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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

The Spirituality of Gardening

August 3rd, 2023 | by Harmonist staff

To garden is to unseat oneself as the center of primary importance, and to instead turn one’s life into various forms of service that will strengthen and maintain the many memberships that make up the garden

Embodied Worship

July 13th, 2023 | by Harmonist staff

Meet the Ramnamis, a small community in central India whose elders are boldly tattooed in Lord Ram’s name

Why Universities Should Be More Like Monasteries

June 1st, 2023 | by Harmonist staff

Colleges should offer a radically low-tech first-year program for students who want to apply: a secular monastery within the modern university, with a curated set of courses that ban glowing rectangles of any kind from the classroom

The Coltranes and American Hinduism

February 27th, 2023 | by Harmonist staff

For all the accolades and tributes the pair have received in making their mark in music and popular culture, and becoming outsized in their role as Black history makers, the Coltranes had an arguably equal impact in reimagining American Hinduism

The Role of Faith in Science

January 23rd, 2023 | by Harmonist staff

Planck sees religion and science following a similar pattern: many different outward manifestations which, under analysis, point to a single absolute truth

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