Discipleship to a God-Realized Guru such as Paramhansa Yogananda is perhaps the most significant step one can take on the path to liberation.

Ananda offers lessons and classes on the Guru/Disciple relationship, along with a discipleship initiation ceremony that one can even do at home. You can go to your nearest Ananda Center to learn more, or study our lessons on discipleship, which include the discipleship ceremony


Karma and the Guru’s Grace

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Vaibhav: Want to ask 2 questions: 1.If sister gyanamata had no sins of her own,then why she had taken so much sins of others that she had to suffer so intensely for 20 years? 2.Why Yogananda had begged her life knowing that doing so,she will suffer for 20 years.Why he had not freed her soul(as God himself said that she willnot…


The Guru’s Ray, Flowing Through Disciples

Nayaswami Hriman

Question from Kristy: Hello. I understand that disciplic lineage is important in finding a guru, a teacher. How do I go about doing this, or is this one of those when the student is ready, the teacher will appear situations? Thank you for your time.


Including Anandamayi Ma with the Self-Realization Line of Gurus

Nayaswami Devarshi

Question from Trajan: Hello i am wondering would it be wrong of me to include Sri Anandamayi Ma with the Gurus ( Yogananda, Sri Yukteswar, Babaij, Jesus Krishna and Lahiri Mahasaya) even if she is not one of the SRF or Ananda gurus? As I feel a connection with Anandamayi Ma as I do with the Gurus.

Who Is the Guru?

Nayaswami Seva

Question from daniel: When we pray why do we say, “divine mother, jesus christ, babaji, lahiri, yukteswarji, AND OUR BELOVED GURU Paramhansa Yogananda”. If they are all masters and all one with divine mothers’ infinite expression, then why are they not all our gurus? what makes yoganada the specific guru? Thank you kindly.