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Anatomy of a Soft Cult

Published by Shambhavi Sarasvati
February 4 2015

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

Sāndhyābhāṣā – the hidden words of the Tantras

Published by Shambhavi Sarasvati
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January 16 2015

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

Wailing on God

Published by Shambhavi Sarasvati
January 15 2015

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

3 Kinds of Spiritual Teachers

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January 5 2015

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

How I met Anandamayi Ma

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December 21 2014

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

God has no Mission (so neither do you)

Published by Shambhavi Sarasvati
December 19 2014

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

Sexual Abuse and Lies on the Spiritual Path

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December 8 2014

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

The Energetics of Grinding Spices

Published by Shambhavi Sarasvati
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October 30 2014

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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