A local thief used to regularly steal from Swami Shivananda’s ashram in Rishikesh, India. Discover how generosity and kindness always wins out in the end. Read More
Crazy wisdom is at play when a spiritual teacher embodies uncompromising compassion paired with over-the-top creativity. These powerfully and magically transfigure the scene of teaching in order to help students to wake up. Crazy wisdom is a “by any means available” situation. Some of the moves associated with crazy wisdom are rapid pivots from tenderness… Read More
The primary marker for any cult is that it is populated by people who are attached to defining themselves as higher than, better than, more evolved than, or simply at the forefront of something, someone or everyone else. Cult leaders must defacto define themselves as having something that followers need, lack and couldn’t obtain anywhere else. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
The Guru function in Trika Shaivism is called the Guru Tattva, or element. The fullfillment of Guru is the student who can call forth the Guru-disciple relationship. The Guru is, on some level, helpless. So in a sense, Guru is like Shiva: feeling-awareness, a reservoir of potential. The disciple is like Shakti, the active, creative principle. Nothing can happen without her. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
Ma was not an ordinary Guru; she was an avatar, a direct emmanation of enlightened wisdom. But every person functioning as Guru has in common with Ma, at least to some degree, the ability to help others to see, feel and come to embody the wisdom and virtues of which Reality is made. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
What I want to speak to today is the question of how we, as practitioners and disciples of any teacher or lineage or stream of teachings, can most skillfully relate to the fact that some spiritual teachers and Gurus are going to lie and abuse and indulge in manipulative or even criminal behavior. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
Guru Tattva is the natural, inexorable mechanism or process by which manifest life moves from a relative state of ignorance of Self to total awareness or Self Realization. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
I am Ani, a student from India of the Tantric teacher, Shambhavi Sarasvati, and a devotee of Anandamayi Ma. 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
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
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
We aspire to Self-realize. Anandamayi Ma shows us where we are going. Precisely because she is human, she demonstrates that realization is within human reach. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
The absolutely fundamental mistake of many students in the West is to treat spiritual practice as mere know-how or “information.” A real Tantrik teacher gives us instruction with direct transmission. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
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