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  1. Re: “You STILL eat with your hands.” by Oprah Winfrey

    You still move with your feet?

    ... Hey, me too.
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    Re: Eid Mubharak

    I'm sorry, but that's naive and simplistic. The world doesn't work that way. It'll advantage us nothing.
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    Re: Evolution

    It's practically Christian Creationism wearing a supposedly Vedic hat.

    We think this book says so, oh and here's some hackneyed pseudo-archaeological woowoo. Cremo's a nutjob.

    I've not read...
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    Re: Eid Mubharak

    Do you really feel that the violent deaths of 2/3rds of the world's population is a noble desire?
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    Re: Evolution

    Namaste

    My background is in ecology. I don't see a need to impute a prior purpose or guiding hand in evolution, purpose in my view comes not from outside of life, but self-imputed by the...
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    Re: Eid Mubharak

    Yes, brotherhood amongst the Abrahamics, how wonderful!

    And it is - I sincerely mean that, a source of [limited] peace and understanding, but it's not wonderful that it doesn't extend to us.
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    Pashupata sutras

    Namaste

    Has anyone got, or know where might be found, English translations of:


    Pashupata sutra
    Ratnatika
    Ganakarika?
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    Re: Secular India

    I agree with you that Islam itself is incompatible with secularism, but these people are not really Islamic. They're "cultural Muslims." Come from Muslim families, but well-integrated into general...
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    Re: Secular India

    The sticky issue will be determining who to deport. There are some Indian Muslims I have met who are secular.

    "Secular Hindu" might be a bad thing, especially as the secularism is dishonestly...
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    Re: Secular India

    I hate to say it, but it seems to me mass deportation to Pakistan (as Bangladesh cannot possibly support more people) will become necessary some point.
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    Re: An Aghori speaking of Hanuman as Siva

    Namaste

    It is said that Hanuman himself also wrote his own account of the Ramayana on the cliffs of the Himalayas which he then destroyed after meeting Valmiki who complained that his own version...
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    Re: Secular India

    ...And this is where I have misgivings about this focus on Abrahamic nonsense; as important as it is to be vigilant of threats to the continuation of the dharma, which is already so badly damaged by...
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    Re: Secular India

    Namaste

    Please note first that I am not in any way defending Islam, or supporting the notion that the Abrahamic god is somehow the same as Brahman, however:

    Our scriptures also depict Bhagavan...
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    Re: Ashwamedh problem

    Namaste

    Please refer to Brihadaranyaka upanishad for inner meaning of Ashvamedha.
  15. Thread: 24-7

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    Re: 24-7

    Namaste

    I'm sorry, but that's preachy and, in my opinion, disrespectful to aspirant's earnest prayers.

    I did like your first post about 'Namaste' though.

    Namaste
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    Re: Health Care in Rainy Season :-

    Namaste

    I have feeling that this is not intentional plagiarism, you are probably not reposting this to gain approval on the forum, but to provide useful information. However, when you do copy...
  17. Re: Can Agnihotra prevent the effect of nuclear radiation?

    Namaste

    If you think science and dharma are incompatible, why make such threads?

    You're also wrong about Newtonian mechanics. In fact, it was quantum mechanics, relativity, string theory and...
  18. Thread: Hello

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    Re: Hello

    Namaste

    Are you expecting prayers for material desires to be answered?
  19. Re: Can Agnihotra prevent the effect of nuclear radiation?

    Namaste

    That isn't science though; science is a method of inquiry which generates emergent knowledge, which is continuously refining itself.

    Yes, some scientists take it upon themselves to...
  20. Re: Can Agnihotra prevent the effect of nuclear radiation?

    Namaste

    I don't see the need for a 'middle ground here.' Science is self-correcting by nature, and almost always errs on the side of conservative judgments rather than exaggerations. The business...
  21. Re: Can Agnihotra prevent the effect of nuclear radiation?

    No. Claims couched in what the author imagines to be scientific language does not science make.
  22. Re: Can Agnihotra prevent the effect of nuclear radiation?

    Namaste

    I'm sorry, but I feel the need to speak bluntly on this topic:

    This is not science. This is not even "research." I see nothing scientific here whatsoever.

    The dharma stands to...
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    Re: Pilgrimage to India?

    Namaste
    I understand the spirit behind these comments, but I am not sure it is fully thought-out...

    Yes, Indians today poorly reflect the ancient traditions, and few know anything of substance...
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    Re: Can one blend Hindu and Buddhist beliefs?

    Namaste

    I see now that this post will evidently not increase understanding and so am retracting it.

    I shall just state it bluntly: the Vedas do not advocate exclusionary worship of one god. To...
  25. Thread: Namaste

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    Re: Namaste

    Wisdom right there...
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    Re: Third Eye

    Namaste

    Unfortunately, the samudrika shastra in the Garuda puran is 'physiognomy.' I think any attempt to add auras to it is a recent fabrication/affectation by those who would take money for such...
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    Re: Third Eye

    Auric teachings are not in the scriptures. I say this with reasonable certainty as my guru has challenged me to find evidence there.

