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    Re: Running with the Baton

    Namaste,

    It makes me mad when I hear such stories of foreigners being fleeced but am unable to do anything. Sorry that you were a victim. Bharat is a land of million fake gurus and one has to be...
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    Re: Running with the Baton

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    The point being made here is that most of our orators/writers regurgitate what they have read/heard somewhere. Nothing is from personal experience. So, it is all borrowed/stolen material....
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    How a true devotee Meditates on His name

    Namaste,

    A sufi saint says (Punjabi verse written in Devnagri script),

    औदी याद विच कत्तदी रही हर दम
    खबरे केड़ी वी तंद मंज़ूर होवे

    Approximate translation: Devotee says, 'In His remembrance,...
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    Running with the Baton

    Namaste,

    When we are handed a baton, we can stare at it, admire its workmanship, be enchanted with the color scheme of its outer paint, admire its sturdiness and more. But standing there with a...
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    Links to Some History Posts - 1

    Namaste,

    History consists of stories of bygone eras. These stories are not necessarily meant to blame the long dead but to raise the awareness of the present living beings so that the same...
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    Killing animals for food and more...

    Namaste,

    Here is an explanation of the absence of meat in the Hindu diet,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecCPLt5rE58



    Pranam.
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    Re:LOVE

    Namaste,

    Many a poets, romanatists, philosophers and intellectuals have tried to define love but all of these definitions are grounded in the material world. Here is a spiritual take on the...
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    Swayamvar - स्वयंवर

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    India and Hindu culture are famous for arranged marriages in which primarily the male (and/or his family) decides who he would marry. But things were not always that way.

    Swayamvar is...
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    The Giver and the Mendicant

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    In the ancient times, Hindus placed a very high value on their daughters. This is illustrated by the interaction between Raja Dashrath and Raja Janak. For Ram's marriage, Raja Dashrath...
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    Scriptural Translations

    Namaste,

    Quite often we are asked the question, 'Is there a secular, literal translation of the Bhagwad Gita (or some other scripture) available?"

    Scriptures contain spiritual knowledge and...
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    Reading Between the Lines

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    Guru Nanak taught the concept of 'wund chchakkiya', which is sharing your meals with others less fortunate than you.

    The ISKCON literature, according to some, seems to have declared,...
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    Use of alien terms

    Namaste,

    Over the years I have seen people in India and also in this forum use certain alien descriptive words which are very offensive. This is not really a serious issue over there since people...
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    Bhagwad Gita backed discussions

    Namaste,

    There are many debates/discussions/fights/arguments in the forum, sometimes civil and other times downright mean spirited. In each case the issue at hand is inconsequential and forgotten...
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    BG, as seen by a member

    Namaste,

    I summarized a member's post about Bhagwad Gita thus,

    'Somehow I get the impression (from your post) that Bhagwad Gita is a secondary text (to Vedas, which are primary texts and...
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    The Poison Pill

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    On the surface we seem to get along fine with people belonging to different sapmradayes of Hinduism. But just as you scratch the surface, some of us come out swinging in favor of 'our...
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    HDF Forum

    Namaste,

    I just wanted to briefly address the nature of this forum, as I have come to know it,

    1. It is a private forum and not a Govt. run open ended entity. So, we all have to conform to the...
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    Re: Some Personal Thoughts

    Namaste,

    Some old threads about personal thoughts on events/personalities/history:

    Hinduism in Bali,
    http://hindudharmaforums.com/showthread.php?t=10521


    Kolkata – the forgotten city...
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    Re: Some Personal Thoughts

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    Common Sense Vs. Knowledge

    Per an old fable, three men, a doctor, a spiritual being and a country bumpkin (not too smart villager) were traveling together. They passed through a...
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    Re: Some Personal Thoughts

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    We all tend to read some scriptures, subscribe to and read general religion oriented periodicals/publications, go to a temple when possible, do some puja and meditation at home, and...
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    Re: Some Personal Thoughts

    Subjugating People

    In the history of the universe, many nations, many cultures have overpowered and imposed their values on others. Not only that, but many have dehumanized others so as to be able...
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    Re: Some Personal Thoughts

    Vegetarian - To be or Not to be

    Namaste,

    Every so often there is a debate about the need to have a vegetarian life style. Different Hindus have varied dietary habits depending on the food...
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    Re: Some Personal Thoughts

    Degree of Ownership

    Namaste,

    When we are tasked with something, we can either take up ownership of the assignment and give it our all to produce the best results possible, or do it just because...
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    Re: Some Personal Thoughts

    Namaste,

    Many people new to Hinduism want to visit a mandir, but are invariably nervous about doing so and keep putting it off. Here are some of the posts to smooth your way for the first visit,
    ...
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    Re: Some Personal Thoughts

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    It appears that every six months or so, someone in the forum expresses a desire to learn Hindi and out come half baked reactions from newer members, who in many cases are not even aware...
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    Re: Some Personal Thoughts

    Namaste,

    Few years ago I happened to watch a documentary about the relocation of elephants in Africa.

    Because of urban growth, humans got too close to the elephant habitats, and for safety...
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    Re: Some Personal Thoughts

    Namaste,

    Things we fear the most,
    1. HDF Moderators :)
    2. PETA
    3. IRS
    4.
    5.
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    Re: Some Personal Thoughts

    Namaste,

    Thanks Shanti. Continuing on....

    Many a times we make statements which are the product of our cultural/religious/ethnic conditioning. EM calls them the thoughts of the...
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    Re: Some Personal Thoughts

    Namaste,

    Continuing on....

    Hindus living in different parts of the world are exposed to and have different sets of problems, and consequently see things differently on many issues. Many a times...
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    Re: Some Personal Thoughts

    Namaste,

    I can do better than that; I purchased a space shuttle for faster travel, from the US Dept Of Defense surplus stores. Now only if I could get the darn thing started.... ;)

    Pranam.
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    Re: Some Personal Thoughts

    Namaste,

    The effort to read, analyze and respond to my post is greatly appreciated. Unfortunately, I am a straight shooter and cannot comprehend circular logic or obfuscatory text. And now if I...
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    Some Personal Thoughts

    Namaste,

    When someone in the forum has a question, we attempt to answer it to the best of our abilities. Since we all come from different backgrounds, the responses are also varied and sometimes...
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