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    ParaBrahman thru' VishNuSahasranAma

    || om namo bhagavate vAsudevAya ||
    vasudeva sutaM devaM kauMsa chAnura mardanaM |
    devakI paramAnandaM KRshNaM vande jagatguruM ||
    _/\_


    Namaste and Happy New Year

    Some wonder if the...
  2. Re: Prajapita Brahmakumaris in Goa, India asist civil adminstration during Covid lock

    Namaste

    So true!
  3. Re: Can soul ever return to samsara after getting moksha.

    Also, regarding the Sun and Moon metaphors - yes they are found all over the Hindu scriptures.

    Some shlokas use them for Ida-PingLA , and I think they are also used to represent mind(moon) and...
  4. Re: Can soul ever return to samsara after getting moksha.

    Namaste IndiaLover

    I did not notice that you had mentioned the Chandogya and Gita chapters in the first para -- I just saw the bold titles without chapter numbers. That is all.


    The way I see...
  5. Re: Can soul ever return to samsara after getting moksha.

    Namaste

    Nice answers and while Grames, IndiaLover and others have covered the Leela (pArshads accompanying BhagavAn on earth) and the HOW part,

    (IndiaLover, a request - to specify the...
  6. Re: Can soul ever return to samsara after getting moksha.

    Post got duplicated for some reason
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    Re: Vishnu Sahasranama Mantra (From Padma Purana)

    Translation URLs:
    Swami Krishnananda - Web
    Swami Krishnananda - PDF
    Temple Purohit
    Comparison of bhAshya by Adi Shankara and Ramanuja acharyas
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    Re: Vishnu Sahasranama Mantra (From Padma Purana)

    Namaste
    Hari Om

    There is a version of this video in slow-motion as well - apt for those learning to pronounce, memorize and learn the Stotra.


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    To all interested,
    This is a page...
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    Re: Vishnu Sahasranama Mantra (From Padma Purana)

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    Re: Raasa Leela and Achintya Bedhabedha tattwa

    Namaste Virajaji,
    Yes, I know why you brought up Raas Leela as example of achintya bhedAbhed. I think creating this thread was a noble gesture - it shows your love and respect for BhagvAn Shri...
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    Re: Raasa Leela and Achintya Bedhabedha tattwa

    Namaste

    All good points. Yes, experience says the acharyas tailor to the seeker, desh-kaal-patra , beyond what they have to write in books, and I am in alignment with them.


    You did not...
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    Re: Raasa Leela and Achintya Bedhabedha tattwa

    Namaste Gramesji

    My first input on this thread was -- Purushottam ParamAtmA se prem karke to dekho --- then what has to be experienced will be experienced, and that also first hand without dogma...
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    Re: Raasa Leela and Achintya Bedhabedha tattwa

    Thanks for churning more jewels and more mAkhan Markandeyaji.

    Ah the "coincidence" of Purnima, but no ordinary Purnima. It was Purnima in this on-going Purushottam Maas that appears once in 3...
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    Re: Raasa Leela and Achintya Bedhabedha tattwa

    Agreed. This is my experience also. The Devas and Devis (devatA) are a great loving family to each other and to the devotee. On the other hand, they are forms and roles that arise from that One...
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    Re: Raasa Leela and Achintya Bedhabedha tattwa

    Namaste
    Hare KRshNa
    Best Wishes to all in Purushottam Maas

    Nice conversation and posts, Virajaji and Markandeya ji

    I feel the better thing is to simply love KRshNa and allow Him to drive that...
  16. Re: ~*~JanmAshTami ~*~ GokuLAshTami ~*~ Nandotsav ~*~ Special

    Makhan chor is here!

    KAnhA ne mAkhan bhAve re!


    Try as you might :
    sheero,
    shrikhanDa ,
    sutarfeNi,
    upar tAjA ghee,
  17. Re: ~*~JanmAshTami ~*~ GokuLAshTami ~*~ Nandotsav ~*~ Special

    Jai Shri KRshNa
    Dear HDF members

    Aapko JanmAshTami ki sahasra badhAiyan


    Best Wishes for JanmAshTami 2020

    Lovely Live bhajans here
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    Re: Exploring Shvetashvatara Upanishad

    A few thoughts at this point.

