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    Re: Recommended Books for Kashmiri Shaivism?

    Namaste Yajvan (et al.),

    The books from Swami Lakshman Joo and Dr Jaideva Singh are all good, so I highly recommend them as well.

    B.N. Pandit’s writing style I find to be quite...
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    Re: Recommended Books for Kashmiri Shaivism?

    Specific Principles of Kashmir Saivism
    by B.N. Pandit
    http://www.amazon.com/Specific-Principles-Kashmir-Saivism-Balajinnatha/dp/8121507294

    An excellent and very well written book.
  3. Re: Catholics show appreciation towards Hindu Leader

    Hi Sage,

    Your links from yesterday and today aren't working ... even if I remove the duplicate "http://" and use cut & paste. Just thought I'd let you know.
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    Re: Namaste my HINDU Brothers

    Welcome to HDF, Indra :).
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    Re: Is a Guru necessary?

    Namaste Scott,

    You may want to check out these threads:

    How does one find a guru
    Why is having a guru so important
    Finding the Guru

    Since Sanatana Dharma cannot be traced...
  6. Thread: I am Shiva

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    Re: I am Shiva

    śivo guruḥ śivo vedaḥ śiva devaḥ śivaḥ prabhuḥ |
    śivo'smyahaṁ śivaḥ sarvaṁ śivadanyanna kiṁcana ||

    Shiva is Guru; Shiva is the Veda;
    Shiva is Deva; Shiva is the Lord;
    Shiva am I; Shiva...
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    Re: Shaivite Theology

    Namaste Hiwaunis,

    What I was mentioning above was with regards to murtis worshipped in temple. Now, we all know that God is all-pervasive and indwells everything in creation according to all...
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    Re: Shaivite Theology

    Namaste Scott,

    There are many similar explanations given in Shaivism regarding aspects of God. The most important perhaps is what is called the five-fold forms of Shiva which are descriptive...
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    Re: Meaning of the name Śambhu

    Namaste Srivijaya,

    I have very limited understanding of etymology of terms and such, but from what I could find in the dictionary:

    Śambhu comes from Śam (happily, auspiciously) + Bhu...
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    Re: Saiva Scriptures?

    Namaste Emily,

    Welcome to HDF :)


    To know that all of existence is the Dance of Siva is the most beautiful and profound teaching. Nataraja, it is said, dances in the hall of Chidambaram. This...
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    Re: Learning Sanskrit by Interaction at HDFpuri

    A good thought Satay. I've done this before.

    If anyone wants to search HDF specifically through google just enter the following in the search:

    site: hindudharmaforums.com "xxxxxx" (replace the...
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    Re: Learning Sanskrit by Interaction at HDFpuri

    Namaste Saidevo,

    This is the beauty of HDF. Many of the answers to question we ask are already here :). As has been explained by Sarabhanga already, the Nandikeshvara Kashika is a 26 verse text...
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    Re: Mahashivratri 2008

    Namaste Vinayak,

    Yes, that's a great idea. Go ahead and create a thread and we can discuss further. Perhaps the moderator can also move the relevant posts to the new thread.
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    Re: Mahashivratri 2008

    Namaste Vinayak,

    Again all of this makes no sense. They may get away by saying we celebrate festivals according to the calendar in India, but how do they justify saying that poornima (full moon)...
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    Re: Mahashivratri 2008

    Namaste Vinayakji,

    Yes, temples sometimes create unnecessary confusion about festivals. Many of the dates listed on the second site are clearly wrong for Seattle. The Hindu calendar is region...
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    Re: Mahashivratri 2008

    Namaste Zara,

    Also check the previous Maha Shivaratri thread. There's some information there as well.

    Aum.
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    Re: Mahashivratri 2008

    Namaste Devi,

    You can get the dates on MyPanchang.com for many major cities around the world.

    Mahashivaratri this year will be March 6 in India (midnight between Mar 6 and Mar 7) and March 5 in...
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    Re: Kashmir Shaivism - A Question

    Namaste Srivijaya,

    Thx for sharing the video. There is a decent translation of Adi Shankaracharya's Shiva Manasa Puja on this site. The fourth verse is definitely my favorite :).

    Aum Namah...
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    Re: hiya .. i'm new here

    Namaste Zara, et bienvenue a HDF. :)
  20. Thread: Jai Jai<3

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    Re: Jai Jai

    Namaste NayaSurya, and welcome to HDF :). I look forward to your posts too.

    Aum Namah Shivaya.
  21. Thread: I am Shiva

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    Re: I am Shiva

    He who is Rudra, He is the Lord. He is Brahmā; we salute Him again and again.
    He who is Rudra, He is the Lord. He is Viṣṇu; we salute Him again and again.
    He who is Rudra, He is the Lord. He is...
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    Re: Kashmir Shaivism - A Question

    Namaste Devotee,

    Thank you for posting these sutras of the Bodhapañcadaśika. It is probably Abhinavagupta's shortest work, but captures the essence of all monistic Shaivite teachings so beautifully. ...
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    Re: Kashmir Shaivism - A Question

    Namaste Srivijaya,


    I personally don't have details of living gurus of this tradition, but I've heard that there are living gurus. I do know that in the west, there is the Kashmir Shaiva...
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    Re: Ahilya & Indra

    Namaste Soham,

    I thought the story goes that after the incident with Indra, Ahalya was turned to stone by Gautama, only later to be liberated by Ramachandra. What is the source of the above story?...
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    Re: Meaning of MoolaMantra

    Namaste C.Smith,

    I had never heard of this mantra before, so I googled it ... and the first site that came up was the Kalki Bhagavan (global oneness) site. Is this the mantra they ask their...
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    Re: Ahilya & Indra

