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    Re: Sri Radha & Sita Devi

    Thank you for your detailed explanation. I had read previously that "Hare" could refer to either Vishnu or Sri Radha, but I wasn't sure how authoritative the source was. With all due respect to...
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    Sri Radha & Sita Devi

    Hello All,

    I don't know if mine is a question of "religious ettiquette" or of theological significance, but here it is. When I chant the mahamantra, I sit before pictures of Radha-Krishna and...
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    Re: I Don't Want Another Life

    Hello Leena -- I'm with you, I don't want another material life either. However, an honest self-evaluation leads me to conclude that, barring a miracle, I am not yet ready for moksha. I practice...
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    Re: Detachment

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    @JaiMaaDurga: This is completely off topic, but I truly love the marvelous image of the Divine Mother on your posts. Thank you.
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    Moksha, not Astral Plane

    This observation will sound as from a simpleton to many on this forum, I fear. But to me, coming from the West, it is has a revelation. After much prayer, meditation and japa mala, I finally...
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    Re: The meaning of DURGA

    What a striking image of our loving Divine Mother! Thank you for sharing.
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    Svarga & Naraka

    Hello Everyone,

    Could someone explain the concepts of Svarga and Naraka?
    Wikipedia (not a very reliable source as far as I'm concerned) says they are temporary Heavens and Hells. Is that...
  8. Re: Christianity, politics of conversion in eyes of Mahatma Gandhi

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    He [Gandhi] responded with great clarity and directness:
    First, I would suggest that all of you Christians, missionaries and all, must begin to live more like Jesus Christ. ...
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    Re: Where will we able to see god?

    I try to see God with the eyes of faith. I speak to God through mantra & prayer. Perhaps if another is to see God, they must see Her/Him in me; through my actions and words?
  10. Re: Apostasy/excommunication from the RC Church.

    I personally believe that anyone who sincerely follows the teachings of the Christ will find liberation. Just as sincere followers of Zoroaster, Mohammed and Hinduism will achieve moksha. I am very...
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    Re: Question about heaven

    I happened upon this thread by chance and I have found it most enlightening! As a newcomer, exchanges such as these are wonderfully instructive. "Thank you" to everyone who has posted.
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    Re: What am I doing wrong?

    Thank you for your encouragement. Thank you also for sharing the thoughts of your teacher. Namaste.
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    Re: What am I doing wrong?

    The greatest progress might bethat Ihave stopped trying to make something happen, and instead taking the timeto be there to let it happen. I chant the Maha Mantra either before an image of...
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    Mantras to Devi Radha?

    Namaste,

    I know that the Hare Krishna chant refers also to Radha by the term Hare. Are there mantras that refer to Devi Radha by name? I believe that Radha-Krishna are one Lord, but I feel...
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    Re: What am I doing wrong?

    Thank you very much. I will take your advice.

    How wonderful it must be to experience the God within us. For most of us, I would guess, that takes many material lifetimes.

    Thank you again...
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    What am I doing wrong?

    Namaste,

    For 20 years I have tried to meditate, though admittedly my attempts have been only intermittent. I close my eyes and relax as best I can physically and mentally. I picture God in a...
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    Re: Why are some people continually punished?

    Thank you, each and every one, who took the thoughtful time to reply. In the back of my mind, I do believe it is the law of Karma at work. I should be grateful for God's perfect justice. It's just...
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    How can I come to love Vishnu?

    Hello All,

    I am struggling to free myself of the emotional and spiritual baggage of Christianity. For me, it has proved a spiritually unhealthy experience. I have read about a number of other...
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    Re: Hate speech of Abrahamics

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    To answer your question, Wondermunk, No, the present Pope will NOT apologize for his predecessor's insulting remarks. When it comes to Christian chauvisnism, they...
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    Why are some people continually punished?

    Why does God allow some people to be born with deformities and then continue to be punished their whole lives? Does God care that this happens and, if he does, then why does he not do something to...
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    Re: the problem of evil and suffering

    Hello Touchedbythe Lord,

    In my son's case yes, after many years of struggling he is concluding that his handicaps are not God's doing, but that he can choose to use himself as a positive example...
  22. Re: Catholics are crazy to send their kids to monasteries.

    I wish I could say that I am surprised by this--I am shocked. I am a cultural Catholic and Catholic Bishops live in a world where it is against Church teaching to question them, let alone say "No"...
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    Philosophical Question

    Hello. I am only now reading about Dvaita, Advaita & the "middle way". I understand these to be dualism, monism and "qualified-dualism." Do particular branches to Hinduism, i.e. Shaivism,...
  24. Thread: Astral Body

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    Astral Body

    What is the nature of the Astral body? I have read that it is a sort of imprint of the physical body. Does it have physical characterisitcs or is it non-corporeal? Do our senses operate within the...
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    Re: Why all the Missionaries here

    I am one of those cultural Christians to whom the O.P. refers. In all sincerity, I'm not here to discuss Christianity, which I understand fairly well. I don't post often because I come to read and...
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    Re: I love Krishna..

    That is wonderful. I am so happy for you! When I pray to Lord Krishna, it is usually in concert with Sri Radha. Worshipping at her lotus feet pleases Lord Krishna, I believe, so great is his love...
  27. Thread: ...Shakta...

