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Rays of The Harmonist Iṣṭa-goṣṭhī

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In honor of the upcoming grand celebration of the 150th Vyāsa-pūjā of Śrī Śrīmad Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Prabhupāda, we are pleased to announce a Rays of The Harmonist Iṣṭa-goṣṭhī.

Each month, we will read and discuss four articles by our guru-varga from the Rays of The Harmonist. In this way, we can extend our celebration of Śrīla Prabhupāda’s Vyāsa-pūjā beyond his appearance day into the years ahead.

Video explanation of the program details in followin video.

Here is the current format of the program:

  • At 7 AM India time, you’ll receive the article for the next iṣṭa-goṣṭhī, giving you a chance to read it before our live session. You can find the corresponding time for different time zones at the bottom of this email.
  • Twenty-four hours later, we’ll send out the Zoom and YouTube links to join the live Iṣṭa-goṣṭhī session via our WhatsApp group (find links below).

Our Iṣṭa-goṣṭhī sessions take place four times a month on particular tithis, or days of the lunar calendar. Here is the current reading schedule for the next couple of years:

  • Article by Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura every Śukla Trayodaśī (thirteenth day of the waning moon).
  • Article by Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Prabhupāda every Kṛṣṇa Pañcamī (fifth day of the waxing moon).
  • Article by Śrīla Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Gosvāmī Mahārāja every Kṛṣṇa Ekādaśī (eleventh day of the waxing moon).
  • Article by different disciples of Prabhupāda Śrīla Sarasvatī Ṭhākura every Amāvasyā (New Moon).

To make this schedule accessible, we have a Google calendar with all the dates of our future readings:

RoH Iṣṭa-goṣṭhī Calendar

How to join

We will post the articles on Harmonist Monthly page and also send them out on a new mailing list which you can subscribe here:

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Ten minutes before we start the reading session on Zoom and Youtube, we’ll send the links to join via this WhatsApp group:

RoH Links & Announcements WhatsApp group

If you would like to share further thoughts, quotes, and highlights pertinent to the article of the week, you can do so on this additional WhatsApp group:

RoH Discussion WhatsApp group

Future plans

After completing all the Rays of The Harmonist articles by Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Prabhupāda, and Śrīla Bhakti Prajñāna Keśava Mahārāja, we will begin reading the articles by

  • Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Swami Prabhupāda
  • Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Vāmana Gosvāmī Mahārāja
  • Śrīla Bhaktivedānta Trivikrama Gosvāmī Mahārāja
  • Śrīla Gurudeva Bhaktivedānta Nārāyaṇa Gosvāmī Mahārāja

We look forward to seeing you in the next reading session!