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Impediments to Devotion

June 21st, 2018 | by Harmonist staff

The six defects of over-accumulation, materialistic endeavor, unnecessary talk, rejecting the rules meant for one’s self and following the rules meant for others, association with non-devotees, and fickle-mindedness are detrimental to devotion


Conquering the World

June 18th, 2018 | by Harmonist staff

Devotional practice based on the acceptance of the favorable and rejection of the unfavorable that is prescribed in this verse is extremely necessary for devotees


Sanga: Sakhya or Madhurya

May 17th, 2018 | by Harmonist staff

Despite the objective superiority of gopi-bhava, the venerable Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami makes it clear the best rasa is the one that is subjectively best for each devotee


Prayojana

May 7th, 2018 | by Harmonist staff

Once he is so liberated, he never again returns to this world of repeated birth and death. The proof of this is found in “sound” or revelation (sabda)


Abhideya

April 30th, 2018 | by Harmonist staff

Devotion attracts him, devotion reveals him, the Lord is influenced by devotion. Nothing is more powerful than bhakti


Sambandha

April 23rd, 2018 | by Harmonist staff

The Srimad Bhagavatam (1.2.11) shows that there is an aspect of the divine beyond even Brahman. It is paratpara, or “beyond that which lies beyond.”


Introduction to Vedanta

April 16th, 2018 | by Harmonist staff

For the Gaudiyas, the unblemished commentary on the Vedanta Sutra is the Srimad Bhagavatam.


Joy of Self: Revealed Sound

March 20th, 2017 | by Harmonist staff

The Veda does not claim that by studying its words with our intellect we will know the truth. It is the self-established truth imploring us to take up the means of experiencing the truth ourselves


The Affectionate Guardian

January 23rd, 2017 | by Harmonist staff

Although gurus are not God, neither are they to be considered as merely atomic souls bound in the net of material illusion. Gurus are servants of God as are all souls, yet they are servants who have realized the truth of their eternal servanthood


In Search of Joy

December 5th, 2016 | by Harmonist staff

We all want everlasting joy, but we are looking in different places for it. The joy we find in this world is fleeting at best. The search for joy is, in reality, the search for self


Joy of Self, Introduction

November 28th, 2016 | by Harmonist staff

All of the major traditions of Eastern spirituality and many traditions of the West tell us in so many words that our present individual identity is based on material misidentification and is thereby false. What they do not tell us is that we have an individual identity to realize in transcendence once we have dissolved the false ego



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