Find your true calling...
A 5-Week Transformative Online Journey
For Young Seekers of the World
Aged 18 - 32 years
Upcoming Cohort Yet To Be Scheduled
Important Update - We're Taking a Break
The Swadharma course is being redesigned and our team at Purnam as a whole is taking a break and pausing its operations. The cohort scheduled for Feb-Mar, 2023 has been postponed.
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Swadharma is for you if…
You find yourself at a crossroads.
You have taken, or are thinking of taking, a gap year,
You want to change your field of work or study,
You long to live from your heart.
You long to serve a higher purpose.
You feel that there is a deeper purpose to your life
than what society has told you.
You can no longer ignore the global crisis that we are facing.
You feel that your personal quest can serve
the awakening of our world.
And you know what?
The world needs the unique offering of your Swadharma at this time.
Hear from Our Previous Cohort!
Watch our mini-documentary to explore the essence of this inner adventure.
The global challenges we face today call for people like you who are capable of creative, holistic and innovative thinking, people who are self-aware, and whose identity is grounded in their relationship to the whole. Overcoming these challenges requires the passionate commitment and engagement of young people.
The Swadharma course is a response to the call for an education for our times. It offers young seekers like yourself—aged 18 to 32—the opportunity to embark on a transformative learning adventure with the goal of finding your true calling. We offer Swadharma because we truly believe that helping young people discover who they are and what brings them alive is not only meaningful at an individual level but also essential for building a socially just, environmentally sustainable and consciously awakened future.
What is the
The course is not structured in a conventional linear manner, however for ease of understanding, the phases of learning can be understood as follows:
In our 10th Cohort of Swadharma, we would—for the first time—be going really deep into the core of Swadharma itself. You would be taking a deep dive to explore and experience and realize what your soul essence, soul force and soul’s work are, and to live them into becoming.
1. Discover Your Soul Essence
Follow the trails of your inspiration to uncover what your soul really values in life. Identify your soul’s core values and differentiate them from socially inherited values. Go to their source and start living in a way that honours your soul’s essence.
Your soul values are your fuel for growth. They are the doorways to liberate your soul’s force and creative potential which will otherwise remain as a seed. Awakening this seed potential is a step on the way to living your Swadharma.
2. Discover Your Soul Force
As you uncover your soul values and start living in alignment with them, accordingly your soul force will arise from within, giving you authentic inner strength. This force has a fourfold expression in human nature. The dominant force indicates your swabhava—the innate nature and its gifts.
During this week, you will discover your swabhava and learn to honour your inner nature. What lies latent deep within the heart has to be brought out into the clear understanding of the mind so that the intelligence and the will can now engage in supporting the inner potential to unfold.
3. Discover Your Soul's Work
You do not exist in isolation, there is a social context and time in which your life and action are unfolding. It is not enough to be in alignment with your soul values and soul force. Your life and action must align and nourish the needs of the larger society. There is a call upon you from within to serve the higher purpose in the world, for which you are an instrument.
Your swadharma will be a natural outcome of this purpose when you offer your life for this work, in alignment with your soul values and soul force. Your swadharma is not a career, but a living radiance of your full potential serving the world. During this week you will explore and identify your true calling or your purpose, at this stage of your life, to serve the world.
4. Prepare to Take the Leap
While it is possible to find spurts of inspiration now and then, it fades off way too quickly. Every student must learn their own way of nurturing and developing inspired energy into a steady dynamic force. This requires regular daily transformational practices to invoke, contain and flow with the inspired energy. The process will be unique for each individual.
5. Create a Dream Project
After sensing the broad contours of the inner nature and the potential line of development in tune with the inmost truth, you will be engaging in a short project to give outer expression to your inner possibility. This is the testing ground to validate your insights and immerse deeply into the journey of self-discovery and self-creation.
It is only through work that the potentiality becomes actuality, an embodied capacity. This is a lifelong journey and the course provides an initiation to start off on the path. Enhance your communication skills by making presentations, learning to manifest your ideas into reality, and preparing to re-engage with the world from the Swadharma perspective.
6. Post-Course Continuity
The course formally ends by the end of the fifth week but you are highly encouraged to take up an internship in your city, online or in Auroville to work on real-life projects so that the awakened inspiration and direction of growth can be consolidated through work.
Opportunities with the Purnam Community and Auroville
Swadharma is only the starting point of a much more beautiful journey. We welcome all Alumni to volunteer with us to keep the newly kindled fire of action burning and dynamic. We have repeatedly seen that the students who continue engaging with the community through volunteering projects are the ones that more easily sustain the transformation and accelerate their growth.
We have a vibrant and large network of volunteers who work with us both online as well as in Auroville. Many sincere long-term online volunteers eventually end up joining us at Auroville as well. We're happy to support and aid in this process of post-course integration.
What Swadharma Is Not
Swadharma is not a career counselling course, our focus is to build the whole person in alignment with their true nature and career development is a byproduct.
Swadharma is not a meditative spiritual retreat to renounce the world. It is for the hero warriors who want to transform the world by transforming themselves.
Swadharma is not a therapeutic course. The course is intense and requires good psychological health.
Aspects of the Online Course
In today's world of isolation, limited movement and disconnection — find your tribe, a community with an aspiration to live life consciously.
A huge benefit of engaging in Swadharma online is the power to create change within the current context of your life, rather than only having a singular transformative experience in Auroville which can be difficult to sustain.
Seekers are welcome to come to Auroville anytime after the course to deepen their experience, and we are also very happy to support/aid the process post-course, for volunteering in Auroville or online.
Duration of the Journey
12-16 in each cohort (out of 4 cohorts of 60 people in total)
Seekers from Developing Nations:
Rs 35,000 (including GST)
Seekers from Developed Nations:
900 USD (including GST)
If a selected applicant has to withdraw from the course due to unforeseen circumstances, the contribution deposited will be refunded according to these guidelines:
If withdrawal happens at least 60 days prior to the course start date, 20% of the course fee will be retained to cover administration costs.
If the withdrawal happens between 60 and 30 days prior to the course start date, 50% of the course fee will be deducted before refund.
If the withdrawal happens 30 days or lesser prior to the course start date, or after the course begins: no refund will be given.
The final decision to refund will lie with the Purnam Centre for Integrality.
This panel discussion is sure to light the fire within you. Some of our dear alumni and core facilitators share how they came to discover and live their true calling—their Swadharma—and how they overcame the challenges along the way.