Join us for Fourth Friday meditation (and hanging out): a couple of hours of nonordinary enjoyment every fourth Friday of the month. Read More
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
Weekly Satsang with Shambhavi happens around the Bay Area. Satsang is a free-range discussion about anything from a spiritual perspective. We always wrap up with a lively, open-mic community kirtan. Check our calendar for locations, time, and all the deets.
Satsang and Kirtan with Shambhavi in the San Fransisco Bay Area. Every Sunday at 3:30pm. Kids are welcome. Read More
A twice-monthly gathering for deep diving into texts from the Trika tradition. The 2019-20 texts are Abhinavagupta’s Paramārthasāra and the Kashmiri version of the Bhagavad Gita with Abhinavagupta’s commentary. With Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
The New Moon Circle is a closed group of engaged Jaya Kula students who meet to study and practice together. Read More
Shambhavi talks about the competitiveness that can undermine spiritual communities. She explores the love-hate relationship that some students have with spiritual inner circles. A video from Satsang with Shambhavi. Watch More
What does Abhinavagupta’s Tantraloka say about sat tarka and the essence of direct realization practice? A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi Listen Now
What is the difference between following your gut and following the wisdom of the heart? Shambhavi talks about the primacy of the heart in Trika Shaivism. She unpacks a teaching from Anandamayi Ma about ordinary emotions vs. Mahabhava, the great feeling, and its identity with wisdom. A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi
What is the nature of the senses and the sense organs? How do our senses become more subtle as we do spiritual practice? What are some of the ways that we experience the subtle touch of Shakti? A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi Listen Now
Our karmic patterns of body, energy, and mind possess us and are desperate to survive. Like incompetent attorneys, they make us complicit in their dull and dogged cases to justify their existence. Shambhavi talks about how to get rid of our inner Realm Attorneys. A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi Listen Now
Practice, a.k.a, sadhana, means doing stuff like meditation and mantra. Shambhavi would love to see you at a live teaching. 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.)
Shambhavi’s mission is to offer teachings about the nature of the Self and reality that are accessible and immediately usable. She shows us how the principles and practices of direct realization traditions such as Trika Shaivism and Dzogchen apply to the choices we face in our lives every day.
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.
A statement from Shambhavi and the Jaya Kula Board of Directors about celebrating all forms of worship and relinquishing attitudes of spiritual superiority and exceptionalism. Read More
Dohas are spontaneous songs of spiritual experience, celebration, and prayer. Song of a Devotee is a doha from Shambhavi Sarasvati. Mp3 and lyrics included. Read More
Dohas are spontaneous songs of spiritual experience, celebration, and prayer. Queen of Heaven is a doha from Shambhavi Sarasvati. Mp3 and lyrics included. Read More
Trika Shaivism (also called Shaiva Tantra or Kashmir Shaivism) from North India 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
Learn About ANANDAMAYI MA
“To live in the world is to be on the way to Self-realization.” ~Anandamayi Ma