Gurukul Lifestyle Course

“Our guru Sri Swami Satyananda has said many times, that all his academic learning in school and college did not help him in his life, but that what helped him in his life was the practical training that he received in the ashram.”

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

In 2014 two fully residential 6 months Gurukul Lifestyle courses will be conducted from:

  • 1st February 2014 to 25th July 2014
  • 1st August 2014 to 25th January 2015.

Participants will have the rare opportunity to reside in the ashram and to take part in the many special events and programs being conducted, including Basant Panchami in February and the Sri Lakshmi Narayana Mahayajna in September.

Gurukul Lifestyle is an intensive fully residential course. This commitment will give participants an opportunity to involve and dedicate themselves fully, giving rise to a richer experience.

Following the traditional gurukul disciplines and principles of service, renunciation and compassion, the training given will focus on practical experience and application of the skills required for a balanced development in spiritual life.


“Gurukul means family of the guru. Since ancient times in India, people have come to live the gurukul lifestyle for different periods, and they become part of the gurukul. In the gurukul the system of education is not social education, but knowing about life. What one knows is not enough: one has to live what one knows. In order to know how to live, lifestyle is necessary.

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati

The environment created in gurukul life is such that the application of yoga in life happens naturally and spontaneously. Gurukul lifestyle assists one to realize the strengths and weakness of one’s own nature and brings out each person’s latent creativity. Awareness is developed of how one can use one’s skills to improve the quality of life at the personal level, family level and also at the level of human society.

The 2014 Gurukul Lifestyle courses will be conducted in Hindi and English and are open to both Indian nationals and foreigners. The basic daily routine from 5.00 am to 7.30 pm is rigorous, and participants will need to be physically fit and in good health. Both males and females aged between 18 and 60 years are welcome to apply.

Application Form

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For any enquiries write to Sannyasa Peeth. For a reply please enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

“The purpose of gurukul lifestyle training is to open the mind, whereas the purpose of yoga is to focus the mind. When we practise yoga we learn how to focus the mind and bring it to one point with the help of asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, and dhyana. In the gurukul process, the achievement is not to focus the mind, but rather to broaden and open the mind.

This can only happen when the individual is continually exposed to different situations and has to learn how to manage themselves and their interactions with a positive, creative and constructive state of mind. This is the lesson of Sri Swamiji’s teachings.”

Swami Niranjanananda Saraswati