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    Re: Can someone identify these goddesses?

    Namaste Chakreshvari

    You are very blessed !!

    If the Devi has a head of a:
    1. boar, SHE is one of the saptamatrka-s, Devi Varahi
    2. Lion, SHE is Maha-Pratyangira devi

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  2. Re: Sri Rajamannargudi SriVidya Rajagopalaswami (Krishna)

    Namaste.

    Here's a beautiful description of the Shri RajaGopalasvami at Kshetra Mannargudi in a lovely raga Nilambari

    The song is Mani nupura dhari

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CQQULZzPjQg...
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    Re: Sanskrit and Hindi

    Namaskar. The question to be asked first is the purpose for learning either Hindi or Sanskrit.
    Do you like to learn a language simply for its sake as some people are excellent at picking up...
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    Re: Converts and hate

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    Namaskar Aniruddh. This phrase "my beloved friend Shreeman Narayana" that i have seen in some/most of your posts, makes me smile and feel very happy inside. No idea why. Please convey my...
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    Re: Dangerous Mantra Meditation?

    Namaskara Shankar ji! Your reply is very interesting to me as, not only do i think Mother Kaalikaa is my ishta roopam but also, the circumstances you had quoted as a pre-condition for the ishta...
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    Re: Miniature Shivlings at home.

    Namaskar. Shiva lingas are for collective and individual worship. Why would anyone, unless they have 'intellectual' issues with it, not keep them in their pooja rooms?

    Disclosure: we do have 2...
  7. Thread: Shrine Layout

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    Re: Shrine Layout

    Namaskar. Shri Chandikeshvarar could refer to Shri Chandi as mentioned here http://www.ssvt.org/deities/chandikeswara.asp

    OR

    to Shri Chandeshvara Nayanar
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    Re: Need Direction Towards God

    Namaste Om.

    Here's one plausible way.

    One could start off by finding an ishta roopa which is a favourite form or one that appeals to one's heart. Praying/seeking His/Her help/guidance will...
  9. Thread: Sahasranama

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    Re: Sahasranama

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    Re: The Shame Capital.....

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    Re: The Shame Capital.....

    Sad news.

    The victim died

    http://www.rediff.com/news/report/delhi-bus-gang-rape-victim-dead/20121229.htm
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    Re: The Shame Capital.....

    Please look at the absolute numbers and not percentages. Even 1 percent is not a small number.

    You missed the point the movie was trying to make regarding the packets. The procedure of female...
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    Re: Dream - Lakshmi/Saraswati?

    That's a wonderful dream. Thanks for sharing with us. I think there was a thread about Lakshmi devi with Her ulluka (owl) vaahana. A couple of links to some very beautiful pictures were posted. Take...
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    Re: The Shame Capital.....

    Are you kidding, Aspirant? It hardly matters if it happens in china or not. The fact is: it happens in India. And it's a sickening thing.

    Regarding female foeticides: we are missing millions of...
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    Re: 12 Avatars of Ganesha

    Namaskara Omkara. Is there an overlap/relationship between the 12 avatars of Ganapati you've mentioned and the 32 roopas of Ganapati as noted here www.shreeganesh.com/32forms.htm
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    Re: Spiritual Disconnect

    Namaskar. I'm no expert in this, but all i can say is it's indeed a common experience. Especially when the sadhaka is starting out on the path. Getting into a guilt based negative spiral is not going...
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    Re: What are some good sources on Shaktism?

    Namaskara Devibhakta.

    The svamiji at shreemaa.org is a western Hindu who became a devi upasaka after finding his guru, Shree maa.

    He is known to answer questions thru' email as well. He should...
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    Shri Nidhiishvarar temple, Tamil Nadu

    Namaskara.

    The name Raja Raja Chozhan/Cholan might not be a very familiar one, yet the 'big temple' is a pretty, well-known one temple in India. Estimated to be a 1000+ years old, the...
  21. Learn Samskritam in a different way: Shri S.L. Abhyankar

    Namaskara.

    Shri S.L. Abhyankar is a retired engineer, based in mumbai. He is pretty fluent in Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada and of course, Samskrit.

    He has a couple of blogs, including gItA,...
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    Re: McDonalds in India

    False assumption: if one doesn't embrace walmart/mcd, one is against modernization/technology or is a commie tool.
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    Re: Some tilak questions

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  24. Thread: Equality

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    Re: Equality

    Namaskar.
    Btw, I read a post on kamakotimandali.org where an author writes that in the kalyuga, technically there are NO brahmins. By birth, yes. Not in the strict sense of the qualification of what...
  25. Poll: Re: Resources for Learning Sanskrit, the language of the past... and the future!

