These guidelines aim to provide some clarity regarding the selection of students for The Jaimini Scholar Program.
Students should be made aware of the serious undertaking in starting The Jaimini Scholar Program, a commitment of usually 5 to 6 years. Pt. Sanjay Rath has made this explicitly clear on his website with the following comment: “This is a very serious study and unless you have the commitment, do not waste the time of the scholars.”
Mentors should also be aware of the serious commitment involved in teaching of the Jaimini Scholar Program, and should not take on any students unless they are fully committed to teaching the whole program in the same manner as that taught by Pt. Sanjay Rath in the Himalaya (i.e. lesson by lesson), as this is a commitment lasting many years.
Ideally, the Mentor will teach the course in a residential/classroom setting, in a similar way to the original Jaimini Scholar Program in India. However, it is understood that in certain circumstances it is not possible to arrange for a batch of students to be in one location at a specific time, and therefore the course can be taught via Skype/telephone tutorials. In the latter case, it is absolutely compulsory that each student listens to the website recordings of Pt. Sanjay Rath before the Skype tutorial on that individual lesson topic. Students will need to register with the Jaimini Custodian of http://jaiminisutra.com for this purpose, and the student will then receive a password from the same. The custodian keeps accurate records, and therefore Mentors and Assessors will know if the student has registered and logged on to listen to the recordings. This matter was also discussed and confirmed with Pt. Sanjay Rath at the Meeting of the Assessment Team (Malta, May 2015) and is recorded in the minutes of that meeting.
The standard fee for access to the online recordings is 200 Euros (per module), made payable to the Jaimini Custodian through http://jaiminisutra.com, via PayPal, and there are no concessions. The only allowable discounted rate ($108) is to students who are taking the residential/classroom course in India.
It is expected that students will study with a Jaimini Mentor in their particular geographical region (e.g. students in USA will study with Sat Siri or Andrew, etc) unless there are exceptional circumstances, which naturally will arise from time to time, in which case the matter should be discussed in an appropriate way by the Mentors involved.
It is recommended that the Jaimini Mentor does not teach multiple adhyāya or chapters of the Jaimini Sūtra simultaneously, for the sake of the mentors well being and focus during the ongoing teaching.
Steve Hubball, Head of Jaimini Certification & Visti Larsen, Custodian of the Jaimini Sūtra Course July 2018