4. Táttvika, Ácárya/á, and Purodhá

(1) Only those persons who are sincere, spirited and endowed with sharp intellect; and who understand and can make others understand the philosophy; will be considered eligible to become ácárya/ás.

(2) Ácárya/ás who have a minimum of five hundred initiates and are adept in the difficult Visheśa Yoga will be eligible for purodhá training.

(3) Those who can inspire at least twenty persons (five persons in special cases) onto the path of spirituality may be imparted táttvika training.

(4) As far as possible, only purodhás will be elected or nominated for any responsible post of the Marga.

Keeping in view that the ideals of the Marga are to be propagated universally, these rules may at times be relaxed with the consent of the Central Committee and with the approval of the purodhá pramukha.

1956, Jamalpur

5. Self-Analysis

If an Ananda Margi violates the principles of Yama and Niyama, he/she will confess his/her fault to any ácárya/á and ask for punishment, on that day or on the day of the next dharmacakra. The ácárya/á will prescribe only physical or mental punishment, not financial or any other type of punishment, to those at fault. The ácárya/ás will prescribe punishment in the form of service to the society, but they will never accept any kind of service for themselves from the persons at fault. If rectification of one’s offence is possible, the ácárya/á will, instead of giving punishment outright, have the fault rectified by the guilty person by other appropriate means and ask him/her to be careful in the future. If the offence is serious, the ácárya/á may punish publicly, but the nature of the fault will not be disclosed. Whether one’s conduct has been defective or not, a statement regarding how far the principles of Yama and Niyama have been followed has to be submitted to the ácárya/á (here ácárya/á means any ácárya/á). In this connection, the date of the previous report should be kept in mind.

1956, Jamalpur