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Anusthan Guidelines

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The closer one adheres to the following anusthan recommendations, the more powerful the results of the anusthan. However, it is recognized that most of us are not able to be strict with all the conditions, especially #9, which suggests that we do not leave the location of the anusthan for its duration. Shri Anandi Ma and Dileepji are aware of this and encourage us to perform the anusthan and to follow the guidelines to the maximum extent possible and practical in our lives without causing disturbance. There is still much benefit to be gained from the performance of anusthan, regardless of our ability to follow the rules precisely, so one is encouraged to practice even a small anusthan, offering the fruits of your spiritual progress to God.



1. Begin anusthan at Brahma-muhurta — the ideal time for spiritual practice, between 4 and 6 A.M.

2. Take a shower and wear clean clothes before beginning. If possible, keep a separate outfit of clothing for anusthan only. If you have a bowel movement, it is recommended to shower again afterwards. If you urinate, wash your hands and feet completely and repeat the purification mantras (Vajra Panjar graduates only) again.

3. Keep your asan and surroundings pure. Fire is required to be present as a witness to the anusthan. Guruji recommends burning a ghee lamp continuously during anusthan. The ghee lamp makes the atmosphere pure and sattvic and helps the energy. Ghee is made from clarified butter (heat butter and take the clear portion only); a wick may be made from a portion of a cotton ball and set in a small bowl. An oil lamp or candle may be substituted. Burning incense also helps to purify the atmosphere. Wash puja vessels (Vajra Panjar graduates only) every day and do not drink from them.

4. Do not get up from the asan until you have finished the repetition. If you need to get up for calls of nature, you can do so, but begin with the necessary purification as mentioned in #2 above.

5. Do not talk. Observe silence as much as possible throughout the days of the anusthan. This greatly increases your energy.

6. Eat as lightly as possible. Eating only sattvic foods such as fruit, nuts, and dairy is ideal. The next best is eating only one meal a day, with fruit and nuts in the evening. Avoid tamasic foods such as alcohol, meat, eggs, onion, and garlic. These latter foods work against the success of the anusthan.

7. Maintain celibacy. Celibacy is further recommended beyond the completion of the anusthan for a period of three times the length of the anusthan. Remember, this is only a recommendation.

8. Keep the mind engrossed in spiritual thoughts. Use any spare time during the days of anusthan reading scriptures or books on saints, etc. The idea is to keep the mind totally engrossed in pure, sattvic thoughts. Do not read or expose yourself to materials that might negatively turn the mind.

9. Do not go for a walk. The mind becomes active with walking. Exercise at home with hatha yoga asana, etc. It is recommended that you not leave the area of the anusthan. This is a strict rule and not all may be able to follow it. Although many people have to go out to work, avoid any unnecessary ventures during anusthan.

10. Do not get angry or curse anyone during anusthan. This can be dangerous. Remain calm. See the Lord in everyone, and spread love all around you.

11. When possible, make arrangements not to be disturbed during the anusthan.

12. Perform the anusthan with love, faith, and devotion. Do not worry about the results. Offer them to God and Guru.

13. Women who begin menstruating during anusthan should stop for four days and, after bathing and washing their hair, resume on the fifth day where they have left off. In any event, the anusthan should be completed by the full moon.

These are some of the basic rules for general anusthan. Anusthans of specific practices may have more specific rules. The degree of success and evolution will depend on your faith, concentration and attention to these rules as much as possible.

NOTE: Those who have taken the Vajra Panjar Advanced training may incorporate the anusthan practices learned at that time.


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  • Chetan Desai said:

    Sri Ram Anandima and DilipBapuji,

    Please comment on how many repetition for different kind of Anusthan – Laghu (small), Madhyam (medium) and Uchh (long) Anusthan. Also please comment on how many days we need to finish each anusthan reasonably. Thanks and Jay Sri Ram.

  • Ami said:

    Sita Ram,
    Please let me know what is Vajra Panjar ?
    Thank you

  • sue rama said:

    This is a set of advanced practices given to disciples in a series of retreats. You can read a little introduction the Vajra Panjar teachings at the newly designed Dhyanyoga Centers website at Go to Kundalini Maha Yoga >The Practices.

  • Niru said:

    pranam guruji
    I want to do Anushtan which is good day to start in coming days
    Please let me know

  • sue rama said:

    You can begin on Krishna’s Birthday.

    Sita Ram,

  • Olga said:

    Where I can find a purification mantra?
    Thank you,


  • sue rama said:

    If you have received Shaktipat in this lineage, you were given the Butt Shuddhi mantra and can use that for purification. Other purification mantras may be received from Shri Anandi Ma and Dileepji during their teachings.

  • Sudhir Parikh said:

    Respected AnandiMa and Dileep ji! I have very high Respect for you and also Dhyaan YOGI ji! I have met you personally a few times. I really feel that this article is a great Service to Spiritual Aspirants. I would like to forward it to our Contacts esp. SATSANG Center and our Yoga Sadhaks on NATARAJA YOGA Center’ s YahooGroups.

    I personally do NOT believe in Copyriting any Spiritual Practices or Philosophies as the Knowledge is God’s or Guruji’s blessings! The more we spread them, the more it helps the Humanity.

    None of our Vedas, Scriptures, Shashtras are copyrited and even mentions the name of the author. So plz let this beautiful Knowledge be freely spread like the fragrance of the Flowers.

    Hope to see U this year. Ambaben and Balubhai on Woburn MA are our very good Friends. We took part in the Morning Meditation in your Ashram this year for one day. I think, we were greeted by Vinodji.

    I paln to use these links to promote the proper understanding of the sacred word “Anusthan”:

    Plz forgive me for using your material to Educate our Congregation.

    Thank You and Jai Siyaram!

  • sue rama said:

    All articles in Shakti Online are free for the public. Anyone may link to them at any time.

    Sita Ram,
    Sue Rama, moderator

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