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Shambhavi Sarasvati, Jaya Kula’s spiritual director, is known for making profound teachings about the nature of the self and reality understandable, practical, and always relevant to our lived experience.

She has written these books to support and inspire all pilgrims on the path to waking up.


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Nine Poisons, Nine Medicines, Nine Fruits


Author: Shambhavi Sarasvati
Publisher: Jaya Kula Press
Publication Year: 2017
Length: 192 pages
ISBN: 0984163484

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Nine Poisons, Nine Medicines, Nine Fruits is a traditional spiritual teaching text about the obstacles, remedies, and rewards we can expect to encounter as we engage in a consistent practice of self-realization. The nine poisons are habits of body, emotions, and mind that distract or delay you from discovering who you really are. The nine medicines are the remedies that help us to recover from limiting patterns. The nine fruits are wisdom virtues that naturally appear on their own once obscuring conditioning is dissolved. Spiritual practices, such as meditation and mantra, help to relax conditioning.

Anxious self-concern is a noose around your neck. You are gasping for air. It’s a situation of radical lack of nourishment. Real nourishment comes from feeling the communicative energy of your circumstance and being able to freely express yourself. You can give and receive with no other motive other than the joy of doing that. Self-concern leaves you with a very small View, a very small circle of experience, a very small set of concerns, and that’s really what we are trying to leave behind when we do spiritual practice. ~Shambhavi Sarasvati

Pilgrims to Openness

direct realization Tantra in everyday life


Author: Shambhavi Sarasvati
Publisher: Jaya Kula Press
Publication Year: 2009
Length: 192
ISBN: 0984163409

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The greatest teaching Tantra has to offer is that everything
we need to Self-realize is already present in each moment
and every ordinary breath. ~Shambhavi Sarasvati

Pilgrims to Openness offers you direct and powerful guidance for discovering greater freedom and fulfillment in your everyday life. With compassion, wry humor, and insight, Shambhavi leads the reader to understand precisely how our everyday lives can function as spiritual practice–eating, sleeping, moving, working and relating to other people. “We don’t have to concoct, contrive or conceptualize a ‘spiritual’ life. The life-process is the process of awakening, and it is already underway.”

No Retreat

Poems on the Way to Waking Up


Author: Shambhavi Sarasvati
Publisher: Jaya Kula Press
Publication Year: 2016
Length: 120 pages
ISBN: 0984163468

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In the radiant tradition of Lalleshwari and Mirabai, the poems of No Retreat call out in the intimate voices of prayer, determination, wonder, lament, praise and unstoppable longing. Written during solo spiritual retreats and periods of the eruption of intense spiritual feeling, the poems report in powerfully raw and honest language about our shared human efforts to wake up and discover more of who we are.

Most Glorious Teacher,
please break down
the rock of my defenses.
Use a sledgehammer!
If these words are insincere,
do it anyway. ~Shambhavi Sarasvati

Shambhavi brings everything to the page, including doubt. “I have learned I need help,” she writes, “and I practice to remember that.” Help comes in the form of the Teacher she regards as both assassin and friend.  Throughout, a spirit of wry self-reflection and playfulness prevails. This compassionate and wise book takes readers by the hand and points us toward our inevitable destination, the one true refuge in the Heart.

Play of AwakeningTantra

the play of awakening


Author: Shambhavi Sarasvati
Publisher: Jaya Kula Press
Publication Year: 2012
Length: 286
ISBN: 0984163425

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“Duality is a theater of communication. Relax the boundaries
of your senses, and you will learn to participate in the ceaseless dialog,
the unbroken call and response of Reality.” ~Shambhavi Sarasvati

How can you stay motivated in your spiritual practice from day-to-day? What is the most fruitful way to work with your teachers? What detours and obstacles might slow you down? How do spiritual communities function as a core practice? What roles do grace and devotion, longing and loneliness play as you walk your path? How can you both live and die well? Tantra: the Play of Awakening is a tour guide, a map and a good friend to anyone on a conscious path of awakening.


exhortations, advice and encouragement from the heart of direct realization practice


Author: Shambhavi Sarasvati
Publisher: Jaya Kula Press
Publication Year: 2015
ISBN: 9780984163441

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Having enjoyed the opportunity to go astray and be corrected
by the grace of my teachers innumerable times, I have published this little book based on my own experience. ~Shambhavi Sarasvati

Shambhavi composed Returning as a gift for her students while she was on a personal meditation retreat. It offers twenty-four concentrated bursts of provocation, encouragement and inspiration for spiritual seekers. Returning is an addition to the ancient tradition of teachers offering intimate heart advice directly from their own experience. With refreshing clarity, humor and sympathy, Shambhavi speaks from the heart to all those who long for awakening—and who also sometimes feel stuck or lost along the way.