Nadabrahma Meditation and Talk with Dakini Shima

A beautiful evening at a venue in Rondebosch- complete with roaring fireplace, spent with a group responding to a talk by Dakini Shima about the calling of the Daka/ Dakini and Tantra. Having invited about 7 of the attendees I admit I felt anxious at times; where they going to get something out of it?

I was very inspired by the talk Shima gave. I felt reassured by the inclusive manner of her teaching:; her embodied awareness. She may as well have read from the Dr Seuss Book: “Oh The Places You’ll Go!!” given the wonderful stories of her Tantric path travels! Awareness is all, and she embodies this so beautifully.

Things about the talk on the calling of the Daka and Dakini that stood out for me:

  • A Dakini is a provoker to awareness; this is her role.
  • Tantra is a method of awakening, there are many.
  • She is there to confront stories to enable opening into the real, into the beloved moment just as it is.
  • Dakini is a state of being.
  • Regarding ‘ego death’: perhaps the only thing that can truly die is that which never existed.


After the talk a few gluttons stayed for a meditation. We did this meditation of Osho’s which Shima was surprised to hear that the Cape Town school hadn’t done before.

Osho Nadabrahma Meditation TM

Nadabrahma meditation lasts for one hour and has three stages. It is a sitting method, in which humming and hand movements create an inner balance, a harmony between mind and body. Suitable for any time of the day, have an empty stomach and remain inactive for at least fifteen minutes afterwards.

“So in Nadabrahma, remember this: let the body and mind be totally together, but remember that you have to become a witness. Get out of them, easily, slowly, from the back door, with no fight, with no struggle.” Osho

The arm movements allow one to explore the experience of giving and receiving, an appropriate meditation for those feeling called to work with others. I enjoyed immersing myself in the meditation and learned quite a lot about my relationship with giving and receiving- and some of the subtle movements in the gestures which are very powerful.

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