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Intimate Guru-Seva: The Spiritual Catalyst

January 21st, 2021 | by Harmonist staff

Spiritual practice brings together a number of elements that work with each other to ensure its success. At the center of them all, it has one essential constituent that serves as its catalyst: devotion to sri guru</em


The Gopis’ Love for Kṛṣṇa

January 14th, 2021 | by Harmonist staff

Those who have only partial devotion, clinging still to the world of illusion, can never be full and thus never stay with Kṛṣṇa


Why Study From a Guru?

January 11th, 2021 | by Harmonist staff

The practice of churning wood to generate a fire was not just because matchboxes or lighters did not exist in the past, but because it was an essential part of the injunction to execute the yajña


Should I Stay or Should I Go?

January 7th, 2021 | by Harmonist staff

In Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava theology, Kṛṣṇa is fully God and fully human, but not in the sense that he undergoes material suffering. The fullness of Kṛṣṇa’s humanity is expressed when he falls in love


An Invitation to All, Heard Only by a Few

December 21st, 2020 | by Harmonist staff

Absorbing the mind in the Absolute is the goal of meditation, and since there is no more consuming mental state than that of passionate love, this passion for Kṛṣṇa is the realization of that goal


Surrender

December 17th, 2020 | by Harmonist staff

Bhagavān is not physically present, as Kṛṣṇa was to Arjuna, to advise us that we are rationalizing our egoistic acts to conceive of them as genuine acts of surrender. This is the function of the guru. Thus traditionally, the student lived with his guru so that he could be guided directly. The guru is the litmus test of one’s surrender



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