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The Tantrik Householder

Published by Shambhavi Sarasvati
sada and boyssada and boys
July 28 2016

Tantrik Gurus and practitioners worldwide are largely people leading active lives in the everyday world. The Tantrik sannyasin householder is a path of direct realization. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More

Sāndhyābhāṣā – the hidden words of the Tantras

Published by Shambhavi Sarasvati
Notebook and ToolsNotebook and Tools
January 16 2015

If you’re a Tantra Geek like me, you have read, or have attempted to read, the ancient texts of the Tantrik traditions. As beautiful, profound and fascinating as these texts called “tantras” can be, they present a number of interpretive problems for sincere, contemporary students. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More

Wailing on God

Published by Shambhavi Sarasvati
ChinnamastaChinnamasta
January 15 2015

Even though the process of self-realization is built-into nature irrespective of culture, you might want to pay attention to cultural differences if you want to engage with Tantra or Hinduism in the most intelligent and fruitful way. And if you don’t, you will be reborn as a banana slug. 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

Do I Need a Guru?

Published by Shambhavi Sarasvati
April 20 2008

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

Trika Tantra

Published by Shambhavi Sarasvati
February 25 2007

Trika is an older name for Kashmir Shaivism that fully describes Reality. Abhinavagupta, the Tantrik Master and philosopher, defined Trika as the unity of Shiva and Shakti. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More

Chakras

Published by Shambhavi Sarasvati
July 19 2006

Chakras are not things. They are not “nerve plexuses” or energy “vortexes.” The physical sensations—streaming, whirring, swirling, and tingling—or emotions such as sadness, anger, and fear, thought to be “my chakras” are really effects of the life processes being mediated by the chakras. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More

Bad Tantra

Published by Shambhavi Sarasvati
September 18 2005

Tantra has a bad reputation, especially in India where it’s associated with “black” magic and general unsavoriness. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More

Defining Tantra

Published by Shambhavi Sarasvati
September 1 2005

“Tantra” has many meanings. One meaning is a text: a written Tantra. Three of the key Tantras are the Mahanirvana Tantra, the Kularnava Tantra, and the Vijnanabhairava Tantra. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More


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