In 1936 in Varanasi, Anandamayi Ma announced her desire to give the Gayatri mantra to two of her female disciples. Watch rare footage of this initiation. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
We’re just a bunch of Anandamayi Ma geeks. Read More
A good number of spiritual teachers found organizations, buy property and work hard at developing governance structures for their organizations. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
If we have a relationship to a teacher with some greater realization, we can follow the advice of the teacher and relax our own karma. The teacher gives us more access to the View from the ocean. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
Despite what some sadhus claim, smoking pot is not a path to enlightenment. Lack of clarity breeds fantasy, and fantasy is the death knell of any authentic spiritual practice. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
Most of us cultivate the fantasy that we are independent beings. We often feel proud when we do something “on our own.” When our ever-present loneliness manages to make itself heard amidst the tumult of our hyper–activity, we feel shame. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
Shambhavi Sarasvati talks about the growth that can happen when your teacher, or life, blocks you from getting what you want, or deliberately gives you what you don’t want. Read More
Meditation postures are often difficult to maintain at first. Try to work with your body in a friendly, playful, experimental way. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
Ghee, or Indian-style clarified butter, is super-easy to make. It’s also a wonderful, tri-doshic food that nourishes your tissues, emotions, senses, and mind. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
Divination, if used properly, functions much like a Guru. It opens the door between the diviner and enlightened wisdom. It works because the creation is alive and aware. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
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
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