Shakti Durga’s Senior Disciples

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Shakti Durga has 11 senior disciples who play major roles in helping to run Shanti Mission and its various arms and projects. They are also involved in many of their own projects. Shakti Durga has deep admiration for each member of the group below, and respects their unique flavours and approaches to thinking and life. She consults with this group regularly and expects them to lovingly challenge her and each other. The members of this leadership group also take their responsibilities as spiritual teachers and leaders very seriously and understand that at times it can be quite demanding. They provide each other with a kind of ‘peer review’ system and support each other and Shakti Durga on a regular basis.

What is a Disciple?

The word ‘disciple’ is not often heard in the West, but we deliberately use this word because of its potency. Shakti Durga describes herself as a ‘disciple’ first and then a Guru. Her Guru is Sri Sakthi Amma. She has had other Guru’s in the past (see her biography for more information). A ‘disciple’ is a student, but with a very deep connection to a teacher, which is why that teacher is called a ‘Guru.’ The relationship of the guru-disciple is one of commitment, love and compassion. A Guru’s job, in our school, is to be dedicated to the disciples to help them awaken, become personally empowered and realise their full potential. The disciple’s job is to follow the 8 Pillars that form the basis of the school’s philosophy and approach. You can access teacher profiles for Shakti Durga’s senior teachers and disciples on the Shanti Mission website.

A senior disciple is someone who truly embodies a Guru’s teachings in action; they are living examples of the teachings put into practice on a regular and consistent basis and on a deep level. Many of Shakti Durga’s senior disciples are also gurus, in their own right, with their own disciples. In fact, after years (and lifetimes) of spiritual work, many of them are well positioned and very able to start their own missions and schools, but have thankfully chosen to stay in Shanti Mission and continue helping with the ‘mission’ to create a golden age of peace on earth. Shakti Durga explains the disciple concept in the Shakti Durga TV video below or read our FAQ on Gurus.

Savitur Dhanvantre, Council of Light

Savitur Dhanvantre

Savitur Dhanvantre is the Spiritual Director of Shanti Mission America. His real job description is restorer of light and life.…

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Savitur Dhanvantre, Council of LightSavitur Dhanvantre is the Spiritual Director of Shanti Mission America. His real job description is restorer of light and life. Savitur is in his element when teaching, healing and empowering others. He is an internationally sought after Master healer and teacher who runs courses, sees clients and facilitates regular retreats in Australia and around the world. In all that he does, Savitur radiates a calm, loving presence that invites his students and clients to feel safe and held. He is a master of compassion who loves to serve. Savitur is a beloved Guru in his own right, known for his unflappable strength, as well as an innate sense of joy. Wherever Savitur is, laughter is never far away. Savitur was born in the UK, travelled widely, and prior to learning counselling and energy work was a competitive horseman. Spirituality drew him in from a young age; he was naturally quite clairvoyant and sensitive to energy, even as a child – talents that would come in very handy for his future vocation. Mostly, his early life taught Savitur compassion and honest-to-goodness non-judgment of those around him as he was exposed to people from all walks of life. He knew that life could be messy and yet ultimately we’re all children of the Divine doing the best we can. Savitur had trained for many years in creative counselling and psychotherapy prior to finding Shanti Mission. But it’s when he started to learn energy work and Ignite Your Spirit Therapy that his life really started to change. He found he was able to help clients process not just their thoughts and feelings, but release the energy those thoughts and feelings had been stored in. He realised this was the missing piece of the puzzle when what previously would have taken months or even years for a client to process was now happening in a matter of a few sessions. Today Savitur lives in Byron Shire in northern NSW. He offers fortnightly meditations and healings in Sydney, and sees clients via Skype from around the world. Savitur loves the teachings of the world’s great Gurus and traditions. He was deeply inspired in his early 20s when he read the book Sai Baba – The Holy man and the Psychiatrist, and although never visited Sai Baba’s ashram he loves the message of ‘love all serve all’. He was deeply grateful to meet his Guru Shakti Durga whilst serving coffee in a cafe in Sydney and has never looked back. He says her remarkable, practical and transformative teachings, are so congruent and accessible for the western mind.

