Many share a similar story, is it not new, nothing special, but probably recognizable… There is a hunger, a longing, experiences in early childhood. An itch that won’t leave you alone. A intuition that leads you on your way to freedom that keeps bringing you closer to your ineffable goal if you just keep following it… Not always easy, but with every step you know you have to take it. These were my steps…
Within a week after meeting Dandi Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati (March 2009) I knew that I had finally found the one person that understood what I was longing for my whole life, and who was able to guide me to realize my longing. A whole life searching had brought me to this moment, it was an incredible moment to realize someone understood me completely and could help me. I had met Swami Jnaneshvara in Rishikesh – India, in his three week intensive meditation retreat at Sadhana Mandir Ashram (founded by Swami Rama; Swami Jnaneshvara‘s teacher). The result was that after that week I told him I was going the leave everything behind to knock on his door in Florida as soon as possible. Within 6 weeks after returning from India I was on a plane to Fort Walton Beach, Florida, US to knock on the door of Abhyasa Ashram, founded by Swami Jnaneshvara.
Since early childhood I intuitively felt the presence of something beyond this manifested world; non-duality. Growing up in a world that didn’t seem to acknowledge this, I hid the longing to understand this feeling in my heart, just waiting for the right time to be expressed and pursued. My inner journey started approximately at 17, with Art school (although it actually starting when I was a few years old; like many of us we cannot really pinpoint the exact moment as it has been always a part of life). Here the foundation was laid of many principles, later to be understood yogic and tantric principles. But this did not satisfy my longing, so I kept looking.
One of my most precious memory of that time was when I was 19 years old. I was sitting with friends. We were sharing with each other what we would say if we had a few minutes in which the whole world was listening. What would be our statement, passion, truth? That night I wrote myself a letter that I would give myself 7 years to find this out, as I did not know how to formulate my passion, my longing, as it was a intuition without words. It was in the same month 7 years later that I met Swami Jnaneshvara. I knew what I found most important in life; Self-realization, to be free! Free of all attachment that bind you to the temporary, so that I can play in the temporary while being constantly aware of the Eternal, the True Self, Pure Consciousness, Tripura! I still have this letter as a reminder that guidance is present even when we don’t consciously experience it.
At 21 I “officially” encountered Meditation (Yoga) for the first time. Along the journey it became clear that throughout my life I had many meditative experiences but did not know at the time what they were. Which is nothing special as I have met several people with stories like this, which is wonderful! I knew at this time that I had found a better way to deepen the understanding of the longing that lived in my heart. After first learning and teaching the merely preliminary steps of Yoga, I got to know a teacher that introduced me to the non-dual teaching of Vedanta; the Upanishads and Bhagavad Gita at the age of 23. This teacher was not able to provide me a way of living I longed for (without yet knowing it existed). Full of reverence and gratitude I still love this teacher, as the teachings were pure and formed a foundation from which I later could receive the teachings of Swamiji. Somehow at that time the mind did not yet know of the existence of the path of renunciation, of swamis. The mind was waiting for this introduction (to the phenomenon of renunciation) until I met Swamiji, which took another year. After meeting Swamiji everything became clear, and with joy I understood that the path of renunciation was the path I was longing for all those years…
On March 15 2009 I was initiated as a novice swami, and on November 13 2012 I took sannsaya at the banks of the Ganges, this diksha was given by Swami Jnaneshvara… from now I carry the name Swami Ma Tripurashakti Bharati (Ma Tri, pronounced as “Ma Tree“)
Now, I travel around the world between different places that are all one Home, to practice, serve, and share the teaching I received from Swami Jnaneshvara, the teaching of the Himalayan Tradition that are given to us by Swami Rama, that embrace the teachings of Yoga, Vedanta and Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra.
This website www.tripurashakti.com is a means to express the devotion, and awe I have for the Non-dual Reality and its appearing creative energy that seems to manifest all that is (Tripura, Shakti, Divine Mother), and to share the creative outbursts, knowing fully there is nothing new to say, you can only offer the same ancient wisdom in a different way.
Every moment you can witness the play of Shiva and Shakti
They are one and the same!
Ooh beloved Tripurasundari…
We are all One is this breath-giving dance of Your formless appearance.
We are all waves of beauty and bliss in an non-dual ocean of Divine unconditional Love
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Swami Ma Tripurashakti Bharati (Ma Tri) is a student of Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati. Taking birth in the Netherlands, plus being young and female, allows her to share the teachings of this Tradition from a unique perspective. A lifelong longing to know True Self, to be FREEEE, has brought her from the Art-Academy almost immediately to a life based on practice. This has led her to a life of sannyas before she was even 30. Knowing there is nothing new to say, she offers the same ancient teachings using modern ways of communication. She has built a website in both English and Dutch and creates animations on YouTube. Swami Ma Tripurashakti travels around in the world between different places such as Abhyasa Ashram (founded by Swami Jnaneshvara) and Sadhana Mandir, to practice, serve, and share the teaching of Yoga, Advaita Vedanta and Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra…. Be in awe of the Divine Beauty of the apparent play of Pure Consciousness and devote every breath to know Her, Tripura, the One that plays in the Waking, Dreaming and Deep Sleep States!
The combination of being young, female, and born in a western culture — knowing fully neither of this is who she really is — and having a deep longing to be FREEEEE, to dive deep within to find the True Self, allows her to share the path of sadhana (practice) from a unique perspective.
Meeting Swami Jnaneshvara Bharati in March 2009, she knew after growing and learning with several teachers, that she had finally found the one person that fully understood this longing, and who was able to guide her. On March 15 she was initiated as a novice swami, and on November 13 2012 she took sannsaya at the banks of the Ganges, these dikshas (initiations) was given to her by Swami Jnaneshvara. She now carries the name Swami Ma Tripurashakti Bharati
Since then Swami Ma Tripurashakti Bharati or Ma Tri (pronounced “Ma Tree“) travels around in the world between different places that are all one Home, to practice, serve, and share the teaching she received from Swamiji, the teaching of the Himalayan Tradition that are given to us by Swami Rama, that embrace the teachings of Yoga, Vedanta and Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra.
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Yoga Meditation, Contemplation, and Devotion for Self-realization
This site is an offering to those who deeply long to experience Pure Consciousness that is known as Divine Mother or Tripura (‘Tri’ means three, and ‘pura’ means city); She is the one that lives in the three cities of Waking, Dreaming and Deep Sleep. Temporary leaving behind the three cities and residing only in Pure Consciousness is called Self-realization. Another name for this realization is Yoga; the union of the individual self with the universal Self; the union of Atman with Brahman, or Shiva with Shakti; or the dis-union of Purusha and Prakriti. Some might think of Tripura as an anthropomorphic being but She is not, She is the Non-dual Reality in which all appearing manifestation seems to exist. All that is, is the Non-dual Reality.
On this site the teachings of Yoga, Vedanta, and Samaya Sri Vidya Tantra are offered to guide you in learning to meditate directly on Tripura by using modern ways of communication such as through animations, while preserving the ancient wisdom. These teaching have been given to us by an ancient lineage of meditation masters, lovingly called the Tradition of the Himalayan masters. These practices lead us to a space of stillness and silence where Yoga meditation, contemplation, mantra and prayer converge into deep devotion and constant awareness of Tripura. At the end of the journey when all efforts are exhausted, grace will dawn. This is known as shaktipata, through which the final barrier is removed, which is the piercing of the bindu, and leads to the direct experience of Non-dual Reality. This finally reveals an unimaginable Joy from knowing the Non-dual Reality or Pure Consciousness!
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