organised and allow you to go deeper into the question of what it means to be a disciple, clarifying the many facets of this beautiful relationship. It was a pleasure to be a part of this course, and I very much look forward to the next step.

  65. 5 out of 5

    Two thumbs up for the course on Discipleship. It is appropriate for both new and long time members of Ananda or SRF. The instructor, Nyaswami Mantradevi was extremely knowledgeable and welcoming. She was available to answer questions by phone and email. She helped me to deepen my dedication to the path and encouraged me to take the plunge into discipleship. I couldn’t be happier with the results.

  66. 5 out of 5

    It is an absolute blessing to be apart of this path. This course gave me the ability to deepen my vow as a disciple and to begin to understand the guru/chela relationship on a more impersonal level. Mantradevi is a clear channel of this ray that delivered the information on many different levels to reach all whose hearts are yearning for Eternal Truth. Thank you so much for all the guidance and help along the way! Jai Guru!

  67. 5 out of 5

    I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in learning more about the guru disciple relationship and particularly recommend to those who want to deepen their devotion to Paramhansa Yogananda. I learned so much during this course. Most importantly, my inner relationship with Yoganandaji and my connection to my higher Self were greatly strengthened. There are aspects of the path that I learned about during Lessons in Meditation and Living the Principles of Self-Realization that seemed way beyond reach, and I’ve started to actually experience them through the discipleship course. Most importantly, I feel a sense of growing peace and calmness within my soul, as well as an enhanced and renewed dedication to this path. Nayaswami Mantradevi teaches with humility and grace, and her joy and devotion are so inspiring and an essential part of this course. Thank you so much for this offering! Jai Guru.

  68. 5 out of 5

    I am on the path to Kriya Yoga. This third course made things come together for me and cemented my commitment to carry on. The first part of this course was on why have a guru and become a disciple. This was good and it gave lots of examples but I never felt forced. In other words, deciding to become a disciple was mine alone. I respect how Nayaswami Mantradevi led us gently, but clearly, in this direction. Now I know there is lots of work to do, but I am ready for it now.

  69. 5 out of 5

    This course was the most supportive class ever! It helped me to realign my priorities in life which is my daily practice and to go within. Nayaswami Mantradevi was a JOY to work with and SO INSPIRING! I highly recommend this course. It will enhance and enrich your life—I already miss being in a part of this class—and now I’m apart of a virtual family —and family in general that enriches my heart and soul. THANK YOU for helping me to live my life to fullest each day-in connection to the ONE that is inside each and all of us. THANK YOU

  70. 5 out of 5

    I always felt much better after reading the lessons for this course. I was always late submitting the answers for the quizzes, then trying to quickly read the coursework so I could answer correctly. The lessons always resonated deeply with me and I found that they relieved the stress I had. I don’t think anyone makes it this far on the journey by accident.

  71. 5 out of 5

    This is a great course dedicated to the relationship between Guru and disciples and explains the way to be attuned with Guru to realize God. Nayaswami Premdas explained this complex spiritual knowledge in very simple and enthusiastic way. This course taught us the importance of Guru for God realization. Each lesson and supplemental resources provided great insight into the discipleship lesson. Feedback through quizzes, phones were very practical and useful. Discipleship ceremony was wonderful.
    Jai Guru

  72. 5 out of 5

    Great course with very personal guidance of Nayaswami Premdas. It’s an incredible blessing to share this path towards God and Guru with the Ananda teachers and the spiritual family all around the globe. Looking forward with great joy to the next course on Kryia! Thank you so much to Nayaswami Premdas and all brothers and sisters on the path!

  73. 5 out of 5

    Thank you very much! I am very grateful for the chance to be part of this course. It is the third course and it changed my view of living and intensified my relationship to God and Guru. There are still many up and downs – but this is part of our life in duality. We are never alone and we are loved so much.
    It is really a piece of self realisation and understanding one self better.

    Thank you Nayaswami Prendas for your words, call by skype, motivation and lots of energy an love.

    Blessing to all of you,

  74. 5 out of 5

    Lovely course, becoming a member of this spiritual family has given me so much Joy. This was a blessing that came to me in the right time. After 5 years meditating and learning Master’s teachings, I am sure this was the perfect time to take this course and deep into my practice. Thank you Dear Nayaswami Prendas for all your love and enthusiasim in every lesson, feedback and a wonderlful ceremony.

