Philosophy

Myth and Math
By Robert Bringhurst - 4.8 2015 Myth. From the Greek mythos, “story, tale; report, explanation; speech.” Possibly related to mathema, “lesson; knowledge; mathematics,” from proto-Indo-European mendh-, “to learn.” A mythology is an...Read more...
Recognizing Sri Guru
By B.R. Sridhara Deva Goswami - 4.8 2015 Devotees only have difficulty understanding how it is that someone can have two gurus because they are situated in a formal position, but when they enter into substantial spiritual realization, they will not have such a grievance because they will see...Read more...
Pranayama from a Devotional Perspective
By Catherine Ghosh - 3.8 2015 Ancient sages inform us that breath is the mirror of our ever-flowing emotions. It reflects the way we each perceive and process external stimuli, and how we position our consciousness in relation to it. Because breathing is so intimately interwoven with our mental...Read more...
Sanga: Siksa Guru Parampara
By Harmonist staff  - 3.8 2015 Q & A with Swami Tripurari Q. Would you explain the difference between the siksa-guru-parampara of Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati and the guru-pranali system followed by some of the other Gaudiya Vaisnava sects? A. Gaudiya sects that...Read more...
Environmentalism, Prasada, and the Vaishnava
By B. R. Sridhara Deva Goswami - 3.8 2015 This is the suicidal plane, the discordant plane where we cannot live without devouring our environment. That is the law of this land. If you want to live here then you must devour your environment, otherwise you cannot survive. So it is the suicidal...Read more...
Function of the Mind
By Bhakti Promode Puri Goswami - 2.8 2015 Patanjali’s Psychology and the Function of the Mind The great sage Patanjali, the author of theYoga Sutra, has written that the meaning of “yoga” is to stop the activities of the mind,yogas citta-vrtti-nirodhauh (1.2). It is...Read more...
Who Will Be the King?
By Swami Tripurari - 2.8 2015 Sri Caitanya taught that varnasrama dharma is external. It deals with ethics and morality, which have little to do with spiritual life proper. Although Sri Krishna says that varnasramacomes from him (tasya kartartaram api mam), in the very...Read more...
Modern Science and the Vedas
By Swami B. G. Narasingha - 2.8 2015 In 1959 two American atomic scientists, Dr. Emillo Segre and Dr. Owen Chamberlain, were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for the discovery of the antiproton, proving (theoretically) that matter exists in two forms—as particles and antiparticles....Read more...
The Soul of Srila Prabhupada
By Swami Tripurari - 2.8 2015 If, as Srila Prabhupada had said, his International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) was his body, I venture to assert that book publishing was his soul. This body/soul metaphor leads naturally to the conclusion that book publishing, the soul of...Read more...
On Sankara
By Swami Tripurari - 1.8 2015 The Brahma-sutras of Vyasa are the first attempt in human history to develop a systematic theology derived from revelation (Upanishads). This early Eastern effort was followed in the West in relation to the Bible, most notably in Catholic...Read more...
Ruci and the Divine Drama of Krishna lila
Submitted by Harmonist staff - 1.8 2015  Lesson two in our classroom series discussing chapter four of Swami Tripurari’s Siksastakam of Sri Caitanya. San Rafael: Mandala, 2005. Swami will be responding to comments and questions while guiding readers...Read more...
Radha-pada-darsana
By Sri Narasingha Dev-Gosai - 1.8 2015 This year, on Octobr 31st, on the Sukla-paksa Trayodasi during the month of Kartika, devotees celebrated the day that Srimati Radharani dressed in Subala-vesa—the dress of the cowherd boy Subala. In the dress of a cowherd boy, the lotus feet of...Read more...
Japa and Mantra-Dhyana
By Harmonist staff - 31.7 2015 Q & A with Sri Narasingha Dev-Gosai Q: There have been some recent discussions about techniques for meditation and controlling the mind while chanting japa. It is often said that we are doing mantra meditation, so I was wondering if our...Read more...
