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    Re: How often does one perform puja?

    Namaste to you too. :)

    As Believer said, ask 10 different people on what to do and you will get 10 different answers. Sometimes you'll see articles that are extremely strict; another says don't be...
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    Re: How Krishna came to the West

    Namaste...

    The only problem is that the arrival of Columbus to the New World opened the flood gates for the decimation of the native peoples. I don't think Sri Krishna would have been party to...
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    Re: Confusion on terms and languages

    This is really the only one I can answer. Abhishekam is an inflected form in Sanskrit. Abhisheka and abhishekam are but two forms of the same word in different grammatical circumstances.


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  4. Re: What is the best way to reach god(attain moksha)?

    You answered your own question. Don't overthink it.

    "Always think of Me and become My devotee. Worship Me and offer your homage unto Me. Thus you will come to Me without fail. I promise you this...
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    Re: Sanatana Dharma

    Namaste...

    Sanatana Dharma is Hinduism. It is the proper name for Hinduism.
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    Re: Homosexuality in Hinduism

    Namaste...

    To the best of my knowledge there is nothing theological in Hinduism against homosexuality. There's even a bit of gender bending among the gods. Vishnu takes on a female avatar (Mohini)...
  7. Re: 2 questions about meaning of Shiva's picture

    Namaste galileo...

    I don't believe that's the sun, but rather Lord Shiva's divine radiance, i.e. "halo". I can't tell from the picture (resolution) what the other item is (top right). Top left is...
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    Re: Shiva astottara shatanamavali (108 names)

    Hi galileo...



    You could use any of a couple of slokas. Once is enough. Before the Sri Vishnu Sahasranama, for example, the priests chant the shuklambara dharam sloka. I use it at the start of...
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    Re: Shiva astottara shatanamavali (108 names)

    Namaste...

    I've been at it too short a time (the Sri Krishna ashtottara)and do it too infrequently to have memorized it.

    You could/should pray to Lord Ganesha before beginning.

    What you...
  10. Re: Saturn is the only planet - and he does not need worship!

    Namaste...

    Being a somewhat superstitious person, I try to propitiate Shanideva as best I can. I don't always make a strong effort, sadly. But being devoted to Sri Hanuman, I feel protected by him...
  11. Re: Do all schools of Hinduism believe in temporary hell?

    Namaste!

    Just to add...



    To make matters worse, Christianity stole it from ancient Norse religion. The goddess and her realm are called Hel. It is not a place of punishment, but a place...
  12. Re: How to deal with Adversaries Spiritually in modern Living?

    Namaste devotee et al.



    Indeed... I particularly like BG 12.13-15. I try to keep it in mind and act accordingly, however, I fail miserably. :(

    One who is not envious but is a kind friend to...
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    Re: Adding a Murti to one's home shrine

    Namaste Allan...

    There is a ritual to "install" a murti, done by a pujari (priest), but I think few people do it in home shrines. If you do it, it requires special care and rituals to be performed...
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    Re: A Question Temple Puja

    Namaste...



    I'm not at all versed in other temples, but the temple I attend is a Vishnu temple. When we receive the water (teertha, I believe it is, but I could be wrong), the priest takes a...
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    Re: Rebirth - Reincarnation

    Namaste...

    I look at from a theoretical physics standpoint, though I am far from a theoretical, or any kind of physicist. Energy can never be created or destroyed, it can only change form. And...
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    Re: Durga mantra pronounciation

    Namaste...



    No, that's an effect of Sanskrit inflection. Masculine singular nouns ending in -a (short a) take āya in the dative case... Krishnāya, Rāmāya, Shivāya, Ganeshāya,Indrāya.Masculine...
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    Re: Durga mantra pronounciation

    Namaste...

    I'm going to say it's neither. The inflection for the feminine singular dative case ("to" or "for") for a-stem nouns is -āyai, the 'ai' pronounced eye or I.

    So I'm going to say it's...
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    Re: Practices with Davantari?

    Namaste.



    I have to spread some rep around before I can rep you again. I'd rep this a million times. ;)
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    Re: Practices with Davantari?

    Namaste my friend...

    Now, what would ever make you think I'd fall prey to overthinking!? :D:D:D

    Seriously, those days of driving myself to distraction are gone. I am just a simple bhakta. ;)
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    Re: Practices with Davantari?

    Namaste...

    Meditate on him, chant his mantras:...
  21. Re: The opposite of Avatar? (amateur sanskrit fun)

    Namaste...

    How about 'ascend'?

    http://spokensanskrit.org/index.php?mode=3&script=hk&tran_input=ascend&direct=es

    उपतर comes out as 'overflowing'.
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    Re: Offering water to shivling

    Namaste Ale...

    I'm just a "village Hindu", primarily Vaishnava, as Krishna is my ishta-devata and whom I do puja for. I visit all the shrines and sanctums at temple, whether Vaishnava, Shaiva, or...
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    Re: Initiation necessary for doing japa?

    Namaste...

    You can do nama (name) japa without initiation. It is simply repeating a deity's name. There are many you can use, whichever deity you are devoted to. Here are just a few:
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    Re: Offering water to shivling

    Namaste...

    For years before my temple built its goshala, the priests used commercial milk for all abhishekams, including the lingam. I saw it delivered by cases. Commercially sold raw milk is...
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    Re: Significance of a body's ashes

    Namaste...

    Firstly, I am sorry for your loss. I think devotee gave good advice; I am glad you are following that. I believe it is very important to respect the wishes of the departed.
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    Re: Questions from a well worn path

    Namaste cyril...

