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
Direct realization spiritual practice emphasizes the direct encounter. It de-emphasizes faith, trust and belief in favor of finding out about Reality first-hand for yourself. Read More
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
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
Kula means the family of practitioners who are nothing but the manifest body of the Mother. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
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
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 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
Shiva is the personification of feeling-awareness, and Shakti is the personification of creative power. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
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
The authentic way to start practicing Tantra is to bring your daily conduct more in line with your constitution and Nature. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
Tantra has a bad reputation, especially in India where it’s associated with “black” magic and general unsavoriness. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More
“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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