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Religion and Eclipses

April 8th, 2024 | by Harmonist staff

Throughout history, solar eclipses have had profound impact on adherents of various religions around the world. They were viewed as messages from God or spiritual forces, inducing emotions ranging from dread to wonder


The Divine Feminine

March 25th, 2024 | by Harmonist staff

The power of femininity has been prevalent in Hindu philosophy since the emergence of what is said to be the very first scripture, the Rig Veda


Existence is Evidence of Immortality

March 11th, 2024 | by Harmonist staff

Conditional on time being infinite in both directions, you, dear reader, have near certain anthropic evidence that you’ve been reincarnated an infinite number of times in the past, and will be reincarnated an infinite number of times in the future


Love Songs in Hindu Devotion

February 22nd, 2024 | by Harmonist staff

The use of a female voice by a male poet is not unusual in the Tamil or Sanskrit literature. But what distinguishes the male bhakti poets’ female voice is the structure of bhakti poetry itself, where the poet and the voice in the poem are read as identical


A Plant-Based Lifestyle Isn’t Radical

February 1st, 2024 | by Harmonist staff

Choosing a plant-based diet—a vegan ethic—isn\'t radical but rather an intelligent personal choice that has wide-ranging positive effects including our health and well-being and the health of our planet


To India I Come as a Pilgrim

January 15th, 2024 | by Harmonist staff

“It is one of the strange ironies of the modern world that the greatest Christian of the 20th century was not a member of the Christian church.”


Divine Presence and Sacred Images

January 1st, 2024 | by Harmonist staff

The article explores the significance of sacred objects in Asian religious contexts and their impact on believers. It delves into the rituals and practices involved in enlivening these objects, emphasizing the belief that they become living entities with the ability to interact with and influence the community


Eat, Pray, Kill: The Basic Brutality of Eating

November 23rd, 2023 | by Harmonist staff

The article by Beatrice Marovich discusses the ethics of meat consumption, integrating spiritual, cultural, and logistic perspectives. It observes that while vegetarianism and veganism can be seen as the moral choices due to the inherent violence of meat consumption, factors such as geographical constraints have forced some societies to consume meat as a \"necessary evil\". It suggests that the complexity of these ethics shows the diversity of solutions, urging continued ethical discussion.


Spiritual Bypassing

November 6th, 2023 | by Harmonist staff

Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 10.14.8 instructs believers to endure misfortunes as penance and seek refuge in God, a concept misunderstood by some as spiritual bypassing


Hinduism’s Enduring Respect for Science

October 16th, 2023 | by Harmonist staff

Michael Cavalli, in his article originally published by Hinduism Today, contrasts the divergent attitudes toward science and religion in the West and India. While the Western worldview often puts faith and empirical evidence at odds, in India, especially within Hinduism, the two are integrated. Hinduism encourages rigorous critical and scientific thinking to test spiritual claims, fostering an environment of intellectual freedom that has led to considerable scientific advancement. This open-minded approach has its roots in the very nature of Hinduism, which is largely non-dogmatic.


Shaligrams and Climate Change

August 7th, 2023 | by Harmonist staff

Climate change, faster glacial melting, and gravel mining in the Kali Gandaki are changing the course of the river, which means fewer Shaligrams are appearing each year



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