    Namaskara. Sahas, thank you for the wonderful links to learn Samskritam.

    Just came to know from my friend about a newspaper in Samskrit. Sudharma is its wonderful name and here's the link...
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    Re: McDonalds in India

    Riiight. In an earlier post, you expressed disbelief at megacorps influencing shopping patterns.

    And now, according to you, i, a small fry, can condition others' behaviour?

    Do you want me to...
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    Re: McDonalds in India

    Ridiculous. Am not blaming them/anyone for poor decisions made by a consumer. That is, only when the consumer has an OPTION to choose. And a decision to make. I am NOT a customer of McD simply...
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    Re: McDonalds in India

    Will you believe, i did take up cudgels against few 'uns? Those in family circle. They just couldn't believe that a person in the modern era, could have '18th century' opinions. Wished them good luck...
  30. Thread: Equality

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    Re: Equality

    If our rshis had had the same kind of thinking, then Hinduism would have remained confined to India. Hinduism, unlike churchianity, spread w/o money/political power and solely on ITS merits.
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    Re: Equality

    Wrong examples - edison, marconi - used for someone working solely for society's benefit.

    Jagadish Chandra Bose, Satyendranath Bose are way better people to emulate. And they truely believed that...
  32. Thread: Equality

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    Re: Equality

    Not a chance. Just for argument's sake, there is born in India a person of the stature of Sage Paanini maharaj/Sage Vyasa. Just because the rest of us are numbskulls and don't know what the...
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    Re: McDonalds in India

    Namaskara. I'm sorry, but why would anyone want to believe anything a MEGA corporation says? Vegetarians/vegans should treat McDs like offal and find better alternatives.
    IMO, the best alternative...
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    Re: Equality

    Namaskar Equinox. If i take the context of India, equality would mean respect of/ and for women/girls. Not mere lip service. Nor glorification during the navaratri and then turning around and getting...
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    Re: Some tilak questions

    Just to add most of these are symbolisms/ pointers to the inner us to be watchful. As in from the outer us to inner us.

    There are people who indulge in immoral behaviour wearing all these. And...
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    Re: Some tilak questions

    Namaskar. Let me take a stab at it, albeit a brief one.

    In Tamil brahmin families, the Shaivite men/kids, after doing the samdhyavandanam, apply the vibhooti in groups of 3 horiz lines, at...
  37. Re: How Do I Know if I'm a Vaishnavite or Shaivite?

    Namaskar.

    You aren't going to be crucified (pun unintended) in Hinduism, if you don't call/recognize yourself as belonging to a particular sampradAya, unlike the case with other friendly...
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    Re: Vegetarian equivalent of non-vegetarian foods

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    Re: GaNesh-caturti

    Namaskar. This is what we used to do in our house in Madras. Buy a clay Ganesha from the market, decorate Him.

    Visarjan used to be done in our house. In a bucket of water. The clayey water will...
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    Re: Questions on puja

    Namaskar. Yes, of course. Pick, any language you are familiar with.

    Okay by whose standard? Hinduism works by sheer common sense. The presence of it, i mean. None, can give or take permissions...
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    Re: Questions on puja

    Namaskar. If it were perfect from the start, then there'd not be much to shoot for, huh? :D

    I've heard some very highly evolved souls say -- "Each one of us 'evolve' independently, through various...
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    Re: Mukkuruni Vinayagar (Vinayagar tid-bits)

    Namaskar. I haven't yet had the fortune of making the trip, but have heard from those who have made that some of the locations are beautiful. Pali, for instance. The trip starts off in Pune and most...
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    Re: Murugan and womens

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    Re: Proper south Indian clothing

    Or if you've to visit temples like say Guruvayoor, the dress code is mandatory. No exceptions!

    Veshti/dhoti for males and no shirt/vest/Tee on the top part of the body. Sometimes, guys use an...
  46. Thread: Ellaiamman

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    Re: Mukkuruni Vinayagar (Vinayagar tid-bits)

    Namaskar. How about the ashtavinAyak yatrA in MahArAshtra :D?
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    Re: Murugan and womens

    Namaskar believer.

    Honestly, didn't even think of those options. Thanks for letting me know.

    A small example should suffice to elucidate what i meant by orthodoxy.

    It is appalling to...
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    Re: Questions on puja

    Namaskar. Totally agree with what EM has posted.

    A spiritual leader in India had said - work is worship.

    Since you've small children, taking care of them is a form of pooja as well. Maybe,...
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