Course Description

Paramhansa Yogananda wrote, “Meditation is the highest form of activity a person can perform.” It is one of the most natural and rewarding of all human activities. It gives direct, intuitive experience of higher consciousness, and is the cornerstone of deep spirituality. It also brings balance, rest and a growing inner peace.

This course is open to anyone who wishes to learn to meditate, regardless of religious or spiritual background. Whether or not you are a new to meditation, these lessons can help you establish and develop a deep, consistent practice and help awaken within the peace, joy and divine love that are a part of your true nature.

This course is a step one out of four on the Path of Kriya Yoga

It can be done also as a standalone Learn to Meditate course.

Learn to Meditate from home

This course contains 7 Lessons and you will have 9 weeks to complete these.

Each lesson contains a mix of reading material, instructive videos, meditation routines, audios and transcripts. See below for the full course content.

The course is highly comprehensive and you’ll learn everything from “how to sit comfortably in meditation” to “experiencing feelings of deep peace and joy”.

What you’ll learn:

  • A simple yet powerful meditation technique that you can begin to use immediately.
  • Simple do-able suggestions on how to sit comfortably for meditation.
  • How to still the restless mind.
  • How to take experiences of peace and joy into daily life.
  • Experience the importance of breath/mind connection and the power of the focused mind.
  • Learn a unique system of exercises for controlling and increasing your energy level and overcoming fatigue.

Registrations for current batch are open until 8th December 2019, enroll now to have early access to all the content.

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Unique features of the Home Study Course
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    Personal Mentoring:

    Your personal mentor will be available to guide you in your practice and answer your questions. We encourage you to stay in touch with your mentor throughout the duration of the course.

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    Quizzes:

    To ensure you have learnt the important concepts, we recommend you complete the quiz at the end of each lesson. Answers to the quiz can be found in the reading material that comes with this course. Your personal mentor will grade your work and give you feedback.

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    Experienced Meditators:

    Videos included in the course are from experienced meditators including Swami Kriyananda,Nayaswami Jaya and Nayaswami Devarshi.

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    Downloadable resources:

    All audios and PDFs are downloadable and yours to keep for ever.

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    Participant Forums:

    There is a participant forum where you can discuss your meditation related questions.

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    Course Completion Certificate:

    At the end of the course you will receive a course completion certificate if you have completed all the required material.

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Our Inspiration

Paramhansa Yogananda (1893 – 1952)

Paramhansa Yogananda, born in 1893, was the first yoga master of India to take up permanent residence in the West.

Yogananda arrived in America in 1920, and proceeded to travel throughout the United States on what he called his “spiritual campaigns.”

Yogananda’s initial impact on the western culture was truly impressive. But his lasting spiritual legacy has been even greater. His Autobiography of a Yogi, first published in 1946, helped launch a spiritual revolution in the West. Translated into more than a dozen languages, it remains a best-selling spiritual classic to this day.The lasting contribution brought by Yogananda to the West is the non-sectarian, universal spiritual path of Self-realization.

As the means of attaining Self-realization Yogananda initiated his followers into the ancient technique of Kriya Yogawhich he called the “jet-airplane route to God.”

What is Ananda?

Swami Kriyananda (1926 – 2013)

Ananda means “Bliss”. It is a global spiritual movement, based on the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda, who showed how everyone can realize God in their daily lives as a tangible, loving reality.

Swami Kriyananda was a direct disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and the founder of Ananda Sangha. His deep spiritual quest for ‘truth’ led him, in 1948 at the young age of 22, to read Paramhansa Yogananda’s spiritual classic, “Autobiography of a Yogi.”

Instantly recognizing the author as his Guru, the young Kriyananda resolved to dedicate his life to practicing and sharing his Guru’s teachings. At their first meeting soon after, Yogananda accepted Kriyananda as his disciple.

Swami Kriyananda founded Ananda in 1968 to fulfill Yogananda’s vision for “World Brotherhood Colonies” – spiritual communities where spiritual aspirants, whether married or single, could live together and have their home, temple, school and office in one place, and support each other’s spiritual quest with Simple Living and High Thinking.

Today Ananda is a worldwide movement that spans many countries and serves several thousand seekers through its communities, meditation groups and online offerings.

