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Nine Commitments

My Dzogchen teacher, Namkhai Norbu Rinpoche, published an article about some commitments he made when he started teaching. He wanted his students to know about them.

I also have personal commitments. These have emerged naturally over many years. They guide and organize my teaching and relationships to students and Jaya Kula. They are practical and at times very nitty gritty aspects of my day-to-day sadhana.

Reading my teacher’s article, I felt that it is a good idea to share my commitments with my students, other teachers and friends on the path. And this turned out to be the case.

On April 16, 2017, I gave a satsang elaborating on my commitments. Many people felt motivated to consider and write down their own commitments. Also, I believe there was more understanding that, although we may keep our commitments imperfectly at times, uncompromisingly making the effort to keep them gives us a wonderful foundation for sadhana and leads to the direct experience of our own essential goodness.

Here is the recording of the satsang and the lively discussion that followed.

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Devotion and Longing

Satsang with ShambhaviEven if you are a die-hard skeptic, waking up inevitably leads to the getting of devotion. Devotion is baked into Reality. Longing will get you there. Devotion and wisdom arise together, always.

Satsang with Shambhavi is a weekly podcast about spirituality, love, death, devotion and waking up while living in a messy world.

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Primordial Devotion Video Satsang

Video of Shambhavi Sarasvati talking about primordial devotion and the relationship of devotion to wisdom virtues such as compassion, clarity and creativity.

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PRIMORDIAL DEVOTION

Primordial Devotion

Devotion is the ocean into which all streams of wisdom virtues resolve.

Devotion is the supreme wisdom.

Clarity, knowledge, wonder, curiosity, mercy, love, compassion, creativity, vajra pride—all of these give rise, collectively, to devotion.

Devotion is the perfume, the natural effluent of the natural state, rigpa.

A realized person emits this perfume in every gesture, and its single attribute is total perfection in actions and non-actions of creation, care, and destruction.

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Karma Yoga, Bhakti, and Tantra

A Jaya Kula reader asked about the role of bhakti and karma yoga in Kashmir Shaivism. According to Swami Sivananda, “Karma Yoga is Read On…