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Home Study Course FAQ


Question:  How much does the course cost and how long does it take?

Answer:  The course takes about nine months to one year to finish before you receive Kriya Yoga.  The total fees are Rs. 840 plus the cost of shipping the books.  The first two books to buy are: Lessons in Meditation Rs. 150, and The Art and Science of Raja Yoga Rs. 350.  The study of these books, the exams and practicing these techniques will take at least 4 months.  After that there are two other books to buy: A Handbook on Discipleship Rs. 170 and Preparation for Kriya Yoga Rs. 170.  The study of these last two books, the exams and practicing these final techniques will take approximately another 5 months.


Question:  Why does the preparation for Kriya take so long?  I’ve been practicing meditation from another lineage.  Can I receive initiation into Kriya sooner?

Answer:  Nine months of preparation is required to learn five preparatory meditation techniques, and to establish a daily routine of practicing them.  It is important to learn these techniques as Paramhansa Yogananda taught them.


Question:  I’ve already done all of the classes and taken Kriya Yoga. However, I’ve slipped in practicing all of the techniques on a regular basis.  Can I take the Home Study Course as a way to review all of the techniques?  I am sincere in wanting to practice the techniques regularly.

Answer:  Absolutely you may take the Home Study Course.  Please let us know in your correspondence that you are already a Kriyaban.


Question:  I live near an Ananda teaching centre.  Should I learn Kriya Yoga in person though the centre’s classes, or should I take the Home Study Course?

Answer:  The Course is designed for students who do not have access to an Ananda teaching centre.  You should take the classes in person.


Question:  I live outside of India.  Can I still take the Ananda Kriya Yoga Home Study Course from Ananda India?

Answer:  If you live in the Americas: please visit this website: www.anandacourse.com.  If you live in Europe please visit this website for more information: http://english.ananda.it/pagine/request-information.  If you live in Africa or Asia, it is fine to take the Kriya Yoga Home Study course from Ananda India.


Question:  What is the difference between the online classes http://anandaindiaonline.org/courses/introduction-to-meditation/ and the Home Study Course?

Answer:  By taking the online classes you will learn the different techniques by watching videos, and taking online exams.  By taking the Home Study Course, physical books will be mailed to you, and the examinations will come via e-mail.  If you prefer we can also send the examinations via postal mail.


Question:  Should I read the Autobiography of a Yogi, before I take the Ananda Kriya Yoga Home Study Course?

Answer:  If you don’t mind waiting a few weeks, or whatever time it will take you to read the Autobiography of a Yogi, it would be a good idea to read it first.  It will give you a clear picture of the philosophy of Paramhansa Yogananda.  If you love reading, and feel that you simply can’t wait to learn to meditate, then it is okay to read the Autobiography of a Yogi simultaneously as you study the first course text book, Lessons in Meditation.