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Featured Article: Haridasa

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The Haridasa (literally meaning "servants of Lord Hari") denotes a devotional movement that marked a turning point in the cultural history of India. Over a span of nearly six centuries, especially between the thirteen century and fourteenth century C.E., Haridasa saints and mystics impacted the culture, philosophy, music, and art of Karnataka and the rest of South India. The founders of the Haridasa movement shared a common goal. They sought to teach the Hindu doctrine of bhakti (Hari bhakti) to all people. Some Haridasa saints wandered as bards, singing stories to convey their message. In that endeavor, they gave birth to Kannada literature and Carnatic music.

Popular Article: Cognitive dissonance

In the fable of "The Fox and the Grapes" by Aesop, on failing to reach the desired bunch of grapes, the fox then decides he does not truly want the fruit because it is sour.
Cognitive dissonance describes an incompatibility in the relationship between two cognitions, based on contradictory information, and the mental toll this takes on the person. This theory, first proposed by Leon Festinger, states that people need to maintain consistency among their beliefs, attitudes, and behavior. Contradicting cognitions serve as a driving force that compels the mind to acquire or invent new beliefs, or to modify existing beliefs, in order to reduce the amount of dissonance (conflict) between cognitions and bring them back into a consistent relationship.

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Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of children's stories such as 'The Secret Garden' in which the characters suffer hardships before finding happiness, herself suffered great hardship and loss in her own life leading her to a spiritual quest for healing (source: Frances Hodgson Burnett)