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    Re: I'm back...sort of...

    Namaste Webimpulse,

    So nice to see you back here again. =)
    Never base your feelings about your own worth on what others say or think. I know, easier said than done. Still... =)

    ~Pranam
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    Re: Animal Testing and Ethics

    Namaste Mandy and Believerji,

    The title given for the article specifies 'induced pluripotent stem cells", so no, they're not harvested from fetuses, aborted or otherwise. They're 'induced' to...
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    Re: Lingam Form of Lord Shiva

    Namaste-ji,

    Yes, me too. I am similarly not well read, though I've read and been told that Shiva doesn't take Avatars, instead He has 'Emanations', though I don't understand the distinction. ...
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    Re: Sharing offerings/Prasad with non-Hindu?

    Namaste Goatess,

    I understand your concern... there is a poem that I think expresses my own feelings on this:

    Prasad is an offering we make to God in remeberance, service and bhakti, but...
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    Re: Greeting from Florida!

    Namaste,

    Welcome! =) Hope you enjoy it here.

    If you live in South Florida, I know of a couple of nice Temples, if you want to go.

    ~Pranam
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    Re: Vāstu Śāstra for a house

    Namaste ji,

    Good point. I regularly use earplugs myself, as I wake to light noise easily. =)

    I would also add black-out, or light blocking curtains for window(s) affected are a huge benefit. ...
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    Re: Vāstu Śāstra for a house

    Namaste DAji
    I've found it easiest to create a photo bucket account - or any other free image hosting site - and upload photos there, then link the image's url here with the image link tool. =)
    ...
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    Re: Which will give a better birth, and why?

    Namaste Virajaji,
    From my admittedly uneducated point of view, I wonder why one would try for both of these things in one life, as they seem to be diametrically opposed... that is, if what you mean...
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    Re: Can Women wear Rudraksha Beads?

    Namaste ji,

    Slightly off-topic, but regarding Mata Amritanandamayiji, there is a nice story about her I was told a while ago. Maybe here. Maybe you've heard it...

    A woman was at...
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    Re: Can Women wear Rudraksha Beads?

    Namaste Ramji,

    Thank you so much for your reply. I hope you had a lovely Karthik Purnima. :)
    I appreciate your pointing out my apparent self contradiction. I didn't intend it to be a self...
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    Re: Can Women wear Rudraksha Beads?

    Namaste ji and Ramji,


    Please quote the scriptural injunctions being discarded?

    Here are the scriptures that Rudraksha are mentioned in. Yajvanji does touch on them, but here are direct...
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    Re: Sri Bala Sundari - Picture help

    Namaste Ji,

    Just a thought, but how about downloading a high quality image and taking it to a printer/framer to print and frame for you? It shouldn't cost much more than that picture there, which...
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    Re: Can Women wear Rudraksha Beads?

    Namaste Suhitaji,

    As there seems to be no forthcoming reply yet, I thought I would offer my condensed experience outside of the writing in that thread, which I have also linked you to in the past,...
  14. Thread: Euthanasia

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    Re: Euthanasia

    Namaste Anirudh Ji,

    First, that you posted at all means you have joined the conversation, regardless of whether you try to derail it with off-topic strawmen or not.

    Second, I know I'll...
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    Re: Happy Diwali

    Namaste! Happy Diwali to all and your loved ones!

    ~Pranam
  16. Re: How many of you believe that you can change the course of your life with your min

    Namaste ji,

    Yes, as others have said, a probabilistic reality, where we have the higher probability of specific outcomes from the past and where our current actions determine the seeds of...
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    Re: Artificial Intelligence

    Namaskar ji,

    Very interesting conversation. I've been turning it over for a while now. What sticks in my head here is the focus on old technology, like circuit boards and central processors.......
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    Re: Follow Up

    Namaste Believerji,

    My apologies for the long delay in my reply.

    http://www.mysmiley.net/imgs/smile/happy/happy0084.gif Perhaps not, however, several years spent living in the UK, 2 of them...
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    Re: Finding spirituality

    Namaste ji,
    Couldn't be said better. :)

    I would only add: Symbols are useful as focal tools. Some have energy, but that energy is meaningless or inert to one who can't see it and then harness it...
  20. Re: Kamya bhakti - A valid path that will eventually lead to god

    Namaste Viraja ji,

    Fantastic thread! Thank you.

    It's true, it is a very rare individual that adores and practices for no reason but out of pure, nishkamya bhakti. Most people want something, ...
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    Re: fasting for shiva 16 straight mondays

    Namaste hs089 ji,

    Hello and welcome to HDF. I hope that once you get a little more comfortable and familiar here you might introduce yourself in the Introductions section?

    There are several...
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    Re: Wearing 1-14 mukhis Rudraksha

    Namaste Suhitaji,

    I'm not entirely certain I understand everything you are saying, but it seems we are in agreement in most things. :)


    Namaste RRajuji,

    Please read through these threads:...
  23. Re: Dear HINDUS....Don't just take your child to temple, TEACH them HINDUISM

    Namaste ji,

    This, yes. It is SO important! Especially outside of India!

    A few months ago a very dear friend had to travel suddenly, but her 13 year old son was still at school. His father...
  24. Thread: Euthanasia

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    Re: Euthanasia

    Namaskar ji,

    This thread reminds me of one of my early posts, which was a question of if an individual could actually die "before their time" or not. Can a life be cut short. I was not really...
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    Re: Wearing 1-14 mukhis Rudraksha

    Namaste Suhita ji,
    108+1=109. ;)
    In my experience, having worked with the seeds and made jewelry from them, for others and for myself, this is not actually true. Rudraksha are innately powerful,...
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    Re: Wearing 1-14 mukhis Rudraksha

    Namaste RRaju ji,

    There are several excellent threads on Rudraksha here in this subforum and on HDF in general. I would very much recommend doing a search and reading those, you should get...
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    Re: Orphaned Lingam - What to do?

