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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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Sex and Relationships Unbound

Saturday, Oct 20, 2018 - Sunday, Oct 21, 2018 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Set yourself free from limiting patterns of relating. Learn to bring sex and relating onto your spiritual path. October 20-21 with Shambhavi Sarasvati. Read More

Satsang with Shambhavi

Sunday, Oct 21, 2018 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Shambhavi leads a free-flowing conversation during which people ask questions about anything. The conversation is followed by lively community kirtan. Live in Portland, Maine most every Sunday at 6:30. Live-streamed to Portland, Oregon. Read More

The Playground

Dancing with Ganesha
Wednesday, Oct 24, 2018 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Join Shambhavi Sarasvati on Wednesday 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 Mahabharata ~ An Epic Tale for Uncertain Times

Krishna and Arjuna
Friday, Oct 26, 2018 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Join Shambhavi Sarasvati and the Jaya Kula community for an on-going exploration of the Mahabharata, the great epic tale of human life, dharma and self-realization which contains within it the Bhagavad Gita. Join in anytime. And check out the podcast, too! 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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Self-realization and Immersion in Presence

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Podcast Episode No. 117

Shambhavi asks students “What is self-realization?” She gives satsang on the need to stop measuring your progress, knowing yourself, the equality of all phenomena, and discovering wisdom at the heart of reality. A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi Listen Now

Seated Practice and Integration

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Podcast Episode No. 116

Spiritual practice shouldn’t stay on the cushion. What does it mean to integrate your practice with your entire life? A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi Listen Now

Denaturalization or Stop Believing

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Podcast Episode No. 115

Denaturalization is when stuff that used to seem right and natural starts to feel odd and unnatural because you’re doing spiritual practice. Like finding a soulmate doesn’t seem as great anymore when compared to loving everyone. Denaturalization is the new natural. A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi. Listen Now

A Poem by Lalleshwari

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Podcast Episode No. 114

Shambhavi riffs on teachings about spiritual practice by the 14th century naked, wandering, Kashmiri yogini: Lalleshwari. Yeah, even really great practitioners need to strip themselves of useless ideas about spiritual life and have bad days getting woke! 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.


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