Gayatri Kamadhenu, Spiritual Teacher, Sacred Musician

Gayatri Kamadhenu

Gayatri Kamadhenu is a vibrant and joyful being of great wisdom, spiritual strength and mastery. She is one of the…

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Gayatri Kamadhenu, Spiritual Teacher, Sacred MusicianGayatri Kamadhenu is a vibrant and joyful being of great wisdom, spiritual strength and mastery. She is one of the lineage holders and leaders of Shanti Mission supporting Shakti Durga. Now living in the UK, Gayatri leads Shanti Mission UK and Europe offering Satsangs, Path of Ease and Grace seminars, Pujas and group and individual healings. Gayatri spent six years serving the Shanti Mission Sydney community followed by a year in Connecticut, USA. Gayatri’s greatest love as a teacher is offering tools to help cultivate more love, joy, peace and purpose. Gayatri has just completed a pop album themed around finding authenticity, unconditional love and real intimacy in life.  Although young in body, in wisdom Gayatri is ageless. Having studied Reiki then Pranic Healing, Crystal Dreaming and Ignite Your Spirit Therapy and spent time with many masters around the world, Gayatri is now a Master Ignite Your Spirit Therapist and Senior Spiritual Teacher in Shanti Mission. She assists people to allow their true spirit to blaze through them, creating natural success, love, joy and peace. Having completed a degree in Psychology and Comparative Religion at Sydney University, Gayatri brings a rich, deep and unique wisdom to her teaching style and offers her students a wealth of spiritual and practical tools for life-enrichment. Her wisdom is adorned with a sparkling sense of humor and she has the unique ability of making learning fun, easy and extremely profound. Some of her students say that she teaches by ‘stealth’ as many people change profoundly after one of her laughter filled classes. Gayatri is a Senior Teacher of the Path of Ease and Grace seminar series, runs weekly Satsangs, offers regular healing group meditations, mentoring sessions and retreats. Gayatri also has a great joy in song-writing and singing. Her unique soaring voice, natural vibrancy and grace-filled words and melodies create music that stirs the soul and brings about vibrational changes and profound healing of the heart to all who hear her voice. Gayatri’s deep authenticity, grace and luminosity make her a stable power of love on Earth and a tower of spiritual strength for her disciples and students.

Jagatambe Narayani, Spiritual Teacher

Jagatambe Narayani

Jagatambe Narayani: In her role as Ignite Your Spirit Therapist and Doctor of Clinical Psychology, she offers deep wisdom, purity and…

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Jagatambe Narayani, Spiritual TeacherJagatambe Narayani: In her role as Ignite Your Spirit Therapist and Doctor of Clinical Psychology, she offers deep wisdom, purity and compassion. Dealing with the full spectrum of human experience, she helps her clients and students to let go of all that gets in the way of realising the truth of their highest potential, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. Jagatambe yearns to help to awaken the Soul in everyone that she serves. She is curious, articulate, insightful, and devoted, supporting people to open into a space of powerful transformation. Prior to finding Shakti Durga and Shanti Mission, she gained a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and was the University Medalist in Undergraduate studies. She worked as psychologist with children and adolescents; and as a researcher at the Centre for Mental Health and Brain Research, as well as with the Australian Longitudinal Study on Women’s Health. Today her primary focus is puja, teaching and energy healing. She regularly runs retreats, satsangs, mentoring classes, and leads the Shanti Mission puja team. Currently, Jagatambe spends half of her time in Sri Sakthi Amma’s Peedam, southern India, where she continues to serve via online classes, retreats, teaching, healing and in the Peedam temple. In 2008 Jagatambe developed a landmark study into the effects of healing and spiritual tools for people with depression. The Wellness Study, facilitated with Shakti Durga, taught people the personal and spiritual tools from the foundation seminars and offered weekly Ignite Your Spirit healings to those suffering from depression. The results were outstanding, and paved the way for Project Hope – which offered free, regular healings to those suffering from depression as a service of Shanti Mission.

