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
“Struggling toward Surrender” was written by Jaya Kula student Lavinia Magliocco. I used take pride in the tremendous effort I put into the things I cared about. My effort came loaded with the desire to be noticed, admired and deemed worthy. Pride worked pretty well for me as a dancer. I used the anxious, wound-up-tight feeling to… 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
“Meditation and Parenting as Medicine” was written by Jaya Kula student Sahaji Rablin. Being a mother to my son is a potent medicine that has opened my heart. Through the process of mothering, a curiosity about life has blossomed inside me. I’ve been born into a larger version of myself through giving up who I thought I was and simply… 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
The poisons are obstacles to spiritual awakening. The medicines help us to clear obstacles. The fruits are what it feels like to be more awake. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
Poem and practical advice for Titans by Shambhavi Sarasvati on the occasion of New Years 2016. Read More
Guru Chandala yoga occurs when Rahu, the north node of the moon, and Jupiter are in or transit the same sign. Find out more about the effects of this astrological combination and how to work with them. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
I’ve been holding onto the idea that death is not happening, or at least not for a long time yet—because I’m youngish, because I’m healthy, because I wear my seatbelt, because I eat organic food, and so on. Even today I caught myself beginning a sentence, “If I die….” Read More
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