Spiritual Knowledge

‘Spirit Soul’ – a Small Phrase with a Big Meaning

By Hari-kirtana | May 1, 2021

My spiritual teacher, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda, had many extraordinary talents. One of them was his ability to come up with simple English phrases to express complex philosophical ideas that are packed into compressed Sanskrit aphorisms. ‘Spirit soul’ was one such phrase that he frequently used to differentiate our essential spiritual nature from the material nature of the bodies we […]

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The Power of Truthfulness

By Hari-kirtana | January 8, 2021

It’s said that we live in an unfortunate season of time; a time when simple living and elevated thinking give way to complicated entanglements and diminished reasoning, when purity gives way to pollution, mercy gives way to malevolence, and truthfulness gives way to falsehood. It’s a time when people are needlessly quarrelsome, consistently misguided, unlucky, and, above all, always disturbed. […]

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How do we find real contentment?

By Hari-kirtana | September 9, 2020

Lately I’ve been thinking about what ‘contentment’ really means. ‘Contentment’ is one of the niyamas, the set of five personal observances that Patanjali lists in the second chapter of his Yoga-sutras. It’s also a state of being that can be very hard to attain. How do we find real contentment? One way is to try to understand what the obstacles to […]

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Thoughts about uncertainty and surrender

By Hari-kirtana | May 22, 2020

What I remember most was how quickly I was able to accept what was happening. An eastward swing down Porter Street, a long residential mediary between two busy thoroughfares, offers an easy and enjoyable tree-lined descent to cyclists with a modicum of common sense. But am I a sensible cyclist? Nope. I was coasting down a curve after leaving a friend’s house near the […]

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Some thoughts about looking back, looking within, and seeing with spiritual vision

By Hari-kirtana | April 21, 2020

I’ve been reflecting back on my life as a teenager recently; on how it seems as if it were a previous life rather than an early chapter of this one; on how reckless I was with my privileges and resources; on how lucky I was to get away with so many ill-advised escapades without losing my life or my freedom; […]

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Some thoughts about fear, surrender, and staying spiritually connected

By Hari-kirtana | March 31, 2020

How are you doing? Usually, at least where I come from, ‘how are you doing?’ – or, to be more accurate, ‘howya doin’?’ – is a greeting, not a question. But this time I’m really asking. Things have been rough for the last few weeks and it will probably get worse before it gets better. So please tell me how […]

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