The Heart of Recognition

The Heart of Recognition

The essence of the tantric path is amazingly simple: recognize your own divinity. But how can we see through the diversity of tantric teachings and practices and actually experience this divinity in our daily life?

Over one thousand years ago the Kashmiri sage Kshemaraj composed the Pratyabhijnahrdayam, or Heart of Recognition, twenty profound sutras that elegantly describe the path from ordinary to awakened consciousness.

This spring, two teachers who have made these teachings their own life practice will be leading a class on the Pratyabhijnahrdayam. Under their guidance we will chant the sutras, explore their meaning, and engage in the practices they describe.

Karen Harris, M.Div. has been putting the teachings of the Pratyabhijnahrdayam into practice in her daily life for over twenty-five years. In 2003 she studied the text in English with Swami Shantananda, the author of The Splendor of Recognition, a contemporary commentary on the Pratyabhijnahrdayam. In 2005 she read the text in Sanskrit with Pandit Hemendranath Cakravarty, one of the foremost Indian teachers of the tradition of Kashmir Shaivism.

Swami Girijananda studied Kashmir Shaivism at the feet of her root guru, Swami Muktananda, but the real education was spending 12 years with him as he walked, breathed and embodied this sublime philosophy.

Six Tuesday evenings from 7:15-8:45 PM, March 26th – April 30th, 890 G. Street, Arcata, CA. Drop-ins are welcome; $18 per class.

To access class readings, click here (for registered participants only).


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