    The third eye, the eye of knowledge (jnana caksu) is, moreso...
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    Re: Various Krsna Mantra in Vaishnava

    Namaste

    That is mahamantra from kalisantaranopanishad, it is heavily emphasized in Gaudiya (Chaitanya) vaishnavism, but recited elsewhere as well.

    Kumara (Nimbarka) mahamantra is:

    "Radhe...
  29. Re: Kashmir Shaivism blends with Vira Shaivism

    Namaste

    I can only suggest deeper readings of both Trika and Linga shaivisms.

    You may for example be interested in the theory of lingas expressed in the Malinivijayottara, which many regard as...
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    Re: visarga & anusvāra

    Namaste

    Prabhu, even your speculation will be taken as coming from siksha guru. At the very least it will give valuable guidance to my own inquiry.

    Namaste
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    Re: visarga & anusvāra

    Namaste Yajvan-ji,

    This jumped out at me:

    There must be a connection here to the 43 angles of the Sri Yantra, please expound on this - it strikes me as very important. It also occurs to me to...
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    Re: Can one blend Hindu and Buddhist beliefs?

    Namaste.

    The Vedas themselves consist of the worship of almost 100 deities, of which 33~ are principle, arrayed in their respective threefold mandala. Richas (hymns of invocation; rg vedic...
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    Re: How can we know God exists?

    Namaste

    You will find the same God of Hinduism in Buddhism as well.

    In the nikayas, it is called the luminous mind. Prabhasara-chitta.

    In the mahayana turning, it is called Prajnaparamita,...
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    Re: Can one blend Hindu and Buddhist beliefs?

    Namaste

    Yes, they can. They're essentially two sides of the same coin.

    When my guru was studying Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal, he was given Vishnu as his yidam (ishta-devata).

    The differences...
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    Re: Maa kaali and shiva

    Namaste

    He has a good point, although I think he is referring to a separate dhyan entirely and liberties are being taken with 'viparita ratatura.' In the Kali tantras, the sexual nature of Kali,...
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    Re: Maa kaali and shiva

    Namaste

    When asking for meaning, know that there can be many, many levels of meaning.

    The basic idea though is that jiva is decapitated by Kali until the true face of Shiva is revealed. The...
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    Re: Saag/palak paneer

    Namaste

    As you live near a large temple, there should be enough Indians in your area that paneer would be available in specialty shops. It is an easy cheese to make.

    I don't think anything...
  38. Re: Two Yogis Battle Over the Fate of a Tradition (And a Very Large Pile of Money)

    Namaste

    I had decided not to answer your question because it was evident some agenda behind lurked it and a sincere answer was neither sought nor would be appreciated.

    But I would like to...
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    Re: Favorite Films, Bhajans etc.?

    Sant Dnyaneshwar:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jg5oT5qfm7I
  40. Re: "Lovingly Indifferent": Its meaning for you?

    Namaste

    To me it's a somewhat more challenging way of saying 'unconditional love' or 'lovingly unconditional/equanimous.'

    A mother is not wrecked to find her child up on the counter with their...
  41. Re: Two Yogis Battle Over the Fate of a Tradition (And a Very Large Pile of Money)

    If you don't see it, I'm not sure I can explain it to you.

    I'm sorry that you choose to interpret a note about the actual meaning and origins of hatha yoga to be throwing around buzz words. If...
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    Re: Men everywhere follow My path

    Namaste

    I cannot agree wholly with the translation given by philosoraptor (but what else is new?)

    The word here is prapadyate which can be translated in many ways. Let's look at the etymology....
  43. Re: Two Yogis Battle Over the Fate of a Tradition (And a Very Large Pile of Money)

    Namaste

    Sadly 'Hatha Yoga' was once a derivative of laya yoga as founded by Gorakhnath. Though placing emphasis on asana and pranayama, it was not defined by these two things.

    We might call...
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    Re: Is this a Sanatana Dharma Path?

    Namaste

    I think this question leads to a wilderness of mirrors. Which labels we ascribe and why...

    Many would view you as not a Hindu, for a variety of reasons.
    At the extreme end, you have...
  45. Re: Iyengar yoga recommended to me; I have questions

    For what it's worth Iyengar yoga is the only asana yoga which my guru recommends to people; he has high praise for Sri BKS Iyengar and his approach.

    Light on Yoga is an excellent book.
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    Re: Partition of Bahrat - Am I correct?

    Namaste

    Only that Punjab, much less pre-partition Greater Punjab did not belong to the Sikhs.
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    Re: Happy & Conservative

    Namaste

    Can we say though that there's a correlation between overall lessening of teen pregnancy and Christian conservativism?
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    Re: Happy & Conservative

    Namaste

    The "bible belt" has the highest rates teen pregnancy, obesity - and other health issues, divorce, STD infection. For a relatively rural region, if we adjust for this, we find that they...
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    Re: Shaivism vs Vaishnavism - differences

    Namaste

    This post may be helpful:
    http://www.hindudharmaforums.com/showpost.php?p=86577&postcount=4
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    Re: Happy & Conservative

    Namaste

    I wonder if they would be as keen to discuss the more significant and objective statistical correlation between conservative demographics and crime / social ills...
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