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    Re: Forgiveness. What's it?

    Namaste: These stories are not to be taken literally - these are teaching tools - x happened and it becomes a teaching moment. If Arjuna did not express his doubts, then God Krishna could not give us...
  2. Re: Is this Sansara (संसार) the worldly existence a curse?

    It depends on one's view - the coward sees the oncoming enemy and all he sees is blood and pain - his thought is to get away - save his skin and from that view ideas of Heaven were born - Gods...
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    Why are Hindus Tolerant?

    We keep saying we Hindus are Tolerant, but why? What makes us different? I always say if the Buddha had been born in Christian or Muslim lands he would have been branded a heretic, an apostate, and...
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    Re: homosexuality

    "In my humble opinion, whatever sexual orientation or sexual preferences one has now in this birth is due to past karmas and latent impressions of the past"

    Hinduism is a Teacher faith, God our...
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    Re: homosexuality

    I do believe that we are children/students of God, with no exceptions. I have to admit that when I saw two men kissing it made me uncomfortable, but i should not let my personal feelings cloud my...
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    Re: sati or suttee

    The practice started with wiwes, daughters of kings - if a King lost a battle and his kingdom, the wiwes and daughters could expect rape and abuse, not to mention loss of money and prestige. Unable...
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    Re: A topic close to my heart...

    Good idea and obviously very difficult. Hinduism allows freedom of thought, ours is a Teacher faith, a Teacher encourages free flow of thought, discusss an issue from various viewpoints - it's...
  8. Ae Malik Tere Bande Hum - Inappropriate for Hindus

    There were some rumblings from some muslims that Vande Mataram was inappropriate for Islam. I am not one to condemn them - they have to follow the tenants of their faith and if they think it is not...
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    Re: New here & to hinduism. Need guidence.

    Urasay: I would really love to ask your sister why the actions of a few Hindus should reflect on the faith. Is she then saying that Islam is responsible for the terrorists actions? How about the...
  10. Re: Newsweek Article - American Christians turning to Hinduism

    I think the dissolutionment of the religion starts with seeing my religion sticking to old and outdated ideas. To me that is Idolatry - Idolatry is not just about praying to a stone God, but letting...
  11. Re: Newsweek Article - American Christians turning to Hinduism

    I think it has to do with the fact that people change over time, their values change, their outlook changes. Unfortunately the holy books, being from a different age, obviously cannot change. So God...
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    Re: This made me sick!

    "The Christian ideology that the soul and body is in total union is quite firmly embedded into the minds of many Christians. It's probably the reason why so many of them are so damn zealous about...
  13. Newsweek Article - American Christians turning to Hinduism

    Here is the link to the article:

    http://www.newsweek.com/id/212155

    Any thoughts?
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    Re: No Hell for Hindus - Part II

    I have struggled with this issue of whether christians and muslims are reborn. Most of them like the idea of being reborn, what's not to like? But most of them have no concept of Karma or Moksha. A...
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    Re: This made me sick!

    Sunyata: I am not trying to be mean or anything, but when does the soul manifest itself if you are a christian? After a person dies the popular view is that he goes to heaven where he meets his loved...
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    Re: This made me sick!

    EM, that was my mistake. Sorry about that.
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    Re: Please guide me !

    Of course I have adviced against coming out to his relatives and future wife. As for God, she already knows what has happened. As for being forgiven, please, never ask forgiveness from God. God...
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    Re: Please guide me !

    Atanu: I am sorry but I cannot agree with you. I keep reminding myself the story of an atheist who mocked the very concept of God, spent his life helping others in need. This is the person that God...
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    Re: Please guide me !

    Well at least we agree on keeping this issue a secret, devotee.

    Young man, I just noticed your login name, ow! Please don't call yourself that.

    I wonder if there are other issues besides...
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    Re: This made me sick!

    Please see my post right before rkpande. I actually like the muslim idea of a formless God. There are good and bad things in every religion. One should not be afraid to talk about these things....
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    Re: This made me sick!

    nac: There is a fine line between opinion and truth. What you regard as someone's opinion, someone else might see it as the truth. What you are advocating is censorship, because the truth, does not...
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    Re: Please guide me !

    EM: The example you gave of your son is not comparable at all. These kind of disorders need to be out in the open, these are the things that one should not hide. A child could be born with the...
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    Re: Please guide me !

    Devotee: What do you mean this was consensual transaction? Have you not seen any movies or heard stories about how women are lured into prostitution and then raped repeatedly by the pimps and then...
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    Re: This made me sick!

    Actually the christians have the right idea. They want you to focus on God, not let any idol or an image for that matter, come between you and God. As long as we Hindus realize that the murti itself...
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    Re: Please guide me !

    "b) What else to do ? :
    Observe fasting for a day & spend the whole day in japa & prayer. That will always remind you of your vow. It would also make you mentally stronger.

    c) Regarding helping...
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    Re: Please guide me !

    I do agree with vc. If you really want to get over this, help your fellow man.

