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Based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, this is step-3 on the path of Kriya Yoga. 

Paramhansa Yogananda said that the purpose of life is to find God. We may similarly say that the purpose of life is to:

  • Find your true Self
  • End the long exile of the soul
  • Find the way back home
  • Return to the heavenly joy once known but lost

All of these aspirations involve a special law that leads us on the journey homeward—The Law of Love. Nobody reaches the Divine Goal by himself or herself. Love is required and it is the love of One who has already reached that goal. That One is an enlightened person—the guru. The guru is our link to God-union. We will not get there without him or her. The guru is God’s instrument of Love for you. That love, that Divine Love as we shall see, is completely beyond the concept of human love or our ordinary relationships.

Paramhansa Yogananda highlights the essential keys of discipleship. He explains that friendship on the human plane is the purest form of God’s love. Friendship is higher than romantic love and the highest expression of friendship is the Guru-disciple relationship. The Guru-disciple relationship is love in its purest form. It is the love of God manifested here on Earth. The love of discipleship is a contract from soul to soul. It has little to do with two personalities, or egos.

In this course we will discuss:

  • Do you need a Guru
  • What is a Guru disciple relationship
  • How to draw on the Guru’s power
  • The importance of attunement


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 Art & Science of Raja Yoga” as it can help clarify and deepen one’s understanding of what the Guru-Disciple relationship truly means.

Those who are interested can take part in a discipleship initiation ceremony, joining thousands of other disciples who are part of Ananda. Those who take the vow of discipleship will also learn the AUM Technique of meditation.

Included with this course:

  • Accompanying online course including audio and video files
  • Textbook (PDF format)
  • Interactive discussion with fellow students and instructor

Cost: $90. All are welcome.

Ananda is a worldwide, nonprofit, nondenominational center for meditation, spiritual growth. and community.