The People of Color Meditation Group ~ every Sunday 10am-noon at Jaya Kula, 159 State Street, Portland, ME. Open to anyone who self-identifies as a person of color (POC). Individuals from all spiritual traditions are welcome and no prior meditation experience is required. In partnership with Shambhala Meditation Center of Portland. 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
Our teaching centers are in the Portlands: Maine and Oregon. 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.
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
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 New Moon Circle is a group of engaged students who meet with Shambhavi to practice and study together in a less formal way. Invitation only. Read More
Shambhavi Sarasvati answers a question from a student about the nature of mantra and what is happening when we chant. A video from Satsang with Shambhavi Watch More
Nope, struggle is not the basis of all human life! Shambhavi helps us envision a life without struggle. A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi. Listen Now
How does chasing success and avoiding failure lead to suffering? A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi. Listen Now
What does “self-realization” really mean? A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi. Listen Now
Shambhavi riffs on the meaning of yielding and why yielding is a more useful way of relating to life than ‘letting go.’ A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi. Listen Now
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.)
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.
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 local thief used to regularly steal from Swami Shivananda’s ashram in Rishikesh, India. Discover how generosity and kindness always wins out in the end. Read More
Skepticism is a negative belief. It rejects the very source of nourishment for which we are longing. We fear our longing will not be met, and that would be unbearable. Skepticism becomes our armor. A blog post by Shambhavi Sarasvati. Read More
Buy any one of Shambhavi Sarasvati’s books on Amazon.com and get the Kindle version for $2.99. Even Shambhavi’s new book, Nine Poisons, Nine Medicines, Nine Fruits. #PMF Read More
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
Learn About ANANDAMAYI MA
“To live in the world is to be on the way to Self-realization.” ~Anandamayi Ma