A Word on Tantra* and Bhakti

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I am a shameless Bhākta.  I am head over heels in love with divinity in many of Its forms.  So why Tantra?  It is said that Bhakti is the fastest and most enjoyable path to enlightenment, so why not just stick to that?  That’s where I started, so why the emphasis on Tantra these days?

It’s like this: Bhakti is indeed a very fast and enjoyable path.  I don’t know about enlightenment because I am not enlightened, but I trust what knowledgeable people say about that being true.  I do know from experience that it is a lightning-fast method to obtain Oneness.  When I’m chanting, the bliss of that Oneness is unsurpassed.  The effects of the vibrations change matter, as I found out when I healed my body with chanting.  However, the Oneness fragments back into the many when I stop chanting and come back to the relative world.  The echos of the vibrations definitely come with me, and ripple out into all areas … Read the rest

Intersectionality of Spiritual Practice and Activism

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I’ve been fortunate this year in having many spiritual practices show up that have expanded my sense of peace and security and enabled me to interact in a powerful way in the outer world. I’m finding it difficult to talk about them, because they’re not spiritual at all.

Except, they are.

It’s a fun conundrum. That’s why I think talking about the intersection is important.

How is burning up my physical body along with all socially constructed self images, creating a new energy body, and then thickening it into my physical body every day spiritual? I don’t know, but this particular practice, called deha-shuddhi -> amṛta-vyāpti -> prakāśa-kāya, is taken out of an ancient Tantrik text, so it must be, right? It’s taught as a means to experience that the body, as well as all the layers of self-hood, are an instantiation of pure Consciousness.

The results were instantaneous from the very first time I practiced it, but I  can’t say this one will

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Sacred Economy Service Offerings

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In service to my dream of a symbiotic human community where everyone’s needs are met by everyone, I’m now offering all of my services within the Sacred Gift Economy model.  Most services can be delivered long distance via technology.  Please ask if you are not sure.

Services include:

If there is a service you desire, please make me an offer based on a combination of how much the service is worth to you and your ability to pay.  No offer is too small, and no one will be denied due to financial inability to pay. This is an offering from my heart with no strings attached.  I will maintain … Read the rest

What is Freedom?

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I believe freedom has many facets, and we have been mislead on what it means.  We have been convinced that the world we see outside of ourselves is of primary importance, and we have to conform to this world to get ahead in life.  This only serves to deny us our  freedom, and drive us deeper into bondage.

Inner freedom does not depend on the outer world.  It is accessible any time, day or night, no matter what is happening in our lives.  It is available in the midst of the most horrendous crisis and on the most beautiful peaceful day.

I believe it is time for us to reclaim our freedom.  One way to do this is to examine the stories we have allowed to control our lives.  One of these stories is the story of separation.

The story of separation is responsible for all hoarding, all competition, and all ideas of scarcity.  The story of separation has no bearing on the sun, … Read the rest

Affirmative Prayer Sessions / Spiritual Coaching

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Need help in uncovering hidden beliefs and releasing blockages that are holding you back in areas of your life that are important to you?  Devī Bhaktānanda offers individual spiritual support sessions that bring a unique and powerful blend of New Thought Affirmative Prayer work and various consciousness practices from India to bear on whatever is holding you back.  Sessions are 1 hour in length.  Gift certificates are available.

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Nāda (Sound) Yoga Sessions

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Sound Yoga, also called Nāda Yoga in Sanskrit, is yoga for every body.  Sound uses the element of space to penetrate every cell of your body.  It’s like taking a sound bath from within, with no singing bowls needed, just your voice.  We’ll use sacred Sanskrit syllables, alone and in combination to create a field of wholeness.  Emphasis will be placed on correct pronunciation to maximize efficacy.

Private and group sessions available.  For more information, please fill out the form below:  … Read the rest