Vowed Level Details

Shishya (disciple)

Vow:  none.  Note:  this is Turn on Javascript!

Prerequisites:  have already received beginning teachings.  There are a variety of ways to fulfill this, in SVA’s retreats and trainings as well as with your Svaroopa® Vidya teacher in your area.  In addition, an application is required.

Practice:  none required at this level

Seva:  none required at this level, though you may offer

Ashram Seva (volunteer work):  none required at this level, though you may offer

Ashram Dakshina (monthly donations):  none required at this level, though you may offer

Initiation Gift:  none, as there is no initiation because there are no vows

Tuition Discount:  not at this level

Special Programs available:  phone Q&A Satsang, phone Shishya Guru Gita, in-person Shishya Satsangs with Swami Nirmalananda when she is in your area.

B&B Weekends:  not at this level

Click here to complete a Shishya application

Sadhaka (one who does the practice)

Vow:  none

Prerequisites:  have taken at least one Shaktipat Retreat; application required.

Practice:  establishing daily practice; begin wearing light colors

Seva:  none required at this level, though you may offer

Ashram Seva (volunteer work):  none required at this level, though you may offer

Ashram Dakshina (monthly donations):  $21 per month or more

Initiation Gift:  none, as there is no initiation because there are no vows

Tuition Discount:  20% off Lokananda YTT & ATT tuitions

Special Programs available:  phone Q&A Satsang; phone Shishya Guru Gita; in-person Shishya Satsangs with Swami Nirmalananda when she is in your area.

B&B Weekends:  one per year

Click here to complete a Sadhaka application.

Vratin (one who has taken a vow)

Vow:  meditate daily, practice yamas & niyamas

Prerequisites:  have taken at least one Shaktipat Retreat, Foundations of Svaroopa® Yoga & Turn on Javascript!; followed by an application and approval by Swami Nirmalananda

Practice:  meditate daily; practice yamas & niyamas; wear visible white daily (which may be along with other colors), wear no black and use no leather

Ashram Seva (volunteer work): 2-3 hours per month or more

Ashram Dakshina (monthly donations):  $51 per month or more (scholarship available)

Initiation:  in Vows Retreat or by phone with Swamiji

Initiation Gift:  receive white scarf and white wristband from Swamiji

Tuition Discount:  30% off Lokananda YTT & ATT tuitions

Special Programs available:  phone Q&A Satsang; phone Shishya Guru Gita; in-person Shishya Satsangs with Swami Nirmalananda when she is in your area.

Personal Guidance:  4 private phone calls or meetings per year with Swami Nirmalananda (beginning January 2018)

B&B Weekends:  three Vratin Weekends are available per year

Click here to complete a Vratin application.

Brahmachari (celibate yogi)

Vow:  to be completely celibate (with special rules for married couples); meditate daily; practice yamas & niyamas

Prerequisites: completed one year or more as a Vratin; additional studies and practice as directed by Swamiji; followed by an application and approval by Swami Nirmalananda

Practice:  celibate; meditate daily; practice yamas & niyamas; wear visible yellow daily, wear no black and use no leather

Ashram Seva:  2-3 hours per week or more

Ashram Dakshina (monthly donations):  tithe 5% of income or more (special rules for Ashram residents)

Initiation:  in Vows Retreat or in Ashram ceremony

Initiation Gift:  receive yellow scarf, Ashram necklace, yellow wristband from Swamiji

Tuition Discount:  40% off all Lokananda tuitions

Special Programs available:  annual conference for brahmacharis and swamis; phone Q&A Satsang; phone Shishya Guru Gita; in-person Shishya Satsangs with Swami Nirmalananda when she is in your area.

Personal Guidance:  required monthly private phone calls or meetings with Swami Nirmalananda

B&B Weekends:  one or more per year

Ashram Visits:  you may visit and stay at the Ashram.  If you are there two or more times in a month, your minimum stay is 2 nights each time.  If you are there only once a month, your minimum stay is 3 nights, with a maximum of 9 nights per month.  Please note that this is pre-reserved, on a space available basis, and there is a charge for Housing & Meals.

Click here to complete a Brahmachari application.

Sannyasi (swami)

Vow:  renounce all the three worlds.

Prerequisites:  completed one year or more as a Brahmachari; additional studies and practice as directed by Swamiji; followed by an application and approval by Swami Nirmalananda

Practice:  fully celibate, renunciant, wear orange.

Ashram Seva:  none required at this level

Ashram Dakshina (monthly donations):  Sannyas dakshina is required before initiation, no further dakshina is required

Initiation:  ceremony in India with Swamiji or informal initiation with Swamiji

Initiation Gift:  receive orange cloth & rudrakshas

Tuition Discount:  all Lokananda tuitions are free, on a space available basis

Special Programs available:  annual conference for brahmacharis and swamis; phone Q&A Satsang; phone Shishya Guru Gita; in-person Shishya Satsangs with Swami Nirmalananda when she is in your area.

B&B Weekends:  one or more per year

Ashram Visits:  you may visit and stay at the Ashram.  If you are there two or more times in a month, your minimum stay is 2 nights each time.  If you are there only once a month, your minimum stay is 3 nights, with a maximum of 9 nights per month.  Please note that this is pre-reserved, on a space available basis, and there is a charge for Housing & Meals.

 

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