Disclaimer: Please note the answers to the below Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) are provided as a tool for understanding what students can generally expect during their stay in Sandeepany. Authorities reserve the right to change the policies at any time without any notice.
Ques. When does the Vedanta Course Start?
Ans. On August 25, 2017 (Ganesh Chathurthi).
Ques. When does the course conclude?
Ans. The course duration is 2 years, commencing on August 25, 2017 (Ganesh Chathurthi) and concluding around September 2, 2019 (Ganesh Chathurthi).
Ques. What are the course fees?
Ans. Free of cost for qualified students from India. Others have to pay subsidized nominal charges. (Refer to the link ‘Course Fees’.)
Ques. Who can qualify as a Guest Student?
Ans. Those who are above 30 years or Married/retired individuals with long term association with Chinmaya Mission and special recommendation by the Acharya-in-charge or Head of Chinmaya Mission (Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda).
Ques. Can I scan the Application form and email or fax it?
Ans. Yes. Although regular post is the preferred option for sending the completed Application Forms, candidates may also opt to scan the completed Application Form along with their recent photograph and supporting documents and email it to email@example.com
Ques. What is reporting date for the course once selected?
Ans. Reporting date for 17th Vedanta Course is Aug 20, 2017. Students should report to Ashram Manager’s office at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya.
Ques. How do I reach the Ashram?
Ans. Ashram is located in Powai, Mumbai. The location address is as follows :
Tara Cultural Trust
Saki Vihar Rd
Powai, Mumbai 400 072
Ashram is well connected by different modes of transport.
By Air :
Mumbai International/Domestic Airport, [Airport code (BOM)] is closest. Sandeepany Ashram is around 30 minutes away from the airport by Taxi.
By Rail :
People coming from Southern, central, Northern Railways can alight at Dadar station and take a taxi from Dadar station to Powai, which is the name of the area in which Sandeepany is located. Sandeepany is located next to Larsen & Tubro (L&T) and Renaissance Hotel major landmarks to be informed to the Taxi driver.
Ques. What is medium of instruction?
Ques. What documents are needed for my visa and when shall I receive it? (Overseas Students)
Ans. Tara Cultural Trust (TCT) office shall send necessary documents with instructions to avail visa. However, for any queries or clarifications please contact: The Chief Executive, Tara Cultural Trust. Information is provided in “Contact Us” section.
Ques. What do we bring along with us when we come to Sandeepany for studies?
Ans. Three or four pair of white clothes, toiletries, umbrella, a steel flask (1 or 2 liters to store water) and bare necessities.
Boys – White Kurta and White Dhoti (may also bring white kurta-payjama which may be worn during seva and yoga)
Girls – White Sarees (may also bring white Punjabi style dress which may be worn during seva and yoga) Clothes, basic toiletries, study materials etc.
will be provided later on in the course as per the student’s requirement. Students may bring their personal laptops etc. to aid in their study.
Ques. Are mp3 players, recorders allowed?
Ans. Generally yes, but permission of the Resident Acharya should be sought before recording. Also use of mp3 players and recorders shall be strictly limited for study purposes.
Ques. Any specific books to bring for the course?
Ans. All the books and necessary stationery will be provided to the students. However, students may carry notebooks and stationery for first month and their personal daily prayer books, if any.
Ques. I don’t know Sanskrit, can I cope up with studies?
Ans. Yes, competent Acharyas will ensure that Sanskrit language skills are developed during the Vedanta Course so that the student is equipped to study the texts that are taught in the Vedanta Course.
Ques. Are there any examinations conducted?
Ans. Yes. The Acharya appointed for the course will conduct revision tests on a regular basis. Also, from time to time, there will be assignments and the students are expected to answer them in a timely manner.
Ques. What can we do to prepare for the course?
Ans. Familiarize yourself with the local Chinmaya Mission Center. For a list of Chinmaya Mission Centers, click here and attend a few classes so that you have an idea of what will be studied at the course. Upon attending the classes, you can also ask to meet with people who have already taken the course so that they can answer any questions that you may have. Also, it would be a big plus to learn some Sanskrit so that you can take a higher level Sanskrit class (intermediate or advanced) at Sandeepany. In this way, you can deepen your understanding of the language which will help you in your studies.
Ques. What is the kind of discipline the Ashram expects from the student?
Ans. During the stay of two years the student is expected to follow instructions of the Acharyas and a strict disciplined way of Brahmacharya life. All classes are mandatory.
Ques. Are we allowed to leave the campus during the two years?
Ans. It is a two years residential Course with no holidays in between. In case of an emergency, with permission from the Resident Acharya and the Chief-Executive of the Tara Cultural Trust, the student may leave the campus for the duration permitted.
Ques. Are our family, friends and visitors allowed to meet us or visit the Sandeepany during the course?
Ans. Yes, with prior approval from Resident Acharya.
Ques. Are medical facilities available?
Ques. Do we have to pay for our medical expenses?
Ans. Tara Cultural Trust will take care of basic medical expenses of the students. However Guest Students and Overseas Students have to pay for their own medical expenses.
Ques. Do we have access to internet, land phone,newspaper?
Ans. Access is minimal and at the same time not encouraged. Resident Acharya’s permission is necessary before one accesses these services.
Ques. Can we use our Mobile Phones?
Ans. Students will be requested to submit their sim cards to the office. The usage of mobile phones is not encouraged. It is strongly advised to dedicate these two years entirely for studies only. Please avoid distractions as much as possible.
Ques. What are the boarding facilities provided to the students?
Ans. Each student will get a separate room with common bathrooms.
Ques. Do we get hot water for bath/shower?
Ques. Is there a library in the campus?
Ans. Yes, a well-equipped library to meet all your study needs.
Ques. Is there a fitness center/ swimming area or play area in the campus?
Ans. There is no such fitness center/ swimming area in the campus. But students may play for some time during leisure – volleyball or badminton – in the campus area for general health and fitness. Yoga may also be taught during the course for physical fitness.