Articles from The Harmonist

Thakur Bhaktivinode

What are the Scriptures? They are nothing but the record by the pure devotees of the Divine Message appearing on the lips of the pure devotees. The Message conveyed by the devotees is the same in all ages. The words of the devotees are ever identical with the Scriptures. Any meaning of the Scriptures that belittles the function of the devotee who is the original communicant of the Divine Message contradicts its own claim to be heard. Those who think that the Sanskrit language in its lexicographical sense is the language of the Divinity are as deluded as those who hold that the Divine Message is communicable through any other spoken dialects.

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Listening to Harikatha

This life is short in comparison with the eternal life. We should pay more attention to preparation for that life. We may attend to some of our primary necessaries of this life and need not be deprived. But this need not lead us to forget that this is not the summum bonum and to consider that we should have purely mundane interest and should have no interest in the eternal Transcendental.

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Harmonist’s Feeble Voice

The method of submissive listening to the tidings of the spiritual world, which transcends without ignoring this phenomenal universe, from the lips of emancipated souls who serve eternally and exclusively the real Truth, is only way of obtaining the grace of Divine enlightenment. The Harmonist stands for this principle by theory and practice. She is by principle and practice the eternal and exclusive servant of the servants of the Lord and her sole duty is to try to please only them, and thereby continue the method and purpose of Thakur Bhaktivinode, embodied in the Sajjanatoshani, the humble maid-in-waiting on the servants of the Lord.

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The Liberation of the Conditioned Soul

Our senses and the body which are always making us acquainted with material goods and the desire for tasting their qualities, are like a receiving apparatus. The body is the place where the receiving takes place and mind is the criminal recipient–the false enjoyer. The soul of a conditioned man, the real owner, is asleep or as is more often the case, held a prisoner while the mind orders the senses to provide things for the enjoyment of itself and its colleague, the body. As the open and simple-hearted king who entrusted his all to his false minister to be managed and maintained for him, was in return imprisoned by the treacherous servant who enjoyed all his wealth and power, even so does the wily mind with the unwary soul.

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Jivas Enthralled And Emancipated

A jiva is only a scintilla of the full spiritual power and is called marginal power because he exists on the margin where the bounds of the spiritual power meet those of the illusory power. He is not of the essence of the illusory power; still being only a minute particle he is liable to be overpowered by it.

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Psilanthropism

This limited, changeable, phenomenal world is the perverted reflection of the absolute, perfect and eternal region which is the abode of God. The evidence of the scriptures clearly declares the above to be the nature of the difference between the spiritual and the material worlds. In as much as this material world is the reflected image of the absolute Reality it mimics, in a most perverted manner, the beauty of the original. Its beauty, however, is more false and useless even than that of the mirage and is no less fatal to the unwary who put their trust in it.

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Matha-interests versus Home-interests

 If even after our initiation by the real spiritual preceptor we continue to stick to our home interests as our principal function and attened to matha interests as something secondary, then we are far away from a glimpse of even the threshold of the sphere of our eternal good…

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The Seeming Face

The real preceptor can hardly be popular in this world. Worldly people, who resort to him for instruction, are disappointed by not getting from him what they want. There may be occasions when such disappointed persons set themselves actively against the preaching of the truth. But in spite of their seeming successes it is never possible for them to oppose the Will of Godhead.

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Love in Separation

The love and the lust, that are practised by men and women in this world, belong to the jurisdiction of Maya. If we seek to measure, dominate or enjoy man or woman, we deprive ourselves of the power of being measured, dominated or enjoyed by Sree Krishna. We become opposed to the worship of Sree Krishna. If we do not worship Sree Krishna we become disposed to enjoy men and women and other enjoyable things of this world. Sree Krishna does not accept anything of this world, i e. anything belonging to the jurisdiction of Maya, for his enjoyment.

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Discourse about God: the Word is God

Transcendental talk makes its appearance only through the proper medium of a person whose life is wholly dedicated to the service of God. On the other hand service of God cannot also be practised by those who have no access to the plane of transcendence available only through the proper kind of hearing of transcendental talk. The transcendental talk itself is the visible audible body of transcendence. It introduces itself to the transcendental part of our nature. It draws out the spiritual activity of our Unalloyed souls. Such activity alone is service of Godhead. The nature of such activity cannot be understood by those who have no access to its supernatural plane.

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Daily Life

The wife of a Brahmin suffering from leprosy was at the head of all virtuous ladies. She served a harlot to please her husband. She stopped the Sun in his course, brought her deceased husband to life and fully performed all the foremost duties.Leaving aside the fulfillment of one’s desires and selfish mundane enjoyment to favour the Lord, is the primary aim of a devotional life.

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A Critic of the Chaitanya Movement

The Eroticism of the Religion of Sree Chaitanya is a matter of spiritual realisation and may be practised only by the most advanced devotees on the plane of fully spiritualised mind. It can have nothing to do with the impure mind and the physical body. The amour of the milk-maids is the highest activity in the state of grace, of the perfectly pure soul on the transcendental plane. The erotic mode is not wicked in itself. It is the source of the highest aesthetic and moral principles of this mundane plane. It attains its supremely wholesome and harmonising expression on the highest plane of the Transcendental Spiritual Realm of the Divinity. Till the eternal spiritual plane of activity is reached misapprehensions in one form or another are bound to occur and prevent the complete realisation of the nature of our own true selves and also that of the Divinity.

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Samkeertana

The samkeertana can be properly performed only by those who are freed from the bondage of the world. It can also be performed by conditioned souls under the guidance of the sadhus by the method of unconditional submission to the Name appearing on the lips of the sadhus. But in neither case it has the character of ‘Taur-Yatrika’ or dissipating performance of music, song and dance that is practised by persons who are addicted to the pleasures of the senses.

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Be Kind and Serve Vaishnavas IV

It is the duty of the soul to serve all pure souls. This is the duty alike of redeemed and fallen souls. Krishna is pleased only if His devotees are pleased. The displeasure of His devotees is identical with the displeasure of Krishna, Krishna is very, very partial, indeed, to His devotees. Krishna is as devoted to His devotees as the latter are to Him. Krishna is all-in-all to His devotee.

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