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The Importance of the Holy Name

April 22nd, 2021 | by Harmonist staff

Just as hearing about the name, form, qualities, and līlās of Bhagavān can award perfection in the form of divine love, so too hearing about His associates (parikaras) can grant the same perfection

Visistadvaita of Sri Ramanujacharya

April 15th, 2021 | by Harmonist staff

In Ramanuja’s view, a special relationship exists between Brahman, the jivas, and the world. He calls this relationship aprthak-siddhi, or inseparability. With this term Ramanuja seeks to logically explain the identity and difference of Brahman

Why Do Good People Suffer?

April 1st, 2021 | by Harmonist staff

Even great devotees like the Pāṇdavas faced immense difficulties but did not deter from the path of dharma

A Mysterious Incarnation

March 28th, 2021 | by Harmonist staff

After Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu took sannyasa, he went to live in Jagannatha Puri. There, he converted the greatest scholar of the day, Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya

Entering Gaura-līlā

March 25th, 2021 | by Harmonist staff

The many lilas of Radha-Krishna are comparable to rivers flowing in all directions, but the fountain from which they flow is the lila of Sri Gauranga. And only by being admitted into the latter can we ever enter the Vraja-lila

Vande Śrī Kṛṣṇa Caitanya

March 22nd, 2021 | by Harmonist staff

In the auspicious invocation to his treatise, Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Sri Krishna dasa Kaviraja Goswami offers two pranam verses. Of these two Sri Krishnadasa tells us that the second verse is specific (visesa), indicating that it names and describes the presiding deity of the text

Islam and the Upaniṣads

March 18th, 2021 | by Harmonist staff

Dārā Shukoh concludes his preface with a final definitive statement of what I have been calling his religious cosmopolitanism. The words of God, of which the Upaniṣads are a part, are available to all who are free of prejudice and bias

Mahadeva Siva and Vaishnavism

March 11th, 2021 | by Harmonist staff

Regard for Siva and regard for Krishna are not at odds with one another. If we read and study the Bhagavatam we can find so much room to understand, accommodate, and appreciate Lord Siva

The Irresistible Autocratic Flow

March 8th, 2021 | by Harmonist staff

Śrīla Bhakti Rakṣak Śrīdhar Dev-Goswāmī Mahārāj describes the spirit of pure devotion given in Śrīmad Bhāgavatam. In the beginning, the Bhāgavata announces, &hellip

The Gopis Contemplate Separation

March 4th, 2021 | by Harmonist staff

By Swāmī Śrī Bhaktivedānta Tripurāri, excerpted from Aesthetic Vedanta: The Sacred Path of Passionate Love. The gopīs’ long cherished hope to &hellip

Sri Nityananda Rama: The Most Magnanimous

February 25th, 2021 | by Harmonist staff

Even those who Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu rejected, Nityananda Prabhu sheltered, and gradually Mahaprabhu had to accept them. So the grace of Nityananda is the greatest both in magnitude and circumference, and that is our solace, for by his mercy even the most fallen souls can attain the supreme goal

Sri Nitaicanda

February 22nd, 2021 | by Harmonist staff

After arriving in Nadiya, it was Nitai who started the Gaudiya sampradaya along the Ganga delta. He did so with the help of twelve associates of his own—the dvadasa gopalas. While Gaura had begun his nocturnal school of Krishna sankirtana in the courtyard of Srivasa Thakura, upon his arrival, Nityananda-rama turned the focus from Krishna to Gaura—Gaura Krishna

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