A Conversation with Shambhavi Sarasvati Shambhavi got together recently with Jacob Kyle from Embodied Philosophy to chat about the intersection of spiritual practice, politics and social justice. In the video, Shambhavi responds to criticism she’s received about being a politically engaged spiritual teacher, and she talks about the Tantrik View of manifest life as a theater of engagement… Read More
Crazy wisdom is at play when a spiritual teacher embodies uncompromising compassion paired with over-the-top creativity. These powerfully and magically transfigure the scene of teaching in order to help students to wake up. Crazy wisdom is a “by any means available” situation. Some of the moves associated with crazy wisdom are rapid pivots from tenderness… Read More
One day, the Dalai Lama fell in love. Nobody knew about it at first, because his Holiness suddenly stopped appearing in public. A blog post about limited vs universal love by Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
How can you work with conventional gender role expectations in your spiritual community? Hindu deities manifest a dazzling variety of gender expressions. A blog post from Satsang with Shambhavi Read More
For everyone who has been given an opportunity, however small, to help others wake up and discover their divine nature. . . Recently I had a conversation with a student who is creative, intelligent, devotional and has a natural desire to be of benefit to others. Despite all of this, nearly every moment of this student’s life is a struggle with competitiveness… Read More
Tantrik Gurus and practitioners worldwide are largely people leading active lives in the everyday world. The Tantrik sannyasin householder is a path of direct realization. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
On July 16th, Jaya Kula celebrated Shambhavi’s 60th birthday and the joy of our community with a formal Tantrik ball. We also held a week of special teachings culminating in our annual Guru Purnima puja. If you would like to see photos of the events, please visit our Flickr page. [drawattention ID=”24143″] Read More
Ta da! Dear Friends, Jaya Kula Press is publishing my first book of poetry sometime later this spring. (June-ish) The title is No Retreat: Poems on the Way to Waking Up. I am very pleased to share the newly minted cover with you. It was designed by Ceci Sorochin, our long-time ally. I could hardly… Read More
I have never listened to people who told me I couldn’t follow my true heart’s desire. And following the heart’s wisdom is what I have been doing, more or less successfully, since I was born. When I follow the heart’s wisdom, I remain in touch with the basic goodness of existence. When I start off… Read More
There’s a virulent virus that has spread throughout the U.S. It makes you sick, but it can also earn you more money and enhance your social status. It makes you unhappy, but if you don’t have it, people think you’re weird. Long ago, the virus was identified by wise seers from India and Tibet. They named it… Read More
In ancient times in India, Tibet and China, people with means who desired spiritual teachings would invite teachers to their homes. These patron-hosts did not just house teachers and donate money; they organized and oversaw every circumstance related to the teachings. The teacher and any other students who showed up would be fed and housed… Read More
Direct realization spiritual practice emphasizes the direct encounter. It de-emphasizes faith, trust and belief in favor of finding out about Reality first-hand for yourself. Read More
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