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Jaya Kula is a vibrant nonprofit community of diverse people learning and practicing in the direct realization traditions of Trika Shaivism and Dzogchen. Our website is the place where you can learn about our traditions, get TONS of free teachings, and find out about live teachings with our spiritual director, Shambhavi Sarasvati. We would love to connect with you wherever you are.

Come to Live Teachings

Jaya Kula is headquartered in Portland, ME. Shambhavi also teaches in Portland, OR and the Bay Area. If you’re new, try out our Sunday evening satsang. Satsang is a free-range discussion about anything from a spiritual perspective. We always wrap up with a lively community kirtan.

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The Playground

Dancing with Ganesha
Friday, Jan 18, 2019 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Shambhavi Sarasvati on Friday evenings at 6:30 in Portland, ME for a relaxing romp through the Spiritual Playground. Evening includes a dharma talk, practices such as mantra and meditation, open satsang, and kirtan. Read More

Divine Prostrations

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Saturday, Jan 19, 2019 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Get your grace on! Learn how to do full, half, and chair prostrations—a dynamic, devotional practice of movement, mantra, and visualization. Open to all. Read More

The Playground

Dancing with Ganesha
Friday, Jan 25, 2019 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Shambhavi Sarasvati on Friday evenings at 6:30 in Portland, ME for a relaxing romp through the Spiritual Playground. Evening includes a dharma talk, practices such as mantra and meditation, open satsang, and kirtan. Read More

The Diviners Circle

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Saturday, Jan 26, 2019 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Shambhavi and divination students get together monthly to share experiences with divination, divine afresh, and hone our interpretive skills. Read More

Get Streamed Teachings

We got your streaming needs covered with the weekly Satsang with Shambhavi podcast and video satsangs, too. New, totally free content is added ridiculously often.

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The Meaning of Crucible

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Podcast Episode No. 130

What are the literal and more alchemical meanings of “crucible.” How is a spiritual community a crucible? A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi Listen Now

Five Ingredients for Effective Spiritual Practice

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Podcast Episode No. 129

Shambhavi talks about the five ingredients we need in order to get the most fruit from our seated practice. The satsang concludes with a Hiranyagarbha (golden egg) meditation. A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi Listen Now

Your Real Nature

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Podcast Episode No. 128

Direct realization is a practice of discovering profound naturalness, or resting in your real nature. What does this mean? A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi Listen Now

Thanks for Not Raping Me

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Podcast Episode No. 127

Thanks for Not Raping Me is a window into the ongoing conversation among the students of Jaya Kula about gender, sexuality, misogyny, and privilege. You will hear the voices of students and a far-ranging discussion about working with the impacts of misogyny from the perspective of spiritual practitioners in the community. A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi Listen Now

Do Practice

Practice, a.k.a, sadhana, means doing stuff like meditation and mantra (not just reading about it.) Shambhavi would love to see you at a live teaching. That’s how people have realized for thousands of years. But until then, here are some ways to get started waking up and discovering what the heck is going on here. (By “here” we mean in human bodies on Earth.)

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Shambhavi’s mission is to offer teachings about the nature of the Self and Reality that are accessible, practical, and immediately usable. With great humor, tenderness, and intelligence, she shows us how the principles of direct realization traditions such as Trika Shaivism and Dzogchen apply to the choices we face every day in our lives.

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Wanna know what happened that time when the Dalai Lama got married? Or about drugs and spiritual experience? Or gender karma in spiritual communities? Yeah you do.

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Our Traditions

Trika Shaivism from Kashmir and Dzogchen from Tibet are nondual, direct realization traditions. They emphasize discovering your real nature and the nature of reality for yourself.  Living a profoundly uncontrived life is one way to describe the aim of our practice. Many of us also love the teachings of Anandamayi Ma.

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Learn About Trika Shaivism & Dzogchen

“Tell me, what is the absolute nature of reality which allows no room for doubt? Listen carefully! Stop holding on to this or that. Inhabit your true absolute nature, and peacefully enjoy the essence of what it is to be alive!” ~Abhinavagupta
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Learn About ANANDAMAYI MA

“To live in the world is to be on the way to Self-realization.” ~Anandamayi Ma
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