Maitreya

Maitreya is a sublime teacher, powerful healer, fire pujari and an inspired sacred musician. He guides his students, clients and…

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Maitreya-for-webMaitreya is a sublime teacher, powerful healer, fire pujari and an inspired sacred musician. He guides his students, clients and audiences into the heart of the truth with boundless joy, empowering them to uncover the vast radiance that is their own nature. Maitreya has an extensive background in Music Therapy and an unshakable passion for the healing power of sound. He is a recent, first time father and has a beautiful son named Bodhi. Maitreya often performs beside and with Shakti Durga as she travels around Australia. His music touches and opens the heart and his voice reaches to the depths of the listener’s soul. His much-anticipated debut solo album ‘Songs From Beyond the Sea’ was released late 2012 and is a culmination of seven years of deep study and service. His second album 'Bhakti Live', filled with devotion was recorded live at the Abode of Peace in 2016. He is an integral member of Shanti Music; the group was wildly popular at the 2011 Bali Spirit Festival. From his home in Cooranbong, north of Sydney, Maitreya regularly leads retreats, workshops and concerts in Australia and overseas. He teaches and offers healings in Newcastle and Sydney, as well as online. “I am Maitreya, Disciple of Shakti Durga. Golden Buddha! I am the jewel in the lotus of your heart! I bring joy and uplift humanity and I offer this to all!” For more information see Maitreya’s website www.maitreyasada.com

Parvati Sundari, Master Ignite Your Spirit therapist

Parvati Sundari

Parvati Sundari Master Healer, Senior Teacher, Lead Vocals Parvati Sundari is a Master Ignite Your Spirit (IYS) therapist and spiritual coach.…

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Parvati Sundari, Master Ignite Your Spirit therapistParvati Sundari Master Healer, Senior Teacher, Lead Vocals Parvati Sundari is a Master Ignite Your Spirit (IYS) therapist and spiritual coach. As a sacred musician she facilitates transformation through the use of Divine sound and mantra. Her passion is helping others uncover their own beauty, awakening to their magnificence and power of self-healing. Her love of life, and faith in humanity shines through her vibrant expression of joy. She brings a profound capacity to merge into Unity as a channel for divine healing and inspiration. She is gifted proponent of the Western Mysteries with a deep connection to the natural world, honoring the Divine as nature, and is at the forefront of animal healing with IYS therapy. Her name means ‘the beauty born of devotion’ and her embodiment of these virtues enables her to dive deep into her disciple relationship with Shakti Durga, Parameshwari which is expressed in her teachings and healings as irrepressible joy. For her students, disciples and clients, she offers a rare opportunity for them to explore more deeply the truth of their inherent magnificence in a safe, protected and unconditionally loving way, enabling them to reach higher and greater states of joy and abundance in their lives. The embodied Divine state of Being of love and joy that is Parvati helps things flow in the lives of all whom she comes into contact with and makes even the biggest challenges seem easy. She brings exuberance, enthusiasm and openness into her teachings and healings and shares her own experiences and personal journey to inspire and motivate those she serves. Prior to becoming involved in Shanti Mission, Parvati studied herbal medicine and worked in community mental health as an occupational assistant. Her journey to finding Shanti Mission was a long and winding road. Parvati didn’t set out to look for Guru. In the early days of searching for her spiritual path, she did not resonate with the Guru tradition. After one healing with Shakti Durga, however, she instinctively knew that she would study with her and that Shanti Mission was her Divine calling. For Parvati, Shakti Durga and Shanti Mission is a place where you have the opportunity to fall in love with the Self more deeply, to develop the truth of the Self more fully, and where there are very real pathways to becoming empowered in life to create a life that is shiny and bright and full of joy. These days, what brings Parvati, absolute fulfillment is serving others. Singing the names of the Divine fills her heart with joy and inspires her. She teachers that everyone has the capacity to be joyful in the world and that there is opportunity for every single person to experience joy and love in their life through realising that they are completely loveable. Find out more: www.parvati.com.au

Shekinah, Spiritual Teacher and Healer

Shekinah

Shekinah’s pure bliss is teaching, healing and seeing others shine. She loves to work with people to empower them to…

