Jaya Kula is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization offering opportunities to learn and practice in the traditions of direct realization Tantra and Anandamayi Ma. Shambhavi Sarasvati is the spiritual director.

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Practicing and Studying with Jaya Kula

You don’t have to do anything but show up.

Most Jaya Kula teachings, rituals and events are open to everyone. Coming to satsang is usually the best way to start to get acquainted with our teachings, practices, teacher and community. You are welcome to participate as much or as little as you like.

Getting better acquainted looks like this.

Jaya Kula Foundations is a three-day immersion for people who want a more thorough introduction to direct realization view and practice. Students who take Foundations come away with a clear idea of what direct realization practice is; what Trika Shaivism has to say about reality, human life and cosmology; and a complete practice that includes mantra, meditation, kriya yoga, hatha yoga and Ayurvedic self-care. Foundations is generally offered three times a year, twice in Portland, Maine and once in Portland, Oregon.

In addition to weekly satsangs and Jaya Kula Foundations, there are dozens of other special teachings each year. These give you a wide range of practical tools to enhance your health, relationships with others and seated spiritual practice.

Full Moon Circle is how to go deeper.

If you feel a natural commitment to going deeper, you can ask to join the Full Moon Circle. The Full Moon Circle comprises a group of students who move together, attending a series of traditional, formal teachings and practicing as guided by Shambhavi. Students commit to attending for three years and to maintaining a daily seated practice.

Full Moon Circle meets monthly, or more often as needed. The Circle opens to new students at times specified by Shambhavi. In order to join the Full Moon Circle, you must have taken Jaya Kula Foundations, and you must have a firmly established, daily practice consisting of sadhana taught to you by Shambhavi.

New Moon Circle

Once students have completed all of the foundational teachings offered in the Full Moon Circle and have a well-established daily practice, they can ask to join the New Moon Circle. The New Moon Circle is a group of engaged students who meet with Shambhavi monthly to practice and study together in a less formal way. Participants attend a minimum of nine gatherings a year. The New Moon Circle is open to new people and is ongoing.

For a complete description of both Circles and their requirements read: Full and New Moon Circles – 2017 (PDF)