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Turning Point: Harshada Wagner

Harshada Wagner is a meditation teacher and spiritual leader who has dedicated his life to exploring human consciousness and the science of self-transformation. On the spiritual path for more than 21 years, he is considered among the top teachers of his generation. Harshada is classically trained in the Indian wisdom traditions of yoga, Vedanta, and Tantric Shaivism, and has been teaching meditation and self-empowerment since 1996. www.harshada.org

Kripalu Online Describe what you do in 15 words or less.
Harshada I help people to know their Soul and make room for Grace in their life.

KOL Tell us about a turning point in your life.
Harshada There was a big turning point in college. I was taking a class in mysticism and the professor screened a movie about Mother Teresa. In the movie she was holding a baby in Lebanon during the war and something moved in me. I thought, “I could spend my life being clever, or becoming successful, or making money, or making art … or I could spend my life embodying God’s love on Earth.” The choice was so obvious to me. That was all I wanted.

KOL What do you love about teaching?
Harshada I love getting to know so many wonderful people. I love being able to serve people’s transformation. I love watching the healing and evolution that happens for people. It’s such a sublime privilege to be there and see them when they first come, and then to watch over time how they blossom and light up. It’s like they come alive in a beautiful way. I should take before-and-after photos! I love witnessing people discover God in their own way.

KOL What are you passionate about right now?
Harshada I am passionate about life. It may sound trite, but it’s true. My real passion is just my day-to-day experience. My relationships, my time here on earth, everything is so vivid these days.

KOL What do you do in your downtime?
Harshada I love watching cop shows. I take naps. I drink tea. I read poetry from the mystics like Rumi, Kabir, and Mirabai. When I’m traveling, I love going to local markets and busy places. I love wandering around in cities like Mumbai or Bangkok, eating at local food stalls and seeing all the colors, taking in all the sounds and smells and faces.


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