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Shambhavi Sarasvati on Expanding our View (#108)

Apr 07,2020

In this episode, we discuss:

  1. How we grasp the wisdom inherent in the huge obstacle that is Covid-19
  2. The main spiritual challenges that we are facing
  3. The purpose of practice – bringing us out of fear into a more expansive view
  4. Our touchstone is the true nature of reality, the wisdom virtues, the reality that we are part of the eternal
  5. Changing our definition of success to adaptation
  6. Delighting in the play of circumstance – life is improvisational
  7. Talking about our own experience of the absolute nature of reality without bypassing our real feelings and circumstances 
  8. How best to care for ourselves – building routines that feed our prana and build immunity


Shambhavi is the spiritual director of Jaya Kula. Her principle training is in the View and practices of Trika Shaivism (a.k.a. Kashmir Shaivism or Shaiva Tantra) and the Dzogchen tradition of Tibet. She has also studied meditation with teachers in the Kagyu and Nyingma traditions. Her root Guru is Anandamayi Ma.

Shambhavi is known for making complex teachings about the nature of the self and reality understandable, practical, and always relatable to everyday experience. Her teachings are grounded in her more than thirty-five years of daily personal practice and personal retreats. In addition to offering teachings in spiritual practice and view, Shambhavi conducts festival day pujas, yajñas, and also weddings and other rites. She is a trained jyotishi and diviner. At one time, Shambhavi taught at Northwestern University. She left academia in 2004 in order to devote herself to practice, writing and teaching in her spiritual tradition.

Shambhavi is the author of The Reality Sutras: Seeking the Heart of Trika Shaivism (2018), Nine Poisons, Nine Medicines, Nine Fruits (2017), The Play of Awakening: Adventures in Direct Realization Tantra (2012), Pilgrims to Opennness: Direct Realization Tantra in Everyday Life (2009), Returning  (2015), and No Retreat: Poems on the Way to Waking Up (2016). In addition, she published an academic book, Avatar Bodies: a Tantra for Posthumanism. She holds an MFA in Fiction from Mills College and a Ph.D. in Modern Thought and Literature from Stanford University.

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