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India’s Widows Seek Refuge in Vrindavan

September 16th, 2019 | by Harmonist staff

Many of India’s castaway widows — most of them illiterate, some married off as infants — have seen significant improvements in their quality of life over the last few years

Cow Care in Hindu Animal Ethics

September 2nd, 2019 | by Harmonist staff

Cow Care in Hindu Animal Ethics, a new book by Iskcon guru and scholar Krishna Kshetra Swami, will be published by Palgrave Macmillan in early 2020. The work is set to make caring for cows, in the spirit of devotion, a serious topic of discussion in academia worldwide

Research into Children’s Past Life Memories

July 25th, 2019 | by Harmonist staff

In this video, John Cleese is interviewing pediatric psychiatrist and director of UVA DOPS, Dr. Jim Tucker, about his research into the memories of young children who appear to recall specific factual memories of a previous life

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

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