Course on DiscipleshipWhenever 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 open to anyone who is interested in learning more about the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, regardless of whether they are seeking discipleship at this stage of their life. It is also highly recommended for those who have already taken the step of discipleship, as it can help clarify and deepen one’s understanding of what the Guru-Disciple relationship truly means.

In This Course, You Will Receive:

  • Six lessons designed to help guide you through the teachings of Paramahansa Yogananda on discipleship.
  • Textbook (PDF format).
  • Digital videos of Swami Kriyananda and course instructors.
  • Interactive forums for discussion with fellow students and instructor.
  • Regular, live guided meditations, satsangs and discussions online with the instructor.
  • Personal support from instructor (via email, telephone or live chat).
  • Certificate of Completion.

More About Course

Essence of Self-Realization“God sends the seeker indirect guidance at first, through books and lesser teachers. Only when the desire for Him is very strong does He send help in the form of a Self-realized guru. It is no favor to the guru if the student accepts him. Rather, the student must have prayed very hard, in this lifetime and in former lives, to have earned so great a blessing.” — Paramhansa Yoganada from Essence of Self-Realization
This course explores the Guru-Disciple relationship, what it IS and how to deepen your spiritual life by following the guidance of a God-Realized Master. Throughout the lessons, you will see that your spiritual potential is that of a saint, you but only need to remember your divinity. The help of the saints is always with us, and in this course we learn how to call on their blessings so that we, too, may realize our highest potential.

While the material in this course is universal to all spiritual paths and traditions, we will focus on discipleship of Paramhansa Yogananda and Ananda’s spiritual lineage. If after completing this course you feel that Yogananda is your guru, you can take part in a home discipleship initiation ceremony. This course can also prepare one for an in-person ceremony at a local Ananda Center. In becoming a disciple, you will be joining thousands of other disciples worldwide who are part of Ananda.

This course offers several methods for student engagement through the lesson material, forums, live webinars, and email correspondence with the course instructor. Each lesson contains reading assignments, digital videos of Swami Kriyananda, audio learning tracks, and live as well as recorded webinar classes. In addition, each lesson  contains a quiz which allows for further interaction and guidance.

The recommended pace of this course is one lesson per week. You will have 12 weeks to complete the seven lessons in this course. You will receive an email reminder seven days before your enrollment period expires. We offer enrollment extensions freely, so if you find you need more time to complete the course, you can let us know at

Course Outline

  • 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
After completion of all seven lessons and quizzes, you can receive your Certificate of Completion and are eligible for taking Disipleship
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Nayaswami Premdas

Nayaswami Premdas is online instructor for Art and Science of Raja Yoga and Course on Discipleship. He is an Ananda Lightbearer-Minister and has been teaching meditation and yoga for many years. A resident of Ananda Village, he served a decade as the Head Chef and Culinary Instructor at Ananda’s The Expanding Light Retreat. He is known for his joy, devotion and hospitality.

8 reviews for Course on Discipleship

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 5 out of 5

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

  5. 5 out of 5

    Wonderful course and feedback from teachers!

  6. 5 out of 5

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

  7. 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.

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