Celebrating 10 Years of the Harmonist

This month the Harmonist celebrates ten years online. Launched in April 2009 with inspiration from Swami B.V. Tripurari, we have published over 1,000 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. Swami Tripurari explains,

The Harmonist plumbs the depths of Gaudiya Vaisnava philosophy while also exploring related currents of contemporary thought in an effort to encourage readers to use their heads to soften their hearts.”

We have also embraced satire as a starting point for discussion through comics by Gurunistha dasa. In fact, some of our most lively discussions began with Nectar of Deviation and As It Was.

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.”

We also look forward to many more years exploring 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.

Note: This month we are commemorating our tenth year by making limited edition t-shirts and hoodies available with the Harmonist logo:

  • T-shirts – black ink on white, natural, or sky blue; white ink on black, navy, or maroon premium US-made ringspun cotton shirts – $25 shipped US, $35 overseas.
  • Zip-up sweatshirt – white ink on black, navy, heather red, or heather charcoal 8oz poly/ringspun cotton blend sweatshirt – $50 shipped US, $55 overseas.

Orders can be placed from March 4-April 30, 2019 via paypal.me/paymrtips by making a Paypal payment for the exact amount. Please include color and size choices along with your mailing address. All proceeds will go to Swami Tripurari’s future publishing projects. Please direct any questions to Prema Bhakti via email at mfish209@gmail.com.

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One Response to Celebrating 10 Years of the Harmonist

  1. Hari Bol! Congratulations to the Harmonist team. An interesting and worthwhile approach to vaishnava outreach.

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