Chela

tʃeɪlə - चेल

Disciple; from Sanskrit verb root, “to serve.” [ref ]Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramhansa Yogananda. Chapter 12, “Years in My Master’s Hermitage.”[/ref]

Chela is similar to a student, except that it implies more loyalty and closeness to the teacher and teachings. [ref ]Mahatmas and Chelas, Leoline L. Wright. Chapter 5, “Chelas and the Chela Life.”[/ref] In Hinduism, the bond between a chela and a guru (teacher) is considered sacred. It is more like the bond between a parent and child than a teacher and student. [ref ]A Handbook on Discipleship, Swami Kriyananda. Lesson 3, “Attunement with the Guru.”[/ref]