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    Re: What is Ayurveda?

    Jotta,

    According to some interpretations of Indian history, Ayurveda, much like yoga, was part of a pre-Vedic tradition that was later absorbed into Hindu Dharma.
    Take, for example, the rakshasas...
  2. Re: Dear Satay & Hindus in HDF [comedy at its best], Mr Modi is not a Hindu any more

    Anirudh,

    It looks like Modi is just remaining true to his particular sampradaya within Hinduism. :-)
    Lest we forget, the founder of Hindu nationalism (Veer Savarkar) was an atheist.
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    Re: Caste System among Muslims in India

    Namaste Believer,

    The forward caste establishment can complain all it wants about how conversion isn't helping disadvantaged Hindus, but they don't seem to be doing much to solve the problem.
    A...
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    Re: Govt sanctioned history for our neighbor

    Namaste Believer,

    I once had an Egyptian colleague at a previous employer who told me that Saudi Arabia didn't become a fundamentalist state until Muslim Brotherhood activists settled there during...
  5. Thread: Vaishvanar Agni

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    Re: Vaishvanar Agni

    Namaste Soul of Light,

    A good way to begin would be to recognize the sanctity of fire in places outside of Vedic yajnas.
    For example, cooking fires can also be considered a manifestation of Agni;...
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    Re: Poison Arrows, Glowing Plants and Sanjeevani

    My sincerest apologies for double-posting.
    It is customary to cite the doctrine of the Yuga cycle to explain the decay of morality over time, but our own shastras tell a different story.
    During the...
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    Re: The role of Hinduism in India today

    Namaste Everyone,

    Regarding the proposition that one can be an atheist and a Hindu at the same time as long as they accept the authority of the Vedas:
    Various schools of Nastika philosophy have...
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    Re: Poison Arrows, Glowing Plants and Sanjeevani

    Jotta Everyone,

    The phenomenon of glowing plants is at least theoretically possible from a scientific perspective.
    Bioluminescence is a process by which living species generate light using...
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    Spiritual Significance of Rama's Exile

    Jotta Everyone,

    It is generally known that the events in the Itihaasas have symbolic interpetations that go beyond their meaning as literal events.
    There is a significant possibility that Sri...
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    Re: Women and Western clothes

    Jotta everyone,

    Please bear in mind that nudity does not necesarily imply sexual availability; anyone who has seen images of prisoners at Abu Ghraib can tell you that.
    The topic of appropriate...
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    Re: Tied and untied hair

    Indialover,

    There are several practical uses for tying one's hair. Long hair can catch fire or get tangled up in physical objects.
    This is why most science classrooms tell students with long...
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    Re: Ravana Granting a Blessing to Rama?

    Thank you for the links Aniruddh.
    However, the incident described in this thread does not necessarily have to appear in the Valmiki Ramayana; it can still appear in one of the many local variations,...
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    Re: The Shame Capital.....

    In addition to my previous post I suggest we have an open and honest discussion about the status of women in Hinduism and how it impacts the livelihoods of modern Indian women.
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    Re: Ravana Granting a Blessing to Rama?

    Namaste Webimpulse,

    There is a tendency to interpret the Ramayana as a black-and-white moral treatise, with Rama representing pure good and Ravana representing pure evil. The reality is...
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    Re: Bala Kaanda and Uttara Kaanda

    Yajvan,

    I hope you don't interpret my reply as a personal attack against you, but your post reminded me of the following Bhagavad Gita verses:



    There's a lot more to Valmiki's Ramayana than...
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    Re: The Shame Capital.....

    You can start by doing your duty as a human being and stopping this behavior before it even begins.
    India has more cell phones than toilets. Take a cue from movements in America like Black Lives...
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    Re: Translation Request

    Dandavat for the replies everyone.

    Devotee,

    The concept of a fish that can swallow whales may not be as far-fetched as you think:
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    Translation Request

    Jotta Everyone,

    I would like to request a translation of Sridhara Swami's commentary of Bhagavad Gita 10.31, available at the IIT Kanpur site:




    According to the online translations,...
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    Re: Rajnath President BJP

    That may not be such a good idea.
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    Re: Why no Pascal's Wager in Indian Thought?

    Some schools of thought define God to be existence itself, so the ~G case never happens.
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    Re: The Green Rama and The Blue Rama

    Both Sri Rama and Sri Krishna were black, not blue.
    Here's a 14th century painting on Wikipedia from Udaipur.
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    Re: Signs are not good

    SM78,

    How good is your knowledge of Indian history?
    Based on what I heard, the 1962 war was started by India. Please Google "Forward Policy".
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    Re: Indian Americans: Watch out for Rick Santorum!

    Santorum has officially withdrawn from the race.
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    Re: Is the history of Bharata severely distorted?

