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Pilgrims to Openness: Direct Realization Tantra in Everyday Life Paperback – September 28, 2009
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Pilgrims to Openness is the winner of a 2010 national IPPY award in the category of best new books about religion from independent publishers. --2010 Independent Publisher Book Award (added by author)
"A wise and practical book that teaches you how to relate to daily life in a spiritually beneficial way and imparts a beautiful, full View of the Tantric path." -Swami Mangalananda, author of Om Ma-Anandamayi Ma, A Short Life Sketch
About the Author
Shambhavi Sarasvati has trained for more than twenty-five years in the view and practices of direct realization Tantra (Kashmir Shaivism). She has been fortunate to have studied with several great teachers in this tradition and in the tradition of Dzogchen from Tibet. She is the spiritual director of Jaya Kula, a nonprofit organization in Portland, Oregon. Shambhavi is a householder sannyasini, an initiate in the lineage of Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati of Rikhia, India and a devotee of the Bengali saint, Anandamayi Ma.
Shambhavi is the author of Tantra: the Play of Awakening (2012) and Pilgrims to Opennness: Direct Realization Tantra in Everyday Life (2009). In addition, she published an academic book, Avatar Bodies: a Tantra for Posthumanism while she was teaching Comparative Literature and New Media at Northwestern University. Shambhavi left academia in 2004 in order to devote herself to practice, writing and teaching in the tradition of direct realization Tantra. "Tantra is a way to find out who you really are and to live in the fullness of Reality. This is Self-realization. Nothing more or less." --Shambhavi Sarasvati
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This book helped me deal with the biggest mountain my life; loneliness. I walked around with a terrible weight inside me and a cloud in my head and in my heart which no amount of spiritual practice seemed to alleviate. Reading Pilgrims helped me to understand that loneliness is actually my heart and soul crying to be brought into sharp focus and brought into harmony with life all around me. I learned to befriend that loneliness and myself as I read the book and applied these concepts to my spiritual practice. I had a very nourishing and satisfying practice, but reading this book helped me understand that "having the right viewpoint" is my key to having my life become free of that burden of loneliness. I learned about loneliness and so much more from Pilgrims to Openness. I continue to use it as a reference guide in my every day life. It's blessed my life. I'm so grateful that Shambhavi wrote it!
For example, one way to become more self-realized is to simply notice what makes us tense...and then to relax that tension. Be relaxed. What a simple, yet profound thing to do. If we go through even just one hour of being aware of everything that makes us tense, it could be an amazing practice of self-discovery.
I am also struck by her explanation of Tantra as Continuity. As we do the daily practice, "We expand our sense of Self and communicate with greater sensitivity and awareness. We are nothing but communication, or expressivity arising out of a state of continuity." This is what I want for my life.
This book is full of profound ideas on how we should live our lives and provides practical steps on how to achieve them. I highly recommend it as a source of daily inspiration and guidance.
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