    Namaste Soham,

    The story of Indra and Ahalya is just a way of explaining why Indra is called Sahasraksha (thousand eyed). Perhaps there is more significance to it than that, but I am not sure.
    ...
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    Re: Kashmir Shaivism - A Question

    Namaste Srivijaya,

    There are many living Gurus who practice and teach Kashmir Shaivism even today. Swami Lakshman Joo was the last one in the traditional lineage of succession. He had initiated...
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    Re: Hamsa Upanishad & Guru Gita

    Namaste Soham,

    As far as Arya Samaj is concerned, only the Mantra Samhitas (Hymn Collections) of the Veda are Shruti (that which is heard), and everything else is of human authorship, and not...
  29. Thread: Contradiction

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    Re: Contradiction

    Namaste Soham,

    What you bring up is an interesting point. From my limited understanding, there is a difference between the Vedantic and Tantric traditions with regards to the Ajapa (unchanted)...
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    Re: Natural Shiva Lingas?

    Namaste TTA,

    I don't know anything about Lingas in CA, but I do know that in there is a Svayambhu (self-manifest) Linga in Kauai found by Sivaya Subramuniyaswami. There is also a place in...
  31. Thread: Hi Satsanghis

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    Re: Hi Satsanghis

    Welcome to HDF, Soham :)
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    Re: Question for SriVaishnava

    Namaste SriVaishnava,

    I have a similar suggestion/request for you as Satay. I think you are a knowledgeable person on Vaishnava theology/philosophy. Instead of posting messages on why Shiva...
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    Re: India docomentary

    Namaste Soul,

    Thx for sharing those links. Do you have links to the other parts of the BBC documentary? I couldn't find them on the site. I understand it is a four part series.

    Aum.
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    Re: Original Indo Iranian Homeland ~ i

    Namaste TatTvamAsi,

    Sort of related to your above question ... I watched with some interest the BBC documentary video (the link to which was posted by Soul yesterday -- it's the first link). What...
  35. Thread: Namaste

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    Re: Namaste

    Namaste TTA. CR = comparative religion. Someone with your handle also used to post some well-balanced posts in that forum. We're talking perhaps 2 years ago. Anyway, welcome to hdf, and I'm looking...
  36. Thread: Namaste

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    Re: Namaste

    Namaste and welcome to HDF, TatTvamAsi.

    Are you the same TatTvamAsi who used to post on CR, once upon a time?
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    Re: Murthi/Idol Worship

    Namaste and thank you, Nuno. I know it's been a while ... I'm trying to make a slow comeback here :).
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    Re: Murthi/Idol Worship

    Namaste Sage,


    This is a very good question.

    The tradition of temples, images, and the entire culture surrounding temple worship in Hinduism comes to us from holy texts know as...
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    Re: Hindu Morality

    Namaste Scott,

    You may also want to take a look at the Hinduism Today article called Hinduism's Code of Conduct. It speaks of the extended list of ten yamas and ten niyamas compiled from various...
  40. Thread: I am Shiva

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    Re: I am Shiva

    Sūta said:

    O ye sages, may this be heard. I shall explain the perfect knowledge of Śiva in the manner I have heard. It is a great secret as it is the form of the highest salvation. (1)

    In the...
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    Re: Another Milke Miracle?

    Namaste BBT,

    Is this video the only evidence, or are there any other reports? The video was kinda blurry, but I did see the milk disappear at the end.
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    Re: Seeing Gods in dreams

    Namaste Bhargavsai,

    Even if we do have any sort of vision or experience in a dream, I wonder if we will necessarily remember it in the waking condition. I, for example, very rarely remember what...
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    Re: Meditation in Shaivism?

    Namaste Srivijaya,

    Yes, please be patient. Answers are slow to come sometimes on the forum, but you can rest assured that they will come!

    Generally speaking, all forms of Hinduism...
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    Re: Seeing Gods in dreams

    Namaste Explorer,

    I agree with what Satay has said. There are many people who experience or see a form of God in dreams, or more commonly their guru, but it is generally taught that we are not to...
  45. Thread: I am Shiva

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    Re: I am Shiva

    Abhilashashtakam

    That Brahman alone is without a second. It is true. Indeed there is no multitude of different things. There is only the One, Rudra. There is none second to Him. Hence I take...
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    Re: Why does not one climb Kailas?

    Namaste Bhargavsai,

    You’ve already been given some excellent information by Atanu and Saidevo. Mount Kailash, the physical mountain in Tibet, is holy to four religions – Hinduism, Buddhism,...
  47. Thread: HDF's MIA's

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    Re: HDF's MIA's

    Namaste Satay,

    Agnideva is back after a long hiatus :). As part of my new year's resolution, I will try to post more regularly on HDF.

    Aum,
    A.
  48. Thread: Short Prayers

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    Re: Short Prayers

    Kshama Prarthana ~ Prayer for Forgiveness
    (Generally recommended as a bedtime prayer)

    kara charaNa kritaM vAkkAyajaM karmajaM vA
    SravaNa nayanajaM vA mAnasaM vAparAdham |
    vihitama vihitaM...
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    Re: Universe is random

    Namaste Satay,

    Good post indeed! Yes, driving does that to me as well, especially when you're driving alone and your favorite music is on. You go to a 'different place' and feel as though you are...
  50. Thread: Lemuria

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    Re: Lemuria

    Namaste EM,

    No, I haven't yet gotten around to reading the Lemurian scrolls yet. I noticed a couple of weeks ago that it is now online, so I began reading it ... read only the preface and intro so...
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