This course is step 3 on the path to learning Kriya Yoga. To learn more about the 4 steps required in order to be initiated into Kriya Yoga click here.

In this course you will learn about the Guru-Disciple relationship. This course will explain the need for a proper teacher on the path to achieving self-realization. We will discuss how to identify a true guru. We will also discuss the importance of the commitment of discipleship, and what the ramifications of this commitment are. At the end of this course a vow of commitment and Discipleship to Parmahansa Yogananda is offered to the student if he feels ready for it.


  • You will receive weekly reading assignments as PDFs from the book A Handbook on Discipleship.
  • Live webinars by a mentor to explain the teachings.
  • You will need to complete the reading assignments, give the quizzes, and attend the webinars.
  • You will be able to ask the instructor questions.
  • Audio explanations of discipleship by Swami Kriyananda as well as other supplementary videos are provided in this Course to deepen your understanding.

The topics covered are:

  • Why do I need a Guru
  • The Disciple’s part
  • Attunement with the Guru
  • Life with a Master
  • Paramhansa Yogananda: Incarnation of Divine Love
  • The Guru as a Divine Friend
  • A New Dispensation – Discipleship Initiation: Is it Right for You?

An instructor and an Acharya will give the Discpleship vow.

There are 7 live webinars in this series. The mentors conducting this course can be found here.


Most people who take this course have already completed Steps 1 and 2 which are the Lessons in Meditation and The Art and Science of Raja Yoga respectively.

People who haven’t completed steps 1 and 2 are occasionally allowed into this 3rd step. Please contact us for more information.

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