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Religious Superstition and Presumptuous Practitioners

August 15th, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

Some Westerners want to save Buddhism from backward, superstition-ridden Buddhists, who (they believe) have contaminated Buddhist philosophy with rituals, altars, bowing, incense, etc. Are such practitioners extracting the essence or imposing their assumptions

His Divine Grace

August 14th, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

Deep realization lies within the ability to adapt the spiritual reality to diverse material circumstances, making it accessible to one and all. Such is the glory of Srila Prabhupada

The Meat of the Problem

August 3rd, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

The visceral reaction against anyone questioning our God-given right to bathe in bacon has been enough to scare many in the environmental movement away from the issue, but meat consumption is a major player in our environmental predicament.

What’s Love Got to Do With It?

July 24th, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

Although there is truth in Vedanta\'s emphasis on renunciation—which most adherents understand theoretically—in reality most people need companionship in order to be situated well enough to pursue spiritual life in a progressive way

Primetime Kirtan

July 22nd, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

There is no denying that kirtan has \"arrived\" in the West. How can Gaudiya Vaishnavas become more involved in a scene that centers around a practice so essential to the tradition

Does God Hate Women?

July 21st, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

A former U. S. President speaks out against abuse and discrimination wrongly backed by scripture

Why No Onions and Garlic

July 5th, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

One of the most common questions asked to me is this: \"Why don\'t you eat garlic and onions?\" Here\'s my answer:

Being the Change

June 15th, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

I eventually began to sense that I must become the change I wait for so helplessly. It is far too easy to sit on the sidelines of spiritual life and point out the defects of others, but becoming an example to the contrary is another matter entirely.

Then and Now

June 14th, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

In the current age of out-sourcing everything from college essays to jobs, caring for the deceased has become more and more impersonal. Bringing death back into the home may be a meaningful step towards what life is really about

Sakhyam’s Razor Revisited

June 11th, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

In this article I will address the contentions of Dhanurdhara Maharaja that I missed the main point of his article, that I put forth a straw-man argument, and that I failed to apply Ockham\'s Razor to my own arguments. For those who do not wish to read this whole article, I would humbly suggest scrolling to the end and reading the section entitled, \"Applying Ockham\'s Razor to the Evidence.\" This section synthesizes much of the evidence so far about Srila Prabhupada\'s spiritual sentiment

Dhanurdhara Swami’s response to “Sakhyam’s Razor”

June 9th, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

Vrndaranya asked me to respond to her article. To honor my doubts about the relevance of these discussions, I will be brief and mainly focus on an issue I feel is relevant, namely, when and where it is proper for dialogues like this to take place – one of the main contentions of my paper, and one that Vrndaranya failed to address

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