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    Re: Shaivism and Bhagvad Geeta

    It is accepted as a part of general Hindu smriti and of Vedanta canon.

    However in Kashmir Tantric Shaivism Gita is seen as a part of Krama heritage, that is, essentially Shaiva/Shakta text. There...
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    Yoga in Korolev (Moscow, Russia)

    Website in Russian (no English at the moment):

    OM Shanti
  3. Thread: Why Shiva

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    Re: Why Shiva

    Is there any OTHER God apart from One who IS? :D
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    Re: Hindu Wedding - Civil and Vedic

    There is no point of "need" unless U both want to. Living together as husband and wife is de facto a marriage. But it's a good idea to have civil marriage blessed via traditional samskara :)
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    Re: Tantric text to begin with.

    I suggested White since he presents numerous references to original sources. His conclusions may be wrong, but studying his books is beneficial :)

    P. S. Dyckowski's books are GOOD, as well as...
  6. Thread: Rudrakhsa

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    Re: Rudrakhsa

    There may be rules specific to sampradaya (which at times are indeed awkward: for example, some Bengali shakta texts prohibit touching a tulasi for a shakta), but rudraksha as such cannot be defiled...
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    Re: Apastambha sutras

    Vedas, Brahmanas and Upanishads also mention brahmanas eating meat. In certain Vedic yajnas it was an essential part of ritual. (Which is accepted not only by scholars, but by Hindu orthodox leaders...
  8. Thread: Rudrakhsa

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    Re: Rudraksha

    In Shaivism no such rules are there as far as i know.

    Among named activities only visiting funeral may be considered as "impure" in general case, and even though rudraksha (as well as Shivalinga)...
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    Re: Tantric text to begin with.

    Try David Gordon White, he wrote of both Kaula and Nathism.
    If U mean original sources, then Kaulajnana-nirnaya may do, but it is preferable to get sm general idea of the context from academic...
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    Re: Rama, Sita & Lakshmana...

    As usual Satay, nothing to say on the point but U cannot keep silent :D
    Rama ate meat, what's the problem to U?
    And I do not see myself on the pic though. Do U? ;)
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    Re: Rama, Sita & Lakshmana...

    This picture is obviously traditional, i think it's kangra style but i may mistake. Nothing of this sort is produced neither by indians nowadays nor by westerners.
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    Re: Rama, Sita & Lakshmana...

    Namaste Devotee.

    Why don't U say to those who "consider eating meat as next to crime" that "everything is divine for Hindus" and "there is nothing which is right or wrong in absolute sense"?
    I am...
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    Re: Rama, Sita & Lakshmana...

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    Re: Rama, Sita & Lakshmana...

    2 Saidevo: I wonder why U cannot check it Urself, it's very easy in every web-browser. Anyway, please: http://images.exoticindiaart.com/hindu/exile_in_the_forest_hc42.jpg

    2 Dhruva: I don't need to...
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    Re: Rama, Sita & Lakshmana...

    Yes, i have seen that :)

    BTW acc to Mahabharata Krishna was initiated into Pashupatism, i. e. he also was a Shaiva.
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    Rama, Sita & Lakshmana...

    http://images.exoticindiaart.com/hindu/exile_in_the_forest_hc42.jpg
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    Re: Scripture confusion

    Perhaps i can add that among Vedic texts only Upanishads have real influence at present, and almost only philosophical. The "high" Hinduism is based mainly upon Agamic tradition (be it Shaiva or...
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    Re: Yama and Niyama:Brahmacarya

    Namaste Yajvan.

    Hinduism makes difference between dharma (righteousness) and moksha (liberation, knowledge of the Self). And i wouldn't agree that practicing of any virtues necessarily leads to...
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    Re: Scripture confusion

    Gita IS NOT formally regarded as Shruti, though some ascribe to its equal to Shruti authority.
    Most probably Brahma-sutra isn't Shruti as well, since it is a darshana-shastra. However this i am not...
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    Re: Scripture confusion

    Namaste Yajvan,

    In theory 28 Siddhantagamas are dualistic while all Bhairava- and Kulagamas are monistic. I am not sure this is correct in every case if we take texts as they are leaving aside...
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    Re: Scripture confusion

    Thanks Yajvan, i forgot to mention vedangas.

    BTW do U know whether Brahma-sutra is deemed Shruti or Smriti?
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    Re: Scripture confusion

    In brief,

    1. All scriptures are basically divided into Shruti (revelation) and Smriti (interpretation), the first being more authorative and considered inspired by God/gods.
    Shruti consists of...
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    Re: Yama and Niyama:Brahmacarya

    Thanks, Yajvan.