Interpolation of Scripture
By Swami Tripurari - 31.7 2015 An objective study of the Bhagavatam reveals that there are, and have been, variant editions in circulation. In his translation of Sanatana Goswami’s Sri Brihad Bhagavatamrita, Gopiparanadhana dasa lists a number of variations found in...Read more...
Faith and the Darsana of Krishna
By Sridhara Deva Goswami Maharaja - 31.7 2015 Faith is almost nonexistent to us in our present condition, but faith is the most substantial thing and it has got superior existence. Other things may vanish, but faith will stand forever. Faith is the particular potency of Srimati Radharani....Read more...
The Rasika Vaishnava
By Swami Tripurari - 31.7 2015 Meditating on Krishna lila from the perspective of one’s inner spiritual body, the practitioner sometimes experiences himself to be part of the lila and sometimes sees himself as a practitioner, aware of his practitioner’s...Read more...
Diksa, Siksa, and Sri Guru
By Swami Tripurari - 31 2015 Rupa Goswami begins his delineation on the angas (limbs) of sadhana-bhakti thus: gurpadasrayas tasmat krsna diksadi siksanam One must take shelter of sri guru, receive diksa and siksa from him. So first we shall sit with the guru, hear...Read more...
Writing, Rasa Sastra, and Rasabhasa
By Swami Tripurari - 31.7 2015 Svarupa Damodara Goswami has advised us as follows with regard to writing on transcendental topics and rasa sastra in particular. yaha, bhagavata pada vaisnavera sthane ekanta asraya kara caitanya-carane caitanyera bhakta-ganera nitya kara...Read more...
Gaura-Visnupriya
By Harmonist staff - 30 7 2015 Q & A with Swami Tripurari Q. It seems that later followers of Jesus, principally those who had never personally met him, deified him in a way that was not done during his lifetime and was not explicitly taught by him. Has the same thing...Read more...
What Happens When You (Almost) Die?
By G. Jeffrey MacDonald Wanda Colie vividly remembers what she saw in 1984 when, at age 28, a condition that produced blood in her lungs nearly killed her. The pain vanished and a crowd of familiar faces came to welcome her in a light-drenched valley. For more than two decades, Colie kept her...Read more...
Same-Sex Weddings, Hindu Traditions
By Ruth Vanita - 29.7 2015 Over the last three decades, Indian newspapers have reported same-sex weddings and joint suicides taking place all over the country, both in urban and rural areas. Most of the couples are non-English-speaking young women from lower-income groups. Most of them are...Read more...
Interview: Gauravani of Mantralogy
Interview by Gurunistha dasa - 28.7 2015 Mantralogy is a New York-based collective owned by Saci-suta, Keli-lalita, Gauravani, and Rasa-acharya. They strive to stimulate thekirtana scene by promoting the bhakti lifestyle alongside their professionally produced albums and their clothing...Read more...
Are Shiva and Vishnu One or Different?
By Sri Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura - 28.7 2015 The following excerpt is from Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura’s Madhurya Kadambini. The translations used are from Gaudiya Kutir’s edition with the commentary of Pandit Sri Ananta Das Babaji Maharaja. Ordering information...Read more...
Rama Lila: From Vishnu toward Krishna
By Swami B. V. Tripurari Saints tell us that Rama and Krishna are the same person. Yet Ramacandra was the personification of perfect moral character and Krishna appeared to be a cheater in some respects. To understand this apparent contradiction, we must try to understand the meaning of...Read more...
The Basic Brutality of Eating
By Beatrice Marovich - 28.7 2015 Some humans are deeply passionate about their meat. They love it, they gnash their teeth for it. In her 2006 spiritual travelogue Eat, Pray, Love, Elizabeth Gilbert confessed a kind of affinity with the sensual Tuscan culture of meat. Shop windows in the...Read more...
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