    All the japas, pujas, prayers in world do not equal just one act of kindness. To me all those gold offerings to the...
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    Re: This made me sick!

    You started this thread with a personal opinion and prejudice. Please allow the same freedoms to others.
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    Re: This made me sick!

    Nac: That is what a forum is for, to air personal opinions. If you want to hear opinions that only agree with yours, maybe you should stop reading my posts.

    Looks like you are getting upset, I...
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    Re: This made me sick!

    No problem nac, I gave rise to your doubts by not being totally clear.

    Regarding Islam, I am not so sure that they were so accomodating towards other religions at any point in time. We have in...
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    Re: Contradictions in Gita

    I am not sure i understand. Please expand on your thoughts
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    Re: This made me sick!

    I will answer this question backwards, I didn't want to name the religions, but I guess i was in error on that one. I don't mean to set Hinduism apart from every other religion on earth, certainly...
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    Re: This made me sick!

    Star: Don't get sick, get even!

    I do think it is wrong for Hindus to sit around and simply wring their hands while other religions continue to their proselytization activities. I do believe that...
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    Re: Contradictions in Gita

    What was the old saying, even if a thousand men were to call a crow a parrot, it's still a crow? or something like that. At one time, northern europeans used to pray to a God called ODIN, how many of...
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    Re: Contradictions in Gita

    LOL, yes your wording was much better.

    Your example was incorrect, the policeman did not cause the accident. If he had stayed put and not helped out, then he is responsible for not acting,...
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    Re: Please guide me !

    First of all you need to stop beating yourself over this, you are overreacting a bit. As long as you are disease free, you should definitely go ahead with the marriage, and no, do not tell your wife...
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    Re: New here & to hinduism. Need guidence.

    I remember sitting outside enjoying the summer weather of chicago, and this christian proselytizer came around handing out pamphlets, and he informes me that i am going to hell because i was not...
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    Re: Contradictions in Gita

    Let me take a stab at this. Let me state at the outset that our interpretation of the Gita could be wrong. Over time the meaning of certain words change as well as values. What seems right at one...
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    Re: No Hell for Hindus - Part II

    I am stating their belief. When christians shouted at me that i am going to hell because i was not christian, i was pretty upset. How dare these people impose their religion on me?

    In return, i...
  39. Re: Why is God the Father more popular than God the Mother?

    To continue, Hinduism/Buddhism are teacher religions. We are students of God, that is clearly evident with Krishna imparting us the Gita and the Buddha.

    We must act like students not blind...
  40. Re: Why is God the Father more popular than God the Mother?

    I would like to take about the difference between the major religions. Hinduism/Buddhism are Teacher/Parent religions, whereas Abrahamic religions are King religions.

    I think like an atheist...
  41. Re: Why is God the Father more popular than God the Mother?

    It has to do with a certain mindset. Let's take an example - when you see old movies you see women prostrating themselves before their husband. Women routinely kneel before their husband, calling him...
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    Re: View of Western Meateaters

    Totally agree with Ganeshprasad's views. Good points.

    We must realize that it is the atma that is eternal, we may have taken different life forms before and after. Not just human life. We are...
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    Re: No Hell for Hindus - Part II

    "The first Nobel Truth:
    "Life is a state of suffering" --where souls take re-birth predicated [for the 99.9% majority of souls] predicated on the most mundane urgings (ie: Eat, sleep, mate & defend)...
  44. Re: A Christian View of Hinduism - Using Logic???

    You see their overriding desire to propagate their religion - they even roped God into this. Using God to threten people - if you don't believe in our God, you go to hell. Heaven is for members of...
  45. Re: Why is God the Father more popular than God the Mother?

    I disagree with those who included Hinduism in depicting God solely as a man. Hinduism is the only major religion to pray to a female form of God. Imagine a faith thousands of years old giving...
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    Re: New here & to hinduism. Need guidence.

    Truly glad to see that you do not believe in the concept of Hell and heaven. I have posted some threads on this subject - A few threads below yours - Hell=Abuse;Karma=Teaching - I have since come up...
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    No Hell for Hindus - Part II

    I do honestly believe that with Karma and Rebirth, the concept of Hell makes no sense. Hell is a ugly concept, God becomes a torturer and abuser, this is unbecoming of God. My Rama does not torture...
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    Re: Contradictions in Gita

    We are constantly dealing with contradictions in our daily life. There are many sayings that contradict each other "Fortune favors the brave" & "Fools rush in where wise men fear to tread". Hold on...
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    Re: Worshipping the Divine in any form?

    God is not a person or being but just thought. We ourselves are a bundle of thoughts, in this life we carry this vehicle we call the body. The vehicle moves because of our thoughts and not vice versa...
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    Re: Alcohol and Sanatana Dharma

    I agree - it is not the alcohol that is the problem but how your behaviour changes due to it. If after consuming alcohol you become rude, unruly and abusive towards others, then you should stay away...
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