Life in the Gurukula

A typical day at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya:

4:00 am                        Wake up bell
5:30 am                        Vedic Chanting
7:00 am                        Vedanta class
8:00 am                        Breakfast
10:30 am                      Sanskrit class (twice a week)
12:00 pm                      Chanting Class
12:30 pm                      Lunch
1.00 pm                        Rest
3:00 pm                        Tea
4:30 pm                        Vedanta Class
5:30 pm                        Snack
6.25 pm                        Jagadeeshwara Arati
7:00 pm                        Satsang
8.00 pm                        Dinner
10.00 pm                      Lights out

*The schedule is followed every day of the week except during special holidays.

Ashram Discipline

Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, as its name states, is an abode of sadhana. Apart from classes, students are expected to study, reflect and contemplate on the teachings. The sublime atmosphere of the ashram effortlessly makes the seeker turn inward to understand the Self.

Students are expected to follow the Acharya’s instructions and adhere to the strict discipline of a Brahmacharya way of life. Attending all classes is mandatory with no exceptions.

Narayana Seva

As a part of the daily schedule, students are delegated different types of Narayana seva – assist in the Jagadeeshwara Temple, serve in the Annakshetra, maintain Saraswati Nilaya and assist the Acharya. The aim of seva is to foster a spirit of togetherness and gain purity of mind.

Dress Code

Students are required to be attired in white clothes (sari for women and lungi/kurta for men). The colour white stands for pure resolve of heart and helps to reinforce a feeling of all around serenity. The purity of white provides a peaceful aura and serves as a reminder to live a life of austerity in thought, word, and deed.

Pyjamas for men and salwar-kameez for women are permitted during seva, yoga class and in the student rooms.

Students are required to purchase their own clothing and toiletries for the initial stage of the course. After certain duration, they will be provided with a new set of white clothes, supplies and toiletries.

Yoga

Students will necessarily be seated during class and their personal sadhana. The total time or physical activity will be fairly substantial. It is, therefore essential that they maintain their physical health. Yoga sessions, daily walks or exercise in their rooms, is encouraged as times permits.

Diet

The Ashram follows a pure satvika vegetarian diet (no onion/garlic).
Tea/Milk                    6.00 am
Breakfast                  8.00 am
Lunch                     12.30 pm
Snacks, Tea/Milk     5.30 pm
Dinner                      8.00 pm

On a regular basis, with a few exceptions, the lunch and dinner menu includes – rice, chapatti, sabji, and dal.  For those, on a strict diet, boiled food in limited quantity is available. It is recommended that students do not buy or purchase food from outside.

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