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The Deeper Meaning of Hara

January 05, 2009 | by Bronwen and Frans Stiene

The hara is regarded as one of the most important aspects of Japanese life and of its people’s spiritual practices. But what is it exactly?

Translated from the Japanese hara simply means belly, yet there is so much more to this intriguing word. At a deeper level the word, hara, means one’s true nature; who one truly is as a human being. So it is not just a physical centre in the body but also the centre of one’s true nature.

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