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World of Compassion

April 23rd, 2013 | by Harmonist staff

The Godhead’s desire to bestow liberation—his compassion—requires another world. Thus from the trans-spatial, timeless realm of Vaikuntha, the world of time and space manifests, and in the above verse, Krsnadasa Kaviraja identifies the deity from whom our world issues forth

Do We Have Souls?

January 8th, 2013 | by Harmonist staff

\"We are not simply given the world to our understanding; we are given most immediately our experiences of it.\"

Existing to Love

November 26th, 2012 | by Harmonist staff

While the jnani loves to exist and the yogi loves to know and exist, the bhakta exists and knows only to love

Anadi Again

July 10th, 2012 | by Harmonist staff

Careful study of Bhaktivinoda Thakura\'s teachings on anadi karma reveal that his strategy was more of a particular emphasis than it was any change of doctrine

The Claim to Pluralism

April 17th, 2012 | by Harmonist staff

As it turns out, like everyone else, the self-described pluralists advocate for toleration of the tolerable, and inclusion of that which is entitled to inclusion. And it turns out that for the self-described pluralists, the category of the tolerable and to-be-included extends only as far those who see Philosophy in roughly the same way they see it

Is There a Secular Meditation?

April 12th, 2012 | by Harmonist staff

I was recently asked if there is a form of secular meditation that I could recommend. Perhaps there is, but the reason behind this question is more interesting than the question itself

Chastity to Sri Guru

July 30th, 2011 | by Harmonist staff

On the occasion of Srila Bhakti Raksaka Sridhara Deva Goswami\'s Tirobhava Mahotsava, we offer his own thoughts on what constitutes chastity of a disciple to their guru

Does Our Brain Really Create Consciousness?

July 22nd, 2011 | by Harmonist staff

This proposal that consciousness is not a product of the mind is so contrary to the current paradigm, that die-hard materialists easily ridicule and dismiss it. But we should not forget the bishops of Galileo\'s time who refused to look through his telescope because they knew his discovery was impossible

The Two Bhagavatas

July 19th, 2011 | by Harmonist staff

The gift of Vraja prema is accessed through the bhagavata, of which there are two: the great scripture Srimad-Bhagavatam and the person who personifies its ecstasy

Pursue the Truth from Wherever it Comes

June 6th, 2011 | by Harmonist staff

Wherever the truth is found, we must be open to accept that for its own intrinsic value, and we cannot be guided by any mundane consideration. Only with this spirit can we overcome the fear of our own progress

The Role of Study in Jnana-sunya Bhakti

March 6th, 2011 | by Harmonist staff

If a sadhu spontaneously out of his own accord is expressing so many qualities of Krishna, and we go away, losing the benefit of that – it is suicidal. Rather, we need attachment for that. We should think, “Oh, the good qualities of Krishna are being explained through this agent: I must try to give my ear to that.”

Tolerance: The Ornament of the Saints

January 13th, 2011 | by Harmonist staff

Thus one should tolerate both happiness and distress knowing them to be one and the same in the ultimate issue. From a world of apparent variety one must learn to identify with its underlying unity

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