Tantric Advaita

The Adbhuta Rasa

Adbhuta Rasa - Wonder


Wonder is the Rasa of mystery, astonishment and curiosity. By cultivating the right attutude towards the miracle of life, the Adbhuta Rasa can be a permanent companion.

From the dawn of civilization, human beings have tried to understand everything and are still trying. The feeling of Wonder comes when one recognizes one's own ignorance. The biggest crime of science is to limit truth to its own limited understanding, as it takes away the feeling of Wonder.

When we understand that there are things that we do not understand, it makes life beautiful and exciting, full of wonders to explore, full of opportunity for new understanding and personal growth. Wonder comes at the beginning of the spiritual journey, the journey to find real truth and solve the mystery of life.

Modern science is said to understand virtually everything and what it cannot explain is simply said to be nonexistent by definition. It continues to promote this attitude in spite of the fact that it is continuously researching and understanding new things.

Real saints that can do real magic sometimes appear to show humankind that what one registers through sense perception is not truth; they attempt to break the inflated ego of modern humans and science. The truth is that nothing and everything is magical, depending on one's understanding. And real saints have real understanding.

Mastering Wonder

Wonder is not a Rasa that one can create by will, even though it can be willfully denied. The key to Wonder is to remain open-minded toward the miracle of life, which can be experienced in everything.

Unfortunately, tricky people exist as well as true miracles, so one has to judge carefully. A budding flower is a miracle, whether the flower is taking its time naturally or whether it happens more rapidly in the hands of a saint. Seeking out the less obvious miracles is a favorite past time for many, but there is no real need to fly to the Moon since we are already in space.

Adbhuta Rasa Chart

Basic Rasa : Wonder

Sub-Rasas : Curiosity, Astonishment

Dominant Element : Fire

Dominant Dosha : Pitta

Dominant Guna : Rajas

Dominant Kosha : Mind (Manomayi Kosha)

Friendly Rasas : Fear, Sadness

Enemy Rasas : Anger

Neutral Rasas : Peace, Courage, Love, Joy, Disgust

Rasa Produced : Joy

Key for Mastering : Humbly accept the mystery of normality (see also Rasa Sadhana & The Yoga of Nine Emotions)

Siddhi : Laghima (lightness)

Deity : Brahma


Leela is the ancient vedic name for the theater of life. Life in all its forms is an illusion behind which we can find the ultimate truth of pure Being. Yet life is also a divine theater, a spiritual game played by us, the actors. Yoga allows us to hold on to the bliss of truth while playing the game. And also this yoga is a game, which we can only take seriously if we do not take ourselves and this game too seriously. That is the meaning of Leela Yoga, nothing more, nothing less. So, Leela Yoga is a vision on yoga and also a name for a simple organisation that allows me to bring this vision into practice... more about Leela Yoga & Peter Marchand

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When our day has been entirely ego-centered, then our meditation will probably have similar poor quality.

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Tiptoe inside, don't make a sound, don't scare away that which cannot be found.

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