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Weekly Sangha

Every Saturday morning

We are taking a break from the live Sangha and will send you a weekly email with selected replays. We will be too busy preparing for the Kashmir Retreat in the next weeks leading to it to do an adequate job preparing for the weekly Sangha at the same time. We will resume after the retreat. Please register below...

Jai Guru Dev 🙏


Date: Every Saturday
Time: 8:00am PT (11:00am EST, 4:00pm GMT, 8:30pm IST, 1:00am on Sunday AEDT)
Length: One hour

Location: Online live webinar PAUSED!
Cost: FREE/donations welcome

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More about our weekly sangha

We were watching the rare video footage of Swamiji being interviewed by Mother Alice on the subject of the Divine Discipline in Yoga (Yamas and Niyamas) and will continue after the Kashmir Retreat, end of October 2023.

During a series of video interviews by Alice Christensen (Mother Alice), Swami Lakshmanjoo revealed the “divine discipline in yoga”, also called “the eight limbs of yoga” and its place in Kashmir Shaivism.

Mother Alice was a disciple of Swami Rama of Haridwar, India (1900-1972) and founder of the American Yoga Association. She met Swamiji in the mid-70s.

In this Sanga series, we will listen to Swamiji and discuss his explanations of:

- How the classic “8 limbs of yoga” differ in Kashmir Shaivism.

- How to develop the eight limbs of yoga before entering into yoga.

- The role of Yama (right conduct) and Niyamā (observance) in Kashmir Shaivism.

Access previous sangha recordings via the links below (additional material can be found on the replay page):

- Divine Discipline in Yoga (Yamas & Niyamas) Interview with Swamiji and Mother Alice to be continued... 

We completed: 
- Hymns to Shiva, Utpaladeva’s Śivastotrāvalī as revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo
- Bhagavad Gita in the Light of Kashmir Shaivism revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo

What is a sangha in Kashmir Shaivism?

In Kashmir Shaivism, the term "sangha" refers to a community or gathering of spiritual practitioners who come together to engage in various practices and rituals. The sangha plays an important role in Kashmir Shaivism as it provides a supportive environment for individuals on the path of spiritual realization.

The sangha in Kashmir Shaivism typically consists of individuals who are dedicated to the study and practice of this particular philosophical and spiritual tradition. They may include spiritual teachers, scholars, practitioners, and students who come together to explore and deepen their understanding of Kashmir Shaivism.

Within the sangha, various practices are undertaken to facilitate spiritual growth and transformation. These practices may include meditation, chanting of sacred mantras, recitation of scriptures, and discussions on philosophical concepts. The sangha serves as a forum for sharing insights, experiences, and knowledge related to Kashmir Shaivism.

In addition to facilitating individual spiritual growth, the sangha also serves a broader purpose of promoting the teachings and principles of Kashmir Shaivism. Members of the sangha may organize public events, workshops, and retreats to disseminate the teachings and practices of this ancient tradition.

Overall, the sangha in Kashmir Shaivism acts as a supportive community where individuals can deepen their understanding of the philosophy, engage in transformative practices, and find guidance on their spiritual journey.

“No matter which intensity of Lord Shiva’s grace is with you, it will carry you to His nature in the end.”

—Swami Lakshmanjoo

Purchase the companion book or e-book

The books, Hymns to Shiva, Utpaladeva’s Shivastotravali, and the Bhagavad Gita in the Light of Kashmir Shaivism revealed by Swami Lakshmanjoo are available for purchase in our bookstore as hardcover, paperback or e-book. Click below to purchase, or visit our bookstore here.

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