    Blessings to everyone

  75. 5 out of 5

    This is the third course in the Path of Meditation. Each course is a stepping stone in the journey of meditation. Weekly satsang with Nayaswamy Premdas along with study material, videos, and chats are very helpful. The most I liked was one on one call with Nayaswami Premdas. He patiently answered my questions and we end up discussing for almost 90 minutes. 7 weeks were passed very fast. During the eighth week, N. Premdas initiated all students with the vow of discipleship. That was an amazing ceremony. I could feel the energy and divine blessing. I would recommend attending this course after completing the first two courses, Lessons in Meditation and Principles of Self Realization.

  76. 5 out of 5

    I am extremely GRATEFUL for the teachings of Yogananda in my life, in our universe and it being so accessible if so called.
    THANK YOU Nayaswami Premdas you are a steadfast teacher sharing the teachings of Yogananda. It has been a pleasure
    navigating through the course of Raja Yoga and Discipleship with you as the facilitator and valuable resource.
    I feel honored to have been called to follow this path and to call Yogananda my guru and my guide to become closer to god.
    Aum Peace Amen

  77. 5 out of 5

    I was on a solitary path following Yogananda’s teachings for 13 years. I came to a point where I had led myself to the highest point that I could attain on my own, and started to feel stagnant and stuck in my devotion over time. I started feeling a pull to form community, and was always fond of the energy of Ananda. I started classes with Ananda, and have felt my spiritual life blossom over the course of a few months more so than I have in those 13 years. The classes are supportive, easy to follow, well organized, and truly devotional. Blessed to be here.

  78. 5 out of 5

    “I have come home.”
    I spent 3 years abroad among different spiritual paths and religions. Until I finally came to realize the same God beyond all those paths. Only through true devotion it was possible. Ananda and Yogananda taught me the real need and importance of Devotion. More important than any spiritual technique.
    If you feel attuned to this particular ray of God, come and join this lovely familiy.
    I can only repeat: I have finally come home.

    Jai Guru.
    Aum Peace Amen.

  79. 5 out of 5

    How can I describe what this course have meant to me? I feel a door to God’s light has opened during troubled times. I am very grateful to Mantradevi and Premdas for their kind and loving guidance on this very important journey. It is indeed a blessing to have found the path of Kriya Yoga. By the grace of God and gurus I will diligently work towards Self-Realization.

  80. 5 out of 5

    Great course. This course help me to know and understand how important the relationship between the disciple and the guru and how we need to stay attune with the guru in this journey of Self Realization.
    The materials and structure are well organized and the instructors are very knowlegeable and helpful. I really appreciate the instructors and everyone who helps make his course available to us.

    Thank you!

  81. 5 out of 5

    This course focused on the heart of the relationship with Paramhansa Yogananda. I was a bit intimidated to take such a course titled “Discipleship” as the title gave me the feeling of having parameters and rules. However, I risked it because I was already in a relationship with PY and had learned so much from Ananda. After taking this course and then buying the yearly access to other information and also getting the apps, I am even more astonished by the love and humility of Ananda. I grew to understand more of the beauty of the discipleship relationship thanks to all the instructors and the materials.

  82. 5 out of 5

    If you have fallen in love with Yogananda, take this class to feel and see this love realized.
    With love

  83. 5 out of 5

    Great course which gives a lot of insights on why to become a disciple is important and how a guru can help you in your life. Some will wonder if by becoming a disciple they are giving up their freedom, but that is not the case. You can learn this and more in this course.

  84. 5 out of 5

    With each course I take I feel closer and closer to Paramhansa Yogananda. The loving support of both Nayaswami Premdas and Nayaswami Mantradevi was a bonus. I am forever grateful to for the opportunity to live and learn from Ananada. Blessings.

  85. 5 out of 5

    I am so happy that I took this course. Nayaswami Premdas is a naturally gifted teacher. The online format was really well set up, there was plenty of time to get the coursework done, lots of support and interesting topics. Jai Guru !

  86. 5 out of 5

    For me this course opened a whole new view on the concept “Guru”, one that I can accept and understand. The importance of the Heart and the way it will lead us there were we can not come with the mind only, was one of the key points that I’ve learned in this course, just as the role of the Guru in this whole proces. I want to thank Nayaswami Premdas, our instructor, for this wonderful journey and the insights I received during this 3 months. I could feel an open, joyful and supporting energy from him, no matter what choice I should make. This was a true blessing.

