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Can a Woman be a Crazy Wisdom Teacher (and get away with it)?

Published by Shambhavi Sarasvati
Shambhavi wildShambhavi wild
February 1 2017

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

A Message about Pride

Published by Shambhavi Sarasvati
Sweeping PetalsSweeping Petals
July 31 2016

For everyone who has been given an opportunity, however small, to help others wake up and discover their divine nature. . . Recently I had a conversation with a student who is creative, intelligent, devotional and has a natural desire to be of benefit to others. Despite all of this, nearly every moment of this student’s life is a struggle with competitiveness… Read More

3 Kinds of Spiritual Teachers

Published by Shambhavi Sarasvati
January 5 2015

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

How I met Anandamayi Ma

Published by Shambhavi Sarasvati
Puja to MaPuja to Ma
December 21 2014

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

Sexual Abuse and Lies on the Spiritual Path

Published by Shambhavi Sarasvati
December 8 2014

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

Published by Shambhavi Sarasvati
Ma walkingMa walking
October 7 2014

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

Ditching the High Horse

Published by Matridarshana Lamb
September 18 2014

This was the moment when I realized that people are free to do whatever the fuck they want. There’s no script. You can have two lovers at once! You can train fleas to do trapeze! You can live in an underground bunker and eat canned beans! The playing field is wide open. Wide. Open. Read More

Talkin’ that Realized Talk

Published by Shambhavi Sarasvati
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January 24 2011

Using spiritual teachings to support ego – oh, let me count the ways! This is especially attractive to teachers. It’s easy to mouth the teachings of others. It’s easy to fool people who are sincerely longing for support and spiritual friendship. By Shambhavi Sarasvati Read More

The Guru’s Hint

Published by Shambhavi Sarasvati
Ma MajesticMa Majestic
January 11 2011

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


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