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    Re: ...Shakta...

    I think I understand what you mean, Heartfully. I come from a Catholic background, where thinking of God as female is a heresy. I realize that all images of God are illusions. Yet my finite human...
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    Re: First visit to a Temple

    Arjun,

    As I live in Kansas City, that is the location of the Temple to which I went. I don't know, but I suspect that most larger cities or towns have Hindu temples these days. They are much,...
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    Re: Saraswati Puja

    I have had the same experience, Iksvakave. The male image of God was cold, distant and harsh. I suppose it's all sense perception. But Lakshmi and Saraswati are love and kindness. They invite me...
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    Re: First visit to a Temple

    Namaste,

    I still feel a little "high" from my first Hindu prayer service. The next day I visited a Vedanta Center and purchased my own copy of the Gita, translated by by Swami Nikhilananda. I...
  31. Thread: ...Shakta...

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    Re: ...Shakta...

    Namaste Heartfully,

    I too am a newcomer to the Eternal Religion. Shakti first drew me to Hinduism. I grew up with a Paternalistic religion which actually taught that God was neither female nor...
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    Re: First visit to a Temple

    Namaste C. Smith,

    Thank you. I pray most often to Maa Durga, to remove the ignorance from my eyes, and to Radha-Krishna, to develop and unquenchable love for the Lord.

    Thank you for your...
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    Re: Hindu Newbies

    I am not a Hindu. I first learned about Hinduism from a friend who lives in Delhi who is a Hindu but who was educated by Roman Catholic nuns,whom she said were very nice and very good in the...
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    First visit to a Temple

    Yesterday, I made my first visit to a Hindu Temple. It was such a profound joy. There were likenesses of Radha-Krishna, Sita-Rama, Lord Shiva, Maa Durga, Mahalakshmi, Saraswati, as well as some...
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    Re: The Sacred Om

    Oh my Gosh! I know next-to-nothing about Sikhs. I don't know if this fellow was mentally unbalanced or what. My advice is to never go back to that station!

    I hope that someone in this...
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    Re: Hinduwisdom.info

    Namaste,

    Thank you for the link to this site! As a newcomer struggling against the bonds of ignorance--both western and spiritual--I am grateful for such suggestions.
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    Re: Radha and Sita

    I dearly love to meditate at the lotus feet of Sri Radha. I do this out of love and devotion to her, and also because I believe that nothing I can do can be more pleasing to Lord Krishna.
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    Re: Life in the Astral World

    Thank you to all of you who have responded. You have brought shafts of light into my darkness and given me much to think and pray about.

    Through some misunderstanding, I assumed that moksha was...
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    Re: Stories of Krishna's love for Radha

    That's a striking and spiritual picture, Sunyata. And you explain it so beautifully. Thank you for your insight.
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    Re: Stories of Krishna's love for Radha

    You might read the material at this url and the other links connected to it.
    I can't vouch for it's complete authenticity, but the material there "reads true" to my neophyte eyes.
    ...
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    Life in the Astral World

    Namaste All. I hope my question is not too petty. There is so much which I have to learn!

    While the soul within the subtle body lives in the astral world between death and re-brith, can one...
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    Re: Self-Realization Fellowship

    [quote=Sahasranama;66778]If you are interested in the writings of neo-Hindus like Vivekananda and Ramakrishna, you'd probably also like to read Ananda Coomaraswamy, Varadachari and Aurobindo. .....
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    Re: Self-Realization Fellowship

    I appreciate the suggestions of the last two posters and will follow their advice. My interest in Hinduism is genuine. There are questions I have about the meaning of life, of suffering and the...
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    Re: Self-Realization Fellowship

    Thank you to everyone who reacting to my original post. I hope that more will offer their views as well. Perhaps I am on the wrong track. Can people recommend the writings of other saints and...
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    Re: (Simple) Prayers to Maa Ambe - Post Your Own

    My soul is in the image & likeness of God. It is therefore perfect and immortal. O Divine Mother, strip away my false identifications with my body, my thoughts, and all sense objects.
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    Self-Realization Fellowship

    Namaste. I'm not sure if this is the appropriate place for this thread; I apologize if I'm in error.

    I am farily new to studying Hinduism. I have been reading books by Paramahansa Yogananda,...
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    Re: Does God exist?

    Hello. I used to plague myself and worry myself nearly into illness wondering whether or not God exists. I was reared in a Christian family and the existence of pain and sorrow seemed to negate the...
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    The Sacred Om

    I'm not sure if this is the right forum for this topic; I hope it's okay.

    I am fairly new to studying Hinduism and Indian philosophy. I have to say, however, that the Om symbol is the most...
  49. Thread: Devi mantra?

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    Re: Devi mantra?

    My favorite Devi Mantras are


    OM SHREEM HREEM SARASWATYAI NAMAHA
    OM HREEMSRI LAKSHMI BHIO NAMAHA
    OM DUM DURGAYAI NAMAHA
    I try to pray at least one of them on my mala daily.
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    Re: Attachment/Personality?

    Being new to Sanatana Dharma myself, I too have pondered the question of love and attachment, particularly since love, as expressed in the West, is very possessive.

    I am not learned, but it...
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