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Shekinah, Spiritual Teacher and HealerShekinah’s pure bliss is teaching, healing and seeing others shine. She loves to work with people to empower them to bring Heaven to Earth in their own lives. Part of Shekinah’s mastery is with the Kabalistic tradition and the Tree of Life, which often come through in her healings and teaching. Shekinah treasures her healing practice and welcomes clients into the intimacy of her home in Malabar in Eastern Sydney, where she lives with her beloved, their two children and adorable dog Oli. Shekinah first found Shakti Durga and Shanti Mission after years of study in Kinesiology, energetic healing, Reiki, Bach Flowers and Essences, Holistic Counseling and many other modalities. Seven years ago, she sent out a prayer to find her spiritual teacher and to be mentored in an intimate way by a master. Within two months she met Shakti Durga, then swiftly completed the Path of Ease and Grace and Therapist Training. For five years, she served as spiritual leader of the Sydney Harmony Centre. “During an Ignite Your Spirit Therapy healing session I work with the client on all levels of their being: especially the mental, emotional and soul realm to help them to embody more of their soul than ever before. We start off getting all the chakras nice and open and then delve into the unknown to get to the core of an issue. This can take us into past life events that need to be healed and released, into our childhood or family history to release stuck energy and create a new way of being. Anything can happen and that is what makes my work so much fun. When I open as a channel for healing miraculous things occur. I am constantly in awe of the power of the Divine and the beauty of every client I have the honour of working with,” Shekinah says. Her pin-ups at the moment (beside Shakti Durga and husband Lance of course) are Ram Das and Z’ev ben Shimon Ha Levi – beautiful and pure souls she’s inspired by every day. For more on Shekinah, visit her website or read her blog www.jennynurick.com

Bhadra Kali

Bhadra Kali specialises in helping to guide new souls to earth – and in supporting young families to enjoy greater…

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bhadrakali-for-web1Bhadra Kali specialises in helping to guide new souls to earth – and in supporting young families to enjoy greater peace, understanding, good health and happiness along the way. She is a master healer and teacher; deeply caring, compassionate, and devoted to serving the Divine in all people. Bhadra Kali is a registered nurse with extensive experience in early childhood. Bhadra Kali, Arjuna and Maitreya were 3 of the 7 people trained by Vigneshwaran, one of Sri Sakthi Amma’s senior priests to perform the Sri Narayani Yagam. A gift from Sri Shakti Amma for Shanti Mission. Bhadrakali’s special gift is working with the soul of the baby prior to conception, and then throughout the pregnancy, birth and into primary school. Her gentle nature bring comfort, security and understanding to clients of all ages – who see her at her practice in Rozelle in Sydney, at Newcastle Harmony Centre, at her home in Maitland and via Skype from around the world. Bhadrakali first found Shanti Mission in 2006. She worked as a registered nurse for 26 years – with 11 of those years spent in early childhood. She is also a reflexologist and Journey Practitioner. Today she helps mothers with common conditions such as morning sickness, as well as more serious health concerns in pregnancy. During the postnatal period and beyond she assists with breastfeeding, sleep and settling and other issues which a baby can experience in adjusting to their new body. Many of her clients also come to her with acute and chronic physical health conditions. For further information please visit www.shantibaby.org.

Ganga Hanuman, Spiritual Teacher and Healer

Ganga

Ganga may be small but she is incredibly mighty. She’s affectionately known as ‘the pocket rocket’ – because her small…

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Ganga Hanuman, Spiritual Teacher and HealerGanga may be small but she is incredibly mighty. She’s affectionately known as ‘the pocket rocket’ – because her small frame contains incredible potency and purity as a healer. Her warmth, humility and humour combine to help melt away any fear or anxiety, helping clients and students alike to feel relaxed, calm and cared about from the start. Ganga also teaches programs on personal empowerment. Ganga is also a senior teacher of the Path of Ease and Grace – and has worked with many hundreds of students and clients on courses, in private sessions and on retreats with Shakti Durga in Australia and around the world. She is a devoted ally and friend to the soul, passionately committed to lifelong service. Ganga first found the Harmony Centre in early 2006. At the time, she was a practicing remedial massage therapist with a curiosity about energy and chakras, but like many people had been put off by formal religion and was not much of a fan of the ‘G-word’ (God). Never say the Divine doesn’t have a sense of humour. Today if meditation were an Olympic sport, Ganga would be a five-time gold medal champion. Her Divine connection is palpable and blissful. She has an intimate understanding of the inner plane and helps others to bring the beauty of the soul and divine realm into their daily lives; tuning into their own guidance and growing in self-mastery. Her name, of course, is inspired by the great river in India – and the energy of Ganga signifies purification, transformation and liberation. Ganga sees clients at the Harmony Centre in Cooranbong north of Sydney and regularly on Skype from around the world.

