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The Shape of Jaya Kula

The Mandala: our entire community, near and far

Mandala means circle and also the whole body, or the totality. In the Tantrik tradition, spiritual communities are sometimes referred to as Mandalas. Whether near or far, anyone who makes a dharma connection to Jaya Kula is considered to be an aspect of our Mandala. Those participating in the Mandala may or may not feel any particular commitment to the teacher, or the teachings. They may stay for a lifetime, or only a little while.

The Kula: those who are closely aligned with the teachings and who practice them with devotion, integrity, respect, and consistency

In the ancient Tantrik traditions of Kashmir, Kula referred to a small number of initiated students working closely with a Guru. At Jaya Kula, we preserve the essence of what Kula has meant in our tradition, but without necessarily requiring formal initiation. The essence of Kula for us is commitment and consistency in following the specific teachings offered by Shambhavi, our spiritual director.

The Cruocracy: A social sadhana game played by Jaya Kula students who are engaged in offering service to the Mandala.

Cruocracy consists of Andas (bodies) of Agents (people) who have Authorities to plan and energize specific Expressions (actions).

The Andas of the Cruocracy are:

  • Jaya Kula’s Board of Directors: The “BOD” hosts the financial health, honesty, legality and integrity of Jaya Kula
  • Gold Anda: Hosts Cruocracy and communications platforms
  • Blue Anda: Hosts live teachings
  • Rainbow Anda: Hosts special events and our teaching spaces
  • Silver Anda: Hosts media such as videos and podcasts
  • Green Anda: Hosts our technology
  • Yellow Anda: Hosts financial resources
  • Orange Anda: Hosts Jaya Kula Press publications

Find out more about Cruocracy