    Namaste EM ji,
    Thank you so much for sharing! That is a wonderful thing you did. I had a similar thought at one point, but my neighbor thought that without a base no one would take the Lingam. ...
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    Re: Tulsi problem

    Namaste ji,

    Looks to me like Krishna Tulsi, aka:Shyama Tulsi, or purple Tulsi, not Rama Tulsi, aka: Shri Tulsi or bright-Tulsi.

    Ram Tulsi is all green, the leaves are thicker and more lush...
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    Re: Orphaned Lingam - What to do?

    Namaste Devotee ji,

    No worries at all, I see nothing harsh or wrong in your thoughts. You're absolutely correct, the stone is a symbol and symbols, for the most part, have only the power we...
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    Orphaned Lingam - What to do?

    Namaste ji,

    This is something that has been troubling me for a while now. I hope perhaps some here may have some suggestions. I've tried to just let it go, but its not working, its troubling...
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    Re: Shiva &Vishnu (Vedic, Puranic)

    Namaste ji,

    I think I don't understand what is meant by "The religions of Vishnu and Shiva". What are their different 'religions'? There are different traditions in each various lineage,...
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    Re: Follow Up

    Namaste Believer ji,
    With respect, I can't agree with you there. At least,, not when it comes to living on this continent. Most of the time, we have plenty of choice even when we don't want to...
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    Re: Follow Up

    Namaste Believer ji,

    Thank you for the update. I am very glad he has support and good care, and what appears to be a good legal team. I hope he does make a full recovery, and I hope he wins his...
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    Re: End of Puja Leave-taking prayer

    Namaste Anirudh ji,

    So nice to hear from you, thank you for replying.

    I understand why immersion is done, yes. My question is about the apology prayer I posted in the OP. There was...
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    Re: End of Puja Leave-taking prayer

    Namaste Believer ji,

    My thanks for your thoughts! :)

    It is my understanding that the prayer I posted above is exactly what you state, an apology prayer. May I ask, do you feel it isn't?
    ...
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    Re: Shiva &Vishnu (Vedic, Puranic)

    Namaste HLK ji,

    Please forgive my ignorance, but what is 'AMT'?

    Devotee ji, you say so perfectly, thank you. I can't give you 'karma' again so soon, so must thank you in this way.

    ~Pranamo
  37. Re: Your Favorite Saints,Masters,Scholars,Devotees?

    Namaste ji,

    A modern day scholar, writer and poet who I quite enjoy and have learned a lot from is Shail (Shailendra) Gulhati.

    The writings, audio recordings, wisdom and guidance given by Sri...
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    Re: End of Puja Leave-taking prayer

    Namaskar ji,

    Ah! Thank you! Also just saw your earlier edit. I would imagine, much like bidding a guest 'Good night', or the same before excusing yourself from company, as that's the polite...
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    Re: Shiva &Vishnu (Vedic, Puranic)

    Namaskar ji,

    Oh, I see!
    Well, I suppose some may see it that way... there are many ways of seeing after all. But if for no other reason than that the Vedas proclaim that they are worthy of our...
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    Re: End of Puja Leave-taking prayer

    Namaskar EMji,

    Thank you, that's one I hadn't seen. I found another such for Sri Ram Mandir as well. So it can't be so uncommon...

    ~Pranam
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    Re: HELP: SPIDERS!

    Namaskar ji,

    Devotee ji is absolutely correct. Yet I would like to add a couple of my own thoughts.

    Nature tells us about our environment if we learn to listen to her. It's always a good...
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    Re: Shiva &Vishnu (Vedic, Puranic)

    Namaste ji,

    I know this post is kind of old, and I am not sure I understand your question, so please forgive me if my response is no real answer to it. Perhaps you could add some light by...
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    End of Puja Leave-taking prayer

    Namaskar all,

    Happy Ganesha Chaturthy everyone! I hope all have been having a lovely Chaturthy. =)

    I have run into a bit of a tangle in our own celebrations. Ganesha is staying in our home...
  44. Re: First article: Why Rajiv Malhotra Matters to White Hindus Like Me

    Namaste DA,

    Adding my thanks as well. Excellent article. Thank you for this and for sharing.

    ~Pranam
  45. Thread: Tapa

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    Re: Tapa

    Namaste ji

    I am currently studying the Yoga Sutras and several commentaries on Patanjali's work describing Ashtanga Yoga, and wanted to offer my thoughts.
    Also, my thanks to you for this question...
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    Re: Hindu or none ... the new choice.

    Namaste Ram ji,
    Not what I asked. The topic was racism and racial profiling, not other forms of prejudice.

    I'm willing to bet there are some Vira Shaivas out there who would take issue with your...
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    Re: Hindu or none ... the new choice.

    Namaste Ram ji,
    I appreciate that. It's true, our perceptions and experience are subjective, partly due to culture/country, but also partly due to age. You are still very idealistic, and if you'll...
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    Re: Hindu or none ... the new choice.

    Namaskar Ram ji
    I'm sorry, my first line was not serious, it was tongue-in-cheek and perhaps not in the best taste. However, being serious, I can say a few things. As far as I know the earliest...
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    Re: Hindu or none ... the new choice.

    Namaste EM ji,
    Gurudev ji was and is a great soul. Would that we could all be so enlightened.

    You are very kind to have replied with such understanding. I guess I am still just too attached...
  50. Re: How do we reconcile our tradition with other traditions?

    Namaste Light of Om ji,

    From what I remember of where you currently live and your descriptions above, these sound to me like Christians looking to "save another soul". Depending on their...
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