Vowed Level Details

Shishya (disciple)

Pronunciation:  SHEE-shyaw

Vow:  none.

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, a Shishya application is required.

Practice:  none required at this level

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:  online Q&A Satsang, online Shishya Meditation Club,monthly Shishya emails, in-person Shishya Satsangs with Gurudevi 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)

Pronunciation:  SAW-daw-kaw

Vow:  none

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

Practice:  establishing daily practice; begin wearing light colors

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 (at time of enrollment only; enroll with Enrollment Advisor by confirmation date).

Special Programs available:  online Q&A Satsang; online Shishya Meditation Club; monthly Sadhaka emails; in-person Shishya Satsangs with Gurudevi Nirmalananda when she is in your area.

B&B Weekends:  may attend one per year (maximum)

The annual application period will be open in July or August 2021.  Until then, please consider applying for Shishya Membership, which accepts applications all year round.

Vratin (one who has taken a vow)

Pronunciation:  VRAW-tin

Vow:  meditate daily, practice yamas & niyamas

Prerequisites:  have taken at least one Shaktipat Retreat, Foundations of Svaroopa® Yoga & Vows Preparation Course; have been a Shishya or Sadhaka for one year or more, application for Vratin, interview and approval by Gurudevi 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

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

Initiation:  in Vows Retreat

Receive Initiation Gift:  receive white scarf and white wristband from Swamiji

Give Initiation Gift (dakshina):  none required, though it is traditional to offer a donatioṇ

Tuition Discount:  30% off Lokananda YTT / ATT / DYY tuitions (at time of enrollment only; enroll with Enrollment Advisor by confirmation date).

Special Programs available:  online Vratin Q&A Satsang, online Q&A Satsang; online Shishya Meditation Club; in-person Shishya Satsangs with Gurudevi Nirmalananda when she is in your area.

B&B Weekends:  may attend any or all B&B Weekends (if space is available)

The annual application period will be open in July or August 2021.  Until then, please consider applying for Shishya Membership, which accepts applications all year round.

Brahmacharin (celibate yogi)

Pronunciation:  BRAW-maw-CHAW-rihn

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 Gurudevi 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

Monthly Dakshina (monthly donations):  tithe 5% of income or more (scholarship discount available)

Initiation:  in Vows Retreat or in Ashram ceremony

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

Give Initiation Gift (dakshina):  none required, though it is traditional to offer a donatioṇ

Tuition Discount:  40% off all Lokananda tuitions (except programs including Shaktipat).  NOTE:  you must enroll with the Enrollment Advisor (not online) by the confirmation date (not late) in order to get this discount.

Special Programs available:  periodic conference for brahmacharis and swamis; online Vratn Q&A Satsang, online Q&A Satsang; online Shishya Meditation Club; in-person Shishya Satsangs with Gurudevi Nirmalananda when she is in your area.

B&B Weekends: minimum one per year, may attend any or all B&B Weekends (if space is available)

The annual application period will be open in July or August 2021.  Until then, please consider applying for Shishya Membership, which accepts applications all year round.

Sannyasin (swami)

Pronunciation:  SAWN-YAW-sin

Vow:  renounce all the three worlds.

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

Practice:  fully celibate, renunciant, wear only orange.

Ashram Seva:  none required at this level

Monthly 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

Receive Initiation Gift:  receive orange cloth & rudrakshas

Give Initiation Gift (dakshina):  to be determined individually

Tuition Discount:  all Lokananda tuitions are free, on a space available basis  at time of enrollment only; enroll with Enrollment Advisor by confirmation date).

Special Programs available:  periodic conference for brahmacharis and swamis; online Vratn Q&A Satsang, online Q&A Satsang; online Shishya Meditation Club; in-person Shishya Satsangs with Gurudevi Nirmalananda when she is in your area.

B&B Weekends:  minimum one per year,  may attend any or all B&B Weekends (if space is available)

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 year.  Please note that this is pre-reserved, on a space available basis, and there is a charge for Housing & Meals.

The annual application period will be open in July or August 2021.  Until then, please consider applying for Shishya Membership, which accepts applications all year round.

 

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