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    Photos of my Local Temple

    Namaste HDF,

    *blows dust off of my account* Whew! It’s been a while.

    2017 has not been a good year for me. :( But that’s not why I’ve “reactivated” myself here. I came back because I want to...
  2. Re: Possibilities manifested from Śaivite texts

    Namaste deafAncient,

    In regards to what it is you want to do, I'm just going to leave this here:

    "Don't pray for an easy life; pray for the strength to endure a difficult one."
    --Bruce Lee
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    Trying to Fund Carnatic Singing Lessons

    Namaste all,

    I don't know if I posted before in the Hindu Dharma Forums about this, but for about a year or so I've been trying to learn how to sing Carnatic music. I managed to learn a few songs...
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    Re: How Well do you know karma

    Namaste Mystical Soul,

    Nice blog post. It gets the job done of having the reader consider what they've done to earn their own karma. This being said, I do have some questions. I only have time to...
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    Still broken

    Namaste HDF...

    Lately I've begun to wonder if Hinduism has really benefited me spiritually. I know when I was previously a Christian (more specifically a Unitarian Universalist) the tenets of that...
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    Easy pujas to do at home?

    Namaste HDF,

    Due to my lack of a motor vehicle of some kind, going to the temple in my area is often very difficult, and the woefully inconvenient bus system around here doesn't help matters. I...
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    Re: Deleting my account

    Namaste all,

    Thank you for all your responses. I do apologize for not having responded sooner. I misplaced my HDF password and so had to reset it. :(

    You all make very good points and I admit...
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    Deleting my account

    How do I permanently delete my account from these forums?

    I honestly can't bring myself to post here any longer because of the shame I feel over the recent election in the USA where I live (and...
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    Re: Can I call myself a Hindu?

    Namaste Believer,

    I must express my sincere appreciation of you saying this statement. I agree wholeheartedly. What many "intellectuals" call "cultural appropriation" can be summed up in much...
  10. Thread: Anger

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    Anger

    Namaste all,

    Phew! It's been a while since my last visit. I still need to wipe the dust off this profile. *sneezes*

    I want to talk about an important topic, well, to me anyway. I need some help...
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    Western Plagiarism of Yoga, etc.

    Namaste all,

    I am worried about a certain justice trend going too far... I know it might be controversial for me to say this, but somehow I feel like the propagation of the truth that the West...
  12. Re: Conversations with Maa Kali - A Thought Experiment

    Finally managed to find the time and energy to make Part 5. ;)

    http://light-club.blogspot.com/2016/04/conversations-with-maa-kali-part-5.html
  13. Rajiv Malhotra "Battle for Sanskrit" - Book Discussion

    Namaste all,

    I wonder how many people who peruse this forum have read The Battle for Sanskrit by Indian journalist and author Rajiv Malhotra. It's a book about British/American Orientalism and how...
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    Loneliness...

    Namaste all,

    I don't remember if I posted about this issue before...please pardon this post if you've heard this from me previously.

    I'm going to talk about myself again. This won't be whiny...
  15. Re: Conversations with Maa Kali - A Thought Experiment

    Hopefully this won't be seen as shameless thread bumping, but for those who are genuinely interested, I bring you Part 4 of my series.
    ...
  16. Re: Conversations with Maa Kali - A Thought Experiment

    Part 3 is up, if anyone wants to read it. :)

    http://light-club.blogspot.com/2016/01/conversations-with-maa-kali-part-3.html

    Enjoy!
  17. Re: Conversations with Maa Kali - A Thought Experiment

    The next installment of my "thought experiment" is up, for those interested. ;)

    http://light-club.blogspot.com/2016/01/conversations-with-maa-kali-part-2.html
  18. Re: Conversations with Maa Kali - A Thought Experiment

    Namaste Devotee,

    You are right. Thanks for that spot of encouragement. :) I put that disclaimer in there because there will always be those that are offended when one claims to be able to talk to...
  19. Conversations with Maa Kali - A Thought Experiment

    Namaste all!

    I thought I would share with this forum a sort of "thought experiment" I'm conducting. I'm attempting to hold conversations with the Goddess Kali.

    I'm not actually claiming I can...
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    Vegetarian Indian Food Recommendations

    Namaste all!

    In the intervening months between when I last took a break from HDF and now, I've arranged (with the help of a board member of the local Hindu temple around here) an...interesting...
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    I'm back...sort of...

    Namaste all,

    I decided to try to come back to HDF after a long absence, mainly because someone from here sent me a private message asking about me. :) While I do feel flattered that someone on...
  22. Thread: Discomfort

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    Discomfort

    Namaste HDF...

    I don't know if "departure" threads are allowed here anymore. But I at least want to say why I'm taking a break from this forum, maybe even leaving it permanently.

    Everything on...
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    Music Review: My Sleeping Karma, "Moksha"

    Namaste HDF,

    No, I'm not going to make the same mistake again of trying to tie Hinduism and heavy music together. I know better than that by now. However, what I am going to do is introduce a band...
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    Re: I'm Definitely A Hindu in Real Life

    Namaste Sriram257,

    Yes, you are correct I was born a Christian...more specifically Unitarian Universalist. While I don't want to go too in-depth as to why I wanted to convert to Hinduism from...
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    Re: I'm Definitely A Hindu in Real Life

    Namaste again,

    I was trying to ask a question in the midst of my rant here, and that question is if anyone has had the same kind of experience I have had when it comes to being Hindu. And it's...
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    I'm Definitely A Hindu in Real Life

    Namaste HDF,

    One thing that's taken me a long time to realize is how I don't have to have people on the internet criticize my "Hindu-ness" or whether I'm truly Hindu or not. This is because in...
  27. Re: Should I totally give up on our Hindu religion ?

