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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Kashi Publishing (November 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0983822808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0983822806
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #468,329 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In this book you will find the wisest exposition of how and why karma works. Ma Jaya's dangerous book is bound to replace the mantra of failure in the background of your awareness with a mantra of YES!"
--Rabbi Zalman M. Schacter-Shalomi
(Founder Alliance for Jewish Renewal; Emeritus professor, Naropa Institute.)


"Ma Jaya has lifted the veil of ignorance around the concept of karma. With incredible wisdom, she presents karma as the opportunity for freedom rather than the obstacle to it. Don't miss this book."
--Dr. John Douillard, DC
(Teacher of natural medicine and Aryuveda; Director of LifeSpa Aryuvedic Retreat Center.
)

"Part classical teaching, part autobiography, told with street smarts and common sense. Ma offers us a confident interfaith embrace as she invites us on a journey toward a vast and approachable inner landscape."
--Rt. Rev. William E. Swing
(Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of California; founder and president of United Religions Initiative.)


"Unconditional love is the very center of Ma Jaya's teachings. This book helps us free ourselves from our karmic patterns, allowing us to connect deeply with pure love."
--Marci Shimoff
(New York Times bestselling author of Happy for No Reason and Love for No Reason.)


"Luminous and captivating, a practical guide for serious seekers."
--Mukunda Stiles
(Spiritual teacher and author of Tantra Yoga Secrets and Structural Yoga Therapy
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From the Author

I do not advocate a religious belief, yet I explain a path to freedom and offer you a way to lessen the karmic burden you carry.  Karma is real, but you have free will. You can choose to free yourself of karma. Everybody can.

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Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati is a spiritual teacher, mystic, and visionary. She teaches that divinity is ultimately beyond words and without form, yet manifests in countless ways to lead us to liberation. She tells us that all paths of love can lead to spiritual awakening.

Besides teaching and writing, Ma Jaya's accomplishments include starting an interfaith community; developing Kali Natha Yoga, a modern system drawn from ancient roots; guiding service projects in India, Uganda, and the US; working to end religious prejudice against the LGBT community; founding a model community for low income seniors; and creating a large body of sacred art.

Born into a Jewish family in 1940, Ma Jaya grew up in a cellar apartment in Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, just a short walk from the ocean and the famous Coney Island Boardwalk. As a young girl, she found love and solace among the homeless people who lived under the Boardwalk. Welcoming her, they taught her many lessons about life, especially, "There are no throwaway people." She grew up to dedicate her life to humanity.

Enrolling in a weight loss class in 1972 led her to learn a simple yogic breath that would ultimately bring about her spiritual enlightenment. Her personal spiritual journey moved quickly and at times chaotically. As a thoroughly modern urban woman, she tried to live a normal life and raise a family; at the same time, as a person of rare spiritual gifts, she daily opened to a series of mystical visions and experiences. She had an experience first of Jesus Christ, then of Shri Bhagawan Nityananda of Ganeshpuri, and finally her guru, Shri Neem Karoli Baba. As early as 1973, she began to "teach all ways," giving a contemporary voice to the great truths that underlie all spiritual paths.

In 1976, Ma Jaya moved to Florida and founded Kashi Ashram, a spiritual community that embraces all religious and spiritual paths, where she continues to teach and serve. She offers the example of a spiritual life alive with love, faith, creativity, service, and the rituals of many traditions. Emphasizing individual spiritual growth, she teaches seekers at all levels and does not ask her students to follow any particular set of doctrines or beliefs. Or, as she often says, "This is not a religion!" She encourages her students to use what she teaches within their own faiths or traditions, and to practice kindness.


