Using spiritual teachings to support ego – oh, let me count the ways! This is especially attractive to teachers. It’s easy to mouth the teachings of others. It’s easy to fool people who are sincerely longing for support and spiritual friendship. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
Have you heard of the phenomenon of the “Guru’s hint?” The most obvious “hint” is when your teacher says to you: “I suggest you do this,” or “You may want to do that.” Your teacher is inviting you to a deeper level of surrender. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
The infinite possibilities of transcending karma arise from the weave of everyday life. True realization shows up in the way we move, speak, play, work and especially in how we relate to others. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
Each morning, my Tibetan housemate filled copper offering bowls to the brim with fresh water. She then walked slowly and steadily to the altar room, her gaze undistracted so as not to spill any precious drops along the way. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
Names are invocations. Each time a person says your name, it is a blessing for you and for them. Together, you invoke the wisdom virtues inherent in that name. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
A highly effective seated meditation posture for women demonstrated by Anandamayi Ma with detailed instructions. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
We aspire to Self-realize. Anandamayi Ma shows us where we are going. Precisely because she is human, she demonstrates that realization is within human reach. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
Kula means the family of practitioners who are nothing but the manifest body of the Mother. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
As long as we are not yet Self-realized, we are stuck in time. We have a relationship to astrology, to the relative positions of the planets and stars, only because we are still subject to karma. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
Doing some special practice while seated on a meditation cushion (or as some of you imagine, while lying in a bed!) and then carrying on as usual in your everyday life is in no way Tantrik practice. There is no such thing as Tantra without integrated practice based on the daily precepts of Ayurveda. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
Real shamanism is about working directly with the elemental forces of nature and other beings in order to help people. Shamanism on its own is not a path of Self-realization, but the the shaman–as healer, divinator and mediator between worlds–is an honored person in all direct realization traditions. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
The absolutely fundamental mistake of many students in the West is to treat spiritual practice as mere know-how or “information.” A real Tantrik teacher gives us instruction with direct transmission. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
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