Shiva Kata Tjuta

Shiva Kata Tjuta is a Director on the board of Shanti Mission. He is Shakti Durga’s partner in life and…

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Shive-webShiva Kata Tjuta is a Director on the board of Shanti Mission. He is Shakti Durga’s partner in life and has assisted Shakti Durga for many years with the inception, creation and birthing of her charity, Shanti Mission. Shiva seeks to treat everyone as an individual, understanding that we are all different. Having been a professional problem solver for many years as a successful lawyer and partner of a very large law firm, he says “solving problems is a hard habit to shake.” He aspires to be love, strength and wisdom on legs! Shiva Kata Tjuta’s name incorporates aspects of the Divine, which he seeks to live up to and be in the world. “Shiva” relates to ‘consciousness’ or ‘pure consciousness without form’, which is different to the mind or the intellect. “Kata Tjuta” is the original Aboriginal name for large domed rock formations southwest of Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory of Central Australia, meaning ‘many faces’ or ‘many aspects’. He has always felt deep within himself, that he had many aspects and faces in the many different roles in his life in both the corporate and spiritual world. He also always felt a very deep connection to the land which makes up the Australian continent and a strong affinity with Aboriginal Australians’ long standing guardianship of that land and the belief of many of them that their spirit is the land. Shiva Kata Tjuta seeks to be his authentic self in all his endeavours while continuing to learn, grow and live into his essence in straddling both a Divine spiritual path and a business worldly path. He holds the strong belief that every single person has something unique to offer, which is themself. When he seeks to help others he understands that what others may perceive to be his wisdom and teachings is just as Divine as that which comes from anyone else, but what come from him is infused with his personal and spiritual journey, his life experiences and his connectivity with the Divine. Shanti Mission was created by the dreams and aspirations of Shakti Durga and Shiva Kata Tjuta and from their vision of how they could make a difference in the world in addition to their professional vocation as lawyers. In living that vision, they learned that that if you dream big and are prepared to take time and make an effort to create what you dream, you can make a significant difference in the world. His role in Shanti Mission today is as a strong supporter of, and support for, Shakti Durga and Shanti Mission. Shiva Kata Tjuta always knew that the Divine was fully within him. “I have not always used those words and have not always behaved as if the Divine was in me, in the sense of acting as if I was embodying the Divine, but that’s life and we all have growing edges going through it so we can stub our toes and learn. However, I have always understood that when wonderful things happened to me, it was the Divine coming through me and that when not so good things happened, the Divine was still in me.”

Lakshmi Ananda, Shanti Mission USA

Lakshmi Ananda

Lakshmi Ananda’s greatest joy is serving as a spiritual teacher, priest, speaker, and Ignite Your Spirit therapist for Shanti Mission…

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Lakshmi Ananda’s greatest joy is serving as a spiritual teacher, priest, speaker, and Ignite Your Spirit therapist for Shanti Mission America. She brings a wealth of spiritual and professional experience to her healings and teaching. Part of Lakshmi Ananda’s mastery is connecting with clients through the heart, empowering them to shine like the sun in their lives. Lakshmi Ananda is an executive coach, leadership consultant as well as a fully certified shamanic practitioner. Evident in her work as teacher and healer is her deep devotion to her Australian Guru, Sri Shakti Durga and the love that emanates from this connection. Lakshmi Ananda serves as President of the Board for Shanti Mission America. A former Executive Director of EARTH school, Essential Arts for Remembering The Heart, she brings a deep love and reverence of nature to all her work. She lives in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.

Ganesha Ma, Shanti Mission

Ganesha Ma

Ganeshama has studied with Shakti Durga for many years and is a Master Healer and an empowered and joy-filled teacher…

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Ganeshama has studied with Shakti Durga for many years and is a Master Healer and an empowered and joy-filled teacher of the Path of Ease and Grace and Spiritual Mentor. Ganeshama has employed and embodied the tools to facilitate profound and massive changes in her own life and assisted many others to do the same through her teaching, healing, and mentoring.

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