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This was a very insightful book.
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I HIGHLY recommend it to those interested in positive, forward motion in their lives.
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Filled with humor and insight and, above all, deep compassion.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Elaine Simon on December 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
There are lots of self-help books around, but not one as deep and profound as this one. Ma Jaya's approach to the "cubbyholes" or negative spaces encountered within oneself is not to affirm or deny, but to embrace them through awareness, acceptance, surrender and eventual non-reactivity. Through becoming aware of the "karmic spaces," you are guided towards spiritual freedom, which is the ultimate aim of any seeker. A sincere and authentic guide to awareness by an extraordinary teacher.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Lucia d'Ancona on December 31, 2011
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Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati is brilliant. She has written this book in such a way that it aptly defines for seekers (both NEW and OLD) exactly what Karma is, and what it means to us in modern life. Through the understanding of these 11 Karmic spaces, I began to unravel (just as the cover suggests) the threads that tether me to their confines (or cubbyholes). The 11 Karmic Spaces even went to the extent of giving me practical tools that I can use to take action--to help me get myself out of the really tight spots! This book is essential for anyone who wishes to peer within a little more closely, and to take steps toward living a life that is marked with more moments of joy and fulfillment. Its greatest treasure is how deftly it explains some of the more complex concepts found in yogic philosophy, and marries them to examples that I face every day in my life. The 11 Karmic Spaces makes understanding these treasures of contemplative Eastern thought clear, accessible and grounded in the contemporary framework of the every day.

If you have ever wondered "Just what IS Karma, anyway?", buy this book. It will surprise and delight you as it enlightens your understanding. It connected the dots for me, and perhaps has even led me toward a new way of thought that is gentle, deliberate and kind. This new way of thinking connects me to a steady center, a new stillpoint that I've found within me, and seemingly to the source of all things more frequently (and more readily) than ever before. I was made better for having read it, and the concepts are now available for me to use whenever I need a just little more understanding (which is almost always).
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By John J. Shinavier on December 14, 2011
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This is an incredible book about a very sometimes confusing subject. Ma Jaya Sati Bhagavati has literally illuminated a complex and difficulte topic that for years has been the subject of scholars world wide and made it not only instantly recognizable but extremely entertaining and thought provoking.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By jagunn on January 5, 2012
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Ma Jaya cuts right to the core with The 11 Karmic Spaces, shining light on subjects like addiction, guilt, and trapped patterns. Every page I turn to has jewels of wisdom and awareness that help me on a daily basis. Her loving and inspiring words bridge the gap between "why am I this way" and "how do I do things differently".
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kashi Frank on January 1, 2012
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The "11 Karmic Spaces" might just be the key to it all.... descriptions of difficult situations that we all know intimately and then the explanation of why those spaces are so familiar... and THEN, a description of how to eliminate them! Written with clarity and compassion - a treasure!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Guruka S. Khalsa on February 20, 2012
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At an early age most of us ask ourselves this question: "Why are we born? What is the purpose of birth on this planet Earth?"

When we are almost middle aged, when the heat of the young blood is gone, and a little cold seeps in, we start asking: "What is my purpose?"

The fact is that whatever you have achieved, it is because of the karma. It is because of the karma of previous lives. Opportunities, wealth, health, happiness, relatives, friends -- they are all part of the karma. This life is to settle the account, to pay for the karma, and to progress on the path or dharma -- whichever dharma you may have.

People have a lot of ideas about karma. For example, that there is "good karma" and "bad karma;" That you can create "good karma," and eliminate bad karma, etc. But this shows a fundamental misunderstanding of what karma actually is. Karma is simply the law of action and reaction. It's a very neutral thing.

Through our actions over many lifetimes, we create patterns of thought, feeling and behavior. In "The 11 Karmic Spaces" Ma Jaya Sati Bhagvati explains with great simplicity and directness, not only how these patterns are created, but also how to become free of them. The essential thought of this marvelous little book is that beyond good or bad karma, there exists a life free from karma; a life of dharma.

In what Ma calls "the gap" - the moment of the eternal now - one is free to act directly in that moment without being burdened by the compulsions of the past.

In addressing fundamental questions such as "am I focused on what I want rather than what I need?" and "how can I sustain the ability to be kind to others under all circumstances?" she forces each of us to look in the mirror and see ourselves as we truly are.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Musical Swami on December 16, 2011
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Finally, here is a practical guide to introspection and self-awareness! Ma Jaya's book speaks clearly and simply to anyone who seeks to live in truth. Get it! Read it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elena Mushkin on January 12, 2012
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One of the most amazing, totally relate-able books I have ever read. Ma Jaya seemed to know how my thoughts go and what I read spoke exactly to what was happening & what I or someone I spoke to needed to hear. The tools offered to help us be happier are simple and really work! I know I am going to read it again and again and again.
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