  87. 5 out of 5

    This course is incredible in that it guides the way to the divine. My teacher was available and helpful throughout the course. I recommend this to anyone inspired by Yogananda and drawn to the path. It will deepen your connection to God.

  88. 5 out of 5

    This course was a deep discussion of the benefits of discipleship. it dispelled many myths and fears, and clarified what a gift and boon to have this opportunity presented in one’s life. it eased my fears about my worthiness for discipleship. it strengthened my sense of the importance of my spiritual path and the purpose of my life, and validated that this choice is between me and the guru, and that i can listen within to know if/when this it the right choice for me. an empowering and illuminating course whether or not one decides to pursue discipleship.

  89. 5 out of 5

    It has been an incredible journey so far with Ananda. This course on ‘Discipleship’ in particular has been a eye opener for me which was brilliantly delivered by Nayaswami Premdas ji. Learning the significance of Heart seat into meditation was a “Aha” moment for me . I could actually feel the warmth and coolness in my heart post invocation to the Guru . It was a key lesson to understand and build the relationship with your Guru. It also helped me a long way understanding the true meaning and dissolving any doubts and misconceptions of what Discipleship Truly means. Thank you for all the resources and teachings provided in this course and I wish to carry the learnings with me for the rest of my life. Blessings to all!

  90. 5 out of 5

    Highly recommend taking this course. Nayaswami Premdas was a great instructor who I now consider a great friend. He was supportive, inspiring, and was there to answer any questions/concerns that came up throughout the course. I am so grateful to be officially initiated as a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and to have gotten to know Premdas. Thank you to all at Ananda.

  91. 5 out of 5

    I am very grateful for this course. And I am also grateful to Nayaswami Premdas for all his inspiration, learning, encouragement, informations, and very friendly approach. It made me feel to be a member of the family :-)
    The course itself has been very well organized and it helped me a lot to deepen my understanding of this Path.

  92. 5 out of 5

    Nayaswami Premdas is an amazing instructor and really cares about his students. This course and this path will change your life forever.

  93. 5 out of 5

    A Course in Discipleship helps you see that you are not separate from the love of God. With each week of prayer, chant, and instruction, you not only see but feel yourself opening to fuller blessing and greater purpose. If you are feeling like you are “without a rudder” in this often confusing and chaotic world, this course provides a direction inward and upward. I recommend it as a “next step” on the path toward greater self-realization.

  94. 5 out of 5

    I really wanted to thank Nayaswami Premdas, my instructor for the discipleship course. We had 2 long conversation on the phone where he got to know me as well as got to know him, he is truly an amazing joyful person full of wisdom. My experience with Ananda has all been online courses, and I really cant say enough about how well organized the online course is. I continue my journey on the path to kriya and look forward to meeting more of the staff someday in the future.

  95. 5 out of 5

    The Course in Discipleship has helped me a lot to deepen my connection to the guru and to better understand and live the aspect of devotion. A very good course and highly recommended.

    Jai Guru Jai

  96. 5 out of 5

    This course has done a great job conveying the true meaning of the guru, the relationship between the guru and the disciple, and why you must have a guru to find God. I am ever thankful for this wonderful community full of loving and caring people that provide these teachings to the world.

  97. 5 out of 5

    I see the ray of divine power light up my heart. Each and every course that I have done with Ananda online has taken me on a journey within. I will continue to learn and grow.

  98. 5 out of 5

    Nayaswami Premdas illustrates beautifully what joy and creativity await in discipleship! His attentive, always available guidance has touched me deeply. I know now for sure, I am choosing discipleship for myself. Highly intelligent and understanding, Nayaswami Premdas brings so many of Master’s own qualities into this class. I have grown tremendously both as a person and in my spiritual understanding. Of course, all of my teachers at Ananda, although different in their personalities, have the radiant beam of Master reaching through to their students. OM. Forever thankful for this experience.

  99. 5 out of 5

    This is an excellent course that helps go deeper in understanding the relationship with the Master. Nayaswami Premdas is extremely clear in his explanations and always available to help. During the classes all necessary material is provided. We strongly recommend this course to anybody who seeks a deeper relationship with Paramahansa Yogananda.