    Vanakkam Everyone,

    A few weeks ago, I made an interesting discovery regarding the date of the Mahabharata war. Book 5, Section 74 mentions a list of kings who will be born at the beginning of the...
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    Re: Foreign funds help NGOs fuel unrest in India

    That may not necessarily be a bad thing...
  26. Re: Has anyone read the Mahabharata in its entirety?

    Ironically enough, some of the hymns of the Rig Veda were written by female rishis. From Hindupedia:
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    Re: Rationalist organizations like Nirmukta

    These "rationalist organizations" are usually a front for missionary groups.
    The following article outlines their view on Sanathana Dharma:
  28. Re: Hindus await LDS apology on Gandhi's proxy baptism

    So long as the Mormons aren't physically harming us, let them do what they want.
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    Re: Mega Shuddhi event for Islam and Christianity

    I'm pretty sure you know what "mainstream Hinduism" is. It is the religion practiced by 85% of India's population, which consists of the worship of deities found in Hindu scriptures, making...
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    Re: Indirectly Demeaning Article

    Sm78,

    Are you referring to the Vedic Purushamedha Yajna?
    According to Shatapatha Brahmana 13:6:2:13, the ritual is purely symbolic and the victims are supposed to be released unharmed after it is...
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    Re: slavery in Abrahamic religions

    TO,

    You mentioned slavery in the US.
    Chapter 9 of Genesis states that all of mankind is descended from three sons of Noah-- Ham was the ancestor of African people, Shem was the ancestor of...
  32. Nexus Between Buddhism and Missionary Activity

    Indian Buddhists are being supported by missionary groups:
    http://www.crusadewatch.org/index2.php?option=com_content&do_pdf=1&id=362
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    Re: How to Strengthen our Dharma?

    Shri EM,

    A few months ago, I came across a Canadian website called www.religioustolerance.org. This website contains some very interesting information about the way Abrahamists view pagan...
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    Re: Conversions of Hindus to Islam in Pakistan

    First of all, we need to drop that "Kali Yuga" attitude. Blaming things on the Yugas is not going to fix anything.
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    Re: How to Strengthen our Dharma?

    It's exactly this kind of attitude that brought us to our current state.
    We keep blaming all our problems on the "Kali Yuga", and then expect an avatar to come along and save us from all our...
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    Re: Shout It From The Rooftops Thread

    Here's one thing that I'd like people to shout from the rooftops:
    The Vedas describe a migration of Persians out of India rather than a migration of Aryans into India. The following quote comes...
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    Re: Should we be Afraid of Death?

    One thing that I notice in many Indian movies is that whenever someone dies, the character's relatives have a dramatic display of emotion.
    This goes completely against the Bhagavad Gita, where Sri...
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    Shout It From The Rooftops Thread

    Vanakkam Everyone,

    I decided to create a "shout it from the rooftops" thread.
    This thread will contain things that every Hindu should know about.
    If you know any Hindus, tell them about what you...
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    Re: PARENTS OPPOSE MARRIAGE

    AmIHindu,

    According to the ashrama system, age 25 is the beginning of the grihasthasrama, which is when people get married and start raising families.
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    Re: US Population Growth

    Don't you think India should be worrying about its own population growth?
  41. Re: India as a centre of religion in ancient times

    I posted this a few times before on this forum.
    The Vedas describe a migration of Persians out of India rather than a migration of Aryans into India.
  42. Thread: Bobby Jindal

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    Re: Bobby Jindal

    A better question to ask would be, "will his kids be accepted by white Christians in America"?
    If they experience racism, then they might ask Hindu organizations like HAF to come to their rescue in...
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    Hinduism in Singapore

    Does anyone know anything about it?
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    Re: Mega Shuddhi event for Islam and Christianity

    SJ,

    The Shuddhi movement is closely associated with an organization called the Arya Samaj.

    The Arya Samaj was founded in 1875 by Swami Dayananda Saraswati. Swami Dayananda criticized Islam and...
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    Do We Ignore Karma?

    Does HDF actually do anything for the upliftment of Hindus, either in India or abroad? Or do our discussions focus mainly on bhakti and jnana yoga?
  46. Thread: India-Forum.com

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    India-Forum.com

    www.india-forum.com does a very good job of covering Indian history and Hindu Dharma. From what I've heard, it doesn't have the same anti-Hindu bias that Bharat Rakshak Forum does.
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    Re: The dark side of Dubai

    The only solution to this problem would be to improve India's economy so that Hindus don't have to look for education and employment in countries that are hostile to them.
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    Re: Decipherment of the Indus Valley Script

    TBTL,

    The Vedas mention a conflict between Aryans (followers of the Vedic religion) and Dasas (enemies of the Aryans). Traditionally, it was believed that the Dasas were Dravidians who built the...
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    Re: Is the White World becoming more Racist

    Indra,

    You might want to replace "white" with "Christian". Christendom has always been racist.

    The Bible mentions something called the "Curse of Ham", which states that all of humanity is...
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    Bhagavad Gita Faces Ban in Russia

    Thanks to the Russian Orthodox Church.
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