A Handbook on Discipleship is Step Three of the Ananda Course in Self-Realization, though it can also be studied independently of the Ananda Course. It includes lessons on discipleship and the Guru–Disciple relationship, the main theme of Paramhansa Yogananda's Autobiography of a Yogi. These lessons are universal to all spiritual paths and traditions.
The following subjects are covered at length:
- Does one need a living guru?
- The role of divine grace in spiritual progress
- How to follow a guru
- How to draw on the guru's power
- The importance of attunement and magnetism
In addition, there is a section on what it means to specifically become a disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda and the Ananda line of Gurus. Those who are interested can take part in a home discipleship initiation ceremony, joining thousands of other disciples who are part of Ananda.
Excerpt from the Introduction:
"Someone once asked Swami Kriyananda, "Do I need a guru?"
"Those present, knowing of his lifelong discipleship to Paramhansa Yogananda, were surprised to hear his response, "No, you don't." He then added, "But if you want to find God, you need a guru."
Included in A Handbook on Discipleship:
- Book, 158 pages
- Online access, on request, to a guided home discipleship ceremony and other recorded talks on discipleship