  100. 5 out of 5

    The discipleship course intent is to have a better understanding of what becoming a disciple means, what is the guru-disciple relationship and to ultimately find limitless love through that relationship, here more specific to Yogananda and this lineage. It’s a powerful class using webinars, audio and PDFs to ensure the messaging solidifies with you in each chapter followed by weekly quizzes. Nothing is ever felt forced or pressured but providing the wisdom and hopefully clarity for you to make a decision is this a path you want to further pursue.

  101. 5 out of 5

    It has been a great class and with an excellent teacher. After the discipleship vow I have that feeling that I am anchored in something a very strong foundation and feel more love, joy, blessings from Master. Thank you so much Nayaswami Premdas for your support and wonderful teaching.
    Jai Guru.

  102. 5 out of 5

    This has been such a fantastic journey. Giving me hope for a higher state of Being and bringing me one step closer on the path of Kriya Yoga.
    This discovery, (of Ananda and the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda), has been a Godsend and I hope others will be as fortunate as I am in finding this path.

  103. 5 out of 5

    Course on Discipleship has taught me that attunement with the guru is an important aspect of the Kriya Yoga path. Why not take advantage of a Master? Kriyananda’s book helped me understand what it was like to live as a disciple of Yogananda. As usual, he shared great insights. Premdas’ enthusiasm and positivity made the course refreshing and relevant. I always looked forward to his supplemental materials. I highly recommend this course. I appreciate the great work done by the Ananda organization. If you did not exist, I would still be seeking a guru.

  104. 5 out of 5

    I found the Course on Discipleship fantastic. Nayaswami Premdas is so inspiring and supportive. Each step on the Path to Kriya Yoga with Ananda has gradually shown and allowed me to feel those god qualities from the Guru getting stronger. This course was the natural progression for me after the first two, as was the Discipleship vow at the end of the course. May I add that taking the vow was fully explained and supported by Nayaswami Premdas making it all just feel right. Each day I know I am being drawn in the right direction with my efforts to find self-realisation, and with the support of our guru Paramhansa Yogananda, and the wonderful spiritual family at Ananda I am feeling more and more sure I will find what my soul is calling for.

  105. 5 out of 5

    The Discipleship Class with Nayaswami Premdas is powerful course that has an intelligent momentum and allows for ever deepening devotion. So grateful to our teacher, who is devoted to helping us progress and understand. Julie

  106. 5 out of 5

    Once again, the on-line format definitely works for me! And having contact with a live teacher is essential and well incorporated in this course as with the other courses. It definitely helps that Premdas is so suited to the role! I loved how he guides without being preachy and always seems to be in tune with love and joy, by being helpful when I asked questions and providing me with ample supplementary documentation when needed or thought to be useful (and it was!). I also was granted extra time and space to figure things out when needed, and that was important to me! Thank you to Ananda and Premdas for making this course available and a pleasure to take!

  107. 5 out of 5

    Great class!
    This book answered my questions and helped me make the decision for discipleship.
    Thank you Premdas for hosting this and helping us navigate this process.

  108. 5 out of 5

    Although I have been a follower of Paramhansa Yogananda for a long time, only after this course did I realize the importance of Guru on the spiritual path. Having an extremely knowledgeable and helpful teacher in Premdasa helped a lot in navigating this course.
    I am enrolling for the next course “Preparation for Kriya Yoga” to continue my spiritual journey.

  109. 5 out of 5

    Premdas has been an incredible storehouse of knowledge and responsive with his support throughout this course. Definitely an essential clarifying step on the path.

  110. 5 out of 5

    Highly recommended for spiritual evolvement. You will get a lot from it.

  111. 5 out of 5

    Wonderful course and feedback from teachers!

  112. 5 out of 5

    This course helped clarify what Discipleship is truly about. Thank you !!!

  113. 5 out of 5

    I was unable to take the Discipleship Course in person due to a hectic work schedule. I was glad to find an online version available so that I could continue my education without interruption. I appreciated having the videos and literature to read during my free time. Jitendra was always available for feedback and questions through the forum and messages. I would recommend taking the online courses if taking the class in person is not an option for you.

  114. 5 out of 5

    Thanks to this course how to be in tune with Yogananda. It helped me to understand the meaning and importance of the Guru in my spiritual path and the blessings of being a disciple of him. I highly recommend this course.

  115. 5 out of 5

    Excellent course that helps you deepen your relationship with the Master. Wonderfully presented and easy to follow at any stage in the Path. I always wanted to improve my discipleship and find this course the best way to start achieving my goal. Highly recommended to all sincere seekers of the Eternal Truth.

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