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Descartes, Dennet, and Dedication

September 21st, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

All is sacred, even while consciousness is the sole enduring factor amidst an ever changing material phenomena. “Things” may be here today and gone tomorrow, but when we stop exploiting them as if they belong to us, even they may lead us to a better understanding of ourselves and our source.

Contradictions: Real and Apparent

September 8th, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

How do we comprehend contradictions in the lives and statements of saintly people? Swami Tripurari explores the issue and explains how to understand one such circumstance.

Mind, Brain, and More

September 6th, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

It has been over three and a half centuries since Descartes asked if minds and bodies are distinct and concluded that they indeed were. Although it remains a topic of debate, his hypothesis lives on. What then to speak of the soul\'s role in this interaction

Chastity: Relative and Absolute

September 4th, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

Chastity means our adherence to the truth, the truth that we have come to realize. It is of infinite character, yet there is a gradation of understanding and thus room for progress and chastity relative to one\'s stage of progress

The Soul’s Soul

September 3rd, 2009 | by Harmonist staff

If God realization is the fourth dimension of consciousness, the Gaudiya Vedantin’s idea of love of God—in which God becomes ours—is revolutionary. The Gaudiya Vedantins want to take us beyond even the fourth dimension

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.\"

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