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Review: Wise Love: Bhakti and the Search for the Soul of Consciousness

September 27th, 2018 | by Harmonist staff

Wise Love may be particularly helpful to readers who have some exposure to bhakti thought and practice, especially to Caitanya vaisnavism, through having friends or family members engaged in Krishna bhakti. Those who have been exposed to bhakti through college or university courses on philosophy or religious studies may also find this book useful. As I’ve noted, this book may not necessarily serve as the best introduction to bhakti for those who don’t have some background that has already aroused their interest. This is not a book that wraps bhakti philosophy up into a neat package. Instead, it opens space for questions


Review: Sri Caitanya’s Life and Teachings: The Golden Avatara of Divine Love

June 28th, 2018 | by Harmonist staff

Published by academic publisher Lexington Books, the present volume is the second in a series dedicated to constructive work within the Indic traditions, that is, to delving into ethical, philosophical and theological questions from the practitioner\'s engaged perspective, but in a way that meets scholarly standards of logical argumentation and evidence


Review: Bhakti Blossoms

October 16th, 2017 | by Harmonist staff

Bhakti Blossoms, a new anthology of contemporary Vaishnavi poetry edited by Krishna Kanta dasi, offers readers the opportunity to hear from a wide range of female practitioners—feminine and masculine, newcomers and lifelong sadhakas—from a number of Gaudia groups


Book Review: Sacred Preface

June 26th, 2017 | by Harmonist staff

Sri Krsnadasa Kaviraja’s fourteen verse mangalacarana to his classic work Sri Caitanya Caritamrta serves as the seed conception containing all the central ideas of Gaudiya theology, metaphysics, and aesthetics that he intends to bring forth in the elaborated text. Exactly how this is so has been clearly, systematically and poetically illuminated by Swami B.V. Tripurari in his latest book, Sacred Preface


Review: Avatar Art: Neo-Vedic Paintings Celebrating Life

February 16th, 2017 | by Harmonist staff

The book is a must for artists and lovers of art, and for all who want to fully appreciate the visual beauty of Krishna Consciousness. It evinces a beautiful foray into an aspect of the Krishna movement that is rarely explored—its art


Book Review: Sacred Preface

November 21st, 2016 | by Harmonist staff

At the heart of this book is the methodology of Swami Tripurari’s constructive theologizing, which follows a hermeneutical trend set by Kedarnath Datta Bhaktivinoda, a predecessor theologian of the Vaisnava tradition


Book Review: Swami in a Strange Land

May 5th, 2016 | by Harmonist staff

By the story’s dramatic conclusion, readers have met a true holy being, and many may come to agree with Greene that the title’s “strange land” is the world we all inhabit, and that the Swami has come to free us all from our illusions


The Amazing Inner Lives of Animals

November 30th, 2015 | by Harmonist staff

Are our egos “threatened by the thought that other animals think and feel? Is it because acknowledging the mind of another makes it harder to abuse them?”



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