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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Puja II Retreat

Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - Wednesday, July 12, 2017
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm Puja II Retreat
Matrika House, Portland ME

with Shambhavi Sarasvati

Learn how to conduct a traditional sixteen-offering puja to Lord Ganesha

Ganesha puja

Ganesha receives offerings

What you will receive

  • Detailed instruction in conducting a traditional 16 offering Tantrik puja to Lord Ganesha replete with mantra and mudra
  • Gayatri mantras specific to each deity and to Guru.
  • The ability to conduct personal pujas to other deities and Guru
  • An understanding of the esoteric meanings of the ritual and the offerings

Prerequisites: Puja Foundations or equivalent experience


Important note: This is a three-day teaching. The third day (July 13) will not show up on your registration confirmation email, and you do not need to register separately for the third day. 

July 11, 1-5pm:  View teachings and practical instruction
July 12, 1-5pm:  Practical instruction
July 13, 10-noon: The esoteric meanings of the ritual and the offerings


You will need to purchase the elements of a puja kit before the teaching. The cost will really be up to you as the quality of puja equipment varies greatly. Please purchase them well before the teachings as most are NOT available in Maine and /or will need to be ordered online.

Download the Puja supply list (PDF)

This event is part of Kripa! Jaya Kula’s Annual Summer Retreat! July 7-16: Explore the complete listing of teachings and special events. 


About the teacher



Shambhavi Sarasvati is the spiritual director of Jaya Kula. Her principle training is in the View and practices of Trika Shaivism, the classical Tantrik tradition of Kashmir, and the Dzogchen tradition of Tibet.

Spiritual practice is a way to find out who you really are and to live in the fullness of Reality. This is Self-realization. Nothing more or less.” —Shambhavi

You can read more about Shambhavi’s background, training and
publications here.

Open Meditation

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
8:00 am - 9:00 am Open Meditation
Matrika House, Portland ME

Sit with the Jaya Kula community from 8 – 9 a.m.  Any style of still, silent meditation is welcome. Cushions and zabutons provided, or bring your own. Doors are locked at 7:50am.

The Mahabharata ~ the Retreat Edition

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm The Mahabharata ~ the Retreat Edition
Matrika House, Portland ME

The Mahabharata is a dramatic, lyrical, sexy, magical and deeply spiritual Indian epic tale. Its subjects are pride, self-realization and the rise and fall of ignorance and wisdom in human lives and history.

Join Shambhavi for weekly, year-long exploration of this timeless story which contains within it the world’s greatest exposition on human doubt and the getting of wisdom: the Bhagavad Gita.

What’s it all About?

The Mahabharata is tale of a single extended family, split into two: darkness and light. Yet neither side is purely one thing or another. It details the loss of a kingdom, exile, a great war and the slow, back and forth journey toward our true home and the understanding of the nature of the Self.

More than anything else, the Mahabharata is a tale of dharma and yoga. It is a story that purifies, that teaches us persistance, courage and respect for time. It schools us in the myriad ways in which human life inevitably leads to wisdom, no matter how many times ignorance seems to prevail.

“No story, no teaching is more appropriate for the current situation of our world. Together on the field of dharma, we are confronting the ragings of our own darkness just as so many are opening to greater wisdom.” ~ Shambhavi Sarasvati

How is the teaching structured?

The entire series will be a combination of reading and free-wheeling discussion. The emphasis will be on the spiritual significance of the text and how we can apply it to our lives now.

The two texts are:

Mahabharata: A Modern Rendering by Ramesh Menon (Available on Amazon in paperback (2 volume set) and Kindle formats)

Abhinavagupta’s Commentary on the Bhagavad Gita by Abhinavagupta,  transl. Boris Marjanovic (Available on Amazon)

How can I join in?

Shambhavi will hold Mahabharata teachings every Wednesday night starting on January 18, 2017 at Matrika House in Portland, Maine. The suggested donation is $10. Free to MGO members.

Podcasts of the teachings are available every Sunday after the Wednesday teaching. Access to the podcast is included for MGO members and annual subscribers on the MGO Peeps page.

You may also listen to the podcast at http://mahabharata.podbean.com/, on iTunes or any podcast app. Only the most recent episode is available via the public podcast.  

If you become an MGO member or purchase an annual pass to the podcast, you will have access to all of the episodes as they become available. You will also receive an invitation to participate in an online Mahabharata discussion Slack hosted by Jaya Kula and Shambhavi.

Listen now to the pre-podcast Invitation to Discover the Mahabharata with Shambhavi