Last night I dreamt about a monster. In the dream, I recognized that I had seen the same monster before in other dreams. I understood who he was and what he would do. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
The primary marker for any cult is that it is populated by people who are attached to defining themselves as higher than, better than, more evolved than, or simply at the forefront of something, someone or everyone else. Cult leaders must defacto define themselves as having something that followers need, lack and couldn’t obtain anywhere else. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
If you’re a Tantra Geek like me, you have read, or have attempted to read, the ancient texts of the Tantrik traditions. As beautiful, profound and fascinating as these texts called “tantras” can be, they present a number of interpretive problems for sincere, contemporary students. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
Even though the process of self-realization is built-into nature irrespective of culture, you might want to pay attention to cultural differences if you want to engage with Tantra or Hinduism in the most intelligent and fruitful way. And if you don’t, you will be reborn as a banana slug. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
The Guru function in Trika Shaivism is called the Guru Tattva, or element. The fullfillment of Guru is the student who can call forth the Guru-disciple relationship. The Guru is, on some level, helpless. So in a sense, Guru is like Shiva: feeling-awareness, a reservoir of potential. The disciple is like Shakti, the active, creative principle. Nothing can happen without her. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
What we need is the empowerment of women within spiritual communities and as leaders of their own communities. This has to be initiated and driven by women, not at the behest of, or directed or defined, by male teachers. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
Ma was not an ordinary Guru; she was an avatar, a direct emmanation of enlightened wisdom. But every person functioning as Guru has in common with Ma, at least to some degree, the ability to help others to see, feel and come to embody the wisdom and virtues of which Reality is made. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
As we become more immersed in natural continuity, the sense of urgency about protecting, defending and defining our small self begins to radically fade. Then we can experience life’s diverse manifestations from the perspective of actors rather than true believers. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
What I want to speak to today is the question of how we, as practitioners and disciples of any teacher or lineage or stream of teachings, can most skillfully relate to the fact that some spiritual teachers and Gurus are going to lie and abuse and indulge in manipulative or even criminal behavior. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
In India, many if not most cooks grind their spices by hand using a stone and a roller. Certainly, a traditional Ayurvedic practitioner would not consider using commercially ground spices in medicinal formulas. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
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