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  1. Re: Simplest havan procedure to perform at home by only one person

    I apologize for the long delay in responding; I've been absent the forum for a while. These manuals are the best I've found: http://www.vedicastrologer.org/homa/
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    Re: Book recommendation?

    Namasté, and thank you kindly, Rohiniranjan. I finish exams in a few weeks and greatly look forward to reading your primers, once the school obligations have concluded.
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    Book recommendation?

    Namasté, all. I'm writing with a difficulty for which I'm seeking remedy.

    I recently enrolled in the Jyotish correspondence course offered by the American Institute of Vedic Studies. I've...
  4. Re: Greatly desiring to move towards, and eventually become vegetarian.

    Namaste Jai:

    My feeling is that any prayer to Lord Śiva can only create benefit!

    You wrote about your past veg diet being too carb-heavy, and yes, this will certainly make a vegetarian...
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    Re: Good Hindu Fiction?

    Namaste,

    Unfortunately, I've not yet encountered any Hindu fiction that is similar to Dion Fortune's work, but there was an earlier thread about this topic that may have some good suggestions for...
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    Re: Incense Thoughts

    Namaste, all,

    I must apologise for not reviving this thread earlier; I didn't see the request at the time.

    ShivaFan, what you name as aguru is also aloeswood, oude, or kyara, and the Wikipedia...
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    Re: Closed the thread in Vishishtadvaita forums?

    Namaste,

    My thinking on this matter is that it is the F in HDF which is defended by this rule. Unless one is a university professor employed to educate others, or a guest speaker invited to give...
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    Re: Vegan Black Metal Chef

    Namaste,

    Hahaha! Someone sent me Vegan Black Metal Chef links a while ago and I loved the few episodes I saw, particularly Hail Seitan. The ritual dagger that he uses to slice vegetables just...
  9. Re: Struggling with oversleeping & sluggishness...

    Namast,

    I understand your struggle, Revati, and for what it's worth, I think there's benefit in doing spiritual practices even in a sluggish state. Think of how energised and delighted you'd feel...
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    Re: What Are Gotras?

    Namast,

    Webimpulse, I had a similar experience in Bangalore; the priest asked my iṣṭa-devatā and then assigned me "Śiva gotra" after I answered. My accompanying friend later told me the same...
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    Re: Improving My Hindu Blog

    Namast, Webimpulse,

    I went through a similar crisis with my own blog earlier this year and did quite a bit of thinking about it. I hope the suggestions in this message - the end result of that...
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    Re: why Indra is not worshipped?

    Namaste,

    To the special lover(s) of Indra here on HDF,
    My previous post was not for you. Not Applicable. N/A
    because all is fair in love and war. And Indra is about both (love and war)
    May He...
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    Re: Looking for an old post

    Namaste,

    I'm not sure if I've ever read this information in a forum post before.

    But I believe that the story itself came from the Mārkaṇḍeya Purāṇa, as mentioned here:
    ...
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    Re: Will I be accepted or discriminated?

    Namast,

    Sudas Paijavana, when I first joined HDF, I had the same concerns that you describe. The fears were unfounded, as others responded with kindness and curiosity, and a general reaction that...
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    Re: Holy Tirthas Outside India? Help!

    Namast,

    There is also Tirtha Empul in Bali.

    (However, I do read that tourists are not allowed to enter the sacred waters. I'm not sure whether this word 'tourist' signifies all...
  16. Thread: Shiva Trilogy

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    Re: Shiva Trilogy

    Namast,

    I offered my opinion of it, in a comment titled "Arjunī through email", on this blog post here.

    The tl;dr version: Yuck, yuck, yuck. I wish I could demand back the time I spent...
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    Re: Vegetarian foods to eat when you're sick

    Namast,

    There are two things that I prefer to consume when I'm ill. The first is kichadi, a simple, easily-digested stew of rice and beans, for which a recipe may be found here. (There are many...
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    Re: why Indra is not worshipped?

    Namast,

    Charitra, I don't have the power to 'enlighten' anyone. :D But seriously, I understand your meaning, and have intended to write about this topic for months now. Give me a few weeks to...
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    Re: why Indra is not worshipped?

    Namast,

    No dedicated Bhaktas of Indra have been recorded.

    No solely-dedicated bhaktas, no, but Śrī Gaṇapati Muni (known as Kāvyakaṇṭha), disciple of Śrī Ramana Mahaṛṣi, was a devotee. He...
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    Re: Happy 7th Birthday HDF!

    Namast,

    Happy 7th, HDF. :sniffle: They grow up so fast! :p
  21. Thread: Past Lives

    by Arjuni
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    Re: Past Lives

    Namast,

    I agree with EM on his answer, and will try to add a few thoughts of my own.

    Very often, recurring patterns in this life are a direct result of our own patterns of behaviour rather than...
  22. Thread: Inspiring Songs

    by Arjuni
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    Re: Inspiring Songs

    Namast,

    Necromancer, I've never heard either of these songs and think they're both amazing. (I shall now require further recommendations at your earliest convenience because awesome. :D )

    For...
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    Re: "Skirting" the Issue

    Namast,

    "I'm not ashamed to dress 'like a woman' because I don't think it's shameful to be a woman."
    --Iggy Pop

    Thank you for sharing this. It's given a bit of a brighter start to a dark,...
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    Re: Question on TV serial 'Devon Ki Dev Mahadev'

    Namast,

    Aspirant, I don't recall ever reading that particular detail anywhere, about Devī Satī dejectedly agreeing to marry someone else, nor do I believe Sage Angiras had a son by that name; I...
  25. Thread: Honey

    by Arjuni
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    Re: Honey

    Namast,

    Awwww, I saw the word "Honey" as a topic and thought that someone was looking for me! :D

    I love honey too. Most of the stores here carry local raw honey, and each year there is a...
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    Re: Hindu/Indian Fiction?

