Shambhavi Sarasvati, Jaya Kula’s spiritual director, has written these books to support and inspire all pilgrims on the path to waking up.
Nine Poisons, Nine Medicines, Nine Fruits
Forthcoming Spring 2017 from Jaya Kula Press
Shambhavi Sarasvati offers a series of in-depth teachings about the fundamental obstacles humans encounter on the path to waking up and how we overcome them. The nine poisons are habits of body, emotions and mind that distract or delay you from discovering who you really are. The nine medicines are the remedies that help you to recover from limiting patterns. These remedies are built into our alive, aware Reality and naturally arise to benefit us in the course of our lives as practitioners. The nine fruits are wisdom virtues that arise on their own once conditioning is dissolved. Shambhavi speaks to anyone who feels the desire to discover more about the nature of reality, but she emphasizes obstacles that are particularly strong for spiritual practioners in the West: pride, intellectualizing and the psychological view of the person.
In the radiant tradition of Lalleshwari and Mirabai, the poems of No Retreat call out in the intimate voices of prayer, determination, wonder, lament, praise and unstoppable longing. Written during solo spiritual retreats and periods of the eruption of intense spiritual feeling, the poems report in powerfully raw and honest language about our shared human efforts to wake up and discover more of who we are.
"Most Glorious Teacher,
please break down
the rock of my defenses.
Use a sledgehammer!
If these words are insincere,
do it anyway."
Shambhavi brings everything to the page, including doubt. “I have learned I need help,” she writes, “and I practice to remember that.” Help comes in the form of the Teacher she regards as both assassin and friend. Throughout, a spirit of wry self-reflection and playfulness prevails. This compassionate and wise book takes readers by the hand and points us toward our inevitable destination, the one true refuge in the Heart.
About the Book
“Having enjoyed the opportunity to go astray and be corrected
by the grace of my teachers innumerable times, I have published this
little book based on my own experience.” —Shambhavi Sarasvati
Returning: exhortations, advice and encouragement from the heart of direct realization practice
Shambhavi composed Returning as a gift for her students while she was on a personal meditation retreat. It offers twenty-four concentrated bursts of provocation, encouragement and inspiration for spiritual seekers. Returning is an addition to the ancient tradition of teachers offering intimate heart advice directly from their own experience. With refreshing clarity, humor and sympathy, Shambhavi speaks from the heart to all those who long for awakening—and who also sometimes feel stuck or lost along the way.
About the Book
“The greatest teaching Tantra has to offer is that everything
we need to Self-realize is already present in each moment
and every ordinary breath.” —Shambhavi Sarasvati
Pilgrims to Openness: direct realization Tantra in everyday life
Pilgrims to Openness offers you direct and powerful guidance for discovering greater freedom and fulfillment in your everyday life. With compassion, wry humor, and insight, Shambhavi leads the reader to understand precisely how our everyday lives can function as spiritual practice--eating, sleeping, moving, working and relating to other people. "We don't have to concoct, contrive or conceptualize a 'spiritual' life. The life-process is the process of awakening, and it is already underway."
About the Book
“Duality is a theater of communication. Relax the boundaries
of your senses, and you will learn to participate in the ceaseless dialog,
the unbroken call and response of Reality.” —Shambhavi Sarasvati
How can you stay motivated in your spiritual practice from day-to-day? What is the most fruitful way to work with your teachers? What detours and obstacles might slow you down? How do spiritual communities function as a core practice? What roles do grace and devotion, longing and loneliness play as you walk your path? How can you both live and die well? Tantra: the Play of Awakening is a tour guide, a map and a good friend to anyone on a conscious path of awakening.
About the Book
Jaya Kula Press is a project of Jaya Kula. The Press supports dharma practitioners by presenting spiritual teachings that are precise, practical, faithful to their origins and yet accessible to a wide range of people.