    1. When there is the Lord and the devotee, as jeev-I and ParamAtmA, why not just leave things that way?
    Then the rest of the world comes in, but we are not...
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    Re: Shvetashvatara upanishad

    Thanks IndiaLover.
    See, the words used by the OP are such a common concept, that they could be just about any shlok from any upanishad, and the core of what Shri KRshNa instructs. as the major dhyAn...
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    Re: Shvetashvatara upanishad

    Namaste

    Can you please specify the shloka chapter and number? e.g. Shv. Up. X.Y

    Just by reading your statement , "turn your mind within" means turn it (180 degrees) away from outer sensory...
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    Re: Does God really punish

    Why not? That is even better, at least it makes the gesture an act of devotion or eagerness to please God, rather than a transaction.


    I don't think so, but depends on what they promised to do....
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    Re: Exploring Shvetashvatara Upanishad

    Shv. Up. 1.6
    sarvAjeeve sarvasaMsthite bruhante asmin hauMso bhrAmyate bramhachakre |
    pRuthagAtmanam preritAram cha matvA jushTastatastenAmrutatvameti ||

    hauMsa = swan = the individual in this...
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    Re: Exploring Shvetashvatara Upanishad

    || Harih: Om ||

    Shv. Up. 1.2
    kAlah: svabhAvo niyatiryadRuchhA |
    bhUtAni yonih: purusha iti chintyA |
    saMyoga eshA natvAtma bhAvAd- |
    -AtmApyaneeshah: sukha-du:kha-hetoh: ||

    Time, inherent...
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    Re: Does God really punish

    Namaste

    There is no rule that fits each situation, however, if a person did participate in a kAmya-worship (to gain something specific in the world), making a vrat, vow, then forgetting the vow...
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    Exploring Shvetashvatara Upanishad

    || om namo bhagavate vAsudevAya ||

    vasudeva sutam devam |
    kauMsa chANura mardanam |
    devakI paramAnandaM |
    KRshNam vande jagadguruM ||

    Namaste

    In this thread I hope to explore and discuss...
  26. Thread: Upanishads

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    Re: Upanishads

    Namaste
    I know this is old but the best would be to clear out any sAmpradAyic bias and look for a translation set.

    1. Swami GambhirAnanda's commentary on Adi ShankarAchArya's commentary on the 8...
  27. Re: Are there more than one description of Antahkarana?

    Namaste

    In such situation, it is best to use the intuitive understanding backed by native language speakers -- Indian languages derived from Sanskrit. Rather than splitting hairs.
    Yes, chitta =...
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    Re: Veda is the source of all

    Namaste
    Very interesting, thanks for sharing. Veda and Hindu Dharma in general is the Mother, the ashvattha vruksha, the ancient Tree of spirituality and religion.
  29. Re: Can anyone identify the source of this quote

    ParaBrahman ParamAtmA is Divine nectar. Why nectar? because ParamAtmA transcends material energy and is eternal, imperishable, bestows immortality (amrut).
    Devotees "drink" this nectar , and...
  30. Re: Can anyone identify the source of this quote

    Namaste

    This sounds like the Mahisis, Krishna's Queens in DwArkA, not Gopis.

    When BhagvAn Shri KRshNa returns from a long trip , His queens, who have been meditating on Him in seperation,...
  31. Re: ~*~JanmAshTami ~*~ GokuLAshTami ~*~ Nandotsav ~*~ Special

    A Very Blissful KRshNa JanmAshTami and/or GokuLAshTami to all, wherever applicable around the world.

    Here is a beautiful lullaby to Bal KRshNa (Baby KRshNa), composed by Purandar Das
    In this...
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    Re: Satinder Sartaj - A Gem of a Performer

    Namaste
    I like your/Satinder's very first "Sai"
    Thank You
  33. Re: Simplest havan procedure to perform at home by only one person

    Welcome back Arjuni
  34. Re: ~*~JanmAshTami ~*~ GokuLAshTami ~*~ Nandotsav ~*~ Special

    4 Day countdown to JanmAshTami

    Antarnaad 2010 - by Art of Living, Pune, India
    - This was a divine phenomenon of thousands joining bhajan via Indian classical music, Feb 2010. Naad = sound,...
  35. Re: Can anyone name the pink flower used in garlands please....?

