Consistency and Risk in Sadhana
Shambhavi gives heart advice to the Jaya Kula community about the effects of consistency in doing sadhana and the need to be unrestrained in sadhana and life. A podcast from Satsang with Shambhavi
Podcast First Words
I’m going to be away for a month. And so one of my students suggested a very appropriate topic for when the teacher goes away. The topic they suggested is consistency. Not that any of you would have any problems with consistency in your sadhana when I go away!
So you may think many things about Jaya Kula as a community, me as a teacher, or these teachings. But what’s really holding us together, what’s really—as we like to say “holding the crucible”—is that many, many, many people in this community, in fact the vast majority, are doing consistent daily practice.
What’s called a sangha is when you have a more loosely knit group of people. It’s a little more like you come some place for a few hours a week, and then the rest of your life is maybe less involved in that practice, that group, or that stream of teachings. That’s my experience having participated in a number of communities. There’s usually a core of people who are practicing and then the vast majority of people who are doing something now and then. They’re doing a little bit or, you know, coming and going. And that’s fine. That’s one thing that’s happening, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
But I think here we’re the reverse. The vast majority of people are doing an hour, two hours, or three hours of seated practice every day. And that creates something very strong that people can tap into. Something strong that people can use to help them to get back on track when they stop practicing and feel like there is some refuge in the community and some support for doing that.