Ma Jaya is a Brooklyn-born spiritual teacher who teaches the wisdom of many paths. She is known for her teachings of compassionate service, especially for people affected by HIV/AIDS. She is also the founder of Kashi Ashram and Kali Natha Yoga. These podcasts are brief excerpts from her meditations and talks, recorded live.
Ma's River Poem
Ma Jaya first shared her "River Poem" in the 1970s, describing the sacred river Ganges in India for which she named the body of water on her beloved Kashi Ashram. On May 26, 2012 at Ma's memorial and what would have been her 72nd birthday, Ma's ashes were placed into the waters as this recorded excerpt from the poem was played. (3 minutes, 50 seconds)
Healing Mantra Practice
Please join the Kashi satsang (spiritual family) in chanting a mantra of health and protection for Ma Jaya. This recording, taken from live gatherings at Kashi Ashram, begins with a minute of "OM", continues with 108 repetitions of "OM DUM DURGAYEI NAMAH", the bija (seed) mantra for Mother Durga, and ends with OM. You will hear three rings of a bell at the beginning and end of the mantra repetitions.
(9 minutes, 41 seconds)
Shakti and the Ego
Kali Natha Tantric Yoga emphasizes appreciation of shakti, the divine feminine in all forms, male and female. We learn to live fully in the moment, free of ego thoughts. The symbolic battles in which dieties battle demons signify the inner battle in which the ego self fights to remain separate from the soul's essential nature which is filled with the essence of shakti. (5 minutes, 19 seconds)
Kali Natha Yoga and Kundalini Rising
Ma Jaya explains to a group of Kali Natha yoga teachers and students the role of the breath and moving past negative emotional thought patterns. This is an essential step in the process of kundalini rising, in which consciousness opens and rises through the chakra energy centers along the spine. (7 minutes, 14 seconds)
The desire to merge with the Divine Beloved is different from the wanting of instant gratification associated with worldly desire. Ma Jaya describes her own devotion to her Guru, Neem Karoli Baba as well as to dieties such as Krishna, Shiva, and the Mother. To ask or pray for help in getting what we want for ourselves and for others is to show faith that our prayers are being heard. Ma also speaks of the role of gratitude, even within the asking. 8 minutes, 40 seconds
Drink as You Pour
How can we serve others in need without burning out? Here Ma Jaya describes the process of "drinking as we pour". Through the discipline of meditation, we learn to drink from the well of divinity. As we carry the space of meditation into our daily lives, we can then cultivate the ability to continue to drink and at the same time pour or share the abundance of that joy with others. 3 minutes, 12 seconds