Celebrating Five Years Online
Published on May 5th, 2014 | by Harmonist staff3
This month the Harmonist celebrates five years online. Launched in April 2009 with inspiration from Swami B.V. Tripurari, we have published over 800 articles exploring the depths of Gaudiya Vedanta and how modern thought and intellectual trends interface with the tradition of Caitanya Vaisnavism.
Since launching, we have published thought-provoking articles that challenge the spiritual status-quo. We have also created an opportunity for thoughtful, productive discourse through a liberal comment-approval policy. A wide variety of examples of such articles and discussions include: the philosophy of Siksastakam and beginningless karma, religio-social issues such as homosexuality, sectarianism, sustainable agriculture, and even quantum physics. Nitaisundara dasa, managing editor for the past 5 years, explains that this approach “encourages devotees to think for themselves, as opposed to just trying to disseminate formulaic methods, while remaining rooted in Gaudiya Vedanta.”
The spirit of these discussions is best described by Bhakti Abhaya Ashram Swami in his article Embracing Unity in Diversity,
“… discussion aimed at understanding the conclusions of the scriptures strengthens our faith.”
This month we will be republishing our most popular articles to encourage further dialogue. We also look forward to many more years plumbing the depths of Gaudiya Vaisnavism in light of modern culture and thought.
As Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura said, an article could be published every moment when the subject is the infinite Godhead, so as time goes on the need for a voice like the Harmonist will only grow.