    Namaste Jaypee,

    It's funny how you want to give up on Hinduism. Meanwhile, as a Westerner, I'm trying to embrace it, because it helps me overcome the depression and anxiety I face in everyday life...
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    Re: Aiding Nepal

    Namaste Avyayda,

    I want to ask you something - if donating money is not the solution, then what is the solution for someone like me? Unfortunately I don't have nearly enough resources to fly to...
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    Aiding Nepal

    Namaste HDF,

    I probably don't have to talk at length about the recent 7.9-magnitude earthquake that happened in Nepal. It's the proverbial "elephant in the room" at this point, in other words it's...
  30. Re: Mantras: It's The Same God - Why Different Results?

    Namaste Jeffery,

    That is actually a really good explanation. :) My respect and thanks!
  31. Mantras: It's The Same God - Why Different Results?

    Namaste HDF,

    I have a question regarding mantras to different Gods. Rationally, I know that all the Gods of Sanatana Dharma belong to the same Oneness...the same God. My question is this: is it...
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    Re: Where in India to live?

    Post deleted, with my apologies.
  33. Re: Best Ways to Become A Part of the Community

    ^ This. So much this. Establishing connections in real life does far more to help one along the path than any online community would. Not trying to devalue this forum, no way, but Hindus in real life...
  34. Re: Hinduism and Heavy Music: More Connected Than You Think

    Namaste Believer,

    Your thoughts here have actually brought up some serious soul-searching questions in myself. In a good way, though. I'm not upset or disturbed, but rather pensive. You got me to...
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    This Will BLOW YOUR MIND

    Namaste HDF,

    Courtesy of the Onion:

    http://www.theonion.com/articles/sometimes-i-feel-like-things-would-be-better-off-i,37926/

    Rather appropriate for this forum. ;)
  36. Hinduism and Heavy Music: More Connected Than You Think

    Namaste HDF,

    Some fellow Hindus I know, on this forum and elsewhere, are curious how I can reconcile my beliefs in Hinduism with my participation in the punk/hard rock/heavy metal music...
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    Yoga for Sleep

    Namaste HDF,

    I'm guessing this question has been asked before, but is there a specific type of yoga that can help one sleep? It doesn't have to be from any specific branch of yoga, but it should...
  38. Re: Does Hinduism justify providing a living wage?

    Namaste Faze and Kalicharan Tuvij,

    Maybe it's because I'm relatively new to Hinduism (compared to the supposed "old-timers" on this forum), but I've never encountered any Hindu text that actually...
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    Re: About Wisdom

    ^ This. But there is something I'd like to add to that, if no one minds. :D

    Some people (and I'm not talking about anyone here) like to stipulate that someone is not wise and is, in fact, stupid...
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    Re: Murthi of Snake Goddess?

    Namaste Chakreshvari,

    Yes! The image you posted on the far right is most like the murthi I saw. So I think this answers my question. Thanks! :)
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    Murthi of Snake Goddess?

    Namaste HDF,

    I recently visited the Sri Vidya Temple (http://srividya.org/) in Rush, NY. :) I was only there for a short time, but when I was there I saw a small murthi of what looked to be a...
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    Re: Shiva: my father

    Namaste Kundan,

    I can feel your apprehension, somewhat...my case obviously isn't identical to yours, but I've often felt alone with no one to turn to.

    My parents aren't dead, but they've been...
  43. Hinduism, the Global Village, and One's Place in It

    Namaste HDF,

    (Disclaimer: I'll try not to get too much into my personal problems here. While the question I'm asking is borne out of experiences I've had as of late, I'll try to frame it in such a...
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    Re: Hinduism in Texas Textbooks

    Namaste Believer,

    This is good news. Thanks for sharing. :)

    I have more hope that the misconceptions surrounding Sanatana Dharma can be cleared up now with this announcement. If Texas can do...
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    Really Giving Thanks

    Namaste HDF,

    I have a question that I hope is simple to answer: how does one give thanks to the God(s) of Sanatana Dharma?

    I finally have a new job, one I'm actually enjoying so far, and I feel...
  46. Reading Hindu Scriptures with a Short Attention Span

    Namaste HDF,

    I know I need to read more of the Hindu scriptures...having read the Bhagavad Gita and only bits and pieces of the Ramayana, I know I've only scratched the surface of all the...
  47. Re: Dreams of visiting temples and seeing dieties inside temple

    Namaste RasaKali,

    I am not claiming to be an expert on Hinduism by any stretch (I'm a Westerner who has adopted the faith), but I have heard of an incarnation of Shri Ganesha that is female, named...
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    Re: Inevitable karma in the U.S./west?

    Namaste Vasily,

    I wish I could offer words of wisdom to you. But I suffer from the same problems as you. As a white male American citizen I often feel I'm the lowest of the low, the scum of the...
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    Light at the end of the tunnel...

    Namaste HDF,

    I have been going through some tough times recently, but I have faith that they will end soon. By the grace of Ganesha I have had an interview for a job that I really want. Getting...
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    Re: Define Happiness Philosophically?

    Namaste Anirudh and other posters,

    If I may offer my personal opinion, I think happiness can be defined as the feeling one gets when one overcomes a challenge of some sort. Sure, happiness might...
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