The Ananda Sangha Monasteries in India and America collaborate as administrators of the online Home Study Course and also oversee the technical aspects of the online course.
Course Content
  • Getting Started video by Nayaswami Devarshi 4.45
  • Reading : How to Get Most Out of the Course
Assignments

  • Reading – Lessons in Meditation – Part 1 – PDF
  • Daily Meditation Routine – Week 1 – PDF
  • How to Sit Comfortably for Meditation – Video 6.19
  • Why Meditate and Benefits – Video 9.22
  • What Meditation Is and Isn’t – Video 7.13

Activities : Quiz 1

Optional Further Resources

  • Levels of Consciousness – Video 16.33
  • Tips from the Yogis on Meditation – Video 9.54
  • Guided Meditation – Swami Kriyananda – Audio 8.32
  • Guided Meditation Transcript- PDF
  • Course in Meditation Part 1 – Swami Kriyananda – Video 25.13
  • Course in Meditation Part 1 – Transcript – PDF
Assignments

  • Reading – Lessons in Meditation – Part 2 – PDF
  • Daily Meditation Routine – Week 1 – PDF
  • Guided Meditation for Beginners – Audio – 16.02
  • Guided Meditation for Beginners – Transcript – PDF
  • Relaxation – Video 9.48

Activities : Quiz 2

Optional Further Resources

  • Course in Meditation Part 2 – Swami Kriyananda – Video 25.05
  • Course in Meditation Part 2 – Transcript – PDF
Assignments

  • Reading – Lessons in Meditation – Part 3 – PDF
  • Daily Meditation Routine – Week 3 – PDF
  • Guided Hong Sau Meditation – Audio 21.16
  • Guided Hong Sau Meditation – Transcript – PDF

Activities : Quiz 3

Optional Further Resources

  • Hong Sau Practice – Video 9.51
  • Spiritual Eye – Video 5.59
  • Learn Meditation & Hong Sau with Swami Kriyananda – Video 25.06
  • Course in Meditation Part 3 – Swami Kriyananda – Video 31.03
  • Course in Meditation Part 3 – Transcript – PDF
Assignments

  • Reading – Lessons in Meditation – Part 4 – PDF
  • Daily Meditation Routine – Week 4 – PDF
  • O God Beautiful – Chant – Audio 5.32

Activities : Quiz 4

Optional Further Resources

  • Developing Concentration – Video 14.15
  • Course in Meditation Part 4 – Swami Kriyananda – Video 21.35
  • Course in Meditation Part 4 – Transcript – PDF
  • Visualization with Swami Kriyananda – Video 31.03
  • Visualization with Swami Kriyananda – Transcript – PDF
  • Meditation for Calming the Senses – PDF
Assignments

  • Reading – Lessons in Meditation – Part 5 – PDF
  • Daily Meditation Routine – Week 5 – PDF
  • Concentration and Expansion – Video – 9.29
  • Aspects of God – 17.59

Activities : Quiz 5

Optional Further Resources

  • Tools for Deepening Meditation – Swami Kriyananda – Audio 18.13
  • Course in Meditation Part 5 – Swami Kriyananda – Video 25.05
  • Course in Meditation Part 5 – Transcript – PDF
  • Course in Meditation Part 6 – Swami Kriyananda – Video 35.07
  • Course in Meditation Part 6 – Transcript – PDF
Assignments

  • Reading – Lessons in Meditation – Part 6 – PDF
  • Daily Meditation Routine – Week 6 – PDF
  • Will and Energy – Video – 14.16
  • Energization Exercises – Video – 16.46

Activities : Quiz 6

Optional Further Resources

  • Sadhana with Nayaswami Gyandev (Energization, Postures, Meditation) – Video – 1:10:12
  • Course in Meditation Part 7- Swami Kriyananda – Video 31.10
  • Course in Meditation Part 7- Transcript – PDF
Assignments

  • Reading – Lessons in Meditation – Part 7 – PDF
  • Daily Meditation Routine – Week 7 – PDF
  • Infusing Daily Life With God’s Presence Part 1 – Swami Kriyananda – Video 15.41
  • Infusing Daily Life With God’s Presence Part 2 – Swami Kriyananda – Video 19.06

Activities : Quiz 7

Optional Further Resources

  • Course in Meditation Part 8 – Swami Kriyananda – Video 17.04
  • Course in Meditation Part 8 – Transcript – PDF
The Course Completion Certificate is awarded after passing all the 7 quizzes.
Summary of what you’ll receive from Step 1 Lessons in Meditation:
  • A simple yet powerful meditation technique called Hong Sau also known as “baby Kriya”.
  • A unique system of exercises for controlling and increasing your energy level and overcoming fatigue.
  • 7 lessons over a time period of 9 weeks.
  • Assistance to develop a consistent meditation practice.
  • Downloadable resources (PDF format) and audio learning tracks.
  • Digital videos of experienced meditators like Swami Kriyananda and other senior Acharyas.
  • Forums to discuss spiritual questions.
  • Personal mentoring from instructor via the course.

The course fee is Rs. 500

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