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Celebrating 10 Years of the Harmonist
March 18, 2019 – 1:33 am | No Comment
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.

Creating Cohesion between Spiritual Practice and Family Life: From Time-outs to Time-ins
February 28, 2019 – 1:30 am | 3 Comments
Creating Cohesion between Spiritual Practice and Family Life: From Time-outs to Time-ins

Eventually, I started to understand that sadhana and parenting have a symbiotic relationship. The more of my heart I gave to my family, the more I could give my heart to my practice and which in turn allowed me to be increasingly loving and kind to my wife and children.

Confronting the Culture of Death
February 18, 2019 – 12:30 am | 7 Comments
Confronting the Culture of Death

The issue before us is death. Not only our individual death, which is more imminent for some of us this morning than others, but our collective death. We have begun the sixth great mass extinction…

Jaya Sri Nityananda Rama!
February 17, 2019 – 12:33 am | 2 Comments
Jaya Sri Nityananda Rama!

Nityananda Prabhu traveled throughout Bengal making his humble appeal: “Give all your attention to Gauranga and you will be benefited beyond expectation. This is my request to you.”

Must We Learn to Love?
February 14, 2019 – 12:33 am | 5 Comments
Must We Learn to Love?

Is love an art? Then it requires knowledge and effort. Or is love a pleasant sensation, which to experience is a matter of chance, something one “falls into” if one is lucky?

A Holy Day
February 7, 2019 – 12:33 am | One Comment
A Holy Day

In the following excerpt from Sermons of the Guardian of Devotion Srila Sridhara Maharaja begins to speak about some of the numerous events that make Vasanta-pancami an especially holy day.

The Beauty of Charles Darwin
February 4, 2019 – 12:33 am | No Comment
The Beauty of Charles Darwin

Darwin reasoned that beauty existed ultimately unto itself and for itself alone and did not think it was necessary to connect aesthetics and survival.

The Many Ways We Try to Replace Religion
January 24, 2019 – 1:33 am | No Comment
The Many Ways We Try to Replace Religion

Some who reject both traditional and non-traditional supernatural beliefs are attracted to what I refer to as “supernatural-lite.” This label encompasses beliefs that require a leap of faith and have characteristics reminiscent of religion but do not explicitly rely on the idea of supernatural power.

The Life of Sri Jiva Goswami
January 7, 2019 – 12:30 am | 11 Comments
The Life of Sri Jiva Goswami

Sri Jiva turned his back on this illusory world to tell us of another, which, as it turns out, is no more than this world when viewed through eyes anointed with divine love.

Why should anyone care about Thomas Merton today?
January 3, 2019 – 1:33 am | No Comment
Why should anyone care about Thomas Merton today?

People want “real” Christian models who inspire us by their by their committed struggle in life to keep the faith.

Faith and Femininity
December 31, 2018 – 12:33 am | 5 Comments
Faith and Femininity

By Ananda-mayi dasi, originally published at Ruminate, a place where writers, artists, believers, and seekers share stories, poetry, and art, including the stories and work of those who are nudged forward, backwards, and sideways on the …