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Rama Bhakti and Gaudiya Vaisnavism

January 22nd, 2024 | by Harmonist staff

What is generally taught through Rama lila is that one should be an ideal, moral person, but ultimately, if Rama is our Deity, we should have the ideal of going back to Godhead to enter into Rama dhama, Ayodhya

What Is Dirt Really Worth?

January 18th, 2024 | by Harmonist staff

In the ancient Atharva Veda (12.1.12), Earth is depicted as a mother, and humanity as her offspring. This starkly contrasts with the modern perception of soil as mere “dirt” to be exploited, a mindset that has contributed to our current climate crisis

Srila Jiva Goswami

January 11th, 2024 | by Harmonist staff

Through his conduct, the position of being a prideless, respectful, surrendered servant of the Vaisnavas has been established throughout the world in a highly revered form

Śrīla Uddhāraṇa Datta Ṭhākura

January 8th, 2024 | by Harmonist staff

Uddhāraṇa Datta Ṭhākura, the eleventh among the twelve cowherd boys, was an exalted devotee of Lord Nityānanda Prabhu. He worshiped the lotus feet of Lord Nityānanda in all respects

The Tirobhava of Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura

December 28th, 2023 | by Harmonist staff

Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura Prabhupada\'s departure was marked by deep reverence. His declining health led to his passing on January 1st. His disciples carried out poignant ceremonies, fulfilling his last wishes and reciting spiritual verses. His serene burial and the ensuing emotional gathering marked the transition from 1936 to

Every Day a Holy Day

December 25th, 2023 | by Harmonist staff

Swami Tripurari discusses the evolution of holidays from religious observance to secular escapes from routine, noting that they often lose their original significance. He uses yoga as an analogy, referring to the Bhagavad-gita\'s guidance on balancing practice with recreation. The piece emphasizes that holidays, viewed as reflective breaks, can assist in reorienting one’s life, harnessing the mind, fostering appreciation for the present, and promoting spiritual enlightenment

Sincerity is Everything

December 7th, 2023 | by Harmonist staff

Spiritual leader Swami B. R. Sridhara Deva Goswami advises adherents about the importance of dedication, understanding, and sincerity in achieving spirituality. He suggests that understanding oneself involves recognizing the constant presence and involvement of Krishna in all aspects of one\'s life. He also emphasizes the vital role of a genuine guru in this spiritual journey. By following the spiritual formula from sukriti to sraddha, through progressive stages, one can reach a divine civilization

Gopi Vastra-harana Lila: Part One

November 27th, 2023 | by Harmonist staff

Some people worship the right person for the wrong thing, others the wrong person for the right thing. However, If we worship Krishna for any reason, we will ultimately attain love of Krishna


November 20th, 2023 | by Harmonist staff

Gopastami, the day marking Krishna\'s initiation as a cowherder, is celebrated on the eighth day of the Kartika month. Krishna, being extraordinary, progressed through youth stages quicker than usual, reaching adolescence by age seven. Although traditionally commencing his sixth year, Krishna\'s unique maturity allowed him to start cowherding in his fourth year. Krishna\'s dharma, or nature, was to herd cows and this he pursued relentlessly, despite obstacles. His initiation into cowherding was a significant event, underscoring his spiritual nature and the lasting bond he shares with the cows

The Remnants of Srila Prabhupada

November 16th, 2023 | by Harmonist staff

Once the late Sripada B. S. Govinda Maharaja—spiritual heir to the Sri Caitanya Saraswata Math of Srila B. R. Sridhara Maharaja—said of the followers of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, “We are all living on the remnants of Swami Maharaja.”

The God of Gods: Govardhana Lila

November 13th, 2023 | by Harmonist staff

Krishna is drawing the attention, not only of the inhabitants of Vrindavan, but of all of us, to that which is essential, that which is central to our well-being and our nourishment

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