    Namast,

    I have a few recommendations and one anti-recommendation to add to this thread.

    My first exposure to Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni's writing was through a collection of short stories...
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    Re: What's a Krauncha Bird?

    Namast,

    I just came across this sentence in Jan Gonda's The Vision of the Vedic Poets, amidst a discussion of the haṃsa:

    "The bird kruc, like the 'swan,' was credited with the power of...
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    Re: Sharing your pictures

    Namast,

    I hadn't checked this thread in some time, and while I'm enjoying seeing all of our wonderful members and putting faces with names - the cat is still my favourite photograph. Pretty...
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    Re: Proper Introduction

    Namast,

    Welcome, Jeff; I found your story very interesting. Hopefully the forum will continue to be an educational and engaging challenge. (I would enjoy seeing a discussion about Śrī...
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    Chopra generator

    Namast, all,

    I found this a little while ago and, while I have no wish to offend fans of Deepak Chopra, I find this site rather funny because of the general "New Age silliness" that it generates:...
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    Re: Vegetarianism and Diabetes

    Namast,

    I agree with the others who have posted so far. I follow a low-carb vegetarian diet, and while it can be hard sometimes, the benefits are well worth it. I'm not diabetic, but have been...
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    Re: The Shame Capital.....

    Namast,

    And while women are controlling their hydration needs, holding tight against passing stools and urine, repressing sexual desires lest they be deemed "bad women" (while their male partners...
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    Re: Dream - Lakshmi/Saraswati?

    That would be this thread. :)
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    Re: Craving Acceptance

    Namast,

    Webimpulse, my advice is to pray Śrī Gaṇeśa to remove the obstacle that is your ego, which stands between you and your realisation of Him.

    The desire to be accepted stems from a...
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    Re: The Shame Capital.....

    Namast,

    Have we come down to this level?
    Believer, consider this: this kind of violent assault has been perpetuated against women for many, many centuries; people have not "come down to this...
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    Re: Incense Thoughts

    Namast,

    Recently I was given a small packet of Buddha Dhoop Udhyog incense in Jatamashi (spikenard) scent. This is my first experience with low-smoke incense, and it is wonderful; my room is...
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    Re: Hitler vs. Ganesha: A "Rambunctious" Play

    Namast,

    Apparently the trailer for this play has hit the theatre community here via Facebook sharing, and I was sent the link earlier by a friend who had no idea I'd already discussed it months...
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    Re: (Re)-introduction.

    Namast,

    Arjunesh: It is a good name to choose! Of course, I am a little biased...

    Charitra: While the word arjunī appears in the Veda Saṁhitā and Brāhmaṇa texts also, the answer to your...
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    (Re)-introduction.

    Namast, all.

    This is just a quick note that I have changed my handle here, from Indraneela to Arjunī. The latter is my Hindu (first) name and the name I use everywhere else online - but most...
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    Re: Bāṣkalamantra Upaniṣad

    Namast,

    Your contributions to this thread are wonderful to see; thank you all who have read and commented so far.

    I'm sorry that I didn't see Baobobtree's comment until now. Perhaps this...
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    Re: McDonalds in India

    Namast,

    Sure, they don't serve beef--
    Don't be too sure about that. I was one of many vegetarians eating what I thought were meat-free fries in the past.

    I haven't bought anything from them...
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    Re: Peaceful Warrior

    Namast,

    Based on this thread, I took the movie out of the library and watched it last night.

    Thanks for the recommendation, all.
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    Re: Shakespearean Play - Bollywood Style

    Namast,

    I'm going to avoid a long soapbox-y rant and instead just share a giggle, which the article brought to mind instantly:
    ...
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    Re: A question for the females

    Namast,

    Leena, please don't be embarrassed; there's nothing wrong with your question. In fact, several (male and female) members have discussed the topic on the forum before. You may find the...
  45. Thread: Greetings!

    by Arjuni
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    Re: Greetings!

    Namast, Little Bear, and welcome. Learning Anglo-Saxon English (englisc, I suppose :) ) in university was one of the best times I've ever had in a class. I hope you share a little about the path...
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    Re: How to sing/chant a stotram.

    Namast,

    Ramakrishna, I'm PM-ing you the direct link.

    For anyone else who might want this file:
    The link changes sometimes as I make updates to my blog, so instead of leaving a link here that...
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    Re: Black Friday Holiday USA

    Namast,

    I would hope that any Hindus participating in the sales tomorrow would not be shopping for "Christmas" gifts? :p

    Black Friday is yucky, and I'm sad to say that it's invading Canada,...
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    Re: Prayer before meals

    Namast, Gwiwar,

    We did discuss meal practices recently, including prayers, in a thread started by a member who was having health troubles. Those posts are located here and hopefully will give you...
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    Re: Terrible feelings and thoughts

    Namast,

    Lonelyheart, I know that other members will have good advice for you in stopping anger and negative feelings. I'm on a limited amount of time right now and can't write a long message about...
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    Re: How Do I Know if I'm a Vaishnavite or Shaivite?

    Namast,

    When I was seeking to understand these differences, I found the book What Is Hinduism? to be very helpful; chapter 2, Hinduism's Four Denominations, explains the different sampradāyas by...
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