    I'll echo yajvan's suggestion to not try to boil the ocean. ;) As one who did not grow up Hindu to learn traditions, beliefs and customs, and who grew up in the western...
  27. Re: God, Goddess,Goddesses,Deva=One and the same?

    Namaste...

    I don't think it's accurate to say we create our own God, but we see God in our own way, in a way meaningful to each of us. An atheist simply doesn't believe God exists. That doesn't...
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    Re: Held my first puja

    Namaste...

    Very glad to hear this. :) Everyone does puja differently, to the best of their abilities. The pure intention, love and devotion is what matters. If you flub a prayer, spill oil or...
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    Re: Still broken

    Namaste one and all...





    I can relate to this, for what my opinion is worth. ;)

    I have a short fuse at times: I can be impatient, mostly when driving. I used to have serious problems with...
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    Re: Easy pujas to do at home?

    Namaste...

    How about something like this "super simple daily puja" (it starts about 1/2 way down the page). I pretty much based mine on this, with a few additions and deletions.
  31. Re: A relatively new thought on Shiva/Vishnu tattwa

    Hi Viraja...

    Ok, I see. That's why I hedged and said "If I get the gist...", which apparently I didn't. :doh::D
  32. Re: A relatively new thought on Shiva/Vishnu tattwa

    Namaste...

    Actually it's not such a new thought. If I get the gist of your post, you are referring to what I have in my signature... that Vishnu and Shiva are one and the same, flip sides of the...
  33. Re: Greatly desiring to move towards, and eventually become vegetarian.

    Namaste Arjuni...

    Thanks for the tips and support. :)

    I've been doing fairly well in starting by eliminating anything with mammary glands from my diet. I had one slip up, for which I kicked...
  34. Re: Greatly desiring to move towards, and eventually become vegetarian.

    Namaste devotee. Thanks so much for those in-depth thoughts.



    I've tossed that around in my mind often. First I have to say that when I quit smoking 22 years ago Jan. 1, it was because I...
  35. Re: Greatly desiring to move towards, and eventually become vegetarian.

    Thanks. :)

    I'm not exactly sure what the stumbling blocks are either. In the past I blamed it on my veg. diet to be too carb heavy. I do have a tendency to prefer carbs... pasta, rice, pizza,...
  36. Re: Greatly desiring to move towards, and eventually become vegetarian.

    Dhanyavad Viraja. I think you're right... try something and see what happens. I think the gods guide us. :)
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    Namaste, and thanks for your thoughts. :)



    I'm not expecting the mantra to do the work for me, I know it will take work. Rather it's to draw me closer to, and keep in mind the God who watches...
  38. Greatly desiring to move towards, and eventually become vegetarian.

    सभी को नमस्कार
    Sabhī kō namaskāra

    I know I probably mangled that beyond all repair and redemption, but I tried (that's what on-line translators get you). :p

    As some of you may know me from...
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    Re: Happy solstice, Pancha Ganapati!

    Namaste, Gód Jól (Good Yule) and Shubha Panchaganapati.

    That is all very true, and is being revived in Ásatrú, the modern reconstruction and revival of the ancient Norse (and other Germanic...
  40. Re: A delicate question - how not to offend other (potentially greater) devotees?

    Namaste...

    My opinion?

    No you didn't make a mistake; there's nothing for you to rectify.

    Knowing you, you wrote from your heart, not from a sense of superiority, of your experiences and...
  41. Re: Sanskrit grammar question and use of a mantra

    Hello yajvan...

    I'm glad you went into it a little more. I'm fascinated by how and why human languages work. I noticed the ablative and dative plurals use the same forms, the singulars are...
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    Re: The Donald

    Namaste.



    Unfortunately that's all too true. No matter how high-principled laws and constitutions are, there will always be those who relish persecuting and mistreating others, and getting away...
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    Re: The Donald

    Namaste



    Neither of those are something a POTUS can do with the stroke of a pen. His bluster of deporting people is actually up to the INS. It will take a very long time, probably until the end...
  44. Re: Sanskrit grammar question and use of a mantra

    Namaste and thank you! I didn't take sandhi into consideration. I need to look into the link to delve into the rules. This is very helpful.
  45. Sanskrit grammar question and use of a mantra

    Namaste, vanakkam good people.

    There is a mantra that I presume is for Sri Shiva puja (http://www.mysticworld.info/aum-sarvebhyo-devebhyo-namaha-lyrics-with-meaning/):

    Aum Sarvebhyo Devebhyo...
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    Re: Deleting my account

    Namaste Webimpulse.



    What makes you think that it's not safe? I live in the US, born and raised, and I have no such fears. Nor am I ashamed of anything. It is what it is. The US has weathered...
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    Re: The Donald

    Namaste...

    I'm not usually one to weigh in on political matters; this is more of a social commentary.

    I'm very dismayed at the growing violence occurring, all based on misinformation and...
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    Re: Anyone been through this (phase) before?

    Namaste.

    I don't do japa or home puja on a regular basis. I do recite slokas to the deities and offer a mental image of a puja. We have a discussion here about that. One term for it is antharyagam...
  49. Re: Right to live - Restricted only to blessed?

    Namaste

    Consider that non-injury, non-harm, ahimsā applies to us also. If there is an invasion of squirrels, mice, raccoons in one's house, as I experienced, I think one should do whatever...
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    Re: Anyone been through this (phase) before?

    Namaste Loving_Govinda



    I had pretty much the same experiences as you. I spent a lot of time, too much time, trying to understand philosophy and theology. For me it was not a good thing because...
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