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Prelude to Egypt, an online synchronous course

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Dates: Wednesdays once a week for 7 weeks from Aug. 30th to Oct, 11, 2023
Cost:  $300

This course is free for those traveling with us October 20th to October 31st on our “Pilgrimage to Ancient Egypt through the lens of the Yuga Cycles of Time:

Instructors: Byasa (David) Steinmetz, Nayaswami Nischala, Dr. Jenny Kellogg

This course is ideally suited for those traveling to Egypt, the one destination on our planet containing an abundance of well-preserved temples, hieroglyphs, pyramids and relics from the higher yugas—the Vedic Yuga Cycles of Time—a 24,000-year system of ascending and descending civilization that has been recurring for millions of years. We will use Swami Sri Yukteswar’s updated calculations for the yuga cycles.  Contrary to contemporary historical and archeological beliefs, the Yuga Cycles reveal to us that Egypt was actually descending from a highly advanced civilization (Treta Yuga) down through Dwapara Yuga to the lowest yuga, Kali Yuga.  We’ll explore the three yugas and how they affected Egyptian spirituality, culture and everyday life.  There’s lots to see and absorb in Egypt.

This course will make it easier to discern what you will see in the temples along the Nile, the pyramids on the Giza plateau, the holy temple in Abydos, and more.  We’ll investigate:

  • How the Yuga Cycles of Time reveal the evolution of Egyptian Civilization
  • Contemporary Egyptology versus Egyptology for Higher Consciousness
  • Unexplained phenomena in architecture brought down from the higher yugas
  • How spirituality in Ancient Egypt offers clues to today’s yogic and spiritual teachings
  • Similarities in the Egyptian Pantheon, Hindu Pantheon and other spiritual teachings
  • Egyptian Hieroglyphs, symbols, & Temples of the Nile: What they Reveal
  • Why visiting Egypt is dynamic and meaningful for spiritual seekers

Course Instructors

David (Byasa) Steinmetz is perhaps the most knowledgeable author and instructor on Sri Yukteswar’s Yuga Cycles of Time, having studied and lectured about them for nearly 50 years.  Yukteswar is the guru of Paramhansa Yogananda, author of the spiritual classic, Autobiography of a Yogi. Steinmetz is co-author of The Yugas, Keys to Understanding our Hidden Past, Emerging Present, and Future Enlightenment (Crystal Clarity Publishers, and has been teaching with Ananda College of Living Wisdom since 2010.

Nayaswami Nischala is the director and co-founder of Ananda College of Living Wisdom, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2023. She has led tours to Egypt, India, Europe and Peru, and is author of The Four Stages of Yoga, (Crystal Clarity, Publishers,

Dr. Jenny Kellogg has worked in academia and non-profits in a variety of administrative and leadership roles, including ten years at Harvard University’s Center for Hellenic Studies. At Ananda College she teaches courses in comparative mythology of Greece, Egypt and India, and leads travel study programs to Greece and Egypt. She is a Kriyaban and disciple of Paramhansa Yogananda since 2013, is an intuitive reader of the Akashic Records, and a literary translator from the modern Greek. 

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