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Ashram Economics

July 17th, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

Ashrams that open their doors to those driven primarily by the loss of a paycheck risk compromising their monastic environment, but negative impetus has a place in spiritual life as well. So if someone knocks, why not open the door

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

Church, State, or Meditate?

June 9th, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

Is Transcendental Meditation in public schools a recipe for soaring grades and decreased violence, or will \"yogic flying\" only increase truancy

Kitchen Religion

June 1st, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

Often we see Srila Prabhupada surrounded by the external opulence of ornate vyasasanas, elaborate garlands, and throngs of devotees. Such images attract us, but in a different way than the comparatively sweet scene of the founder-acarya holding a slotted spoon

Absolutely Mystical

May 31st, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

Claims of Absolute Truth marginalize other ideas and alienate us from others who don’t share our world view. Absolutes make us blind to alternative ways of understanding.

Few and Far Between

May 29th, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

Just as a spiritual tradition\'s original culture is not essential to it in all respects, neither is it necessary to replace that culture entirely when the tradition is transplanted into \"foreign\" soil. Changes will be inevitable, but our task is to enact them in an appropriate manner that facilitates embracing the spiritual essence

Does Consciousness Matter?

May 25th, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

Let us remember that our knowledge of the world begins not with matter but with perceptions/consciousness. I know for sure that my pain exists, my “green” exists, and my “sweet” exists. I do not need any proof of their existence, because these events are a part of me; everything else is a theory

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