    However, Boganvel is never used in garlands!
    I cannot see any attachment to your post, and cannot be guessing. A kind of daisy is used in garlands.
  36. Re: Can anyone name the pink flower used in garlands please....?

    For some reason I cannot see any photo/picture, but your description - papery dry texture, purplish pink, mangenta makes me think it is Boganvel

    Like this :...
  37. Re: Which calender is correct ? Poornimantha (month ending with poornima) or Amantha

    Namaste

    The calendar (panchAng) is a reference framework.

    Typically VaishNav follow the PurNimA system.
    SmArta and others follow the amAvasyA system.

    This is why VaishNavas celebrate KArtik...
  38. Re: Visishtadvaita for DUMMIES - Post 1 - Nature of God

    Namaste Virajaji,

    Thanks for a nice compilation of VishishTAdvaita philosophy in simple words.

    I would say anantam = having no end(anta) = eternal (timewise), not happiness. That would be...
  39. Re: ~*~JanmAshTami ~*~ GokuLAshTami ~*~ Nandotsav ~*~ Special

    Jai Shri KRshNa

    A 15 day countdown to JanmAshTami begins.

    BAAla MukundAskTaka (Lyrics and translation are in the comment by poster.)

    The first verse is my favourite:

    karAravinde...
  40. Thread: Declarations

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    Re: Declarations

    Nice :)
  41. Thread: Alwar's works

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    Re: Alwar's works

    Namaste IndiaLover

    If you search the word Divyaprabandham, there are several sites and blogs that give English translation or meaning.

    Here is one : Koyil : http://divyaprabandham.koyil.org/...
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    Re: VaishNav Oasis

    ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
    *Moko kahAN dhoondhe re bande, Mai to tere paas me
    Kabir bhajan - Where will you search for Me, dear friend? I am right here with you!
    Not...
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    Re: Greetings from Gjurugram

    Namaste
    I don't know that particular site, but this one is good:

    https://www.drikpanchang.com/
    Very detailed, thorough and reliable

    Anorther one: http://www.astrojyoti.com/
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    Re: #krishnafortoday Paintings

    Yashoda pulled little KRshNa's hair in a bow on top and placed a Peacock Feather in it. Notice how the peacock feather is made squarish and looks like a TrishuL.
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    Re: #krishnafortoday Paintings

    ....
    Look at the NAbhi-Kamala carefully -- do you see Shiva's damrU around it? As KRshNa's (Maha-VishNu's ) navel is the source of BramhAnDa, Shiv starts rattling the damrU with pleasure.
    ...
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    Re: #krishnafortoday Paintings

    I could go on...

    The concentric 4-colour semi-circles below the Swastik are either the waves in Ksheer-Sagar (milk-ocean of unmanifest universal plasma), or coiled Shesha-Naag or a combination...
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    Re: #krishnafortoday Paintings

    Namaste Viraja ji

    Thanks for sharing this "modern" or "progressive" painting.

    Are you testing us? :)

    The tail belongs to the cow! Not Shri KRshNa. The cow is very cleverly camouflaged in...
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    Re: VaishNav Oasis

    Hare KRshNa IndiaLover. When you posted that a few months ago I smiled to myself -- this clip is my favorite in the "Little Krishna" movie. In fact the entire movie is so charming, and mostly, I...
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    Re: VaishNav Oasis

    Jai Shri KRshNa
    Even to normal devotees like us. He gives us many clues to come to Him in Bhagvad Gita, BhAgvat purAN, Devi BhAgvat, and other purANa, the upanishads.....

    Prahlad -- was a case...
  50. Re: Are our souls eternal like that of Brahman or created by Brahman?

    Namaste

    1. "Our" existence is a phenomenon for which no one is to blame except "us" indirectly, but even then, blaming is wrong, Would you blame clouds for rainfall or lack of it? Do you blame...
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