    Does "different paths" imply that following just one of named eight is enough? Or it is a fault of translation and original meaning is smth like "aspects"?
  24. Thread: Kamadeva

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    Re: Kamadeva

    In Vaishnavism Kamadeva is a name of Krishna. In Shaivism and Shaktism Kameshvara is a name of Shiva.
  25. Thread: Achamana

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    Re: Achamana

    Achamana is done in the beginning of pUjA or other ritual, so there is no point of going to bathroom or sleeping right after it :D Bath should be taken before.
    Mantras U mention are correct.
  26. Thread: Why

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    Re: Why

    Interesting. In fact it is quite reasonable to see Rudra as the highest deity of the Vedas, since at least two of 4 samhitas are clearly Shaiva (Yajus and Atharvana). Rigveda also in several places...
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    Re: Yama and Niyama:Brahmacarya

    Thanks for references. By the way Maitrayaniya Upanishads lists 6 angas which are same as Shaiva and very similar to Buddhist.
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    Re: Hindus and the Race Question

    I was speaking of those westerners who do observe proper customs, including behavior, dress and religious attributes (tilaka, mala). This is different from mere tourists, not to say of offenders U...
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    Re: Hindus and the Race Question

    "I" is real exactly since it exists in Consciousness and as a form of Consciousness, which is the sole Reality.
  30. Thread: Five Ni+yama

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    Re: Five Ni+yama

    Namaste, Yajvan.

    U seem to interpret Patanjali rather freely :)
    If by "Soul-Self" U refer to Atman, then i doubt Ishvara can be named as "Soul-Self of the universe" in the context of...
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    Re: Why is Hinduism so limited to India.

    Any example apart from Sabarimala (where young women aren't allowed)? Just interesting.
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    Re: Yama and Niyama:Brahmacarya

    Netra-tantra has all 8 limbs but interpret them in a different way. The system of Yogangas seemingly goes back to early Shaiva texts from where it was borrowed by Buddhists and by Patanjali. And...
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    Re: Yama and Niyama:Brahmacarya

    Here i asked my question from the historical point of view. Just interesting to know the initial textual source of mentioned concept. I in fact don't know if it was developed by Patanjali or simply...
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    Re: Yama and Niyama:Brahmacarya

    By the way, do U know where yama/niyama sets initially came from? Patanjali lists 5 yamas and 5 niyamas, but Yoga-sutra is just one of 6 darshana-shAstras, which cannot be obligatory to every Hindu....
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    Re: Yama and Niyama:Brahmacarya

    A small addition to Ur post:
    Initially brahmacharya was primarily understood as a study of Veda, which was the main duty of brahmacharins.
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    Re: Hindus and the Race Question

    In theory – yes. In actual practice in India – it has.
    If a white person tries to enter main shrines of several temples (mostly south Indian), he may not be allowed because of his skin color,...
  37. Re: Role of balance between “spiritual” and “material” life.

    They might have realised that their renunciation was unnecessary. So they try to stop others from committing same mistakes. But human ego is strong. People want to become "truly spiritual",...
  38. Re: Role of balance between “spiritual” and “material” life.

    When Buddha was asked after he got enlightenment "Was it necessary to leave your family in order to get it?" he clearly said NO.

    Nobody says that if one gives up the world and becomes a sannyasi...
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    Re: Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi)

    I heard Amma had a Guru.
    But be it true or not, one may become a Guru without having a physical Guru, though such case are indeed rare. Ultimately it is God who gives Siddhi and makes one His...
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    Re: Saiva Scriptures?

    Tirumantiram is not the foundational text, Saiva-siddhanta is originally based on 28 Siddhanta-Agamas. I am not aware of any english translations of them though – apart from Chandrajnanagama, which i...
  41. Thread: View of God

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    Re: View of God

    In fact in all mentioned religions exist DIFFERENT views and approaches, starting from dualism and ending with monism of this or that sort.

    Hinduism classifies bhakti into several rasas, "tastes"....
  42. Thread: Siva Sutras

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    Re: Siva Sutras

    I don't see many variants for literal translation here :).
    "Knowledge is bondage".

    BhAskara-vArttika interprets this as:

    "The knowledge [based on the notions] "I" and "this is mine" arises...
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    Re: Mrityunjaya Mantra

    Traditionally Vedic mantras are not meant for general use, one has to get due diksha first. Moreover, Vedic mantras require the knowledge of proper pronunciation.
    So, I wouldn't recommend U to chant...
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    Re: Pancha-Brahma Upanishads

    Ur question is kinda confusing :D. Could U put it more clearly?
  45. Thread: Siva Sutras

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    Re: Siva Sutras

    Just for a note: these are *interpretations* of the verse and not translations. Original sUtra is just "j~nAnam bandhaH".
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    Re: How is it possible to obtain jivanmukti today

    Namaste Sarabhanga.

    Samadhi is just an experience which is temporal. Jivanmukti is achieved by sajjnana, which is perfect awareness of the fact that everything is Consciousness. Neither...
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    Re: Svetasvatara Upanishad

    Good post ;)

    Thoughts and desires can emerge in a Jnani (Siddha) as well, but there is a difference: for him/her these are but forms of supreme Spandashakti and not separate tendencies. Siddha is...
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    Re: Tantra and Shaivism

    Tantraloka is translated into Italian by R. Gnoli and into Hindi by Paramahamsa Mishra and again by Radheshyam Chaturvedi. Hindi translation can be bought in Chaukhamba, Italian can be ordered...
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    Re: Meditation in Shaivism?

    As far as i understand, tibetan lamas are simply unwilling to give the real stuff to seekers and feed them with "empowerments", which are analogous to upadeshas and not dikshas/abhishekas. I know of...
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    Re: North and Southern Indians

    Ethnically they are different. But i cannot say south Indians are darker, since both north and south are very different. The darkest Indians i have seen were in Orissa.
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