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How to Teach ‘Svadhyaya’ – Guided Self-Inquiry

By Hari-kirtana | November 26, 2017

Svadhaya, usually translated as ‘self-study’, is contemplation on the true nature of the self that’s guided by scriptural wisdom. Rather than mere speculation or self-psychologizing, svadhyaya is a process that provides us with a map to guide us on our journey toward accurate knowledge of our true selves. Pramana is the Sanskrit word for the methods by which accurate information […]

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Awakening Our Spiritual Senses

By Hari-kirtana | November 26, 2017

I routinely speak about ‘awakening our spiritual senses’ in my classes. As often as not, a student or two will linger after class to ask what I mean by ‘spiritual’ senses. The idea that we have a dormant set of spiritual senses waiting to be stirred is a curious notion. We assume that senses, by definition, are made of matter […]

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Facing Our Fears

By Hari-kirtana | November 26, 2017

One of life’s great challenges, when you’re 8-years old, is to keep yourself entertained when you’re the only child at an adult party. Such was the challenge for Anton, the young son of a couple we know who brought him along for a social gathering at our home a few years ago. Anton amused himself for most of the evening […]

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A Deeper Spirituality

By Hari-kirtana | October 3, 2017

At times it seems as if the world has gone off its rocker. Maybe it has. When the going gets tough it’s tempting to retreat from the world. And a respite may be just what we need from time to time, if for no other reason than to get our bearings before we try to navigate our way through another […]

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