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Entering the Bardo of Death

Published by Ambika
December 9 2014

My sister died last month. She was diagnosed with breast cancer about five years ago. Last summer it metastasized to her liver. She lived another 15 months with Stage IV cancer. Read More

The Energetics of Grinding Spices

Published by Shambhavi Sarasvati
October 30 2014

In India, many if not most cooks grind their spices by hand using a stone and a roller. Certainly, a traditional Ayurvedic practitioner would not consider using commercially ground spices in medicinal formulas. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More

The Karma of Marijuana

Published by Shambhavi Sarasvati
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November 6 2012

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

How to Make Ghee

Published by Shambhavi Sarasvati
August 11 2011

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

How to Practice Tantra

Published by Shambhavi Sarasvati
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October 4 2008

Doing some special practice while seated on a meditation cushion (or as some of you imagine, while lying in a bed!) and then carrying on as usual in your everyday life is in no way Tantrik practice. There is no such thing as Tantra without integrated practice based on the daily precepts of Ayurveda. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More


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