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Satsang with ShambhaviShambhavi Sarasvati offers an introduction to the tradition of direct realization Tantra, aka Trika Shaivism.

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The Tantrik Householder

A Jaya Kula reader asked about the role of family relationships in Tantrik life. In general, Tantra has always been a householder tradition. As far as I know, there were no Tantrik ashrams or Tantrik monastics until modern times. Read On…

What is Direct Realization?

Lingam Out and AboutDirect realization spiritual practice emphasizes the direct encounter. It de-emphasizes faith, trust and belief in favor of finding out about Reality firsthand for yourself.

The direct realization traditions I have practiced in are the Trika Shaivite tradition of Kashmir and the Dzogchen tradition of Tibet. While these two traditions have somewhat different cultural roots and practices, the core View and method are identical. Read On…

Sāndhyābhāṣā – the hidden words of the Tantras

If you’re a Tantra Geek like me, you have read, or have attempted to read, the ancient texts of the Tantrik traditions. As beautiful, profound and fascinating as these texts called “tantras” can be, they present a number of interpretive problems for sincere, contemporary students.

Yesterday, I published a post about the use of hyperbole in Tantrik teaching texts and how to relate to said hyperbole. Today, I am sharing with you some thoughts on the use of “twilight language” in the production of the ancient Tantras. Read On…

Wailing on God

Religious Hindus love hyperbole. They love wailing at the feet of statues of deities. They love insentient states in which one’s eyes roll back in supposed ecstasy. They love tales of spiritual powers. They are prone to enthusiastically proclaiming every old Chinnamastaguy with flowly robes and a long beard a saint. They throw the word “enlightened” around like a smurf ball toss on a low gravity planet.

In my experience, Indian people in general are also the planet’s masters of irony. They do almost everything with a wink and a nod. Westerners mostly fail to recognize this irony as we earnestly attempt to discover the supposed devotion and exaltation we imagine we see in our Indian counterparts.

Oftentimes our friends “over there” are just going through the motions, more or less enjoying their own display. Throwing yourself wantonly at the feet of a sindoor-smeared deity while shouting “Maa! Maa!” can be the Hindu over-the-top equivalent of modestly (and quietly) genuflecting in church. You do it because it’s fun and it’s the done thing. Read On…