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The Mind, the Self, and the Supreme Self

September 2nd, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

The mind should not be mistaken for the self and neither should it be mistaken for the supreme self. While the first is temporal and the latter two are eternal, it is the eternal relationship between the self and Godhead that is most attractive


Jaya Sri Radhe

August 26th, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

Truth be told, while most teach that God is the most worshipable object, Radha is the worshipable object of God. Although he is, in the words of scripture, \"completely filled with joy,\" and, \"the complete spiritual truth,\" the fact is that Radha\'s love drives Krishna mad


Arcana as Yoga in Gaudiya Vaishnavism

August 25th, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

There are interesting parallels between the classical eightfold Yoga system of Patanjali and the bhakti-yoga system delineated in the Bhagavad-gita and Bhagavata Purana. Yet at least as striking as the similarities are the differences between the two systems


Homeward Bound

August 20th, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

Godhead\'s search for his lost servants is a loving search; it is not ordinary, but from the heart. And his heart is not an ordinary heart. Who can estimate what type of search he is engaged in


What Would the Buddha Say?

August 19th, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

Although the Buddha thinks that the notion of an eternal self generates suffering, if he had he compared notes with a good number of Vedantins, in terms of how much they suffered in their mortal frame, it would have been interesting to speak with him afterwards


Go Within or Go Without

August 12th, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

Ascetics are known for distancing themselves from the world by their austerity, but while ostensibly it is a life of deprivation, asceticism declares just the opposite—\"Go within, or go without.\"


Om Tad Vishnu

August 8th, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

We should never think, \"Under my feet I have firm ground to stand on; I am big. I shall stand erect.\" Rather we should think, \"Above my consciousness is super consciousness; the vigilant guardian\'s eye is always watching me.\"


The Victory of Beauty

August 5th, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

Generally, whenever we see beauty, we think that beauty is to be exploited, but actually, beauty is the exploiter, beauty is the master, and beauty is the controlling principle


Mahabhagavata

August 4th, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

Should we look for anything less than the most qualified person when we are looking for our spiritual guide? Certainly not. But the search must begin within ourselves


Yoga Psychology

August 3rd, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

Yoga psychology gives a practical, workable, and holistic paradigm for transformation, which thoroughly explains the effect of one’s nature, actions, environment and heartfelt devotion on the development of a healthy mind


Mystic Poetry and Yogic Enlightenment

July 30th, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

Enlightenment lies beyond the limits of speech. So how then can we say anything about it? Is the only solution to simply speak about that which enlightenment is not, or is there a speech that results from the inability to ever say enough


Regulated and Spontaneous Devotion

July 28th, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

Only worship on the raga path can result in obtaining the service of Krishna in Vraja. However, if we think on that basis that the various regulative principles of regulated devotion can be discarded before acquiring a readiness for the manifestation of raga, we will become hypocrites



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