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The Mindfulness Conspiracy

June 27th, 2019 | by Harmonist staff

But anything that offers success in our unjust society without trying to change it is not revolutionary – it just helps people cope. In fact, it could also be making things worse

Female Gurus

June 10th, 2019 | by Harmonist staff

Visakha has compiled an arsenal of passages and quotes over the years from Prabhupada’s writings and lectures, which includes his now infamous response to an inquiry about female gurus in 1976: “She can become guru.”

What’s Behind the Glass of Milk?

April 4th, 2019 | by Harmonist staff

The business of producing milk is sustained by a process of relentless cruelty towards animals, from birth till death, with little letup. Cruelty compounded by poorly defined, poorly implemented methods and gross violations

Transgender Gurus Process to Kumbh Mela

January 14th, 2019 | by Harmonist staff

\"We respect the Akharas who oppose us. I am sure that someday they will realize that Hinduism respects everyone, including transgender people. For now, our fight is not to be recognized as an Akhara but to make people realize our religious, spiritual and social identity. Looking at the crowds that welcomed us, I feel we are doing something right.\"

A Christmas Crisis

December 23rd, 2018 | by Harmonist staff

Most people don’t like to think about the effect that buying meat has on animals and the environment. Few are even aware of the plight of slaughter workers. But market forces are simple – every time you put meat in your shopping trolley, you are funding the slaughter, globally, of 70bn farmed animals each year, the destruction of the environment and yes, the exploitation of vulnerable workers

India Gay Sex Ban Struck Down

September 10th, 2018 | by Harmonist staff

What made India stand out from most — at least until Thursday — was its application of an anachronistic law drawn up by British colonizers during the Victorian era and kept on the books for 150 years

How India Gave Us the Zero

August 30th, 2018 | by Harmonist staff

“T]he creation of zero as a number in its own right, which evolved from the placeholder dot symbol found in the Bakhshali manuscript, was one of the greatest breakthroughs in the history of mathematics. We now know that it was as early as the 3rd Century that mathematicians in India planted the seed of the idea that would later become so fundamental to the modern world. The findings show how vibrant mathematics have been in the Indian sub-continent for centuries.”

Are Plants Conscious?

March 26th, 2018 | by Harmonist staff

Plants are complex organisms, perhaps less different from animals than is often assumed

Consciousness and Conscience

March 8th, 2018 | by Harmonist staff

The more we learn about animals, the more their consciousness weighs on the human conscience

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